2018 went by so fast, but it was the best year for our ministry since we began in 2018. This happened in large part because of our sending church, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Pastor John Dickey over four years ago asked us to preach in his pulpit and invited the entire congregation to pray for our ministry. Through this amazing gift of prayer, the trajectory of our film company, GRP FILMS changed with the birthing of our non profit ministry partner VERITAS MISSION FILM ASSOCIATION.
Through excellent advisors, counselors and financial insights we learned the power of working with non profit ministry and for profit commercial ventures. This added to the donors an opportunity for gifts that could use their finances to change culture through education, inspiriation, evangelism and discipleship.
Our team became focused and we dedicated our lives to doing films of only family, of faith and freedom. We have not changed this strategic direction. As a non-profit, bi-partisan and all inclusive team of filmmakers, our hearts beat toward the passion of helping others and living by the Golden Rule in every area of our lives. Did we come under attack? Yes we did, but we have always found that when you are under attack, you are probably doing things right and you stay the course. This proved to be the right road for our future.
We have served and given to many ministries over these past five years, but the greatest joy in the past decade has been hearing the voice of God and moving on His will. This happened through the foundation of prayer and this is the "secret spiritual sauce" for success. When the Lord opens the doors of your life, it is different than you opening or pushing the doors down. I believe the greatest part of life is getting in on what God is doing, verses trying to do things on your own.
Many films are now in film production as a result of you praying for VERITAS MISSION FILM ASSOCIATION and now the ministry has built a prayer army on Facebook of over 1200 prayer warriors. This year the V300 is literally FOUR TIMES the size we ever dreamed would happen. We pray for films, but we focus on people's lives, their well being, their health, their financial struggles, their losses and yes, through the mourning times of life. Many people do not go to church anywhere or do not have church home and while we are not a church, we are a "community of believers" who work together to pray for one another. Even when people are different, we love everyone and are committed to people having a "home".
Our greatest accomplishment has been in praying for people We love ALL people, regarless of background, regardless of political affiliation, even of faith and strive to be a light in darkness wherever we are. Our team are broken, imperfect and are forgiven because of the love of God. We try to share this love wherever we go and in every situation. We pray before the cameras roll and we build every film project in a missional way. We do not apologize for our love of Jesus Christ, but through gentleness and kindness we love everyone.
We conclude by saying "thank you" to every film prayer warrior. We want to say "thank you" to the authors who have trusted our team, to the production film crew members who have served so faithfully and for the families whom we love have shaped everything we do. There is not a film team, writer, producer or creator we would not be honored to work with in serving the "Golden Rule" and we are praying God continues to open every door for the future.
Happy New Year and God Bless,
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.