For the past month, two teams of movie promoters have been traveling from city to city to rally support from local church leaders in America for an upcoming faith-based film about cancer and hope.
Headed toward the center of America from the east coast and from the west coast, the promoters are spreading word about "Letters to God" and holding screenings for those they hope who will also spread word ahead of the movie's release in 750 theaters nationwide on Apr. 9, 2010.
By the time April rolls around, the teams will have touched base with church leaders and churchgoers in over 145 cities. To date, the teams have reached some 45 cities.
"Our screenings are going incredibly," the promoters reported after the recent screenings in California and Florida. "We are blessed to be receiving wonderful feedback."
Produced by one of the filmmakers behind successful faith-based flicks "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof," "Letters to God" tells the story of an eight-year-old boy with cancer who writes letters to God in the form of prayers.
Though initially unsure about what to do with the letters, the beleaguered mailman assigned to deliver the ailing boy's letters decides to make a series of choices that will change his life and help the young boy touch the lives of those around him.
"It is a story of cancer and a story of hope," promoters say. "'Letters to God' is an intimate, moving, and often funny story about the galvanizing effect one child's belief can have on his family, friends, and community."
And it is the hope of the movie's supporters that the hope that resonates from the film will become contagious in the churches of those impacted by the film.
Already, the movie has nearly 10,000 fans on Facebook and over 1,000 followers on Twitter. Meanwhile, the film's promoters are connecting church leaders to the movie's website to provide them with resources, sermons, and other materials that will promote "Christ's compassionate care."
"Millions of people will see 'Letters to God' and come away desire a renewed sense of hope," say the movie's promoters, who have noted that nearly everyone in America has either been affected directly by cancer or known someone who has.
According to the Global Healing Center, one in three people will contract cancer, and one in four will die from the disease. Some 75 percent of all cancers develop in those over 55, but notable exceptions include childhood leukemia, testicular and brain cancers – which mainly strike young people and have been increasing at an alarming rate, particularly among peak age groups.
Knowing this, those behind the upcoming film say "Letters to God" is not just a movie, but it's a mission – "a mission to show people that through prayer and love, hope is spread."
"Our hope is that through 'Letters to God,' people will be inspired to reach out to God in their own way and find the strength to provide hope to those around them," they say.
Those who wish to attend VIP Church Screenings of the movie are encouraged to register on the movie's website, www.LetterstoGodthemovie.com.
This week, the movie's teams of promoters will be holding screenings in Colorado, Georgia, and Virginia.