April 26, 2013 - Update on the Hannah Sobeski Movie

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Keep believing!

Hope Houchins

Holding Pattern...September 2012

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The Lord’s presence was amazing during our prayer time this morning. It was just Di Easler and me today, and I spent a good bit of time sharing my heart, updating her on the movie news, etc. We basically rehashed the past two years, revisited our vision, our passion, our determination. She allowed me to work through some of my doubts and insecurities and questions and disappointments, and then we both fell silent. As we sat quietly I could see us sitting on an airplane on the runway in a holding pattern. I saw it as vivid as if I were really there. When I started telling Di my “vision,” she came up off the couch, and the look on her face was a combination of fear and amazement. Tears began to well up in her eyes and she interrupted me and cried, “Hope! I just saw that same exact thing!! I was just starting to tell you that we’re on a runway in a holding pattern! I promise you I saw that same thing!” Our mouths dropped and we just stared at each other. Neither of us knew what to say. Finally I said quietly, “What does this mean?” And then I knew.

We boarded the movie plane two years ago. We knew it was a journey God had led us on. We had prayed about it for a long time and we felt Him leading us forward. We worked to pack the plane with all the right passengers to make it happen, Ken Carpenter with Franklin Films in the pilot seat, and we thought we’d fuel it easily with donors or investors who would be overjoyed to make this journey happen – individuals who had followed the story and had a heart for the ministry. And we left the gate rather quickly. But the past several months we’ve been in a holding pattern. We don’t believe for a second the Lord is telling us to go back to the gate and abandon the plane. Not for a second. So God must be allowing us to sit on the runway while He clears the way. He’s clearing traffic of obstacles that may threaten to skew the story, He’s clearing the weather both here and where we’re headed of any unexpected storms that could take us down, and He’s preparing the hearts and lives of each of us on board – from the pilot to the passengers to the attendants to the individuals who will provide the fuel. There’s so much stripping and tweaking and carving to be done in each of our hearts before we can be trusted to tell Hannah’s story all for His glory. So rather than get frustrated and impatient, our job is to be willing vessels with open hearts for the tweaking, and busy ourselves where we are while we are “on hold”, trusting the Lord to give us the green light in His perfect time. Because once we take off, we’ll be wide open and will need to be in great shape physically, emotionally, and especially spiritually!

What a story of hope we have to tell. It must be right, and we must be right!

Does God have you in a holding pattern? Search your heart, allow God to tweak you while you’re on hold. Busy yourself right where you are, and wait for His green light.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (Psalm 139:23).

“We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20).

“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7).

 ”The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him” (Lamentations 3:24).

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary” (Isaiah 40:31 NASB).


Movie Update - July 2012

Our desire to see The Hannah Sobeski Movie (Working Title) come to reality grows stronger every day as hearts and lives continue to be changed for the Kingdom by Hannah's story. The fundraising phase is moving forward. While the pace is not the pace we would choose, God's timing is perfect. He confirms and affirms our vision and our direction, so we trust Him to provide the funds. I receive inquiries often of, "When is the movie coming out?" The movie has not been filmed, as we have to raise all the funds before filming can begin. We are currently well underway in the fundraising phase, and as soon as the funds are secure, we'll propel forward with production.

Our director and producer, Ken Carpenter is taking great strides in raising awareness of Hannah's story in the film industry, and we look forward to building new relationships in the industry, and nurturing those we've already made.

 Please continue to pray for us and with us.


February 2012

Thank you so much for your continued prayers as we move forward with the making of Hannah's story into a theatrical film. The script is so close to being ready. What a task it has been putting Hannah's story in script form, honing and tweaking yet delicately handling the beautiful story that God ordained. Dave and Liz Hansen are doing a wonderful job and we continue to pray for wisdom and discernment for them.

The production team met in Spartanburg the first week of December with a small camera crew. The purpose of this project was interviewing those close to Hannah and shooting footage of locations that will be visible in the movie, i.e. First Baptist Church, The Hanger, Dorman High School, Gibbs Cancer Center. We are working to compile all the interviews and footage into a promotional DVD that can be shared with individuals interested in investing in the film. What a task for Ken and the guys at Franklin Films! Again, lots of powerful material that has to be compressed into a short DVD. Praying for everyone involved in this process.

We will keep you updated and ask you to continue lifting up this project to the Lord. We don't want to take one step in any direction that is not in God's plan. 

"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands" (Psalm 90:17). 

October 2011 - Latest Movie News!
It's been a while since I updated you on the events of the Hannah Sobeski Movie (working title). Great strides have been taken and we continue to watch God swing open many doors while closing others. Our relationship with Ken Carpenter and his team at Franklin Films has deepened tremendously, and we consider the Carpenters to be family. Their hearts for Hannah and her story, though they never met her, continue to bless our hearts! Currently we have a beautiful, creative script that was written by screenwriters, husband and wife team Dave and Liz Hansen. They have had quite the chore of taking a large story and honing it to a 90-100 minute script. The task of knowing what to tell and what not to tell, which characters to include and who not to include, from who's perspective to tell the story, the list of challenges goes on and on, yet the Hansens have done an incredible job capturing the highlights of the story. The production team is in place, locations have been secured, and the fundraising for our independent Christian film is well under way. We've learned a lot over the last few months, the biggest lesson being that independent film funding is quite the task! However, we continue to see God's hand in leading us to individuals all over the country who believe in the desperate need for such a story as Hannah's to be told to a broad audience. Other Christian films gone before us have set the stage and wet the appetite of movie audiences all over the nation and all over the world. There is a niche market for faith-based films, and Hannah's story fits perfectly into that market. God's timing is perfect and we continue to move forward with plans to film some second unit photography in the fall of this year and the principal photography in 2012. Please join us in praying for wisdom and direction and to continue seeing God's hand at every turn. And if you haven't done so already, please "Like" our Facebook page for updates.

Hannah's last words to her friends as one-by-one they knelt by her couch and told her goodbye in their own way were, "Keep believing." Her last words to her oncologist and now our dear friend, Dr. Steve Corso were, "I still believe." I've adopted Hannah's passion for believing rather than seeing. I still believe that Hannah's story is an amazing story of triumph and hope. I keep believing because I watch the Lord change hearts and lives each time her mother, Debbie or daddy, Mickey or her Uncle Clay or her oncologist, Dr. Corso or her friend, Jacob or myself or anyone else tells her story of hope. God chose her, and He gave us a mandate to carry the torch. We vowed at Hannah's celebration service on November 12, 2006 to never be the same, and we will carry on sharing Hannah's Hope until our faith in Christ becomes sight and we see Hannah again. I encourage you to join us.

“Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life? But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming, for you’ve also spoken of my family far into the future, given me a glimpse into tomorrow, my Master God! What can I possibly say in the face of all this? You know me, Master God, just as I am. You’ve done all this not because of who I am but because of who you are—out of your very heart!—but you’ve let me in on it” (2 Samuel 7:18-20 The Msg).
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