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Families Connecting at the Family Economics Conference

Monday, March 14th, 2011


This weekend saw hundreds of families join together in Raleigh, North Carolina to celebrate and learn about productive family economics at the 2011 Family Economics Conference.  Sponsored by Generations with Vision, the Family Economics Conference covered topics such as Vision for the Family Economy, How to Train Your Sons to be Financially Prepared for Marriage, The College Paradigm and the Family Economy, and Mentoring, Networking, and Contractualization, among others.

FFD families at Family Economics Conference

It was a special event that saw the rendezvous of several Freedom Film Distributor families. Alan Hillman's family represented Freedom Film Distributors in the vendor hall, Randy Winton and his sons had a booth for their new home business promotion venture Christian Home Industry, and I had a booth for a new project I've just launched called True Food Solutions, a community content and networking site focused on finding solutions to the challenges of finding healthy and affordable food in an era of rising food prices. It was a blessing to fellowship together with others from our Freedom Film Distributor family.

 The Wintons singing bluegrass gospel at Family Economics Conference

The Wintons were invited to perform their wonderful bluegrass gospel music for the large crowd, and provided wonderful uplifting entertainment during lunchtime and the evening keynote sessions.

Practical business ideas panel discussion

The Family Economics Conference addressed many issues that are foundational to the existence and vision of Freedom Film Distributors. It was a blessing to meet with and learn alongside many other families that are seeking to be productive in and through their family life.  We encourage you to purchase the Family Economics Conference audio to benefit from the wonderful widom shared by the speakers this past weekend.  Visit the Freedom Film Distributors website if you are interested in pursuing a simple family business opportunity you can do with your children.

The Wintons at the Creation Museum

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

The Wintons, one of our distributor families from northern California, are on a cross-country tour this summer and playing concerts to the delight of many across the country.  They recently had the pleasure of visiting the Creation Museum in Kentucky, and were invited to meet and play for the museum staff, including Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham.


You can read more about their visit and see more pictures on Ken Ham’s blog.  Stay tuned for more news from The Wintons as they continue their tour across America.

The Winton boys are Champions

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Cody playing banjo with Jesse on guitar

We’re excited to announce that The Wintons, our distributors in the northern California area, have added some additional honors to their growing list of accomplishments.  Jesse and Cody Winton competed in the California State Old-Time Fiddle & Picking Championships this past weekend, which is held annually in Oroville, CA, and they each won their divisions on mandolin and banjo, respectively, in this very lively musical competition.

Cody champion with other winners

Father Randy Winton reports:

“Jesse won the Jr. Division last year on mandolin, so he competed in the Open Division (all ages allowed to enter;  is generally comprised of adults and prior winners no longer able to compete in their age divisions due to multiple prior wins) and won this year.  Cody competed in the Jr. Division (12-17) and won on banjo.  The picking championships are all three instruments, banjo, mandolin and guitar, competing against one another for the top prize.  Each contestant plays two songs, one slow and one fast tune.  They are judged by a panel in multiple areas using a point system;  tuning, timing, tone and difficulty.  Jesse played “Over Cincinnatti” and “1 Corinthians 1:18.”  Cody played “Cotton-Eyed Joe” and “Reuben.”   They chose not to compete on fiddle this year.  They each received medals as well as a cash prize.  They would love to compete at the National Picking Championships held annually at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas in September.  Lord willing, we would love to send them if the Lord provides the funds.”

Jesse playing mandolin

What is more amazing than the fact that the two brothers are both champions in their respective instruments, and that Jesse competed against the adults this year, is that Jesse had an accident playing sports last week and fell very hard on his wrist.  Though he did not wear it while playing, you can see the brace and sling he is wearing in the picture of the winners together below.  His God-given skill is even more evident in light of these circumstances – that he had to play through injury and pain – and yet still came out on top.

Jesse champion with other winners

More impressive than their display of skill is the fact that these young men are working together with their father to provide for their family through their bluegrass band and their promotion of God-honoring films through Freedom Film Distributors, and are ministering to people all across the west coast in the process.  The Wintons are a wonderful picture of Christian family life – a demonstration of family culture that we hope continues to spread across the nation and the world.

Report from the Family Economics Conference

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

I'm having a great time at the Family Economics conference.  There are many dynamic speakers sharing Biblical truths about the way we work and live according to God's Word. We've made many new friends and have signed up new distributors in Colorado and Kansas, and expect quite a few others in the coming weeks. The Wintons played some of their wonderful bluegrass music for the attendees and have found much success at their Freedom Film Distributors table. Wintons FFD table at Family Economics conference The most surprising event occured last night.  As I walked by one of the vendor tables, I was offered a free Homeschool Enrichment catalog.   As I accepted the magazine I did a double take and my chin dropped.   There on the cover was a huge picture of my son Michael. As the shock wore off, I remembered a visit to our home from Steve and Terri Maxwell who we hosted while they were in Charlottesville for one of their conferences.  Their ministry, has had a tremendous impact on our family.  The Maxwell's oldest son Christopher is an accomplished photographer and he had taken pictures of the children homeschooling a year ago for potential publication.  I can't wait to get home and show the family this cover. Home School Enrichment cover We're looking forward to the outgrowth of this conference in many families across the nation, some of whom are joining the Freedom Film Distributors team to engage in a family business that allows them to influence their culture through God-honoring films.  If you think you might be interested in becoming an Event Host or Becoming a Distributor, visit the Join Us section of our website.

The Wintons – A Trailblazing Bluegrass Family

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
The Wintons in Concert

The Wintons began singing and playing together at home for fun, learning to harmonize and become strong instrumentally. What began as an interest in bluegrass music grew unexpectedly by the hand of the Lord into a family music ministry. They now perform a mix of gospel and traditional bluegrass music at venues throughout the United States.

Jesse Winton on mandolin

Cody Winton on banjo

The Winton boys, Cody and Jesse, have distinguished themselves as accomplished musicians on the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and Dobro guitar. Cody and Jesse write some of their own songs, two of which are featured on the Winton’s debut album, ‘This World is Not My Home.’

The Wintons

The Winton family lives in beautiful northern California where they homeschool their sons, are raising their little adopted daughters, and have recently launched into full-time music ministry.  They are thankful for the opportunity to share the gospel, encourage believers in biblical family life, and tell about the blessings of adoption at their concerts.

The Wintons family

Upon hearing about Freedom Film Distributors, the Wintons were excited about the opportunity to promote God-honoring films to audiences at their concerts.  At their first concert/Freedom Film Distributors event in January, the Wintons were thrilled at the response.  Randy says,

“We had a great concert.  God poured out his blessings on us.  We were able to sell 9 DVD’s as well as dozens of our CD’s.  The three trailers we showed during our concert were very well received and we anticipate greater sales during scheduled movie nights which we are currently working on scheduling in this area prior to our move.  They told us that there were about 500 people in attendance.  The people gave a very generous offering to us as well.  We are in awe of what God did to provide for us in this one evening.  Between the love offering, DVD & CD sales, we received around 90% of what we were making monthly in our landscaping business.  God is good and we look forward to seeing what He continues to do.”

Randy with Customer

The Wintons are currently planning their spring 2010 concert tour across the United States.  They will be performing at the Family Economics Conference in Castle Rock, CO, March 5-6.  For those attending the conference, be sure to visit the Wintons at the Freedom Film Distributors’ table!

family economics conference

If you’re interested in seeing how you can join Freedom Film Distributors in bringing God-honoring films to your community, visit our website to learn more about how you can be an Event Host or Become a Distributor.

The Family Economics Conference – Building a Foundation for Productive Families

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

family economics conference Freedom Film Distributors is excited about the upcoming Family Economics Conference, scheduled for next Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, 2010 in Castle Rock, Colorado.  We are glad to sponsor this important conference, which will have a full lineup of speakers that seek to give families a solid foundation in Biblical instruction on the economics of the family, including these important subjects:

  • Work
  • Family entrepreneurism
  • Debt free living
  • Contractual employment
  • Inheritance
  • Being a faithful employee
  • Taking care of aging parents
  • Living without social security
  • Saving and investments
  • Retirement
  • Family charity
  • Education and mentorship
  • Taxation
  • Health care decisions and insurance
  • Tithing
  • Seeking employment

  We are also thrilled to announce that our first distributor family, The Wintons, will be providing live entertainment at the conference through their wonderful bluegrass band, and representing Freedom Film Distributors in the vendor area.  If you plan to be at the conference, be sure to stop by and say hi to Randy, Cody, and Jesse.  Steve will also be in attendance, so if you see him, be sure to introduce yourself and say hi to him as well.  Look for more info in the next week about The Wintons and the wonderful story of what God has been doing in their lives through music and family business.

The Wintons - Randy, Cody, & Jesse

  We hope that this conference is the first of many that will have an important part in reforming our families and our economy back to the biblical standards that were found earlier in our nation’s history.   Opportunities like the Family Economics Conference to learn and network together with other families that want to pursue a holistic approach to family life, education, finances, business, and stewardship are foundational and dovetail with our desire to enable family businesses.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to read the Perspective from the Founder of Freedom Film Distributors and learn more about why I call this A Cause to Believe In.