A little more than a year ago, the Holy Spirit lit a spark in my soul. I felt him prompting me to produce a film about my journey from abuse to freedom. Because he loves me and he knew I would need a partner in this endeavor, he lit the same spark in my husband’s soul. Finally, after many hours of prayer and late night discussions, we decided that it was time to take action. We were armed with a powerful story, a beautiful idea for sharing that story through film, a brother with experience as a cinematographer, and nothing more. It took a lot of faith, a lot of prayer, and a lot of hard work, but what began as a spark has become a fire. We named the completed film The Journey, a short film that runs for twenty-six minutes.
The Journey just premiered to an audience of 700 at a Women’s Conference. The response was overwhelming.
Five minutes into the first screening of The Journey I knew we were on to something. I heard the sound of weeping all around me. I saw women of all ages wiping the tears from their faces and nodding their heads in agreement. Afterwards I had the honor of meeting some of them. They embraced me and thanked me for the beautiful message of hope. They told me that the film moved them and, as a result, gave them the courage to choose healing and freedom.
It was one of the most profound moments of my life.
So how does a survivor of domestic violence with no prior film experience pull off something like that? She doesn’t. God inspired my journey and made it possible to tell my story through this film. He came to bind up broken hearts and free his people from darkness. As much as He did it for me, he wants to do it for you. I am so blessed to be a part of his healing.
Share the Message
So, what’s next? That is where you come in. In the end, the one question I heard over and over again is “Where can I get this film?” To be honest, I wasn’t really prepared for that yet, and I am working on that part. Therefore I told the women who wanted to share The Journey with their churches and organizations back home what I am going to tell you right now. If you know of a group — big or small — that would benefit from seeing a film about the love and healing of Jesus Christ and his heart for battered women, please contact me through this website. Let’s schedule a screening of The Journey. Let’s share this message of hope. Are you in Africa? No problem. Need the film in Spanish? Got it covered. Only have five people meeting at your house? It’s all good. Let’s fan the flame of love, healing, deliverance, and freedom in the mighty name of Jesus together.
Update: The Journey is now being broadcast on television in 40 countries. You can watch it on Vimeo here, or on YouTube here. You can also watch it on the homepage of my website: JenniferFaith.org Please see this post for more information.
“It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around can warm up in it’s glowing. That’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it, you spread his love to everyone, you want to pass it on.” Kurt Kaiser