VMFA has exciting ministry news on the forefront in our February update. This past weekend, Caleb and Jeremy Freeman have been speaking in Ardmore for a Disciple Now Weekend, so continue to remember them in prayer. Also, the Freeman family will be speaking at Jayne Jayroe, the former Miss America at her Esther Women's Bible Study on February 5. Our own Dr. Kevin McAfee will also be appearing and showing the new movie trailer and a segment to introduce the segment in Oklahoma City. Please remember to continue to pray for the speaking ministry of the Freeman family.
NEW MINISTRY PARTNER - David Stanley Ministries
VMFA is honored to be a strategic partner with David Stanley Ministries. David has spent his life sharing his ministry's voice in literally hundreds of churches around the world. When he was four years old, he and his two older brothers Rick and David moved into Graceland and became step-brothers to Elvis Presley.
For seventeen years the Stanley brothers became part of the fabric of one of the greatest entertainers of all time. However, what most people have never heard about is the story of the faith of Elvis Presley, the true loyalty he had for his family and more. David's personal ministry is now being foundational to spreading the gospel.
If you would like to learn more about David, please review our website and there is a special page just for David. He is raising support with one purpose, to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is carrying on the torch of what Elvis Presley believed in the most, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We are praying for you David.
As you know, we are partnering with the Maisha Project again this year and we need your prayers for the children in Kissimu Kenya, our board of directors and more. With over 900 children we feed every single day, every penny counts and we need your prayers.
TRIP TO LA
Jennifer Willingham is Dr. McAfee's new partner in a brand new film production company, Oceania Omnimedia, a multi-dimensional platform with films, music, digital and publishing products. The team travels to California this month for studio film meetings, recruitment of Executive Producers, meetings with distribution companies and more. Please remember all of the films with an underpinning of faith who have been working with GRP Films, now being placed under the new brand of Oceania.
Jeff Roman, Jennifer Willingham and Dr. Kevin McAfee will be securing visionary leaders to join in the crusade. This process is beginning with America's first families of faith and will be intersecting with true leaders who believe in legacy.
Many of our VMFA members on FB and the 1200 people who pray are facing major medical issues. Our online community is not just about the movies, but more importantly it is about people, about family and health. Please be praying for these names, Lorretta, Stephanie, Michelle, Pam, Zion, Mark, Jimmy, Bob, Laticia, Marilyn, Ashton, Tom, Gary, Joyce, Ben and these are just a few names. People need people to intercede and pray, so thank you in advance for remembering these important names.
As you pray for one another, please pray for the films #BUTGOD, JESUS CHRIST, ELVIS MY BROTHER, JP KNIGHTS, WAR BRIDE and the documentaries the production teams are working on. Your prayers are essential for the foundation of everything we do.
Remember, we are praying for you and thank you for being a huge part of the success of Veritas Mission Films in 2020. This is often called the month of love, but for us it is the love of ministry. As we conclude, we highlight the SHEPHERD OF LOVE ministry founded by Teresa Roundtree in Oklahoma City in their 20th year of existence.
Your VMFA Ministry Team
2020 is going to be the greatest year in our history. There are many of the reasons why and I would like to take this time to share on the blog.
OUR PRAYER TEAM
With over 1200 prayer partners, our non-profit is an opportunity for impact at the highest level because of prayer. As the foundation of this entire ministry, we want to especially call on our prayer team to rally and please remember us in prayer once a week or once a month because your prayers are making the difference.
OUR FILM SLATE
As a group of film projects who are ministry based, we have the finest film slate in our arsenal, then at any time in our history. Let's go through our non for profit films you can personally be involved in giving.
BUT GOD MOVIE - This is the feature documentary scheduled for film festivals and a Fathom Event in 2020. The powerful film has all kinds of momentum from the national television networks. Hollywood film professionals and initial distribution interest.
JESUS THE LAST SUPPER - Jim Gromer and the team have been working diligently to get the full length animated feature ready for creating the most Biblically accurate animated story of Christ ever created.
SAND IN TUSCANY - The amazing documentary inspired by Lorretta Segars wonderful book. WWII had a military theater largely ignored by cinema since the Italian campaign, but the 88th Infantry was heralded for their valor and highly decorated.
UNSHACKLED - Rescued Ministry has an exciting ministry based film surrounding emotional and spiritual bondage. Everyone needs to be rescued in life and this exciting screenplay is the highest priority.
In 2020 our new communications partner is the EPIC AGENCY. Jennifer Willingham is the Co-Founder of this exciting agency. They represent the Erwin Brothers, the Kendrick Brothers and Chick-Fil-A. We are honored to have this new partner working with us.
Our Facebook page continues to minister to many who have prayer requests throughout the year. Whether it is physical, emotional or spiritual, we are thankful for the team who is doing a great job in ministry for this prayer request army.
Thank you all for making this 2020 our best year possible. Stay tuned for many great notes on our monthly blog. Your prayers are always needed and we want you to know how much we love you all.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
As we move into the month of December and consider all the blessings in this past year, we are reminded there are many prayer requests for those who facing health issues, transitioning into bereavement in the loss of loved ones and more. No matter where you are, we are thankful and honored to pray for you each and every week.
We especially want to recognize the most important foundation we have in VERITAS MISSION FILMS. Thank you 1200 prayer partners and growing, who have come online to support our ministry via prayer. You have made the foundation of every film we create an essential part of movie making. VMFA is a non-profit working to educate and inspire through promotional efforts films made with themes of family, faith and freedom. Please remember to post ANY prayer requests you may have so we can pray specifically for you on our FB Page.
Our most strategic partner thanks to Emily Freeman, is now Jennifer Willingham and her amazing team of professionals. Our team is so very thankful for Andy and Jennifer with their precious family coming on board to make movies with us and promote films which matter. Jennifer is our new fiscal partner as the EPIC AGENCY is representing our film team, promoting our non profit and working with #butGOD, the feature documentary. We thank the Lord for expertise.
Jennifer worked on I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, GOD'S NOT DEAD, COURAGEOUS and represents the Erwin Brothers, the Kendrick brothers and now is a strategic partner with Dr. Kevin McAfee. They will be flying to LA in December to meet with distributors and also take the Freeman family to the CBS Paramount studios where THE DOCTORS will be filmed on December 20.
SPECIAL PRAYER REQUESTS
Lorretta Segars continues to need our prayers as she faces the cancer cells which remain in her body. She is the author of the book SAND IN TUSCANY and a contributor to WAR BRIDE, our WWII film. Please continue to remember to pray for her.
Prayer is needed for JP KNIGHTS and Beth Lambert as we get closer to visiting the Pennsylvania area working to finalize our film production opportunities. The timing is perfect to be involved in this amazing supernatural fantasy adventure.
Zion McAfee has been prayed for by the VMFA and her chemotherapy begins this week in Oklahoma. She is twenty months old and is daughter to Michael and Lauren McAfee, Dr. McAfee's oldest son and daughter in law. Please pray for her as she is treated through Christmas.
Tom Stewart has begun a prison ministry called RESCUED MINISTRY and this men's ministry is focusing on Tom as he shares his testimony of personal abuse into a life of victory under his faith in Jesus Christ. Tom is training other churches to be in ministry and deeply appreciates everyone's prayers. He has placed Dr. McAfee in a strategic ministry position ministering to men. If you have a need in this area, please contact us today.
If you are one of our churches who support VMFA in prayer, would you consider being an active art of the vital ongoing ministry in Kenya, Africa? This foreign missions project feeds over 900 children every day. We need your help and Beatrice Williamson is doing an amazing job working with Kenya. An exciting Spring Break Medical Missions Trip is being planning, so contact www.maishaproject.org for more information.
JESUS THE LAST SUPPER
Jim Gromer's family has come alongside of JESUS THE LAST SUPPER in a major way as we begin to share the story of Jesus in a full length animated feature. We would ask you pray for Paul, who is Jim's brother in law who is head of animation at the University of Colorado. He has been working with DISNEY and PIXAR for many years, so we are honored to have him on board.
BOOK OF CHAMPIONS
Dr. McAfee worked with Sarah Sutton and several leading ministers and apologetics experts on a definitive Character Study that contributed to his being conferred an honorary doctorate from the Latin University of Theology. Kevin was inspired by Tom Hill from Character First to write a Biblically based study and place this in a sports Bible called, the BOOK OF CHAMPIONS.
Thank you for being a huge part of our ministry and mission. Thank you John Dickey and Jeremy Freeman for being part of our three-stranded chord. These pastors help lead our team at VMFA with spiritual oversight.
Join the celebration of Christmas,
Your VERITAS MISSION FILM ASSOCIATION Team
Today, John Kyle did the sermon for his father, who passed away this week. I want to dedicate this blog to a lifelong friend who had his own trials as a young man. John grew up an athlete and had great difficulties in controlling his temper and more. He was on a path leading to destruction when everything changed in his life. He met God and found a real relationship in the person of Jesus Christ.
John has been a dear friend for the majority of our lives. We both lived together when we were out of college and he always showed me the power of what it meant to know God. I am asking for all who are part of our VMFA film prayer warriors to join his family in prayer.
Also, we been working with an amazing PR firm this week, the EPIC AGENCY who is led by the CEO and Co-Founder Jennifer Willingham. Jennifer and I knew each other when she was at Simon & Schuster Publishing. I am so honored to have her working with VERITAS MISSION FILMS and on the #butGOD feature documentary.
I would never have believed Caleb Freeman's story would appear on NBC Nightly News two weeks in a row, and we are so thankful. Now, we have been invited to become part of THE DOCTORS on the Paramount CBS Studios lot in December. We will share the details moving forward.
We are also thrilled to be working on a new film project entitled, THE AMERICAN VETERAN. The Executive Producer from Colorado has been in contact with us about the details, so keep us in your prayers during this time.
If you have a prayer request, be sure to let us know the details, and we will be honored to pray for you during this upcoming holiday season. We remember each one of you in thankfulness and will be remembering you in your hardships. Mom, Kyle, we are remembering you even today...
God Bless Each One of You!
Dr. Kevin McAfee
There are many wonderful praise reports for this past month I would like to share. First, we want to thank you all for praying for VMFA and for all of our non-profit efforts. Because of you, we have had many success stories and praise reports far beyond what we could dream.
FOUNDER BEATRICE WILLIAMSON
I am personally thankful for MAISHA and the GALA we want to report on in this blog of VMFA. Beatrice Williamson is one of the finest people we know. One year ago, we got involved in her life in the most dramatic way. She became an inspiration when we heard her story an was drawn to make a movie about her life. We talked about MAISHA BEA as a name for the project, but we never expected what would happen.
Through a series of events Bea needed a new board of directors and we were invited to become a part of her story. As a direct result, I was elected to be on the board to learn more about this ministry. VMFA has always had many non-profit ministry partners so we funded a table at her last event in OKC.
As a result, we were able this past year to be a servant of the board in this journey. In one night, due to the hard work of so many people, we received over $104,000 in gifts. Can you believe it? This means, for every $10,000 given, 80,000 meals can be served.
Did you know that Maisha has served almost 2 million meals to African children? It is so very true.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MICHAEL MCAFEE & HIS LEADERSHIP
If it were not for my son, Michael McAfee, I would never have been involved with this ministry. Our oldest son spoke at the Gala several years ago inspiring them to reach others. This year, United States Senator James Lankford spoke and so knocked it out of the park with his love and concern for others. I could not be more proud of all those who have been behind the scenes making everything possible.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO BEAR MCAFEE & FRONTLINE
When I joined Maisha, I found out that FRONTLINE CHURCH, one of the finest leading churches in all of OKC has been a past supporter of this organization. This was before I became Chairman and I am so thankful for his serving under Josh in this amazing church. We appreciate the leadership Bear provides in his pastoral studies too.
So as you can see, this is a "family thing" when it comes to MAISHA, even my father attended the Gala this year and it made me proud to have the McAfee men reaching out to orphans in Africa. Even my neighbor Doug Paisley, Brad's father supported Maisha, with my lifelong best friend, Bob Hoffman and the entire UCO Men's Basketball Team.
Wow, what an honor to have all of this happening, so thank you prayer warriors for remembering MAISHA in all you do.
A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Michael and Lauren came home from China a few days ago with Zion Laurel McAfee! So as a grandparent, I am proud and so very thankful for her arrival into America. She is an amazing young lady and we look forward to her enriching our lives for decades to come.
Dr. Kevin Mcafee
We have a lot of news and updates on our films, so thank you for giving us the opportunity to move forward in all of our missions projects. Here is the update:
The Freeman family has been screening the movie, along with our VMFA team to potential prospects for completing the film for the release of the movie. As many of you know, it is an expensive process to take a movie into theatrical box office. We have completed the sound mix thanks to all of you. Here is what is needed to release the movie in the theater.
We truly appreciate each one of your prayers as we share this amazing film to so many people. It will take more of the #butGod moving forward. If you have donated to this amazing film, would you consider donating again with a matching gift? We truly need your help.
For over a year we have been working with Tom Stewart in a new prison ministry. He has become certified to reach out into the prison systems in the state of Washington. A new screenplay needs to be written and Tom is the Executive Director working to get this project fully funded. RESCUED MINISTRY is a new partner with VMFA to impact the lives of the those imprisoned and their families. This is an exciting film project and you can be involved in this way:
We have been really excited at the progress of the final shooting draft of JP KNIGHTS. The meetings in Pennsylvania with author Beth Lambert, Jim Gromer and Dr. McAfee have proved to be highly beneficial. Also, the meeting with the prayer partners has been a huge part of the success of this film's process and future. Remember to go this website to learn more about the project. Here are the prayer needs for this film:
SAND IN TUSCANY
Last month, our team of Jim Gromer and Stephanie Musser traveled to Alabama, Virginia, Minnesota and Georgia to interview and connect with the people involved in SAND IN TUSCANY. We have amazing interviews with the WWII veterans from the Italian theater. Also, when our film team traveled to Fort McCoy, we met with Ward Ziske, the historian and discovered many never before seen photograph:
JESUS THE LAST SUPPER
Jim Gromer and I have been talking about working toward putting some marketing materials for the new animated feature JESUS THE LAST SUPPER. Jim's mom is working with us to put together a prayer army for this amazing creative journey. We are working with Paul, Jim's brother in law who is head of animation in a prominent college in Colorado. Here are the prayer requests:
JOY IN THE MORNING
Jenni Kufhal made an impact on this world and last month, director Heather Olive asked VMFA to join in the filming of this exciting film. John and Deanie Merrell came together with VMFA team members and Kevin and Heather worked together on BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR and END OF THE SPEAR.
Johnny and Heather Merrell and the entire family has done an exciting job of supporting this exciting documentary. Please pray for this family and all those amazing ministers associated like Doug Melton and Tom Elliff.
MORE MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
We have been contacted by several organizations regarding non-profit and more foundation communications. First, there is a group on the Texas border where houses are being built for Hispanic families who are in need. Secondly, a group is doing transplants for veterans who have lost a limb in battle and many more opportunities on the horizon.
Thank you for your prayers and for believing in what VMFA is doing. Your prayers are making the real difference as doors are continuing to open on so many "fronts".
God Bless You All,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
BRINGING LIFE TO AFRICAN FAMILIES
A couple decades ago, I began praying and considering Africa as an important focus of my mission. I will never forget one day at church when we attended the Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma during a service, I was moved to go speak to a deacon, Laddie Adams about Africa. It was not a simple whisper I heard in my heart, but it was a loud voice in my spirit. GO TO AFRICA.
Isn't it interesting how God's timing is always perfect. In 2014, almost twenty years later the Lord opened the door for me to go with William Mwizerwa and Randy Hartley to Rwanda to experience the villages and people of this continent. I am so very thankful for the moments I experienced during the almost two weeks we were there. My life did change forever.
Fast forward to 2018, when I became acquainted with MAISHA PROJECT and found that Maisha in Swahili means LIFE! Beatrice Williamson invited me as a former sponsor to her annual Gala to be on the board. Through a series of miracles, I find myself Chairman of the Board of MAISHA now. We have such an amazing group of God fearing Christians who are changing the way we reach others for Christ.
God is opening doors for this ministry in such a huge way and on September 20, 2019 the ANNUAL GALA at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City is taking place again. It was a year ago, we were honored to be in our first gala to reach out to those in need. MAISHA is feeding over 900 children every day, providing education, providing health care and holistic coverage for families. Truly focusing on orphans and widows, MAISHA brings life to all those in need and VMFA is now a formidable partner with MAISHA.
HEALING BROKEN FAMILIES
In 2006 our families life changed because of divorce which entered our home. Through the crisis, trauma and the emotional bombs exploding in our immediate family, we never recovered, but learned to live differently. Six years later the new "life" of brokenness had gone through healing and step family members were introduced. The term a "blended" family became a reality. Only then, did I personally realize the importance of loving unconditionally.
Blended families go through many trials and struggles, but with God people can make it through the most difficult times because of the teachings of Jesus.
In this spirit, recently I was contacted at the first of 2019 to do the funeral of a lifetime friend, Rick Stanley, the step brother to Elvis Presley. Rick was inside my inner circle and his Brother Billy contacted me. Billy had written a book many years ago, ELVIS MY BROTHER. This was a NY Times Best Seller from St Martin's Press in the 1980's where he shared the story of growing up at Graceland.
The book was a hard hitting book about the challenges of being a step family member in the first family of Rock & Roll. This book is a movie now being made by our film production partner, GRP FILMS. The film's them will focus on the "blended family" and how to embrace those who become family members who are not "blood relatives". Elvis was a shining example of how to do it "right".
PRAYING FOR YOU
How can we pray for you? Our ministry at VMFA knows and understands the power of love. We believe God's blessings are available to you and we are interceding for you. Thank you for praying for our films. Thank you for remembering Caleb Freeman and the #but GOD. What is most important is for you to know and follow Jesus Christ. This can change your life forever. We have over 1200 prayer partners and we are believing God's best for you even now.
VMFA has been very busy sharing many great stories and we are giving an update on all of the films we are supporting in this month's blog.
We are finally moving and transitioning from Caleb's Hope to #BUT GOD. The response from Los Angeles and the filmmaker's who gathered, the NRG screenings and the professionals unanimously recommended the transforming of the old title, CALEB'S HOPE to #BUT GOD, so the change is now official. We are honored to keep the log line about CALEB'S HOPE but from now on, be watching for the new movie.
All the surround sound was completed at Smart Post West with John Chalfant and Andrew Rice and we are just simply floored and excited beyond belief at the amazing job done for this movie. We especially thank the owners of Smart Post West and the people of Southern California who hosted us.
This is an exciting West Coast Ministry that is being birthed focusing on men's ministry to prisons. We are developing an audio series of products for RESCUED MINISTRY and a book sharing the story to inspire men who are facing some of life's most difficult challenges. We are honored to be partnering with this exciting ministry in helping bring hope and Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and have gone through trauma.
JOY IN THE MORNING
This past week we had the honor to interview the former president of the SBC, Tom Elliff and Pastor Doug Melton from Southern Hills Baptist Church in a new film being directed by long time colleague, Heather Olive. Dr. McAfee is producing the film supporting Heather in her first directorial debut. The Executive Producers of the film are John and Deanie Merrell telling the powerful story of Heath and Jenni Kufahl.
We will be sharing more in the coming days, but this powerful story of Jenni's life and the battle of cancer she had with seven small children will leave you seeing God's providence in the worst of times and best of times.
Thank you for praying for Lorretta Segars and continue to pray for her as she fights the cancer in her leg. She is preparing to go through surgery and your prayers are needed. Remember, if you would like to join our prayer team at V300, please let us know. A couple weeks ago our film team traveled to Johnstown, Pennsylvania where we met with thirty plus prayer warriors of the 62 plus team members who are praying for JP KNIGHTS at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Please continue to remember Beth Lambert and these amazing brothers and sisters in prayer.
May God bless you and keep praying, we are praying for you.
Dr. Kevin Mcafee
Preparing for the sound design, the final stage before getting the FINAL MIX in a motion picture requires planning and precision. John Chalfant has worked with our film organization for two decades. He most recently was the sound designer for ONCE UPON A TIME the highly successful ABC television series. However, we met John at SONY when he was working on Stuart Little just prior to beginning the sound for BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR.
John and his capable crew will be working diligently on the final sound for CALEB'S HOPE during the month of June 2019 and we would ask for you to pray for his entire team. This is an important step in the production journey as it concludes the final phase of creative film production.
When the film is complete the future of the movie is based on funding. This is for the promotional side of the motion picture where you pay for advertising, promotions and all the prints needed for the theatrical box office release. We are not a distribution company, but a family of film companies dedicated to making films that matter. Our sister company is GR Productions, which stands for GOLDEN RULE and we know strategic partners will be the solution for every film we make.
Miraculously, through the generous gifts of those who have been giving to this motion picture through CALEB'S HOPE, we have almost funded the documentary. Many team members gave their time freely because they so believed in Caleb's journey and the powerful message he was sharing. Other crew members discounted their fees as a direct result of the courage they saw in this entire family.
We have a request. It will be impossible to share this film in 100 theaters without large donors coming alongside of our project. We also need resources for a screenplay. I believe if you will pray with us fervently and be bold in helping join our army to find the reources, I believe the Lord will bless in a huge way.
This hashtag has become quite famous with millions of followers getting behind Caleb Freeman. The stories we have learned only touch a small portion of the many miracles involved in his story. You are part of this story by giving and we deeply appreciate your support.
Never underestimate the power available to those who hear God's call and follow. In my personal journey, the key to real obedience has always come through the struggle of choosing light or dark. Whatever your choice, it is always so important you realize God has given you more than you can imagine or dream. We are praying for you, for your family and for angels to be stationed around you.
Thank you for being part of sharing truth and interceding for us.
We love you very much.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
PS Would you pray for Lorretta Segars in Alabama who has a cancer that has returned to her body. She is one of the author's who created a book entitled, SAND IN TUSCANY and we are creating two films together in VERITAS and thank you for praying for this amazing lady.
VERITAS MISSION FILM ASSOCIATION has just experienced our largest month in our non-profit's history with the premiere of our feature documentary, CALEB'S HOPE. This powerful story has been lived by Jeremy Freeman, his wife Emily and their entire family, focusing on Caleb Freeman. Caleb and his brother Clayton were on their way to an OU basketball game when their car spun out of control on a wintry night. An eighteen wheeler hit the boys and nearly killed them both, but that was not the end, but the beginning.
Caleb was in a coma for several months as Clayton fortunately was only mildly injured. However, Caleb's prognosis was not good and a miracle was needed. Thanks to the prayers of many in the community and literally around the world, Caleb Freeman slowly began to wake up. With the help of the OU Trauma center, medical surgeons and the Craig Hospital in Denver and Omaha Rehab, Caleb slowly began to get better.
I was so very thankful to have been asked to direct this film by Jeremy Freeman and John Dickey. These men saw a need to share this vision with the world using the visual language of film. I was honored to join in this journey and now, we are on the final production "leg" to complete the sound design. Sound is a complex process in cinema because a digital package has to be assembled to complete the 5.1 surround sound mix.
John Chalfant who worked with us on BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR will be working with our team on the West Coast to complete the sound. His movies like SPIDERMAN, STUART LITTLE and recent hit on ABC television ONCE UPON A TIME brings expertise, a massive sound library and the technical studio professionalism we need to prepare for a box office release.
The cast and crew of this wonderful film have so moved us, but the star of the film, Caleb Freeman continues to overcome enormous odds in his physical fight back to health. Please remember him in prayer and know that when you Pray for Caleb, just like it shares on FB, you are making a difference by extending hope to all those who have gone through a traumatic injury.
We continue to celebrate the power of prayer, even in the worst of storms and Caleb's storms are not over. It is through our faith in Christ, we believe his best days are still ahead. His family, his church and so many are circling for the purpose of prayer in intercession for this young man's physical journey.
Congratulations Caleb and for the ovations for you who are so well deserved, we know you would turn and give those ovations to the Heavenly Father for sure. You are a blessing to our lives.
In His Faithful Service,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Kevin McAfee is a filmmaker who writes for the purpose of inspiring others to make a difference in the world through faith in God and using the visual language of film. His blog shares the hopes of impacting culture, because his heart is in media missions and the church.