Category: video

Full Grown

Today is #antislaveryday. I am sure that the news channels, as well as your social media feeds, will be full of news about human trafficking and modern slavery today. I thought it would be good to mark the day by profiling a film that was made here in Gwent recently.

As you are probably aware I lead a ministry called Red Community that is all about raising awareness, raising support and raising an army to stand against human trafficking in Wales. One of the projects that we have been involved in this year is RED Alert – the creation of a series of short films aimed at helping people understand the reality and scale of human trafficking in our own nation. The first film, Escape, profiled sex trafficking (you can watch it here).

Today, I’m posting up the second film, Full Grown, that profiles criminal exploitation. This is the crime of forcing or coercing people to engage in criminal activity such as begging, pick-pocketing, credit card fraud and cannabis cultivation.

Vast amounts of the UK’s cannabis is grown by young men, often children, who have been trafficked into the UK, from overseas nations, perhaps most notably China and Vietnam. Full Grown is a gritty and powerful film, based on actual events, that sheds some light on the brutal reality faced by many of these modern-day slaves.

Please don’t just watch it. Let the weight of it’s message impact you. Pray about it. Share it. Help us to raise awareness about human trafficking in Wales.

Blessinz.

The Light Everlasting

My friends at Christchurch recently linked up with video genius Andy Toovey of 2V Studios to create a series of short films that explore something of the miracle and mystery of the incarnation of Jesus Christ – the true Light who gives light to the world. I’m going to post one of these each day for the next 3 days as Christmas day approaches.

I hope they are as much a blessing to you as they were to me…

ESCAPE : RED COMMUNITY

Some of you may know that I head-up a ministry called Red Community that is all about raising awareness and standing against human trafficking in South Wales. Well a few months ago we were given a generous amount of money from Gwent Police to work with TorFilm to create some short films aimed at raising awareness about human trafficking in Wales.

Well, here is the first film in the series! This film called ‘Escape’ seeks to expose the issue of sex-trafficking – the vile sexual exploitation of vulnerable women, children and men for the purpose of financial gain.

Sex trafficking is happening right here, right now in Wales. That’s a shocking truth that we MUST make people aware of. This powerful short film is based on real events that have occurred in South Wales (read more about that here)

This film has been created to raise awareness, therefore please feel free to share this video as widely as you can on social media, blogs and websites. However, please also visit our RED Community landing page and JOIN THE RESISTANCE by signing up to our online community, and please encourage others to do the same. We are seeking to create a strong, strategic and growing movement of gospel-hearted abolitionists here in Wales who refuse to let human trafficking flourish in the shadows of our land.

Proverbs 7

Yesterday at the Courageous Men’s Conference we premiered a brand new short film that has been created by Andy Toovey of 2V Studios. It is a film that has literally been several years in the making. The idea was birthed from a conversation that I had with Andy about 2 years ago about how the story of the foolish young man and the adulteress in Proverbs 7 could be applied to the folly of young men pursuing sexual gratification through pornography on the internet.

Andy developed a screenplay and soon afterwards we were out on the streets of Newport shooting the film.

However, as Andy’s workload increased, the footage remained untouched for a long time…until recently! We agreed that the Courageous conference would be the perfect event to launch the film so Andy got to work. As you’ll see below, it was worth the wait!

The finished product is effectively a partnership between TorFilm and Red Community. It is my hope and prayer that it will be used by God to communicate a dynamic Biblical warning to young men (and women) about the dangers of pornography and that as a result many will be saved from this wretched online deathtrap.


 

There are many things that I love about this film. One of those things, however, is that it features Newport’s fanmous Chartist mural. We had no idea that just a few months after shooting this the mural would be controversially destroyed by the local council. It also features Newport bus station as it was before its extensive renovations. Therefore this film has captured something of the history of Newport.

Courageous Promo Video

On Saturday 4th October we will once again be running the Courageous Christian Conference for men in Cwmbran Congress Theatre. Check out the promo video below (courtesy of 2V Studios):

To book your tickets for Courageous contact the Congress Theatre Box Office on 01633 868239.