The Mysterious Note, a feature film produced by the North American Division (NAD) Stewardship Ministries department and One Mustard Seed, premiered on April 4, 2022, on Hope Channel, leaders of the Adventist TV network reported. Written and directed by Rich Aguilera, known to Adventist children as “The Mud Guy,” the film looks to teach parents and kids what it means to be a good steward of the things God has entrusted them with.
“The Mysterious Note is a great film because it takes practical principles of stewardship and shares them using a very unique way of teaching, a movie with kids in it,” Hope Channel Planned Giving director Jason Miller said. “The movie is great for the whole family to watch and can either teach or help remind people of all ages how to take care of the things God has given us.”
Miller said he enjoyed watching the film and seeing the creative ways in which good stewardship was revealed. “Many times, we think about stewardship as a bit of an old-fashioned word, but the film takes this word and brings it to 21st-century meaning,” he explained.
The film’s executive director, John Matthews, said he wanted to present the topic of stewardship to a new generation by creating a movie without secular innuendos that might be harmful to children. “I also wanted to create a movie that parents would find safe for their kids to watch,” he said.
“Seeing the film become a reality was one of those life moments that not everyone has. It was a tremendous privilege to be involved in its production,” Matthews, who has extensive experience as former NAD stewardship director, said.
“I don’t know how many times people have asked me if I was Billy Hawkins [one of the characters] in the movie. Yes, that was me — and my dog, Stewardship Jack,” Matthews said. Jack even has a website that kids might want to check out. It was my intent to help kids and parents live a satisfied life by understanding and living the principles of stewardship,” he said.
How to Watch the Film
After the April 4 premiere, Hope Channel has scheduled additional showings of the film on DirecTV 368 in the U.S. and the Hope Channel website. Showings are also scheduled for April 21 at 4:00 p.m. and April 28 at 11:30 p.m. EDT.
People interested in watching the film can visit HopeTV.org or follow Hope Channel on social media to stay up to date on the latest information about The Mysterious Note. Besides DirecTV 368, the film can also be watched on Roku and the Hope Channel app.