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Interview: Krystin Jurries

Music Video: Resist — Interview with the key team members

Krystin Jurries—Script editor (17-year-old)

krystin_jurries2 How was the project/script/song conceived?
I received a rough draft of the script from Jarod, spent a lot of time in prayer, and then started working on it. I tried to relay in the script real-life experience—personal as well as that which most teenagers go through.How do you feel about being involved in this project?
I feel honored. It’s exhilarating to see our efforts bearing fruits. And we are glad to use the talents God has blessed us with to reach others.

What do you hope could be achieved through this project?
Definitely reaching people for Christ. The whole epitome of doing this music video is to reach people that are lost or who are struggling with these issues.

Could you identify with the character in the song?
I could definitely identify with what she goes through. I haven’t experienced life in the same circumstances, but I know that many teenagers face those situations, all the time.

Do you see yourself doing more of such similar projects? Why?
Oh yes! Of course. If I am writing or acting or whatever the Lord leads me to do, I would love to be involved in this new ministry that God has put in our hearts. It is an honor in be involve in similar projects where God can work through us.

Krystin enjoys writing and dreams of becoming the author of several Christian books. Her favorite music artistes are Jeff Johnson, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Justin Cofield, Leeland, Tenth Avenue North, and Hillsong. She can eat just about anything.

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Interview: Nathan Ellison

Music Video: Resist — Interview with the key team members

Nathan Ellison— Lighting and equipment assistant, Supporting actor (16-year-old)

nathan_ellison2 How was the project/script/song conceived?
I worked mostly with the production side of the video. But I know Jarod wrote it, Krystin edited it, and we all performed it.

How do you feel about being involved in this project?
I feel like I’ve been used for a higher calling to reach people’s lives in a deeper way.

What do you hope could be achieved through this project?
I hope that God will be glorified and that people will find Christ and their worth in Him.

Could you identify with the character in the song?
In a way yes, but mostly no. I see tons of people at school and in classes that are wrapped up in relationships. It’s just a matter of how many boyfriends or girlfriends they can have, but usually they just end up deeper in a hole. They don’t have a light at the end of the tunnel, so they think they are stuck in the cycle forever. I believe that when the things of this world bring us down, the only thing we can do is to look up. Christ is always there with open arms and waiting for us.

Do you see yourself doing more of such similar projects? Why?
Yes. I’ve seen lives touched and glory brought to God. I grew closer to people and God through this project, so it definitely makes me want to do more.

Nathan enjoys golfing and playing the guitar. In fact, he has been playing the instrument since 10 years old. He grooves to the music of Jeff Johnson, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Justin Cofield, Leeland, and Tenth Avenue North. He wants to become a youth minister.

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Interview: April Walker

Music Video: Resist — Interview with the key team members

April Walker—Supporting Actress (16-year-old)

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April loves to play volleyball and she enjoys listening to the tunes of David Crowder Band and Shawn MacDonald. Her ambitions include being a teacher and a missionary. She is her high school’s mascot.


How was the project/script/song conceived?
My friend Jarod thought of the idea and asked me to be part of it.

How do you feel about being involved in this project?
Extremely pumped!

What do you hope could be achieved through this project?
Many people reached for Christ.

Could you identify with the character in the song?
Yes. I experienced replacing Christ with relationships until about a year ago.

Do you see yourself doing more of such similar projects? Why?
Yes, because music is a powerful method in witnessing to people. Through this project, we’ve seen God using it to impact many lives.

If the song has encouraged you, drop a message to the team behind this song. They’d love to hear from you.

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Song: Resist

On 10 July 2009, the YMI team received an email, which thrilled us. A youth group from a small country church in Texas, United States, sent us the link to a music video that they’ve produced. Nearly 50 youth contributed to the project in different areas such as song writing, acting, script writing, lighting, set design, props, and song recording.

With no official budget for the project, the youth pull their resources together and came out with this stunning music video!

RESIST
(Song by Shane Clements and Matt Ward)

You’re alone, outside it’s cold and dark,
Inside your soul is falling apart.
Nowhere to run and nowhere to hide;
Sometimes you feel like you could just die.

Here we are—saw you had a fire burning,
But all we see your heart turning,
Always doubting His existence,
Now all we see is your resistance.

To you this life is just a game,
Deep down inside you know something has to change
Before this life fades away, fades away.

You walked away—looking for the love you can’t find,
Leaving everyone else behind.
Doing things you said you’d never do,
In all your lies can you find the truth?

‘Cause Truth has a name, please don’t resist Him now.
Please don’t resist Him now.

Your life is not a game,
It isn’t even yours anyway.
Just one look at His hands, and you’ll see you’ve already won!

He is the One, He is the Son of God, an end to your resistance.
He is your Hope; He is the Love you could not find, the Light you cannot hide.

He made a way for you, conquered the grave for you, He lives again for you.
His name is Jesus! Please don’t resist Him now, let Him restore your soul,
Your broken heart made whole. He’ll do it all and more. His name is Jesus!

Please don’t resist Him now, you’re welcome to come back home.
We’ve loved you all along.
Arms open wide for you, tears that we’ve cried for you,
Because He died for you,
Because He died for you.

Jarod O’Flaherty – Director, Videographer, Editor (27-year-old)
Shane Clements – Songwriter, Lead vocalist (20-year-old)
Brianna Smith – Lead actress (17-year-old)
Russell Routh – Lead guitarist (18-year-old)
Krystin Jurries – Script editor, Prayer warrior (17-year-old)
Nathan Ellison – Lighting and Equipment, Supporting actor (16-year-old)
April Walker – Supporting Actress (16-year-old)

Check out our interview with the team members next week!
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