At our May 12-14 ACT 3 board meeting we decided to produce a video version of our story. This will likely come in three formats. One will be a short You Tube version for as wide an audience as possible. A second will be a 5-7 minute version designed for groups and churches to see in mission conferences and other public settings. People who invite me to speak can use this shorter version to introduce me and to tell our story. The longest version, ten to twelve minutes, will be for individual use on DVD. We want to make and distribute these copies as widely as possible. All three will, of course, be available online.
As we discussed our mission at the May meeting we realized that we do not have an effective way of telling people our story. We want to tell people why we exist, what we do and how effective the mission is in fulfilling our God-given mandate. Our goal is not publishing, writing blogs, or preaching/teaching. It is changing lives and churches. It means mentoring and equipping. It means renewing and giving hope for a better future. We have so many stories of how this is being done in people lives and thus we have often found it hard to tell our story well. By filming we believe we can do this much more effectively.
Yesterday, I shared this idea with a young man who is a donor. He proceeded to secure two film producers, who are rather recent converts and want to use their considerable skills for such a mission.They will come to Chicago in August to do the filming and then production will follow. In addition my friend offered to pay for the whole project! I was, to say the least, stunned. What a huge answer to prayer. An idea to tell thousands of people what we do and why we do it on a much wider scale is about to become a reality. I am rejoicing. I am also working on a script today. I will keep you posted.