Name that Need

Theme: Missionaries are real people who need to feel that they are connected to and supported by the church.
Length: 4 – 5 minutes
Characters: Game show host, two contestants and a missionary.
Scene/Props: A table for the contestants. A chair for the missionary. The game show takes place stage right and the missionary is seated stage left. The two scenes alternate on and off.

Synopsis: Two contestants compete on a superficial game show called “Name that Need.” The contestants try to answer questions about the needs of missionaries, but are unable to answer even one correctly. In contrast, a missionary delivers a monologue that communicates real, heartfelt needs.

Excerpt:
(SFX: Up tempo music and crowd noise)

SPOTLIGHTS ON THE GAME SHOW

HOST: (big show biz grin) Hi and welcome to Name that Need. An informative quiz show that educates you on the needs of missionaries. Today our two contestants are John and Mary. Welcome to the show.

(John and Mary smile and shake hands with one another.)

FREEZE ACTION, LIGHTS OUT AND SPOT LIGHTS ON MISSIONARY.

MISSIONARY: Lord, I feel so out of it…disoriented… and yes…even a little disillusioned. I return to the states after 5 years of serving you in another country and everything is different…I’m different. I need to talk about my experience. But no one wants to listen. Nobody has time.

FREEZE ACTION, LIGHTS OUT, AND SPOT LIGHTS ON GAME SHOW.

HOST: All right. First question. Missionaries need from us: Advice…Support…Credit Cards.

MARY: Credit cards. They’re like, everywhere you want to be.

HOST: (imitates buzzer sound) Ehhh! Wrong!

JOHN: Advice?

HOST: Ehhh! Wrong again! The answer is support. Next question. Providing moral support for a missionary means…

MARY: Supporting them in teaching good morals.

HOST: Ehhh! John?

ONE: Giving them a pat on the back for a job well done. No, wait. That’s morale.

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