Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Dancer's Story Part 3 by: Ann Sterling Dale

Howdy everyone! I have returned to give the final portion of my story of becoming a part of Ad Deum!      
I will begin by describing how incredibly good God is and also how faithful to His promises He is. First of all, literally the day that I arrived in Houston, my mom and I looked at a charmingly spacious apartment and put down money for it right away! It is certainly much more affordable living in Houston than NYC! I am living with two girls who are both in Ad Deum II, and they are wonderful. The company members in Ad Deum are literally amazing! They are such servants for Christ that are full of faith and joy that it blows my mind. I want to be like them. Lara, Stella, and Emily let me stay in their apartment for a few days before I could move into my apartment, and they prayed for me in my transition and for God to give me His peace. It was such a blessing, and literally the next day after they prayed for me, I had more peace and joy! God is so good. I also got teaching job offers before I even arrived in Houston and now am teaching dance numerous Elementary schools and a studio in Katy, as well as subbing for The Met, West University, and Houston Academy of Dance. I am also babysitting for three different families already and the kids are adorable and fun! I love kids!! 

In the days following, I found my church the very first Sunday I was in Houston. It is called Mission 24, on the University of Houston campus, and it is where Lara, Stella, and Emily go to church as well! I absolutely love it, and I am now leading a small group and on the worship team there. As for being an apprentice in Ad Deum, I will start with saying that the training is excellent!! I quickly realized how much more I need to use my core in order to do the things that Randy creates in His classes and rehearsals! So I am working on that, but I was able to go to Atlanta with the other apprentices in October for Project Dance, and for some other performances at different churches.  This was an incredible unifying, bonding, and growing experience for me with the other apprentices. I got to learn and perform Innocence Not Lost for this trip which was the first Ad Deum piece I saw years before, and it is still one of my absolute favorite pieces in our repertoire, if not my very favorite!! We also collaborated to choreograph an African praise and worship piece mixed with some more athletic intense Afro-Modern movement as well, which was so fun because the joy that combining African dance and choreographing brings me is beyond abundant overflow!! The trip with the five other apprentices was wonderful, and I saw God work powerfully through the gift of dance that He has given us. 

Servant Artistry is how I would describe being a member of Ad Deum. I have grown so much here, and the community is such an incredible blessing from God in my life. I am so so thankful that God has brought me here and shown me His faithfulness in so many ways. Looking back on my life and seeing how He has woven together the tapestry of my life is amazing, and I am so grateful that I heeded the words of Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the LORD with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight." God is so good, and I am excited to see what He has in store for the future! 

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