Friday, May 6, 2016

DVD Review: Living Hope

Living Hope is a feature length documentary about John Thomas, Joey Lankford & family, and Leonie Rustin, who have served the poor and shared Christ's love in South Africa, where problems of poverty, malnutrition, HIV infection, drug & alcohol abuse, and prostitution abound. The average life expectancy there is less than 50 years.

John Thomas is the founder of Living Hope, a Christian organization that seeks "to reach people for Christ, bringing hope and breaking the despair of poverty and disease." (taken from the website) Living Hope encompasses 4 ministries: Living Care (helps patients and their families through a health care center and home-based care), Living Grace (helps the poor, the homeless, and substance abusers through free rehabilitation, homeless ministry, and food share program), Living Right (helps prevent the spread of AIDS and HIV through support groups, testing & counseling, and life skills education), and Living Way (helps equip the poor and the unemployed through job center, Way to Work program, and agriculture & business training).

Joey Lankford, a successful businessman from Tennessee, was unhappy with the direction he was heading so he decided to surrender all to God and seek His will & purpose for his life. He and his family moved to South Africa. Joey helps equip people with sustainable tunnel (greenhouse) farming to provide for their own families and operate it as a business.

Leonie Rustin, a single mom and recovering drug addict, found Living Grace, surrendered her life to Christ, and now is active in sharing her story & helping others in her community to find freedom from drug addiction.

Living Hope, narrated by Joel Smallbone of For King & Country, is a powerful & inspiring documentary film that will make you think of your life's purpose and how you can be artisans of hope in this dark world. It also features Michael W. Smith and Dana Perino (former White House Press Secretary and FOX News host). I love the fact that Living Hope is gospel-centered and through Living Hope's ministries many lives have been transformed. You will hear touching stories of a few people who have been helped by Living Hope. We, Christians, are to be the solution through our daily kingdom-living and Christ-representing. I highly recommend this excellent documentary!

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

1 comment:

  1. I know there will be many difficulties and challenges but I am determined to do it. If it does not succeed then it will be a lesson for me as well