VMFA is the cornerstone and foundation for what we do each and every day. The reason is simple, prayer. When we try to do things within ourselves, we will fall. When we try to dictate the future, our plans fail. In Henry Blackabee's book, EXPERIENCING GOD, the author talks about waiting to get in on what God is doing and then follow His lead.
Therefore, in 2014 we established this name and organization as a non-profit from a discussion Johnny Shipman had with us almost a decade earlier. VERITAS is Latin for the word of TRUTH. Years ago, we had an entertainment company by this name, but desired to get even more grounded in a new fiscal world, a world of giving.
You may have noticed some changes to the website. These have come through our for profit ventures in Oceania Omnimedia. Our first priority is to focus on now placing every project we have. We will not be adding any more new stories, so your prayers have worked. Through the FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE's excellent adjudication team of experts, we are moving forward.
Pastor Jeremy Freeman and I have been working closely each week with Caleb and the entire Freeman family sharing the truths. We have resumed weekly screenings to pastors and church leaders for the film. Working diligently to get Caleb and Jeremy speaking all over the country is our goal.
This week we screened the family for producer Mark Koch, LOST IN SPACE, BLACK DOG and THE PERFECT GAME. Mark is author of the Promise Keeper's Book, FIRST HOUR for Men and a radically transformed man of faith. He was brought to our home with Mark McFerran, a brother in Christ whose compassion toward film continues to move so many. You will remember it was Mark who asked me to be engaged with Lipscomb University, when he was formerly the Vice President there.
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION SUPPORT
Ronnie Floyd, the pastor who is now the President of the Southern Baptist Convention and Jeff Pearson, their new CFO from St. Jude's met with Jeremy, Caleb and I this past month and are now endorsing our film. Their support, along with planning for the summer appears we will be launching our outward focus beginning this summer.
Caleb and Jeremy had the opportunity to share their story personally at the headquarters of the SBC with Dale Wallace, leading attorney from Birmingham. Dale has been involved in film for many years helping fund projects for the Irwin Brothers, OCTOBER BABY and most recently involved with CHARACTER OF COLOR.
ADVENTURES FROM THE BIBLE
For almost two decades, the screenwriter Jim Gromer has worked diligently on the ADVENTURES, which began as JESUS THE LAST SUPPER. Our team has met with Paul Conner, formerly the head of the animation department at the University of Colorado, Denver regarding this exciting series. This is a six year project minimum, but we believe it is a foundation for this non-profit to support in every way we can. Thank you for your prayers in this regard.
Corina and Steve Pataki are preparing to put together a trailer from their recent interviews with the family who escaped from Romania during the horrible reign of the evil dictator in the mid nineteen eighties. At the height of communism, this family was captured and taken prisoner in this moving story of faith.
Please pray for this entire venture, for the ministry of KINGDOM REFLECTIONS and for their mission and purpose to help fight sex trafficking worldwide. We are honored to be in this journey of faith together.
FINAL WORDS OF WWII
We want to extend our love to Lorretta Segars, the writer of SAND IN TUSCANY. This former school teacher is married to Jimmy Segars, a Purple Heart veteran from Viet Nam who stepped out in faith to help us launch a feature documentary which we entitle, FINAL WORDS OF WWII. The film was produced and funded to honor the last remaining survivors of the 88th Division and the 313th Combat Division in the military theater of Italy from 1943-1945.
As the date of this blog, the film has been honored by Film Festivals around the world! We have been amazed to see acceptance in Berlin, Rome, London, Canada, Australia, South America and leading cities all over. From Hollywood, Virginia, New Jersey, New York City, Las Vegas, California, Oklahoma, Texas and so far, since the first of the year, we have won in Sweden, the United States and are getting updates daily.
SPECIAL THANKS TO MAISHA
Last month I stepped down after three years as chairman of the board of the Kenya based, MAISHA PROJECT. Serving this ministry with our Executive Director Beatrice Williamson will forever be one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. This past holiday season, "Father Christmas" got to be on a wonderful conference call with some of the children at the Maisha compound and what a joy this was.
The pandemic has been hard on all the non-profits so consider giving to the children at www.maishaproject.org today.
THANKFUL FOR FAMILY
I have been very reflective over the sixty three years I have been on this planet as at this time, my mother was at the beginning of her labor with her first son. On a snowy and cold day in Oklahoma City, my father patiently waited as Mom had labor that lasted a full day and night.
When I think of the sacrifice of my mother to bring myself and my two sisters, Karen and Kappi, I am so deeply moved by her love and kindness. To be held, to be loved and to be handed personally to both sets of grandparents was the greatest hand-off of her life. All children love to share their children with their parents.
Stay close to your families, God will honor this more than you know.
PRAYING FOR YOU
May God bless your family this Spring and may His love continue to drive your heart in every way closer to Christ. Thank you for your kindness, your prayers and your support in helping share the gospel of Jesus around the world. Let us always continue to be involved in His work, not ours.
If you have a dream or a vision to reach others in ministry through media and you don't have the funds, do not hesitate to connect with us. We will pray with you and do all we can to see if God sees it well for us to move forward. Remember to ask for His direction in every area of your life.
We have a dear friend in Gary and Beth Lamber and I close with her salutation.
For the Lamb,
February 2021 has already become a historic month for VMFA. We all know and understand the importance of leadership. Without the right team of people, we can still find success, but there is another layer of impact when the right team gathers.
In the past few days we have had a series of important leadership meetings. We want to use this time to talk about some individuals whom we believe are prepared to help us go to the next level. On April 1, we will make the official announcements as the details are all being assembled.
Financiers and those who are connected with financial people have been led for the past five years by Jag Gholson. Jag is a securities advisor who lives in Athens, Georgia and has felt a calling to telling stories and creating impact by a story he lived. His story is found in the film MORE THAN CHAMPIONS during the Civil Rights movement in the sixties.
Jag is an Executive Producer with us in this journey and he is also a financial advisor in areas of Wealth Management sitting alongside of Lynn McAfee the administrator in our family of companies. We see Jag as an integral part of where we are going and we are so thankful he is with us.
Secondly, a man has come into our family of companies who made his professional life in the area of law. Many of you know the powerful impact James Randolph Smith had on the McAfee family of companies. We anticipate the same hand off with Dale Wallace. Dale put together the financing for October Baby in the P&A world and began working in the space of cinematic arts from his home in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dale has served as the past chairman of the ERLC committee, given testimony to Congress and is truly an amazing Godly man. We are honored and thrilled he is coming on board with our vision. Your prayers have brought this ambassador of truth to our doorstep and we are thankful for his input in everything we are doing.
The third divine appointment I would like to share about directly relates to a wise counsel in the cinematic arts who is trustworthy and on the horizon to make a difference in the lives of our ministry. Living in Tennessee, not in California I have not found but less than a handful of voices, the people I have known to trust and come near as it relates to the film industry. It is my belief, our organization is going to be massively impacted by an individual we will be introducing in April. We want to thank the Lord especially for this person who comes to us as an answer to prayer.
2021 - OUR NEW FOCUS
This is a year we have dedicated to be a group "extending grace" to all we meet. My personal word for the year is "extending grace" and it is found in my "LISTENING PRAYER". Last year, my word was "LISTEN" and God used this word to remind me to stop and listen to His voice. 2020 was really hard, but what I learned in listening, was the power of silence, the impact of focus and connecting with a divine intention.
Thank you for praying for us.
We are praying for you.
2021 has begun and we at VMFA feel so thankful for the New Year. Last year has been one of the hardest years in ministry, but also one of the most fulfilling. There are so many people to say "thank you", but here is the recap of last year's highlights.
In the first part of the year, the missions team was able to get out of Africa as the pandemic began, thanks to the hard work of the United States Senate and Congressman from Oklahoma. We were unable to have a Gala, but people continued to give to support our children. The largest gift of over 320,000 lbs of food was contributed to Maisha. A new water well is providing clean water in Turkana thanks to the Thanksgiving Mission trip. Plus, we began a media missions effort to share the ministry in over 41 airings all over the country. Team Santa began in its launch to help provide additional funding for the organization. MAISHA is the international ministry in Kenya where our ministry focuses helping orphans and widows.
Caleb Freeman graduated high school and began working speaking all over the state of Oklahoma thanks to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Meetings ensued with the Southern Baptist Convention, the North American Mission Board and the BGCO. On the horizon is a group of people led by attorney Dale Wallace to screen the film in Birmingham. Kyros engaged with an exciting Mobile App presentation and we deeply appreciate Jeff Roberts and Rod Huff for their belief and work in putting together a strong foundation for the ministry. The very first screening for a church was at Thanksgiving in San Antonio at Community Bible church and was met with great enthusiasm and acceptance.
TO HEAVEN AND BACK
Thanks to Liz Stanley, the new title for Billy Stanley's book has begun. Jennifer Willingham has engaged a support writing partner in Billy's book. Kevin and Billy began working on the structure and beat outline for the screenplay. A meeting with Alabama business executives is ongoing for possible financing. Special thanks to Billy and Liz Stanley for their prayers in this journey.
SAND IN TUSCANY - FINAL WORDS OF WWII
Miraculously, Lorretta Segars is even more excited that her cancer is not showing up on the tests. She was stage 4 and we all prayed and joined TEAM LORRETTA. Fred Camp graduated to heaven and what a blessing he is now to heaven. The documentary based on SAND IN TUSCANY was titled FINAL WORDS OF WWII. Three amazing heroes among the last warriors in the Italian campaign were interviewed to share their amazing stories. Jim Gromer filmmaker and Dr. McAfee directed this exciting film which has entered over 21 different film festivals in the New Year. In the first quarter of 2021, the documentary will be screened in Huntsville, Alabama. Special thanks to Jimmy Segars working with us to get this project completed.
SAMMI JO ADVENTURES
This past year Dede Stockton began her cinematic journey as a children's author from Denver, Colorado. The film team met with Dede, award winning teachers and children whose lives have been touched by her series and placed in a feature trailer. Kevin and Dede began working with Jim Gromer on the beat outline for the screenplay. Currently, Dede is working to find financiers to fund her screenplay. If you are interested in being involved, please contact us and we will connect with her. Congratulations to Dede Stockton.
The new film documentary began with Corina Pataki and narrated by Steve Pataki. The combination of interviews about a family's escape from communist Romania in the city of Timosoara, Romania promises to be an exciting documentary for the future. We want to especially ask for continued prayers for this exciting ministry and for Kingdom Reflections. We thank Stephanie Musser and Jim Gromer for their hard work in getting this accomplished. Honorable mention is also for the producer Wendy Porcelli. In 2021 the film team will be traveling to Timosoara, Romania covering this historic project.
ON THE HORIZON
Kendra Johnson has a trilogy of books already written and published in the line up for the Filmmaker's Roundtable, followed by the screenplay development. The Oceania team is excited about this new creative opportunity. Another popular Georgia author has an exciting Biblical story on the horizon we are meeting with thanks to Jennifer Willingham. Gateway Studios out of Los Angeles led by Patrick Ingram has connected with Dr. McAfee. Gateway wants Kevin to begin directing documentary film projects for the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice with retiring military generals.
NEW STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP MEETINGS
Oceania Omnimedia, our film production partner, formerly GRP FILMS is in a series of meetings with legal counselor Dale Wallace regarding new strategic partnerships. We have discussions about a film school, about a documentary film with legendary coach Bobby Bowden thanks to attorney Rick Davis and more.
Additionally, last year we had meetings with BRON STUDIOS, SCHMIDT CAPITAL, FINTRUST CAPITAL leaders connected with Steve Young and his foundation, and more financiers on behalf of our entire film slate. Greg Jillian, from MGM has also connected with us regarding FEATHERING IN THE WIND, a film with Christopher Atkins from Blue Lagoon. Having our new film relationship is another timely move for VMFA and our film production company.
Our up coming films starting with our future trilogy with JP KNIGHTS, WAR BRIDE, JESUS, ELVIS MY BROTHER and SWORDS OF FIRE. With these feature films, plus our documentaries, we are continuing to pray for the right financier partners with these artists and partners. We continue to ask for prayers for these exciting film projects.
VMFA is a media missions company and we desire to help ministries who do not have the funding create film projects. We have the ministry tools and the prayer partners with the 1400 prayer warriors in the V300 on Facebook. Our prayer partners are the major ministry families who provide the needed prayer foundation for everything we do.
PRAYING FOR YOU
If you have a prayer request, never hesitate asking for prayer and we will make this a priority. Thank you for praying for us and know our team is praying for you.
May the Lord bless on 2021,
Your VMFA Team
This is our favorite time of the year and we want to encourage everyone to go to teeamsanta.org and make your reservations for a fifteen minute zoom call with Santa. The purpose of these calls are to meet the big man in a Covid friendly environment, make your wishes, hear the real Christmas story and pray.
We believe you will be enormously blessed by doing this today.
Also, the Maisha Project is having over 40 airings all over the nation regarding the Kenya Update sharing the CRISIS IN KENYA. Please be standing by for a complete list on this blog of where and when you might watch these thirty minute special airings. Check out the Maisha Project website today. www.maishaproject.org.
May God bless you and Merry Christmas,
Your VMFA TEAM
November 2020 will forever be part of history, but there are some pretty big reminders to remember as we are simply two days before the election of the presidency, the senate and house, coupled with bills of great importance in the local state. There are some key historic issues we should all remember.
POLITICS DOES NOT RULE OVER US
Since 1933 there have been seven presidents that were Democrats and seven presidents who have been Republican. What is truly amazing is that no matter what party has been in power, history has it's own challenges and all is in the hands of our Creator. This does not diminish the roles all of us will play by being responsible participants in the election, but no matter the results, always know God has us and He has His children.
Isn't it interesting when the Bible in the book of Matthew discusses the twelve, only Matthew is mentioned as a tax collector and Simon is a zealot. Matthew worked for the government and Simon was a zealot and wanted to destroy the government. Christ put people together who had different "opinions" toward solutions because He knew we all needed to recognize the value of the other side.
SANTA CLAUS IS HERE
A new charity has been launched called teamsanta.org and is now launched as our strategic partner. What we need is for everyone inside the VMFA family to share this website. Please consider calling and setting up your zoom call. This will make your involvement a part of our exciting charity partnership with Maishaproject.org too. This is an exciting opportunity for us to work together to help feed children in Kenya who are hungry and impoverished. Below is pictured the executive director and founder, Beatrice Williamson next to Vice President and producer Stephanie Bean Musser.
We just completed our first holiday special film "CRISIS IN KENYA" and this will be aired all over the nation. Our plan is to place this important "special" on YOU TUBE for all to see. Please consider joining us in this crusade. A special thank you to our Vice President, Stephanie Musser, our boom operator, Parker Moore, our editor, Jeff Moore, and media buyer, Gia Sause, who worked closely with the founder, Beatrice Williamson for volunteering to help us feed hungry children.
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY COMPLETION
#BUTGOD continues to be a huge priority for us with Jeremy Freeman, Emily, Brittany, Clayton and Caleb Freeman. Our team had meetings last week in Oklahoma to discuss the next steps. The highest priority is to complete the funding for music licensing. Until this is completed, we are unable to release the film. This means we need a fifty thousand dollar donation, which would be the highest donation from an outside source, This is the miracle we need today.
Caleb Freeman and I spent some private time discussing the details of the prequel to the story, from Ken Freeman, Caleb's grandfather. Stay tuned as we invest more in the Freeman family and continue to pray for all the resources we need. Each day, we grow closer to finding the perfect financier and each day, we pray for this individual and/or group who will take us to the next level
Keep us in your prayers and we keep each one of yo in our prayers. Please pray for Corina Pataki as she is praying we all find resources for her new trailer. The filming went wonderful. Also, Beth and Gary Lambert continue to find resources. Our trip to Pennsylvania was postponed due to lack of interest, so please keep this in your prayers. Forshia Ross is looking for resources too in her community in the North East.
Jag Gholson and Jennifer Willingham are diligently seeking prospects and we believe every day we grow closer. I am so deeply appreciative of those who believe, even when it takes time to do what God has before us.
This Thanksgiving, we pray you find peace and joy through all the trials of 2020, fully knowing God has an amazing plan for the future. Be sure and be thankful for your family, draw close to them during the holidays and don't allow fear to over take you. Be cautious during the gatherings over all holidays. Wear masks and remember, social distancing is key.
God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
It's already shaping up to be a very busy month, so here is a quick update to keep everyone apprised.
Our focus has been on our films, FINAL WORDS OF WWII, CORINA, #BUTGOD, SAMMI JOY ADVENTURES, ELVIS MY BROTHER and NO DOUBT NO FEAR with Billy and David Stanley. We appreciate the background work of Jennifer Willingham from EPIC and are excited to bring news on all fronts soon.
October 18, Dr. McAfee will travel to Johnstown, Pennsylvania to meet with the Lamberts working on financial, legal and casting call projections. Due to COVID 19, the general casting opportunities for the public are being delayed for safety reasons for the children. We are also looking for the optimal financiers while we are in Johnstown and also in Pittsburg.
Jim and Jade Gromer will be at the home of the McAfee family by the end of the week for additional creative and collaborative work. Additionally, we are working to build a prayer team together for the Sammi Jo Adventures children's animation film. This is looking more promising every day.
Kevin will be traveling back to OKC to work with Jeff Moore on a special Holiday special for Maisha will consume the last week, connecting with the Freeman family and continuing work on FINAL WORDS. Soon, the team will be heading back to Los Angeles for the purpose of mixing with our all star, John Chalfant, so please keep everyone in prayer.
The month of November begins the USA holiday season and Team Santa will be staying really busy. The goal will be in finding donations for MAISHAPROJECT.ORG and we need children and families to do everything we can to help. Can you imagine feeding children in Africa is the SANTA'S CHRISTMAS WISH! Please help us as we are praying we can raise $50,000 to help feed kids. Would you go on our site and donate? You can also get a zoom call with the big man with the red suit too!!!
May the Lord bless you and guide each one of you during this time of year. Many people will be struggling, coping with loss, depressed and more. Please be aware of signs and all those around you.
God bless you,
Your Veritas Team
TEAMSANTA.ORG will book your zoom call with Santa. Light the fires and let's have the best time of the year with Kris Kringle!
It's that time of year to celebrate holidays. Can you believe the time has rolled around again so quickly? 2020 has been such a hard year for everyone, that we are truly looking forward to celebrating the holiday season. In fact, we are doing something completely different for our cause.
Many of you who know our team, understand our love for this time of the year. The word holiday comes from the word "holy day". When we celebrate the holy days of the year, wonderful imaginations begin to worship, to praise and yes, to create. Many people who grew up with Thanksgiving celebrating the Pilgrims giving thanks for the food with the Native Americans understand this. Also, Christmas around the world, may not have understood the symbolism of these days, so it is VMFA's dream to set the record straight.
As a Messianic Jew, the Good Book has always been a part of our growing up years, but there often was a conflict over Christmas and even Santa. The birth of Jesus was the true origin of Christmas and a major focus of our "holy days". However, the symbols of Christmas like Santa Clause have often been confusing to children. There is a time when traditions can be both good and bad. We believe Santa has always understood and been a part of the deep belief in Jesus Christ and this wonderful tradition should have been merged long ago! Now, it has for the first time.
ZOOM CALLS WITH SANTA
Therefore, as Santa Clause this year, we have invited the REAL SANTA all the way from the North Pole to be available for special phone calls or even zoom calls for donations to our non-profit VERITAS MISSION FILMS and also to a non-profit where I serve as the chairman of the board, MAISHA. At VMFA, we focus on supporting films of family and faith. At Maisha, we feed hungry children in Africa. This is your opportunity to further the gospel through the services of VMFA and share in feeding starving children who are in the slums of Kenya!
You will be able to schedule a zoom call, donate a minimum of $50 and even support a child by a monthly gift and guess what... the real Santa has agreed to do? The real Santa Clause wants to answer the questions of the first Christmas from a historical and real perspective. In truth Kris Kringle loves the real story of the virgin birth.
Santa is going to hear the "wish list" of every child first and get to know them. Then, he will share the REAL STORY OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST in a fifteen minute conversation with Kris Kringle. If you can't donate a lot, then we will do a phone call, but if you want to see the real Santa from the North Pole, you will want to fill out the proper paper work, record the zoom call and experience teamsanta.org in motion.
GIVE SO OTHERS MIGHT LIVE
We are seeing a crisis in Kenya due to the Covid 19 virus. The nation of Kenya closed all schools, so the school of Maisha Academy and the other 67 schools where we have over 2000 children being fed are no longer getting nourishment. Malnutrition is on the rise along with teen pregnancy as the kids are out of school. Feeding is continuing as we go into the villages and huts one by one bringing food, medical support and private education.
So this is your chance to GIVE, SO OTHERS MIGHT LIVE. This is the campaign of Maisha and Santa Clause will close his abbreviated Christmas story by talking about the power of giving to others and helping children. Thank you for being willing to have your children, parents and grandparents here this wonderful message of hope.
Maybe you even have someone in your family who needs to see more about the real story of Christmas. Why not contact Santa and give him the responsibility. He loves the story of Christ and is looking forward to sharing it with your entire family.
The last week before Christmas, Santa will be booking an exclusive special family VIP Christmas story telling Zoom calls. If you want to become a part of this amazing Christmas experience, just touch base with www.teamsanta.org. The VIP Santa experience happens the few days before Christmas and will be scheduled. The donation requests are much higher, so more children will be fed!
THANK YOU FOR PRAYING
Thank you for praying for us as we are praying for you. So many have been on the FB page praying and interceding this year for health, for bereavement, for financial hardships and more. If ever there was a time needed for prayer, it is definitely right now.
Remember to post on FB on our Veritas Mission Films page all of your prayer requests so our team can intercede for you and with you. May the Lord bless you during this holy day season.
Your Team Santa
PS If your family chooses to not believe in Santa Clause, we respect your personal convictions about this area. VMFA is an imagination group of filmmakers who desire to reach children. We will do everything but sin, to share the gospel and this includes the man with the red suit. However, we can always agree to disagree and respect everyone's personal views. God bless.
One of the great joys VMFA experiences, is when our team connects with ministries based on the lives of people who matter. Corina Pataki has a life, like many Romanians who were under the cloud of communism in the 80's. There was great persecution against people of faith and over 2 million Judeo-Christian people were killed because of their faith.
Dozens have been giving and contributing to the CORINA feature documentary about her family's dramatic escape efforts, being captured and much more. Can you imagine being eight year's old, laying in the mud on the ground and being surrounded by starving dogs, trained to kill you?
CORINA DOCUMENTARY - FILMING BEGINS
Oceania Entertainment under GR Productions began filming interviews this past month and have begun the journey. The next step is to plan a major filming in Romania. Would you be willing to become a part of this exciting non-profit effort? We believe you will be blessed and also inspired to become part of such an amazing story.
Hungarian narrator Steve Pataki leads us into the world of communism from a first hand perspective. Corina's immediate family members give a first hand account of what happened in their journey, based on her book, QUEST FOR FREEDOM. These powerful testimonies will impact your heart and in a haunting way, provide foreshadowing of political change.
Caleb Freeman and their family continue to have amazing impact on our culture. Caleb and Jeremy spoke this past summer for Oklahoma Baptists in youth events presented by the Falls Creek Baptist Assembly. They continue to speak in churches everywhere in preparations for the distribution plan for the feature documentary.
Please pray for the team of McAfee & Associates who are working diligently to secure funding, distribution and release plans with strategic partners for the feature documentary. Jennifer Willingham of Oceania is driving the publishing train as the OMNIMEDIA focus of multiple products are developed for the entire franchise.
If you are interested in being involved with this exciting film project, contact us today. Thank you for praying for Caleb as he continues to rehab. God is doing amazing works in his life and he needs your prayers.
MAISHA PROJECT UPDATE
Veritas Mission Film Association is firmly behind the www.maishaproject.org team of efforts in feeding children in Kenya, Africa. Beatrice Williamson is the executive director of this wonderful non-profit where Dr. McAfee is serving as chairman of the board.
The annual "Gala" is being deferred in 2020 for the Fall due to the pandemic and for safety reasons. Therefore, a concentrated effort is on going for the Fall to help the $100,000 deficit we are all experiencing, who work in the non-profit sector.
Would you consider giving to this wonderful organization in helping feed hungry children this Fall. Know that when you give to our non-profit, God blesses others. This has been our legacy since we began in 2014.
God bless you all,
Your VMFA Team
We begin this month's post continuing to remember all the families who have been adversely impacted by the Pandemic worldwide. There isn't an avenue to articulate how saddened we are at the loss of so many, the prominence of fear in our society and the tension arisen by racism.
Coupled with an election year, which is always adversarial and confrontational in nature, we are praying for both parties, for the brave servants who do their best to vote their beliefs and serve our nation. We also continue to remember those on the front lines in our armed services and preparing for conflict.
During this past month we mourned the loss of Elvis Presley's grandson even more due to our documentary film, NO DOUBT, NO FEAR. I believe more than anything, we brevity of life, the challenges many face lead to depression, addiction and create great loss among family members. We continue to pray for this entire family including Billy and Liz Stanley along with David Stanley.
Our churches, synagogues and temples have been compromised additionally due to the health concerns of our world. As a family, we have missed worshipping inside our community. Recently, we have been praying young people especially would not lose their true love of Biblical community and this is of great concern.
While we started with our petitions and prayers, we have good news for this month on a number of levels. First, we want to share a scripture for August found in 1 Peter5:6-7.
Humble yourselves, therefore under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
God cares for you and He cares for me. Even during the storms of life. I heard Bill Gaither say recently, "We are not all in the same boat, but we are all in the same storms". How are you dealing with your storm? What are you relying upon to help you through the hard times?
In recent days Billy Stanley has become very close to me. During the month of August every year, he can't help but think about the loss of his brother. This is a storm for Billy but God has provided Liz to be in his life, to help him in every way. Who has God brought into your life to help you in your journey?
Do you call them and let them know how valuable they are to you?
The good news is that Jesus Christ, a man who was born 2000 years ago was also the very cornerstone of faith upon whom the gospel was provided. If you know Jesus as your personal companion and soulmate, the Good Book says "Surely, I say unto you, you will have eternal life". This is the good news of God's love.
We have celebrated a new beginning to our ANIMATION area in VMFA this month. We welcome Paul Conner from the University of Colorado, Denver to our team. Paul has been part of the cinematic legacy of the biggest animation studios in the world as he has sent out many students into the film industry for decades. We thank the Lord for he, his wife and family and are honored to have him coming aboard.
There are times to pray, times to remember, times to reach out and times to stop and thank the Lord for all the blessings. We are thankful for every hardship, because we know, this is the true direction of His love. We are thankful for every blessing, for people, for stories, for our prayer partners and for you.
Praying for you today,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
This past month there were many amazing film updates we want to share with our VMFA team. First, we want to say thank you for continuing to remember our motion pictures. On Facebook, we focus on helping others, communicating prayer requests and developing a strong online community. This is the foundation for everything we do and we are seeing a steady growth now, well over 1300 prayer warriors and growing. Did you know this is one thousand more people than the V300 we originally projected? What a beautiful testimony to the faithfulness of prayer team members.
Jeremy, Emily and Caleb Freeman visited in Franklin with our team to discuss the next phase in building momentum for our "movement". Kyros Entertainment shared their insights into the development of a master plan for the Freeman family. I am especially thankful to Rodd Huff, formerly from EMI for the amazing presentation we will be launching.
Please pray for the national organizations we are going tp petition in finding the basis for reaching 26 million young people in three years for the cause of Christ. We need real champions who will step up.
We are moving into a film production pre-planning phase and have had meetings with Wendy Cooper, producer, Stephanie Musser producer and Corina Pataki for the beginning of the new film documentary. We are thankful these ladies have been working diligently on funding and are preparing to begin this amazing journey together.
Beginning filming in August, please pray for the team as we seek locations, re-enactment venues, etc. We will be interviewing Romanian cast members from Tennessee and needing volunteers to help on the set. This powerful story will impact so many.
SAND IN TUSCANY
With a deep felt loss, we are sad to report James Fred Camp passed away at 95. Our team had the honor of filming his story with the Camp and Segars family, thanks to Lorretta Segars, Jimmy Segars and Kirk Segars. Kirk spoke at his grandfather's funeral and it was one of the most touching speeches we have ever heard.
Jim Gromer invested hours in creating a beautiful summary of Fred Camp's life for the funeral and while our team was unable to be present, because of your prayers and the faithfulness of Jim, Fred was honored. What an amazing man of God and continue to pray for us as we try to complete the documentary. God has this entire project and we believe in this ministry from the Segars family.
JOY IN THE MORNING FILM SCREENINGS
We asked you to pray last year for the JENNI KUFHAL story that was made into a feature documentary called, JOY IN THE MORNING. The Executive Producers are sharing this fabulous film twice in the coming month.
July 19, there will be a screening in the Tulsa area at the home church of Jenni's brother. The WAY CHURCH is at 811 West Taft Avenue, Sapulpa, Oklahoma 74066 at 6:30 pm on Sunday night. If you are in the greater North West area of Oklahoma, you will want to come see this amazing film of an amazing family.
First Southern Del Cit will also be screening the film on July 28, so mark it on your calendars as this will be Heather Olive's directorial debut. Heather has served alongside of our team for many years and we are thrilled for her.
NO DOUBT, NO FEAR
The story of Billy Stanley is being enhanced by the powerful ministry testimony of David Stanley, the youngest Stanley brother and evangelist. David Stanley Ministries is beginning to open up again and this promises to be a powerful new door as David's new book, BROKEN VESSELS is being completed. We are so thankful for this opportunity to continue to extend Rick Stanley's legacy in these important ministry projects.
Please be praying for the right people, with the right resources and the right team to open up. Pray for the publishing industry as they begin to open their doors again, to receive this powerful telling of the most iconic entertainer who ever lived, Elvis Presley and his famous step-brothers, who were hidden most of his life. We are thankful that Elvis always saw them as blood brothers and made that very clear to the entire family.
MORE THAN CHAMPIONS
Jag Gholson has continued to be faithful with FInTrust Capital Advisors as our senior advisor in all financial matters. His amazing story of MORE THAN CHAMPIONS embodies the Mark Smith basketball team coupled with the powerful story of Sam Oni, the first black student in the all white school at Mercer University. The film is set in 1963 and if ever there was a time when "hope" was needed in America during the Black Lives Matter movement, it is now. Please be praying for this amazing story.
ADVENTURES FROM THE BIBLE
Jim Gromer and Paul Conner a decade ago began talking about an animated film project and this began with Jim creating JESUS THE LAST SUPPER. This film was the ethos of the relationship between Veritas and the Gromer family. We wanted to give you an update on what is now titled, ADVENTURES FROM THE BIBLE.
The first film, JESUS CHRIST will be the feature which launches an entire film series in the same spirit we did at NEST ENTERTAINMENT when we created the ANIMATED STORIES FROM THE BIBLE. We are speaking with financiers now through Kathi Lee Parker, who has come on the team as a mediator for capitalization in this area. Please keep her and Jim Herrmann in your prayers.
OUR FAMILY OF FILMS
All the Oceania Omnimedia films have individual prayer teams assigned for every movie. A huge answer to prayer has been finding the right economic partner to go on the journey with us as we seek an individual/group. We are thankful for the patience of those who are behind SWORDS OF FIRE, JP KNIGHTS, WAR BRIDE, MAISHA BEA and beyond.
Next month will be the one year anniversary since Jennifer Willingham began working with Veritas Mission Film Association. Together in this year, we developed MW Holdings, the place where all of our intellectual properties are held. Oceania Omnimedia is now the new film production brand with GRP Films and EPIC is our public relations and communications/marketing team.
We want to personally thank Jennifer, her family and the entire EPIC team for their insights in wisdom over the past twelve months. They have introduced our team to financiers, helped make presentations from Los Angeles to Graceland and have joined Jag Gholson in seeking financiers for what we are doing.
We could not do any of this, without your prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and we continue to pray for each one of you.
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. Below Kevin is seen with Lynn McAfee and Corina Pataki. Below this is Christopher Atkins from BLUE LAGOON and Dr. McAfee.