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Wow. Can my life get any busier? It’s been so long since I last blogged about anything I wonder if people will still read this? Well, for the handful of you who really care about what we’re doing at Wanderlust, this one’s for you!

Let’s start at the beginning. Just over a month ago, Furious Love was released on DVD. Sales have been incredible, and we were able to move over 15,000 copies in the first month alone. In fact, things sold so well that we quickly sold out of nearly EVERYTHING (Furious and Finger) and have been scrambling to get new copies made and sent out to the people who are desperate for them. Thank you for your patience!

Word of mouth is even better for Furious than it was for Finger, and I personally thank you for continuing to tell your friends and pastors about this special little film. I’m so excited to see God’s hand upon it and how He is using it for His kingdom. That was always our hope and prayer.

We have recently begun filming our first “television show”, which is basically two short films that we’ll put together to see if anyone is interested. Tentatively titled, “Three Idiots and the Truth”, it involves me and my crew delving a little deeper into the types of things I filmed in Finger of God, checking medical and dental records, and getting a fuller picture of the stories surrounding the miracle occurrences we are filming. The feel will be MUCH different than you might be used to for a Wanderlust Production, as it’s going to be fast paced and very, very funny. Look for those to be finished by the end of the summer, and they will premiere on the 700 Club Interactive.

We are also very close to having Furious Love and Finger of God on iTunes (so you’ll finally get to see Furious in all it’s HD glory!), as well as the Furious Love Soundtrack, which we have remastered and sounds great.

Our first non-profit organization, The Wanderlust Foundation, has gone live and we’re super excited for people to begin to catch the vision for this. Check it out at wanderlustfoundation.org. This is your chance to help out the Children’s home in Bokaro, India, or help Wanderlust continue its goal of bringing to light the true heroes of the faith around the world, and training others to do what we do as well.

I have recently finished the script for our first cartoon, which should be released by the end of the year (fingers crossed). We’re keeping the story under wraps for the time being, but rest assured it will be fun, challenging, and powerful. I wanted to make a cartoon that my kids would love, but would also expose them to the spiritual war that is raging around them.

UPDATE: The cartoon is now available on DVD!

I have finished my first book, which will be released through Destiny Image Publishing next April. Still no title yet…

We begin filming with UFC legend Ken Shamrock for our next film in July. We’ll film with Ken and other fighters in Reno, Australia, Vegas, and the Bahamas (tough life, I know). There is no release date as of yet, but we’re hoping for a Spring ’11 release. The film will most likely come in at around 60 minutes, and we’re hoping for a television premiere.

Our next full length feature film will be the follow up to Furious Love (still no title) which we’ll begin filming in September. We have a number of locations already lined up, and some AMAZING stories and people on deck to film. We know we’ll be filming in Siberia, India, South Africa, China, and Israel, but as of yet, I still don’t even know what the movie is going to be about! The Lord has been pretty quiet on this one, other than commissioning me to “make a movie without an agenda–simply go film and I’ll take care of the rest” is what He told me to do. So that’s what I’m doing. I have a sense this will be my most uncomfortable film yet, but also the film with the biggest message. I’m so excited to start, but realize I have to take care of my other projects first!

At some point next spring, my father and I will film at Bethel Church, in Redding, California, for a one day event on Creativity. We are working on a book/DVD together that will really highlight our creative journeys in the fine arts as well as writing and media. For all you creative folks out there, this is one you won’t want to miss!

Finally, we are planning a HUGE event we are lovingly calling The Furious Love Event, which is set for next April 6-9, 2011, at Redeemer Fellowship in Monroe, Michigan. This event (we’re not calling it a conference) will be a 3 day extravaganza of teaching from 10 of the main people highlighted in Furious Love (with Rolland and Heidi Baker thrown in for good measure). The goal of the event is for Wanderlust Productions to create a teaching supplement for Furious Love for people who want to go deeper into the truths and concepts that were raised in the film. This will be perfect for churches and small groups, as well as individuals who’s hearts have been melted by the love of God as seen in both Finger and Furious. This will be a once in a lifetime event, and we’re so excited to be bringing all of these people together under one roof. Here is the official lineup:
Rolland and Heidi Baker (Mozambique)
Philip Mantofa (Indonesia)
Robby Dawkins
Greg Boyd
JP Moreland
Angela Greenig
“Shanti” (India)
Will Hart
Mattheus van der Steen (Netherlands)

And with all things Wanderlust, there may be a few surprises thrown in for good measure!

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately! Please keep us in your prayers, as this is a lot of ground to cover, a lot of creative energy to unload, and a lot of money to produce! But we know these things are from the Lord, so we’re simply excited to see what He’s got up His sleeve these next two years.

Thanks everyone for your continued support, love, and prayers. We need it, desperately, every day…

8 Comments

  • Dylan Young (awaken08)

    Yay! Can't wait to see the "television show". You guys are awesome!

  • Denise Baum

    WOW! You have been busy! Everything sounds terrific. I'm looking forward to it ALL. I will plan on seeing you in MI in April (which is where we are!). And I'm glad you did the cartoon for kids. I'm still hoping someone from Bethel would write a devo for kids-maybe you could put a bug in their ear. In the meantime, I will keep you prayed up.

  • Carol

    Have loved all your videos and look forward the rest. Furious love is a life changer and I've been having showings for friends who didn't get to see the preview when it was in town. We'll keep you in our prayers.

  • Carol

    I should add, that I have a 33 year old son who at one time had classic Autism (he is denying it as being the root of his problems but that's ok as he's still healing). A year ago April we purchased Finger of God when Shanti came to visit our church. He sat and watched it intently (unusual for him as he hadn't even been in church in years) and the following Sunday came with us to church and was miraculously healed. I believe he watched the video and thought "Why not me". He has blown the world away by his transformation. For the first time in his life he gave me a hug, called me mom and told me he loved me. He is in love with the Lord and his word and wants to see the world set free from their demons as he was from his. He takes these things very literally and with child like faith. Thanks for all that you do.

  • David Metz

    WOW PRAISE GOD, I can't wait!!! Is the cartoon going to be hand drawn or CG?

  • Sandy Nagy

    You are in my prayers. Truly you and those with you are pioneers into a realm I believe the Lord has long wanted to take back. I show Finger to many ex-addicts that I counsel and it helps to raise their level of faith. I haven't gotten Furious Love yet, but plan to. I think that film may be more popular than the first with some people becuase it gets deep into where people really live, espcially the ones I work with. Blessings, blessings and more blessings to you are your's!

  • Nick Rawlings

    No wonder you haven't written in your blog for a while Darren! Great to see all this Kingdom stuff opening up for you. May the Wind be behind you in all this stuff. And may you get time to enjoy the view while you're being blown along! Be blessed...

  • Sande

    Number 3 as the film with the biggest message yet? That's saying a lot! God be with you on all that you are doing. You're in our prayers. I hope Redeemer is 'thinking big' for your non-conference event...

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