Month: November 2016

Support and New Life for Ebola Survivors

Hear Franklin Graham Share About Facing Darkness
While the story of the Ebola crisis is captured in the upcoming documentary FACING DARKNESS, its aftermath is still strong in Liberia. Thankfully, Samaritan’s Purse is still serving the needs of the people in Liberia. Check out this portion of a blog post from June of this year to get an understanding of the ministry’s ongoing impact.

At the clinic in Monrovia, Nancy Writebol, the Ebola survivor from Charlotte, North Carolina, sits with patients in a small room of ELWA Hospital. Many of these patients come with questions about how Ebola may affect their pregnancies or which medications they can take to help with headaches. Doctors at the clinic answer these questions, but Nancy focuses on the spiritual rather than the physical.

“If we don’t share Jesus Christ with our patients, we haven’t given them anything,” she said. “We can give them medical care, and we can give them hope with maybe some livelihood business skills through Samaritan’s Purse, but unless we give them Jesus, we give them nothing. Our call is to share Christ.”

She gently does this through each question she answers, and she often shares her own story of survival with the patients as well for encouragement.

In Lofa County, Harrison and other survivors still visit the Samaritan’s Purse survivors’ clinic regularly. One woman, Esther Fayieh, comes to the clinic for pain medication. Because of Ebola, she has lost hearing in her left ear and has lasting joint pain in her leg. The medicine helps to take away the physical pain, but it’s the counseling she receives from the doctors that takes away the pain of losing all seven of her family members.

“Before I encountered the virus, I had a lovely family,” she said. “But all of my family died. I was very discouraged about life. But for now, they counsel me and talk to me, so I feel very fine even though I lost all of my family.”

You can read the entire powerful post here

Hear Franklin Graham Share About Facing Darkness

Hear Franklin Graham Share About Facing Darkness
As we get closer to the Thursday, March 30 showings of FACING DARKNESS across the country, chances are you will hear a lot about this powerful true story.

Recently, Fox News Radio interviewed Franklin Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse, about the award-winning documentary, which interviewer Jane Metzler called “riveting.”

The interview began with Franklin calling FACING DARKNESS, “A documentary of God’s faithfulness.” In the nearly 15-minute interview, he goes on to say:

“I would encourage people to watch it. I think it will encourage your heart like no other documentary you’ve ever seen.”

You can learn much about the movie by listening to the entire interview between Jane Metzler and Franklin Graham on Fox News Radio.

And then be sure to see FACING DARKNESS, a one-night event in theaters March 30 ONLY! You can find a list of theaters at http://facingdarknessmovie.com/theaters.

Facing Darkness Earns Heartland Award!

Coming to select theaters on March 30 only, FACING DARKNESS is now an award-winning film! This brand-new movie from Samaritan’s Purse captures the incredible commitment of the ministry and its staff in the midst of the Ebola pandemic in West Africa.

And it captured the Best Premiere Documentary Feature at the recently concluded 2016 Heartland Film Festival.

“A powerful documentary, FACING DARKNESS is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of conviction and hope in the face of despair,” says Greg Sorvig, Director of Programming at Heartland Film Festival, who went on to say:

“After two sold out screenings at the 25th Heartland Film Festival, audiences cheered at last night’s Awards Party when we announced the film won the Best Premiere for Documentary Feature Award. Congratulations to … the Samaritan’s Purse team on bringing Dr. Kent Brantly’s story to screen. Heartland Film Festival audiences have been inspired and transformed.”

FACING DARKNESS premiered at Heartland on October 23 with two screens, both of which were sold out. Dr. Kent Brantly and many members of the Samaritan’s Purse FACING DARKNESS team were at Heartland for the premiere. As Dr. Brantly says:

FACING DARKNESS is a testimony of God’s faithfulness, not just because I lived, but a testimony to the way that God provides for the needs of His people. We see that through the actions of Samaritan’s Purse, through the United States Government, through Doctors Without Borders, through the Ministry of Health of Liberia—all of the different players that joined together to bring an end to this outbreak. I think this documentary is a testimony of God’s work in the world.”

A special Heartland encore of FACING DARKNESS was then held October 29 and again, two screens were sold out. At the end of the question-and-answer time following the encore presentation, one woman stood and declared, “We should support the work of Samaritan’s Purse. We should all make a donation tonight!”

Make plans now to see FACING DARKNESS when it shows in theaters Thursday, March 30!
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