The new adoption-centric movie Lifemark has been used by God to impact countless women facing unwanted pregnancies, including a woman who was talked out of an abortion by her Uber driver, according to the filmmakers behind the faith-based project.
The movie, which releases on DVD, digital and other home video platforms on December 13, tells the story of a high school student who is given the opportunity to meet his birth mom for the first time. The film includes messages about adoption and abortion and was produced by the same filmmakers who made War Room, Overcomer and other hit faith-based movies.
"One of our favorite [stories about] Lifemark was we were contacted by an Uber driver who picked up a young lady [and] realized that she was going to have an abortion," executive producer Alex Kendrick told Christian Headlines. "And en route, he began talking to her because he had just seen Lifemark, and he began talking to her about the way it impacted him and [he] encouraged her to see it. By the time they got to the [abortion clinic] location, she changed her mind."
Stephen Kendrick, another executive producer, said the woman "not only chose to have the baby, but she gave her life to Christ."
"And then they reconnected her to her family that she was estranged from in another state," he said.
Lifemark opened at No. 7 at the box office. It stars Kirk Cameron, Raphael Ruggero, Dawn Long, Marisa Lynae Hampton and Rebecca Rogers.
It has a perfect score of 100 percent by Rotten Tomatoes critics.
Stephen Kendrick calls it an "inspirational family-friendly movie" that promotes the "value of life in the womb."
"We're hoping it will not only save a lot of lives, but we're hoping that it will inspire a lot of believers to support adoption in their local communities, whether they adopt a child [or] whether they support other friends that are adopting," Stephen Kendrick told Christian Headlines. "We've got some friends that God led them to adopt [but] they could not afford it at all. But believers surrounded them and started giving and supporting them, and just beautifully came alongside them, and provided what they needed."
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.