(500) Days of Summer

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Sorry for the lack of posts, I have been quite the busy bee over the course of the last few months. I have just returned from an incredible ministry opportunity: working at the Salvation Army’s Wonderland Camp & Conference Center up in Salem, Wisconsin. This was my third summer up at Camp Wonderland and it was a great one! I cannot say it was a perfect summer, however. There were hangups, there were mishaps, there were frustrations. However, I believe there is no such thing as a perfect summer…those things are supposed to happen. It’s how we react to those situations that matter. We were able to minister to over 1,000 children this summer and if we were able to win at least one of them to Christ, then the drama we encountered was worth it.  God was definitely glorified.

In terms of TroyFred Productions news, you will know that I recently announced the production of a new film for the Salvation Army’s International Congress Film Festival. The filming for this movie took place at Camp Wonderland during the off-days when we didn’t have any campers or responsibilities to attend to. I must say, for most of these staff members who were involved in the movie who have little to no acting experience, they have done a marvelous job and I am indebted to them for their hard work and sacrifice to help me with this project. This is the biggest project that TroyFred Productions has put on to date, and it’s not over yet. Now that filming is done, it’s time to compose the score to the movie and for post-production, which David Minter from the SA Central Territory’s Visual Communications bureau has graciously offered his support. Hopefully this can all be finished by April 30, 2015, which is the deadline for the Film Festival. The film’s title is More than Conquerors, starring Caleb Woodard and Kate Lundy. I am very excited to see the final product.

The one sacrifice that comes with the creation of More than Conquerors is that my regular brass band compositions will have to take a backseat for a while. That being said, that in no way means I don’t have a few new pieces in the works! For example, a special arrangement of “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” is in the works for the Sound of Africa band to perform in October. In addition to that, a new piece along the lines of Whom Shall I Fear is in the planning stages…but more on that later!

In the next few days, I will be making the transition to Asbury University, where I will be completing my Journalism studies. While I’m there, I will be working with Professor Nathan Miller, AU’s new music professor after the retirement of Dr. Ron Holz, and the SASF music groups and will hopefully have some new pieces written/played for/by them. Big things are coming, friends! Until next time!

F. Mbesi