I’ll never stop dreaming with you no matter where it leads!
Going for my dream this year
At various times in the past, I’ve rolled out dreams for you to inspect. Dreams are wispy, precarious things. Most of them don’t ever take root. And that is often for the best. When Gary, Tom, Andrew, and I dreamed about a bed and breakfast in Colorado Springs, the timing was off. It needed to die for the moment (though we expect to resurrect it this year near Barcelona).
And when, over a year ago, I began dreaming about a reality TV show that would show a World Race team confronting and wrestling with injustice around the world, I had so much to learn about what it would take.
One of the toughest things about dreams is understanding their timing. Wilberforce had a dream of ending slavery in England that took most of his lifetime. How do we dreamers know when to hang it up and when to keep persevering? No easy answers.
One thing I’ve learned to do is to kindle dreams in the same way you start a small fire with a few sticks and paper in the hearth. They usually take time and a lot of perseverance. That TV show, for example, still hasn’t died. God has sent us a director, an editor, and a producer, and top quality equipment. I’ve been working on it nights and weekends when I’m not attending to my day job. We’re flying to Peru to begin shooting tomorrow. Here’s our first episode:
Pilot episode – Peruvian earthquake victims
The situation: At 6:40 p.m. on August 15, 2007, an earthquake that registered 8.0 hit Chincha, Peru. 510 people died, most of them in the nearby village of Pisco, where 80% of the town was destroyed. AIM missionary Bob Cooley has led five separate mission trips to help rebuild, working with several of the local pastors. One of them told Cooley about several families that still don’t have adequate shelter. Upon investigation, what he saw appalled him – millions of dollars of aid has been raised for victims, but the government is withholding it (the show explains why and also shows how the hurting are being helped. Racers work alongside victims to help and as advocates with local officials).
The setup: Cooley confirms what the families need and that we can make a real, dramatic difference for them quickly. They have to be willing to talk. We’ll use translators. Devise a plan and determine how we will follow up.
The show: We’ll need to access news footage. We’ll answer these questions: What happened to the families during and after the earthquake? How have they been surviving? What is life like for them? What feelings do they have? What reason for hope? For the Racers: What is it like to leave everything for a year? We’ll show the highs and lows of their emotions. We’ll show the concerns they have about living in close proximity to five other teammates and their hopes for the year.
my prayer for 08 is I’ll die to my dreams and start living his dreams for me
Amazing blog, Seth! It hits home in multiple ways! I am a huge dreameer; in fact, I was just dreaming this morning. The most profound part of this blog is, “One of the toughest things about dreams is understanding their timing.” WOW! Could that not be more true! Thank you for the gentle reminder to never give up or let go!
I’m praying for you, Seth! May God bless you with more of His provision for your life.
Thanks for writing out the things that are in you heart and mind, they inspire me and challenge me to look at the dreams I have had and what I have done with them. I want to follow on those dreams, need to find them again.
Hey had a dream about you last night? Just remembered it when I saw you post here!!!
That is awesomelooking forward to what God does next.
right behind you. lead the way…
Crazy stuff… Once upon a time my aunt told me that I needed to go on The Amazing Race, because of my dreams/desires/personality. In July, I’m going on The World Race (which is even better in SO many ways!) and you guys are making movies of it!!! I can’t wait to see the pilot episodeplease keep us posted on when/where it’s available. I’ll be praying for the project, that it is successful! God bless ~katie r.
You never know, Katie – we may end up actually filming the TV show w/ your squad if we get it sold to the distributors by then!
In the Lord’s timing, I know. Its perfect. I’m thankful for your enthusiasm to walk right where and when He intends. Looking forward to, tomorrow. And the next 11 months…
Seth, “you being in the way, are being led of the Lord.” What a way to walk! Liebt, St. Mark
yeah dad! It’s going to be an awesome show!
Twenty five year friends are hard to come by.
I’m glad you are one and dreams are a good thing.
good show, awesome dream, god lead the way to you