Author: Britt Jones

Video Vault for Life

I recently did some video work for Dr. Bruce Wilkinson and THE GREAT TURNAROUND program. During that first year of the GTA program, I was asked to come on as a GTA Rep. I would travel as a representative of GTA to various places around the country, to assist pregnancy centers with their annual fundraising banquets.

Though this experience, I came to see what these non-profits are up against, and how they struggle to survive.

I felt compelled to do something to help them. Here it is:

videovaultforlife.com

If you have a desire to help your local pregnancy center, please point them to this resource.

 

Britt

Olympic Profiles
Have you been watching the 2012 Summer Olympics? Have you seen the profile videos? Wow! NBC has done a great job of going to the countries and home towns of the athletes, to film stories that give us viewers a glimpse into the lives and backgrounds of these amazing people. These video vignettes have moved me.
One such profile, was on a humble young man named Kirani James. He is a track athlete from the spice island of Grenada. His dream and desire was more about putting the spotlight on his impoverished country, than on just winning a medal for himself.
Another profile video was on 17 year old Missy Franklin. That story showed cute home video from her childhood growing up in swimming, and it profiled how she balances swim training and school work. Her upbeat attitude and how she is always smiling is contagious.
There was a South African man who as a “double amputee” was “running” in the Olympics!
And did you see the profile story on Kellie Wells? This courageous gal revealed how she had been abused in horrible ways, how she had to leave home, and how she suffered numerous set backs? Powerful! Absolutely powerful.
These profile videos helped me get to know these athletes in a matter of minutes. These stories helped me get behind these athletes regardless of what country they were from. These stories made me laugh, cry, and care.
It makes me proud to be doing what I do….a very similar kind of work. I am no longer filming stories for TV, but I am filming moving stories of hope.
Making Relationships

I recently went on a filming trip to Nigeria in May of 2012. This was my second time to film for a Christian ministry in this, the most populous African country. The ministry (I’ll keep it unnamed) that I went to capture their work for is reaching out to Muslims, and they are doing so in the volatile northern Nigeria where there have been beatings and murders of Christians, and the most reported in the media – church bombings. Most people, especially here in the US, wouldn’t think that reaching out to Muslims in this region of the world would be too productive. But’s it’s working.

The approach is a novel idea… making relationships. True relationships! Who would have thunk it, huh? To get a hearing with a follower of Islam, you need to get to know someone, be their friend, be there for them, and actually love them.

I got to film interviews with Nigerian Muslims who actually became really close friends with people who were Christ followers. I was humbled, and reminded, that what it means to be like Jesus is to just be a true friend.

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