Matthew 25: Ministries’ Presents TICKETS THE RADIO PLAY on Dec. 5-6

Matthew 25: Ministries’ Presents TICKETS THE RADIO PLAY by Reverend Wendell Mettey

MISC_TicketsNovember 19, 2014  CINCINNATI, OH – Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located at 11060 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash presents the second annual production of TICKETS THE RADIO PLAY by Reverend Wendell Mettey on December 5th and 6th.

TICKETS THE RADIO PLAY is based on the short story “Tickets” originally written by Reverend Wendell Mettey in 1976 for his Walnut Hills congregation and produced by his congregation at Montgomery Community Church in 1985 as a radio program.  Reverend Mettey conceived the idea of turning the radio program into a staged old-style radio play and the original radio script was adapted for the stage in 2012.

TICKETS THE RADIO PLAY received its world premiere production in December of 2013.  Reverend Mettey plans to make TICKETS THE RADIO PLAY a yearly event at Matthew 25: Ministries.  Performances are 12/5 (7:30) and 12/6 (3:00 and 7:30).   Tickets for Tickets are available at or by calling (513) 793-6256 or e-mailing  Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

Reverend Mettey was the Senior Pastor at Walnut Hills Baptist Church from 1972 – 1979 and at Montgomery Community Church for twelve years from 1979 – 1991.  During that time, he preached weekly, wrote stories, reflections, prayers, guided enrichment programs and performed many additional roles that were inspirational to his congregations and provided them with growth and guidance in creative ways.

One of those ways was through the crafting of short stories like “Tickets” and the adaptation of “Tickets” into an audio play that he and members of his MCC congregation recorded at WCET studios in downtown Cincinnati in 1985.  The radio recording was a huge success and a tremendously enjoyable experience for all involved.  Now, TICKETS THE RADIO PLAY has become a part of the yearly Christmas celebrations at Matthew 25: Ministries.  The original short story “Tickets” is included in a compilation of Reverend Mettey’s Christmas stories (“Lost and Found, Stories of Christmas”), released in November of 2013.

“Lost and Found, Stories of Christmas” is a collection of stories written by Reverend Wendell Mettey for his congregations.  While written over a span of years, the stories have a timelessness that appeals to readers of all ages.  These simple stories share the emotional journey of characters whose struggles with doubts, fears and resentments cause them to lose hope, but who ultimately find a great gift through the discovery of the true meaning of Christmas.  Readers will recognize their own anxieties and concerns in the reactions of the characters and celebrate with them their triumph as they discover the joy of giving… the true spirit of Christmas.  All Reverend Mettey’s books, including “Lost and Found, Stories of Christmas” are available for purchase at Matthew 25: Ministries and at and other electronic outlets.

Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs.  All designated funds are used for the purpose intended.  For the most up-to-date information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at Follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter

To date in 2014, Matthew 25: Ministries has distributed 690 containers weighing more than 13,000,000 pounds and helping over 17,000,000 people.

ABOUT MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 14,000,000 pounds of corporate discontinues, misprints, overruns, off-spec, slightly damaged, returned and past season products each year and redistributes them to people in desperate need throughout the US and worldwide. Each year, Matthew 25: Ministries impacts the lives of more than 16,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Matthew 25 is highly-ranked on Forbes’ list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also top ranked of more than 2,000 four star charities on Charity Navigator.  Matthew 25: Ministries is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the “Wise Giving Alliance Standards”.

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