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Movie Review: ‘We run to the fire’

"Facing Darkness" focuses on medical crews working in the midst of the Ebola pandemic. The film will grip your heart and deepen your mercy.

“Facing Darkness,” a film that chronicles the Ebola pandemic of 2014, is emotional and intense.

(PHOTO FROM FacingDarknessMovie.com)The movie
takes an inside look at the work of Samaritan’s Purse, specifically spotlighting the story of Dr. Kent Brantly and his battle with Ebola. It also looks at the impact Samaritan’s Purse made in choosing not to run from the virus, but rather to commit its people and resources to help the people in Africa, all in the name of Jesus. 
“We run to the fire; we don’t run away from it.” — Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse
Our church, the Southside Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas, received an advanced screening of the movie last fall.  I don’t know that “enjoy” is the right word for this movie, but it will challenge you to celebrate God’s faithfulness and to commit to following his call in your life. 

As Westerners, we often don’t realize how devastating the Ebola outbreak was. “Facing Darkness” helps us see how terrible this virus actually is and how great the impact has been. We are left to praise God for mercy in working to save Dr. Brantly and the others.

The film provides behind-the-scenes footage revealing the overwhelming nature of the crisis. It not only shows you Dr. Brantly’s journey, but introduces you to others who have been impacted, including a Liberian woman who lost 17 relatives to Ebola. 

“‘Facing Darkness’ is a cinematic masterpiece that will most certainly inspire a generation to live with abandon. This film’s message offers a challenge to modern-day believers—to run with Jesus Christ … no matter the cost.”
Todd Starnes, Fox News Channel

“Facing Darkness” drew me into thinking deeper about the global mission of God and the risky mercy that Christ calls us to. It will rend your heart emotionally, but will call you to a resolute commitment of proclaiming the Gospel in word and deed to the world. 

The film is being released in select theaters on Thursday, March 30th, and Monday, April 10. Find locations at FacingDarknessMovie.com

Steve Cloer
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