It became a tradition towards the beginning of our organizational period that every last Wednesday of the month, our meeting would put all talk of logistics, funding, advertising, and design on hold for one very important thing: prayer. It was more than evident to us that the idea of ” film festival amateurs” putting together an inter-faith,international film festival in only nine months was going to take dedication, love, and a miracle. For this reason, prayer became the backbone of this festival.While the “prayer meetings” started out between the Directors only, when they decided to open it up to family, friends, and the rest of their community, people were thrilled to join the cause and be a part of the miracle. And when October came, the Directors noticed something quite peculiar in their calendars… the Wednesday night before their Opening Night Event on October 29th was the last Wednesday of the month. Surely, they were being called to close their preparation period with prayer while kicking off the innaugural festivities by entrusting their hard work to God.
On October 28th, 2009– the Final Prayer Meeting was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and was open to people from all of the South Florida community as they united with the organizers in laying the festival’s mission at the foot of the atar.
Volunteers set up for the Final Prayer Meeting three of members of our incredible team
Lighting the way Setting up Almost ready
Other volunteers pray over the Directors and the festival’s mission Laura welcomes everyone to their “Kickoff” Event Frank tells our guests a little bit about our nine month journey
The final prayer consisted of Praise & Worship and a Rosary led by J. Omar Castro– Hollywood Actor and “Rosary Star”
Praise & Worship provided by the amazingly talented Sayli Perez Cabrera Rafael introduces the video-prayer “Rosary Stars” by Family Theater
J. Omar Castro on “Rosary Stars” The Directors invite J up to give a testimony and thank him for his “Faith Through the Storm”
J. Omar gives his testimonyFrank Brennan, Rafael Anrrich, Laura Alvarado, J. Omar Castro
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