The Christian drama, "Final Flight," which will be performed on March 29, features a cast of 25, some of whom are shown here.
As a child, Presephoni Fuller witnessed her mother suffer through a series of abusive relationships with men. At age 12, Fuller lost her mother to suicide. Had it not been for a grandmother who sent her to church, Fuller might have a much different story to tell.
It was her longing to help others trapped in such hopeless situations that led Fuller to write the upcoming "Final Flight," a drama that will be performed this month by a cast of 25 and sponsored by Redeeming Love Christian Church.
Featuring acting, solos and other music from church members and the choir, the performance will be held on the evening of Good Friday, March 29, at the Rockdale County Auditorium at 903 Main St. in Conyers. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. with the performance starting at 8. Admission is free.
"This was a good way to celebrate Easter," Fuller said.
Redeeming Love Christian Church has been "so amazing and supportive," she said, adding that the "scope and grand scheme" of putting on such a production is new for the church.
"We're pretty excited about it," she said.
"Final Flight" is a real-life drama that follows the struggles of 10 major characters coping with everything from prostitution, drugs and drinking to abandonment, single parenting, teen violence and abuse.
"The Holy Spirit was giving it to me and as it was coming, I was writing it," Fuller said of the script, which is not autobiographical.
"As I was writing, the Lord was letting me know people are in situations like this. They are trapped. They need to make a decision -- 'Are we going to heaven or hell?'
"It's not a scare tactic, but about our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. When people walk away from you or say things about you, He always loves you. I want the message of the cross to be clear. No matter where you are, He still loves you."
That unconditional love is what Fuller discovered for herself in church and at the age of 15, she became a Christian and said her life changed forever. Growing up in Jacksonville, Fla., Fuller said she had never had a good relationship with her mother and was actually afraid of her.
"Thank God for my grandmother," she said. "She raised me."
Married at the age of 27, Fuller and her husband, Willis G. Fuller, had their first child when she was 28 years old. Now married for almost 29 years, the Fullers have three daughters ages 24, 25 and 27.
Mrs. Fuller is a professional realtor and banker and Mr. Fuller drives for Dart Containers. He is also a career military man and the family has been stationed in Europe and California, as well as other places in the U.S. Mr. Fuller is now part of the 48th brigade in the National Guard. The Fullers are also ministers of the gospel.
Fuller and her husband previously pastored Restoration Worship Center in Milledgeville before coming to Redeeming Love Christian Church a year ago. The pastor of the church soon asked Fuller to oversee evangelism and outreach and her work in those areas grew into penning the drama "Final Flight."
"I love God and I love evangelism," she said. She and her church are also strong in community outreach with work for Toys for Tots, the Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter and efforts to help others in need.
"God has been really good to us and faithful," she said.
The author is excited that her first play will be directed by her daughter, Jessica. The drama unfolds by sharing the stories of the characters in five vignettes with special music throughout.
While the stories involve such topics as murder, prostitution and other such issues, Fuller said the drama is family friendly.
"We're being very discreet even in the red light district," she said. "...These things happen in every day life. We try to tell our teenagers when they want to go to a party and they say, 'Oh, nothing will happen.' We don't want them to lose their life. This is reality."
The reality of her mother's tragic life has also given Fuller a special desire to help women.
"I always tell people 'When I die, don't buy me flowers, but donate to domestic violence (rescue groups) that helps women walk away,'" she said.
Fuller said she is in constant prayer about the upcoming "Final Flight" and hopes it will be life-changing for people who need to make decisions to live for Christ. She also aims to reach those who need to strengthen their commitment to the Lord.
"I grew up with my grandmother and wearing hand-me-downs and with people telling me, 'Your mama wasn't anything and your daddy wasn't anything,'" Fuller said. "I want to make people feel good about themselves. I want to give people the royal treatment."
She said she makes it a point to speak kindly to everyone she deals with each day as she asks them how they are doing and offers a word of encouragement. She said she knows what it feels like to be overlooked and pushed aside.
"All the things I have now, I have more than I ever dreamed of," Fuller said. "I am rich in love and family and have respect for my husband, who takes care of me. All my kids have the same last name. God has enriched me with a family legacy I never had. If I die a pauper, I'll die the richest woman. I'm grateful."