Twenty-four Year History
1988 - 2011
In 1988, Lake Murray Baptist Church presented its first outdoor Christmas Drama as a gift to the community with a roadside nativity scene. As people drove along Hwy 378, only a handful of people stopped by to see a makeshift stable with fake cardboard sheep fashioned with cotton balls and a plywood donkey on wheels. some women even served as Wise Men with fake beards since there weren't enough men.
1988 OUR FIRST YEAR
Over the past 24 years, God has chosen to continue to bless the prayful efforts of His people here at Lake Murray. Each year while attending the drama, precious souls have made eternal decisions to form a personal relationship with "This Man Called Jesus."
Since 1988, total of 534,139 have attended the annual drama, and 14,364 have made life-changing decisions of professions of faith and rededications. In 2011, 35,920 attended during 16 performances. The drama mailing list consists of over 28 states and 510 cites. Many attend in tour buses from across the state and North Carolina and Georgia.
The Home for "This Man Called Jesus" is truly and "awesome" miracle from God! From presenting the drama outdoors in the bitter cold, to renting a tent for seven years,
God saw fit to bless the drama with a home. A home which was named and dedicated to His one and only son, Jesus. The home contains over 28,000 square feet and seats over 2,700. The home was dedicated debt free to the glory of God on Nov. 25, 2001, for the expansion of the gospel for the Kingdom of God until Christ returns. 2011 was the Eleventh year presenting the drama in the Home for "This Man Called Jesus."
Throughout the phenomenal expansion, the mission and purpose have remained constant: "Absolutely Free" as a gift and service to the community, operating solely for the purpose of leading people to accept the free gift of eternal like through Jesus Christ.