At the beginning of this month, our family was on their annual vacation and the second day on the trip, we were reminded that "today is the day to pray" for JP KNIGHTS for one of our family members. Isn't it amazing that we never take a vacation from praying do we? If we ever think that God was needed even when we travel, sometimes it is way more than normal, but it doesn't stop us with our covenants.
TIME TO PRAY
Our hearts filled with prayer for JP KNIGHTS today and this was not a normal day. It was an honored day to remember this great story and the trilogy project we are called to create.
At the end of March, since our family is scheduled to pray for Beth Lambert, for the writing we are doing on the trilogy, for the tripling of our efforts and for the tripling of the number of prayer partners needed for this journey, we enthusiastically prayed.
Instead of building a one story creative building, we are building a three story building and the process is huge. This is why PRAYER IS WORTH THE TIME INVESTED.
THREE TIMES THE POWER REQUIRED
This means it is taking three times the amount of time to develop our beat outline, but here are the good news. When one of the screenwriter's calls and says, "I have been praying about the character arc for over three stories and I have a unique approach to the end times and we are on the phone excited about the new reveals?" Then, the new track is opening doors that are not our own.
Whose are they and how did the new doors open?
YOU NEED TO READ THE BOOK
It's because of the faith of an author in Pennsyvlania named Beth Lambert who is yielding, believing and praying for every day. You see the foundation of everything being created is at the basis of the Harvester Chronicles. Have you read the book yet? If you haven't please order your copy today from Beth and just launch into this.
One of the most unique parts of this story was when Beth would say, "I don't know how this came out and all I know was this...it wasn't me writing the story". This is when the Lord of Hosts takes over our creative minds and begins doing things that are above and beyond what we know or even understand.
CALL FOR ONE FINAL GROUP OF PRAYER WARRIORS
Beth is continuing to seek the prayer partners who will take one day of every month and begin a steady regimen of intercession. This means on vacation and not on vacation but without God, none of this can happen. We often say in the film industry that there are so many obstacles that come against us, but we believe exciting days are truly around the corner, not because of our team because we are on the right team.
Thank you for supporting us in prayer. Do you know the number of people visiting our website are growing as we are having about 400 unique visitors previewing what we are doing every single week. We know the industry is watching what we are doing, how we are going about our strategy and beyond.
A NEW STUDIO WAS BORN THIS MONTH
A couple weeks ago at NRB the new studio opened with Lionsgate, KINGDOM STUDIOS with our dear friends the Erwin Brothers, Kevin Downes and Gunn. Let's remember to keep this new faith based film studios in our prayers. This is a real affirmation that we are on the right track, with the right trilogy at the right time in history. What a wonderful affirmation that one of the studios is really capturing the vision of films of family, faith and freedom. Guess where the guys are coming...to Franklin, Tennessee in our backyard!
Your prayers matter and be thinking of the very people who might come alongside of this vision with the finances to make our first motion picture. People of Pennsylvania are going to step up in a big way. Successful financiers are out there and they will want to be a part of this epic film project headed toward history. I believe our best days are only beginning.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Prayer has been such a foundational part of this entire process for our team. From the very beginning in May of 2018 we began to recruit prayer partners for this project. One of the first things we did was to meet in the church home of author Beth Lambert and Gary, along with their family to ask for people to "get on their knees".
HOW WE GOT STARTED
We recruited 31 prayer partners who for every day of the month, people use this time to pray for the film. These individuals are recruiting more prayer partners as we grow in our entire scope and breadth for the future. Without the power of "one" praying, we do not feel we will be successful. However, with the power of people praying, "All things are possible" and this is our "secret sauce" for the future.
When we first met Beth and Gary, they shared spices their farm would grow and process to enhance our culinary experiences. They have a seasoning which is placed on meats, poultry and fish which is wonderful. It is amazing the difference in sitting down to a meal with the right seasoning. In fact the entire taste changes and makes the food so much better.
OUR WRITING PROCESS HAS EXPANDED
In film, we have learned how to alter, modify, change and expand the experience in digital cinema through decades of filmmaking. Our screenwriters are in the throws of food preparations and we are testing seasonings, alternative courses, additional appetizers never before discovered and working to expand the "feast" for our audiences.
The original assignment has now grown into three times the amount of work. Please know how much prayer is going to help us get through this.
THE NEW CREATIVE SHIFT
Because of the powerful prayer team assembled, we are making a HUGE shift creatively and it is the reason for this blog. Beth always dreamed for a trilogy to take place which is why the HARVESTER CHRONICLES was originally created. She had some initial creative thoughts on how this would transpire, but nothing concrete so our team is working diligently to provide the best visual story possible. As a result, we are expanding on this franchise to possibly consider three films over just one film. You can imagine what this really means!
An undertaking of this size is the most complicated process that the most sophisticated great authors like Tolkein, C.S. Lewis and J.K Rowling have used. Structure will be key, visual story telling will be even more important on the screenwriting side and yes, prayer remains the foundation of the process.
Therefore, the comprehensive beat outlines, the character arcs, the sacrifices, the struggles, the resolutions, the villains, the hero's journey, the victories must all be "mapped" as we still work one film at a time, with an understanding of a greater climax by film three.
WHY YOU ARE NEEDED
What does this all mean? We truly need help and you can be involved directly. Beth's journey has always been in prayer. If you connect with her, hear her speak or know her heart you would see, she was "led" to write this story. This came to fruition because of prayer, but we are needing to triple our prayer efforts. She has already doubled them, but we need the next level, which is YOU!
We are challenging our entire prayer team to now expand. We do not have one person per day, but to find three people per "prayer day" to represent what we are doing. Would you be interested in helping us? We have seen in the meta data statistics our audience online is growing. In fact, the number of people going to our website has continued to grow since beginning the screenplay. Over 300 people new visitors each week are now viewing this site and we are so thankful. It is all happening because of prayer.
REWARDS ON THE HORIZON
Impact and the number of people who can experience evangelism will also grow. The eternal rewards are growing, the prayer rewards are growing and yes, even in the fiscal arena. This strategic direction provides a larger opportunity for financial rewards for our investors and we are always considering the fiscal rewards. Another answer to prayer is on the horizon for them as a result of this new "shift" all because of prayer.
JOIN OUR PRAYER TEAM TODAY
Please pray about joining our prayer team and if you would, connect with Beth Lambert and sign up for one day each month you would be willing to pray. If you can pray and fast, even better, but most importantly, we need people praying. Our foundation is only as good as the prayer team circling.
Thank you for being a part of this wonderful "dream" as the vision grows each day. I am reminded by a very wise man to "Aim Small and Think Big". This is certainly true for our film project and we believe will make a huge difference in the future.
Lastly, we continue to also ask the Lord to bring us the right "financier". This means not just any individual with the capital to make these films, but a "financier" with the heart to use the visual language of film to impact the world. This series is going to be huge and we know the Lord will lead us to the "exact financier". Only an executive producer who has the heart to keep "our unified mission" will align with our future, so pray about this too.
Thank you for joining our crusade and working with us through the power of prayer!
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Dr. Beth Lambert is a Pediatrician and Medical Director in Pennsylvania. JP Knights is the first film from her books.
Kevin & Lynn McAfee along with Jim and Rachel Gromer met to begin the script writing process for JP KNIGHTS the movie. Thanks for praying for the entire team!
Dr. McAfee and the team of GRP with Stephanie Musser met with city fathers in Pennsylvania at the Holiday Inn to discuss strategies for shooting in Johnstown.