Who knew booking tickets to Africa could be so much fun?
Jesse, Ben, and I spent a lot of the day today trying to get our tickets worked out and paid for. We're having to pay for these tickets out of our own bank accounts (not even credit card!) so, for me, this is a step of faith. I've been over to Africa three times in the last year, but always through a partner organization where I could leave the accounting to professionals (and the money came from their bank account).
This time we're independant. That's good for a lot of reasons - we can be honest in our views, and have integrity in our artistry. Responsibility comes with that freedom.
It's a faith-builder for me, because we still haven't sorted out where our Canadian donations will be routed through. We have a fallback in Wellspring, but because they are part of what we're filming, outsiders could rightly question our independance. The people at Peace Portal are interested in what we're doing, but the policies of Peace Portal have yet to catch up with the trips we took last year, so Rwanda is a bit of a challenge.
So the two of you reading this blog can:
a) pray for faith and for God's hand
c) pray for God's face... we really want this film to mean something
d) start saving your pennies, so when we know where you can donate to, you'll be ready. (And yes, I know this list is missing a letter... it's a test).
If you're reading this without knowing me or Jesse, you might be wondering some things... I'm almost done my support letter. It's a good process to try to put into words why we're doing this (and just what it is we're doing). I'll post some of those ponderings soon. (Hmm... Ponder Productions... perhaps I better trademark that before someone reading this blog does :)