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pray-the-devil-back-to-hellFrom winning the prestigious jury award for Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival to winning the best doc. award at the Heartland Film Festival; Pray the Devil Back to Hell has won over the hearts and minds of those who have seen this little jewel of a film. The film takes its name from the fact that the cruel and inhumane Liberian leader, Charles Taylor had a particular fondness for preaching at local Liberian churches during the civil war. He claimed his authority came from God, while committing unspeakable atrocities at the same time.

Taylor use to “pray the devil out of hell” while a group of resilient Christian women began to pray for peace and “the devil back to hell.” Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Leymah Gbowee, narrates this film and tells the gripping account of these women’s struggle for peace and how God gave her a dream to get the women of the church together to pray for peace. Eventually this escalated into much more.

women-protestPray the Devil Back to Hell is primarily a film about how faith produces hope and hope, eternal action. As the film progresses, one sees how Muslim women eventually join these Christian women who began this quest for peace. In a myriad of ways, this film teaches us followers of Christ, how we can work together across ecumenical lines to help others turn from despair to hope; from hate to love; from death to life.

It is a film, which can provide spiritual inspiration while at the same time recount the miraculous story of how a civil war came to end.

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Leymah-GboweeAbout a year ago, Christianity Today, interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah  Gbowee. Gbowee, who is a Liberian, won the Nobel Peace Prize along with fellow countrywoman Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and another Yemenese woman named Tawakkol Karmen in 2011. In this interesting interview, with Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Gbowee explains how the centrality of faith played a pivotal role in her activism for Liberian peace. Below is a short excerpt from that article.

“Leymah Gbowee experienced the power of prayer after leading a reconciliation effort to eventually end her country’s civil war. In 1993, a dream led the peace activist to call a gathering of women that eventually formed the Christian Women’s Peace Initiative. The women prayed and fasted for the end of violence, denying their husbands sexual relations until the country reached a ceasefire. Former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s regime eventually fell, and Gbowee’s friend Ellen Johnson Sirleaf now leads the country’s democratic government. Gbowee, a mother of six who splits her time between different countries as she promotes peace, attends an independent evangelical church in Ghana and a Lutheran church in Liberia. Her book, Mighty Be Our Powers (Beast Books), describes how her Christian faith motivated her to continue to fight injustice. CT spoke with Gbowee about the reconciliation efforts that led to her winning the Nobel Peace Prize.” (The above piece was excerpted from the Christianity Today article titled The Ceasefire Prayer Behind Leymah Gbowee’s Nobel Peace Prize posted on 4/20/2012)

To read this Christianity Today interview in it’s entirety please click here

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