This has been nothing less than a supernatural week at Urban Soul in Dublin Ireland. God showed up! We ended up with so much great footage.
The producer and the presenter from the national TV network and I ended up developing a great relationship together. I'm fairly sure this was the first time either of them had really been around a group of Christ followers committed to a biblical life of faith. They expected a few teenage "rejects" in a small church room making sandwiches for homeless people while singing "Kumbaya".
What they found was one of the best organized festivals they'd ever seen, with DJ's and VJ's, first class musicians from around the world and a couple hundred kids that showed up to make a difference, not just be entertained.
I'd asked for prayer that somehow the footage we shot wouldn't be shanghai'd and turned into something the event was never meant to be or say. Thankfully, the network folks were curious to understand what was going on in these people's lives. They were envious of the "contentment" they felt in the lives of those they were going to film. They asked me what faith really meant for me, and asked us to explain what must be some kind of turning point that helps people begin to live life for God.
Then yesterday, their film crew came out with them. My job was to "nudge" them in the right direction. I asked God to do the nudging. On her arrival, the producer asked me to rewrite the script for the presenter because neither of them felt like they could do the people or the event justice.
They filmed our kids running a family fun day in one of the most dangerous, drug-infested neighbourhoods in Dublin city. They ended up with over 200 children and parents coming out for sack races, games, face painting, food and celebrating the rehabilitation of their school grounds and neighbourhood playground.
Another team had done gardening for the courtyard of an old folk's retirement block of apartments. They listened to the voices of elderly people who normally are so deathly afraid of youth that they lock their doors and never come out. Throughout the week these older folks fell in love with the kids, taking them into their homes, feeding them non-stop and loving them as if they had been their own children. The TV crew witnessed the depth of the friendships that had been formed between generations as they filmed the tearful goodbye's. It was as if they were being forced to leave home and loved ones behind.
As we were packing up the gear, the producer asked if we'd be willing to do a full half hour evening programme on Urban Soul with what we'd filmed through the week.
Pray for us over the next few days as we edit and then hand over our edit for final edits at the network. Pray as well as it should be aired later on this month. I'll be sure to let you know when the footage goes public.
Never underestimate the power of media. Or the power of God.