Caleb Freeman has changed my life in so many ways because of who he is, his perseverance and pursuit of a better life through his handicap. The limitations he has seen since having a horrific accident on December 19, 2017 have impacted every part of his lifestyle. Many people would have given up, but not Caleb. His speech, ability to find balance have all continued to have been impaired, but you don't see Caleb complaining. You don't see him throwing in the towel, only thriving.
He has represented the best in our youth today because he has not allowed circumstances to deafeat his heart and spirit. Instead of complaining about a new world where all the obstacles are facing him, he only is proving to find a way to live with positive and hopeful inspiration. In all of my life, I have never seen a young superstar in the faith emerge like this young man.
Last night, Trae Young came back to Oklahoma but not as a rising superstar from Oklahoma, but a franchise player for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. In OKC playing the Thunder, Caleb received tickets from the very athlete where he was headed to watch on December 19, 2017 but was hit by a semi-trailer truck almost killing him and his brother. One year later, Caleb is coming to see Trae play at the highest level.
Lon Kruger, the head basketball coach from OU called that night after the accident just to check on the Freeman boys and OU has continued to be so very supportive. Later the head coach came and even visited Caleb in the hospital and this kind of leadership in athletics should be recognized.
After the game, Trae gave his tennis shoes to Caleb honoring one of his favorite fans. However, this was not the most impressive part of the visit to the Thunderdome in down Oklahoma City. When Caleb walked into the arena, I saw people come up to him who were working security and begin thanking him for his life. It wasn't just the superstar but it was the real people who have been blessed by his world.
Also Jeremy Freeman and Emily have been amazingly supportive parents. Behind the scenes, they are always present and working so diligently to make everything happen for Caleb. They provide the necessary support when there are no cameras and no crowds, to simply be humble servants to all of their children. I am so thankful for their lives and how they represent the best of family.
We have over 200 people who have sacrificed to pay for Veritas Mission Film Association to capture the true story for the movie CALEB'S HOPE. To date, in the first month over $20,000 has been given through donations to the cause of beginning the filming for Caleb. Many people have wondered how we are investing this money and where is this going?
Every penny has been paying for RED camera rentals, film crews, technology, preliminary editing, production and catering for volunteers and paid film teams. VMFA has stewarded every dollar under the supervision of three men, Pastor John Dickey of Hillcrest Baptist in Stillwater, Pastor Jeremy Freeman of Newcastle First Baptist and myself. The goal is to reach $500,000 in production to be able to film all the interviews, the re-enactments, covering the story, working with the medical community, providing materials for speaking engagements, creating films focused on the story of evangelism and more.
What happens if we make profits? As a non-profit structure one of the most important aspects of our ministry is to be a good steward. The "three men" will meet to discuss distributions for medical support, materials for evangelism and discipleship and costs to cover films, books and music to support the speaking ministry of the Freeman family. VMFA is a missional organization focusing on home, state and foreign missions, evangelism and discipleship. Thank you for your prayers.
We believe in Caleb Freeman and are looking forward to serving as a ministry partner all along the way.
Perhaps the unsung hero for also all of our filming is GRP FILMS. Without the support of one of the most talented multi-ethnic and proven background teams from all over, we would not be here today. Thank you Lynn McAfee for the tireless efforts, for all of the CPA teams, for the excellent book-keeping efforts and financial management whose focus is always to be the most precision based non profit using for profit partners.
VMFA has used film teams from Minnesota, Florida, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, California, Australia, Africa, Romania, Alabama, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Arizona, Mississippi, Georgia and we continue to find experienced pros around the world who have come alongside of our mission. To maintain our ministry, we are never limited to one team, but multiple teams from everywhere. Our volunteers and our film teams are to be congratulated.
Please consider giving a donation to Caleb's Hope today. All you have to do is go on this sight to the #butGod donation to learn more about how you can give to www.calebs-hope.com. May the Lord continue to bless every step of the way.
I love you all,
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.