||[Dec. 2nd, 2004|08:46 am]
Ian's post inspired me to give some background information that I am sure the people that I am sharing it with won't mind. Just to let you know how cool these people are.
Christy- I have know Christy since high school. Her mother is a really sweet lady who taught her children all ASL and had them memorize scripture in that language. She was also on a improve team with me along with Stephen Garcia and Kelly Nelson and some of you have heard me speak of Andrew Burkhum. We became good friends on this team and she has been a loyal friend ever since. Even when our ways spilt off she has keep in touch. When I asked her to be in Godspell last minute she jumped at the chance.
Holle- (His story is really cool) He was dating my friend Kelly, and they were both in a show with me at Disneyland. This happened to be during Godspell, I invited my whole cast to come. At this point he was thinking about Christianity. Before I went of to opening night, I asked Kelly and Holle to come pray with me. His prayer brought me to tears long with Kelly. That was the first time I had heard him pray. Then later that week, they came to Godspell and Holle came forward at the end of the show. I was jumping up and down back stage! Holle came to A1Naz when Rick gave his first sermon, it just happened to be the Sunday before auditions. I told him about it and the rest is history.
Sarah- She has been a friend since jr high. Growing up I looked up to her best friend Jennifer, but never really got to know Sarah. I remember having really good conversations with her and that we had a lot in common but for some reason I never became close to her through school. Later when Masquer was first formed it was put on my heart to ask Sarah and her brother Stephen into Masquer. I told them all about it at a gradation and they both were excited about it but due to scheduling neither of them could be involved. When Godspell came up and we needed an extra girl I went to Sarah again. Her schedule was a bit better in the summer and she agreed. Now all of her family wants to be involved! By the way pray for Sarah's Parents they both physically aren't doing so well.
Stephany- I meet her through Disney. She had joined a bible study group that a couple of girls had decided to form which is still going on to this day. She generously offered her home as a place where we can have our meetings and her mother would make us food and they have just been always so generous. Due to some of the girl’s drives we changed locations. Stephany after pretty much losing her job at Disney pushed herself in the the LA seen to become a model. I have never seen so much perseverance and willingness to follow God hand into what might seem to be a scary jump. She still does the occasional shoot every once and a while. When we were having auditions for Masquer to start our new year Rick urged her to join. I am so glad he did. She wasn't able to audition for us when we had a large group however she came an extra time. The rest is history as well.
Rick- (another pretty cool story) Rick was the first person I meet at Disney. He was at my audition and lead warm-ups. We did kicks and ...stuff. Surprised? I noticed him around working there and thinking he seemed like a pretty cool guy. Then I went to University Praise and saw him there. Knowing he was Christian now I wanted to introduce myself. I didn't get that opportunity till he started dating Step. A while after he started up the men’s' and women's bible studies at Disney. Making sure they always meet and what not. We all knew then he was going to be a pastor, though he might have not gotten the call yet. When I was injured at Disney I found myself with days just sitting around so Rick took me under his wing and gave me things to do, prayed with me and really keep me going. If it weren't for him I wouldn't have made it through that time. He quite not long after that and went into seminary and took a job as a youth pastor at AINaz. Before I had called him to be apart of Masquer but because of the amount of school he had he couldn't join. One day out of the blue he calls me and asks if I wanted to start or bring a drama ministry into his church. It had a huge stage that was not being used and a lot of potential. We quickly booked Traveling Light into that church and I quickly became a member of the church and it's been apart of Masquer history that will not soon be forgotten.
What's your back story? How did you become involved in Masquer?