We thought it could never happen to one of us. Until it did—and medical missionary Dr. Kent Brantly became the first American diagnosed with the deadly ebola virus in July, 2014.
But we still haven’t heard the whole story—until now, in the new documentary on Faithlife TV from Samaritan’s Purse, Facing Darkness.
Despite every precaution, Dr. Brantly contracted the disease while treating patients in the midst of Liberia’s horrendous epidemic. Co-worker Nancy Writebol also became ill around the same time. And though the outbreak would ultimately claim more than 11,000 African victims, the fate of the Americans would dominate headlines worldwide.
Beyond headlines, Facing Darkness reveals how God intervened in ways medical professionals have yet to explain, and brings us face-to-face with Christians who disregarded their own safety to help save thousands of lives. As Dr. Brantly explains in the film, “Medicine is a way to love your neighbor as yourself.”
Yet if Facing Darkness helps explain the “why?” behind one doctor’s selfless attitude, it also poses an unsettling question for the audience: Are Christians always sheltered from the storm, or sometimes called to serve directly in it?
This critically acclaimed documentary received top honors at the Heartland Film Festival and standing ovations at special viewing events.
Now it’s available through Faithlife TV across North America for pre-orders until the July 11 release date, and after that for instant streaming on your Roku, Apple TV, or other device. Learn more.
Note: Although the redemptive storyline will inspire the entire family, some scenes may be too intense for younger (under 10) viewers. This is, after all, a story of Christians who ran toward the plague, not away from it.
Release date: July 11, 2017 (U.S. and Canada only)