I rarely discuss my faith here at GO MOM! Rooted in home organization and family time management, its unlikely that discussing faith is why you are here. However Samaritan’s Purse recently reached out and offered me a review copy of the powerful movie Three Hearts. While my faith is personal, with Easter right around the corner and always on the lookout for ways to keep the discussion of how faith impacts our lives and the lives of others with our teens, I decided to say yes.
As part of our Easter Basket traditions, along with the traditional chocolate bunnies and furry friends we also include a gift to our children that is faith based. Always a challenge to find something that has some long term meaning, something that they will return to and embrace, I find myself often looking year round for these little but so meaningful treasures. When our children were little it was often a fun faith based book or special cross, at some point there was surely a new Bible, and now its the challenge of keeping our teens engaged in continuing to learn and take on their faith as young adults. Anytime this can involve media, I’m always ahead and this year Three Hearts will find its way into the hands of my teenagers for sure.
Three Hearts tells the story of Cissie Graham Lynch, granddaughter of evangelist Billy Graham, as she graduates from college and takes on an internship at Samaritan’s Purse working with the Children’s Heart Project. The project is complicated from many perspectives, filled with unexpected challenges that include Cissie having to remove herself from participating in the front of the project where the organization travels to Mongolia to bring identified children to the US for surgery. Instead, The Children’s Heart team turns to a young boy named Garrett in Texas and his family to fill her shoes. I was in awe to learn that this particular child, who also had heart surgery as an infant, raised $8,000 to support the Children’s Heart Project. He was truly born to be an Ambassador of Hope.
The movie beautifully chronicles each family in their home country, giving amazing insights into the hardship and uncertainty of their lives. Back in Texas where the children and their mothers are brought for surgery, you meet the amazing and selfless host families who open their homes but even more, their hearts, their faith, and their souls really, while a team of doctors and nurses volunteer their time to save lives in the face of death.
I watched the movie this weekend and found myself in tears more than once. Its a roller coaster of hope, fear, despair, and joy. It is full of uncertainly and laced with a beautiful journey of faith realized where it was not known before. It shows the most tender moments of love between a child and its mother and it renews my commitment to savor every single moment I have with my three so very healthy children. It reminds me that sharing stories like this with our teens can make a lasting impression with a message of hope that they might not otherwise hear from Mom and Dad at this particular stage in their journey.
Check out the trailer and let me know what you think…
About Samaritan’s Purse: Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son.
Disclosure: Thanks to Samaritan’s Purse for reaching out to me with a review copy. My choice to post and my opinions are very much entirely my own.