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You must trust someone

familyIn 2012, I signed a contract with an unnamed game manufacturer in the U.S.  I paid a $18,105 down payment for them to manufacture 2,500 DVD games.  This company later breached the contract after they failed to mold a high-quality game piece to agreed specifications.  Afterward, I learned the owner was already in divorce proceedings and facing bankruptcy. After having retained an attorney, I sued them and discovered it could be years before a trial.  The manufacturer effectively had my hands and money tied.  Eventually, I settled for $4,905. In total, I lost $13,200 to this “Christian” company.  There may come a time when you must trust people with your vision, company, or affairs.  Although you may have ownership, you may need individuals to develop materials, market your product, manage your business, and/or provide professional assistance.  You must trust someone!  I prayed on many occasions throughout that nightmare and I can only say that God gave me the ability to endure that trial and excel through that dismal situation.  I believe God made me stronger and wiser through that situation as He works all things for our good.  By the grace of God, I could take those lemons and make lemonade!  Don’t allow anyone or anything to keep you from accomplishing your dreams!  With God’s help, your test will become your testimony!

Till death do us part

MarriageMy wife Patricia and I were married in 1992. We had two children together.  We were two hardworking parents who tried their best to raise a family with Christian values.  On September 22, 2006, my wife was the first to receive a call regarding my encounter with God.  Although she knew I wasn’t a drug user, she probably thought someone added too much special sauce on my cheeseburger!  Nevertheless, she neither mocked nor belittled me.  She simply did her best to support me and pray for the vision.  On the other hand, I had to know that this was my vision and I couldn’t expect anyone to feel as passionate as me.  I worked on the vision for several years as Patricia played more of a supportive and collaborative role in the development of King Solomon’s Revenge.  However, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon cancer in the spring of 2009.  When it was discovered, it had already metastasized to her liver and lungs. She had an operation and then endured several rounds of chemotherapy.  At times, her condition would greatly improve, and we would give praise to God.  However, we would also give God praise each day in the end when her health steadily declined.  Patricia’s battle ended when she went to be with the Lord in 2011.  She is now in perfect peace enjoying the blessings of heaven!  What do you do when God has a plan for you and the carpet is yanked from under your feet?  Should I give up on my dreams, and blame God?  No, I took time to grieve, then continued with the vision for my life.  After all, that’s what Patricia wanted me to do as well.

Birth of the vision

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In the summer of 2000, I believe the Lord directed me to develop a game based on the proverbs of Solomon. Feeling unqualified and ill-equipped, I decided to do nothing except began reading one chapter of Proverbs each day.  On Friday, September 22, 2006, I was praying around 6 pm and I had a life-altering experience with God. Essentially, He gave me another opportunity to do what He asked me to do 6 years earlier.  Immediately, I knew this was from God and that I was equipped for the task.  I visited several Christian bookstores and told them I was looking for a game based on the proverbs of Solomon.  Amazingly, none of them knew of such a game!  At that point, I knew this was my mission and that God would be with me along the way.  Not knowing how the game would look or play, I prayed for direction and developed step-by-step rules, concepts, and mechanisms.  Within 7 months, I had a working game prototype and copyright.  The game was initially called, “King Solomon’s Revenge”! I am happy to know we serve a God who knows us better than we know ourselves. Sure, I was under qualified and an unlikely pick.  That’s why I can give God all the praise and honor because it all belongs to Him!