The 7-minute film that proves no one — and no where — is beyond hope
There’s one thing we all can agree on: The world is not as it should be.
There's too much hunger. There's not enough peace. We see justice fail, families fracture, isolation increase. The world’s problems are too big, and there’s no hope in sight.
Well, not from where we sit. We’ve seen all these problems and more — and we’ve also seen them overcome, one family at a time, one community at a time. It can happen. It IS happening. Right now.
And we want to tell the story.
A year and a half ago, we set out to tell this story of transformation — not just of one person, but of a whole village. A village that experienced profound change over the course of a dozen years: from despair to dreaming, from oppression to opportunity, from languishing to new life. This story deserves a movie, we thought. What better story is there to tell?
Our brand new short film, Fulfilled, does just that. It tells the story of the village of El Kom al-Akhdar, Egypt, through the eyes and experience of a brave young mother named Raouth. It’s her story, it’s El Kom al-Akhdar’s story, and, yes, it’s TOLI’s story.
But ultimately, it’s Jesus’s story.
Only Jesus can fulfill what’s missing, bruised, or broken in our world. But sometimes it takes one person’s story to reveal it.
WATCH FULFILLED NOW:
“It was then that I understood that God can hear and see me. He feels for me. He fulfilled my desires..."
— RAOUTH, FULFILLED
Celebrating one amazing night
This month, 216 new and old friends of TOLI gathered for "Come to the Table: A Night of Story, Hope and Transformation” — and what an incredible night it was. We are thrilled to share that $70,000 was raised to support TOLI’s mission! We're humbled and grateful beyond words. But the night was so much more than a fundraiser...
> Every table in the packed house engaged with a different client around the world through an interactive experience, culminating in texted video greetings from the clients themselves. Guests left carrying with them the personal and profound experiences of these amazing clients.
> Our Silent Auction was a beautiful marketplace where guests could touch and see and feel (and buy!) products made by gifted TOLI clients.
> We heard inspiring messages from staff and board members, watched the premiere of our new short film, Fulfilled, and were moved to tears by a live version of the song “Come to the Table” by talented musician and friend of TOLI, Chris Cullins.
Thank you for joining us in what God is doing through TOLI around the world. What an adventure we’re on together!
What we’re praying for now
KENYA BOUND. Pray for our team headed to Kenya (May 25-June 7). This team of six — made up of staff, board members, and volunteers — will be visiting clients, meeting with ministry partners, facilitating training, and evaluating a possible NEW site.
EGYPT EXPANSION. Pray for our continued growth in Egypt, where we are training two new social workers and in the process of establishing THREE new sites.
NICARAGUAN PARTNERS. Pray for our partners in Nicaragua who continue to bear the burden of political unrest and economic volatility. Despite the challenges, we continue to invest by faith there, continuing to grant loans and build our network of partners.
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
— JOHN 16:33