ACT WON became a full time Christian creative arts ministry in 2002. The goal is to creatively communicate Christ! ACT WON does so by bringing God’s Word to a wide variety of people, both Christians and not-yet-Christians, within the church and the community locally, nationally and internationally.
ACT WON consists of a husband and wife team, Tracy and Eugéne who are the full time workers in this ministry. They rely solely on donations for salaries and general running costs of ACT WON.
Tracy and Eugéne direct, choreograph, produce and write all the ACT WON scripts. Their material is fresh and creative, using a wide variety of styles relevant to all ages. ACT WON approaches Christian creative arts ministry from a dynamic and unique perspective.
What the ACT WON team has to say about this ministry…”It’s not about us – we want to make Jesus famous!”
- US THREE
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
I’ve never had any desire to pack my bags and head off to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune but God has given me a passion for His kind of Drama and Storytelling. The kind that He uses to touch, challenge and change lives. What an awesome ministry to be involved in!
ACT WON is not just a job, it’s a calling. It’s an amazing opportunity God has given me to live out my purpose in Him at this time in my life. And while it is often full of big challenges, faith leaps, hard work, brain strain, physical strain, spiritual strain it’s also full of blessings, break-throughs and let’s be honest – BIG HEAPS of fun and laughter…abundant life of adventure!!!
FAVOURITE VERSES :
2 Corinthians 4:7-10,16-18
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body…Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Wow! There’s so much in here but don’t worry, I’m not about to launch into a sermon! I’ll restrain myself. It’s all about God and not us. It’s His power that does the work and we get to carry this around inside us as His children. I often need to remind myself that whatever I am going through, no matter how big/scary/disastrous it appears to be, that it is really only “light and momentary troubles” when compared to eternity! So if you come across me muttering “light and momentary troubles” you’ll know that I’m just gently reminding myself and trying to gain some heavenly perspective…once again! And oh yes, keeping my eyes fixed on the unseen, on Jesus and not the rest of the rubbish that distracts me so quickly. Light and momentary troubles, light and momentary troubles, light and momentary troubles…
HOW HAS THIS MINISTRY IMPACTED YOU SPIRITUALLY
Obedience – God has asked me to do things that are either a) difficult; b) don’t make any sense; c) require huge amounts of faith or all of the above!! Sometimes my obedience comes after much kicking and screaming and heaps of Bad Attitude. God then gently reminds me that He requires my obedience and when He says, “Go”, I must go!! God and I are still working on this one – it’s a work in progress…
Faith – trusting God especially with regards to provision. He is the one who provides and we are told not to worry. Remember…Light and momentary troubles!!
Listening to God – it would be so easy to run off and do our own thing with regards to ACT WON. But we need to constantly be logged in with God, hearing His heartbeat, finding out where He wants us to be, what He wants us to perform, when He wants us to stop, or head in a new direction. Easier said than done!
Significant in Him – went through a long period of feeling insignificant, not good enough for God to use, especially since none of us have any formal drama training. Satan would often use this point to attack me and get me down (usually just before a performance). But he’s such a liar and God has really helped me to work through this issue. If God has given me this work to do for Him, who am I to doubt that?!? He will give me everything I need to do the job.
Answered Prayer – time and again experiencing the reality of God and His power to impact people’s lives. Oftentimes we don’t know what God is doing in people’s hearts but that’s OK. He’s the boss and we just have to do what he asks us to! Obey orders. Hmmm…back to that obedience thing!
Overall – I have grown SO much as a Christian when I started to live out my purpose in Him in ACT WON. I have to grow in order to cope with the things God expects from me. I have to stay close to him in order to hear His voice. I have to rely on His strength to get me through the day. But like I said before, it is most definitely a work in progress…thank goodness for God and His patience and gentleness with me!!
A BIT MORE ABOUT ME
Signs of a Drama Queen – this began at an early age when I would dress up all the sisters to play-act a variety of roles. The sisters weren’t always willing but as oldest sibling I steamrolled over their objections and look where they are now! During my weird high school years I discovered a great way around those horrible school English, Afrikaans and Xhosa orals. I acted my way through all of them – dressing up in interesting outfits, singing, dancing, jumping on the teacher’s desk, putting shoe polish on my face (please note: shoe polish does NOT come off once applied liberally to the face. That was a loooong day at school and is one of those things we do not speak of).
Least favourite colour – mustard, which is unfortunate as it is supposed to be one of My Colours, doll! But I prefer to keep it on my food and not on me.
Cooking disaster – my exotic colourful purple cabbage casserole. Now, if you ask me it still tasted OK, but hubby Eugéne is still traumatised by the purple chicken, purple potato, purple onion…needless to say, the purple cabbage has not been welcome in our house since then! Of course, Eugéne has dined out on THAT story many a time!
Recommended marriage therapy – Take weekly self defence classes together – you get to beat each other up once a week in a controlled environment, practicing knife fighting techniques, blocks, punches, kicks and an interesting variety of defensive techniques. Very therapeutic! If this not available – pillow fights can work as well!
Favourite dance – I’ve always loved dancing but never ventured down the ballet route as my Dad said he didn’t want little elephants in pink tutus. Thanks, Dad! Looooved Ballroom and Latin American dancing – learnt how to shake my…er..hands and feet. Loads of fun. Have a husband who also enjoys dancing (freestyle – so I’m still learning how to follow) and a dog who likes to get down and boogie. It’s true. She does however prefer jazz and hip hop music.
Most embarrassing moment – this ties in with dancing. At a dance competition, during the supper break, lots of people were looking at me, I was clearly turning heads, must have been my impressive dance routine. After 10 minutes of all this attention, some kind stranger came over to inform me that I had tucked my dress into my undies after visiting the loo. Moving on…
Bush baby – having been born in the wilds of the Zimbabwean bush, well, my parents did make it to the little town of Chipingali (after getting the cattle off the road). I am a no frills kind of gal. Enjoying tent camping and roughing it. Don’t mind a bit of dirt and grime. Have been known to enjoy a good camp mud bath/fight (not the beauty salon kind) and have participated in cow dung flinging competitions.
Adrenalin adventures – have done…white water rafting (Orange, Breede in flood, Doring, Zambezi), a bit of abseiling & rock climbing, a flip in a micro-light, Bridge swing, sky diving. On the to-do list – paragliding and hiking up Kilimanjaro.
The household – an absolutely amazing husband who answers to the name of Eugéne. an incredible son called Luca (“bringer of light”) and 2 rescue dogs – one who’s into dancing and the other who seems to be a cross between a German Shepherd and a Sausage dog, which would make him a Brakwurst!
Most exotic place visited – Israel, staying in the Old City in Jerusalem
Least exotic place visited – Bellville
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a doctor. Saving life on this planet was to me the highest accolade human kind could ever achieve. My relationship with Jesus Christ enables me to add value to people’s lives by assisting them to hear God, thereby changing their lives on an eternal scale.
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DO?
I carry stuff, make stuff, do the finance and PR stuff, do the driving stuff, audio-visual stuff, the facilitation stuff, writing stuff, performing stuff etc. Stuff like that…
CURRENT FAVOURITE BIBLE VERSE:
1 John 3:16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers“. Enough said…
WHO ARE YOUR HEROES OF THE FAITH?
You can tell a lot about a culture by the people it admires, by its heroes and heroines. Some of my heroes are people who may have been underestimated because of their appearance or status in society. Mine are two who equally occupy 1st place:
Caleb, buddy of Joshua. Didn’t have to be the main man. Yet at an old age, did damage to some big bad giants who lived in big bad places.
A slave girl, probably not even a teenager, and she’s been dead around 2,700 odd years. She was a captive in the house the enemy, a Syrian General. She occupies very little space in just a few verses in 2 Kings 5 but has a voice that leaves an impression, even today. She has no power, no family, and no rights but has a gargantuan faith in God. She says one line, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy. ” Subsequent chapters show the results of her faith. It’s a lesson that changes the life of General Naaman, Aram King of Syria, the King of Israel and their nations.
Not too sure what my heroes say about me…
HOW HAS THIS MINISTRY IMPACTED ME SPIRITUALLY
It is what flows from my relationship with Jesus Christ, that not only enables me, but compels me to add value to people’s lives by assisting them to hear God, thereby changing their lives on an eternal scale.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE DEVIL LANDS IN THE TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT?
I shut it down.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE IN ACT WON?
When a Cambodian man hugged me, the water-works leaking from his eyes and said, “My Brother. I will look out for you in Heaven one day.” Eternal consequence…
I don’t hate my pets.
IF YOU HAD SHORT-TERM MEMORY LOSS BUT REMEMBERED 3 EXPERIENCES, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
- Turning around for the first time to see my Bride walking down the aisle towards me. Classic!
- Multiple belly-rolls in a world war two type fighter plane.
- Seeing the birth of my first dog.
WHAT WOULD YOU RATHER NOT HAVE EXPERIENCED?
- Seeing the first 1½ metres of my Bride’s fall down the side of a mountain slope and just hearing the rest of the fall. Not being sure if she was still alive or if she had graduated to Heaven. Nothing tests your resolve in God like that.
- Destroying my anterior cruciate ligaments during a game of Touchies. Not advisable. Really, I don’t advise it. Ever.
WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD?
Flying above the clouds during sunrise!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SAYING?
“There’s a power that exists in a question that is not necessarily found in the answer”. Elie Wiesel.
Followed closely by, “Go Well”
WHAT THINGS DO YOU STILL TO ACHIEVE OR INVENT OR DISCOVER?
Obedient golf balls. Obedient computers. The smell of colour. Writing “the Great Book of Wise”. The place left socks & guitar plectrums go to. Chocolate that when consumed, causes one to lose weight. That which makes God smile…
WHEN YOU ARE OLD ONE DAY, WHAT KIND OF PERSON WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?