Remembering Steve Irwin

Today marks the 7 year anniversary of the death of a man that I truly admired both as a conservationist and as a passionate lover of wildlife.  Steve Irwin, commonly called "the Crocodile Hunter," died after his heart was pierced by a stingray's barb on September 4, 2006.  I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the horrible news.  I had just returned home from an Iraq deployment some 2 weeks earlier and on that fateful day I was doing what I loved, hunting frogs and snakes with my good friend Zach Orr in the eastern part of North Carolina.  Zach was looking for eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and I was looking for tiny grass frogs.  We had a good day searching for wildlife, although we didn't find the diamondbacks Zach hoped to see.

Steve Irwin came on the scene when I was in middle school and it gave me validation for the passions I already had.  I remember watching his show in awe because for the first time I saw someone, an adult, doing the things I loved and it was okay.  His passion was infectious, his enthusiasm was contagious, and his self-taught knowledge of all things wild was refreshing.  He learned from the classroom of nature and clearly knew his subject well.  When I heard the devastating news about his passing when I returned from my snake hunt it was met with disbelief.  How many times had we heard this before, it seemed every couple of weeks some rumor would surface about Steve being eaten by a Croc or bitten by a tiger snake; but a stingray?  No way!  Sadly, the rumors were true and after the initial shock of it I remember feeling this huge void inside of me.  Like I had truly lost a friend, a mentor, and teacher.  I remember sobbing like a family member had died.  I still feel sad when I watch his shows online to this day.

 

Steve's love of both people and wildlife was translated through TV screens all over the world.  Whether he was catching snakes in Australia, building zoos in Southeast Asia or mingling with villagers in India, Steve was happy.  His smile lit up our living room as we watched his show, his laugh warmed our hearts and his love for what he did challenged us to find something to be passionate about.  Although I'm sad to see Steve gone, I am encouraged to hopefully one day have some similar level of influence in the world.

My heart has always been to take the passions God has given me to reach a world searching for that light.  Steve's influence on my life is hopefully evident in the Catching Creation episodes that we make.  If it wasn't for that influence, the format and style of not only my show, but many many other wildlife shows wouldn't exist today.  His up close and personal documentary method has been a formula that many have imitated over the years but none have duplicated.  Although I realize Catching Creation pales in comparison to the Crocodile Hunter, I pray that one day we will be on par with the example set by Steve Irwin.  What are you passionate about?  What are you doing with that passion?

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Are You Patient Like An Alligator?

Are You Patient Like An Alligator?

Have you ever watched an alligator move ever so slowly while stalking its prey?  They seem to have a large measure of patience while gradually inching closer and closer to their target.  Some will even lay on the bottom of the swamp with their mouth open and patiently wait for an easy meal like a fish to swim into their toothy trap.  Then just at the right time SNAP!  Their jaws will lock down on the meal they have been waiting all day for.  The end result of their wait is the reward they were hoping for, a meal.

Romans 8:24-25 says, “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”  As believers we are waiting patiently in expectation of the return of Jesus.  We believe He is who He says he is and live our lives accordingly.  The reward for our faith and patience is an eternity in Heaven with our creator.  Just like the alligator waits in anticipation of his next meal, we as believers wait in expectation for the Lord.  Are you patient like an alligator?

Alligator

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Catching Creation Highlight Reel

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Busy and Blessed!

I just wanted to give everyone an update on everything that has been going on lately.  God has been doing great things!  Its been a little over a month in this faith free fall and I can honestly say that God is really providing for us more than ever.  I was able to film a DVD for a great Christian comedian named Renea Henderson at Crossroads Baptist Church and that was a huge blessing for everyone involved.  Be sure to look for her DVD and more information about the Church here:  http://www.crossroadbaptist.org It seems like since I left my job as a video editor that I have been filming and editing videos more than ever now.  I made another simple music video for Christian hip hop artist "Kid Prince" and we got to play around with the green screen and it turned out quite nicely and it is sure to bless and encourage those who watch it.  You can check it out here:  Kid Prince "Amen"  

You can also download the new MixTape from Kid Prince here:  http://noisetrade.com/kidprincetr

I was privileged to visit the Creation Museum a few weeks back and got to film Rick Teepen from "Snakes Alive" and make a DVD to help support his ministry.  You should be able to find them on his website very soon.  If you are in the Cincinnati, Ohio area I definitely recommend you check out the Creation Museum as well as Rick Teepen's ministry.  You can find out more information about Rick here:  http://snakesalive.vpweb.com  

The Lord has been opening quite a few doors and it is exciting to see what has been going on lately.  I have been blessed with quite a few opportunities to speak in schools, full congregations, youth groups and children's church programs lately and I am thanking God for every opportunity to speak His word.  Just last night I was blessed to be able to speak at Gospel Baptist Church in Greensboro NC and will be speaking in Martinsville, VA and Elkin, NC this Sunday and from there I will spend almost an entire week in Sweetwater, TN (near Knoxville) speaking in public schools and churches.  Please be in prayer for me and my family as we continue to walk in faith and obedience.

We are praying for favor and equipment for the video side of Catching Creation as we personally do not own any equipment of our own.  The Lord has allowed me to borrow people and gear over the last few years but we feel that if Catching Creation's video side of the ministry is to move forward in the direction we pray it will then we will need support both financially as well as people willing to donate time to help us in the field.  I have laid all of this before the Lord and have decided not to film any more videos in the field for Catching Creation until we hear clearly from the Lord about what we are to do next.  We do believe that once we raise enough money or are provided with a professional camera/cameras (ie Canon DSLR, Canon XhA1, XF100, Sony EX 1, etc) then we will know it is time to resume production.  I have been striving and working really hard for years on this with no gear of my own and I am truly blessed to have had friends that supported us along the way with their gear but I feel like in order to grab and go and film more often we will need our own equipment.  Please pray with us as we seek the Lord on this.

Thank you so much for your prayers and please continue to share our videos from the youtube channel: http:www.youtube.com/CatchingCreation and feel free to visit the store http://catchingcreation.wordpress.com/support-catching-creation/ if you would like to get a copy of our books or DVDs and if you would like to donate in any way you can send a payment to CatchingCreation@yahoo.com on Paypal.

I am available to come speak at your church, school, youth group and etc so please feel free to shoot me an email at CatchingCreation@yahoo.com and I will get back to you promptly and can tailor fit a live animal presentation to your needs.  I'm very excited about all the Lord is doing and I hope you are as well!

Catching Creation On The Road Episode...Creation Museum

We decided to take Catching Creation on the road and check out some of our friends at the Creation Museum near Cincinnati, Ohio. We talked with our friend Rick Teepen of the snakes alive program, toured the museum, checked out Rick's animals, sat in on a show with Buddy Davis and Dan "the Animal Man" Breeding and we even got to hear some cool didgeridoo from Chance. Great trip. Please forgive the quality on some of the clips as we couldn't exactly set things up polished, I hope you forgive us and let the content speak over the quality. 

What's Creeping While You're Sleeping *Full Episode!!

Here is the full "What's Creeping While You're Sleeping"  episode.  If I can get over 200 views (not much to ask) by Friday, then I will post another NEW full episode on Youtube next week!  So share this video with your friends, go add the Facebook page, click like on some old videos, look at some old posts on here, and start following us all over the web!!  God bless you!  

Red Eft Test Footage

I got to film with some professional equipment and awesome people this weekend.  Deric Cook of the Missions Advocates filmed me with his new Sony FS-100 and it has been a game changer.  Daniel Charles moved over to the director's seat and we had a new friend join us to film this weekend, Derrick Brown.  God is good and it looks like he is putting together a great team with amazing gear.  This footage was literally us just goofing off in the woods to see how we worked as a team and if this is us not trying I can only imagine how awesome the Pilot will be for Catching Creation at the end of the summer.  We are currently writing "Catching Creation:  From the Mountains to the Sea" Be on the look out for this by the end of the summer!!