The Challenge of Shooting in Israel When There’s “Shooting” in Israel!

August 10, 2014

​Praise to Jesus! As we all know, things in Israel have gotten pretty "hot" of late.  As I type these words they've cooled down considerably, but all is still a long way from "at rest."  Probably like most of us who have some understanding of the Biblical background to this precious land and the millennia of conflict that has stained its soil, we watch the news with a whole different mindset than all the political ramblings.  Probably like you, I mostly just turn away from the TV and "pray for the peace of Jerusalem."  Agh, all the precious lives... Dear Father, have mercy...

But as you know, we have carved out a budget and location map for filming in Israel.  So all the news carries a whole added meaning - how on earth are we going to do this?  I don't have an answer to that question - I only have the email below from our Israeli production designer in Tel Aviv. And I only know that the Lord has a plan through it all.  And it is our job to simply keep our eyes focused on Him - and pray, pray, pray...  Here is the email from Yuda (who was filming a TV series until the fighting broke out)...

"Hi Bruce, Hope you are good. The situation here is very strange. On the one hand a country at war and the other hand life goes on as if nothing much happening. We do what we have to do during the day as there is no danger. We are in a small town north of Tel Aviv, out of the missiles danger, but even here it was few sirens and we had to go to the shelter (most of the houses have one). What you see on the news it's mainly in the South of Israel. The Hammas dream is to hit Tel Aviv, and there are few missiles every day. Most of the businesses are effected, and especially the movie industry. The future doesn't looks so promising. The show I worked for stopped filming because of this. We managed to shoot the pilot episode but now.the show will move to New Mexico. I'm leaving with the show, and am on my way to USA ( tomorrow). Will be in LA only for 3 hours but will call you from New Mexico."

We continue to pray for God's fullness of grace to flow and manifest in this precious land. We continue to seek Him for His leadership in filming! Praise to Jesus!