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“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

John 10:10

Suicide is undeniably a difficult topic. I've asked Joy Forney, a JFHP staff member, to share her testimony on how God has worked in her life through JFHP to help her feel more encouraged and hopeful than ever before, even after experiencing a difficult loss.

You are loved.


Brian Helstrom
Executive Director

Dear Friends & Partners,

It was my first day of my senior year of college. I was filled with excitement....

But then I received a phone call from my dad that shattered me.

I sobbed uncontrollably as my suitemates surrounded me, sharing in my grief. I didn't lose my mom to the bottle of pills that day, I lost her to mental illness.

I lost her to mental illness in a broken world. 

Five years later, the world feels more broken than it ever has...and yet, I am more hopeful and encouraged than ever before.

Working for JESUS Film Harvest Partners, I read stories of incredible transformation—stories about people who overcome brokenness to proclaim faith and hope. Jesus speaks to the lost on the screen and in their hearts—providing hope to so many in their hardest days, including me. Here are excerpts of some that have grown my faith:

"As I watched the film, I suddenly met someone who could ease my pain and give me back the joy of living." - Walda, Brazil

"...From that day on, God has been my husband, my father, my friend, my everything." -Andrea, Ecuador

"In the past, I was spiteful, full of hatred, and jealousy. I visited fetishes and wanted to hurt others. However, today I declare, all this is history with Jesus." - Dassakaté, Niger

"I have put on the clean clothes of humility and patience." - Khakam, South Asia

These words from fellow believers encourage me in my grieving. The depth of faith these new believers have after making a decision for Christ both holds me accountable to my own faith and reminds me of the magnitude of God. He is continually writing more names in the Book of Lifeworking in ways beyond what we can imagine.

These stories are not just stories. They are transformed lives. They are hope. They are second chances. They are abundant life.

I have also had the privilege of meeting some of the JESUS Film team members. They are truly passionate about reaching more people for Jesus. They meet people where they are and not only show them the JESUS film, but explain the Good News of Jesus Christ — who overcame all darkness. I appreciate your prayerful consideration of how you can support these teams today.

Thank you for letting me share some of my story with you, and thank you for helping us continue what Jesus started.


In Christ,

Joy Forney

Communications Coordinator

JESUS Film Harvest Partners

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