We are currently in post production on a feature documentary film telling the story of the Free Burma Rangers. You may have seen the trailer when we launched a crowdfund campaign seven weeks ago. Well, today we have some exciting news to announce.
We have amazing news to share. Watch the video announcement above from director Brent Gudgel.
What an amazing journey. This story is bigger than us. We’re grateful to be a part of it and we can’t wait to finish the film and get the Free Burma Rangers story to audiences across the world.
Now, to the edit suite to get the film done!
Director, Free Burma Ranger film @gudgefilm
I know it’s been a while since we’ve updated you on our documentaries at Deidox. We’ve been in the trenches of film production. Today is an exciting day. We have something incredible to show you.
Over the past 5 years we’ve been working on a feature documentary project about the Free Burma Rangers. This film has definitely been a “labor of love” for our team. We’ve hit some roadblocks along they way that slowed us down but the production team has continued to volunteer countless hours to keep the project moving forward. Here’s the good news. Since we started work on the documentary, the Free Burma Rangers ministry has extended their work to more conflict zones and as a result the documentary has actually gotten stronger and more powerful. And we are glad to report that we can see the finish line. We are close!
As we head into the final stretch of post production we have updated our website with a new trailer, details of our team, distribution plan and an itemized budget of finishing costs. I encourage you to check out the new site and feel free to share it with your friends and on your social media outlets.
Though the future at points has been unknown, we’ve done our best to take the steps we feel God has placed in front of us and for this ministry. We feel he has led us here, and we’re thrilled.
We believe the story of the Eubank family and the Free Burma Rangers team is going to have a great impact in people’s lives and we are committed to getting this film completed by the end of the year. Thanks for joining us on this journey.
How is God at work in the world today? At Deidox we’re a media ministry asking that question. The Deidox Weekend Briefing is a compilation of the stories we found this week during our ministry research. Some of the stories God’s presence may be clear. Other stories may illuminate how we can pray. Either way, we pray this weekend you are able to see and know God more.
Here are the stories we found this week:
[Video] Awe, from the Moon
[USA] Seeing people’s response to this inspired a bit of awe in us. God’s creation is so great.
[Video] How do you recover from the guilt and shame of your past?
[USA] Meet James, a man whose 20 years of heroin addiction destroyed everything he had, giving up his family and possessions for the street. Today, James has entered a new reality. “We have to be in relationships. We have to answer the hard questions,” says James. “That’s how we grow.” Watch as James enters a Christ-centered recovery community, and through surrendering he discovers the true source of forgiveness and restoration.
[Video] [Video] North Korea | Persecuted Church Story
[North Korea] Eun Ah Cho reflects on the generational repercussions of her grandfather’s martyrdom by North Korean soldiers.
Thanks for making this briefing a part of your weekend. If you are finding this a blessing, we’d be honored if you share it with your friends. May our Lord – who is active and at work – give you rest and peace this weekend.
Blessed to be a part of His work,
The media missionaries at DEIDOX
Greetings from Deidox! As the year comes to a close I want to give you a recap and share the big things that happened in our ministry this year.
Plus, there are some videos you may have missed. I pray they bless your day.
NEW VIDEOS AND A LOCAL EXPERIMENT
At Deidox we continually ask the question, “God what are you doing in the world today and how can we document it?” Over the years the Lord has allowed us to do a couple dozen videos around the world, all stemming from this foundational question. (It’s why we’re called Deidox! “Dei” = God in latin.) Then, in 2017 we felt called to ask a different question… a more specific question… one that is sometimes harder to ask: “God what are you doing in our own city?” We set out with prayers and open hands, unsure of how we would afford the time and what stories we would tell. (If you didn’t know, we’re media missionaries. We do Deidox as much as we can.)
Within a few weeks of praying and sharing vision the Lord provided what to us was a miracle… an unexpected donation which was enough to produce 6 new short videos. Amazing. But then we didn’t know what to film! So, our week would start out in prayer, asking, “God, what can we film this week that represents a glimpse of how you are at work in our town?” Then we’d go film whatever happened.
What resulted was seven new videos. In case you missed them this year, here they are:
(Don’t skip this one above☝️🙏👆. It has been known to give people chills. Good chills!)
Pretty cool, huh?
(And if you missed it, make sure you watch the Parking Lot Prayers #2 video above. A woman experiences the Holy Spirit for the first time. Incredible.
ALSO, A NEW OFFICE WAS DONATED!
Next, we moved. At Deidox we try hard to be faithful with what God has given us. There are 3 of us media missionaries on the Deidox team – myself [Brent Gudgel], Dave Mahanes, and Drew Hayes. Deidox is our passion, and we work at Deidox as much as we can afford to. The rest of the time we did work through outside companies to pay our bills. But this fall a local church in Austin felt called to donate office space. So we moved into a cozy and wonderful new space. This donation allows us to work less for outside companies and more at Deidox. What a blessing.
(Our new edit suite that was donated. Praise God!)
And that’s what has been happening. We are excited to see what 2018 holds as we pray the Lord guides our time to tell His stories according to His plans. We appreciate your interest and your prayers. For those who want to support God’s work through Deidox you can do so through this link. Would you pray He will lay it on people’s hearts to give enough to document the stories He wants told?
God is at work across the globe.
What a gift to be able to see more of Him.
Greetings! Here’s a quick update and prayer request from us at Deidox.
We are now more than ever convinced that God is at work in the world today. We’ve filmed some things over the past few months that in our minds can only be explained as God’s miraculous work. It has been amazing.
At the same time – behind the scenes – we have been working on a simplified direction for Deidox that gets us incredibly excited. The most excited we’ve been in years.
If there’s one new theme for Deidox in 2017 it would be to “be faithful with what God has given us.” How? Well, that’s the question. How can we best be faithful? How can we serve Him in the ways He wants? How can we care for our families while doing this work? How much of the future should we hold with unplanned open hands? How can we glorify God through it all?
In 2016 things got a bit tough at Deidox. Oftentimes we get caught up in how the world tells us to run a business. But God graciously helped us move past that and back into a deeper place of submission. Deidox is His. If we’re going to continue on this journey then we want Him to lead it. And we will do our absolute best to be faithful.
Plans, But Open Hands
Much has happened in the last six months… there is much to rejoice about…
And to our delight, it appears that God may have some great stories to tell through Deidox…
Yet after having learned our lesson we’re not rushing… we’re keeping our hands open… and we’re taking steps boldly but prayerfully… that means that much work and new films have been produced this year but we’re waiting patiently for the time and means to release new films. That’s the story right now.
Throughout this time we are seeing afresh how God is at work.
We don’t want to get ahead of God and assume what He’s doing.
We want to follow God’s lead.
You could say we have plans, but open hands.
… and those plans, well, they will only happen if God miraculously makes them happen. This is very clear to us. This is the way.
If you have extra time in your daily prayers, would you consider praying for Deidox?
Specific Prayer Requests:
For God to arise and be known in our cities.
(This is our main prayer these days. For God to arise and be known.)
For God’s continued divine intervention and Holy Spirit moments to take Deidox wherever He wants.
For God to use Deidox to explore & reveal His unfolding work. His work is beautiful.
For God’s providence and clarity. How much time do we spend working on Deidox, and how do we support our growing families in the process?
It has been a busy year of releases at Deidox. This year brought the most content we’ve released yet in a year. We’re so thankful. Every time we at Deidox are given an opportunity to make a film we consider it a great honor. Thanks to all of you who supported us along the way.
Here they all are, embedded for ease of viewing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Can’t wait to show you what we have cooking for 2017.
-The Deidox Team
The Divine Conspiracy Collection, Part 1: A Conversation on the Church
Willow Creek’s Experimental Church Service
How a Texas Pastor is Serving Business Leaders
The Divine Conspiracy Collection, Part 2: A Conversation on Business
God & Business at Chick-Fil-A
Architects with Purpose
The Divine Conspiracy Collection, Part 2: A Conversation on Business
Aviance: A Mother’s Hope for Her Daughters
A Simple Step
A Turquoise Table
Woah, you made it all the way to the end. (That’s over 2 hours of content!)
If you like these, you’ll love what we have in the works for 2017. Become a supporter by making a year-end donation here. It is only by donor support that we make new films.
Our latest series of short documentaries is out now. The Divine Conspiracy Collection is a series of short documentaries based on the book “The Divine Conspiracy Continued” by Dallas Willard and Gary Black Jr.. Azusa Pacific University commissioned the series. The series was produced in cooperation with The Kern Family Foundation and the Dallas Willard family.
Here are all the short documentary links: (Also, go to the bottom of the post for entire episodes with the shorts compiled.)
How can we love our literal neighbors? The ones who live right next door?
We were commissioned by Christ Together Greater Austin to produce the three short documentaries in this series about following Jesus’ call to love your neighbors. The entire series is out now, and in case you missed it, here are the films…
At Deidox it is our mission to make known what the Lord is doing in and through the lives of everyday people – what we like to call “the middle class of faith”. Some would argue this middle-class of the faith is dwindling… but we think if you look close you’ll notice it’s still there, it’s just their stories aren’t told. It’s a breath of fresh air to our souls to make and watch their stories.
We’re thrilled to announce a new series of short documentaries, “The Divine Conspiracy Collection”. The films were commissioned by Azusa Pacific University and are based around the writings of Dallas Willard. The series includes a few stories about names you’ll recognize – Chick Fil’ A and Willow Creek – and we’re so grateful for the access they gave us.
Starting Tuesday, October 11, we’ll be releasing a new short documentary every day for four days.
We were recently commissioned by Christ Together Greater Austin to do a series of 3 short documentaries about loving your literal neighbors. As in, the people who live right next door. In the Deidox style, we challenged ourselves not to simply re-tell what happened in the past but to follow Christians as they were getting to know neighbors for the first time.
Story #1, “Trying to Find the Time” is out now. Watch here.
Story #2, “Breakfast Tacos” is coming September 28.
Our latest film, “The Ordinance”, was featured on Christianity Today. Pretty cool. At Deidox our goal is to make know what The Lord is doing. With that in mind, it’s always encouraging when outside outlets show our films to their audiences.
We had an amazing premiere of The Ordinance, our payday loan documentary, in partnership with Helping Hands Ministry of Belton, a local nonprofit that is featured prominently in the film. This event kicks off our community screening campaign — and we want your help!
Our goal is for churches, organizations and individuals to host as many community screenings as possible between now and September 15! Visit ordinancefilm.com to get a “screening kit” that includes a license to show the film publicly, as well as an event planning guide, discussion guides from various theological perspectives, and other resources that will help enhance your screening. Kits are still available at a discounted rate!
We feel strongly that The Ordinance is a film that will create an opportunity for your community to discuss how you can more effectively engage in the culture around you. Whether through payday lending or other issues of social justices, we hope that this story shows that churches and faith leaders have a voice — from local leaders to the Federal Government.
We’ve been challenged and encouraged following this story, and are proud to say that it serves our vision as a company — to tell stories about what God and his people are doing in the world; to create documentaries with hope.
Currently in production, “The Ordinance” documents an unprecedented battle in Texas towns to protect their citizens from predatory lenders. In a time when political disillusionment is growing, this story serves as an important example of how the best, and worst, of our political system can unite a community.
According to a study by the Southern Education Foundation, a majority (51%) of US Public School students are in poverty. This is a mind blowing stat. Everyday there are low income parents who a desperately trying to provide a better opportunity for their children.
Recently, we were blessed to meet a single mom, Aviance, who in spite of her financial challenges was doing all she could to make sure her twin daughters were getting a good education by paying for them to attend Hope Academy. Hope Academy is a private, faith-based middle school that is focused on helping students who are in poverty. We spent several days with Aviance and her twin daughters, Tanevia & Tamoria and quickly fell in love with them. They were so open and generous with their time. Aviance is a true hero. We were also inspired by the efforts of the staff and teachers at Hope Academy as they daily put their Christian faith into action. To learn more about Hope Academy click here.
Deidox Films is a 501(c)(3) non-profit documentary production and distribution company. All our films are made possible by generous donors and supporters. If you are interested in helping fund more films, please click here.
The story of refugee Pii Chui and his family is one of my favorite Deidox documentaries because his character shines through the lens so clearly. In the face of past and present hardships, not to mention future uncertainty, Pii Chui is at once humble and confident, grounded and hopeful. In a word, he is thankful, and I find the thankfulness of this refugee brother incredibly affecting and instructive. If you haven’t seen the short documentary, here’s it is.
Here are 4 lessons from this refugee family about how to be thankful:
1. Find God in all things.
Pii Chui is clearly not thankful for every circumstance, but he derives strength from being thankful in every situation. That’s because his eyes are on God. It’s not that God is remote and sends blessing and hardship from a distance, but that in every circumstance God is present. As Pii Chui says, “We do not worry, because God is with us and we are with him.” This is not the empty optimism of finding a silver lining in every storm cloud, but finding God in all things. Thankfulness is less about the gifts, and more about the Giver.
2. Don’t thank God that you are not like other people.
Sometimes I claim to be thankful when all I really am is relieved—relieved that I don’t have to live the hard story I’ve just seen. Jesus told a story once about a Pharisee and a tax collector who went up to the temple to pray (Luke 18:9-14). The Pharisee thanked God that he wasn’t like the tax collector, and although the difference for the Pharisee was moral rather than material, we often pray the same prayer and commit the same error. “God, thank you that I do not have to face what Pii Chui faces,” isn’t really a prayer of thanksgiving. But it can be the first step toward true thankfulness because it can highlight gifts we take for granted. Then that gratitude for the gifts can lead us to thankfulness toward the Giver. Better still is Pii Chui’s mature thankfulness, which does not require comparison to anyone else’s situation.
3. Ask God for help.
Thankfulness does not mean pretending that everything is okay, and Pii Chui models for us someone who is in touch with the hardships he faces, such as the rejection of his family, the insults at his job, and the uncertainty of where he is allowed to live. Because he knows God is with him every day, he sees clearly how he can serve God every day. To use St. Paul’s words, he can do all things through Christ who gives him strength (Philippians 4:13). But Paul’s words and Pii Chui’s example are for me in my circumstances as well. For Paul, the “all things” he could do with God’s help included both poverty and riches, both hardship and ease. There are particular dangers to the soul in every situation and Pii Chui’s advantage over me is that he is aware of his need for God’s help, whereas I tend to assume that living in plenty requires no special help from God. When I don’t live in awareness of my need for God, I can’t become truly thankful.
4. Hold on to hope.
Pii Chui’s thankfulness is possible because of his hope. He says, “Whether we are in Thailand or Burma, we are citizens of heaven, citizens of God’s kingdom.” Like the heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11, Pii Chui is looking for a country of his own—not the one he left, but a heavenly one. The thankfulness he has developed in hardship has purified his allegiance to God, which will not be unsettled if circumstances change and he gets to go back to Burma. Knowing where I truly belong and to whom I truly belong, I can live a life of attentive thankfulness whether a refugee or a citizen.
This is a guest post by our friend Peter Hough, Pastor at The Alton Mission in Alton, IL (just across the river from St. Louis). He also has a blog called The Ironic Disciple. Peter sees his primary calling as keeping people attentive to what God is doing. This calling expresses itself in contemplation, writing, and preaching; in developing leaders; and in leading the Alton Mission to connect with God in worship and mission.
In the past few weeks, many conversations have been happening around the growing refugee crisis in Europe. With all the media coverage on the subject, we want to share two of our films which offer a unique perspective. We were lucky to be able to spend time with the people involved and hope you’ll appreciate it as well.
Watch and be inspired by the faith of a refugee
Welcoming strangers into his home
We hope these stories inspire you and help us all better understand what God is doing in the world today.
According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, about half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year (3.4 million) are unintended. These women are often faced with extremely difficult decisions and don’t have the support system in place to help provide for their needs. Recently we met Janet who, along with a community of friends, has taken a simple step to engage with women facing an unplanned pregnancy. We spent a day with Janet and were challenged by her story and how she is trying to put her Christian faith into action.
Deidox Films is a 501(c)(3) non-profit documentary production and distribution company. All our films are made possible by generous donors and supports. If you are interested in helping fund more films please click here.
Our vision at Deidox Films is to engage the world with God’s story. We’ve made all our films available for free on YouTube and Facebook. Our hope is people will begin sharing our stories with their friends so they can see how God’s story is unfolding in the world. We are already seeing this happen.
We have some exciting and significant changes to our ministry at Deidox Films that I want to share with you.
First of all, I want to thank you for using our short films. We have a heart to provide video resources to ministry leaders and I hope you and your ministry have benefited from our films. We could not have made it this far without your encouragement and support.
Our vision at Deidox Films is to engage the world with God’s story. In today’s media driven culture more and more people are being impacted by visual storytelling. Therefore, we think there is a great opportunity to impact our world by tell compelling visual stories from a christian worldview.
In an effort to reach a broader audience with God’s story, we have made the following changes:
We are no longer charging a license fee for our films.
We will be producing new and different types of documentaries.
We’ve made it easier to share our films with your on-line community.
So what does this mean for you? You can still access and download any film you have purchased from Deidox Films for screening in your ministry context. You can also use the other films if you want. Visit this page to download. Like before, we just ask that you don’t upload any of our films to youtube or sites like that. (We have Deidox youtube uploads that you can share as much as you want!)
We’re excited to continue to serve the Church. It’s just going to look a little different. Again, thanks for your support and please let me know if you have any questions.
With much thanks, Dave Mahanes Co-Founder, Deidox Films
At Deidox Films we’re passionate about making documentaries that help pastors cultivate disciples in all different contexts and denominations. We’ve already released one this year, and we’re hoping to bring you nine more by the end of 2015.
In an effort to further serve our pastors, we’re also helping to bring you other resources in the form of podcasts.
Sermonsmith is a biweekly conversation between host John Chandler and his guest pastors. They spend 45minutes to an hour discussing the guest’s sermon preparation process. It is an invaluable resource for pastors who find themselves preaching regularly.
Seminary Dropout is a weekly interview featuring host Shane Blackshear. Each week he interviews a prominent Christian author, pastor, musician, or difference maker. Also about 45minutes to an hour, these conversations are so helpful for pastors and church leaders to keep up with current conversations in the Christian faith. He’s interviewed big names like Donald Miller and Phillip Yancey, and has a conversation with NT Wright coming up next month.
A story about a heroin addict who encounters healing through surrendering and community.
Today we release our newest Deidox short film in partnership with the wonderful folks at Union Rescue Mission! Read below for a synopsis and click on the button to watch the film.
Our new sermon illustration about recovery and new life
How do you recover from the guilt and shame of your past? Meet James, a man whose 20 years of heroin addiction destroyed everything he had, giving up his family and possessions for the street. Today, James has entered a new reality. “We have to be in relationships. We have to answer the hard questions,” says James. “That’s how we grow.” Watch as James enters a Christ-centered recovery community, and through surrendering he discovers the true source of forgiveness and restoration.
By the way, Deidox Films is a 501(c)3 nonprofit ministry. This “James” film was made possible through the generous contributions from two parties: 1) private donors and 2) Union Rescue Mission. Established in 1891, Union Rescue Mission is dedicated to serving men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. They provide comprehensive emergency and long-term services to help their guests escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row. They are one of the largest rescue missions in the United States, and the oldest in Los Angeles.