A Businessman Responds to the Refugee Crisis

Films / USA

About The Film

We were introduced to Johnny through a relationship with World Relief.  Recently retired, Johnny was in the process of trying to figure out what to do with his extra time. We spent a week hanging out with him and his wife Susie. They were extremely generous to our crew. Johnny is a very humble man and he was hesitant to be on film because he didn’t want to draw attention to himself.  As he say’s in the film, his focus is on God’s plans for his life not his own.

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[location: USA, length: 5:10]

A businessman reevaluates how he spends his time.  [location: USA, length: 5:10]

We were introduced to Johnny through a relationship with World Relief.  Recently retired, Johnny was in the process of trying to figure out what to do with his extra time. We spent a week hanging out with him and his wife Susie. They were extremely generous to our crew. Johnny is a very humble man and he was hesitant to be on film because he didn’t want to draw attention to himself.  As he say’s in the film, his focus is on God’s plans for his life not his own.

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Johnny VO:
Looking back on the past 35 years of my life I realized that I was focused on success at work and it left me very little quality time for serving God. The result was that, guess what? I made more money, but I didn’t do ministry the way I knew I should be doin’ it, think that, “oh well, I’m young, I’ll have more time.” So thirties, turns to forties, forties turns to fifties and now I’m in my late fifties. Finally I’m trying to flip it in the right direciton. Spending quality time doing God’s work. The process of identifying which ministry my wife and I should select was very important to us and we put a lot of thought into it. So when we discovered that over 600 refugees come to our city every year we felt compelled to participate.

World Relief Office
Bethany:
So, we've got a family for you. They are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. and It's a family of seven, all girls.

Johnny:
Wow.

Bethany:
The DRC, it's been civil wars within the country. and that’s why they've had to flee. The family arrives this Thursday night. Everything is going to be new to them, and they are really going to need a little bit of stability and y'all offer that. We've got an apartment ready and we need to set it up. Would y'all be interested in being involved in that?

Johnny:
Yeah.

Bethany:
Ok.

Setting up Apartment
Johnny VO:
The way I'm wired, it's important to me to not be involved in huge events that are "Billy Graham-ish." I'm not made for the spotlight. I'm prone to pride. And that's what I have to fight. So put me in a spot that doesn't foster that. And that's where the Lord is putting us.

Airport
Johnny VO:
When I read scripture I see that it is incumbent upon all Christians to love God and to love others. Someone who shows up and didn't think he would ever get there, and he came here by the skin of his teeth, and he knows not what the future holds. That to me is a ripe situation to love others. And I want to be a part of it.

Apartment Drop-off
Johnny:
Do you want to see it? You wanna go see. One bedroom here. And their bedroom is here. So mom and dad you sleep here and someone else sleep here.

Interpreter:
I think the little one?

Johnny:
The little one. Yes.

Johnny VO:
Love is not that complicated. It’s actually quite simple. It sort of looks like making yourself very helpful to the people in your life. Some people need a soft word. Some people need a couch. Some people need a friend.

Johnny:
Tell them that I’m sure they’ve had a long trip but they’re home. And we’re glad they are home.

Interpreter:
They’re happy to know that they have people who really care for them and people to help them.

Johnny:
Yeah.

Susie:
I brought some banana bread.

Interpreter:
They think that they are going to keep seeing you in their lives. They want to see you again.

Johnny:
Tell her yes. Yes.

Johnny's Home
Johnny VO:
When you my age you realize the weight of idolatry and realizing that other things have been more important and have taken the place of God. But at the same time what I’m encouraged about is the direction of my life. I will befriend this family. I will be aware of needs. i will pray for them. Where that will lead, I'm’ not sure. Everybody's aiming at something, it's incumbent upon us to know what is that? and what should it be? My aim in life is what God wants. What brings him pleasure. What is his desire.

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