Dearest individuals who read these updates,
To begin: (and I hate myself for writing this because I promised myself that this blog wouldn’t be an outlet for me to complain about my problems, but..) producing documentaries is hard. It’s really hard. And it kind of sucks sometimes.
I feel like I have this plant attached to my heart. And this isn’t like a bush. This is like a bonsai tree. It requires a lot of work, not only to grow, but to look like a legit bonsai tree. (This metaphor is going to have a lot of holes in it, but I’m not going to be picky)
This little tree in my heart began as something new. It was exciting. Things felt different. I could project all of the potential possibilities with no taste of the actual experience on my tongue. I could see the potential, waaaaaay out there in the future.
However, as time progressed, the roots started to dig deep. The plant got bigger, heavier, less manageable. It hurt a little, like growing pains.
And I would find myself in quiet moments (which are frequent in the summer) thinking to myself, “Megan, you should be doing more”, or, “Megan, you’re failing”, or “Megan, you’re not up to the task”.
And the more I felt this way, the less motivated I was to work. It felt like there was this hill in front of me, and I wasn’t equipped to even begin.
But… (and bless the Lord for this).. He provided the tools I needed.
He began, after what felt like weeks of unproductively searching, to drop contacts and opportunities into my lap.
He uprooted the tree and took it out of my hands, but instead, placed it in front of my eyes and said, “Megan, you’re going to be my hands throughout this endeavor, but this thing.. it’s mine. So, trust me.”
Since that period of time, the world has become a little clearer.
And since that time, some pretty darn cool things have happened.
For starters, I’ve had the opportunity to interview a range of people, all of which offered some amazing insight into the issue I’m featuring.
The first was Pastor James Gleason from Sonrise Church in Hillsboro. He founded the Light My Way ministry which works with individuals out of the penitentiary system, and gives them a community to be a part of. SO wonderful.
The second was Brad Holbrook. Read up on the story, it’s insane - http://blog.oregonlive.com/oregonianextra/2009/03/the_trials_of_brad_holbrook.html.
The third was just today, and was Dr. Kevin McGovern from Portland. He is seriously my hero. He is a genius, firstly, secondly, has a wealth of information and experiences with/about sex offenders, and thirdly, has been the biggest resource and I can’t express my gratitude to him enough.
Fourthly, I am excited to say that I’ll be traversing up to Seattle this coming Friday to get an interview with a ministry called Tierra Nueva. They have a rockin’ prison ministry, and have such a holistic approach in regards to community.
Finally, this coming Monday, I’ll have the privilege of documenting the tragic, yet redeeming story of a local family. Through the process of their son being put on the registry, they have risen up as advocates of the cause, and I look forward to hearing their thoughts.
Annnnd… with that said, I’m running late to something, but I have quite a few more thoughts I’d like to share, so I’ll have a follow up post sometime tonight or tomorrow!