Voice for Choice Reaches 100,000
‘On Wednesday we welcomed Dawn Getley, our local talented ventriloquist preacher, to lead worship,’ one head teacher posted on a Plymouth school web site. ‘The children always enjoy Dawn’s visits and as usual she had us all in stitches of laughter at the silly antics of Horace, her little friend.
We have recently carried out a worship survey with the children to see what their favourite assemblies and themes were and Dawn and Horace figured prominently. In fact, I think the children would be more than happy to have Dawn visit every week which should be challenging since she visits about another 70+ schools across Plymouth every year. Dawn used her artistic skills to create a painting in which she told the story of the prodigal son to help the children understand that even when people are lost to God they can find their way back.’
Although all over the city children recognise Dawn as Horace’s Mum, she uses a range of puppets with her illustrated teaching. One of her most popular is Aquaduck who also appeals to adults when she speaks at churches and events such as Messy Church. ‘I've been doing this for almost 30 years now, so we think, conservatively, that over the years about 100,000 children have come to know Horace and the Bible accounts through the schools work.’
Dawn’s OAC ministry draws heavily on her gifts of ventriloquism and sketchboard painting. A qualified teacher and author, her book ‘Child’s Play’ enables others to reach children with 66 New Testament messages accompanied by sketchboard illustrations.
Recently, one person suggested another means of expanding her work. After a children’s slot in church, the mother of a two-and-a-half year old daughter Rosie sent this message. ‘I came into the front room as I heard Rosie apparently chatting to herself...turns out she was actually chatting to her toy duck and she said, “Hello, I'm Dawn!” when she saw me. Well…how would you like an apprentice?’ With a view to the future, Dawn happily agrees that another voice to present others with spiritual choice would be welcome.