This documentary style film was produced by Samaritan's Purse, and it was distributed by Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Normally I'm not a big fan of documentaries, but this one may have changed my mind AND heart. The story begins with Cissie Graham Lynch, granddaughter of Billy Graham and daughter of Franklin Graham. Cissie began her internship with Samaritan's Purse with the intent to fly to Mongolia and bring back three children with congenital heart defects. Due to family obligations, she is unable to go. Instead, a young boy from Texas was invited to come along with his family for the adventure of a lifetime.
The film follows them to Mongolia and shows you the living conditions of each family. Each child will be given a new lease on life with these surgeries. Each one would not live long without the surgery.
They are flown to San Antonio where a team of people, from host families to medical professionals, helps them along the way.
While watching a real heart surgery was incredible, what really made me well up in tears was watching these people from Mongolia be introduced to the Savior.
This is a beautiful, well-made film that will touch your heart.
I was given a copy of this movie for purpose of review, but was not required to review it positively.
As a mom there is nothing worse then your child being sick and there is nothing you can do to get them the help they need. Three Hearts takes you on the journey of three children from Mongolia who have fatal congenital heart defects. The children are not able to get the care and help that they need in their home country. This is where Samaritan's Purse working with the Children's Heart Project steps in and offers the help that they need. The movie took me on an emotional roller coaster as I watched life's being changed not only medically but spiritually. The movies follow the three children and their families as they come to America to get the help they need. I really enjoyed the movie and learning more about the work that Samaritan's Purse working with the Children's Heart Project is doing around the world. They are saving life's physically and spiritually.
I was born with a rare congenital heart defect called Ebstein's anomaly. Thankfully, my case is fairly mild and I'm blessed to have access to quality healthcare to monitor my condition. I also have a cousin and a close childhood friend who were born with heart defects. Like me, they have both benefitted from the medical technology we have available in this country.
Many, many children are not as blessed. Every year, there are over 1 million babies born with congenital heart disease worldwide. Most of these children live in countries where surgery is not an option. These children are the reason for the Children's Heart Project (CHP), a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. Since 1997, CHP has arranged life-saving operations for more than 800 children from Bosnia, Kosovo, Honduras, Uganda, Mongolia, and Bolivia. Currently, over 200 more children have been identified and placed on a waiting list. These children, along with a parent and translator, are flown to the United States to have surgery in top-quality hospitals across the country. Surgeons and medical facilities donate their time, expertise, and equipment. Host families provide a place for these children to stay and offer support and encouragement through the whole process.
Cissy Graham Lynch, granddaughter of Billy Graham and daughter of Franklin Graham, recently made a documentary telling the story of three children from Mongolia who were brought to San Antonio, Texas for surgery. I was blessed to have the opportunity to review this DVD, Three Hearts, for publisher Thomas Nelson.
I have to admit I wasn't sure I was going to like the movie at first. In the beginning, it seemed to focus on Cissy's internship with CHP and her schedule conflicts. But as soon as the team traveled to Mongolia to meet and bring back three-year old Toggie and teenagers Otga and Uugna, I was hooked! All three suffered from tetralogy of fallot, a condition that is most often corrected in infancy and is usually fatal by age twenty if left untreated. The two boys, ages sixteen and eighteen, had been unable to attend school because of their condition, and the stress on their hearts over the years meant time was running particularly short for them.
I was completely drawn into the stories of these three young people who were in what appeared to be a hopeless situation. And yet through CHP, they were given the opportunity for not only physical healing, but spiritual wholeness as well. Watching the interaction and the deep bonds that formed between the doctors, host families, and the children and their parents was incredible. The host families, medical professionals, and others involved were just as deeply impacted as the children and their families I think!
The tension I felt as I waited to see the outcome of each child's surgery was intense. My heart broke for Toggie's mother as I watched her hand her sweet baby over to be taken back for surgery. I can't imagine being halfway around the world from my husband and having to go through that. My heart was filled with joy as I watched Otga and Uugna wake up and realize that they had pink lips, fingers and toes rather than blue! I was moved to both laughter and tears more times than I can count.
My kids' reactions were similar. They were immersed in the story. The movie has spurred great discussion in our family and motivated every one of us to support the Children's Heart Project in any way we can.
I know that my fumbling attempt to put words to the effect this movie has are not doing it justice. Please get your hands on a copy of Three Hearts and watch it! It's a wonderful movie to watch as a family or with your bible study group or Sunday School class. Watch it as a group and then pray for the project and children and discuss how you can join forces to support CHP in their efforts.
As I was gathering information for this review, I came across updates on two of the three children since their surgery. Sixteen-year-old Otga, now nineteen, and his mother, led fifteen family members to Christ. They started a nomadic church that currently has thirty members. Otga works at Children's Heart Project Heart Camp in Mongolia and is finally learning to read!
Reading that Uugna passed away just last month, nearly four years after his surgery, hit me like a ton of bricks. Please pray for his family as they adjust to life without him. He spent the last four years of his life proclaiming God's Word to his family and friends, and expressed the desire to bring glory to God until his final moments on earth.
I couldn't find any information on adorable three-year-old Toggie, but her beautiful face adorns the cover photo on the Children's Heart Project Facebook page.
The Children's Heart Project is worthy of support. Please visit their website to learn more, pray for all those involved, and prayerfully consider financially supporting them if possible. If you live in a city that needs host families, maybe God would lead you to consider hosting a child traveling here for surgery.
Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of the Three Hearts documentary to review and share with others! This movie has the potential to have a tremendous impact for good.
Three hearts is a documentary, chronicling three Mongolian youth (aged 3, 16,18) with heart defects and their journey to America to get surgery. The organization is called Children's Heart Project from Samaritan's Purse, an organization spear headed by Franklin Graham's daughter, Cissie Graham Lynch. I had know idea what this DVD was about when I put it into my DVD player, but it did not take long before I was engrossed in this documentary that was emotional, joyful, hopeful and spiritual. Here you have three children that are on the road to a certain early grave with little hope. No surgical hospitals, little money, little resources and an absence of the knowledge that there is a loving Father God. All of this changes when they are chosen to be part of The Children's Heart Project.
The documentary takes you from family life in Mongolia to the American hosts in Texas. You will find your self jealous for the compassion you see in the people involved. The best part was seeing the children the families changed by the love and hope that they find in Christ.
While this documentary is clearly a project aimed at getting people involved in support and prayer and perhaps giving current supporters a glimpse into what they are sowing into, it was encouraging to see what work IS being done, and it causes you heart to be filled with compassion.
This DVD was provided free from the booksneeze.com reviewers program for my honest review.
This dvd is a heartfelt documentary of children with heart diesease. Cissie Graham, (grandaughter of Billy Graham, and daughter of Franklin Graham) is doing an internship at the orginization Samaritain Purse and is assigned to help 3 families in Mongolia get to San Antonio,TX for life saving heart surgery on their children. When a life situation comes up, Cissie is forced to find someone to go to Mongolia to bring back the children and families to TX. She finds a family that has also had to deal with the heart surgery of their own son. The mom, dad and son that has never flown was asked to go and pick up these families from the home country. They except the inviation and the journey beings.
The story also involves doctors, nurses and host families. When they arrive in TX they cover the stories with the host families and the journey they all face. The love of GOD is all over this movie. Each family is told about Jesus the Healer and taught to pray for everyone and everything.
I LOVED THIS STORY **** Warning..... have a box of tissues handy as this is a tear jerker of joy and happiness... I cried from start to finish... I RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYONE!!!!
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