Christian Review Magazine Issue 3 - March 2015 - Page 38

thought that it would be easier to serve the Lord in a hut in Africa than in a comfy home in America where I was afraid I would be tempted to live a mediocre lifestyle. I think I had also romanticized the role of a missionary. I imagined myself in a world where I would be the hero - swooping in to save the poor children from the slums or risking my life to spread the gospel like I imagined when I was seven. The thing is…God began to show me the sinfulness of my own heart. I realized that in several of my imagined scenarios, I was the one being praised and receiving the glory. God made it very plain to me that if my life was going to count for anything, my motto would have to be: more of Him and less of me. And let’s just say there was a lot of “me” I was going to have to get rid of. 38 > CHRISTIAN REVIEW MAGAZINE So, I told the Lord I was willing to do things His way, and I promised Him I would go wherever He wanted to send me. And do you know what He said? Tupelo, Mississippi. That’s right. Not China, Sudan or Ethiopia but Tupelo, Mississippi the headquarters of the American Family Association (AFA.) AFA was originally founded in 1977 by a country preacher named Don Wildmon. One day, Don sat down to watch TV with his family disgusted by the filth that was on, that he decided to do something about it. Don believed that the purpose of television ought to be to “inspire, uplift and encourage.” So for years, AFA fought hard to clean up America’s airwaves by removing negative programming. But now, AFA was ready to try a new tactic. Not just removing the bad, but producing the good. They had decided to start a media division with the hope of one day producing feature films that would impact culture in a positive way. I started working for AFA in 2009. Our small team produced many short films, commercials and documentaries and learned so much along the way. It was always encouraging to hear stories about the lives that were touched by the products we were producing. We continued to hone our craft and invest in the equipment needed and every single project we saw the production value increase exponentially. And then in 2012, the leadership of AFA approached me with the idea of writing a feature film. They were looking to invest in a story that would reflect the core messages AFA believed. I was Kendra with her brother and co-writer/producer/director, Jeremy Photo: Faith Dawson