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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Family Movie Night

This weekend we watched the South African film Faith Like Potatoes. This movie was just released in the U.S. on DVD in April, but was released in South Africa in 2006. The movie tells the story of Angus Buchan, a white African farmer who is forced to move his family from Zambia to escape violence. They resettle in South Africa, but encounter more difficulty. 

Through this experience Angus puts his faith in Christ and becomes a self-described "wild man" for Jesus! God puts him to the test and he comes out strong. Today Angus Buchan has a speaking ministry in South Africa and his son Fergus and his wife run the Beth Hatlaim Children's Home on Shalom Farm. For more information about the Buchan's check out their Shalom Ministries website here. The movie is based on the book Faith Like Potatoes, written by Angus Buchan. Keep in mind, as you watch, that the film telescopes nearly twenty years of action into just a few years, probably to simplify casting. In fact, the Buchans came to Christ in 1979 and their famous potato crop was planted in 1997. 

Mr. Edwards and I watched Faith Like Potatoes together Friday night and then showed it to our kids Saturday night. Parental Warning: There is a very tragic and emotional scene that we completely skipped over when showing it to our kids. We stopped and explained what had happened, but it was too intense for our kids' sensitive hearts. Also, the Angus character displays ungodly attitudes, anger, and language before he comes to Christ. Finally, portions of the film are spoken in Zulu with subtitles, so if you have new readers you might need to help read some of the dialogue to them (this is no big deal).

Movie poster image uploaded from Wikipedia under fair use.

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