During this Month of May 2020, we want to recognize and honor the first VERITAS MISSION FILMS hero we met over twenty years ago. His name is Mincaye and he is known to Steve Saint as "grandfather" for his children. Mincaye and five of his friends killed five missionaries in the jungles of Ecuador and his father Nate was one of those five.
It was only a few days ago Mincaye passed into eternity after a long life in the jungles of Ecuador.
We encourage you to watch BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR to see Mincaye's powerful story of life and death. His words are true and his voice of love and most importantly forgiveness is invaluable.
BELIEVED IN THE BIBLE
This man left us with many life lessons I believe are absolutely essential for every day living. He believed in the Bible. In fact, he waited most of his life for a Bible translation to come into his language, the language of the Waodani in South America. He saw the truths of the Word of God and after his transformation into a new life of love, he changed.
THE VALUE OF PEOPLE
Mincaye taught us to not sweat the small stuff and realize living simply is best. He did not focus on the material possessions, on the size of his hut or on the small clothes he might wear that day. He felt people were more important than things and because of his lifestyle, he lived his sermon every day.
I will never forget in NYC, Steve Saint talking about when they took him to a really nice restaurant and while others ordered steak, he asked if they had monkey. When they did not, he just simply ordered some corn. That was it for the whole meal, corn.
HE LAUGHED A LOT
He laughed a lot and this was a hallmark of his life. He would get tickled and the twinkle in his eyes brought joy to all he met. The joy he would bring to all when he got to laughing was contagious. He joked, he played and smiled with the most contagious personality anywhere.
HE WAS GENEROUS
Mincaye would give you the shirt off his back, but most of the time he didn't have one. He would share food from the table, even if the culinary experience would not be what you were used to having. He worked hard to be a hunter gatherer and provide for his family, so sharing was part of his nature. He didn't think of possessing, as he was too busy giving.
HE LOVED FAMILY
His family was the most important thing and he wanted to always be near his wife and all those who were close to extended family. He made you feel you were family and I will never forget the way he embraced his family. There was something magical about grandfather and everyone knew this.
HE KNEW HOW TO SAY HELLO & GOODBYE
When you saw Mincaye, he would laugh and smile with a big embrace. He always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. I saw him last at Hobby Lobby for the anniversary of the films we made. When he hugged us, my heart melted again and I was reminded of the last thing he told me as I was leaving the jungle.
"Cade, if Wangongi (God) sees it well, I will see you again." In one statement he said something so profound and so wise. He knew God was in control and was not afraid of whatever God saw best. The trust and the embodiment of Mincaye's faith was so completely summarized in this moment.
We would like to honor our brother who is now with His Heavenly Father. We pray for the family of MIncaye, for the Saint family and also for the Waodani tribe. We have lost an amazing teacher, dentist, hunter gatherer, speaker, evangelist and teacher. He will forever be in our hearts.
I love you Mincaye and I will see you again, because God will see it well,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
When I stopped to read the overview from last month in preparations for April 2020, I realized the unexplainable impact on what has happened to the United States and the rest of the world in 31 days. The COVID-19 sweeping across our land and every land on the globe has radically changed everything.
This day I am sitting in my own home working and contemplating the enormous need for prayer. Nobody on the news talks about prayers, until there is a catastrophe. It is almost taboo for the mainstream to even recognize the need for prayer, but I am so very thankful this is our foundation.
The virus has impacted every phase of our life. It's not just the quarantine, but the economic impact of every business in America, except the goods needed for the hospitals and the normal every day products like hand sanitizer, tissue paper and rationing of food items.
Social distancing has removed the hugs and pushed families apart during times of death. My pastor since I was five who baptized me, the reverend Jimmy Hoffman had a drive by funeral, with only ten people allowed around the gravesite service. It is a complete turnover in lifestyle.
So how do we react?
As people who believe in a Holy God and who pray, we continue to do what we have always done, but with much more fervor. We dedicate more personal time to our hope in Christ and we all recognize the need for healing. Our prayer community is now important than ever.
We are praying for every one of you who reads this blog. We want you to share it with others. If they do not have a community of prayer around them, we want to invite people to join us in prayer. I believe this is what makes everything different.
In the PASSION OF THE CHRIST, my favorite line of the movie was something Jesus said which arrested my spirit. He said, "Behold, I make all things new". Isn't it amazing how only Jesus can do this. Only Christ can turn this world around. People who do not believe, will not understand what we are saying here.
Remember to be safe and stay home. Upgrade your prayer time and invest more personal time with your God. Read the scriptures and listen to worship opportunities and pod casts filled with hope. Only dedicate a portion of your time to watching the news. Be more diligent in calling your family and friends and remember to check in often. Clean your groceries and leave packages in your garage a couple days while discarding the boxes and keeping the trash outside. Wear masks in public and don't worry about the fashion statement and only leave home if you have to.
Join us in all in praying as we will be praying for you.
Last month was really busy with a variety of opportunities for media missions. We want to begin by thanking each day in and day out, the faithful V300 who continue to remember our activities in prayer, intercede for each other in Biblical community and pray for films that truly matter.
I STILL BELIEVE
Jennifer Willingham and the Epic Agency have been working with LIONSGATE and the Erwin Brothers along with Kevin Downes in making Jeremy Camp's new bio-pic called I STILL BELEIVE. This wonderful film opens in over 2800 theaters this month and as a partner with EPIC and supporting films of family, faith and freedom, we want to invite our entire Veritas community to go opening weekend. We are updating this to over 3000 screens making this film the largest film released in the faith based arena.
You all know our team's commitment to these kinds of films and we celebrated when I CAN ONLY IMAGINE entered the market. We pray the same fervor and enthusiasm will extend into the hearts of all those who believe and still do not believe.
VMFA does not solicit funding from any movie company or ministry when promoting other motion pictures. We do this only if we have a screener copy, personally know the people behind the film or have been exposed to the story. No free solicitations or "likes" are posted on FB which are not "known entities".
About a decade ago our film team met a Romanian lady who had a powerful ministry, had served alongside of ministry with the late Jan Crouch from the Trinity Broadcasting Network and was making strides in broadcast, publishing and film. Her first book, QUEST FOR FREEDOM was the true encounter of her miraculous escape from a communist regime. Some time stories take time to "grow" and this was certainly the case again.
Stephanie Musser is a seasoned leader with our team, but this last month, she scheduled an important face to face meeting with leadership to discuss a film franchise she believed was important to our overall success. In her own spiritual journey, she felt very "called" for our team to review THE QUEST FOR FREEDOM. In fact there was no doubt God used Stephanie to talk about this amazing family of faith who now reside in Nashville, with our home base.
Thanks to Corina, her producer Wendy Cooper Porcelli and the support from her husband Steve Pataki, the most bold film franchise encounter is about to take place in a dangerous part of the world. The Filmmaker's Roundtable has unanimously recommended her story be made into a feature documentary and possibly a feature film and we need your prayers.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates and if you want to financially support this amazing story, you can click on the DONATE page and give to CORINA.
FORSHIA - A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
Since the screening of BUT GOD at the Regal Warren Cinema, we have been meeting with Forshia Ross regarding her transformation story. We believe our V300 will be excited to come alongside of this ministry of healing taking place in the NorthEastern part of the United States in New England.
Her ministry of speaking and teaching was birthed out of pain and we believe her brokenness and gifting will inspire all women and men with her powerful story of redemption.
NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS
Last week people came from all over the world to meet as the National Religious Broadcaster's convention took place at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. It is an important time of the year for our team. Jim Gromer, Stephanie Musser, Lynn McAfee, Jennifer Willingham of OCEANIA and many more connected.
There were a series of meetings with distribution companies, filmmakers, financiers and more to have amazing meetings for our future. Thank you for everyone's prayers. The entire film slate is being reviewed with like minded people and so this is important for every movie and ministry, we are partnering with to share powerful results in the market.
Film star Christopher Atkins flew into Nashville to meet with our team to discuss his journey from starring in BLUE LAGOON with Brooke Shields, through his personal journey of filmmaking, into a journey of faith. What an honor to be with our friend, who was introduced to us by Greg Jillian, the Senior VP of MGM.
He is a successful actor since his career launched with BLUE LAGOON. Having a lot of experience in motion pictures, the financing and reviewing screenplay, he is interested in working with our team in future projects. Please keep him in your prayers.
MAISHA MEDICAL MISSIONS
This is an important time in our history as in the month of March, Beatrice Williamson will go back to Kenya to work at the www.maishaproject.org feeding children, providing medical missions, education and support to the slums. Please be remembering Bea and the board of directors who will be meeting in the coming week to pray for and plan another successful African mission.
Our prayer team is growing. Our film franchise is almost complete. Our season of assembling the armies needed to move forward is at hand. Why is this happening at this time? I believe it is because of the anointing of God in everything we are doing. We have been attacked, wrongfully persecuted, stood for Christ and are together thanks to the faithfulness of the V300.
We have so many amazing franchises ready to launch and personally, I have never felt more of a calm assurance than before. We are going to crawl, walk and then run together as a team toward the most important horizon. Building a monolith is not for the faint hearted. Many people give up, but we feel called to step out in faith and have done this in so many areas.
PRAYING FOR YOU
Each month we are praying for you. Thank you to the growing thousands of prayer team supporters. We have over 1200 prayer team members from FACEBOOK. This is happening because of your prayers and so, we remember you this coming week and month. Always go to the FB page Veritas Mission Films and you will find ways to post your prayer requests and we can pray for you.
May God bless you dear Veritas Family,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
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.
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.
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.