After 45 hours on my feet with only three hours of sleep, my feet and legs ache.  However, our Christmas play was a great success.   

How do I know it was successful?  There were at least 350 smiling people who left the Saturday and Sunday evening performances.  Most of all, our actors and choir members were rejoicing that they were able to be a part of this annual Christmas event. 

Our members are developmentally disabled.  They participate each week in The Special Gathering of Indian River which is a ministry within the mentally challenged community.  At Special Gathering, we don’t do social work, but evangelism and discipleship.  Our annual Christmas play is a thank-you gift to the community.

Most of our members who participated had worked hard for three months, and they were reaping the rewards of a difficult  job well done.  The choir sang with boisterous gusto.  They were dressed, polished and shining.  They’ve been practicing since July.

In Vero, our play director was Diane Wihlborg.  In Melbourne, the director was Barbara Kenney.  They did exceptional jobs.  However, even they couldn’t have been successful without the 20 or so volunteers who stepped in and worked extra hours.   They give and give beyond what can ever be expected.

Whenever a big event is endeavored, the “play is the thing.”  However, it’s the volunteers and leadership who truly make any endeavor successful.

Give us some ideas.  What do you do to make your volunteers and leadership team know they are valued and needed?