By David Almgren.
After graduating from Multnomah University in 1993, I left my native Portland and intentionally embarked on a journey to go into the entire world and preach the gospel. Where would this journey take me and how would it play out? Twenty-two years later, I can say the journey has been incredible, with many highs and a few low points of desperation along the way. My life’s voyage has included multiple mission trips, two church plantings and numerous years as a pastor to youth and children. In 2008, I faced a fork in the road and was given an opportunity to work in the world of faith and family-friendly films. I decided to head down this exciting road and have since had the privilege of working on the audience engagement/ministry teams for over 25 feature films. Currently, I am working on two life-changing films. The first film is War Room and the second is a movie called Woodlawn. Each movie delivers a powerful message that I pray will shake the church.
I’m excited to have these films showcased in the Mission ConneXion (MCNW) newsletter this month. Mission ConneXion’s purpose is to provide information and avenues for God’s people to reach their world(s) for Christ and these films explore ways in which the Church is used as Jesus’ hands and feet in our hometowns and around the world, specifically through prayer and racial reconciliation.
Prayer ConneXion, an MCNW event in May, focuses on the intercession responsibility we’ve been given in beseeching the Lord to move in myriad ways so that all will follow Him. War Room explores this power of prayer we have in Jesus. Opening in theaters nationwide August 28th, it is the long- awaited new movie from the Kendrick Brothers, creators of Courageous, Fireproof and Facing the Giants. War Room is a compelling drama rife with humor and heart and explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives!
Then, on October 16, Woodlawn arrives in thousands of theaters. This is a film based on an inspiring real-life story about love and unity in a school torn by racism and hate in the 1970s and it chronicles a revival that started with the Woodlawn football team and lasted 10 years.
Both War Room and Woodlawn are films that will inspire the church and cause people to reflect on their personal journeys. I hope and pray that each film will play a part in stirring renewal and personal revival throughout America. My journey in film continues and allows me to fulfill the call the Lord put on my life long ago ‘to go into all the world and preach the gospel.’
The studio is currently hosting a series of advance screenings for Woodlawn. If you are in leadership and interested in attending a preview, please contact me by phone or email to receive an official invitation. If you are interested in learning more about these two films and how you can utilize them in your community, please email me or give me a call.
War Room movie website