March 18, 2019

I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Danny Nicholson last week in what should be one of the final interviews for this documentary project. Nicholson is a high-energy guy with a compelling story that gives him a direct connection with the children Connie Maxwell cares for.

I say that because Nicholson knows himself what it's like to be...

September 16, 2018

One of the early sections of "The Connie Maxwell Story" describes the plight of orphaned or impoverished children before the advent of child labor laws.

This was a problem about which many in the public were unaware, or if they were aware, the magnitude and severity of the suffering wasn't front of mind. That is until the pictures of Lew...

June 19, 2018

One of the fun things about working on a documentary project like this one is the opportunity to come across all kinds of interesting artifacts. Those are not often from the documentarian's personal past but this one is. When I worked for Connie Maxwell Children's Home in the late 1980's and early 1990's, we were preparing to celebrate...

June 14, 2018

I'm not sure you can ever say that a children's ministry has a "golden age." After all, every ministry would love to work its way out of a job and for all children to grow up in loving homes with their very own families. But in terms of the old campus model of care that was typical of children's ministry in the United States during the...

June 7, 2018

If it's summer, it must be time for "The Connie Maxwell Story."

No, although it may seem like it, I haven't given up on this ongoing documentary video project and am now back at work on it. I will be the first to admit that this project is taking a lot longer than I ever envisioned. Although it is a project that could have been finished...

October 31, 2017

Here's another little snippet of the rough cut of "The Connie Maxwell Story" documentary I am working on. This segment is from early in the documentary and briefly discusses the history of orphanages to help establish context for the beginning of the Connie Maxwell and similar orphanages in the 19th century.

By the time the Connie Maxwel...

July 4, 2017

Embedded with this post is the latest rough cut from "The Connie Maxwell Story" documentary project. This cut contains two of the narrated segments, "Life in the New Century" and "Transitions." These segments cover the remarkable 46-year tenure of the second superintendent, Dr. Atha T. Jamison. Jamison led Connie Maxwell Children's Home...

June 14, 2017

The photo above shows J.H. Oulla and the first set of printer boys at the Connie Maxwell Orphanage standing in front of trays of type in the early 1900's. The orphanage had purchased a printing press to provide vocational training and to publish the Orphanage Notes, a monthly paper. The boys here are taking a break but will soon be gett...

September 18, 2016

Some of you who are regular readers of this blog may be interested in the sources being used for "The Connie Maxwell Story" documentary. I am very much indebted to a number of great sources, without which I would not have even attempted this project. This isn't meant to be a complete list by any means. I will create one for the credits...

August 3, 2016

One of the ways in which God never ceases to amaze me is in how He prepares people to be in the right place at the right time to receive His call for service. The Rev. J.L. Vass played an important role in getting the Connie Maxwell Orphanage up and running. He oversaw getting the first buildings built, hired the first child-caring staf...

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