Great Commission: Alumna launches performing arts ministry in Australia
by Tim Newton correspondent
In 1998, at the age of 17, Rita Juanita Mock felt God calling her to use her talents as a performing artist to reach the people of Australia. Thirteen years later, after completing her bachelor of arts in evangelism and discipleship at Moody and joining with Fellowship International Mission as a career missionary, she is ready to make that calling a reality with the launch of a new ministry called UnMasked Productions.
According to their website, UnMasked Productions is “a touring evangelistic music theater group.” Their goal is to bring the gospel of Jesus to the people of Australia through dramatic musical productions that focus on biblical truths. For them, drama and the performing arts are tools, which God can use to reach those who might otherwise not be exposed to the gospel.
Australia is a country of 21 million people, but fewer than two percent of those people profess the name of Christ, and a mere 19 percent attend a church of any kind. Australians are very entertainment-oriented people with a heavy focus on the arts, so Mock knew that musical productions would be an ideal way to bring the gospel to the 81 percent of non-churchgoing Australians.
Her team is still in the start-up phase, but they are working hard to move forward. They are in the process of writing scripts and composing scores for their upcoming productions with a concentration on full-length, Broadway-style musicals. As Mock said, “We believe that this type of production allows for better character development and audience connection with the plot, characters and spiritual content of the shows.”
UnMasked Productions is currently looking for career missionaries with a passion for drama and evangelism to join their team. More information about the recruiting process can be found at http://www.unmaskedproductions.com/. ms
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