Video ministry captures ordinary people’s faith on film
JANESVILLE In times of joy and trial, people have drawn on their faith to help them persevere.
Howard Gage thinks it’s important to capture those milestones in people’s lives.
In 2007, Gage, owner of Videogenics, established Journeys in Faith, a nonprofit organization that chronicles the faith stories of ordinary people.
Most recently, Gage created a video featuring Lori Burns’ testimony.
Burns, Monroe Elementary School principal, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in February. She is taking a year off to battle the illness.
Burns, 44, has worked in the local district for 22 years. She is a wife and mother of three teenagers.
News of Burns’ situation spawned a number of fundraisers to help the Burns family with expenses not covered by insurance.
The Journeys in Faith ministry started during a Packers game.
Gage said he was in his basement watching a game when “the Lord put it on his heart” to begin the ministry.
“The idea was fairly nebulous at first,” Gage said. “It was, ‘Do something with video.’”
Gage’s faith was fairly nebulous, too, he said.
“My faith was mostly what you found on the dollar bill, ‘In God We Trust,’” Gage said.
The start of the ministry became a kind of new beginning for Gage’s own faith journey.
He spent a lot of time reading and studying.
“The more I delved into it, the more I came to believe and understand,” Gage said. “I came to understand that what God wants is 100 percent trust in him. Anything less than 100 percent doesn’t count.”
Along the way, listening to the testimony of others led him to a greater understanding of his own faith and strengthened his belief in God.
To get started, Gage created a video about the ministry and gave it to local churches in exchange for testimony from members.
Visitors to the Journeys in Faith website, journeysin
faithvideos.com, can see ordinary people talk about how faith has carried them in times of joy and sorrow and how they struggled through times of doubt.
Lori Burns testimony was the 100th interview for the ministry.
Gage offered to give proceeds from the video to help Burns and her family with expenses that are not covered by insurance.
“She said, ‘No, you’re a new ministry, you need this,’” Gage said.
The ministry plans to donate some of the proceeds from the video to CaringBridge.org, the online site that helps patients and their families keep others updated about their progress.