THE CREATION OF
BEHIND THE SCENES IN ITALY
Life is a journey full of twists and turns. You never know for sure what is waiting for you
around the corner, but God does.
He’s always there for you. Trust Him. He is worthy.
The Heart Behind the Project
People usually picture Jesus as someone who lived over 2,000 years ago; so how could He possibly relate to what we’re experiencing in our lives today? The culture is so different.
The answer is, He totally can! His messages are timeless and He sure went to a lot of trouble to come to earth, live a perfect life, and die a painful and undeserved death on a Roman cross to save a bunch of broken people from eternal separation from God. Not only did He come to die for us—He came to show us how to live!
I thought I knew how to live just fine on my own with a career that brought great worldly success and acclaim . . . enviable by many. Yet, it turned out to lack significance. That is when Jesus met me and forever changed my life. Now God has called me to be a messenger for Him to you.
My Vision for the Project
It was clear that God wanted me to use my camera and creativity and combine them with my unique storytelling skills to show the relevance of Jesus and His messages in today’s modern world. My photographs show Him interacting with 21st century Wall Street executives, Italian fashionistas, Nazi soldiers, and normal people like you and me.
The location would be an ancient city in Italy that resembles how we might imagine first-century Jerusalem.
In 2008, with the blessing of my wife, Cheryl, I put my 30-year career on hold to embark on this journey.
After a year of planning, we began production in Matera, Italy. No expense was spared. It had to be done with excellence to be worthy of the King.
On location in the ancient city of Matera, Italy
Fulfilling My Calling — Michael Belk
“When my wife and I agreed to triple the production budget, we had no idea that the stock and housing markets were about to collapse, eventually taking our life savings with them. Suddenly we had to trust in God’s provision since we could no longer trust in our own.”
When my wife and I agreed to triple the production budget, we had no idea that the stock and housing markets were about to collapse, eventually taking our life savings with them.
The project suddenly became “Our Journey with the Messiah”… a journey in which we would learn to trust in God’s provision since we could no longer trust in our own.
Would I do it again?
Journeys with the Messiah has been the most difficult challenge I’ve faced; yet, by far the most rewarding. Looking back, I discovered that God had been honing my skills throughout my career for this moment in time…for this project.
Yet, He did not need my photographs! He wanted my heart and for me to know His. It has been a relentless pursuit—not by me, but by Him!
Jesus said that we should count the costs before following Him. Had Cheryl and I known the costs beforehand, perhaps we wouldn’t have gone. Yet now, the reward of knowing Him is greater than all the riches in the world.
As the Apostle Paul said, “All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life compared to the high privilege of knowing Jesus.” (Philippians 3:8)
“God did not need my photographs.
He wanted my heart and for me to know His.”
Behind the Scenes Photos
God's not finished writing your story.
Most people do not realize that God has given a story to everyone. He began writing your story before you lived a single day and He will continue writing it until your numbered days have been exhausted. Will you share it with others?
Our prayer is that you will discover Jesus at a deeper level or perhaps for the first time in these photographs, messages, and film series; and that He will open your eyes to His life as He has opened ours.
Wishing you safe travels,