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Taiwan’s Response to Charlie Brown

“Well… I’ve always wanted to be called FLASH! I hate the name Charlie.”

Last Saturday, a handful of people from our Aroma community put on the musical titled You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. One of our leaders, Jesse, came to Taiwan as a missionary after leaving behind his job as a theater teacher. Since then, he’s always been brewing up new and interesting ways to use his skill set to further the Kingdom here in Taipei. This weekend was no different.

So why choose You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown? It’s a show about a young man who doesn’t quite fit in, yet by the end of the night you’re left with a young man who has found his place in a community that accepts him. Our goal at the Aroma is to foster such communities.

As described in the Aroma vision statement: The Aroma exists to help people smell, equip them to become, and send them to spread the Aroma of Christ with excellence and urgency, through kingdom businesses and Spirit-filled communities.

The cast of YAGMCB consisted of three Americans, one Canadian, one Thai, and a Taiwanese.

While the show premiered at our original cafe location, Aroma’s brand new cafe (located in the heart of Taipei’s poorest neighborhood) also served as a great place to put on the show. I was amazed by the amount of people that poured in from all over the city. Many friends had been invited who perhaps otherwise wouldn’t be interested in visiting us at the cafe or church. Even one of my good friends I had met while playing basketball decided to join in the entertainment, despite all my failed past attempts to get him to hang out with me at the cafe.

The crew put together a total of six shows, three at both locations. It quickly showed to hit all three of our bottom lines. We sold out or nearly sold out each of the shows. We were able to create an event that brought joy and laughter to the community. Hopefully they’ll return to Aroma knowing it is a safe place where they are welcome. And finally, YAGMCB brought Kingdom expansion. Seeds were sown as the Holy Spirit worked within the cast throughout the production. This is just one of the ways God is spreading his aroma in Ximen, Taiwan, and throughout the world. There are still many people here who have not heard about Jesus. Because of your partnership, however, the gospel message continues to spread and change lives!

This article originated from and was used with permission by Justin Siemens.

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