Friday, February 7, 2014
As hundreds of people gathered at Andrews Pentecostal Holiness Church on Wednesday, Feb. 5, many others were turned away.
The crowds that did make it inside filled the seats, the aisles and anywhere they could stand. They were at the Church to see a touring drama that illustrates the Biblical message one must believe in Jesus Christ in order to be saved. More than 1,000 people have seen the play in the past few days.
Using elaborate lighting, sound, costumes and backdrops, Heaven’s Gates And Hell’s Flames is a staging of the reality of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, heaven, hell and a person’s choice in life that determines where they will spend eternity, according to the organization that created the production, Reality Outreach.
The play, which makes the viewer want to laugh and cry, puts on a series of skits in which characters are killed and they find out whether they are meant for heaven or hell.
Each scene brings a real life experience that allows the viewer to see, hear and feel a call to hand their life over to Jesus. At the end of the play a preacher will ask the audience to make a decision to trust Jesus.
Andrews Pentecostal Holiness Church pastor Dean Baber and his wife Laurie hosted the event and said the play will be extended through Friday, which will be the last show.
“It’s been a great few days and this play will touch the people of Andrews and the town,” Baber said. “We leave here changed.”
The drama, which has been viewed all over the world, has been put on by local church staff and parishioners. Volunteers are coached by the staff of Reality Outreach Ministry team, the organization that created the production.