LIMA — It’s an easy connection: feeding the hungry and the Bible.
And today, that connection will be made in Lima when the one-man show, “The Cotton Patch Gospel” comes to Our Daily Bread to raise money locally for hunger prevention.
The first live show ever performed at Our Daily Bread, organizer Wendy Chappell-Dick said the show is ideal for the venue. “I like that it’s 100 percent a benefit. I like that dedication. I volunteer at Our Daily Bread, and I know the needs there are sharply rising,” Dick said. In fact, that organization serves an average of almost 3,500 meals per month in Allen County to those living in poverty or enduring hard times.
Proceeds from the benefit will also go in part to WHY Hunger and the Mennonite Central Committee’s food program.
The musical will be performed by Phillip Kaufmann, who will play all the roles in a show that transplants the story of Jesus into the American south during the mid-20th century. Following the story line, Jesus Davidson is born in the town of Gainesville, Ga., and laid in an apple crate. He is baptized in the Chattahoochee River, he preaches to a crowd of thousands on Stone Mountain, and meets his death in Atlanta.
Music for the show was written by Harry Chapin, his final finished work before his accidental death in 1981.
“The musical style of this show is largely country,” Chapell-Dick said. “The show is a good one for this venue and this cause because it’s interdemoninational, with an emphasis on service,” she added.
Following Friday night’s performance, refreshments donated by The Meeting Place on Market will be offered.