JIM GROMER many years ago while I served as the CEO of Every Tribe Entertainment, from the Hobby Lobby corporation was looking to meet and talk. He had pursued me because of a desire to use his film talents from the ABC and Starz Network in a much higher position, but time was not on our side.
Then, we were honored to meet in 2012 when he had been putting a screenplay together where he had spent decade of writing into the film, JESUS THE LAST SUPPER. Over 114 screenplays were submitted to us and of all of them written by wonderful writers and even WGA members. The sensitivity of Jim's writings touched my heart and while they were not perfect, it was the spirit behind the concepts which said, "Jim has a unique gift".
Over the last few years, we have had the honor to get to know each other in a myriad of ways on the professional side of filmmaking. First, he invited me to come to Colorado and help him with his film. Then, I hired him to come to Oklahoma and work on the film set for SECRET KNOTS.
We have been prayer supporters and financial supporters of Jim and Rachel during their ministry with Youth For Christ YFC and we have seen how God has done great things in many ways. Jim's wife Rachel and their oldest daughter and three boys live in the Denver area and they are the newest members of our GRP Film Team.
Last month, Jim's company Cross Training Productions invited VMFA to the Big Island of Hawaii to create an exercise film series entitled, MY WHEREVER WORKOUT. This was especially designed for a number of people who are limited in range of motion, movement and have physical barriers. The workout video series is designed for you to work out by standing up, sitting in a chair or even laying down.
Even senior adults can participate in this exciting workout series and the locations you will be exercising with our talent are Hawaiian amazing. Special thanks to those who worked countless hours, long nights and filled our calendars up from the time we hit the ground until the morning we left, shooting anywhere and everywhere on the island. Our team's made lava boat trips, accredited trips to the highly dangerous lava flow areas in Pahoa where over one hundred homes have been destroyed.
Ministering to people whose lives were hurt the most, we began to pray about how we could help. Jim and Rachel asked us to find a way we could "contribute" tents, igloo water coolers and a television set from our film shoot. Working directly with the Big Island Hawaiian police department we were excited at their enthusiasm for helping the people whose lives have been devastated by the volcanoes.
Upon being in Hawaii, we felt the sulphur in the air and yes, it was toxic at times to breathe through the VOG. I am so thankful for the brave civil servants who are tirelessly working in the Civil Defense to protect the community of this amazing paradise.
Please remember Jim and I as we begin to work on screenplay development for our Co-Executive Producers and authors. Remember, if you have an interest in working with us, being a part of funding "history" in the making and taking a stand for family, faith and freedom, VMFA is thrilled to be in this active ministry promoting values. May the Lord bless us as we continue to impact the physical, emotional and spiritual sides of the family of man.
Jim and Rachel, welcome aboard and let's continue to allow Him to open every door as we seek His miracle touch on everything we do. Thank you V300 Film Partners for being the prayer army you have become.
Three of the motion pictures we have been working directly with have all created PRAYER PARTNERS for their movies! We believe this is a necessity in moving forward and want to encourage every ministry partner to ensure you have a "prayer covering" for every film project you work to achieve. Remember, we are praying for you!!!
I love you,
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.