New Satellite Expands Our Reach

HEARTS ON THE MOVE:  GHM ON IRAN ALIVE

Satellite Broadcasters Are Our Partners in Spreading the Gospel

First Corinthians 12:5 tells us, “There are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord”  That’s very true when it comes to the work GHM does in The Middle East and Central Asia.  GHM produces original Christian programming in our target countries’ heart languages, but we depend on ministries like Iran Alive for broadcast via satellite.

Pastor Hormuz, Founder and President of Iran Alive says, “We should focus on Iran not because there is a need—needs are everywhere—but because it is the wise strategy. Iran is the gateway to transforming the Middle East with the Gospel. Once Iran turns to Christ, the whole Middle East will fall like a domino effect. Iran is where God is working in a special way today.”

Iran is a patchwork quilt of languages, stitched together with Farsi.  The most frequently spoken language in Iran, after Farsi, is Azerbaijani, the language used in Sweet Conversations, our Women’s Program and in the newly dubbed Children’s Program, Story World.   These programs are important tools used by Iran Alive to reach the Azerbaijani-speaking people of Iran.

Sweet Conversations brings the Gospel to Azerbaijani-speaking women in Iran

Better Technology Reaches More Hearts

Pastor Hormuz was gleeful when he sent an email to Steve Sharp with the news of the upgraded satellite.  He told the story of a woman who was able to watch an Iran Alive program for the very first time.  Late one sleepless night, as she switched among the channels she usually watched, she saw a program she wasn’t familiar with and through it came to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior.  Pastor Hormuz did not specify which program she saw, but it could have very easily been Sweet Conversations.  Each Sweet Conversations program is laser-focused on the difficulties facing women in countries like Iran and Turkey.

The new satellite reaches 15 million new viewers who have not previously had access to Christian programming and can now hear the Gospel in their own living room.  It also reaches 1 million Believers who had been without access to the encouragement and teaching available on Christian TV.  In addition to better coverage, the new satellite broadcasts are subject to less jamming – a ploy used by governments to keep their populations in the dark about Christianity, global politics and Western freedoms.

So join with us as we celebrate this exciting news from our ministry partner.  We are glad to share it with those of you who donate to, pray for and volunteer with GHM.  Every dollar you give, every prayer you lift and every hour your volunteer now goes further in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.

Jim Maguire, Dedicated Director & More

Jim McGuire in a directing moment on the set of Sweet Conversations, our Azerbaijani Women’s Program

HEARTS AFLAME: MAKING MEDIA WORK FOR MINISTRY

College Challenge Still Inspires Daily Walk

Jim Maguire, scriptwriter, director and editor for GHM is still inspired by a challenge he was issued early in his life:

As a young college student I was challenged by Bill Bright to “Come help change the world.” I have shot ministry videos in over 33 countries… Through Global Heart Ministries I can continue to serve that goal [even though we cannot enter our target countries for ministry.]  Our programs can reach people who are afraid to go to church or ask about about Christianity due to the religious oppression of their culture. Through GHM programs they can privately seek the truth in the safety of their living room.

Since the ratio in these countries is one Christian for 1 million Muslims, the chances of them hearing the Gospel is very low. A missionary in these countries is at great risk and can be fearful, not knowing who is safe to approach with the Gospel. Since our programs blanket these countries, individuals who the Holy Spirit is prodding can can watch, accept Christ and learn how to grow with Him safely at home.

Jim leads a meeting on the set of Shukar Atayman, Our Uzbek Women’s Program

Radical U-Turns

If there’s anyone who understands the impact of the Gospel on a lost soul, it’s Jim.  He went to a Campus Crusade for Christ meeting (now known as Cru) as a self-proclaimed “college drug dealer and partier” at the age of 19, but that’s not how he left the meeting.  He became a Believer, destined to make a mark on the world. 

Jim’s first gig out of college was as the host of a TV talk show on nine stations in Pennsylvania.  He also had a radio program on 118 stations, but he warns against being impressed, “many of my listeners were cows and those who milked them.”

In his next U-Turn Jim explains, “I quit that and went on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ in California managing the video group for 8 years …then moved to Dallas to work for an agency producing the Billy Graham TV crusades.  After that became an independent video producer doing work for many Christian ministries, oil and gas companies, car companies… and ventured into producing my own programs.”

That’s when Jim started training in earnest for his gig with GHM”

When I had young children I joined with two other dads and we created Quigley’s Village a TV series with puppets teaching young children Christian values. We sold a couple million VHS tapes. I produced church curriculums … a TV series shot in the San Diego zoo and zoos across the country all on the way to Florida’s Sea World.”

May We Borrow a Cup of Video Equipment

Then GHM was doing a film shoot not far from Jim’s house and needed a piece equipment.  One of the crew suggested to Steve Sharp that Jim would probably let us borrow what we needed and he lived near by.  A few days later, Steve and his wife Gaylynne showed up at Jim’s door to return the equipment.  An hour and a half later Steve and Jim both knew it was God that had brought them together, because their vision for the way media can be used for ministry was the same.

Jim has truly been a godsend to GHM.  His experience in zoo programs and with puppets has been of particular use with our children’s programs, but he’s there for every shoot – writing scripts, directing and editing – and we couldn’t have come this far without him.

When asked what message he would have for our readers, Jim said,

“God has told us to pray that there would be laborers for harvest.  We laborers are here and ready to work but the bottleneck is money. We have the capacity to produce many more culturally sensitive evangelistic programs for these people who have little to no contact with Christianity, but we continue to be slowed down the lack of funds. Please pray that God will lead us to the funds He has already prepared, to fulfill the ministry dreams He has given us and that we will be faithful to carry out His work.”

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Set Your Heart Aflame

Like Jim, you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to Fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

Even to Smile is a Radical Thing

Smiling for the Joy of the Lord!

HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: WOMEN DON’T SMILE IN MY COUNTRY

Ready! Set!  Action!

Umida and Feruza were dressed for the set. Lori had finished their hair and make-up.  The cameramen, techs, and producer were set-up to film around a water feature in a garden. Everything was ready to shoot the opening scene for the Shukar Aytayman (I Am Thankful) Uzbek Women’s Program.  The producer said, “Ladies, there’s no dialog in these scenes.  They’re just part of the titles we’ll have at the beginning of each show.  I want the viewers to be drawn into the program by your joy.  So big smiles, OK?”

It wasn’t OK.  Umida said, “Women don’t smile in my country.”  Can you imagine the implications of that?  How early in a girl’s life would you have to begin training her that smiling is unacceptable? Or perhaps she learns it by observing the women around her who never smile?

A Simple Smile

Look back over yesterday.  How many times did you smile?  Perhaps there was a smile on your face as you took your morning shower?  Certainly you smiled into the mirror as you gave yourself the final once over, to imagine how people would see you during the day?  Over breakfast did you share a smile with a child, a spouse, or a roommate?  Did you nod at your next door neighbor and grin as you backed out your car?  If you dropped your kids off at day care or a babysitter’s did you smile at the employees receiving your child?  Did you smile at the doorman or security guard or receptionist at your office?

Smiles greet, thank, and reassure those around us.  Smiles help us cope with the stresses of life. Smiles allow us to express pleasure and joy.  In our western culture, even in the dreariest of lives, a smile is a necessity for males and females alike.  In Uzbekistan, women don’t smile.  

Imagine a life without smiles.  In fact, give it a try.  See how long you can go without smiling, even to yourself – perhaps especially to yourself.

Back on the Set

For a moment, everything came to a halt.  Steve, our producer, had to think for a moment.  One of the primary things we require of ourselves, as we film our programs, is that they be culturally correct.  We want everything that is said and done, every prop and wardrobe choice, to be true to the lives of our audience.  Certainly through satellite broadcasting and the internet, our audience sees the smiles of women from Westernized cultures, but they do not share smiles among themselves.

A quick prayer went up, “Father, what would you have us do?”  And then suddenly he knew.  Steve said, “Well, we’re going to smile today.  Let’s show the Uzbek women what it means to have the joy of the Lord.”  The resulting footage is a message without words.  Umida and Feruza invite the women of their country into their joy before  a single syllable is spoken.

This is the purpose of GHM programming.  We want the people of The Middle East and Central Asia to know there is something to smile about.  We want them to have hope, in a place where it is unknown.  We want the joy of the Lord to invade their lives with profound change.

Help Reap the Harvest

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

Shukar Aytaman Update

Sisters and Co-hosts for Shukar Aytaman

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: UZBEK WOMEN’S PROGRAM IN POST PRODUCTION

What Happens Next?

Here at GHM we make a big deal about film shoots.  One reason is they truly are one of the most exciting projects we participate in.  Hair, make-up, lights, people flying in from all over the world, takes and re-takes, musicians, cameras, sound boards, sets, props and a few miracles.  (We start the next one in less than two weeks.)

Another reason we make such an ado about them is because we really need a lot of help to pull it off.  The list of things we need – money, equipment, materials and people – for a video shoot is overwhelming.  We have to make sure we get the word out to everyone involved in any way in the ministry, because it really takes all hands on deck, as well as all the miracles we can get.

If you’re one of the many people who participate in our film shoots, then you may be wondering what happens when we turn off the cameras, break down the set, and store everything away for the next shoot.  (Did we mention set-up for the next shoot begins on June 25th?)  Let’s follow the filming of Shukar Aytaman (I Am Thankful), our Uzbek Women’s Program, into the post-production phase.

Some of the best moments on the set end up on the cutting room floor!

The Voluminous Results of Filming

A couple of months ago we introduced you to our cameraman/editor/ musician Garry Brunson and soon you’ll meet our director Jim McGuire.  While both were very important on the set, they become even more important as uncountable hours of video and audio become 13 tightly-woven 30-minute programs.

While all the recording happens during a one week period, the result is a whole lot of audio and video recordings.  There are three main cameras, with dollies, being manually operated by cameramen which record both video and audio tracks throughout each take, but that’s just the beginning.  We also have cameras running from stationary positions, just in case.  Our talent wears lavaliere mics on their persons that feed directly into the cameras and we have additional boom mic to catch sounds from throughout the set to help make sure we get every last word.

In our world, there is no going back to the studio.  The studio is a conference room and everyone involved in the shoot has gone back to their regular lives.  What we get during that strategic week of filming is all we’ll ever have. 

Turning Raw Video Into Programs Ready to Air

The first thing Garry Brunson has to do is make sure that everything we shot is securely saved in the appropriate places.  The investment of time, money, and energy must be properly archived for our use.

Then he’s got to take a look and listen to what he’s got.  This alone entails weeks of work.  As Garry watches all the takes he begins to see what he wants the finished product to be.  He takes note of particularly good shots so he can find them again in the mountain of material he has available.

Imagine the kind of jigsaw puzzle he is working!  For every moment of the filming, there were multiple feeds of audio and video and his job is to pull the best of the best.  In a short conversation between the co-hosts, Garry has to seamlessly weave together a natural looking and sounding exchange from takes off a variety of sources.  The worst part is that in spite of the many takes he might have to choose from, sometimes there’s just not a good one, but you’d never know it when he’s through.

Once Garry pulls together a rough draft of an episode, he begins to work closely with both Jim, the director, and Umida, the host of the program who is also our on-staff linguist.  The three of them work together to come up with a version that they are ready to show to our Producer, Steve Sharp.  Have they captured the vision Steve had for the programs as he and Umida discussed them before the shoot?  While they are usually close, Steve guides them to fine tune everything into the perfect program.

It’s taken several paragraphs to explain this process, but it does not begin to touch on all the details required. Each step is a tedious technical operation applied with true artistic skill.  Garry goes through months of editing to produce the programs which are aired and the rest of the post-production team is with him every step of the way.  The Shukar Aytaman programs filmed in March will go to our satellite partners in the fall and by then, Garry will also be in post-production on Sweet Conversations.  (We did mention that we needed you for that shoot didn’t we?)

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries during our film shoots you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.

The Value of Esther’s Friends

HEARTS OVERFLOWING: CALLING FOR SOME SUPERWOMEN

We Do a Lot With a Little

Global Heart Ministries!  People tend to assume any organization with the word “global” in its name must be huge.  When it comes to reach, GHM certainly qualifies, because of the millions who tune into our programs through satellite broadcasting.  However, there’s only a handful of people who are actually on-staff with the ministry, around ten in total, according to how you count them.  (We also have a Board of Directors and an advisory board who are critical to our success, but are not considered staff.)

One of the ways we stretch our assets is through volunteerism.  Around the world, from home pastors in our target countries to guests on our programs, to the ladies who fold our newsletters, GHM thrives through the efforts of our volunteers – and when it comes to volunteers, Esther’s Friends are the bomb.

Lori’s very elegant table

A Little Background

Though volunteers have been the backbone of this organization from the very beginning, last year we decided to formalize their role.  We had a tea hosted by volunteers that we called The Open Hearts High Tea.  From that we developed a list of about forty-five women who said they were interested in volunteering with us and we dubbed them Esther’s Friends in honor of the women who fasted with Queen Esther before she went to the king with her request to save the Jewish nation from annihilation.

Hooray for Esther’s Friends!

If you think 45 women doesn’t sound like a lot, then you’re forgetting how few people we have on staff.  The role of Esther’s Friends in our ministry is critical.  

One of the most important roles these volunteers play in our organization is their willingness to pray for us.  Almost half these women agreed to receive a weekly prayer update and pray for our needs.  We know those prayers are effective, because we see the results every day.

To describe all the other things these women have done for us since the tea would take a whole lot more than one blog.  Yes, they hand address invitations, fold newsletters, and help us with other clerical work, but that’s the tip of the iceberg.

When events come along they sponsor tables, help us play hostess, find silent auction donations, assist with set-up and break-down, and just about anything else we need help with.  When we’re getting ready for a video shoot, they bring in food, host our guests in their homes, and help out on the crew.  Whatever the project, when we put out the call, we get the help we need.

There’s Room for You

While we are grateful for every single woman who devotes her time and energy to this ministry, in spite of the many other things claiming their time and attention, the truth is, the scope of our ministry gives us plenty of room for many more of Esther’s Friends.

When we dream, we dream of fundraising events organized and managed completely by volunteers, weekly prayer meetings right in our conference room, volunteers willing to fill part-time positions needed on our staff, volunteers who act as a liaison between the women in their church and GHM, teams of volunteers to make phone calls to donors – and a woman who leads them in all these efforts as the president of the group.  The possibilities are only limited by the imaginations of the women who are ready to step forward and count themselves among Esther’s Friends.  Are you one of those women?

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries during our film shoots you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.

Sweet Conversations Shoot Needs You!

An expensive undertaking

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: THE COST OF FILMING

The Costs of Video Shoots

It costs a lot to film a season of programs.  Considering the millions of people our programs reach via satellite broadcasting, it’s money well invested.  One day we sat down with a calculator to put a price tag on an individual contact for one of our children’s programs.  We discovered two children could hear the Gospel for a quarter.  That’s a pretty big return on the investment of twenty-five cents.

It is only because we are a media organization that we can reach inside some of our target countries at all.  Most nations in The Middle East and Central Asia do not allow any missionaries in their countries at all, so we couldn’t send anyone there if we wanted to.  While this is challenging in many ways, it opens the door for economy.  The price of the shoot wouldn’t begin to cover the cost of having a missionary and his family in these countries and the missionary would never be able to reach the millions of people our programs do.

Setting up our shoot in the conference room

Other Money-Saving Measures

Two other factors add to the economical nature of our video ministry:  The Hope Center and volunteers.  Ministries who are tenants of The Hope Center get a lot of perks, which is why there is such a long waiting list and also why we feel so blessed to office there.  Chief among those perks are the opportunity to use the conference rooms during the work day free of additional fees. We take over two of the large venues on the first floor of the building.  Imagine what it would cost to pay for studio time.  We are so grateful to be at The Hope Center.

GHM volunteer with slate and white balance board

Our other important financial weapon is volunteers. Many people on a GHM set are volunteering their time, beginning with our talent and their guests. Professional make-up experts, cameramen, production assistants, and others show up and put in long days for the pure joy of serving the Lord and the people in our target countries.  But that’s only the beginning.  All of our guests are hosted in private homes.  Volunteers run errands and make trips to the airport for us.  During our last shoot we saved over $1000 because volunteers provided all our meals.

Sweet Conversations Shoot Later This Month 

We’ve already made a call for volunteers for the Sweet Conversations video shoot coming June 25-July 1, but while you might not have time to join us at the shoot, perhaps you’d like to underwrite one (or more) of these expenses:

  • $4 – the cost of two dozen hard-boiled eggs – one of our crew’s favorite snacks, a days’ supply.
  • $5 – two 24 packs of 8 oz water bottles, will last a couple of days
  • $15 – for a 24 pack of AA batteries, a critical, frequently needed item
  • $25 – the cost of doughnuts for the morning break (many on the set arrive very early and by 8 AM need a pick-me-up)
  • $55 – to pay for gas for a round-trip visit to DFW Airport
  • $100 – Selection of sodas for crew lasting all week
  • $150 – the cost of providing a mid-day meal for the crew at The Hope Center’s Cafe 6:19
  • $200 – to pay an on-set technician for a day’s work (and this is a rate much lower than these professionals usually make)

Or perhaps you’d be interested in underwriting the cost of an episode.  Please contact us for more information.

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries during our film shoots you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.

 

 

A Invitation to Serve

On the Set with Sweet Conversations

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: SWEET CONVERSATIONS FILM SHOOT JUNE 25-JULY 1

Be Part of the Fun!

Come join us in June for a Sweet Conversations film shoot.  If you’ve been a part of one of our previous shoots, then you already know the excitement involved in filming a season of shows.  If not, then why not let June be the month you change that?  We’ll be filming Season Four of our Azerbaijani Women’s Talk Show, Sirin Sobat (Sweet Conversations).

Narmin and Tarana, the lovely co-hosts of Sweet Conversations, bring a mixture of Azerbaijani culture, current topics for women, beautiful paintings, and the Good News of the Gospel to Azerbaijani speaking audiences throughout Central Asia. For one long grueling week, they abandon their lives in other cities and come to our temporary studio to film an entire season of programs.

Global Heart Ministries
Sweet Conversations hosts Narmin & Tarana encourage Azerbaijani women all over Central Asia.

Thirteen Shows in One Week

It is necessary to film thirteen episodes because our satellite providers require that number in order to air our seasons.  We set up for our shoot in a conference room at The Hope Center and then take care of everything–set-up, filming and break-down–in one week so the other ministries at The Hope Center can utilize the space for their events. With only one week available our talent, technicians, and volunteers are in for some intense work. The call sheet assignments start very early each day and often go on until late in the evening.

Our goal is to have at least one guest per show and this season our guest list will include several visitors from Azerbaijan. Shuffling personnel in and out for the various episodes, finding them a place to stay, and transporting them to and from the airport is a huge logistical nightmare.

Just one of many jobs on the set

So How Can You Help?

First, you can start praying – right now. We’ve been lining up our guests for months.  For this season the task includes dealing with bureaucratic red tape in Azerbaijan for the necessary visas.  While that’s going on, we’re not free to share exactly who our guests will be, but we can tell you the list is exciting.

Like other Christians in Central Asia, Azerbaijanis face persecution for their faith and that makes the visa process more difficult.  The Spirit is moving and doors are opening, but for every joyful success for our believing friends, there is another story of violence, incarceration, and loss of property.  

And There’s More

We also need other kinds of help from our faithful volunteers. Here are a few of the ways you can help:

Transportation – Whether you can help out with one trip to the airport or are available all week to help move people around and run errands, we sincerely need your help.
Hosting Talent – In the Central Asian culture, guests expect to be hosted in a home, rather than in a hotel, so all of the talent will need a place to stay while they are here. Some will only need to stay for one night, while others will need to stay all week.
Providing Food – Each day we have to feed all the people working on the set. We need help in a variety of ways.

  • Each morning we have donuts. Whether you’d like to pick them up yourself and visit the set, or just underwrite the cost we’d really appreciate it.
  • Each midday we have lunch and some days we need dinner. You can help us by underwriting the cost of feeding the crew at The Hope Center’s Cafe 6:19, you can order pizzas to be delivered, pick up your favorite fast food, or if you like to cook, we’d love for you to bring us a meal.
  • We keep a table full of healthy snacks for breaks. Whether you’d like to donate individual snack items, underwrite our shopping trip to Costco, or have an organization that would like to take over the whole job, it would really be a blessing.

Prayer – This is something we always need, but most especially during our shoots. You can lift us up during the day as you go about your routine or you are welcome to arrange a visit to the set and pray as you observe.

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries during our film shoots you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.

Garry Brunson, Behind-the-Scenes Hero

Garry shooting Shukur Aytaman

HEARTS AFLAME: GHM’S CAMERAMAN AND VIDEO PRODUCER

The Quiet Guy in the Back Cubicle

Were you to visit the GHM offices in The Hope Center, it’s entirely possible you could go home afterwards without even realizing Garry was there–unless of course you were here for filming.  In the daily hustle and bustle of ministry business, Garry goes about his day with a very low profile.  Most visitors come by to see Steve Sharp, our CEO/President & Founder or his Executive Assistant, Hannah Beth Roberts.  Guests taking a tour of The Hope Center are always excited to discover Umida, host of Shukur Aytaman (I Am Thankful), our Uzbek women’s program, doing translation work right in our office.

Garry sits several cubicles away from any traffic and most of the time he’s wearing a headset, so he’s disconnected from any commotion involving the rest of us.  He gets there early, frequently chooses to eat his lunch at his desk and often leaves without the rest of us realizing he has gone.

Nonetheless, probably more than anyone else in the ministry, Garry  impacts what our viewers see in our broadcasts.  Our hosts and co-hosts plan their scripts and are visible on-screen.  Our executive producer and director are in charge of the film shoot. However, once we say “That’s a wrap!”, Garry is the one who edits our programs and delivers them to the satellite companies.  What our viewers see is a result of his work with what we filmed.

While he may be almost invisible in the office, when it comes to filming, Garry comes out of his cubicle and becomes an active and vocal part of our production team.  He is a gifted cameraman with a great eye.  He’s the one who decides where the sets will be placed, and between episodes, he’s always fine-tuning the props.  When the director or producer wonders how something will look on film, Garry is the one they turn to.

Devoted Believer 

By working with GHM, Garry is merely acting out the faith he came to as a child.  Since then he’s lived his life “being a servant” and “trust[ing] the Lord’s guidance”.  He started his college career as a art major, but found supplies were expensive and he couldn’t attend university full-time.  Then he discovered a TV production course and “it turned out to be a perfect fit…[he] really enjoyed it.”  He found a production assistant job right after he graduated.

He met Steve Sharp while he was freelancing and as soon as GHM was big enough to justify it, Steve offered him a full-time position.  When asked about his favorite thing about working with this ministry he said, “Getting to use my skills and be creative in ways that ultimately effect people on the other side of the planet really thrills me!”

Mary and Garry with Zafar

Talented Musician 

Our quiet cameraman is also a talented musician.  During our last two Uzbek Women’s Program shoots, he came out from behind the camera to perform with Zafar.  Garry’s musical forté is percussion, and he really spiced up the sound stage with several different varieties of instruments.

As much as we all love Garry, we have to admit that one of the things we like best about him is that he’s married to a lovely and talented violinist named Mary.  She also appeared in some of the musical segments we recorded for Shukur Aytaman, and has graced us with her musical skill for a number of our events, including the Open Hearts High Tea and A Night of Dreams.

Grateful of Garry

The entire GHM staff appreciates how lucky we are to have such a talented teammate.  He is particularly appreciated by the Uzbek cast members who recently included him in an Uzbek worship celebration they held in a park after the Shukur Aytaman shoot.

Garry says, “Foreigners like Central Asians are not very hard to find.  We should always be aware that just because someone isn’t from here, doesn’t mean they are dangerous or scary.  They just have a different culture than ours and that’s OK.  Jesus isn’t about changing someone’s culture, He is about changing their heart.”  He went on to “encourage others to pray for the foreigners in our community and to stretch themselves to learn about other people and cultures.  The world is a beautiful place and it seems to be getting smaller all the time.”

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Set Your Heart Aflame

Like Garry, you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to Fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

 

Still Glowing from Shukur Aytaman

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: PICTURES FROM THE SET

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Shukur Aytaman Afterglow

Zafar, Umida, and Feruza – Musician, Host, and Co-host of Shukur Aytaman

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: UZBEK WOMEN’S PROGRAM USES HOLIDAYS TO SHARE THE GOSPEL

Touching the Cultural Heart to Share the Spiritual Message

Every culture has its own special occasions and these celebrations provide a strong link to the hearts of its people.  For instance, Americans don’t have to be Christians for festive decorations and traditional carols to evoke a deep emotional response at Christmas.  This is the cultural heart, and when we create programming to touch it, GHM gains deeper access into the lives of our viewers.

Utilizing this principle for the latest season of Shukur Aytaman (I Am Thankful), our Uzbek Women’s Program, the theme for nearly every episode was an Uzbek holiday.  Each holiday opened the door for a spiritual lesson.  For instance:

  • Teacher’s Day allowed us an opportunity to introduce Jesus Christ as the Greatest Teacher.
  • Ramadan, a time of personal sacrifice, led to a discussion of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.
  • International Women’s Day was a perfect chance to discuss the role of women according to God’s Word.
Behind the Cameras – Garry and Hannah Beth, with Ron in the background

Guests from Around the World

One of the biggest challenges for our programs is lining up our guests.  In the past we have tried to focus on featuring Uzbeks, primarily because Uzbekistan has been a very politically shuttered society.  However, the new president has indicated an interest in opening the door for outside influences, which allowed us to cast our net further for potential guests.  This season’s line-up has a definite international flair–and Umida, our host, even wore jeans on one of the episodes, a real no-no in the past.

In conjunction with this, we changed our format a little.  Before when we’ve featured guests who did not speak the language, we would dub their conversations into Uzbek for airing.  This time we allowed our co-host Feruza, an accomplished linguist, to translate the conversation into Uzbek on the spot.  We tried it as an experiment in our first take and were thrilled with the results.  The conversation seemed to flow more naturally, so we used this method for the rest of the shoot.

We were pleased to have several Uzbeks in our line-up, but also very glad to have the opportunity to include a Mexican, a Russian, a Kuwaiti, and an American.  It was truly an international cast.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries, you are helping to Fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.