COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 10, 2014) — Compassion International is partnering with actress/producer Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel,” “The Bible”) and producer Mark Burnett’s (“The Voice,” “Survivor,” “Shark Tank” and “The Bible”) LightWorkers Media to promote their movie, “Son of God” to multiple churches and communities across 40 U.S. cities.
Through the partnership, Compassion is providing tickets to churches in 40 major cities, including Phoenix, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago. Those churches are using the tickets as an outreach opportunity—inviting their congregants and community members to see the film on opening weekend, beginning Feb. 28. A special message from Downey and Burnett will welcome viewers in those cities.
“Making ‘Son of God’ was a life-changing experience,” says Downey. “The movie shows just how much Jesus cared for children and the poor. The work of this world-class ministry of Compassion is perfectly aligned with the message of Jesus. Our hope is that people who see this movie will continue the work of Jesus by caring for children and the poor. One of the best ways to do that is to sponsor a child through Compassion.”
“Jesus has always been at the center of our ministry,” says Mark Hanlon, Compassion International’s senior vice president of global marketing and engagement. “His life story is the greatest story ever told. And this film tells it in a beautiful, captivating way. The Gospel account of Jesus’ life is a central part of our program’s curriculum. That’s why we’re working with churches throughout the country to make this film an opportunity for outreach.”
"Compassion International's generosity allows us the opportunity to encourage Christians who may rarely go to the theatre, to see a powerful Christian film and to take an unchurched friend along with them” says Dave Stone, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky.
“Last year, more than 140,000 children came to Jesus through Compassion,” says Burnett, “an enormously effective way to share the love of Jesus is to sponsor a child. You can help release more children from poverty and to bring the message of Jesus.”
Compassion is the exclusive USA and Canada sponsor for “Son of God,” to be released by Twentieth Century Fox on Feb. 28.
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About Compassion International
Compassion International is the world's leading authority in child sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by equipping the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Today, Compassion partners with more than 6,000 Christian churches in 26 countries to release more than 1.4 million babies, children and students from poverty in Jesus' name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 12 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit compassion.com or follow us on Twitter at @compassion.