In this inspiring documentary, Pastor Timothy Johnson, an ex-NFL star athlete, feels called by God to serve the homeless population in a way that will make a large impact and call the community to take personal responsibility for their neighbors. By creating a resource fair called “He Got Up” that gives people the tools they need to transition from homelessness to self-sustainability, this pastor is transforming lives.
No Way Home follows the planning process for this massive event with interviews from all the city authorities involved, the pastor himself, and all who are serving and are served up to and during the day of the event. The camera crew also spends a good deal of time with homeless people in their environment in order to share their stories. The effect of this is an understanding of the downward spiral effect of things that contribute to being displaced like losing ID; the inability to shower; the lack of safety; and the disruption of education. It is especially heartbreaking to witness the youth in these predicaments, and the viewer is confronted with the grief these parents feel for their own children.
The day of the event is emotional as excitement abounds: people get haircuts, medical service, legal assistance, food, and fun and games. But most of all the people receive hope, knowing that others care and are willing to help, and that God wants to see them be healthy, restored, and reintegrated into the community as thriving individuals.
Interviews with the pastor offer ample explanation of how the gospel of Jesus Christ has impacted his own life, and how he feels responsible and called to serve as a result. He encourages everyone to grasp the notion that this is not the government’s responsibility alone, but all of us are meant to have God’s heart for the poor, which translates to practical ways to give back.
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No Way Home is an eye-opening, responsible, and inspirational film for all ages that reminds us of our responsibilities to the community at large.