Three ministries coming together

as ONE 

under the power of the One and Only True and Living God 

covered by the death-defeating blood of the Sacrificial Lamb, Jesus Christ

with leading by Our Comforter and Guide, The Holy Spirit

to create powerful productions that are meant to change lives forever...


The Ministries





The Project

Join us in the journey of discovering truth within the topics of cutting, suicide and the drug culture.  

This is a artistic venture consisting of three parts - a short film, a feature film & theatrical production. They are all centered on the topic of self-harm. Each section of the project is meant to inform and provide a platform for discussion and help for those that need it. 

-The Short Film-
-The Feature Film-
-The Theatrical Production-

The Journey

It began in 2010, when Karen DeLoach of Command Performance Productions asked playwrite Zachary Francis of 1heart Arts Ministries if he had ever consider writing a screenplay. Karen had a vision of a short film and needed someone that could assist with the writing of the dialog for her story. God confirmed this partnership and soon the topic self-harm was added into the plot. Before putting pen to paper, Zach and Susannah Francis traveled all over the country for over three years seeking the story that God wanted to be heard on this topic. They held meetings and conference calls with specialists, parents of children who self-harm, people who lost family to suicide, those that are overcoming addictions, statistic analysts, organizational leaders that provide treatment and support, and many that are or have self-harmed in the past. Besides being incredibly enlightening on understanding the topic of self-harm, it was a powerful display of God's blessings! 

During the research process, the idea surfaced to network these resources to make them more accessible to those that need them. Tracy Lewis, founder of Mercy & Grace Ministries and author of the book "God is Always There", was one of people that was interviewed extensively and soon became good friends with both the Francis' and Karen DeLoach, as well as a partner of the project. As an advocate and speaker on the topic of self-harm, Tracy, has been that missing piece that now gives a face to the resource network that is being formed. 

Each piece of the project offers a unique perspective on the topic of self-harm and stands alone. However, they also interlock as the story unfolds with the story centering around the characters of Mark Riley and Sarah Claymore. The short film begins with the two teenagers meeting at Sarah's father's food pantry. The feature film (not yet written) will detail their 20's/30's and speak to the redemptive power of God's love for us all.  In the theatrical production (scheduled to run in Feb. 2017), we will see this couple married and with a daughter that also struggles in her own way to understand how she is loved by God. Each production unfolds a new layer of the truth on how God can rescue us and allow us to walk in freedom, knowing our true identity in Christ.

The Short Film
Completed in February 2014

 

The short film entitled "Chords" is produced by Karen DeLoach of Command Performance Productions and written by Zachary T. Francis of 1heart Arts MinistriesTracy Lewis of Mercy and Grace Ministries traveled to SC to serve as a consultant on set as it was shot and even creating original artwork that was featured in the production. She also was a guest speaker at area churches, holding support groups/discussion during her time there. 

Synopsis
Twenty year old Mark Riley gets arrested for smoking pot and is court-ordered to do community service at a church food bank. Pastor Claymore, a devout Christian leader and recent widower is the pastor. Sarah, his college age daughter helps run the Food Bank. Mark, too has lost a parent: his mom, to cancer. Mark uses song-writing, charm and humor to attract Sarah and at the same time deflect his own sorrow. Sarah hides her pain behind a "religious" mask and obsessive perfectionism. Pastor Clayman is wary of Mark and keeps watch over his attentions to his only daughter. Sarah is emotionally shut-down, but Mark's wit and musicality (he composes songs, plays the guitar and piano) slowly win him a glimpse into Sarah's broken heart. She finally trusts Mark enough to reveal her creative secret and he accidentally discovers her shame-filled method for coping.

The Feature Film 
TBD


The Theatrical Production 
Performances in February 2017

The journey continued as Zachary Francis felt led to jump ahead to the third part of the project, the theatrical production entitled "Agape". In 2015, he began writing the script and it is planned to be finalized in September of 2016. Performances are scheduled to begin in Indianapolis, IN on Valentine's Weekend of 2017. During this production, there are hopes of also launching the resource network that has been built over the years with both a website and forum for discussion.

https://sites.google.com/1heartarts.org/agape

===Original painting by Katie Dorman Aultman===

Synopsis
Agape centers around a talented ballet dancer named Abby who must confront the pressures put on her by her mother (Sarah), who is determined to control her life. A former cutter and prostitute, Sarah is also forced to face her own demons and hypocrisy as she learns that her daughter (Abby) is going down the same path that she was on 20 years ago. Tormented by newly-formed wounds and ones thought to be healed, both Sarah and Abby have to understand the hard way what God's unconditional love truly is.



The Resource Network 
Scheduled for launch February 2017

If you or someone you know would be interested in being part of our network of resources, please contact Susannah@1heartarts.org.

Film Project Blog

  • 3.13.17 In today’s world, we always want to point out a reason why someone acts a certain way. If they are depressed, we may ask if someone has died recently ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2017, 6:33 PM by Susannah Francis
  • 1.13.15 A couple of years ago, we interviewed a girl who used to cut and she told us that she “resents the fact that she can’t cut anymore.”  When I ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2015, 12:41 PM by Susannah Francis
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The Needs

PRAY

You may go to our 24/7 prayer room to sign up for a time slot during the preparation of the theatrical production at https://www.24-7prayer.com/emailredirect/ea119a40c1592979f51819b0bd38d39d/. Go to the calendar and click on the time slot under the date(s) you would like to choose.

CONNECT 

We are in the process of putting a resource network together whose goal is to connect people that self-harm with someone they can talk to for help. We also are looking for advocates that want to help to put together programs to inform schools, youth groups and other organizations about the truth of self-harm. For more information, please contact

FUND

There is an ongoing need for this project as God continues our journey. If you are led to do so, please send any contribution that is on your heart using the PayPal button below. 

NOTE: We do not have 501(c)3, so it is not tax deductible)

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