ABOUT The Girl Who Believes in Miracles
For more than a year now, the global COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged society and those who live in it. Millions of lives lost, businesses shuttered, entire industries on the verge of collapse. Health fears, economic worry, a gnawing sense of dread many among us have experienced so sharply it left them feeling hopeless.
- Mira Sorvino ("Bonnie Hopkins")
The simple-but-steadfast faith Sara Hopkins (Austyn Johnson) practices in The Girl Who Believes In Miracles is in myriad ways a model for how all of us, especially Christians, can manage the day-to-day challenges presented by the pandemic. Throughout the film, Sara has the same response to each seemingly insurmountable problem that confronts her: she prays for God to meet those in need with a miracle that turns their mourning into dancing.
Director Rich Correll says the lesson of his movie is that no situation, no matter how dire or painful, is beyond the reach of God’s ability to hearten and heal.
"All Sara needed to hear was her pastor say that faith can move mountains," Correll explains. "She took that promise as truth. Imagine if we all started to do that: put our faith, however small or weak we may feel it is, into practice and action. It doesn’t mean that every prayer will be answered. But that faith that fuels such prayers - while it doesn’t guarantee outcome - does pave the way through."
For the young actress Johnson, knowing the film she made before anyone had ever heard the word “COVID” is coming out now, seems like a matter of divine timing itself.
"There haven’t been too many movies in theaters in the last year," she says. "That moviegoers will have the chance to see our movie on the big screen... to maybe have their minds taken off the things we’ve been going through and feel hope again is really its own kind of miracle."
Kevin Sorbo, who plays the skeptical Dr. Riley and is a veteran of faith-based films with uplifting messages, says The Girl Who Believes In Miracles being released during the time of COVID is proof of what was declared by the title of arguably his best-known Christian film.
"This movie is a clarion call to believe that God is not only very much alive, but very much in the business of caring for His people in miraculous ways," he says. "That is a vital truth, a real comfort in the times we’re living in."