Living Hope Movie Premiere
March 06, 2014
On Sunday, February 23, Living Hope, a feature-length film on one of our Hope for the World Missions Offering partners, premiered on our campus, kicking off their U.S. tour.
Crowds gathered at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center to view the presentation—with more than 1,150 in attendance. Before the debut, several of those involved in the filmmaking process, including Bob Farnsworth, Sonny Terrill, Kim Terrill, and Michael W. Smith, opened with their own thoughts.
Produced by David Kiern, a member of The Church at Station Hill, the documentary was narrated by Joel Smallbone, of For King & Country, and featured music from Jars of Clay, Casting Crowns, and Michael W. Smith.
It seems to me that our journey in making the movie is a picture of the Body of Christ, working together to accomplish a big project, each doing his or her own part
The project began in 2012 when David approached Missions Minister Scott Harris about how he could get involved with Living Hope in Cape Town, South Africa. Scott suggested David use his talent as a filmmaker to benefit the ministry.
"It's been a two-year journey bringing Living Hope to the screen, and all sorts of people have been involved in the process—artists, musicians, business people, missionaries, and more," David said. "Everything culminated Sunday night as we unveiled it publicly for the first time."
The film features three story lines, focusing on the lives of three people who have devoted their lives to serving the poor in South Africa:
– John Thomas, pastor of King of Kings Baptist Church and founder of Living Hope, who saw decided to lead his church to serve the sick, hungry, and HIV/AIDS-infected people living in the communities around him;
– Leonie Rustin, a single mom and nursing assistant at LIving Hope, who turned from her drug addiction to follow Christ and help others unshackle the chains of addiction in her community;
– Joey Lankford, a businessman and father of five, who moved his family from the U.S. to South Africa to help equip men and women with job skills, leading them out of poverty.
It's been humbling to watch everyone contribute their talents because of their faith and their hearts for Africa
As a result of the film premiere, those in attendance gave nearly $16,500 in offerings with over $8,000 in merchandise sales. In addition, one woman with a history of addiction gave her life to Christ and Missions Minister Scott Harris has already talked with several people who want to explore full-time missions.
"It seems to me that our journey in making the movie is a picture of the Body of Christ, working together to accomplish a big project, each doing his or her own part," David said. "It's been humbling to watch everyone contribute their talents because of their faith and their hearts for Africa."