Faith Under Fire

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  • 2019
  • PG-13

Winner of 8 international awards, FAITH UNDER FIRE is the story of a community’s struggle with betrayal, the shock to their faith, and the death of loved ones after a former schoolteacher opens fire during a church service in the summer of 1980. It is also a tribute to  four brave men that  raced into the face of gunfire, saving the lives of hundreds of people. Thirty years after that tragic day, survivors share their journey to heal. A pastor, who’s small child was killed that day, reveals publicly for the first time his shocking plans to murder the gunman during court proceedings. The anger, rage and guilt he carries for thirty years cost him nearly everything. The assassin’s family reveals shocking secrets that pushed him to commit this terrible act. Ultimately, Faith Under Fire is a story of faith and hope leading a community out of the depths of despair to the path of forgiveness and restoration and ultimately peace.

What Viewers Are Saying

“Only 3 movies have made the hair on the back of my neck stand up: Saving Private Ryan, American Sniper, and Faith Under Fire.” Joel – Federal Law Enforcement Officer

“After years of grieving the loss of my son, this film helped me feel God again.” Judy

“It truly is a great story! A must see film.” Erik

“Ron and I were both totally transfixed when we watched it. It’s shocking, powerful, timely, urgent…and really, really well done.” Tina

“I have watched this movie 5 times and I still get something new out of it every time I watch it. It is the most powerful film I have ever seen.” Jan B.

“It is really moving and well done.” Stu

“One of the great inspirational films of our time. I believe Faith Under Fire is a “must see” for people everywhere.” Pastor Tim

The Dove Foundation Review

“This is a remarkable story which shows that a person with faith can overcome overwhelming sorrows. The documentary focuses on the shooting deaths of five people while attending church in Daingerfield, Texas in 1980. The murderer, Alan King, walked in with firearms and began shooting. A pastor’s daughter, Gina, not yet eight years old, was one of the five that died. The very morning of the shooting the mother sat in a Sunday school class in which the lesson focused on bereavement. The documentary looks at the surviving family members and drops in on church members 32 years later to hear their stories. This is an amazing story of forgiveness and God’s presence in the midst of suffering. An audio portion of the service is heard with the sounds of shots, screams, and panic. A photo is shown of a man with a bloody head wound from a distance. This DVD may not be for everyone but many will watch and be amazed at the resilient faith of these Christian people. It is also a story of the heroes who intervened. We recommend this DVD for our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus. Parents should consult the content listing below to make informed decision on older children viewing it. Again, this story of faith is remarkable.”   The Dove Foundation


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    Faith Under Fire is the true story of the first time a gunman entered a house of worship and committed mass murder in East Texas in 1980. Survivors share their journey from the pit of heartbreak and despair to restoration. They share about the shock to their faith, pain of loss, forgiveness, revenge and the struggle to heal. In an unforgettable encounter, the killer's daughter meets the mother of the murdered child for the first time. She also shares the motives behind the murderous act. Winner of numerous awards including the coveted Cine Golden Eagle Award.
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