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Kasey Smith Guatemala Flag
On Nov. 11, during the University of Valley Forge (UVF) weekly missions chapel, a new flag was added to the university’s collection. Each flag hanging on the walls of the Flower Chapel represents a country in which a UVF alum has been called to serve. The 54th flag honors the ministry in Guatemala where Kasey Smith ’07 and his wife, Esther, are serving. 
In July 2012, the Smiths went to Guatemala on their first short-term mission trip together. It was on this mission trip that the Lord began tugging on their hearts for the needs of the at-risk children and families in Guatemala. Over the past two years, the Smiths have had the opportunity to return to Guatemala twice. Within this time frame, the Lord confirmed that He had a plan for the couple to live there as full-time missionaries — to minister to children and families through spiritual and educational development programs for the local community. 
The Smiths are certain that God has been preparing them for their calling to Guatemala for several years. Kasey has a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and a master’s degree in education. He worked as a teacher for five years before working the next two years with low-income families as a social worker. Esther was raised in Brazil as a missionary kid and served the people of Brazil for 18 years. She also has a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and has spent two years serving as the assistant children’s ministry director at their sending church, York Christian Church in York, Pa. In preparation for the mission field, the Smiths have attended the New Life School of Missions in San Juan, Texas, for the past several months.
The UVF community is elated to see its alumni answer the call to missions.  The 54th flag addition embodies what the students, faculty and leaders of UVF have been proclaiming throughout the 2014 fall semester: “New name, same mission!”

UVF Celebrates New Flag Addition December 09, 2014
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) welcomed the musical stage production of "Pillars of Fire" to its campus this week. The musical, from Lights Up Productions, takes audiences to the ancient world of the Roman Empire, back to when the Apostle Paul proclaimed Jesus as Lord in the city streets. UVF students had the opportunity to serve with the "Pillars of Fire" cast as volunteer performers. The campus hosted two free performances; the first one on Sunday, Nov. 2, which was open to the public, and Monday, Nov. 3, for the campus community. Music and lyrics were written by Brent Grosvenor, founder of Lights Up Productions. 

The musical spanned from the time of Paul's persecution of Christians (as Saul) through his conversion and ministry sharing the gospel, to his execution. The stage backdrop resembled ancient Roman streets where the stories would have taken place. The production also used a projector screen to show videos that accompanied the storyline. At times, the actors on stage spoke to the recorded videos on the screen, creating the illusion that the character on the screen was present on stage. The videos were also used during monologues to help the audience understand the biblical accounts by demonstrating non-dialogue scenes from Jesus' and Paul's ministries. The screen also projected metaphors of Paul's dialogue. 

Twelve UVF students had the opportunity to serve in the musical using their skills and talents. When Lights Up Productions contacted UVF this past summer to ask if the university would be interested in hosting the musical, Grosvenor suggested that some of UVF’s music majors participate in the performance. He arrived on campus a few days before the first performance to rehearse with the students. Twelve students comprised the chorus and four of them also played minor acting roles. Senior Gavin Harper was Silas, senior Joshua Keller was Gaius, sophomore Caleb Gudgeon was Luke and junior Jaron Beadle was Timothy. 

Grosvenor also directed the musical, which gave the students first-hand experience from a professional writer and director. "Brent's passion and love for portraying the life of Paul was very evident in our practices and our shows," Beadle said. "We as students were able to grasp what had happened to Paul and realize the impact that he left before he was executed." 

"Pillars of Fire" portrayed Paul's testimony, ministry, hardships and determination to preach the gospel and love people everywhere. The musical encouraged the campus to go and be pillars of fire for God, the examples of love and faith that help guide the way through a darkened world.

View more photos of the event  »

Pillars of Fire Musical at UVF November 18, 2014
Creation 2014
On June 25, 30 students, alumni, faculty and staff from Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) traveled to Mt. Union, Pa., to represent the college and provide the entire media and live video production for the 2014 Creation Festival Northeast. President Don Meyer declared this year “our best year at this most important event.”
With an attendance of over 80,000 people at the Northeast event, Creation is the nation’s largest Christian music festival. In the past, VFCC contributed to the video production of the festival but never as the primary coverage team. This year, however, the team was invited by the Creation organizers to be the main crew on-site. 
The all-VFCC digital media crew produced live footage from its mobile Media Command Center (mMCC) next to the festival’s main stage. The mMCC is a 48-foot, state-of-the-art semi-trailer that houses digital recording facilities, and two soundproof studios that operate independently for multiple recording sessions with some of the most advanced technology in the industry. 
The mMCC is used both as an audio production facility and as a quality video production station. The crew managed the video production from inside the mobile unit using VFCC equipment. Several multi-view monitors and a video mixer lined the inside of the mMCC, providing live and on-site prepared content, with the audience, volunteers and backstage crew displayed on two jumbo screens next to the main stage. The crew controlled all five video cameras recording live footage throughout the event. Doug Smith ’12, marketing office media specialist, and Ben Franco ’09, faculty member of the digital media department, led the video and production team. Smith said, “The festival was a great experience for working under pressure at a professional level.” The crew not only surpassed expectations at a student level but also produced quality work. 
In addition to media and video production, VFCC also showcased a crowd-friendly admissions booth that was comprised of 12 VFCC representatives, including three admissions counselors and six students. Creation attendees converged on the booth to inquire about the college and its 67 undergraduate programs and seven graduate programs. They also received giveaways that included apparel with the new Valley Forge Patriot logo and a VFCC scholarship.  
Admissions Counselor Christian Delcid ’13 had traveled to Creation several years before as a student. He remembered the admissions counselors he had met and their energy and encouragement. Returning now as staff, he wanted to approach students in the same manner. “It takes you back to a time when someone did that for you and sparked something in your spirit that motivated you to become a student at VFCC,” he said. “To know that I am doing the same is incredible.” The team was available beginning at 7 a.m. each day, interacting with thousands of students, parents and pastors. Each night, the team would return to its campsite well past midnight before getting some rest and doing it again the next day.
On account of the work presented, VFCC was invited to two more Creation events. The VFCC crew traveled to Willmar, Minn. to the site of the 33rd Annual Sonshine Festival from July 16-19. For the first time, the media crew served there and provided video production, while the admissions crew manned another informational booth. From July 30 to August 2, senior and digital media intern, Tim Jackson represented VFCC at Creation Northwest in Washington and provided the daily video recaps for the thousands of attendees. 

VFCC Sponsors Video and Media Production at Creation Festival July 30, 2014
Students share foreign foods
Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) held its 11th annual Missions Bootcamp on February 7 and 8. Missions Bootcamp was started in 2003 under the leadership of Janie Wead and Bill '61 and Hilda Bradney. Each year, Bootcamp has served to prepare teams to be sensitive to the customs and value systems of different countries and to prepare students for the experience of entering a new culture. This year, Bootcamp was the first VFCC event held at The Conference Center at Valley Forge, which was generously donated to VFCC earlier this year, and is located four miles from the college. 

In total, there were nine teams in attendance, 89 students and faculty and nine students studying Intercultural Studies, who will be participating in internships around the world. The spring teams will be traveling to Eurasia, Romania and Nicaragua. Additionally, VFCC's Concert Choir will be going to Italy this spring. Other teams will be traveling over the summer to Asia, Greece and Northern Ireland.

“We are about training and equipping the body of Christ to care for the lost and to purposefully activate them for ministry,” said Rev. Jennifer Duncan, the Chair of the Intercultural Studies Department. “That is part of what is accomplished at Bootcamp." 

Bootcamp was originally run by the Intercultural Studies faculty, however, over time the responsibilities have shifted to the Missions Committee, this year led by Rev. Duncan and 12 students. Each of the student team leaders played a large role in facilitating the details of Bootcamp, which added another element to their leadership training and preparation. 

On Friday evening, due to dangerous weather conditions, the teams remained at VFCC for the first leg of the event which was held at Solomon’s Porch. Bootcamp began with a planned delay in the schedule as a first lesson to team members that, overseas, schedules at social gatherings are not always fixed. Leaders from several teams led a study on biblical servanthood and in a spirit of reverence, each team participated in a foot washing ceremony and partook in communion together. At the end of the night, each team was given an opportunity to share the mission of their trip and was lifted up in prayer. 

Rev. Duncan expressed the crucial value of the events of the first night; “Friday evening is spent in consecration to the Lord, in specific, concentrated prayer, in unity with each other and in spiritual readiness. The Holy Spirit is given much room to challenge and change us.” 

Bootcamp continued Saturday morning at The Conference Center at Valley Forge. The events of Saturday revolved around cultural exposure and sensitivity training. VFCC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Kevin Beery, led the teams in a devotional on sacrificial living in ministry. Dr. Beery served with his family as missionaries to Bulgaria for 19 years. Students were then challenged with the opportunity to enter into a time of foreign styles of prayer and worship despite language barriers and cultural differences. Team building exercises and games taught students to work around these barriers to accomplish goals. The highlight of Bootcamp, and perhaps the most difficult exercise, was the challenge to politely receive and eat foreign and unfamiliar foods. 

“We always enjoy watching students eating things that aren't their normal fare, like fish heads, eel, worms and bugs, and then teaching them etiquette in cultural situations,” Rev. Duncan said. 

The day concluded with lunch provided at the conference center and an opportunity for students to submit questions anonymously to a panel of missionaries who were glad to share wisdom from their life experiences. 

“[Issues of] cultural awareness, safety, missionary cues, dos and don'ts, etiquette and gender, among other topics, were discussed and illustrated through games, team building exercises and scenarios acted out,” said Rev. Duncan, describing Bootcamp on Saturday. 

To see the blog for Romania, go to: romaniatcmissionstrip.wordpress.com
To see the blog for Nicaragua, go to: lovefornicaragua.com

Missions Bootcamp 2014 February 26, 2014