What a wonderful opportunity to introduce to you our Founder Rene' Stewart who will be the administrator and author communicating on the SECRET KNOTS website from now on. Rene' was inspired the lives of those who have risen above great obstacles and wanted to write about these subject matters.
When most authors did not have the bravery to open up and share about darkness, Rene' has stepped through the windows and doors opening up the emotional hearts to find healing. Her impact on the lives of those who have suffered great pain is the foreshadowing of the healing opportunities now on the horizon.
In the coming days, every single month you will hear from this woman of God who has learned the struggles of sexual abuse and so much more. Allow her words to bring great comfort and peace to you each and every month as you sense her true compassion and mercy to those in need.
SECRET KNOTS is moving toward many exciting resources to help others, so Rene' will be sharing exciting news about an upcoming filming in Seattle at LIFE CENTER and so much more news on the front lines for the ministry.
SECRET KNOTS MEDIA MINISTRY is becoming a public charity. Yes, the newfounded ministry is now birthing a 501(c)3 non profit where you can contribute directly founded in the state of Washington! Please know you can be a part of publicly and monthly supporting this exciting new ministry dedicated to helping others.
Be sure and write Rene' and Tom to find out how you can be involved in this exciting ministry of "helping those in need". It's time the #metoo generation has real solutions for their struggles, past just recognizing pain. These founders are doing all they can to do more and help others.
We want to close this blog by personally thanking Rene's mother and Tom's father whose lives have been instrumental in helping promote and create SECRET KNOTS. Tom lost his father recently and in his passing, God has blessed the Stewart family to continue reaching out to those in need.
May each and every month, you be blessed to find the knots which have you bound and tied up with grief, unwarranted shame and depression can be gone. You too can find relief and also hope and realize your past does not have to bind you, but instead the captives can finally be free!
Believing in the future!
Your Secret Knots Team
Each month SECRET KNOTS continues to grow in impact. First, we want to thank the hundreds of visitors we are having EVERY SINGLE WEEK to our social media site to learn more about the authors, the team and the new film documentary being created.
An entire community is needed when it comes to helping those in need. For instance, we need financiers who will be willing to donate to our ministry. We need people to volunteer to help others. Counselors and training professionals are needed to minister to those who are hurting.
Resources are needed as we grow in writing and being able to understand those who are impacted negatively by abuse. The #metoo group needs an outlet more than just saying, "I waas hurt", but offering real answers and solutions to difficult problems are essential.
This past month, Tom's father passed away and healing came to the forefront again because of family coming around to pay respects, extend heart felt prayers and much more. Thank you for your prayers on behalf of the entire family during this special time of "home going" for Mr. Stewart.
We also appreciate you praying for Rene' Stewart as she diligently is writing and creating resource materials to help others. Her unique story telling ability helps many who are "neglected and abandoned" feel mercy, compassion and love. Thank you for praying for her.
Churches continue to be on board and so please let us know if you would like to join our church teams who are connecting with us. We need you all and our community grows every day, so more of you are needed than you may even realize.
May God bless you and have a great month reaching out to hurting people. God bless you for your perseverance and love. Don't hesitate to contact us and allow us to reach out to you personally.
Your SECRET KNOTS team is here for you!
So many wonderful updates and news on the horizon as SECRET KNOTS has been very busy. In fact, we cannot wait to share what took place in the month of February.
FILM TRAILER SUCCESS
Personally, our entire team wants to thank all who worked so diligently behind the scenes to bring the FILM TRAILER to the website and social media. Responses have been pouring in with praise for the courage demonstrated by Tom and Rene' to share their stories of pain and triumph.
Between Tom's heart to openly share and the compassion communicated by Rene' to bring these issues to light, the co-founders knocked the ball out of the park in opening up people's hearts to this ministry for many years to come. This was not easy because of the sensitive subject matter, but the Lord gets the glory.
Special thanks to the GR PRODUCTIONS Film team, coupled with the Magna Talent Agency actors in putting together a very special visual representation of who we are and where we are going in the future. This was an "all hands on deck" process and we believe, we have only just begun.
When people have the courage to take a stand for what they believe in like our co-founders, we can only covenant to pray for these amazing people, pray for their children and ask the Lord to station angels around them in every corner. Tom and Rene' have a lot to share and they look forward to a lot more when the feature documentary is completed. Please pray for the funding of the feature as we truly need sponsors and individuals to step up and make this all happen.
FOUNDER'S NEWS ON A BOOK SERIES
Rene' has been inspired to write an entire "series" of books truly based on emotional needs and felt needs for those who are hurting. She is focusing on the "knots" which so often keep us captive and how God can set the captives free. Then, she is turning to the most difficult subject matters including GRIEF RECOVERY, DIVORCE RECOVERY and CANCER RECOVERY!
Would you join us in praying for our Rene' Stewart and Tom, our Co-Founders as they dare to go where many would not by addressing the difficult challenges of lives torn by abuse, tragedy and so much more. Please remember Rene' especially in your prayers at this time. We know these issues will help provide Biblical foundations to help all people in these areas for recovery.
GR PUBLISHING is coming alongside of this amazing family and Mark Mingle is leading this amazing charge. Companion ministry films are being discussed as we consider the optimal future for the entire franchise.
PRESENT AT THE NRB
During the National Religious Broadcasters Convention the last week of February and first week of March, Vice President Pence shared, "We need to help character grow and these people in the room are just the people to provide answers". We were reminded of the power of these words and how focusing on "solutions" in life's most difficult arenas is exactly what SECRET KNOTS is all about.
Our team had the opportunity to share with Rick Warren of Saddleback, Mark McFerran from Pureflix and leading individuals in the film industry about our feature documentary and the future film with the new books. This was an amazing convention filled with potential strategic partners across the board. Doors are beginning to open everywhere, and it is all because of God's grace.
We need partners who will come alongside the team of SECRET KNOTS as in this coming month, we will be making strides to establish the non profit ministry which will be necessary for the future. Would you be willing to give? Some are sending gifts as a "tithe" to this ministry, others are volunteering time and we continue to need your help.
Sexual abuse and recovery are huge needs in our nation today and SECRET KNOTS is not stopping, but heading straight into these challenging areas with boldness! Through your funds, we can continue to make a lasting difference in the lives of those who are hurting.
One of the largest areas we need prayer is in our business planning as a team of people are coming together to set the course for the ministry in the next five years. Product development, creating content and building a film franchise on SECRET KNOTS the book and the feature length documentary are the total focus.
Jeremiah 29:11 reminds all of us that God knows the plans He has for us and those plans are to prosper us and give us a hope and a future. We need this blessing on our ministry. Without God's anointing we are nothing, but with His healing hand on our hearts, we can move mountains for His glory.
Religious organizations can play a huge part of our future. Tom and Rene' know the importance of the local church and they have been working with faith based groups in the Seattle area in Washington. You will find Tom speaking and sharing his story with Rene' close at his side as they minister. Soon, they will have "ministry tools" which are being created.
Films from SECRET KNOTS will be shared, books will be available and even audio books downloaded with pod casts will be on the horizon in 2019. Please pray for how your church might get involved in this exciting ministry as a strategic partner and realize, you will be helping the "silent screams" in your own churches by becoming a part.
Thank you for praying for us and we are praying for you!
In Service to the Hurting,
Your SECRET KNOTS Team
FEATURE FILM BEGINNING
Everything happened as planned and even better as the New Year began with our first filming for the feature documentary, SECRET KNOTS! There is only one reason this miracle took place, FAITH!!! We especially recognize our founders Tom and Rene' Stewart for their amazing faith in bringing about the beginning of our feature documentary.
Jim Gromer from Cross Productions joined the team from Denver, Colorado. Jim is a former ABC and STARZ Network employee who has been involved in ministry for a long time. He recently finished a feature documentary on Martin Luther and is a friend to Tom and Rene'. We are honored to have him working with GRP to create a film trailer you will see soon on the website too.
The entire film team worked so relentlessly hard on our film shoot. We deeply appreciate Magna Talent Agency, parents of our child actors, SAG actor Brett Bower, Hospitality Coordinator Rene' Stewart, Jessica Gambill & Stephanie Musser of GRP, David Barrow & Jim Gromer camera operators and Christi Craddock for all their work to make this dream be birthed. Dr. Kevin McAfee worked with this entire team to ensure the hope of SECRET KNOTS was shared to the world. Thanks to all who opened up on film with Tom and Rene's courage along with Christi Craddock.
Truly, when you make a film it takes a village, so a special thank you to everyone who worked diligently helping share Tom's story.
TESTIMONIES FROM FOUNDERS
January brought four teams and organizations together to listen and hear the amazing testimonies of Tom and Rene' Stewart. This family of believers in Jesus Christ are preparing to bring hope to many who are suffering from sexual abuse, PTSD, trauma and real crisis which may have been in your life. The filming of these powerful testimonies will arrest your heart and spirit on so many levels.
Tom and Rene' both shared their story with the teams in the Biblical Counseling headquarters of HIS TRUTH TRANSFORMS. After many tears of compassion and love the bond of people understanding these powerful stories only grew stronger.
Thanks to the President Christi Craddock and the CEO Doris Craddock in Oklahoma City, SECRET KNOTS had a special Craddock home to film our interviews. Christi shared from a Biblical perspective the importance of people receiving help who have gone through issues like these. Resources are being made available through this Biblical Counseling Ministry today for those in need.
SECRET KNOTS - A NEW NON PROFIT
The epic decision to create a non profit public charity grew to the surface and was solidified! A plan is being constructed over the next sixty days to make this dream a reality. We will be honored to receive donations in 2018 and hope to have our non profit completed by 2019!
Here is how this impacts you. Maybe you would like to give to support a ministry like SECRET KNOTS and you should. Maybe your church has a desire to reach out to people in need, this is their chance. No matter your background or your reason, this is a time we need people to help us help others.
NEW BOOK "SECRETS" BY RENE' STEWART
Rene' Stewart is using her talents in writing to bring a new book on Tom's memoirs entitled, SECRETS. Her commitment and dedication is providing the foundation for everything created for the ministry. Please be in prayer for her as she embarks on a journey to find even more solutions for others through this published work.
She has been working years to accurately share this story and will be including Biblical keys to guide those who are seeking refuge, a safe place and more to help those who are in need.
We are very proud of the entire team, the group who has been gathering and the people associated with this wonderful ministry. If you want to be involved, just write us today. Remember your prayers are needed for so many. There are millions who are suffering and have been victims of sexual abuse. Now is the time to take a stand and give a voice to the voiceless.
Thank you for being a part of SECRET KNOTS!
Your Secret Knots Team Cares!
2018 is finally here and you have a responsibility to stop and reflect on what has happened in your past and also to consider what your future will be like. So many of us have had many different kinds of "knots" which have tangled up our past. Is this you and do you feel you have areas where your life could be stronger?
First, remember to all of you who have been a victim, this was not your fault. When predators come against you and you are a child, helpless and even in crisis, these situations were not created by you. You have value and are so very important to many people, even those in our team.
What has made our group the unified purpose driven organization is simple. We saw the knots in our past lives and when we got help, started to untangle the web which had been constricting us, we saw a new hope we had not seen possible.
Honestly means, "Accurately reporting the facts to those you love, even when it hurts". We realize how difficult it can be to open up to anyone. This is why secrets are often a danger all within themselves. Opening up to people you can trust is an essential part of a new future for you, and if we can be the "seed" which begins to grow again in a new healthy way, this is our dream.
What is your dream today? Would you like to share your past and be willing to consider a new tomorrow?
Contact our organization today and just know, we are praying for you and we want to do everything in our power to help you in your life's journey. We are ready to help start untangling the knots. We are completely committed to working with you in confidence to help you find the solutions for a new 2018.
It's time to begin a new year with a new life, so contact us today.
Your Team For Hope
PS Remember, we are here for you...
Thomas and Rene’ Stewart captured our hearts when we met in late October 2017 with their story of how personal tragedy was turned into triumph. Unlike the majority of those who have suffered traumatic crisis, their hope turned to helping others, verses focusing on themselves. Timing is everything in the marketplace and in the rise of the current events being raised by international media, a convergence is taking place across the world. People need help and the Stewart family has challenged all of us to rise to this important occasion and take a stand.
The silent screams of children who have gone through horrific life and family experiences brought a greater need for solutions than ever before. The Filmmaker’s Roundtable, a professional adjudication board of screenwriters & authors, reviewed Tom and Rene’s powerful book and came to a group of creative conclusions. Answers were found in using the visual language of film to tell the story of what happened in the past, illuminating truth in creating a new intellectual properties franchise and going even further by helping those in need.
Extending the resources, the research and the narrative into an interactive and confidential website called, SECRET KNOTS, the founders wanted to do more to reach the broken. "Entertainment" in the Greek literally means to distract and divert one’s attention, but Tom and Rene’ wanted to do more than a book or a movie. People need personal care who have been adversely impacted by the negativity this world brings. Proper diagnosis and a plan for healing are keys to wellness and over all health and this is where their organization transformed into a “higher level” of communication.
Plus, in light of the Twitter social media campaign, that was launched in the Fall of 2017 against sexual harassment, people were standing up and taking a stand through #MeToo. The Stewart family recognized the need to create more than just a hash-tag, documentary feature, a new book and a feature film. In anticipation of recognizing these problems, investments are needed for research, resources and solutions for those who still have no answers. We needed a proven case study to establish a baseline for success and fortunately, we had previous experience.
Almost twenty years earlier, the Hobby Lobby organization engaged me professionally as the CEO of their movie company, Every Tribe Entertainment, where we built a franchise very similar to the Stewart’s family interests. BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR and END OF THE SPEAR (FOX), two award winning back to back films were released in 2002 and 2006. In the same spirit, but with an improved counseling purpose and definition, Tom and Rene’ Stewart's SECRET KNOTS is going to the next level of providing help to the broken-hearted.
Since my early days at Disney up until the last film we made at the studio location in Buena Vista just a few years ago, I have experienced the motion picture industry hesitant to take on “big issues” like these moral problems and decay we are experiencing. Our film team, GR PRODUCTIONS, is a group of seasoned veterans with half a century of professional experience making movies and our team is ready to take on these problems. Film-making is a science and we are thankful for our track record as many great people behind the scenes truly made these succcesses happen.
Our economic models are among the finest in the business as we work to under-promise and over deliver as a social entrepreneurship company. At Lipscomb University, we have been working with graduate film students to help them see the value of “solid fiscal models”. Our goal is to make films of family, faith and freedom with precision and stewardship. However, we are not ever satisfied with the status quo and will always be improving our diagnostics, mitigating risks and creating “best practices” across an industry we are honored to serve.
Thank you for stopping on this site to learn more about the founders Tom and Rene' Stewart. Thank you for reaching out and believing in SECRET KNOTS, and taking the time to consider the opportunity to work with our non profit, VERITAS MISSION FILM ASSOCIATION www.veritasmissionfilms.com and our for profit production company GR PRODUCTIONS grpfilms.com. Please go to our websites and see for yourself what makes our team different. As a filmmaking team, we congratulate Tom and Rene’ Stewart, our new partners in changing the world for the better.
Thank you Tom for sharing your story so boldly. Rene', you have done a masterful job as a ghost writer and for taking a stand against abuse. Since you both have been victims of horrific experiences from the past, you stand as a beacon to all of us who have also been broken.
In conclusion, I have never shared with my own family of my history of abuse, but this step is important in helping others grow. Each of us have stories of tragedy and we need a community who will care. Thank you SECRET KNOTS for being open to hear my hurts and help me along the way. I appreciate you giving me this opportunity to begin opening up and sharing about my own pain in your first blog of a lovely website.
Faith has truly helped me heal, because without it, I would not be able to create this amazing story by placing the subject matter into a motion picture.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Director - SECRET KNOTS