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Friday, April 2, 2010

The White Robe: In Africa Purity is Life

Last week, David and Nancy Seiling of Seeds International brought a multimedia drama to Church on the Hill.


The drama is entitled The White Robe: In Africa Purity is Life and was filmed for the most part in Zambia. The set consisted of a wide rear-projection screen with a smaller screen on the left panel. The set took up the complete width of the church dais.



The first interaction we see between the live actors and someone on the screen is at the wedding of Chris (Jeremy Parks) and Stacey (Madeline Williams), young missionaries on the verge of their life together.



I don’t have a photo of this but Chris and Stacey are carrying suitcases and skip across the stage with a lake on the screen as if they’re hopping across on rocks. At one point, Chris slips and water splashes up on the screen at the same time we hear a splash. The time was perfect and believable.



This photo shows Chris and Stacey talking with a teacher about the prevalence of the AIDS virus. Many male Africans believe that by bedding a virgin, they can be cleansed of the ‘virus’. Because of this, rape is rampant among teens and young adults in their society.



In this photo, an internet conversation between Chris and his aunt and uncle is simulated by showing us the image Chris is looking at on his laptop.



When Stacey goes into labour, they make a mad dash to the hospital for the arrival of their first child.



The side panel is used when Stacey interacts with a teacher at the local school. The school used in the drama is an actual school - Ibex Hill Community School in which kids receive backpacks ‘Seed Bags’ of school supplies provided by Seeds International.



The focus of the story is on a young orphan named Mabruke whom Chris takes under his wing. Mabruke has his eye on Grace and wants to keep pure for her. But as a young virgin, Grace lives in jeopardy.



In this scene, the interaction between live and screen actors is exceptional as Chris aids Mabruke in carrying another man away.

The story maybe fiction but it’s based on reality. In Africa, rape is a fact of life. Purity is life. Seedlings Int’l teaches how to keep pure until marriage.

David Seiling said the next 3 yrs is very important to the Seedlings organization. They (Africans) will remember what you have done. And it’s going to change their country forever.

A monthly gift really keeps Seedlings going. They currently serve 550 schools worldwide with 640 schools targeted in 2010.

Grade 4 kids attending these schools each receive a Seed Bag which contains the Seedlings book where they learn about Christ, a Canadian Bible Society New Testament, pencil crayons and a small toy. This Seedlings book is an accepted part of their curriculum.

These public schools sometimes have non-Christian teachers and because the Seedlings book is part of the curriculum, these teachers are learning about Christ in the same way the kids are. Seedlings International has reports of teachers coming to Christ in this way.

If you would like to see how you can help, please check out the Seedlings International website.

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