Candace Carter: CHAOS Breakthrough

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 27, 2016

The 10th annual CHAOS Dinner Theater will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church followed by an Encore performance on Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The title of this year’s show is “Breakthrough.” According to the dictionary, a breakthrough is an act of overcoming an obstacle. From the way I see it, a breakthrough represents a moment that breathes life. It is an “aha” moment, that brings about transformation, clarity, and insight. A breakthrough can come forth from working at something intensely for a period of time or when you learn to find a new perspective from looking at the same situation in a different light.

We all find ourselves in the midst of these desperate moments of life where we feel alone and hopeless. Seeking and praying for a breakthrough that seems near to impossible. The all-too-familiar voice of doubt, fear and regret speaks loud and clear in these moments — convincing us that we will never see light at the end of the tunnel.

So we sit, we listen and begin to believe that we will never achieve our goals, that our faith and our prayers are in vain. We believe the lies that our breakthrough is far past due and lose sight of our promises from God. We become convinced that those broken relationships and struggling marriages can never be repaired, you will never get that job promotion or apology that you deserve. We become comfortable in our defeat and we just stop — we stop believing that that breakthrough is coming. We become broken instead. However, there is a much stronger, more powerful voice from a loving Savior who believes in you and He will give you the courage and strength to breakthrough your fears. Jesus Christ has the power to open doors that no one else can touch, He can change hearts, He can mend relationships, restore families, provide hope and make what seems impossible possible.

CHAOS has 60 students participating in this year’s show. If you attend our show you can expect dancing, acting, live music, humor, moments of tears, smiles and to meet group of students dedicated to sharing their faith in Jesus.

Each year the group evaluates God-given talents, personal stories and interests to develop a show that is very real for our audience. This year God has really been at work in the hearts of our youth. We will present a segment in our show which each student will individually share a personal story of heartache, struggle, persecution or breakthrough. We feel that using real life stories is the best way to express to others how powerful our God is and to also show that we are still standing and praising Him despite the valleys we go through in life. It takes a lot of courage to stand in front of a crowd and bare your insecurities but it is necessary to show others how God can help them just as he did us.

If there is even one individual that attends our show who can relate to something we have been through and find courage or hope in Jesus Christ — we have succeeded.

I have always loved the fine arts, particularly dance, music and writing. Christian drama ministry has been an outlet for me to express my faith through my interests. I have found that intersecting the arts and my faith has really allowed me to make a strong connection with my students. It gives them the opportunity to reach others in a unique way.

God is faithful and His timing is perfect. Give your burdens to Him and He will lead you to spiritual breakthrough in all areas of your life. Don’t give up. When you are tempted to give up that’s when your breakthrough is probably just around the corner. Never stop believing. Your blessing, your healing; your answers, your freedom and your joy are on the way of faith.

CHAOS is available to perform at church and community events throughout the year. If you are interested in having CHAOS at your event please contact Candice Carter at We have a limited amount of tickets left for the March 12 show. Make your reservations by contacting Candice Carter. Tickets, reserved in advance and paid for at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and include popcorn and drink. For those who can’t get tickets or are unable to attend the March 12 show an encore performance will be performed on Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 108 West Rice St., Landis. No reservation or tickets required. This is a wonderful event for church youth groups and anyone who would like to join us.

The South Rowan Lutheran Youth is a joint youth ministry of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, St. Enoch Lutheran Church, Mt. Moriah Evangelical Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church in the South Rowan area. Middle and high school youth from all four churches participate and they go by the name CHAOS Youth which stands for Christians Hyped about Our Savior. Candice Carter has served as the full time youth director for the group since 2004.

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