My Journey with DRIME | Chana’s Story

Written by Chana C., DRIME Intern & Administrative Assistant

 

In a way, my journey with DRIME really began before I even knew God or His plan for me. I have a long background in theatre, and for the majority of my life it has been a great passion of mine. As a teenager, theatre was my life, my love, and I wanted it to be my career. It was the only place I felt any sort of confidence.

Then, even though I wasn’t living for God, I went on a mission trip to New York City and I came to know Christ in a new and real way. (That is a whole other story in itself.) Everything changed. When I gave God my heart, I felt Him asking me to put my love for the arts aside and follow Him. I thought that from that point on I would only ever have theatre as a hobby. I accepted that, and trusted that God would give me better.

Five years later, I started thinking about drama again. I had developed a deep love for missions, but I still had a great love for the theatre. I came to the conclusion that God wouldn’t have given me such a love for the arts if I wasn’t going to use it for His glory. I started imagining what it would be like to have my own theatre ministry to share the gospel and use the profits to go towards missions. I thought through many details, and had a plan to get going once I was out of college. But God had other plans.

In my final year at Summit Pacific College, I encountered DRIME at a ministry fair on campus. I was so excited to find out that what I had been dreaming about was already out there. Not knowing much about DRIME, I signed up to join the team.

I remember walking in the door to my very first DRIME boot camp and being greeted with a hug by a complete stranger, and I knew in that moment this was going to be more than just volunteering for a ministry. Quickly, the members of my team became my brothers and sisters. I had never felt so welcomed and loved before.Though I had joined DRIME for the dramas, it was the family that really gripped me and made me stay.

In my first year with DRIME, I wanted to learn all that was possible. I taught myself dramas, researched the ministry, and did all I could do to dive deeper into it. At the end of that year I knew I had found the ministry I wasn’t going to leave. I loved what I was doing and all the people I got to do it with.

I continued with the team, and also went on a few mission trips to Eastern Canada. At the end of my third year with DRIME Vancouver, I applied and got accepted for a year-long internship with the DRIME office (“home base”) in Langley.

Though I was initially interested in DRIME for the theatre aspect, I learned that there is so much more to DRIME than dramas. It is the conversation side of the ministry that makes the real impact. Talking to people in a real way, starting at where they are at, and showing them God’s love is what changes the heart. It doesn’t always go the way we want, and it is actually really hard sometimes… I can’t tell you how many times I have struggled to know what to say next. The beauty, though, is that God is the one doing the work in them, not me. My words and actions are important, but God can work even in my mistakes.

Another beautiful part of DRIME is that it has spread around the world. So, not only does it fulfill my desire to use drama to share the Gospel, but it also allows me to go out onto the mission field. God has given me more than I could have ever hoped for in this ministry.

In the past 3 years, I have gone from being a member, to a team leader, and now an intern with DRIME. This ministry has changed my life in so many ways. It has helped me grow in confidence in who I am in Christ and it has given me the tools I need to share the Gospel in a powerful, yet unique way. It has given me the opportunity to help the ministry grow. I have been given the freedom to explore new possibilities and ideas, and then creatively pursue them. I’m so thankful for what God has given me in DRIME – a ministry to call my own, a place to serve Him with my passions, a family.

 

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