Editor’s note: Mount Vernon residents Joe and Marcy Rinehart won a trip to Georgia to the movie set “Courageous,” and are writing about their experiences.
What a day we had Friday! We were really able to get a close look at the “Courageous” movie set. They were shooting just outside of Albany at an old plantation. The house and property were gorgeous! The resolution ceremony was filmed today featuring all five father characters. Each character made a resolution to be a godly father to his family.
The scene was shot outside, so we were able to see how everything works together — acting, directing, lighting, sound, cameras, makeup and (my new favorite people) the art department. These women were amazing — taking care of any prop that needed to be on set. Friday they were dealing with food for the post-ceremony party. The table spread had a southern flare including southern fruit lemonade, fruit kabobs, mini cakes and, of course, fresh cut flowers. The sad part was that no one could eat the food because it had to sit out in the heat for four hours while they were filming.
We took some amazing pictures; check them out in our Georgia trip photo album.
We were also able to get a tour of the new 82-acre sports park being developed by Sherwood Baptist Church. This complex includes baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, horseback riding, a pavilion that seats 1,500 plus nature trails and pecan trees. It is beautiful! A majority of the funding for the sports park has been made possible by the box office received from “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof.” The church is building this complex to reach out to families in the Albany area. They do not charge to use the facilities and their prayer is that families will have a place to go to spend quality time together.
We all want to say thank you to Provident Films, Sherwood Baptist Church and Lovell-Fairchild Marketing for being incredible hosts. We were blessed to be a part of this trip. Stay tuned to WNZR (90.9FM) for more information about “Courageous” ... and check our Facebook page for video interviews.
An added note — if you ever run into problems or delays when you travel, take a deep breath and tell yourself, there might be a reason this is happening to me. Friday, our first plane leaving from Albany (going to Atlanta) was delayed by over an hour because of thunderstorms. The entire flight was filled with people who had been in Albany to visit the “Courageous” set. It was kind of funny (now) because one gentleman had Internet access on his phone and people were yelling out their connector flight numbers to see if their next flight was delayed. Most of us missed our flights and had to make other arrangements.
The Rineharts, despite running through what seemed like a million gates, missed our flight to Columbus by three minutes! So ... we waited and waited ... and waited for the next flight. Well, here is the morale of the story.
On our flight, Joe was able to help a Spanish-speaking mother get her ticket and find her seat because none of the Delta workers on or off the flight could speak Spanish. Upon arriving, we saw her meet up with some very excited family members. I was able to spend the flight talking to a young mother of two who was visiting Columbus because her husband is taking a new job. The conversation started with me telling her why I was on the flight — coming back from visiting a movie set, etc., etc., and then opened up to a much deeper level. She was holding her 3-month-old baby girl, while her husband sat across the row holding their 2-year-old son.
She opened up about her fears of finding a home, a church and a good place to raise her family. WOW! I realized in that moment that God put me in that seat to reassure this woman by giving her some information and encouragement. I also helped changed a dirty diaper in an airplane! Have you even done that before???!!!
I will be praying for this family as they embark on their journey. I gave her my business card and told her to contact me. I hope she does. In fact, if you can help me offer any information about good housing and friendly churches in Columbus, give me a call.
We finally arrived home about 1:15 a.m. As we drove through downtown Mount Vernon, I couldn’t help but think about the message of “Courageous” — honor begins at home. I know that there are many fathers in Knox County who need to step up and take the responsibility of being a strong role model for their families. I pray that this three-day trip will allow the Rineharts to reach out to some of those fathers.
I know one mother who has already received the message and today is courageously looking toward the future. And this mom knows that nothing happens by accident — a delayed flight or entering a widget contest!