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Newly crowned Mrs. Global America, Rhonda Howdyshell, considered with her husband the snow and ice that stood between them and the theater, where Shen Yun Performing Arts would be performing, and made up her mind to go.
“It’s wonderful,” she said of Shen Yun Performing Arts. “Very beautiful. … I’m so glad to be here.”
Howdyshell won the Global America Pageant just two weeks ago and has a background in philanthropy, business, and charitable organization.
“I’m thrilled to be here in Fairfax, Virginia, to see this beautiful show,” she said. “I like the way they interacted with the screen in the background. And then they kinda jumped back there and then you see something else. Very well coordinated. Brilliant.”
Every year since 2006, the Shen Yun Performing Arts travels the world with a new production to share China’s traditional culture and history with audiences. One of the pieces that stood out for Howdyshell was one which is set in modern times. According to its program book, “Goodness in the Face of Evil,” based on true events, follows a young girl who is imprisoned in China for having spiritual faith.
Today, in communist China, there is no open spirituality allowed that isn’t infiltrated, altered, and tightly controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Tibetans, Uighurs, many Christians, and up to 100 million Falun Dafa practitioners face persecution by the CCP on a daily basis.
Howdyshell was moved by the story and took away from it a message of faith.
“I think that’s a lesson for all of us. I have remained strong in my faith and God has sent me so many things. The heart of it that comes through, and the divine purpose that they have,” she added.
“It was wonderful,” said Harry Foxwell, an associate professor at George Mason University. “I never saw anything like it before, and understanding the thousands of years of culture is amazing.”
“It was so spiritual and it just let everybody know, like exactly what’s happening in China we need to get the word out even more and the the performance and especially the singers, they gave the true message which is very very important. It’s important for all of us here in the united States to know even more about what’s happening in China,” said Susan Taylor National Public Affairs Director. “The man is basically good, and that there is a future there is a spiritual and that man is basically good and the goodness will come out in people and we just need to continue doing what we’re doing so those that have the evil and the oppression and they can actually stop doing that.”
NTD News, Fairfax, Virginia