An ancient wood shed sits several yards away—only this one was crowded with four adults, one wriggling baby and a pint-sized donkey. If you squint in the right direction, you just might be able to see two soldiers on horseback, patrolling for any wayward taxpayers. For the last two years, scenes like this have been common for the New Market Seventh-day Adventist Church around Christmas time. For the third year in a row, the production Journey to Bethlehem, an interactive dramatic recreation of first century Bethlehem, will be taking place.
In preparation for a two week prophecy seminar, members from the Lynchburg Church mailed over 40,000 brochures to the local community, bought radio and television advertisements and several members went door-to-door, handing out flyers and making personal appeals.