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Friday, September 24, 2010

For a Time Such as This

Last night Dan and I, along with 8 other Atlanta couples, hosted the Sixty Feet film premiere. Honestly, it was such an emtional night.

For years, Dan and I have prayed together and prayed with our children that God would give us a family ministry. We offered these prayers up in earnest and with a real desire to serve Him -- but in my wildest dreams I never imagined the plans He had for us. Wow is really all I can say.

The film featured original footage shot by our dear friend, professional filmmaker and fellow Sixty Feet founder, Michael Lines. Just as a side note, Michael is also one of the coolest, funniest and most down-to-earth guys we know. He went to great lengths and major personal expense to capture the amazing images in this film and share the story of the marginalized children of Uganda. Miraculously, he was even granted permission to sleep overnight at Mukisa in order to capture the nighttime footage he wanted. Frankly, I can't believe he even wanted to do such a thing -- much less went through with it.

Our illustrious, and hungry, and tired filmmaker Michael and his patient wife Brooks

Michael heard the story of the children of Mukisa and, out of obedience and love for Christ, he ran to do his part. May we all be so ready and willing when God calls us to use our time, treasure and talents "for a time such as this."

More pictures of the event are below. As I said, it was an emotional night. It was incredible to sit in a room and behold the official, public launch of a ministry that our family has grown to love, eat and breathe. And the film just blew me away. I intentionally did not view the footage beforehand because I wanted to have the whole "movie theatre" experience with everyone else at the event. Turns out I was really unprepared for the emotional impact of such a film -- especially the parts about the two precious ones we're in the process of adopting. My word, I'm actually crying right now just thinking about all of it.

Garry warming up the crowd

Of course, there were cupcakes in honor of the Cupcake Kids

Laura, Matthew and Scott setting up the table of wares

Of course, there were more cupcakes in honor of the Cupcake Kids

The fabled SixtyFeet Plaque

A near-capacity crowd

Me and my new sweet friend Heath :-) Sorry I look kind of scary and squinty-eyed but I just spent the entire evening crying.

It's also incredible to think about the many ways God went before us and put the right people in place so Sixty Feet was able to pull off this 250 person event at such little cost. Many people gave of themselves and in doing so, they gave a voice to some children who otherwise would never get to tell their story.

Thanks so much to everyone who made this night possible, especially my dear, dear friends Garry and Laura Hill who chaired the event and gave hours upon hours of time and energy. Thank you to the many people who took time out of your busy week to attend and support the event. But we give all thanks especially to our Lord Jesus Christ. For without Him and the works He prepared for us, our lives are utterly meaningless. Thank you Lord!

By the way, if you are interested in hosting an in-home viewing party of this film with your friends and family, please let us know. If you attended last night and wish to support Sixty Feet, you can donate anytime at http://sixtyfeet.org/how-you-can-help/.


Gabi Dickinson said...

Is there any way I could get a copy of this DVD here in England?

Carlee said...

Thats so awesome wow!!! I would love to do the same here on New Zealand. My son is just about to land in Uganda now! They are hoping to go to 60feet too. How would I get hold of this movie? Thanks and it's so awesome what your doing.