Philippines (MNN) — The movie "Courageous" had an incredible impact on men across the United States. Many men were moved to take their families back for Christ as they watched the story of a police officer who commits to Christ and to being a better father following the sudden death of his daughter.
Jaron Ministries outreach, Code 3 International, challenged law enforcement in Fresno, California, through the film. Jaron's Rob Carter says they developed a program called "Give a Cop a Ticket," which had a profound impact. "For the six weeks of the movie's running in theaters, we ended up being number 1 in all of North America for box office sales just promoting it to law enforcement. We saw God set up 20 follow-up Bible studies."
While that itself was an incredible answer to prayer, "Courageous" is now having a profound impact around the world. Carter just returned from the Philippines and says, "We showed the film to about 4,000 officers and saw nearly 1,000 come forward to receive Christ as Lord and Savior in response to the film."
Local churches are now providing follow-up care to these new believers. Carter says it's not stopping there. "They are now working with local churches in Manila to continue the work: to take the movie to every law enforcement headquarters and show it to their department."
Carter isn't sure if Provident Films envisioned that the film would go worldwide, but that's been Code 3's vision. "We are moving forward with our efforts to go into other countries. We have a number of invitations around the world. We would welcome those who want to make an eternal investment into reaching law enforcement for Christ around the world."
Code 3 International is also looking for Christian police officers. "The American badge can go places around the world that pastors and missionaries cannot. The brotherhood of law enforcement is global. So, for Christian law enforcement officers out there, we would love to have you contact us and be a part of one of our teams."