Saturday, June 25, 2016 will go down as a night where God surprised us in the most unexpected way possible. We entered PROVIDENCE in the ICVM Crown Awards competition with much trepidation. We knew that ICVM was the industry organization and that the previous winners were top of the line films. But we took a chance and submitted.

ICVM Crown Awards 2016

When we received word that we were nominated for four awards, we assumed that everyone was automatically nominated in each category they were eligible. Then we got the nominations list and  were astonished to see our film listed alongside impressive names like WAR ROOM, BEYOND THE MASK, and UNTIL FOREVER. We were excited to attend the event just to be in such great company, honored to be nominated, and not expecting to actually win any awards.

ICVM Crown Awards 2016

We kicked off the evening with a delicious meal.

Fred and Sharon Wilharm at ICVM Crown Awards

The program opened with an introduction by ICVM President Dianne Becker and entertainment by South Africa Idol winner Heinz Winckler.

South Africa Idol Winner Heinz Winckler
Heinz Winckler hosted the ICVM Crown Awards and provided musical entertainment.

Each award was presented by a leader in the Christian entertainment world.

Tosca Lee at ICVM Crown Awards
New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee was one of the presenters at the ICVM Crown Awards.

First we won the bronze award for Best Youth Film.

Then gold for Best Drama Under $250,000.

Then silver for Best Evangelistic Film.

And finally…

Fred and Sharon Wilharm at ICVM Crown Awards 2016

WE WON THE BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST PICTURE!

I never prayed that we would win. I didn’t want to be presumptuous, so I prayed that God would use the awards for His glory. I think we can safely say that a simple little silent love story winning four Crown awards is definitely due to God, and to Him we give all the glory!

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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