The Rev. Scott Lee of Kenosha’s The Encounter Church has visited witchcraft caves in Guatemala and been threatened by witches.
Now he and other international religious leaders, including former NHL hockey player, addict and atheist-turned-evangelist Todd White, are sharing some of the life-changing experiences they’ve seen across the world via a new documentary. The film, “This is Living,” will premiere at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at The Encounter Church (formerly Lakeshore Tabernacle), 8900 34th Ave. Attendees also will receive tickets to attend a luncheon after the church service at noon Sunday.
“Everybody is searching,” said 41-year-old Lee. “Everybody is looking for a sign, a wonder, someone to believe in. We live in a world that doesn’t produce that. This movie shows real-life miracles, signs and wonders.”
Produced and filmed on location in Guatemala, Jerusalem and the Bahamas by independent Florida filmmaker Chris Worthington, the one-hour, 15-minute film features interviews with international Christian leaders, including Daniel Kolenda of Christ for All Nations; Michael Koulianos, founder of the Jesus Conference; Eric Gilmour, evangelist with Sonship International; Michael Dow of Burning One Ministries; Nathan Norris and Leslie Hale.
It also follows White praying with workers on a cruise ship in Nassau and films Lee in outreach meetings in Guatemala, where he visits a witch cave and prays with a man who regains hearing in his deaf ear.
“You could see he was using his right ear to hear,” said 20-year-old Worthington, who interviewed the man for the movie. “Scott prayed for him and his (the man’s) hearing slowly came back. He would not stop crying. I was in shock.”
Both Worthington and Lee say that such incidents are but a sample of the miracles shown in the film and those that preceded the movie’s making in the first place. (View the movie trailer at everynationwillbow.com.)
Lee, now the father of five and an international speaker and evangelist, was almost sentenced to 13 years in prison for possession of cocaine before his religious conversion in his jail cell in Lake County, Ill., in 1997.
“I was in and out of jail,” said Lee. “I told God I was tired of the misery and if he was real, to change my life. The judge said he didn’t know why he was doing this, but he gave me three months probation. I never looked back.”
Worthington suffered from depression and anxiety before his uncle tricked him into attending a Hillsong United concert, where his life changed. “I didn’t believe Jesus was real at all,” he said. “I left the concert that day with no anxiety, no fear and no longer depressed.”
Long interested in filmmaking, then 19-year-old Worthington had the idea to make a documentary focused on knowing Jesus and emailed the various religious leaders. Because of his age, he said, “I went into this not thinking I’d get any interviews. I thought no one would take me seriously.”
He began filming in 2015. The film will also be available for viewing on Amazon Prime. Worthington, who graduates this summer from St. Petersburg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in entrepreneurship, is now working on further distribution to churches across the country. The film also is being reviewed for distribution by the Pure Flix Christian film and TV studio.
Lee and his family planted churches in Mexico for eight years. He’s served in Guatemala for 11 years, working with churches and schools there and helping to stop human trafficking via his nonprofit organization, Encountering Life International.
His hope is that the new film helps reach even more people here in the community: “I hope people have an encounter with the savior of the world, Jesus Christ.”