So what was I actually doing in Nicaragua? I had two jobs: the first was to produce some coverage of the team and the trip for EMI’s use, and the second was to create videos for the client ministry’s publicity and fundraising. You saw job #1 in the video attached with my last post (and the potty photo)(rimshot), so today I will share about job #2. No, not that kind of #2…
Familia Avance has been serving in many places around Latin America for a long time, but our design work was for a facility that will serve Pochocuape, a small community on the outskirts of Managua. Currently, they have a church, a thriving sports ministry, and a feeding program. The development on the new site will give them the capacity to serve a lot more people, plus add a camp and retreat center as well as a solid church building.
I was able to dive straight into the project almost as soon as we landed. Having Skyped with Familia Avance’s director, Brian, beforehand, we had very few decisions to make or prep work to do yet. Brian had his lines and wardrobe ready and I found a good shooting location while we did our walkabout of the site on our first day. He has been in videos before, is comfortable with a camera, and had even rehearsed in front of a mirror. This meant we did not need numerous takes to get it right. I think we got all of his content shot in about an hour and I had the rest of the week to shoot B roll.
And shoot B roll, I did. I went back to the site every time anyone else was going. I followed the civil engineers around a lot, but I also wandered around on my own quite a bit. It was a fairly safe place to get lost, unless you factor in El Ceballo Loco, or Crazy Horse. Someone donated this varmint to Marcelo, the local pastor, and he (the horse) was pretty useless because you could not get near him. He would buck and snort and try to run everyone off. We got charged more than once. It made for some fun footage. I mean, who knows when I might need some clips of a demonic black horse chasing surveyors out of a field?
In the end I put together seven videos. Three were for EMI (two “Daily Digests” and one overview of the week), and the others were for Familia Avance. I created a fundraising ministry overview, short pieces highlighting the camp/retreat center and the church, and one ministry trailer. I think the trailer was seen by George W. Bush at a big fundraising dinner that benefitted several non-profit organizations, of which Familia Avance was one. It actually had to be screened by the Secret Service weeks in advance of the event. True story. You can see all of the videos on our Youtube channel.
This project is one of the last times I will work for our client ministries, as opposed to traveling solely to serve EMI’s communication needs. It’s not for lack of desire, just lack of time. For as long as we continue to homeschool, I can really only work about 10-15 hours each week and that does not allow for writing, shooting, and editing very many videos. Going forward we will be very particular in deciding which projects I can take on in addition to what is already on my plate.
In short, I love Latin America. I love the culture, the people, the warmth (as in hospitality, not actual heat), the food, and trying to speak Spanish. So any excuse I get to go back I will probably jump on.
We are missionaries with Engineering Ministries International, based in Colorado Springs, and traveling around the globe to serve.
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