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Conventional Thinking: Moore Impact

As the one year anniversary of the May 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes nears, countless Oklahomans are reflecting on those difficult days. Since disaster struck, God’s people—led by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers—have shined.

They served meals. They prayed with victims. Today, gifts given by Southern Baptists from Oklahoma and around the world, along with donations from other generous individuals and businesses, continue to make an impact (see pages 6 & 7).

The work of our disaster relief will be highlighted in an upcoming movie that will premiere this month at the Moore Warren Theatre, one of the very places struck by the tornado on May 20, 2013.

The film, “Where Was God? Stories of Hope After the Storm,” is a documentary-style movie that follows a handful of families and individuals whose lives were forever changed by May 20’s EF5-rated tornado in Moore, and how God’s faithfulness shined through even amid such suffering and loss.

Coming on the heels of numerous other Christian-made movies, this film could have an eternal impact on many of its viewers. The movie grabs you by the heart, almost from the git-go. Those who go see it in the theatre will need to bring a handkerchief.

For a documentary that is interview-based, it keeps your attention the entire 85 minutes. The movie-making quality is high, and the footage of the storm brings you into the moment and, if you live here in Oklahoma, right back to that fateful day of May 20.

While all families need to hear these stories of hope, the interview content is raw, and some of the images could be disturbing for the youngest of viewers.

Be that as it may, the movie successfully tackles some of the deepest questions of the human heart. It speaks to sin, suffering, life, redemption, hope and salvation. There is a strong Christian theme and a Gospel-centered message that could resonate with anyone.

Churches wishing to make this an outreach an event can do so and should go to www.WhereWasGod.com to book a screening or bring it to a local theatre.

Perhaps what is most amazing is that the movie makers—who are Oklahomans—did not have a Hollywood-type movie budget, nor household-name actors, yet still created a remarkable work of art.

This picture speaks to you and moves the viewer in enduring ways. Ten years from now, “Where Was God?” will be remembered much more by those who see it than the latest Marvel comic movie. Indeed, those who find peace with God, through Christ, as a result of this picture, will remember it for all eternity.

 

Brian Hobbs

Author: Brian Hobbs

Brian is editor of The Baptist Messenger.

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