I’m going to go out on a limb here. I think something big is around the corner. Something big for Messenger Films.
It’s been a while coming...
On December 26, 1983, late in the afternoon, I was walking through the woods near Fayetteville, North Carolina, praying for wisdom. I asked the Eternal One what he wanted me to do with my life. Instead of getting an answer, I got a question: “What do you want to do with your life?” I thought about it and said, “Well, Lord, I want to make feature films for your honor and glory.”
“Then go ahead and do it.”
“But Lord, feature films are expensive. I don’t have that kind of money.”
“I was Abraham’s friend,” I felt God say to my spirit. “I will be your friend, too.”
Five years later, in the midst of poverty and uncertainty, I made my first film in Mexico—Ropa Nueva para Felipe—on a budget of less than $25,000. This movie, made in Spanish, has been seen by millions and continues to be shown all around the world. It was a “breakthrough” film; however, it did not lead to a “breakthrough” career. On the contrary, my saga as a filmmaker has been largely one of struggle and adversity. I might compare the journey to the life of a sea turtle, freshly hatched from its egg on the beach, plodding across the sand to water’s edge.