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Living Hope Documentary to premiere on Brentwood Baptist campus

On Sunday, February 23, the Living Hope Documentary will premiere at 6:30 p.m. on Brentwood Baptist’s campus, launching the U.S. tour for the film.

In 1999, a pastor of a local church in Cape Town, South Africa realized an entire generation of his neighbors would soon be lost to HIV, AIDS, and poverty. The action he took not only changed his city, but also attracted the attention of foreign dignitaries, musicians, and U.S. Presidents, Living Hope is a feature-length documentary film that tells the inspirational story of this pastor and the hundreds who came alongside him to fight poverty and disease in South Africa. Filmed in a visual style comparable to a National Geographic feature, it takes audiences on a cinematic journey to Cape Town.

Joel Smallbone, of the band For King & Country, who recently won the GMA Dove Award for Best New Artist in 2013, narrates the film. Also featured are Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary and FOX News host, and Michael W. Smith, Grammy Award-winning musician—both of whom have been personally involved with Living Hope.

Currently, 10 missionaries from Brentwood Baptist—several of whom are featured in the film—serve fulltime with Living Hope through one of their ministries—in healthcare, substance abuse/homelessness, disease prevention, and economic empowerment/job creation.

Directed by Spring Hill resident David Kiern, a Brentwood Baptist member and filmmaker, Living Hope highlights:

• John Thomas – Pastor of King of Kings Baptist Church and founder of Living Hope Ministries who led his congregation to serve the sick, hungry, and dying in the local communities.

• Leonie Rustin – A single mom and nursing assistant who turned from a life of drug addiction to follow Jesus Christ and help others in her community break the chains of addiction.

• Joey Lankford – A Brentwood Baptist member and local businessman who sold everything and moved his family to Cape Town to equip people with job skills and lead them out of poverty.

The event is free and open to the public. Visit for a sneak preview.