Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Veil of Tears (DVD Review)

Disclosure:  I received, at no cost to me, a review copy of this DVD.

"Veil of Tears" is new from Gospel For Asia and Word Films.  I'll share the official description, then tell you my own thoughts.

This gripping new documentary film tells the untold story of millions of women in India who are culturally oppressed for no other reason than the fact that they are women. However, despite the centuries of oppression, there are those who are reaching out and bringing hope to these women.

These are the faces of true survivors. Those who have withstood a lifetime of adversity in the face of a culture stacked against them. Take a heartfelt journey through the eyes of these women, and others, who unveil their personal stories of persecution, rejection, abandonment, tragedy and even triumph. Get a glimpse of the true resilience of the human spirit and the hope that has changed the lives of millions like these and is helping change millions more.

Narrated by Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist Natalie Grant, this film was shot on-location across the stunning nation of India in some of the most remote tribal villages in the world today. This is a journey where few outsiders have gone before.

I'd heard about the cultural oppression of women in India.  Yet this film was haunting because it put faces to the stories.  The women tell their own stories.  Those factors made the conditions much more real for me.

The film begins with the horrors.  Many of the women shown are living in extreme poverty, living in slums just next to the sophisticated and opulent cities.  These women are rejected, sometimes even by their own families, for reasons beyond their control:  because they're women or because they're widowed, for example.  Baby girls are unwanted, and their mothers are thought to be cursed.  In many families, the husbands spent their pay on drinking and gambling, which leaves their wives with not enough money to put even one meal a day on the table.  Some families resort to selling their children, so that the children will have a chance at a better life.  (Can you imagine the heartbreak of a mother who has to do this?)

But the film ends with the hope.  Gospel For Asia is working to help the women in both practical and spiritual ways.  They reach out to one at a time, then "train trainers" who can further spread the help.  GFA teaches the women about hygiene, so they and their children will be healthier.  They teach them to read and write, which empowers them.  They teach them trades, so they can earn money to support their families.  They provide food and wells for clean water.  All of these practical steps help give the women hope.

In addition, GFA shows the women the love of Christ, so they know they are not unloved.  The women are invited into congregations and introduced to Jesus so they can have hope through faith in Him.

I found "Veil of Tears" to be a powerful film, and I recommend it.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Reach: Five Minute Friday

It's the end of the work week, which means it's time for Five Minute Friday, hosted by Kate Motaung at heading home.  For all the details, click through here to Kate's blog.

Today the writing prompt is REACH.


The mission statement for our church is about loving those in our church family, reaching our community with the love of Christ, and spreading the Gospel throughout the world.

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Loving those in our church family is easy.  We're a lovable bunch. :)  Really, we're family, and it's not hard to love family.

Spreading the Gospel around the world isn't the hardest part.  We send and support missionaries who do a wonderful job of loving and serving people as well as sharing the Gospel.

The challenge for us is reaching into our community.  How do you reach a community that wants for nothing?  (Seriously, if you have any ideas, please let me know.)  We have a weekly soup kitchen; we do service projects for individuals and organizations; we give clothes and school supplies to those who need them; we send teams to impoverished areas to provide food, clothing, and hope.  The challenge is reaching everyone else--people in an affluent community who don't need those kinds of help..  We have programs for children:  VBS, a harvest event, an Easter event.  Youth from outside of the church are always welcome at youth group.  But what about the rest of the people and the rest of the year?


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Giveaway: Collection of Books from Pure Amore (ends 9/2)

As I mentioned in my review of Aileen's Song, Pelican Book Group is launching a new imprint of romance novels promoting abstinence before marriage.  Aileen's Song is part of the "Sisters in Spirit" series, a set of shorter books released as a preview of the Pure Amore imprint.

The Pure Amore books will be offered on a subscription basis in both ebook and paperback formats.  The first title, Just One Kiss, will be released on October 1.  Early subscribers will receive one book per month for an entire year, plus the "Sisters in Spirit" series for no additional cost.  The first 500 subscribers will receive a 25% discount by using the code PA500.

Thanks to the publisher, today I have the privilege of giving away a one-year subscription to the Pure Amore books.  The winner will receive one title every month.  So without further ado, I bring you the Rafflecopter widget:

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