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MOVIES: Refugee farmers & a dying church intersect by Phil Boatwright

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) — Sometimes, love is signified through fervent prayer for others. Other times, it is expressed through sacrifice and deeds. “All Saints, ” which premieres today (Aug. 25) in theaters nationwide, demonstrates the need for all three of these expressions of spiritual love.

Especially in the context of the refugees we see on the news and read about so often these days.

The faith-based drama is based on the true story of an Episcopalian priest ordered by his superiors to shut down his dying parish. But when the young minister senses the Holy Spirit telling him to keep it going, the question becomes: But how, Lord?

Once the Lord speaks to clergyman Michael Spurlock (John Corbett, “Northern Exposure,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Raising Helen,” “Ramona and Beezus”), he soon meets a group of refugees from Southeast Asia who are looking for work to supplement their meager incomes.

They’re Christians and farmers, and they want to make use of the land surrounding the church building. An idea emerges: a harvested crop to supply the refugees’ needs as well as income that will pay off the parish’s mortgage.

At first, no one in the congregation’s hierarchy likes the idea. But seeds (literal and metaphorical) nevertheless are planted and, despite numerous ordeals, God provides a bountiful harvest.

Matters concerning refugees and immigrants are certainly in the headlines these days, and they often get conjoined with political issues. This film deals with the struggles of those escaping horrors that surrounded them in their homeland, but I didn’t find a political element to the story. Rather, its message concerns people drawing closer to each other through God’s love and our deeds.

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