Missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken have interviewed more than 600 persecuted Christians in over 72 countries, and now the film "The Insanity of God" will convey the amazing story on the silver screen across the country.
For just one day, Aug. 30, LifeWay Films, International Mission Board with Fathom Events will present the film, based on the Ripkens' 2013 best-selling book by the same name, in 530 movie theaters nationwide.
"They discover the church not only survives under persecution, but it thrives," says Trey Reynolds, manager of LifeWay Films, in a statement.
It was after the untimely death of their 16-year-old son that the missionary couple began their journey interviewing persecuted Christians after they spent time in the Horn of Africa. Over the course of 18 years they interviewed hundreds of Christians living in the toughest parts of the world – whether that be believers in Russia, the Middle East, Africa or elsewhere.
An astonishing 74 percent of the world's population have blasphemy laws or other harsh statutes against religious freedom, according to U.S. Ambassdor-at-Large for Religious Freedom David Saperstein.
Fathom Events CEO John Rubey praised the upcoming film. "We are honored to partner with LifeWay Films to bring this amazing story to movie theaters across the country."
"The Ripkens' story is an inspiring message of hope and faith that will enlighten audiences on the price many Christians face in the world today."
A Q&A with Nik Ripken and International Mission Board President, author and speaker, David Platt will take place after the film ends, and there will also be a performance by musical artist Todd Smith of the contemporary Christian music band Selah.
Platt said of the forthcoming premiere, "I don't think we are as aware of their (persecuted Christians) stories as we should be. With everything going on in the world, there may be no single issue more urgent to the Church in 2016 than persecution."
"We need to be praying continually for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world and learning more about how they are persecuted."
He added, "I encourage you to go to the theater and watch this film. It will change your perspective on what it means to follow Jesus, and your life will be changed as a result."
"The Insanity of God" premieres August 30, 2016.
Tickets for "The Insanity of God" can be purchased online at the FathomEvents website or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website.