Had the privilege of catching up with David DeSanctis at the Northwest Ministry Conference in Seattle back in March. We chatted a bit about his newest movie Where Hope Grows being released today (May 15). 

Here is a brief summary of the movie:

Calvin Campbell is a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate. Even though he had all the talent for the big leagues, he struggles with the curveballs life has thrown him. Today, he mindlessly sleepwalks through his days and the challenge of raising his teenager daughter. His life is in a slow downward spiral when it is suddenly awakened and invigorated by the most unlikely person – Produce, a young-man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store.

Calvin slowly loses the chip on his shoulder as he begins to experience the world through Produce’s eyes. Faith, work, purpose and most importantly family, blossom into Calvin’s life as their friendship develops. The unlikely pair becomes intertwined giving Calvin’s life new meaning and purpose, but unfortunately leads to tragedy due to single decision echoed from Calvin’s past. 

Where Hope Grows is a story of finding redemption through faith, hope and love.

My bride and I had the opportunity to watch this movie together and we were very impressed with the acting and the storyline. Speaking honestly it was a wonderful reminder that the kids & students with special needs in my ministry can truly make a huge impact in other people’s lives. Special needs ministry is probably the least resourced ministry in most local churches; what a true shame. From my conversations, most church leaders have a heart to establish a special needs ministry but lack the knowledge, tools and support to get it up and running. This movie is an opportunity to begin a conversation in your church about special needs ministry and what that might look like.

Here is a preview of Where Hope Grows:

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