Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wrapping up "Moving On" in Jinja....

We have been busy working on finishing up the LGH shot list. We have a few interviews, and b-roll shots that still need to be captured before we leave Jinja on Tuesday morning to begin an 8 hour drive to a small town in Western, Uganda called Bundibugyo. I am so sad to say that our friend and character in the "Moving On" documentary, Charles, passed away two days ago. We were so blessed to be able to say goodbye to him. Nic talked with him about his love for the Lord and he even sang a song with him. It was so beautiful. Life is so fragile, here in Uganda, and at home in America. We just never know when it will be our time to leave. I am reminded to live each day with vivor and excitement for the single day! The people we share our lives with are the most important! Thank you so much for all of your prayers! We are really getting homesick and missing all of you!
Please continue to pray as we begin an entirely new project. We are going to be telling the powerful story of Bishop Hannington Behumeka. He is Bishop over 38 churches in the Charismatic Episcopal Church (CEC.) When rebels attacked his town of Bundibugyo in 2001, he along with 80,000 others fled to displacement camps where they lived for over 2 years. Hannington inspired his people to be generous during a time when they had nothing. He had a heart for the orphans who had lost their
parents and began to organize programs where blankets and clothes were given to the children. This idea of stewardship and generosity spread throughout the people and became the foundation upon which his whole town was rebuilt!!!!
This video piece will be used as an introduction at the Lausanne Conference ( year in South Africa. The conference, started by Billy Graham, is a gathering of all the international Christian leaders all over the world! It is anticipated that over 4,000 leaders from 200 countries will attend onsite in Cape Town. Thousands of other leaders are expected to participate virtually – online and through other digital technology. It is quite an honor to be working on this!!! We pray that the Lord uses it to speak to people's hearts! We will keep you posted as much as we can!!! Love you and miss you all!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Nile River & such...

We spent the whole day experiencing Jinja without a camera and shot list to follow. We went swimming and sunning at the Jinja Nile resort with cokes and fresh tilapia in our tummies:) After pool lounging, we went on an adventure to swim in the Nile River. The Nile was majestic! Reminded me of another time, another era. The trip was complete when a herd of more than 30 cattle poached up next to us for their afternoon drink. I was a little freaked out because we were pretty much trapped! Heres a video of the experience:) We also rode a piki(motorcycle) to the Central Market where Nic picked out a pair of jeans for our next trip to western Uganda where it is much cooler in weather. What a great day in a BEAUTIFUL place! We miss home and wish all of you were here with us:) Love you!!!!!!

Man Attacked by African Stork

Sunday, August 1, 2010

This past week in production.....

Today marks our 11th day of production. We are exhausted and very excited about the content captured this week! The hansows left today, and tomorrow begins our downtime:) we have a little more to film this week before we travel to western Uganda. Some highlights: nic was almost attacked by a gigantic stork( video soon to come), I danced last night with the SUBBI women at their celebration(fully dressed in African garb), Charles has become even sicker(please keep him in your prayers), and we used our new jib camera crane for the first time this week(amazing!!!)I am posted up at an Internet cafe right now,feeling somewhat human again after this LONG 11 days. Thank you soooo much for your prayers.

Monday, July 26, 2010

interviews, babies, and more...

We have been here in Jinja for a few days now, my heart engrafted in the many stories of my new Ugandan friends. I find myself saddened as I write this, thinking about all the pain I have seen and experienced in the brief time of my stay. Pain aided with a smile and sweet hospitality. Yesterday we visited an orphanage called the "Amani Baby Cottage." This is where the Hansow's daughter Jayden was adopted from. We visited the baby room, full of rows of babies, getting ready to go to sleep. One crawled towards me saying, "mommy, daddy." I just wanted to take him home with me! Sweet babies. I find it hard to believe that their parents either passed away, or just did not want them.
Today, we interviewed Charles, one of the characters in the documentary. Charles has HIV. When Nic came to Uganda 3 months ago, Charles was in good health. Today, we found him in bed(where he's been the last 2 months) He has lost over 30 pounds and looked in very poor health. It seems that his HIV has progressed. What a change, what a difference.
We then visited Agatha's home. 7 family members sharing one small living space. No electricity. 2 small beds. It was so much fun to spend an afternoon with her. Learning Ugandan culture and hearing her story during the interview. I was so impressed with her and her family.
Now, off to bed. Another long day awaits tomorrow! Thank you for your prayers! We are healthy and safe. The production is going wonderful! Nic is in his element, capturing amazing imagery! Peace:)
Ps....I ate an entire fish tonight. Whole Tilapia caught in the Nile. It was spectacular!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 1 in Jinja

It was a 3 hour drive to Jinja down a long paved highway cascaded by beautiful fields and the local hustle and bustle characteristics of African culture. The sky is overcast and the temperature cool. Once in Jinja, we met up with the Hansow's and went to the EPOH house where the LGH seamstresses work. After eating a traditional lunch of rice, sweet potato, and meat, we begin scouting locations for Agatha's interview tomorrow. I am impressed with the Ugandan's friendly(for the most part) approach

to us mzungus. What a beautiful place!!!!!

Travel Day

Nic and i had a long layover in Amsterdam which was very interesting! I ordered the best cappacinno I have ever had and Nic ate a smoked seafood plate at 5 am. :) We found a lounge area with comfy recliners, set our alarms, and slept for 3 hours. After almost 20 hrs in an airplane, we arrived at Entembbe airport. Smooth travel!! All of our luggage waited safely for us and no worries getting through customs. Tomorrow we will drive to Jinja to begin production.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Official "Moving On" Trailer

Uganda, Africa

Tomorrow we begin our month journey to Uganda. We are so excited about the two projects that we will be working on there!!! We are flying from Norfolk, VA to JFK to Entebbe, Uganda. When we arrive, we will meet up with an amazing couple, Dave & Morgan Hansow(founders of the nonprofit "Light Gives Heat.") Nic is the director of photography on a new documentary called "Moving On," which reveals the mission and heart behind LGH!!! Check out the trailer!!!!! For the next two weeks we will be filming for this powerful story!!!! The following two weeks we will be spending time with Bishop Hannington, telling his inspirational story! WOW!!! Thank you for all your prayers. I will try and keep this blog posted with photos and updates!!!! Thank you for ALL of your prayers:)