The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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May 3, 2013

Performing for God, open to all

You wouldn’t necessarily have to go for the God. (Although they’d be fine with that if you did.)

Go for the good.

Good singing, good musicianship, and good human videos.

Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with the concept of the human video. Most people aren’t. But if you’re into Bible stories and are up for an afternoon watching young people display their talents, head to Hillside Church on the edge of town for a performance of the church’s Fusions Fine Arts Academy.

The Saturday event, which will cost you $5 at the door, is a church production but is open to the public. Their goal is to raise money to help fund the program’s activities, including a trip to Florida where some of the kids will go and perform these same acts.

“If you wanna see 41 teenagers whose lives have been changed and have discovered, developed and deployed their giftings and talents, then this the place to be,” said Caleb Wampler, a youth pastor at Hillside Church.

“People who come will sense the presence of more than the arts. They’ll sense that God is there. But even if they just want to see teens that literally have been saved off the streets from drugs and addictions – people raped, abused, neglected, students that have come from eating disorders, broken homes, juvey, drug camps – now they all have purpose in their life, they have something to live for, and they also have a creative outlet.”

One of the kids in the group is Nate Iversen, a senior at Mankato East High School.

He’ll be participating in one of the so-called “human videos.” A human video is essentially a theatrical endeavor where a group of kids act out a story from the Bible. Heavy on stunts and physically demanding moves, they last several minutes.They are set to a soundtrack, and the kids don’t speak or sing (although they do a little bit of lip synching).

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