All Are Welcome to Experience What Jesus Has Done in The Vancouver Film Industry!
On January 29th, 2016 at 6pm at Christian Life Assembly in Langley BC, Light in Film will be hosting their 2nd annual red carpet celebration featuring R&B artists form California and Vancouver.
Dress up or dress down, get a picture on the red carpet, come as you are and celebrate and party with Light in Film as they share what God has done in one year of ministry to the film industry through multimedia, R&B music and DJ style beats. JJ Bean Coffee and desserts served.
The guests are:
Warren Dean Flandez - WDF
Jeff Wong - More Than 12 Music
Jamie Rauch - Missionary to The Film Industry, Author and Producer
Here's an incredible testimony from an Actor/Writer/Director
- Liz Wallace
"Before "Light in Film," this year specifically, I felt a lot of brokenness and hopelessness within the film industry. As an actor and writer, earlier this year I was pursuing acting but I was not ready, and was not in the right environment for myself. I ended up being physically sick straight from January to April and felt my soul being torn from me like nothing I was was okay to anyone, and how I needed to be someone else. I felt myself being pulled apart, opened up to areas I should never have been opened to and then left with struggling to get back. And pain, so much pain filled my life and I lost the joy in my life. Sadness grew and sorrow for those in the film industry who escaped and coped with what got them by; like everything was so fake and lacked the love that we all seek. I hit a point that I said okay God I’ll stop. I’ll stop trying this my way because I’m only headed in a downward spiral. I gave it over to Him and continue to do so everyday. He has healed me so much and brought me my relationship with Him and my joy back. Then I finally had the chance to try out "Light in Film." After the first night I was there, I was hooked. I have found "Light in Film" appeared in my life when it needed to and I’ve met incredible people that God continues to work through.
God has really opened my eyes and heart to see where I’ve been and who I’ve been before and how much I want Him to change me to be more like Him. I find that my relationship with Christ has grown significantly this year and I feel so much of His joy and peace in my daily life. I find myself seeking relationships with others in order that Christ may be seen through me and that they will find Christ.
It’s not even a possibility to not have "Light in Film" in my life. I have witnessed God speaking through people at "Light in Film," telling me exactly what I need to hear. Christ has shown himself through these amazing people and I’m so excited to be a reciprocate of that love and grace and I’m excited also to pursue to become more and more involved. I always look forward to "Light in Film" every other Wednesday as I have found such community there. It definitely takes priority over other things. I can’t wait to see all that God does with "Light in Film."
As I grow with the Spirit, I have felt such incredible love at "Light in Film." Such acceptance and want for relationships, connection, and growth that I feel "Light in Film" will continue to grow to impact and influence people all over in the entertainment industry. I see lives transformed by the gospel and God’s love."
Shining a light in the film industry
by Angelika Dawson
Seeing the LIGHT!
When Jamie Rauch gave his life to the Lord he lost everything. His transformation was such that he was unrecognizable; God had utterly changed him. “Everything was different,” he says. “I didn’t swear. I looked different. My friends didn’t know who I was.”
Those friends rejected him. He had the lead role in the school play and his change was so stark that the school leadership considered cancelling the production. Acting was Jamie’s passion and he was good. He was already accepted at major acting schools and his acting coach was preparing him for the road to Hollywood. But his conversion caused his coach to give him an ultimatum: your career or God, you can’t have both.
“I chose God,” he says, calmly. “Until then I felt hated in real life by a father who had abandoned me and a step-dad who abused me. Now I had a Father who loved me and accepted me fully. I chose God.”
It cost him his career. Instead, of going to acting school, Rauch headed to Bible School. These were hard years but it was here that God shaped and nurtured him. He came out of school equipped and ready for his next call: the film industry.
Behind the CAMERA!
Rauch married his sweetheart, Mandy, in 2002 and started his journey in the film industry.
“I was always interested in film particularly in writing and directing. I love the whole creative process,” he says. Through church, he met a man who worked in the film industry and who became his mentor. Rauch began as a Production Assistant, then an Assistant to the Director and worked his way up the ladder until he was writing and producing his own films. He won awards. His strong work ethic helped him land jobs and provided him with steady income – until the writer’s strike in 2008.
“I went from having lots of work one day to there being absolutely no work for anyone the next,” he recalls. “But as it turns out, the timing was perfect.” Mandy was eight months pregnant with their first child and Rauch felt God telling him to focus on his family. It also became a time to reflect on what was happening in the industry.
The entertainment industry is difficult for anyone. Long hours, enormous pressure to succeed and unforgiving expectations are the norm. People put up with 18-hour days, six days a week for months on end because the pay is excellent but none of this is conducive to a healthy marriage or family relationships.
“There’s a 98 per cent divorce rate in this business. Kids grow up hating their dads; wives give up on their spouses because they’re never around,” Rauch explains. People turn to drugs to stay awake and when exhaustion sets in, people make bad choices. Rauch has avoided these pitfalls because of his unshakeable faith in God and his personality strengths.
“I’m a leader, which means that I’m often alone, so I pray,” he says. “I am also fortunate to have friends in film who are also Christians.”
A Call to ACTION!
Despite its challenges, Rauch loves the film industry. But being a person who loves people, it also breaks his heart to see the devastation that so many of his colleagues experience. In 2013, the idea of a ministry to those in the film industry emerged. He wanted to bring the light of Christ to people living in darkness.
“That’s where the idea of being a Chaplain came about,” he says. Together with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and Mission Canada, Rauch founded Light in Film. This ministry encourages Christians already working in film and also reaches out to show the love of Christ to those who do not yet know Him. Along with counselling and life-coaching services, Light in Film also hosts what he calls “Underground Bible Study.”
“This isn’t your typical meeting. It’s meant to be a safe place where people can come and not have to perform,” Jamie explains. “There is no social media, no photos, no autographs. It’s ‘underground’ in the sense that it’s not public. It’s by invitation only.”
For Christians, it’s also an opportunity to have an effect on what is arguably the most influential industry in the world. “By just being genuine, showing others the love of Christ, by praying for them, we can make a big difference – we are making a difference,” he says.
Light in Film will host a Red Carpet Celebration on January 29, 2016 to celebrate their first full year of ministry. The event will include live entertainment and powerful testimonials from people whose lives have been changed by their engagement with this ministry. The public is invited to attend. Visit lightinfilm.org for more information.
Jamie has been in FILM since 1994, and is a full time minister of Jesus Christ to the FILM INDUSTRY