Hello dear friends! I think it would probably make our time more worth while if I didn’t gab right here, and just continue my story from where we left off last week. So without further ado…
You all have seen a few pictures of Levi up here on the blog so far, and you know how much I love him, but you really don’t know who he is, where he came from, or where he is going. I mean, you really don’t know what he does, his passions, his life goals, and the paths God has guided him on. So allow me to introduce to you, Levi.
Early on in his life, Levi developed great love for J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”, and “The Hobbit”. He eventually saw the movies, and that was when God revealed to him a vision for what he wanted to do with his life–become a cog in the wheels of the film industry, specifically the Christian film industry. Thankfully he had the loving support of his family behind him; and during his mid-teen years, the Shermans took a trip to the San Antonio Film Festival where he was given the opportunity to plug his passions for film making into a couple different outlets. Immediately, he met some very clever aspiring film makers at the festival, and those acquaintances soon grew into incredible friendships. It was these friendships that served as the catalyst to send him on the journey of working on several Christian films such as “Beyond the Mask”, “Princess Cut”, and “Polycarp”. Each of the films he worked on provided him with different avenues of skill sets that helped him learn more about the industry, such as Wardrobe Management, Armourer, Locations Management, Set Construction, etc.
Fast forward a movie or two, Levi found that his talents lay in the props side of the industry. In order for him to learn about this and get some hands on experience, he got a job working in May for Answers In Genesis, down in Northern Kentucky, on the new Ark Encounter. (BY THE WAY, the Ark Encounter will be opened up to the public this coming Summer! And I’ll just say it now, you should tell your family about it too, and plan a trip to come see it this year! It’s going to be epic!)
As Levi was settling down in the area, he began looking for a Church and soon discovered our beloved Trinity Presbyterian Church of Northern Kentucky, and that is how he came into our lives.
Levi is a very friendly, outgoing, outspoken kind of guy. I like to think of his extroverted personality as being one of his Super Powers. We learned very quickly after meeting him about this side of his personality whenever he invited us to come and see where he worked, and to take a tour of the studio for the production of the Ark Encounter. We had never met a guy who was so bold as to invite a family of girls to see his work, but we didn’t hesitate and said, “Yes! We would love to come.”
It just so happened that we had a day when we needed to be down in the city of Cincinnati for a dry run performance at the Union Terminal for the Museum’s upcoming 1940’s Weekend (which we performed at later on in August). We worked out a time for us to come visit the studio and Levi showed us around. It was amazing to see the work he and the other artists were doing!
I for one couldn’t get over how similar our interests were. Both of us love to work with our hands, and we both had an eye for detail. But what Levi had that I lack in a little bit is the drive to pursue a craft relentlessly until he has it mastered. And it was during our tour that I got my first taste of what it was like being in an exclusively Christian environment. It felt so peaceful; the presence of the Lord was very great as we walked through each work area. You could easily see that everyone there was on a mission to make the replica of the Ark something with which to bring glory to God’s name. I also began to understand how Levi wanted to take what he was learning there, and apply it to his life goals for his work in the film industry later on.
Seeing all of these puzzle pieces come together made me understand better who Levi was as a person, and I couldn’t help but be influenced by his enthusiasm for his work. I wanted to sign up and volunteer at A.I.G. right away, it was so infectious! But I realized very quickly that that would be nigh impossible, what with the rigorous singing schedule the girls and I had going for us that Summer. So I prayed for contentment of heart instead.
Looking back at that time now, I can see that the Lord was testing me to see if my dreams would get in the way of the tasks at hand. I am so glad I didn’t let my dreams carry me away to a place where discontentment and bitterness would wait for me at the door. I’ve been there all too often before, and its a painful process to undo. I am so grateful to the Lord for giving me this mindset, because after this first get-together with Levi, we were catapulted into a Summer that I shall not forget for many years to come.
Stay tuned for next week!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer