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I witnessed the Lord at work this week as I sat in on the rehearsal of local youth preparing for their upcoming performance in the “The Wiz!”

It’s amazing when you surrender to what the Lord has purposed you to do, how easy it is to walk into greatness. Porch Productions Inc., led by owner Monica Pettiford, along with Artistic Director, Crystal Little are doing something powerful with youth here in the Queen City. This self-funded theater group is providing the opportunity for young people to unearth their gifts and share them with audiences.

These ladies armed with little more than their faith and their smiles, are changing lives, one person at a time. The developmental opportunity that they are delivering could be compared to that being offered in major theatre groups in cities like New York. The talent in that room was nothing more than heaven sent.

When asked why, Monica replied, “I might not be Tyler Perry yet, but I come with a purpose.” And purpose is just what is being shared with these young people. The confidence that is being developed as they listen intently to the instructions being given to them by Crystal is transformational. To my surprise, many of them had not acted before. But armed with their God given gifts, they are rocking the stage.

Truthfully, I visited the rehearsal to conduct some interviews for an upcoming story, but what I walked away with was a heavy dose of hope. Amidst all the madness that plagues our daily lives, I witnessed two women determined to make a difference in the lives of youth and young adults.

The Bible tells us that our gifts will make room for us. In order to activate, we have to walk in the direction of those gifts. Talented in their own right, Monica Pettiford and Crystal Little are walking out their dreams and I could not be more excited than to have witnessed it firsthand.

The show is Friday-Sunday. Hopewell High School Auditorium, 11530 Beatties Ford Road Huntersville, NC 28078-8460. Show times are at 7 on Friday and Saturday and at 4 on Sunday. To learn more go to, or visit

Tanya is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte. You can friend her on Facebook or email her at Read more columns by Tanya Wilson.

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