where love is alive 

One of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s earliest platforms for communicating the gospel was through the media of evangelistic motion pictures.  Under the name, World Wide Pictures, Billy Graham’s organization produced about 200 films and became the largest producer of religious films in the world.

The most viewed film this organization produced was The Hiding Place, the true story of Corrie ten Boom and her family during the Second World War.  At great personal risk, this Christian family committed to aiding Jews fleeing from Hitler’s terror in Holland. Suspected of hiding Jews and caught breaking rationing rules, they are sent to a concentration camp, where their Christian faith kept them from despair and bitterness. Before and after her release, Corrie learned to love and forgive her captors.  Thus, the relevance of the title refers to the safe haven her family supplied as well as the words from scripture:  Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word (Psalm 119:114).  People who have struggled to live out their faith in challenging circumstances especially will appreciate The Hiding Place. 

Billy Graham calls Corrie ten Boom “one of the great Christian heroines of the century.”  Several months ago I realized that there were few folks younger than me who knew this great story. I felt that it was too inspirational a tale to be lost in time. Therefore I contacted the Billy Graham Association requesting permission to show the movie in our church. To my delight, the Billy Graham Association replied in writing granting our church free permission for a one-time showing of The Hiding Place this Sunday night, September 22.

The viewing will take place in the Activity Building and begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.  Popcorn and drinks will be served.  While we will provide a variety of types of chairs, folks are welcome to bring a favorite lawn chair or some other alternative. Because of the mature topic matter of this story, separate activities for children and preschoolers will be provided.

This Sunday morning we will complete our series of worship times featuring the story of Samson. Please don’t miss this triumphant climax to the story.  Jay

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