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LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS:

The Story of Elizabeth Fry

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LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: 

The Story of Elizabeth Fry

LENGTH: 45 minutes (Performed since 2006)

Also appropriate for Christmas

A true story about not being afraid to go into a dark world with the Light of Christ

Jesus said about Himself, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” John 12:46

Christianity has impacted cultures throughout the centuries when ordinary Christians were not afraid of the darkness of sin. In fact, they saw it as an opportunity for Christ’s love, forgiveness and hope to shine its light in and bring freedom!
My drama, LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS, is based on the true story of Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845), a woman who saw a great need in Newgate, one of London’s most notorious prisons, in the early 19th Century.
Conditions were horrible: drinking, fighting, swearing and the stench was overwhelming. This was in the women’s portion of Newgate! John Howard saw no hope for them. Women often had to bring their children in with them and were dependent on family on the outside to provide food and basic necessities. If there was no family, then they would provide ‘favors’ for the jailers or other men, just to get food.
Babies were also being born in Newgate without any means for mothers to care for them.

Elizabeth Fry knew that she and the women in her church could do something. By providing diapers, bread, blankets education and training, they helped change the hopelessness of many of the inmate’s situations.
The kindness of the Christian women opened the door to spiritual transformation for many of the women inmates. It also opened the door for much needed prison reforms.
Elizabeth Fry’s work would catch the attention of Queen Victoria and even Parliament! Her actions changed the deplorable conditions in England’s prisons and affected how they were run. Canada’s Elizabeth Fry Society is named in her honor.

This isn’t just a drama about prison ministry as much as it’s about looking beyond the hopelessness and darkness of sin, to the people Christ died to save. As we help to meet their practical needs, it opens a door to meet their spiritual needs. Poverty is still a huge issue today, especially for women and their children. They don’t always need a handout but they do need a hand up!

What need is God asking you to meet with the help of your church community? Don’t forget you have the light of Christ and the power of God at your disposal?
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 For over fourteen years I have had the privilege of being involved in prison ministry within my own city, along with four other amazing women. We are from four different churches and it is Jesus that unites us. I am so thankful for the many opportunities I’ve had to share my dramas, which have then opened the door to sharing the gospel with countless incarcerated women. Women who never would have heard the gospel if they hadn’t gone to prison!

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THEMES: SALVATION, THE LIGHT OF CHRIST, DARKNESS VS LIGHT, HELPING OTHERS, GOD’S WORD, HISTORY CHANGER, WOMEN OF FAITH, HOPE, GOD’S LOVE FOR US, POVERTY & HOPELESSNESS, PRISON MINISTRY

PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL: POSTER, POWER POINT and BACKGROUND HANDOUT

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