Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gulp! When exactly is our film due?

When I started this post, we wanted to ask you to pray for us to finish by the 10/31 deadline for entering this film into the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF). In the process of writing the post, I added the link to the film festival site. While I was checking that the link worked, I also re-read the entry rules, which state feature films are due 10/31, but ALL other films are due 9/30. Since Grafted, a documentary, will be longer than the required 80 minutes, we assumed it would meet the criteria for "feature film". However, now we're not sure if we've misunderstood the rule. Hence the GULP! Then the need to change the post to say we need prayer even more than we knew.

SO... at least one (or more) of us is a little freaked out that our deadline may have just moved up by 31 days, a deadline we do not see any way we can meet. We have called and sent an e-mail to SAICFF and we're waiting for an answer to when our film is actually due.

During the making of this film, there have been so many hindrances beyond our control: our house sold, after being on the market for 3 years in a row, with never an offer, our house sold. As we got ready to move to a rental house for 6-12 months, we found that there weren't any available as soon as we needed one. So we bought a house in less time than we could rent one; go figure. After we moved here, our power has gone out not once, not twice, but three times, if you don't count the time the power was turned off because of the wildfires. Then that would be four times. Did I mention we were out of our home for 9 days because of those wildfires? We were, however, able to get some work done during the evacuation, because of the generosity of our friends. I confess, I was more at peace waiting to find out if I still had a home than I am waiting to find out this deadline. Why is it that I have trouble remembering that the same God who controlled the wildfires and the safety of our home controls the destiny of Grafted?

We have believed that this is a project worthy of making, and we still do. Adoption is a godly endeavor and we would like to encourage others to be part of adoption whether through being an adoptive family, or praying, giving to or encouraging an adoptive family. We also hope that as believers, we will be encouraged by better understanding our own adoption in Christ. We have known all along that without His enabling us to complete Grafted, we would not be able to do it on our own. We don't have the skills or the expertise; we've been learning everything as we go.

Throughout this project, we have been praying for God's wisdom and grace. God is sovereign over all things and may have plans other than the ones we have made. Please pray for our peace as we work hard to find ways to speed up the process while trying to keep the quality consistent. And pray that we want God's will more than our own.

Now, we get to see if we really believe that it is God who is in control of this film's destiny and if we will be content with His choice.

Thank you for your prayers.

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