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I know this is behind schedule, but on March 12 Mom and I flew to the week long Christian Worldview Film Festival in San Antonio, Texas. In the Sweet By and By had been chosen as an official selection so that is why we went.
The first half of the week included sessions on the technical aspects of film making and also messages challenging Christian film makers to present the gospel and to keep high Biblical standards in their film making. The last half of the week all the films that had been selected were shown, followed by an awards ceremony. (Dad and Andrew joined us for the last half of the week.)
There was a great speaker lineup, 27 people in all. Stephen Kendrick (he and his brother Alex have made many popular Christian films) gave a few great keynotes.
Ken Carpenter, is a Christian film producer/ director, and has made quite a number of films under his former production company- Franklin Springs Media, and now he is in the process of releasing a feature film.
Directors panel- from left to right: Rich Christiano (‘A Matter of Faith’, ‘Secrets of Jonathan Sperry’, etc.), George Escobar (‘Come What May’, etc.), Brett Varvel (‘The War Within’ etc,), Dallas Jenkins (‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’, etc.), and Ken Carpenter (‘Measure Twice Cut Once’, ‘Run the Race’, etc.)
John-Clay Burnett giving a workshop. He has worked on many films, including editing ‘Polycarp’.
With film maker George Escobar.
With Garry Nation. He is long- time stage actor, and also played the lead role, Polycarp in the film of the same name.
One of the three showings of In the Sweet By and By.
At the end of the week, after listening to speakers and watching many films, was the awards ceremony. There were different award categories for the 80 + films entered. The film ‘Champion’ made by a large church won Best Feature Film, and the Audience Choice award (the filmmakers are in the picture above).
We are thankful to God for the safety he provided on the six flights it took to get there and back, and also safety driving in the large city of San Antonio. While we did not 100% agree with all the views the speakers/ films had, It was a great opportunity to go to this festival.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
What a win-win-win situation! Andrew recently participated in a month long Read-a-thon. Not only did he read 1656 pages from 26 books (15 of which were books of the Bible), but he also raised funds for Gospel Echoes and won one of the 3 grand prize bikes! He was able to sell his old bike to his brother whose bike had been stolen. Gospel Echoes raised almost $18,000 to supply Bible study materials in prisons. At the closing pizza party, a young man shared how he had become a Christian in prison and his whole life had been turned around. The Lord used the ministry of Gospel Echoes to make this happen. That is the biggest win that this whole venture has in the long run!
“I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” Matthew 25:36b
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
I know this post is a bit late, but better late than never!
Another exciting activity some of us did at the Ark Encounter was zip lining!
The first short “trial” line.
And then starting into the big stuff.
This line goes over the Ark Encounter bus road. Heidi started on this one.
Here I am on the first big line.
Joshua up in the skies!
Levi twisted around a bit!
There was small ropes walks in between zip line poles. Here I am crossing one.
You could feel the tremors in the zip line poles as people came across.
The last zip line. We went on a 7 line course.
The day after visiting the ark, we went back to the Creation Museum for the morning. We walked around the beautiful gardens and took in another Planetarium event.
The gardens have many types of bridges, such as- floating, suspension, boardwalk, arch, etc.
There are quite a few waterfalls in the gardens.
Last time we were there, this was a waterlogged marsh. It seemed pretty dry this time.
Some places on the prairies had grass like this before settlers came!
This quilt was made by someone from Springfield, Saskatchewan. It is showing the 7 C’s of history.
Josh is getting his wedding haircut a bit early!:)
After the Creation Museum, we went into Cincinnati. Here is the Cincinnati Red’s stadium that we passed.
We toured through a house that Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in for a short time. She was the writer of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (a very controversial book dealing with slavery back in the 1800’s).
Her father was a pastor and professor. This house actually was one they lived in because he taught at a seminary right close by.
Another museum we went to had this real piece of the Berlin wall.
For supper we walked across the Purple People Bridge to an interesting restaurant mall. This bridge is quite old, and has been converted into a walking bridge between Ohio and Kentucky.
Supposedly you can pay a fee, and get harnessed up to walk over the top of the bridge!
The next day (Wednesday), we drove down to the Toyota Factory for a tour. This is the biggest Toyota factory outside of Japan. They had this fun simulator where you could drive through a city while different things distracted you. After this tour, we went to the Ark again for a bit, and then headed back to the hotel for the rest of the day.
The last day that we were in the States was American Thanksgiving. So after driving around and finally finding a restaurant open to eat lunch at, we went to a beautiful park along the Ohio River to hike around. There was a few barges on the river edge.
A little channel into the park from the Ohio River.
We then flew back home via Toronto. When we landed in Saskatoon, it was so foggy outside, we couldn’t see anything really. But even though we landed with a bang, we made it home safely. We are thankful to God for safe travel.