A Vision Beyond 2020

As you may have already surmised 2020 represents the very first Easter season in 35 years that a physical presentation of the passion play, “He’s Alive” did not take place. Due to the global pandemic we know as the Coronavirus or COVID-19 all of our PPMI ministry teams around the world were forced to cancel presentations just weeks before taking the stage. 

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In mid March we began receiving calls. First from Denver, CO then from our teams in India, and South Africa; Mexico, Central America and the Middle East. With each new call ministry leaders expressed the same heartfelt agony that they were forced to cancel their scheduled presentations and dismiss local ministry teams for the remainder of the 2020 Easter season. Even our plans for the expansion of the ministry to the Philippines had to temporarily be put on hold.

Until this spring we had never once considered a scenario where every one of our international ministry teams operating autonomously could simultaneously be sidelined.  Needless to say we hadn’t developed a contingency plan to deal with such a situation. As the Coronavirus spread across the globe like a wildfire, with only days remaining ahead of Palm Sunday, it appeared we might not have even a single opportunity to present the gospel … then by God’s amazing grace we discovered a new and exciting way forward. 

On Good Friday 2020, we hosted a special online presentation of the Passion Play featuring five PPMI host communities. Recent video presentations of “He’s Alive” from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Denver, Colorado, Cape Town, South Africa, Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Farmington, New Mexico were seamlessly blended together to become one powerful representation of the cross and the empty tomb. 

It was an amazing illustration of all that the Lord has accomplished through the work of this ministry over the past three and a half decades. It was the essence of the prayer Jesus prayed in John 17:21 That they all may be one… that the world may believe. 

In the weeks following Easter, friends and ministry partners from around the world have contacted us repeatedly. All of them encouraged to witness the ministry moving on through difficult times but inquiring what the future might hold for the ministry of the Passion Play.  Though the query comes in many different forms all have basically asked the same question, “Does PPMI have a vision that takes the ministry beyond 2020?”

Guys, we’ve never been more excited about our vision and the opportunities to reach the lost in our generation. At the moment we’re obviously not in a position to rehearse with a cast, take the stage or host an audience but behind the scenes we’re producing the tools that will allow us to facilitate on line training for the next generation of ministers. PPMI’s Production Handbook is about to meet YouTube.   

In 1st Corinthians 1:18 the Apostle Paul said this, For the preaching of the cross is to those who perish foolishness but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 

Will you join us?

Please tune in to the Passion Radio Network 

July 28th and 29th, for

“A Vision Beyond 2020”

Two powerful days of broadcasting on the Passion Radio Network where we will:

  • Celebrate God’s faithfulness through 35 years of ministry
  • Communicate the exciting new opportunities that lie ahead
  • Anticipate God’s provision for a new generation of ministers

We need your help to equip the next generation of ministers with this powerful ministry tool we’ve discovered in the presentation of the Passion Play. Will you partner with us? 

If you live in the Four Corners area we invite you to listen live to this event by tuning in at 95.7 FM on your radio. If you’d like to listen anywhere else in the world you can log via your cell phone, tablet or computer by visiting our website www.passionradio.org and clicking on the listen link at the top of our home page.

Thank you in advance for your prayerful support of this ministry

Stan Burgett
Executive Director
Passion Play Ministries International


A Vision Beyond 2020 Interviews

As heard on Passion Radio2020

He’s Alive! 2020

Long before we all became armchair virologists and the words “social distancing” became a topic of conversation, groups of people around the world were preparing to share the story of the cross and the empty tomb with their neighbors in time for Easter.

This pandemic has drastically changed or canceled plans for all of us. As we approached Holy Week, unable to take the stage for the first time since 1985, we wanted to do something to share the hope that we have found time and again as we have come together to share this story. 

In each of our host cities we perform the same play. This presentation contains footage from five cities on three continents: Barquisimeto, Venezuela; Cape Town, South Africa; Denver, Colorado; Four Corners, New Mexico; and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It doesn’t matter if we are six feet or six thousand miles apart, the language may change but the heart and the message stay the same.

Our hope does not come from governments or talking heads. It does not come from social media or in a bottle of hand sanitizer. Unlike the ever evolving response to this crisis, the source of our hope doesn’t change, because our hope is found in Jesus. 

At this moment, we are living in a world in search of hope. Lives have been lost, jobs have gone away, businesses have been shuttered. At the end of scene eleven, Peter has a line that says “I just wish things could be the way they used to be.” God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Just like the scene that follows Peter’s somber line, brighter days are ahead.

Share this story with a friend who could use some good news and hope this week. 

On behalf of our cast and crew members the world over, Happy Easter.

Minya, Egypt

Last year during Holy Week, we were pleased to have with us a friend from out of town. Way out of town in fact: Minya, Egypt!

Victor Habib was making the rounds between our Denver and Four Corners presentations to take a closer look behind the scenes so he could help train the team in his hometown. While he was visiting the states he signed the agreement to produce, and his team will be staging their first presentation in Arabic in September of 2019.

Please keep Victor and the entire team in your prayers.

In the midst of all of the opposition, there is a great opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Arabic speaking world.

The Passion Play of Las Cruces

This time of year, you may hear about Las Cruces, New Mexico because the NMSU Aggies are putting on a strong showing for March Madness. This year, however, there is something else going on in Las Cruces to be on the lookout for.

April 8th – 12th at the Dream Center the Passion Play of Las Cruces team will take to the stage for their inaugural presentations. It marks our first new domestic presentation for the ministry in five years.

They are planting a vision in the community for what we believe will be exciting growth over the next several years.

¡Hola Venezuela!

March 23rd and 24th 2018, the Passion Play of Barquisimeto, Venezuela will host their premier presentations of “He’s Alive!”  This effort represents PPMI’s first opportunity to partner with the body of Christ in South America. It comes at a time when the country of Venezuela is experiencing extreme political, social, and economic turmoil. Their national elections are scheduled to take place in the month of April. A dark cloud of uncertainty hangs over their future.   

Their presentations will be Friday March 23rd at 2pm, and Saturday March 24th 10am and 2pm.

The location for their presentations will be the Teatro Juarez Calle 25, Barquisimeto 3001, Lara, Venezuela.

The Venezuelan state orchestra has confirmed its plan to accompany the 150 actors in their presentation. Please keep this team in your prayers as they make their final preparations.

Recent news paints a grim picture of current conditions across the country. Reports indicate the average Venezuelan has lost 24 pounds in the past year due to starvation. Around 90% of the population is living in poverty.

Several sponsors have come forward to help make this presentation a reality. We still have several outstanding needs totaling $3,275.00, including: food and water for the cast and crew, lighting, utilities, and security. Please prayerfully consider partnering with this team financially as they take the stage to present the good news of Jesus Christ. We believe the hope for all of Venezuela’s tomorrows is still wrapped up in the powerful message of the cross and the empty tomb. It’s still the greatest message of hope the world has ever known….

He’s Alive!

You can follow along with the team on Instagram.