A young man turns to revenge to pay back the mistreatment he has gotten from people around him. But revenge can lead to ruin. This, in brief, is the message delivered in a unique way through the Judgement House production at Great Bend’s First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway Ave.
Members Dale and Sherry Pruter are the foundation in bringing the annual live walk-through drama to Great Bend for the past 12 years. Wednesday night, they were busy with actors and actresses, recruited from several area churches, running through lines during dress rehearsal leading up to Friday’s opening from 6-10 p.m. The play will also be held on Saturday from 5-10 p.m. and again on Sunday from 12:30-6 p.m.
“We really hope to reach people with this walk-through drama,” Sherry Pruter said. “We hope people find Christ and salvation,”
This year’s story, “Payback,” teaches why revenge is not the right answer. From the Judgement House website, here is a synopsis:
Bullying is a huge issue that affects the lives of thousands of students. In this story, a young man experiencing a difficult home life and the hurt of being bullied turns to revenge. He lashes out in the same way we have seen so many others by causing ruin in his life and the lives of many innocent people. See how the decisions made in this life affect what a person experiences for eternity.
Judgement House is a walk-through drama that presents the truth of people’s choices versus the consequences of those decisions both in this life and the next.
According to sponsors, it’s an effective tool to present the gospel and give individuals the opportunity to choose a personal and saving relationship with Jesus Christ. In addition, Judgement House continues to have an amazing impact on the church body or ministry that holds a presentation of their own.
Churches used to have revivals to see people come to faith in Christ and to see God’s people revitalized in their spiritual walk. Judgement House fulfills these purposes by giving its participants an opportunity to experience mission work first hand by demonstrating the gospel by participating in the dramas, encouraging others in authentic faith, engaging in the Word and praying for all those involved and those who go through Judgement House.