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.
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
Passion Play Ministries International
A Vision Beyond 2020 Interviews
As heard on Passion Radio2020