The film industry is opening more doors for the Christian audience and greater opportunities for believers to reach the unchurched.
The largely successful movie "The Passion of the Christ" drew in large numbers of believers and nonbelievers, raking in a gross box office total of over $370.7 million in the United States alone last year. And the recently released Narnia film also topped box offices its opening weekend as churches promoted the message of the gospel that many correlated it with. While there is debate over whether the popular C.S. Lewis story is directly representative of the message of Jesus Christ or not, Christians have drawn out the faith elements of it.
Now, just weeks after the release of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," Bearing Fruit Communications and Every Tribe Entertainment are presenting a new film to promote in churches. Based on a true story, "End of the Spear" tells the account of five missionaries who were killed in 1956 by a violent society called the Waodani, who live in the eastern rainforest of Ecuador. These deaths help change the lives of both the families of the victims and the Waodani group, which ultimately departs from violence.
The event is reported to have influenced such Christian leaders as Chuck Swindoll, Pat Robertson, Nancy DeMoss and the late Dr. Bill Bright to ministry as it inspired major movements into ministry and missions in church history.
Before the release of the film on Jan. 20, churches and ministries are invited to join screenings that are scheduled to be held across the country beginning Dec. 18 in Houston, Texas.
Screenings will be held in major metropolitan areas including Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. on Jan. 5. Group tickets and theater rentals are also available for church groups to take advantage of when it releases in some 1,200 theaters nationwide.
For more information, visit www.endofthespear.com.