Churches Urged to Support One-Night Showing of Facing Darkness, a Samaritan’s Purse Film

Facing Darkness MovieChurch leaders across the nation are being encouraged to bring their missions teams, youth groups, Sunday school classes, small groups, or entire church to see Facing Darkness in theaters Thursday, March 30.

A new documentary from Samaritan’s Purse and Franklin Graham that will show in theaters one night only, Facing Darkness brings to life the true story of American aid workers Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were in West Africa fighting the surge of the killer Ebola virus when they caught the disease themselves.

The documentary follows Brantly and Writebol as Samaritan's Purse worked around the clock to do something that had never been done — evacuate the Ebola patients to the U.S. for treatment and cure.

More than a medical story, Facing Darkness is an inspiring story of faith coming up against and overcoming fear.

“It’s a story of bravery, compassion, and it’s a story of faith,” said Graham, President & CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and Executive Producer of Facing Darkness, in a video message to Proclaim 17 attendees during the Convention’s Opening Session on February 27. “It’s a testimony of God’s faithfulness in saving the lives of Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. It’s the story of a Good Samaritan set upon the backdrop of this terrible epidemic.”

According to reports, Ebola infected more than 28,000 people in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, and the disease claimed more than 11,000 lives after the Ebola outbreak began in March 2014, making it one of the deadliest epidemics of the century.

“Hundreds were dying and it was only growing worse,” Graham shared in a press release. “When the disease struck Dr. Kent Brantly and hygienist Nancy Writebol, we knew we had to get them home for treatment. It was their only chance, yet it was something no one had ever done.”

Featuring interviews with those who fought the outbreak firsthand, Facing Darkness was filmed on location in Liberia and the U.S., where the events took place.

Facing Darkness premieres in select U.S. movie theaters for one night through Fathom Events on March 30. To find theaters and tickets, visit Group tickets are available for groups of 25 or more at You can also contact the Group Sales ticket office directly at or by phone at (844) 422-8259 ext. 106.

To help spread the word about Facing Darkness, follow the movie on social media and share it with your friends and family.

To learn more about the film and to watch the trailer(s), visit

By NRB Staff

Published: March 16, 2017


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