Everyone has to deal with crises in life, including Christians. And sometimes, the reality of life can seem unbearable. But we can rest in the knowledge that God loves us, He weeps in our times of pain, and He can be glorified through suffering. Narrated by Dr. James Dobson, Hope for Hurting Hearts tells the stories of how Greg and Cathe Laurie, Jeremy Camp, Nick Vujicic, and their families dealt with times of trial. Each of these individuals has stood at a "spiritual crossroads" marked by challenging and painful circumstances, and each has chosen the road of trusting, following, and glorifying God.
You will be encouraged by these intimate accounts, which give a glimpse into God's perspective on suffering, and declare that there truly is Hope for Hurting Hearts.
Run time: 75 minutes
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. His autobiographical documentary film, Lost Boy: The Next Chapter, has won eight awards at International film festivals. In 2008, Greg and his wife, Cathe, experienced incredible heartbreak at the unexpected death of their eldest son. Since then, the Lauries have been sharing their story of hope in God and eternal life in Heaven.
"The good news is we know a God who loves us. A God who is in control. A God that can cause all things to work together for good. A God that can bring beauty out of ashes and joy out of mourning. That is what this film is about. We are telling three stories of how God came to us and made Himself real and sustained us, and now hopefully through us He will bring hope to others."
Cathe Laurie is the wife of Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. Cathe is the founder and director of the women's ministry at Harvest Christian Fellowship and is author of the book As I See It, a collection of thoughts, anecdotes, and illustrations that point to biblical truths. In 2008, Cathe experienced incredible heartbreak at the unexpected death of her eldest son, Christopher. Since then Cathe has been sharing her faith in God's promises and hope of eternal life in Heaven.
"I know what the enemy would like me to do with my life as a result of this: be angry with God, throw it all away, live in despair, wallow in self-pity. I had to make the choice to not let that happen."
Jeremy Camp is a Dove Award-winning Christian musician who tragically lost his first wife, Melissa, to cancer. Immediately after her death in 2001, Jeremy wrote the hit song "I Still Believe." Recently, Jeremy authored the book, I Still Believe, where he opens up about the emotional ordeal of Melissa's illness and why he believes God is faithful to bring healing and restoration.
"I know it's our desire—Greg, Cathe, Nick, and myself—that people walk out of this redeemed, restored, and understanding that there is hope in Jesus Christ."
Nick Vujicic was born in 1982 in Brisbane, Australia, without arms and legs. According to Nick, the victory over his struggles, as well as his strength and passion for life today, can be credited to his faith in God. Today, he is the President and CEO of Life Without Limbs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing Nick's life-changing message of hope found in Jesus Christ.
"There is hope...Faith is believing and being certain of things you cannot see. Never give up on God, because God will not give up on you."
Dr. James Dobson, Narration
Dr. James Dobson is a Christian author, psychologist, and the founder and president of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, "Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk." He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised three US presidents on family matters. Dobson earned his PhD from the University of Southern California in 1967, in the field of child development. He holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees and recently received the "Great American Award" from The Awakening.
Dwight Thompson, Jr., Director and Executive Producer
A long-time producer of nationally known Christian and inspirational productions, Dwight Thompson Jr. has worked with world renowned organizations including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Campus Crusade for Christ with Bill Bright, and Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie. Thompson is best known for his directing of live productions and concert events. He was recipient of the GMA Award for "Long Form Video of the Year" for Switchfoot, Live in San Diego. His documentary Lost Boy has won eight international film festival awards. Thompson and his wife, Gina, founded New Revolution Entertainment in 1994.
Paul Eaton, Producer
Paul Eaton serves as an administrative pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship and director over media and communications for Harvest Ministries. Producer of award-winning documentary Lost Boy, Eaton pursues the development of visual and written media that is biblical, evangelistic, and God-honoring.
John Collins, Producer
John Collins serves as the executive pastor for Harvest Christian Fellowship and the executive director for Harvest Crusades. He has directed crusades and large-scale evangelistic outreaches across the US, Australia, and New Zealand that have attracted more than 4.7 million people. With a background in marketing and communications, Collins desires to produce quality films that will bring hope through the gospel message.
Gary Zelasko, Producer
Gary Zelasko is the Director of Marketing for Harvest Ministries. He handles the business side of production and oversees distribution for Harvest Films. Prior to this, Zelasko gained experience through a career in entrepreneurial ventures and broadcast television sales and management with Blair Television, Cox Communications, Hearst Television, and CBS-owned-and-operated stations.
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More Hope Resources from Harvest Ministries:
In this book, Pastor Greg Laurie shares candidly about his own heartbreak over the sudden departure of his son Christopher to Heaven and the hope that is offered in the pages of Scripture. Daily Hope for Hurting Hearts
Written by Greg Laurie, each day in this devotional offers comfort to bruised hearts, perspective in times of confusion and pain, and an everlasting hope that will sustain you through the difficult times in life. Hope by Greg Laurie
This book speaks to those who are grieving, experiencing a troubled marriage, dealing with a prodigal child, or concerned about the future. Greg Laurie's compassionate insights encourage you to embrace the healing Jesus offers.
In this 6-message audio series, Pastor Greg Laurie provides a biblical perspective on how to weather the storms of life and receive the blessings God desires for you. "Sharing Hope Through Scripture" Reference Card
This easy-to-use reference card is a great way to help you share hope with others. Find Scripture references at a glance to help encourage and comfort those facing difficulty. "What to Say When Someone Loses a Loved One" Pamphlet
Not sure what to write in that condolence card? This pamphlet gives practical advice about what to say (and what not to say) when someone experiences the death of a friend or relative.
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