About the Author: When Christine Difato left for college she encountered some harsh realities. Like most college students, it was her first time on her own…but she also faced the added challenge of being completely blind and getting used to her first guide-dog, Freddie. After earning a BA degree, she went on a Fulbright scholarship to the former East Germany. Recently, she earned a Masters at Cambridge University, and is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Exeter in the UK.
As the Hillsong United band traveled around the world on tour, they saw the gaping disparities. Everywhere, there were huge gaps between rich and poor, with some people living in mansions and others in cardboard boxes. This struck a deep chord in their hearts. From Hong Kong to London, they saw the needs of the people they met, the need for Christ’s tangible love. They decided to make a documentary, not about their performances but about the real world outside of their performance venues. As their site notes:
Globally, there is a generation of people who’s hearts, together, are turned toward Jesus through worship.
Hillsong UNITED’s feature-length documentary “demonstrates the potential impact of this unified heart if put into practice by showing the love of God toward others… To not just preach the good news, but together, to be the good news.” In other words, the heart of worship turned into action means serving the millions of people living in
poverty around the world. That’s music to the ears of the Mercy Generation.
Hillsong’s documentary was aired on June 17, 2010. On that one night, the video convened youth from churches
across the globe to focus on the needs of their world. Theatres were sold out in London, and even the smaller crowds in Berlin surprised venue managers and delighted youth pastors.
The film illustrates the marriage of two major trends of the global church: Christ’s love expressed through Mercy, and Machines used to communicate need and call to action. Let’s lift up this generation in prayer — that its message will start a sincere, heart-filled revolution of Christ’s love to his precious people.
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