David Benham and hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty have kicked off a nationwide backyard movie event for families nationwide as a way to lift morale during state lockdowns.
The “Backyard Movie Night and Campout” was organized by boys’ adventure group Trail Life USA, a Christ-centered mentoring and discipleship program alternative to the Boy Scouts and held on Saturday. Tens of thousands of people have signed up to participate via a real-time video link that they can stream right from their own backyards.
“This is the perfect occasion to watch a great movie with a message and make memories together with your family,” Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA, said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
Night one of the event we’ll showcase the inspirational movie “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” a film that Hancock says reflects Trail Life USA’s “core values of character and adventure.”
Benham, a bestselling co-author of Whatever the Cost and Living Among Lions, along with his twin brother, Jason, will be the event’s emcee. The Gettys, best known for the modern hymn “In Christ Alone,” will begin the virtual movie night with a performance.
“We’re all tired of being stuck inside our homes, and we’re desperate to get out and breathe the fresh air again,” Hancock said. “We’re inviting all families everywhere to join us on this special night, roast some marshmallows over your backyard campfire, look up at the sky, and make memories.”
The first Backyard Campout was held April 17 with more than 6,000 families participating in the event during the initial shelter-at-home orders.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law