For over twenty-five years, Media Fellowship International® has been impacting the media and the message from the inside out.
MFI is a Christian ministry that works with people in the media and arts community in a confidential and non-judgmental manner. It is a safe support group where people can receive encouragement and Godly counsel and have fellowship with other Christians in the industry.
An important arm of MFI has always been our MST (Media Support Team) that travels to natural disasters and events to support the media.
An important arm of Media Fellowship has always been our Media Support Team (MST). One week ago, our own community suffered incredible tragedy as a landslide took out the town of Oso, Washington , including major arterial US highway 530. The towns of Darrington and Arlington are also greatly affected. While those living in the Stillaguamish River Valley are known to be resilient and self sufficient, the sheer size of the disaster is hard to grasp. In this brief interview with CBS Evening News, Pastor Bob explains the gravity of the tragedy.
Who is there to help the media? There are about 30 chaplains there to help the families of victims and first responders and there has been an outpouring of food, clothing and donations. HOWEVER, there has been no support for the media.
The media are often seen as fixtures, as non-entities, even though behind the lens of their camera, the tears flow. One often forgets how terribly hard it is for those covering this event. This is the need our MFI MST has met in past years. We've been there in past years to support the Media covering such tragic events as the Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Katrina, and 9/11 in New York City and Washington DC.
Our MFI Media New Testament is a great Easter gift for your friends and loved ones!Order
Along with The New Testament, you will read testimonies of those in the entertainment business who have given their lives to God, the Director. And as you'll read in their stories, they sometimes fail, they know that to find our place in the story, we must read - and meditate on - and live out His script, The Bible.
"We have the privilege of playing a role in God's larger story and when we keep our eyes focused on that, we will learn to become servants in His kingdom, promoting His message of love and peace through our lives."
Bob Yerkes, Award winning Professional Stuntman and Stunt Coordinator
On October 19th, two-hundred people sat around tables of 10 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, enjoying a lovely brunch and Christian fellowship in what has become an annual tradition for many in Hollywood.
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. accept MFI'sAmbassador Award. Photo credit: Ron Zielinski
The MFI Ambassador Award is based on II Corinthians 5:20
"We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us."
Years ago, Marilyn and Billy considered discontinuing their performing because they felt that perhaps as new believers they should step out of their secular entertainment roles. They have continued to do what they do best, and they include in their programs a hymn and their testimony. They have reached thousands for Jesus Christ.
Keynote speaker Brian Bird shares his his "Ten Commandments for "How to be a Christian in Media." Photo credit: Ron Zielinksi
“I'm not just talking about the audience, the great unreached masses. I'm talking about the people we have to work alongside to get the message out. The people in Hollywood whose lifestyles and values may offend us, but whom God has not given up on,” he said.
“Because Hollywood is a town of great insecurity and betrayal, loyal friends rarely exist. I've learned that the people I work with don't care how much I know until they know how I much I care.
We began our morning with a Color Guard presentation by The American Legion, followed by The Star Spangled Banner, sung by Soloist Larry Wayne Morbitt. During a leisurely brunch, Guitarist T.J. Stafford played inspirational music, at one point inviting everyone in the room to join him in singing How Great Thou Art. Testimony was given by artist Poto Leifi as he shared his Posters of Fallen Soldiers.
After a warm welcome, Pastor Bob Rieth invited Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. to the stage to receive MFI's Ambassador's Award. Next was the presentation of MFI's Andrew Award to Chaplain Susan Stafford, Ph.D. for her many years of ministry. Larry Wayne Morbitt then sang the song he is well known for, The Music of the Night from his many years of performing with The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
Our Keynote Speaker, Producer and Writer, Brian Bird, shared his Ten Commandments for How to be a Christian in Media and the audience responded with a standing ovation. A very special thanks to our event committee, event sponsors and table hosts.
MFI, incorporated by the state of California in 1987, is recognized as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. As such contributions are fully tax deductible. MFI is funded by private contributions from individuals who believe in this vital ministry of reaching ‘to the media, through the media.' DONATE
MFI: PO Box 82685 Kenmore, WA 98028 Email: MFI@usa.net Phone: 425.488.3965 Fax: 425.388.8531