We are VERY excited to have finally completed the first official preview of the movie we’ve been working on, “Jeff’s World.” We’ve shot about a third of the movie and we’re looking to raise the money to finish the project. Click here if you’d like to help. Ten percent of all the profits made from this movie will be going to A Future And A Hope in Kenya, Africa.
I’m excited. For a few years now you’ve heard me mention in our podcasts about Johnny and Kate Brooks and what they are doing, er living in Kenya. I’ve written more than once how I see them as an example of doing missions outside of the institutional church. Think about it. The IC has been, and still is the main funding source for most of the missionary efforts coming out of this country.
Now imagine having your family with you living in another country as missionaries sent out by the IC, and then leave the confines of the IC along with the strong chance of losing your funding and possibly having your reputation tarnished out of spite. That in a nutshell is what they did.
Their mission statement is simple: Taking care of orphans and widows: Pure Christianity. It would have been easy to create another orphanage to care for orphans and create a great vehicle for fundraising. God bless the folks that help orphans, but Johnny and Kate took it a step further and decided to adopt 9 Kenyan girls who were abandoned or orphaned into their family, and simply raise them with their own ‘bio kids’ as Kate affectionately refers to her own brood. That’s all quite noble, but uh, how can you afford that when you may have lost your status with the IC?
The friends and family that knew them in their hometown in Texas still financially support them directly. They’ve also expanded their friends through social media, mainly Facebook and their blog. Now they’re going after something big. They have the chance to purchase some land at a fraction of the normal asking price. To raise the money they’ve turned once again to social media to raise it. They are running a campaign on Indiegogo.
I would like to personally recommend them to you, and suggest that you check them out for yourself. If you can give, share or just encourage them they will appreciate it. Oh yeah, I created the video for their campaign.
We’ve recently created our Family Room Media Facebook page. We’re excited about the opportunity to have more interaction with folks through these social media sources. Loren has really been helpful in being apart of all of this in blogs and various responses on both Facebook pages. Oh, wait, I said pages. We’ve also reinvigorated our Church Outside The Walls Facebook page as well. There has been a lot of daily interaction over there as well.
David’s currently in North Carolina, and is due back by tomorrow. I can’t wait to hear his report on how things went. Loren is busy writing the movie script we hope to produce into a feature film. Do pray for him as he’s working on this. We don’t want any writer’s block to sneak up on him. I’m excited about bringing much more activity to our new social media outlets, connecting videos, podcasts and blogs with the chance to connect more with you guys out there living in the freedom of Father’s love.
Here’s a neat video our friends Johnny and Kate Brooks put together of their activities in Kenya. They represent the what missions work looks like outside the box of religion.
I just got off the phone with Johnny Brooks a friend of mine in Kenya. He and his family are missionary dudes in Kenya. He hates being called a missionary but doesn’t mind being called a dude. Johnny is a no frills kind of guy whose understatement about things kind of catches me about 45 secs after he’s said it. One of his drops was about how most of the IC missionaries where he’s at in Kenya have packed up and left because of lack of funding. Even mainline aid agencies have all but disappeared for lack of cash. Hmm, funny that’s not a lead story on CNN or any of the other news pipes. I guess when economic woes are washing up on your own your parcel of life, you have a tendency to forget about the livelihood of others in situations far more in demand than your own. 45 sec later it hit me. I’m busted.
I know that Father has been restoring things back to his reality that were once flagrant areas of manipulation and control by IC standards and procedures. Is giving financially to others in need one of those areas that need a little restoring? Johnny and fam are greatly encouraged by their friends that they’ve connected with online and beyond, but financial support is scarce from the folks outside the IC. 43-44-45 busted again.
Johnny and Kate know and live in the hands of Father. They rely on him for everything. Johnny probably hates that I’m even writing about this, but oh well I’m busted again.
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