I thought I knew, but I only thought …

By Scott Moore
Nashville, TN

We recently learned that ‘Reparando’ is an official selection of the 2011 Omaha Film Festival. This is good news for a few reasons. First, it is another opportunity to share the story to a new and diverse audience. Secondly, it adds more credibility to our project. And thirdly, I get to re-connect with some of my college friends.

The Omaha Film Festival has stirred up some memories. Its been 20 years since I first walked on to the campus of Hastings College. Hastings is a small town in the middle of the continent. For a Navy Brat, is was about as far away from the ocean I could have gone – at least on the continent of North America. It’s a long story to explain how I actually got there in the first place, and even longer to explain how all my siblings ended up there as well. We are all Hastings grads. Hastings is a part of our story. I’m looking forward to catching up with old classmates, enjoying some good food and conversation. I’ll probably even do some dancing … but probably not the “running man”.

A lot has changed in 20 years, but a couple things have stayed the same. I am still passionate about creative storytelling, and I am drawn to stories involving culture. High school in Okinawa, Japan certainly impacted my worldview. But so did college in small town America. Both extremes helped me realize the fact that people are people, no matter where you go. There are fears and flaws in every culture. But there are also beauty and richness. To enjoy the beauty, we must embrace the flaws.

I have also realized over the years that I am full of flaws … pride and envy … lack of patience … pride (I include it twice on purpose) … just to get the list started. On their own, these would be considered tragic flaws. I am Hamlet, Macbeth, and Anakin Skywalker rolled into one. Thankfully my flaws are countered with a belief of something bigger than myself. I believe in a story bigger than mine. I am not the leading role, but a mere extra at best. I am the captain of my destiny, AND I willingly give up the ship to a navigator who knows all. I thought I knew, but I only thought …

Back in the day, I wanted to be a film director. Today, I direct films … there is a distinct difference …

Reparando Guatemala – Episode 4

Behind the scenes with Athentikos as they travel to Guatemala for the premiere of ‘Reparando’. Episode 4 includes a coffee plantation tour near Antigua.

Stay tuned for more episodes …

Reparando Guatemala – Episode 3

Behind the scenes with Athentikos as they travel to Guatemala for the premiere of ‘Reparando’.

Episode 3 includes the Athentikos Art Camp & Photography Class.

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The Turning Away

By Scott Moore
Nashville, TN

On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won’t understand
“Don’t accept that what’s happening
Is just a case of others’ suffering
Or you’ll find that you’re joining in
The turning away”

Pink Floyd wrote this song when I was in High School – a LONG time ago. But I am brought to tears as I listen some 20 years later. These words still capture my attention. They challenge me live with a purpose greater than myself – to respond.

I cannot listen to these lyrics without remembering the youth we met on the streets of Guatemala City. Their stories are full of abuse, suffering and addiction. Most fled violence at home and began living on the street around the age of 8. They survive using ay means necessary and have no home or place in society. An estimated 6,000 of these youth live on the streets of Guatemala City.

I’ve been wrestling with the thought of producing another documentary, especially so close to finishing ‘Reparando’. To be honest, it took a lot out of me to produce a film on top of a day job. I enjoyed it, but I’m tired. I don’t really have the mental or financial capital to invest in a new project. I was hoping for a break.

And then yesterday it struck me:

What if God is calling me to do more? What if the thing He is calling me to do isn’t about me? And what if this calling requires even more sacrifice? Would I do it?

It seems impossible but …

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”Philippians 4

Although I’ve met people with wounds I cannot heal and needs I cannot meet, I’ve also met the ONE who can heal and sustain all. I have nothing to offer. But He who is calling me has everything. Through Him, we can offer our lives – the very lives He has healed and continues to sustain.

I cannot go through life like a bobblehead, merely nodding at life as it goes by. I cannot join in the turning away. Not after what I’ve seen, not after what I’ve heard, and not after WHO I’ve met. I must respond authentically. I eagerly wait for directions as I begin the next leg of my journey so that others might not join in the turning away.