The Castle Trachselwald

As Stacie and I are doing research in preparation for our trip to Switzerland next month, we came across this website about the Trachselwald Castle.   During the days of the Reformation in Switzerland,  some of the many Anabaptist leaders who were imprisoned were imprisoned here at Trachselwald.  One of the primary goals of imprisoning Ababaptist leaders was the hope of bringing greater unity to the fairly young state church that was started by Zwingli, the Reformed Church in Switzerland.   Five hundred years later, Trachselwald stands as a symbol of strength and encouragement to the church of today: a place where a small part of the ‘great cloud of witnesses’  suffered for Christ. Below are some videos and updates about what is happening at Trachselwald  these days. In this first video, Update #2,  Pastor Paul Veraguth of the Reformed Church of the Canton of Bern, gives a quick tour of the Trachselwald gardens and then encourages the Church of today to consider the ‘great cloud of witnesses’, and how we can apply the lessons of their lives to our lives today. Trachselwald Castle Update 2 Trachselwald Castle Update 1 Here are Parts one and two of a two part video that explains the history and the vision for Castle Trachselwald.  Castle Trachselwald Part One  Castle Trachselwald Part...

September Update

It has been a great summer!  We have made much progress on Breaking the Silence. We are on schedule to complete this film project by February of 2015.  I have really enjoyed meeting and spending time with many former Amish as we were interviewing them this summer.  Peter has seen so many Amish buggies and heard  so much Amish singing- as well as watched us edit – that whenever he sees the logo for Breaking the Silence he will break into a bit of Gregorian chant, “HooHOOooao”! It is very cute.     Get a sneak peek at some of our footage! Watch the project update video: In a few weeks we will be flying out to film at original Anabaptist locations in Switzerland and surrounding areas. After that, all we will have left to do is lots of editing on the project. Visual editing, audio engineering, and music composition.  All the things that test the endurance of the film maker!   We are now accepting donations! A large part of this project has been funded by investors, but many of our friends have asked if they could donate to the project in some way. We are excited to announce that we have partnered with our friends over at Imaginative Art Ministries, a 501c3 non-profit organization which my friend Nathan Ashton heads up. This provides a way for our friends to make tax deductible donations to help us finish the film.  If you want to Donate you can do so by clicking on the link at the upper right corner of the site. I would write a longer update, but I’ve got some editing to...

Donating to the Film Project

Edit on January 1, 2016: We are deeply grateful to all who gave to help in this project. Thanks! Original Post: We have teamed up with Imaginative Art Ministries, a 501c3 nonprofit that allows our friends to give tax deductible gifts toward the making of Breaking the Silence.  Watch the short video update of our progress to see some sneak peeks from our re-enactment film shoot in July. Donate Online: You can donate online by using this button or you can send a check by following the instructions below. Donation by Check Instructions: Make the Check payable to:  Imaginative Art Ministries Be sure to write “Breaking the Silence” in the memo line. Mail the check to: Imaginative Art Ministries 55778 Timber Lane Dr Elkhart, IN 46514 What will the donations be used for? A large part of this project has been funded by investors, but many of our friends have asked if they could donate to the project in some way.  Aside from filming original locations in Switzerland, we have lots of editing left to do on the project.  Our biggest expense in post production is editing: visual, audio, and musical.  Your donations will help get this project from post production to distribution. Thank you so much!  ...