Yielded Vessel Mime Ministry

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Yielded Vessel Mime Ministry


REVERENCE BEYOND WORDS
You may be able to go to any corner in New York City, or the sandy Beaches of California and see the art of mime, but I don’t think even Marcel Marceau could have imagined this unique form of art portrayed with such life changing power.
Treshele and Yvonne McDaniel have applied their white face make-up, gloves, and robes, and are now taking the nation by storm as Yielded Vessel Mime Ministry. This amazing duo has combined music with dramatic movement, and accompanied by songs such as Ce Ce Winan’s "Alabaster Box", Yolanda Adams’, "In The Midst of It All", and Shekinah Glory’s "Praise Is What I do", they portray God’s influence in mans’ life. With unique storytelling ability, and without saying a word, Yielded Vessel deals with issue after issue as they illustrate the way fractured lives can be mended and reconciled to God. By the end of every mime, youth as well as adults stand amazed and teary eyed.
What makes Yielded Vessel so powerful? Treshele McDaniel says, "This is where we came from. Our ministry was developed from our ‘mess’. We, like many of the youth today, got caught up in the ‘party life’, and drugs. I was so street smart that you wouldn’t have recognized me. My sister (Yvonne) was the same way, and then her life was changed by a car accident that could have been fatal. That accident showed her how precious and amazingly short life can be. I remember she came to me one day and said, ‘We served the devil together for so many years, why don’t’ we try serving God for a change.’ I didn’t want to hear it at first, but she was persistent and I decided to go to church just to get her off my back. It was while I was sitting in church that I realized that the void I kept trying to fill through drugs and other immoral acts, could only be filled with the love of God through salvation. One of the songs that we minister is called, "Let Us Worship", by Yolanda Adams. In this song we are actually acting out our testimony, and it shows how my sister saved my life."
Yvonne says, "I believe God took us out of the filth we were in, cleaned us up and said, ‘Now go back in there and get others who are still bound in immorality and through your testimony let them know I love them - - - let them know that I’ve heard their prayers, and that I’m still here - - - waiting. All they have to do is take one step and I’ll take two.’ We’re not saying that everyone has the same issues. What we are saying is that whatever your issue is, God has the answer."
When I think of ministries, miming is not a method that immediately comes to mind, but as I watched their stories unfold that night, I began to see myself - - - my hidden secrets and challenges - - - come to life on stage right before my eyes. Secrets and challenges that I had not dared to share with anyone, except God. By the end, I was, like others around me, wiping away tears. Not only did I leave the performance feeling like a burden had been lifted from my shoulders, but I knew that God had heard every one of my prayers, and that I was there by divine appointment to receive answers from Him: Answers that came through two sisters . . . and one ministry . . . called Yielded Vessel. In my interview with them I shared my experience with them, and their reply was simply, "To God be the glory."
Yvonne went on to explain, "It’s important that we listen to God. He’s our choreographer. Each movement is to reverence Him, and it’s definitely a reverence beyond words."
While writing this article, I reflected upon what Treshele had said regarding how her sister had saved her life, but as I think about it, I realize the impact both of these girls have made on people’s lives all over the world. They’ve ministered to thousands of Youth at youth conferences called Y.U.G.O., with Dr. Patricia Bailey. They’ve also appeared on the Bobby Jones show, The Word channel, TBN, Daystar, and The 700 Club. Imagine the hearts that are being changed through this unique ministry, which is truly "a reverence beyond words".