Ferguson Lights In The Darkness Movie
Greetings in the name of our Lord!
The Apostle Paul wrote, I have adapted to the culture of every place I’ve gone so that I could more easily win people to Christ. I’ve done all this so that I would become God’s partner for the sake of the gospel
(1 Corinthians 9:22b-23, TPT).
In the central portion of the United States of America, in a city called Ferguson, Missouri, one event sparked an outcry. A young man by the name of Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer, Darren Wilson. The unrest that came up to the surface that day is still brewing in that small town more than four years later. We don’t hear so much about it anymore because the news media determine their stories by the ratings they will bring. But I have a friend in the Lord who works in that city daily to make a difference.
There’s a lot more than meets the eye, in particular the public eye. There is the story the left has told through the media. There is the story the right has tried to tell. Then there is the God story in the midst of the rioting, the looting, the fires that happened in the early days after Brown’s death. It’s a story that has not been told because the media was not interested. They probably are not even aware that it’s happening right under their noses. However, it’s a story that needs telling. It’s a story of how God was on the scene, before and after. How he was preparing the ground for His glory and for the good of the people there.
Even though there is still unrest, there is also change taking place. People are being won to Christ through a very simple tool – friendship – real and authentic friendship shown by people who show up every weekend to show themselves friendly for the cause of Jesus, to show the love of Jesus in practical ways. The people they are impacting were hurt by the Church. Frankly, they weren’t interested in what the Church had to say. They had heard enough and they weren’t about to darken the doors with their presence. So His presence went after them and it is making a difference.
I have been following pieces of this story ever since this ministry sprang up in Ferguson, MO, in early 2015, only a few months after the shooting. And then one day, while speaking with my friend, Pastor Jose, the idea was birthed that it was high time this story was told. It’s time to make a documentary so that the word can go forth. And the film should be one that everyone – believers and those still on the path to becoming disciples would desire to watch.
And then I watched. I watched as God brought together a team that could make this dream in God’s heart a reality. Things began to take shape, very quickly. It seemed as though there was an urgency to bring it together. To capture the story on video will take many more people than our small band of brothers and sisters in Christ.
We require your help to make this movie.
The cost of making a movie can be wildly above what we are asking at this time. But we endeavor to do our best while honoring the Lord with less than traditional movie houses spend for production. We are asking each of you reading this letter to donate via our Indiegogo campaign. If everyone gave even $5, the cost of a cup of coffee or a burger, we could knock this out of the park. Would you please prayerfully consider joining us in this journey?
Go to: bit.ly/fergusonlights
Then we have one more request, please share our Indiegogo campaign, by sharing the same link above with your friends by word of mouth and social media.
We thank you from our hearts!
Laura Nieminen, Rising Paragon Productions
David Cranfill, Kingdom Flame
Erik Alarik, Alarik Films President
Andrew Livermore, Film Director for Ferguson: Lights in the Darkness and Creative Director for Alarik Films