An update from Todd Morehead, the Director of Promised Land

Ephesians 3: 20-21

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

My wife and I recently returned from Israel where the world premiere of Promised Land took place. The experience of being in Israel and premiering the movie after 3.5 years of hard work was the most fulfilling experience of my life.

The first premiere was held in Ashdod at a packed-out theatre with a 100% Jewish Crowd. The Mayor of Ashdod came to give his support for the movie along with his entourage of government employees. As the movie played, the audience was enthralled by the story and cinematic quality and when it ended the entire theatre erupted in applause. Many people including the mayor came up to me thanking me for making a movie that blesses Israel and shows the beautiful side to the country and the people. Going into the evening unsure of how the film would be received by the Israeli surfing community, it took everything in me to hold back tears of joy as one Israeli after another shook hands with me, hugged me and thanked me. I was beside myself that they loved the movie so much.

After the screening we found out the minister of education attended the event and wants to implement the movie into the Israeli school system as an educational tool! The four consecutive premieres after Ashdod yielded the same response from those in attendance. On Facebook, word began to spread throughout the surf community that Promised Land is a must see film and one of the best documentaries ever made about Israel and people from many different cities began to ask if they could host a premier. Consequently, premieres are currently being organized for more cities in Israel. All the Israelis involved in the planning said the screenings were a giant success and that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Soon after we returned from Israel, Bryan Jennings received an email from the publicity coordinator of a very popular documentary channel in Israel called Docu, asking for the movie so he could pre screen it and possibly put it on their network. This is the same network that many of my contacts in Israel said we needed to get in touch with, and it turns out they came to us first!

Please be in prayer that God would continue to use the movie, that it would be implemented into the school system, and that Promised Land would be shown in homes all around Israel. Please pray for all those who have seen the movie that the message of Yeshua (Jesus) would be received as good news. God truly did more than we can ask or imagine through the first premieres of Promised Land in Israel. Praise Him!

Promised Land U.S. Tour locations and Dates:

Below are the dates and locations of the Promised Land screenings planned to date for the U.S. tour. We would love to add your city to the list. If interested in hosting a premiere please email [email protected] with the subject heading, Promised Land Inquiry.

February 3: Orange County

February 11: Encinitas

February 12: Maranatha Chapel

February 24: San Juan Capistrano

May 4: Seal Beach