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,
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.