The end of a journey

November 27, 2008


a view from our porch where we shot a ton of timelapse footage!

(from Proctor)

hey guys-

well, our 11 days in the Moi Tribe is coming to an end. It’s hard to believe i’ve been here, literally in the middle of nowhere, and it’s over!

the experiences I’ve had here are…truly indescribable. It’s truly too much to blog about. i wouldn’t even know where to start.

thank goodness we had tons of cameras! when i get back next week, i’ll be posting a few videos online that will give you a glimpse of the journey we’ve been on. and in a few months, we’ll have a really cool short film to show the world…telling the story of God’s saving grace in the Moi Tribe & the incredible work that New Tribes Mission does here and all over the world!

it’s incredible that the missionaries got their satellite internet working JUST BEFORE we arrived. So this is the first time anyone has been able to get online consistently. That’s allowed Macon Hare (NTM Exec Producer) and me to Twitter, and for all of us to check and update Facebook. We’ve also been able to update our NTMfilms blog, which has a lot of pictures and stories from the past few days.

one thing that’s been really exciting is sharing some of my experiences with a few friends. Via the power of iChat & Skype, I’ve allowed a few friends to talk to my new Moi friends LIVE! the Moi people really get a kick out of it, and enjoy singing for my friends. One friend, Biscuet, was inspired to blog about his experience. Then Vicky Beeching was so moved by his story, that she wrote on her blog about it!

i can’t wait to post the “behind the scenes” videos. but until then, here are some pictures!


flying into our small hamlet in “Moi Land”.


reflection of Ben Smallbone in the cockpit.


my first interaction with the Moi…handing them my camera and letting them experience film-making!


sitting on the porch with some Moi guys, iChatting with Biscuet.


Ben Smallbone: cinematographer extraordinaire. We don’t go anywhere without him!


prepping the HeliMission chopper pilot what shots we want to get.


Nate & i getting ready for our chopper shoot. both doors were taken off, and we hung halfway out during flight to get the shots we needed. it was a rush!

Last day in Moi land

November 27, 2008


This from Macon this morning (EST):

Did I tell you I have been nervous?

Today is the last day and we are worn out. Equipment is filled with mud and we are sitting in Crockett’s just staring at each other. Did interview with Rich earlier and have Moi people out looking for a centipede for a shot.

Last night got the finishing shots we needed at night time with people on trails with torches and the “sick guy” in the hut. It went great. Earlier in the day we filmed the missionaries teaching the chrons and the re-enactment of tribal guys doing the crucifixion drama. The quality of the film that Ben is shooting is pretty awesome.

We have been so impressed on how well the Moi have fit into the acting! They were great. And the missionaries have gone beyond the call of duty! We are so impressed with these guys (missionaries) and they pretty much delivered everything we asked of them.

Yesterday we also filmed testimonies of the Moi believers and it was such a blessing hearing the guys tell us what they said. Stephen is busy today doing the transcription of their testimonies.

Yesterday was the first day without rain all day. It was such a huge day for us … many of the days we were rained out by noon or early afternoon. JAARS helped by delaying their flight one day to pick us up.

Be praying as we head home to put this story together. We have the footage … but the story, the editing, the music is the next thing to bring together. Praying for good weather tomorrow when the JAARS plane comes in to pick us up.

Our Thanksgiving Dinner:

I could not believe it.. But the missionary ladies, Carolyn and Karen made Thanksgiving dinner for us.

We had baked chicken and dressing,  BBQ pork, and all the trimmings. Even had a can of Cranberry sauce they pulled out from somewhere. Then using stuff we brought them they made pecan pie and blueberry pies. Lots of leftovers for tonight… Just like in the USA.

We all just staggered up from the table, walked straight to the beds, and went into nap mode. I finished reading my Hashknife and Sleepy cowboy western.

Still working to save all the video footage to multiple hard drives – and Ben is scrubbing his special bags for carrying his cameras and stuff. I don’t think he will ever get the Moi mud off them. Have to have everything at the top of the airstrip by 8 am in the morning for our flight out.

Done already?

November 27, 2008

Our time here is almost over.

Thursday is done. Friday we’re supposed to get a little more aerial footage — using a plane this time — and then fly out to town.  It’s hard to believe we’re done already and heading back home.moi_man_listening

It’s been great to be here, and to see what God is doing in these people’s lives. Today one of the things we recorded were some phenomi … phenoma … great testimonies of what God and salvation mean to a few of the believers here.

There’s still a lot to do here. The 60 or so believers need to be discipled, and all of them should learn to read and write. And there are 500-800 more Mois who have yet to believe, most of whom have yet to hear.

Perhaps the most promising sign is that none of the Mois were really interested in hearing the Gospel until after the first small group had placed their faith in Christ, and started living without fear. The Mois were one of the most profound reasons other Mois wanted to meet Jesus — which is as it should be.

We’ll all leave this place changed, and with a film that — we hope and pray — will change the lives of others. Thanks for praying!

Giving thanks

November 26, 2008

It’s already getting late on Wednesday, Oct. 26, here. (Late being a relative term — relative to the fact that there aren’t really lights here and our days are starting around 5 a.m.)

So being Americans, we’re looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow.

No, the missionary families here won’t be serving us a traditional meal with all the trimmings. Although Carolyn Crockett did say she thinks she has a can of cranberries.

No, we’ve actually been seeing reasons to be thankful all along, and saw another today.

Rainbows are actually pretty common here … but we saw the first one of our stay here today. Used to be, the Mois connected the rainbow with the spirits. Even called the spirit’s walking stick. It was a bad sign.

But today it represents God’s promise to never flood the world again. Which is a pretty big deal when you live with this much rain, I guess.

I can’t wait to see what we get to give thanks for on Thursday.

The heroine behind the scenes

November 25, 2008


Regina, behind the camera, as usual

Regina, behind the camera, as usual

One person on our team is playing a relatively unheralded role behind the scenes.

While Nate, Ben and Proctor shoot video and handle sound and scripts and recording and all that fun stuff, and Macon does the stuff that’s so important the rest of us can’t figure out what he’s doing, and I write, Regina is working almost all the time.

She’s offloading video from the Sony camera’s memory cards, capturing HD from the Canon camera’s tapes, transcribing the translation of the voiceover, cataloguing video, checking video — and helping with shots in between times.

But don’t tell anyone here about that. The Moi men like women who work hard, and we kinda need her.

Gotta love technology …

November 25, 2008

Proctor sent me a link to this blog … too cool.

In a week here …

November 24, 2008
Showing some of the Moi people video footage

Showing some of the Moi people video footage

We’ve met a woman who had never before seen a white person. (And she meets us, as we’re making a short film. How’s that for first impressions?)

We’ve walked down trails with men who have killed … some of whom have killed two or even four people.

We’ve heard these same men tell of their fear of witchcraft and spirits, and ultimately, death. “We have no old people,” one man said. “We all die young.”

But …

We’ve also heard dozens of Moi believers lift their voices in praise to God in a uniquely Moi way.

We’ve heard them pray and thank God that they no longer live in fear.

And we’ve heard them express their appreciation to God, and to the missionaries here, and to all the folks who have helped the missionaries who are planting a church here.

And that includes you. Thank you for the role you are playing in Tribal Missions, and investing in ministries among tribal people around the world.