It’s a story that has been described as being “all about God. The God who found a kid who was lost in a life of neglect and chaos, the God who saved him and the God who raised Greg up to help other lost souls find fresh hope, real purpose and lasting peace.”
Now there’s a plan to put the multiple-award winning project on Netflix, where tens of thousands, even millions, of viewers could have simple access to the message of the Gospel of Jesus.
Officials with his Harvest Ministries have confirmed a grassroots campaign is under way to encourage Netflix users to save the film to their film queues, with the plan that enough requests will trigger a Netflix systemwide availability of the message.
A spokesman for the ministry effort told WND that officials are looking for the “tipping point,” where enough interest is documented to push it up the scale at the movie service.
The DVD originally was created as a companion piece to Laurie’s book, “Lost Boy,” and it offers viewers an opportunity to learn about his compelling life story.
From Laurie’s childhood being raised by an alcoholic mother who was married and divorced seven times to his decision to accept Jesus and take on the life of a Christian in high school to his 39-year public ministry.
The project already has been honored with:
- Best American Documentary (under 75 minutes) at the 2009 International Film Festival South Africa
- Official selection: One of only 10 films invited to screen at the 2009 Outreach Film Festival in San Diego, Calif.
- Audience Favorite Best Documentary Award at the 2009 Riverside International Film Festival in Riverside, Calif.
- Best Documentary Award at the 2009 International Christian Film Festival in Irvine, Calif.
- Official selection: One of only 16 films invited to screen at the 2010 Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival in Ridgecrest, N.C.
- Winner of the Redemptive Storyteller Award in the Distinctly Gospel category at the 2010 Redemptive Film Festival in Virginia.
- Best Documentary Award at the 2010 Transforming Stories International Christian Film Festival in South Africa.
- Best U.S. Feature Documentary at the 2010 San Diego Christian Film Festival
Laurie now is senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., one of the largest churches in the U.S. He’s also founder and evangelist for Harvest Crusades, evangelistic outreach events that have drawn some 4.1 million people to stadiums and arenas around the world since 1990. Laurie serves on the boards of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.
The video has been screened at the historic Lido Theatre in Newport Beach, Calif., where it was met with two sold-out showings.
Laurie has authored more than 35 books and Franklin Graham notes that the video “will touch your heart in a profound way.”
Christian author Max Lucado said, “His own personal story is a stunning reminder of why our savior came.”
The video tells:
It was 1989 and Laurie was leading a Bible study on Monday nights at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, where Chuck Smith was senior pastor, and the stunning results were crowds of up to 100 people making decisions for Christ.
This should grow, church leaders thought, and with just a few adjustments, plans and preparations, they’ve now seen it reach upwards of 4.1 million.
During the first year of the crusade, 90,000 people showed up in southern California, and they’ve been held annually since.