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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Woodlawn - A Must See!

I had a great opportunity to see this movie in preview form two weeks ago and was extremely impressed with what I saw!  I was able to interact with one of the producers and hear his heart about this movie.  According to the Woodlawn Movie page, here is the synopsis of the movie:
A gifted high school football player must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field in WOODLAWN, a moving and inspirational new film based on the true story of how love and unity overcame hate and division in early 1970s Birmingham, Ala.Tony Nathan (newcomer Caleb Castille) lands in a powder keg of anger and violence when he joins fellow African-American students at Woodlawn High School after its government-mandated desegregation in 1973. The Woodlawn Colonels football team is a microcosm of the problems at the school and in the city, which erupts in cross burnings and riots, and Coach Tandy Geralds (Nic Bishop) is at a loss to solve these unprecedented challenges with his disciplinarian ways.It’s only when Hank (Sean Astin), an outsider who has been radically affected by the message of hope and love he experienced at a Christian revival meeting, convinces Coach Geralds to let him speak to the team that something truly remarkable begins to happen. More than 40 players, nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to the “better way” Hank tells them is possible through following Jesus, and the change is so profound in them it affects their coach, their school and their community in ways no one could have imagined.
I loved this movie not only because is was overtly faith based and enjoyable at the same time, but because is was a true story.  I don't necessarily remember the Penn State/Alabama game that is shown toward the end of the movie, but I probably watched it along with my family.  And, knowing it was a true story is so impressive to me because it can't be disputed.  As much as I appreciate the Fireproofs, War Room, Do You Believe, God's Not Dead, etc. movies, they are/were fiction.  Woodlawn is based on facts that actually happened.  It can be verified.  
 So, when you see people praying or when people's lives change in this movie, it isn't something could happen, it is something that DID happen.  I love that we can see how faith in God can be seen as positive.  
Please consider taking someone to this movie when it comes out on the weekend of October 16.  You will see accomplished actors and a well written script with this movie.  I think you will be both entertained and encouraged.  


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

War Room Trailer

New movie this weekend.  Go see it.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Short Video Report of Camp

We showed this video this morning at RMC as part of a short report of HHBC 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Night's Video from Camp

We had a great day at camp today.  We talked about being wise as we LISTEN to God and others.  We had our first taste of homemade break this evening.  And, we ended with another good camp fire!  Here is the video we showed the kids tonight.

Mandy Teaching at Camp

Today we are talking about having "Ears To Hear" from Proverbs 2:6. Mandy is teaching today.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

There's a New Game In Town

I had a great time today!  I was able to attend an American Football game here in Timisoara.  The 89ers played Bucharest.  I knew going in to the game, American Football isn't popular, yet, in most Eastern European countries.  And today confirmed that fact.  There was no food or promotional items for sale, no cheerleaders, no programs and no admission.  The bleachers were small and run
The Bleachers
down (but they were covered!) The field was 10 yards short.  The game was a bit slow and the crowd was silent.  The guy recording video doubled as the announcer. I only saw one coach on either side. There were no benches for the players.  The field was covered in dandelions an they handed out pamphlets with explanation of the rules.  Yes, it isn't a popular sport here, yet.

But I LOVED being there.  Good or bad, I enjoy the game.  These guys were playing a game that wasn't played in this city 6 years ago!  They had 18 guys who were playing this year for the first time!  Even the lone American playing hadn't played football in the U.S.  But, everyone was doing their best!  As the saying goes, "Rome was't built in a day."  And, American football will take some time to catch on.  But, they are playing it.  And I hope to go and watch again.

I was able to talk with a few players at halftime and they were excited, also, to be playing.  They told me this team was started in one of the parks with 5 guys from Timisoara.  They have come a long way from then and I salute them for their efforts.  Go 89ers!!!

Here are a few pictures from the game today!

For the Love of the Game!


89ers & Nittany Lions Fan!!

Ella enjoying the game!

Cameraman and Announcer
I wouldn't want to stand there!?!

The Lone American - From Allentown, PA

The goal posts!