Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Our first weeks...

It's hard to believe we've already started into the forth week of our Branson stay! Two weeks of preparations, and we're now in the middle of our second week sharing at the Music City Theater. We've already seen so many answered prayers:

Costumes completed in time. With a relatively small amount of time to get 50+ costumes bought, sewn, and tied together, it was amazing how the Lord daily answered prayers and enabled us to be completely finished the week before our first show!

Exactly what we needed was available in the local stores. As we reached the final week of our preparations, we were still needing a few 'specialty' items. Without the convenience of a fabric store nearby, we were dependent on the local mall. Thankfully, the Lord enabled us to find exactly what was needed and in the right sizes!

Health and safety. During the first week of our show, Nathanael came down with a nasty stomach flu. After being up every 30 minutes during the night to 'be sick', we were concerned that he'd be unable to play his key parts in the show. We prayed over him, and he sang like a trouper. Afterwards he told us that whenever he stepped on the stage, his stomachache went away completely! Praise the Lord. Within 24 hours he was back to his active self and -- most amazing -- the rest of us never caught his flu bug!

Favor with the theater management and staff. We're so grateful to be working with fellow believers at the Music City Center. We've enjoyed great fellowship with them and they are extremely supportive of the message we share in our show. It's such a blessing to work with God's people!

God's drawing people to the show. We've been amazed at the number of people who have come to our show from seemingly random advertising sources. One couple found our rack card laying on a restaurant table. Another just happened to drive by our sign and noted it was almost showtime, so decided to stop!

The sweet spirit of the Lord in the theater. We daily pray that everything we share would not be of us, but rather to the glory and honor of Christ. It's only through the Lord's work that any fruit will come from our labors. And often after a show we'll hear a comment like this: "There's something different about your show. I can't really put my finger on it. But it's such a sweet spirit!" We know this is only of the Lord!

I share all this because it is a direct answer to prayer -- and I know many, many of you are praying for us! May the Lord continue to use our small efforts and your generous prayers to make an impact His kingdom!

And now for a few pictures! *smile*

Our dressing room full of clothing and costumes!

Rehearsals...lots and lots of practice!!

Since we have a larger stage this year, we're able to do a bit with choreography. Which was fun to rehearse in their mega-sized mirror!

Preparations for the dress rehearsal

A bit more filming

And here are a few pictures of our dress rehearsal:


O Holy Night

God Bless America

Fun times!

And the message that captures the whole season: Jesus Christ!

Again, we covet your prayers! Each new day is an adventure as we recognize our dependence on the Lord drawing and ministering through this opportunity. May HE be glorified!

"I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will
glorify Your name forevermore." Psalms 86:12


Schumachers said...

I like all the different pictures! It was nice to hear how the Lord is leading for you in Branson. I will keep praying for you.

Love, Mindy

Rosalie said...

I like the flower headband in Alaythia's hair! I've been seeing those pop up all over blogland, and they are just too cute! May God bless your ministry.

Melanie said...

I've been thinking about you all so much! Wish we could "pop" on over and see you! Your program looks incredible and you all look amazing! Love you guys!

Andrea Nicole said...

this all looks so incredible! you're such a wonderful family! God bless!

Ruth Ann said...

so much fun! praise the Lord for leading and guiding and answering prayers. :) have y'all considered making a DVD of the show for those of us who can't make it way out there?? I'd LOVE to see it, and I think a lot of people who love it too. =)

Anyhow, may God continue to bless your family as you serve Him! Thanks for being a blessing to me.

Josiah and Abi Wissmann said...

OH!! We want to be there RIGHT now!! In fact, last night Josiah was heard saying, "I want to leave tomorrow and head down to see the family and their show!" :) Ah, if only work didn't call, eh?!? Missing you SO MUCH, and praying for you! It looks AMAZING!! Can't wait til we can see it!!! ;)

Charity U said...

I love the dresses in the caroling picture. (-: Praying that the rest of your programs will go smoothly!

David Kent said...


Thanks for keeping us all up to date and showing us the Lord's working in it all.

Except for the fact that cruise ships don't visit Alaska in the winter time, your show would be perfect on a ship, even if it's not cruising in Alaska. I'm not sure if a Christmas show in the summer would fly. Hmmmm... (just thinking to myself).

Still praying...


~Desiree~ said...

I am glad to hear that all has been going well! You are in my prayers!

Lydia said...

That is wonderful! Praise the Lord! Right now my brother is listening to your music :)

My sister leads a Bright Lights group and the meeting we are preparing is about "Encouraging Younger Brothers and Sisters". We were discussing how your family must really get along well!

God bless!

Anonymous said...

I love all your Christmas outfits! So beautiful! What fabric did you use for the blue dresses with the white trim and the blue sparkly skirts?

Rachel Wissmann said...

Anonymous --

The fabrics for those outfits are all from JoAnn's Casa Collection. We were so blessed to find a store going out of business, so we got it all at huge discount! PTL! The white trim is a felt-like fabric.

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! I am praying for you all!

Becca said...

I am so glad it is going well!
I will continue to pray.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the info on the skirt fabrics! I will check Joann's. Someone I know might be getting a skirt like yours for Christmas! :)