Thursday, June 1, 2017

Homecoming - Louisiana in Review

Our Urban Adventure is coming to a close.  We've been living in our downtown Shreveport, LA apartment for almost two years pursuing our dream to make Movies with Life.  Doors have closed for our funding and our location at the Shreveport Country Club.  So we feel released to finally return home to Portland, OR after 14 years away.  It's always been our dream to establish our company, Highwater Entertainment in our hometown and now is the time.
Our time in Shreveport was not wasted even though our original goal was to make Perfect Swing.  April and I served as volunteer youth pastors at the Shreveport Community Church Plant, Highland Community Church.  The Lord grew our Friday night outreach from 3 kids to 50 this year!  April and I both were involved in several discipleship groups where we've been encouraged and have been able to encourage others from students to adults.  I've seen April step into her own with a voice to minister boldly to others.  She spoke at a Women's Conference, taught Sunday School, preached at our youth outreach Ballin', ministered weekly at a teenage rehab center and is preparing to write her first book.  We've had the privilege to minister to the Homeless Community in downtown.  I watched Adalie my 14 year old daughter make her own card presenting the gospel and bravely walked the streets until the Holy Spirit revealed to her who to give it to.   Zoie age 10 preached twice at church and Kylia led worship and was baptized at Shreveport Community Church.  It's amazing to see the growth in all of my girls.  They arrived as girls and are leaving as mighty women of God!
We've also treasured the time with April's sister's family the Erickson's.  Before our time in Shreveport we were lucky to see them annually.  We've all become very close during this season in Louisiana.  
Denise has been our biggest success story!  When we met her she was homeless and living in a shelter.  April was serving at the shelter and became her mentor.  Denise has become a part of our family and we have watched the Lord deliver her and set her free!  She is now a licensed minister of the gospel and a Luis Palau Member Evangelist.  She is married and living in a house and has a full time job ministering at a teenage rehab center.  Go God!
I've been able to crew on three major productions on this road trip.  New Life and Hillary's America now on DVD and National Bible Bee Gameshow playing now on Facebook Live.  Check them out!
We would have never accomplished so much without the grace of God and your prayers, love, and support.  Thank you for our miracle apartment, our cell phones, consistently sending money every other week and the unexpected windfall after windfall that has kept us going.  You know who you are.  Thank you!
We hit the road June 23rd to begin a new chapter on this road to production.  This is not the end of Perfect Swing it's just the beginning of our third Act.  How will our story resolve?  Only God knows and He's a great story teller!  If you would like to help us with moving expenses you can send money to my paypal or any other way that's convenient for you just reach out!  The Best is Yet to Come! 


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