Thanks to the hard work of our work crews Missouri Campers on Mission, the Crawford Family and their church, Stanley Cassidy, Steve and Kelly Smith, many others, and the roofing/construction lead Denny and Linda Ball assisted by Mark Scott, we were able to complete the roofing of the Sacred Arts Museum. This was a gargantuan task. We started on Monday, April 5, 2021 with taking off the old tile and finished taking it off on Friday, April 9, 2021. Putting on the new metal faux tile roof, took some time, but due to the hard work and perseverance of Denny and Mark, we were able to finish the project on Friday, May 14, 2021.
We still have a ways to go with the restoration of the museum, but we are thankful to have it weather tight!
3rd Spotlight Tower added in 2020
We are very thankful to the volunteer help and material contributions of Dover Christian Church of Oklahoma and Corinth Baptist Church of Louisiana. These two churches have been instrumental in the addition of our petting zoo area, the spotlight towers on the set, and numerous other projects throughout the grounds. Here's a before and after look as well as a progress shot of the 3rd spotlight tower that they've put in for the Passion Play.
Additionally, the First Christian Church of Stilwell, Oklahoma did an awesome job of staining the tower to help it look great for a long time as well as completing a walkway to connect the pathway to the cross to the walkway to the statue.
Statue Walkway completed by First Christian Church of Stilwell, Oklahoma
Bethlehem Area in Holy Land Improvements
New Porch for the Church in the Grove--Arkansas Campers on Mission
The Great Passion Play will be performed in memory of Richard Griffith on Saturday, October 17. Richard has been a cast member of the Passion Play since 1969 until he went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 25, 2020.
Richard performed as a Roman soldier before over 7.5 million people in that period of time.
He will be greatly missed by all his co-workers who count him as family.
Richard's memorial service will be held at New Day Fellowship in Eureka Springs, Arkansas on Sunday, October 18 at 4:00pm. Please wear a mask out of respect for the State's regulations.
Stream online below, or see the television times below!
For the best resolution, click the "gear"--which is the settings and click 1080p if your internet speed will allow!
We hope that you enjoy this condensed version of The Great Passion Play, and we hope you make plans to come to Eureka Springs when live performances resume!
Although live performances have been postponed, you can see special performances of The Great Passion Play as filmed before a live audience on the following television stations:
KXNW 34 (MyNet) Sunday, April 12 @ 8:00pm
KNWA (NBC) Sunday, April 12 @ 11:00pm
We hope that you can join us in your home for these special showings of The Great Passion Play!
We are currently in the middle of a $300,000 matching challenge for gifts given to our non-profit. We have now raised over $50,000 in this effort. Will you help us with this cause?
Here’s a very brief overview of what we’ve been to accomplish since 2013. Click here to see just a few of the before-and-after and in progress pictures.
2013: Reopening of the complete Holy Land Tour and putting new rooftops on the Passion Play and rooftop areas
2014: First summer with every week mission trips with Team Effort
2015: Passion Play Set facelift
2016: Marketplace development & Christ of the Ozarks Restoration
2017: a) Hosted summer mission trips started, b) History Museum opened, and c) opening of Noah’s Ark Park Petting Zoo
2018: a) Development of 5 miles of Biblically themed mountain bike and hiking trails to host the Arkansas high school and middle school mountain bike race, b) rear of house spotlight added to the Passion Play, and c) complete restoration of Tabernacle canvas
2019: a) Best attended opening weekend for 15 years on first ever Good Friday and Saturday showings of the Passion Play, b) 18 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails opened on the 667-acre property, c) Cross and Prayer Area completed, and d) 2nd spotlight tower and spotlight added
The 2020 outlook for improvements is looking very good as well.
One of our major supporting families has issued a challenge: if we raise $300,000, they will match that amount in gifts to our non-profit (501-c3) foundation. This is AMAZING and a wonderful opportunity.
So far, we have raised $17,000 toward the challenge. (December 20 update: $42,000 raised; December 31 almost $55,000 raised)
WILL YOU HELP US MEET THIS CHALLENGE?
The Great Passion Play is devoted to making the Scriptures come alive!