Conversion entails a continual re-turn toward the source of happiness, which is Jesus Christ. The mystery of desiring, beholding, and being transformed into a person perfected by love, suffering, and joy, is essential in the understanding of a homo viator, a soul journeying to its ultimate destiny . Only a converted human heart is able to form a VISION which will carry his or her hopes forward, and which will be ultimately realized in beholding God in eternity.
Formation is a human process of discovering one's path and way of being molded by grace, and of following a freely chosen discipline with the goal of becoming anchored in a life of receiving and giving God's never-ending love. Jesus yearns for the UNITY of His Body. We seek respectful and meaningful unitive means to form, strengthen and develop relationships with all Christians.
Stone to Flesh School of the Heart in Los Angeles, CA opens Sept. 8, 2017
We are the founders, creators and leaders of the Encounter. Community in Steubenville, Ohio. This is where we directed the majority of our love, time, money and effort before moving to the Los Angeles area in Sept. 2016. Our experience in Christian ministry is very diverse and you can get familiar with our background by reading THIS page.
We dedicated our lives to the task of bringing people to the loving presence of God. In the spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas, who said "To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them", sometimes we have to carry them or drag them.
We provide leadership, as well as spiritual discernment training and consultation, based on years of international experience in Christian discipleship, ministry development, recognizing natural talents and spiritual gifting, prayer and worship leading, organizing and leading large and small conferences, founding ecclesial communities, vision discernment and casting, establishing of small group or friendship group communities in parishes, lay leadership, teaching, parish missions and evangelization. Our approach is rooted in personalism, which was formulated by St. John Paul II's idea of lived experience and personal encounter, and is foundational to a Slavic and Christ-centered experience of life.
Training in all aspects of domestic and foreign missions: cultural adaptation, preparation, linguistic, and logistics issues, and forming and leading short- and long-term teams. Supernatural: healing, power encounters, prophetic insight.
We have many years of ministry experience as missionaries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. We love to share our stories, and through them, God's story of human suffering and redemption to fulfill His vision for the lost, hurting, forgotten, and unwanted.
We're involved in leading and training in EVANGELIZATION, telling the Good News: personal, parish, community, street, friendship, work. Going beyond a typical understanding of evangelization techniques, modes and classifications, we try to understand holistic and personal challenges as well as tune in to the Holy Spirit's guidance for answers in each situation.
Preparing and leading domestic and international pilgrimages with a discipleship focus, establishing a deep engagement with local Christian communities and charities. We strive to surpass religious tourism, so our object of pilgrimages is not visiting, but encountering places and persons, not going on a pilgrimage, but becoming a homo viator, not being integrated into a group, but enabling each one to share him or herself.
St. Thomas Aquinas explained that there are different territories of knowledge. If the metaphysical, scientific, and rhetorical modes of knowledge are aided by poetica scientia (poetic mode of knowledge, understood as nondiscursive acts of intellect; that is, spontaneous, non-analytical, sensory-emotional experiences of reality via memory and imagination), it will be possible for the human person to be immersed fully in what is true, beautiful, and good, and move fully and freely toward that which will make him happy. The poetic mode of knowledge is intuitive and pre-scientific. Creating a culture of encounter that will open up new horizons, draw out mystical affections, and open souls to Beauty which surprises and overwhelms is the goal of our media presence. Creating from contemplation and rest is our way of approach. Having a truly catholic, i.e. universal, experience of Christianity, we feel comfortable in all traditional and historical, Charismatic and Pentecostal, non-denominational, Evangelical, and ecumenical settings, as well as in all expressions, i.e. Charismatic or more contemplative.
Desire: to initialize and produce cinematographic concepts that will move hearts toward Beauty and go beyond mere information phrases; to develop a mindset of child-like wonder which will be able to transfix the viewer on the Essence of Being. In practice: to make short films that will propose healing, sanctification, freedom, a truly Christian poetic vision of humanity and the only Way to glory.
Cinematography in service: events capture (conferences, seminars, religious institutes and orders, trainings, e-learning, Christian schools and home school co-ops) for parishes, communities, groups, organizations, artistic events, church and charitable organizations. Formats: promos, interviews, non-profit media, directing and production consulting, personal stories and short documentaries enabling the vision for your idea to come to fruition.
Keith's experience in cinematography and tv broadcasting: directed and produced over 1,500 hours of programming on GOD TV, an international satellite television network, reaching a potential viewing audience of 270 million. Live 24/7 multi-camera television broadcasting at International House of Prayer. Videography for IHOP-KC, TheCall and Steubenville Conferences promos. Skilled in jib operation, hand held and Steady-cam.
Faces, relationships, gaze, solitude, joy, friendship, meditation and sorrow.
Conferences, concerts, liturgical events, pilgrimages, community gatherings, charity fundraisers.
Sacred art and lines.
Keith's experience: Five national 1st places in color action, color still, b&w action, b&w still, and story board, packaged with a scholarship at the Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship in 1988 set him up for a lifelong interest in photography. But his commercial lawn service and photography studio specialized mostly in weddings, and was sold to finance missionary work in Russia. The following decade in Eastern Europe and the Middle East provided Keith with point and shoot cameras and a lack of means for capturing some of the most incredible stories of his life (like driving in his little Latvian car to Red Square, or smuggling and distributing thousands of Bibles in Russia, or jumping through the fence of the Polish White House, or not paying bribes on the Belorussian borders and nearly freezing to death at night, or driving through one of the most dangerous deserts in the world by himself, and so on). He is now in a position of trying to collect his new gear from scratch.
Understanding, consulting, and establishing an online presence for non-profits, parishes, ecclesial communities, home groups, homeschooling co-ops; developing content, vision and graphic design for startups, helping non-profits in establishing media communication via graphic design, web design, newsletters, mass email etc.
Iwona's experience: Provoked by the sad state of graphic design she continually saw around her, she started to make her own ads, brochures, and social media content a few years ago.
Creative content for websites, presentation booths, social media, co-ops, Bible studies, home schooling groups, Youth groups, parishes, communities, organizations, small groups, retreats. All digital or printable ready.