All SaintsDVD - 2017
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*** Spoiler Alert*** (For future references and ponder some more after the film):
My first call was in Africa, building a chapel. But what the people really needed was an aqueduct. So, every day we'd build the chapel, and every night, they'd tear out the wood and add it to the aqueduct. God's wisdom is vast, Michael. We don't always know what he's asking.
We both have changes ahead, Michael. You're at the River Jordan, son. You got them to the promised land but you can't cross over. All Saints needs an experienced hand to build its future, and you... Well, you need some seasoning.
Why, if God asked us to plant these crops, would he allow them to be destroyed? Now, I don't know the mind of God, and that's the truth. Was it his voice I heard, or was it mine? That's something to question, something
to pray over, at least for me. A friend of mine felt called by God to go to Africa, build a chapel. But he wound up with an aqueduct. Which is what the people needed. We tried to save our church by starting a farm, but as we fought together down here in these fields, we found that we had actually started something else, something each of us, in our own way, needed more. A community. Baptists from Riverview, Buddhists from Nashville, farmers from Smyrna, farmers from the other side of the world,
connected beyond that building, beyond this land. It's our aqueduct. Maybe it's what God intended all along.
You brought me to a church full of old cranks.
-I think they prefer "senior cranks."
I'm not Korean. Karen. From Burma, next to Thailand.
We were farmers, then soldier. We fight for our land, for our people. Fight in the jungle, in the mountain. They burned our villages. Many dead, many gone. Girls crying over dead mothers, father over dead son. Many family lost or broken. They forced us into refugee camp. Thailand. We cannot leave. There is nothing for children to do, nothing for men to do. Just wait. Wait. The people fight, cry, scream in the night. Young people, they go bad, go crazy. They steal, lie. Girls get raped. Boys, too, sometime. But we have a church hut. It is for rice, really. We sit on rice bag and we sing and pray, say Bible verses and story in church hut. Yeah, many dead, many gone, many family broken. But in church hut, we are one family. Through Jesus Christ.
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Rev. Michael Spurlock Tells the Story Behind All Saints:
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All Saints Episcopal Church is nearly empty on Sunday mornings anyway. You could fit the entire congregation into a selfie. Without much squeezing. So it was really no big deal. Just deliver a few transitional sermons, gently nudge the members into another congregation and … sell the whole kit and caboodle.
There is, however, one teeny, tiny problem: God keeps tapping Michael on the shoulder.
The week after Michael and his family show up, several refugees come to church. They're members of the Karen people group, farmers from Burma who've been transplanted to the little town of Smyrna, Tenn., of all places. They don't speak much English. They're believers. They're in obvious need. And every time Michael sees their humble, smiling faces and shakes their roughly calloused hands, his heart goes out to them.
At times, Michael and others question why God would seemingly not be there to aid them in moments of need. But the film makes it clear that God was using their situation and struggling efforts in other ways and for other purposes. A church bishop voices the film's key message when he says, "God's wisdom is vast, Michael. We don't always know what He's asking."
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