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Hope for Hurting Hearts Continues to Touch Lives and Win Awards

Hope For Hurting HeartsHope for Hurting Hearts, a documentary film produced by Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, recently added another distinction to its running list of awards and accolades – this time for Best Editing from the Pan Pacific Film Festival.

This latest honor, received on July 24, coincided with the six-year anniversary of the death of Greg Laurie’s son, Christopher, the event that ultimately led to the film’s creation.

Hope for Hurting Hearts documents the heartbreak of pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie and his wife, Cathe, as well as the intimate stories of others who have experienced loss and hardship: Nick Vujicic and Jeremy Camp. The running theme of the film is that ultimate hope is found in Jesus Christ and is not beyond the reach of any who would place their faith in Him.

“In the making of the film, it was our intent to point people from all walks of life and circumstances to find hope in Christ,” says Dwight Thompson Jr., the film’s Director and Executive Producer. “When we fix our eyes on Jesus, things of this world grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

Since earning its first award in September 2013, the film has amassed nearly a dozen different honors. But valued by the film’s makers far beyond the film festival decorations are the responses of those who have been touched by the film’s message:

“Amazing film, watched with the youth group last night! We recently had one of our youth go home to the Lord, and Hope for Hurting Hearts helped to give us new perspective. So grateful for this!”

“I loved the message behind every story. The stories brought tears to my eyes, and filled me with hope. We all face challenges, and we all need to stop asking why. We need to trust in God. Thanks for making such a motivational, inspirational movie.”

“I lost my son in 2001 to cancer; he was 12 and the center of my universe. I believe that God used this most tragic event to bring me to my knees in a real way…May God continue to bless your family and use you to speak to hurting and lost people. You encourage me to be braver and more open with my faith.”

Other awards that the film has achieved are listed below:

  • Winner of Most Powerful Message, Christian Life International Film Festival
  • Winner of Christian Spirit Award, and Official Selection for Best Documentary, Churches Making Movies Christian Film Festival
  • Winner of Best Documentary, International Christian Film Festival
  • Winner of Special Jury Award, Nevada Film Festival
  • Winner of Featured Documentary, Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival
  • Winner of Best Film by a Church Organization, GloryReelz Christian Film Festival
  • Official Selection for Best Documentary Feature, World Film Awards
  • Official Selection for Feature Documentary, International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion and Visionary
  • Official Selection for Feature Documentary, Central Florida Christian Film Festival
  • Official Selection for Feature Documentary, Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival
  • Official Section for Best Cinematography and Best Feature Documentary, Pan Pacific Film Festival

 Learn more about Hope for Hurting Hearts at hope.harvest.org.

By NRB Staff

Published: August 21, 2014

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