David Peters and his wife, Liz, lead Galilean International Films and Television Services of Mumbai, India. The Peters are based in Canada.
The largest audience today are the smallest ones, and the smallest screens are in the hands of the largest audience. We have a responsibility to ensure that the content that is produced encourages its viewers to align their thoughts with Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honourable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].”
How do we do that? God has given His brilliance in creativity to us who are His image bearers. As much as the world advances digitally, we as good stewards must seize the latest opportunities and technologies to present the facts about God’s design for mankind. At a time of twisted half-truths, untruths, and no truth, TRUTH needs to be presented. Smartphones are being used by major media networks as a vehicle conveying messages at a speed none could have imagined a few years back. Our mission and vision is to tap into the possibilities of smartphone technology to convey accuracy and truth. How better to do so than by training the Body of Christ as they wield influence in their communities and be the light and beacon of HOPE in a dark, dying world.
Liz and I, along with our son Aaron and Jony, a family friend, were privileged to lead a 4-day, 9-session workshop on Smartphone Filmmaking in Alexandria, Egypt from Feb 5-9, 2020. There were 30 participants. Vibrant and full of energy, they ranged from 15-50+ years of age. We were so blessed to see them at work, as well as their passion to use the skills and gifts God has given them for His glory. There were a few professionals as well, including one who was trained at a film academy in New York and is currently a cinematographer who eagerly attended the class to learn specialized techniques for smartphone filmmaking. At the end of the workshop, one student came up and testified that initially she wondered why she signed up for it, which was evident to us because she seemed uninterested in the initial sessions. But as the days went on, she became so engrossed in learning and eventually became the assistant director for her team. Another participant who has been attending such conferences for the past 4 years came up and told us that this was the first time that he came to a workshop that was so different, effectively led, and engaging. We were extremely impressed and encouraged by their projects, and the feedback we received from the organizers, Campus Crusade for Christ, was overwhelming.
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