Brett and I were able to get away for a long weekend in San Antonio, Texas in March. Brett has been once, but I had never been to the city. San Antonio is beautiful! We got some Texas warmth and a break from the Indiana freezing winter.
Before I get to the main reason we went to San Antonio, here are some pics of us visiting the Alamo. It was a good review in history, and I must confess it made me want to go brush up on some American history!
Since I’ve been craving meat this entire pregnancy…We had a date night at
Fogo de Chao.
We went to San Antonio to attend the Christian Worldview Film Festival. It was the first year of this particular film festival, and The War Within was selected as one of the feature films. The film was shown 3 times. Here is Brett answering questions at one of the showings.
After each of the showings, Brett probably answered questions for at least 10-15 minutes, and then people came up to us afterwards to continue asking more questions and complimenting the film.
Brett had the great opportunity to meet our Sales Agent for the War Within: Rich Christiano. He’s a very successful Christian filmmaker who shares our passion: reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are very blessed to have him a part of this project.
Here we are right before the awards ceremony.
We were eligible for 4 awards at this film festival. Brett kept telling me not to get my hopes up so I wouldn’t be disappointed if we didn’t win anything. However as I sat there before the ceremony started, I thought and prayed, “Surely, Lord, we will win at least 1?!”
There were a total of 13 awards presented. The Best Trailer award was the third award handed out. And sure enough, The War Within won it! If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, see it here.
Then we sat off to the side as the rest of the awards were handed out. The last 3 awards were Best Feature Film, Best Gospel Presentation, and Audience Choice Award. And yes, as you may already know, The War Within won all three.
We were humbled by all 4 awards. In our opinion, the best award we received was the Gospel Presentation award. That means that the gospel was clear, and that was our goal when making the film. I must say, we were a little embarrassed to have received all 4 awards, especially the last 3 in a row. Yet, when we walked to the platform for the 4th time for the Audience Choice Award, the audience gave us a standing ovation. But all praise and glory goes to God!!! They were standing for Him and what He has done through our willingness to follow and obey His leading.
The entire trip was overwhelming, to say the least. The response was so positive and encouraging; we walked away speechless and in awe of God’s goodness and confirmation that we are following His will. We were also thankful to have met so many people. What moved us the most was those who asked us to pray with them because the film touched them in some way. One teenager wanted to pray with Brett because he felt like he was Michael in the film; his relationship with Christ was more of the Mind rather the Heart. A woman came to me in tears asking me to pray for her husband who after 20 years of pastoring, has walked away from Jesus and her family.
This is why Brett and I are involved in this ministry of Christian filmmaking: to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to change hearts towards Him. And this is only the beginning! We continue to pray and wait on the Lord’s timing as we begin the process of marketing and distribution. If you haven’t already, “Like” our page on Facebook: The War Within Movie or follow us on Twitter: @TWWmovie. You will receive updates on distribution, how you can get a screening at your church this Summer, and when and where you can buy the movie when it is released (probably Fall 2014)!
Pray with us please. And if you feel led to give to the project financially, go to the House of Grace Films website for more information.
Oh, and we had to purchase a bag to fit all our awards for the plane trip back!
A kid was so excited about the film that he went home and made Lego men out of the 6 soul members in the film!
(Conscience, Heart, Will, Memory, Mind, Emotion)
To see what my friend Megan’s up to this Spring, check her blog out at Meg’s Five.