At church yesterday, our pastor referred to Philippians 2:12 where -- in English -- it says, "work out your salvation with fear and trembling." What struck me was that in Spanish, it said, "Occupy - all of you (plural) your salvation with fear and trembling." All believers occupy your salvation. The Spanish Bible was translated prior to the King James version and often gives me great food for thought. 

This idea of occupying made me think of a fortress that has to be occupied and defended from attack. It requires the group to do it -- actively. Occupy! Don't let this ground be taken away from you. Don't let this place of salvation get away from you. Don't wander off. Occupy this place.

We spent two days last week in a medieval prison portraying Christians arrested for their faith. It had a very fortress-like feeling though it was not that big. 

The Heritage Project like many IMM projects goes behind closed lines. We send the good news places where missionaries and the Gospel message are not welcome. With our broadcast partners and internet associates, we set up advanced parties - fortresses of believers behind enemy lines. We tell about a God who is with your no matter what kind of persecution you face. That you overcome if you live and you overcome in Christ if you die, as well! To live is Christ to die is gain! Wow! 

We are in the middle of 20 shooting days that spread out over 8 weeks. We are occupying this project with fear and trembling. Will we remember all the details? Will the budget make it as far as it needs to with the unexpected things that occur? We will hold the line here as you back us up in prayer. 

Let us occupy our salvation - that no one can snatch it from us. We will make foraging parties outside to bring more people into the safety, the security, and salvation of God's kingdom. 

We cannot do it without you! Occupy this sacred place with us!

Building the Kingdom While the Enemy is Tearing Down


Islamic State is literally bulldozing history. Ancient ruins are a threat to their all-conquering vision. There must not be anything or anyone left standing in these pillaged lands in order for their lies to exist. 

Here at IMM, our little team is working hard to bring the truth back to lands whose Christian history has been suppressed or forgotten entirely. The Heritage Project will tell the stories of the early church, the vital role believers played and the contributions they brought to Christianity in our own era.

We don’t use earth-moving equipment to destroy. We use the creative power of the Holy Spirit to build the Kingdom.

God Provides the Tools

This week, Cliff and I cut out soles for a few sets of prop shoes. We had to do this to make the shoe’s safe for the actors to wear during the Heritage Project. One thing that I’m noticing is that there is always something else that we need. It could be some sort of a prop that we need to make, a tool, and sometimes it's software. It takes all types of resources to get some of the jobs we have to do completed.


For example, we started out cutting the soles for these shoes out of carpet squares with a pair of tin snips. It was taking a long time to cut each sole and really hurt our hands. Then I remembered that I brought my carving Dremel with me. Once we started using that, we cut out about one sole per 10 to 15 minutes. After cutting out two pairs of soles, I thought to myself, “All I need is a Bandsaw.” With a bandsaw, the whole job would have been completed in about 20 minutes.

Think about it. When you think about your job, hobby, or whatever you do to pass the time what is that one thing that comes to mind when you say “All I need is a… (fill in the blank)!” This week, for me, the answer is a bandsaw. Next week, only God knows what we will need.

The cool thing is that when we truly need something to help further the Gospel, God always provides it. Now, we really don’t need a bandsaw. That’s more of a want, not a need. But when it comes to having the tools to build props, scout locations, find actors, sewing costumes, doing makeup, the filming equipment, and having the right editing software God always provides what we truly need to use media to share the Gospel.

Philippians 4:19, "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."

The Whole Chicken


Have you ever met a person that wastes nothing? They seem to have an idea for everything. They use what most people see as trash for compost, or crafts. They use every part of the chicken. The meat to eat, the carcass to make broth, and even the fat from the skin to add to mashed potatoes to flavor them. God is great at using things in our lives that we think might be a waste or just a side detail. He wastes nothing of our knowledge, skills or past experiences if we are willing to give Him all that we are.

My family has joined the boots on the ground IMM team a little over 6 weeks ago, and we have already used some talents we didn't really even know we had, or at least didn't realize were talents. The first few days we were here, it was noticed that my husband had carving tools. He picked up whittling a few years ago, as just a side hobby, never even thinking that this talent could one day be used for God's glory and yet, he has already been able to hand carve a prop that will be used in the Heritage project.

I grew up as a missionary kid in a French speaking country. I used to watch a Christian puppet show that I had only forgotten about until we were getting the tour of IMM, and I saw the box on the shelf. IMM had produced this children's series in French years ago, and I had shared it with some of my African friends when I was young. Just a week ago I was able to use my french to email an African Christian who was requesting these very children's shows.

It's the things that we never thought we would use that make us in awe of what God can do, and what he has planned before we even know it. As small as these things are, God cares about the details and will make his name famous in all parts of the earth.

1 Peter 4:10-11

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."

Creating Props - Trusting God

I’m up to my eyeballs in props for our next media missions endeavor. The Heritage Project will tell the stories of the early Church, believers and Christian martyrs in North Africa. Many of which have been forgotten, certainly in North Africa. We want to tell them.


By day I polish tons of shields and armor, build execution scaffolding, construct Roman altars, and import chain mail shirts and iron shackles through Spanish customs. Still, the list grows beyond my capabilities. 

At night I worry about the sets I will have to paint, the dates and deadlines that will have to be met. Earlier this week while furiously scrubbing the rust off a Roman Centurion helmet, I kept repeating the word “centurion” over and over in my head. Where have I heard that word before?

The Faith of the Centurion (Matthew 8:5-8)

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

I realized later that evening as I pondered this passage that I needed that faith and trust. I’ve trusted higher ranks in the military before, and this project is God’s strategic operation. I can trust. I can catch my breath. We serve under Magnificence.

Bathsheba: On the Screen

Cast and IMM team members at the premiere

Well, it’s done. Bathsheba has been taking us for quite a ride over the last 10 months. Now this story is done for all to see how God can breath new life into anything.

We had about 100 people at the premiere on Sunday in Puerta del Sol; the heart of Madrid. Most of the actors and extras came to celebrate with us, as well as some of our missionary family and friends of IMM. We thank you for your kind words and support of this incredible story.

Jorge, the actor who portrayed the prophet Nathan, told us, “Yo estaba a punto de llorar!” That means he was almost in tears because the story moved him so much. Please pray for Jorge that he finds God! 

We have made ourselves available to all the actors and extras who don’t know Jesus. The conversations we had with the actors during the production were wonderful. The Holy Spirit was so tangible and undeniable. We want them to know Him! 

That’s one of my favorite part of our ministries; we get to witness to a world that would otherwise go unevangelized. Please pray for us to have more opportunities with these actors and others to share the Good News of Jesus.

Now we will translate this story and the other three stories from the Women of the Bible series into Arabic and French for the Arab world. Thank you for praying for this project and celebrating with us on its completion. But most of all, thank for praying with as we strive to put Jesus on every screen so all can hear!

Bathsheba Final Preparations! 

I'm excited. We will debut the story of Bathsheba, a life revived this Sunday for the actors here in Madrid. We enjoy setting up a day of celebration and presenting the story to them and their friends and families. 

While they have participated, they haven't seen the bird's eye view of the entire story. They haven't seen it on the screen. 

We have shot the Line of Christ series from Women of the Bible on a chromakey screen. That means the actors are in a green room with a few props. So they don't actually know what it will look like.

We're still doing exports! We're still working on the audio mix. It's a lot of gigs — pray the equipment hangs in there. The atmosphere is bubbling around here.

It's beautiful. The team has done a great job. I'm so proud to work with them. I love seeing how one idea becomes richer as we all give creativity into it. 

Pray with us as we present the story this weekend. Some people who come won't be believers. We want them to discover much more than a beautiful historical story. Pray they see a living God who can redeem broken lives.

Christian Horror Movies!?

When I was seven, I saw the most terrifying movie of my life in a church. Childhood slumber became nights of dread. What should have been quiet afternoons in the yard were suddenly spiked with moments of wild distress. My little shoulders carried the horrifying knowledge that at any moment my safe world would crumble. Everyone I loved would vanish. I would be left defenseless and without hope in an empty neighborhood … and then the evil minions of Satan would hunt me down with walkie-talkies.

Many, many years later I met the producer of that movie, Russell Doughten, at a Christian Media conference.  The man who created "A Thief in the Night"  was a tall, grandfatherly man with a snowy beard. When I shook his gentle hand I looked into his kind eyes and thought "Is this the dude that made me insanely claw my way out of a locked streamline trailer one night at a church camp!?" Oh yes, it was the dude. We shared a cup of coffee. 

He described how he produced "The Blob" in his younger days, and felt convicted to use the proceeds to create a Christian movie that would spur the younger folks on to a life devoted to Christ. So, he crafted "A Thief in the Night" with all the skills and passion that he gleaned from creating horror movies for the drive-in. Incredibly intense moments, disturbing cut-aways, Hitchcock-worthy camera angles all set to a Doom-laden soundtrack, he brought it all. While I did not reveal the depth of emotional trauma I suffered because of his devotion, I did begin to understand something. We Christians are unmatched in our portrayals of horror. We may bicker over movie genres and fuss at vampires and werewolves. Admittedly, shambling zombies are not always edifying. But consider, from the days Dante's "Inferno" written nearly 500 years ago, and including the recent wails of eternal torment in "Heaven's Gates Hell's Flames", when we put our minds to it, We Christians can maniacally bludgeon our audiences into hysterics. I once covered an entire sanctuary in aluminum foil to properly reflect the 500-watt red lights of eternal torment.

And here is my caveat. When portraying the very real world of spiritual conflict in all of its depth and horror, don't forget to temper the creative powers you are given with grace. Sure, you can keep the shot of the demon-possessed, man, gibbering curses in a strangled fit as he lurches from tombstone to tombstone. But don't forget to offer a genuine hope before the credits roll. Preach some unconditional love.

Remembering Where We Came From

Things don't stay the same. I'm struck after years as part of the IMM team to realize so much of what we are able to do for the Kingdom comes from work that people before us have done.  Or work people who have never seen our offices have done!

Speed the Light buys cameras and equipment for IMM. How many thousands of youth have given or helped with a car wash to make this possible? And this has been going on for years - pre-digital cameras even!

Other organizations and hundreds of churches and thousands of donors keep the lights on in the studio and the stories of Jesus going on screens across the world. Even when the screens change. 

This week we are having a visit from the original director of IMM, David Lee and an early board member Bill Register. Hearing the stories of IMM putting training and early investment into organizations all over Europe and beyond that are still spreading God's love today is incredible. I'm so thankful for the faithfulness of so many others that has empowered us to keep telling God's stories all over Europe, Africa, Eurasia and the Middle East.

It All Started Here

It All Started Here

I wasn’t sure what to think when I pushed the door open. I looked around and saw a couch against the bare brick wall, and a table in the center of the space. I wonder what kinds of decisions were made around that table, I wondered. We turned the corner and walked through two doors into the studio space. It’s a lot smaller than I imagined it would be, I thought to myself, looking around at the walls, the floor, and the huge electrical panel just to the right of the door. I tried to take in as much as possible, thinking about the history that was made here, along with television shows that, to this day, continue to take the Gospel throughout the Earth. 

I had just walked into IMM’s former home, in Brussels, Belgium. When IMM relocated to Europe from Lakeland, Florida, they had utilized a large portion of the European Ministry Center (EMC) in Brussels for their global headquarters, complete with a studio, edit suites, and administrative offices. I had heard many stories about what had happened in Brussels, so it was a little surreal walking into that space for the first time. There is an incredible legacy of programming that originated in that building, produced by dozens of talented and passionate people. The massive investment of time and resource that went into that programming still pays off today as we do new language translations of programs from the Brussels era. 

And even as I looked back, thinking about what had been done in that building, the reason I was in the building in the first place was to look forward to the work yet to be done. Matt and I were in the EMC to conduct a symposium of pastors and ministry leaders from all throughout Belgium, with the goal of using media to reach more French-speakers with the Gospel. We’re so grateful for those that have gone before us, and for the foundation that was built that we continue to use as a platform to put Jesus on every screen.



As I walked outside the wall of the Istanbul Archeology Museum, I passed a cross that was carved into a discarded stone. The white stone rested amongst pillars and empty sarcophagi on a strip of gravel and grass next to the wall.

Earlier that day I saw many religious relics encased in glass, the Prophet’s Sword, the Prophet’s Beard Clippings, a gold encasement for the Karbala polished by thousands of hands, while an Imam’s amplified voice sang the words of the Koran.

Now staring, I wondered at the value of the white stone with the cross, which had no identifying marker.  It had to be at least 500 years old, 1453 being the year in which the city fell to the conquering forces of Islam.

In parts of the world today, there are people who follow the Islamic faith, because their people “have always been followers of Islam.” In these same places, the truth is, that before they were followers of the prophet, they were followers of Christ.

The Heritage Project will tell the stories of the early Christian church in places like North Africa, where hundreds of years of revisionist history have placed the Hope of the Cross outside the walls. 

The coming months will require much from the IMM team, the scriptwriters, translators, artists and broadcasters. We’ll need your prayers as we work together to bring the rejected cross of Christ back across the high walls of closed cultures, so it may become a cornerstone in the hearts of future believers.

Making It Clear

Making It Clear

I sat down last week to record my thoughts on the Bathsheba story for the composer who will create music. The actors spoke in Spanish for these stories so the composer always asks me to narrate the story explaining the ideas behind the scenes so that he can create music to accent what the action.

The idea is for me to make the story clearer for him. 

I realized that it is what we do in media and in missions. We take God's stories from the Bible and we dramatize them, we make them clear, to reach a hurting heart. Or we take a testimony in someone's life and amplify it so that more and more people will hear the good news of God's forgiveness and power at work. Or we use a drama that shines clearly the light of God's salvation in a way a person can see God  - maybe for the very first time.

God gives us all talents and abilities to bring to the kingdom. He has called our team to use media to make his story clearer and to send it across the world through satellite, internet, and terrestrial delivery methods that carry a clear message even to places where a believer can't easily go.