Mission Explorers Kenya is a long-anticipated follow-up to the original Mission Explorers Video Series, which has been used as mission curriculum in thousands of churches all over the U.S. The object of the new video is to teach American children about Christian mission work in Kenya. It will also include exciting, interesting and cultural aspects of Kenya, with segments about the amazing wildlife, unique music, delicious cuisine and the variety of beautiful landscapes God has created there. We are currently planning to shoot the new video on-location in Kenya during the summer of 2017.
Producer Carey Kinsolving had long been dreaming about creating a new Mission Explorers video. He waited on the Lord’s timing, and finally in October 2014 he had an idea. He asked his wife, Lisa, to write a children’s musical based on the Africa portion of the original Mission Explorers Video Series. The idea was that Christian schools and churches would perform Mission Explorers Africa: The Musical and send us videos of their productions. This would be our way of searching for the right child to feature in the new video.
Over the last several months, with much prayer, God has been opening doors. Many ministries in Kenya have come to our attention in various, wonderful ways. We have had the pleasure of meeting several bright, articulate, confident children and getting to know them through the process of auditioning and vetting them and their parents. Any one of them could have done a spectacular job. The difficult part was choosing just ONE to feature in the new video!
We prayed earnestly for divine guidance. We are praising the Lord, as we have come to a final decision to feature (drum-roll, please!) 12-year-old Jesse Patete from North Carolina. We discovered him when he played a small speaking part in Mission Explorers Africa: The Musical, performed by Asheville Christian Academy. In one portion of his audition/vetting process, we gave him a sample script for the new video. We asked him to study, but not necessarily memorize it, then send us a video. Click here to view his audition reading video. We think he’s a natural!
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