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
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.