Wednesday, January 9, 2008

An amazing movie...

Andy loves to watch PBS. One evening he was watching and was telling me about this movie he heard of on PBS called God Grew Tired of Us. He asked if I could see if the library had a copy we could check out...when I requested this DVD, we were 43 on the list. That was months ago. When I went to the library last Tuesday I was so excited because this movie was in my stack of items waiting for me! This is am amazing documentary about the lost boys of Sudan. When the war broke out in Sudan, they ended up walking across their country into Ethiopia where they stayed for a few years. Then they had to move from Ethiopia to Kenya, so they walked back through Sudan and into Kenya where many of the lost boys remain today. Thousands and thousands of boys live in Kenya, not knowing if their families are dead or alive, not knowing what to do with their lives. The US offered some of the boys to opportunity to come to the states to work and go to school. This movie followed a group of boys to the States. This was such a clear picture of how many refugees and immigrants must feel when the come to the US. These boys had no experience with electricity or grocery stores or indoor plumbing or potato chips. It was amazing to watch them learn and grow in their new environment. The one thing that really spoke to me was how lonely some of these boys were in the states. They had come from a culture that embraces community and were shocked at how people here were difficult to talk to and ask questions of. This is am amazing movie. It opened my eyes to so many, many things I need to work on in my life to be more welcoming and open to all people but especially to those who have just arrived in our country. Go to your library and request this movie...even if you are 43 on the list...it is well worth the wait!!!

12 comments:

Craig & Cindy said...

Wow, I really want to see that movie! Thanks for posting it on your blog.

Oh, well let me introduce myself. I'm Cindy and I've been browsing through your blog for a bit now.

My husband and I are also adopting from Ethiopia and are in the preliminary stages. We're in Tulsa.

http://ethiopiatreasurehunt.blogspot.com

Love your blog!

Nicole said...

This is a great movie and will touch you like no other. I also suggest as a womand to read Left to Tell if you have not already. I have stumbled across your blog and am in the process of adopting out of Rwanda. Please feel free to visit our blog if you wish. Good luck and we are all praying for a wonderful miracle to happen. Nicole http;//fourskibums.blogspot.com

Misty said...

Thanks for sharing that. I'm really looking forward to watching it!

Earl Family News said...

Amy Breedlove's mom here.
I met your mom over the blog and ordered her necklaces for Amy and I (Amy's was for her birthday on Dec. 31). Your mom is a sweetheart. She was even willing to wait for a check to come from Macedonia to pay for the necklaces -- and she sent the necklaces earlier, in time for Amy's bd.

We are so happy that you are making such progress with Gladney and hope that you will soon be on your way to having everything ready for that referral.

I will be checking your blog regularly to stay in touch. I really want to see that movie, too.
Shelia Earl (Skopje, Macedonia)

Leah said...

This movie was great. When the mother is reunited with her son at the airport, her joy is palpable. I started crying at that point in the movie and I was so thankful to witness that type of open, unashamed joy. I felt like shouting praise to God for his goodness. Really, really great film.

{B} said...

Thank you, Nicole for the book recommendation...I always love new books to read!

Nicole said...

B-You are so welcome and I can guarantee this book will change your life or at least your outlook. My mother has a wonderful blog that she does when we travel to Rwanda that I think you would also love. Take some time with a cup of coffee and read it. It is truly inspiring. We have a girls home there called the Esther home named after my sweet girl. Her blog is rwandacolors.blogspot.com I was excited to read that you all went on a mission trip to Kenya. I agree a life changing event.

Maribeth said...

Ooh. Thanks for the recommendation!! I'll definitely add that to my list!

Momto13 said...

Wonderful film! They also have it at Netflix and may have it locally in most video stores for rent! :)
Blessings,
sarah

ethiopianqueen said...

It is an icredible watch...amazing. I was actually interested in hearing that it was produced by Brad Pitt, who has a 3 year old daughter from Ethiopia. Great movie.

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