A History of Video

I was looking back today at the different video projects that we’ve done over the years with New Horizons L’viv and separately, and it’s been a real blessing to have so many opportunities.

2016 – Ivana Kupala Night

Ivana Kupala Night is the first shortfilm that we produced independently from New Horizons Lviv. It takes the Ukrainian holiday Ivana Kupala and shows how to see Christ in the celebrations there, even though it’s basically a pagan holiday.

2015 – The Greatest Gift (Ukrainian)

This is the first evangelistic shortfilm that we produced. It was very hastily done, because the idea for it came a couple of days before St. Nicholas day, and we wanted to get the video online before then. It basically talks about how Jesus Christ and the life that He gives are the greatest gift ever.

2015 – Baptism Testimonies

I love hearing the testimonies of those that are getting baptized. This is a bit of a long video, but it has English subtitles, and it’s very moving to see and hear what these girls are going through spiritually when they make their commitment to be baptized.

2014 – We remember.

This video is a follow-up to the Revolution of Dignity here in Ukraine. It’s basically a video to mourn those that died at the Maidan in Kyiv.

2013 – Why should I share? (Ukrainian)

This was a video promotion that I did to encourage people to get involved with our web ministry at New Horizons. It’s not the very first video work I’ve ever done, but it’s the first thing I put together for church.

Blessed with success.

The first two films in this list are more a part of the vision that we have today with Scarlet Thread Media. We’re still working on the website, but we already have a Facebook page. If you guys would like to check that out, you can by clicking here.

I love what we’re doing, and God is giving us success in it. The video for Ivana Kupala already has over 1000 views, and “The Greatest Gift” has about 2000 if you count Facebook and YouTube together. I’ve had conversations with complete strangers that tell me, “Yeah – I’ve seen that video.”

Please keep praying for the preproduction of our next two films. The first one, we’ll be shooting in a couple of weeks, and the next one is much bigger and will take most of the summer to complete. It’s called “Мій відпочинок” or “My Rest”, and you can find out more about it by clicking here.

David’s Health Update: Hitting the Gym

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:7-8, ESV

It’s been over a year since I’ve been able to consistently go to a gym. In fact, about a week before I got sick in September of last year was the first time I ever did a deadlift. That’s one of the reasons that I thought I’d just thrown my back out or something instead of a rheumatic disease.

I am so thankful that I’m healthy enough to work out again. I have to take it really slow, though. Today was the third time in the past two weeks that I’ve been to the gym. Yesterday, I struggled through 6 minutes on a treadmill running before feeling like throwing up… 6 minutes! That’s humbling. I “power walked” another three minutes or so, ran another two minutes, and had to cool down and quit.

Slow and steady wins the race. It’s going to take a while to get into shape, but I’m committed. I have to be. When I got sick, it wasn’t just my joints that were affected; this disease attacks your heart, too. On top of that, from a combination of factors including a year of inactivity, my cholesterol went up really high and I gained a bunch of weight.

Basically, I have to get in shape, but I’m actually enjoying myself, too. I just spent 2.5 hours at the gym without really thinking about it. Time flies when you’re having fun. This time, I was mainly on the elliptical machine and did some very light weight training.

Please pray for this process! I don’t want to sound cheesy or “overly spiritual”, but I want this to be a part of “training [my]self for godliness”. Please pray that Katya and I both continue to get more and more healthy spiritually and physically.

A movie review: The Intern

I’m going to try out something a little bit different with this blog post. Since starting to study cinematography and produce / direct Christian shortfilms, my perspective on every movie I watch or even every story I hear has changed immensely. I search for different elements, look for certain camera techniques, etc. It’s a subconscious thing that’s built-into my viewing experience now, because I’m no longer a passive viewer. I’m thinking the entire time, “Would I create this movie, tell this story, this way?

By the way, this is my very first film review, so if you have your own feedback, please leave a comment below. 🙂

That brings me to The Intern. Continue reading “A movie review: The Intern”

Invictus Christi

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank my God, Who set me free,
And saved my mortal soul.

Even when suffering, cruci fixus,
He did not wince nor cry aloud.
Paying my debt, my Lord Invictus,
His head was bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears,
I’ll find my place in His parade,
And so the menace of the years,
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
Christ is the Master of my fate,
And the Captain of my soul.

Adapted from Invictus by William Ernest Henley, a poem written in 1875.

Another GREAT team from Georgia! (…and a broken cell phone)

We had another AMAZING team here last week. They came here from Clayton Baptist Church in Georgia. They were here for 10 days, served MANY families with financial difficulties by buying groceries and visiting them, went with us to a village to help build some missionaries’ house, and celebrated Thanksgiving with us. Here are some pictures from that:

In other news, David’s phone broke. We’re looking for a good, quality replacement, because David uses his phone constantly for work as a “second computer.” He needs it to be a good audio / video recorder and handle a full day’s worth of emailing, word processing, and other office work. Please pray for that! Thanks!