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Introduction

Mully is a docudrama based on the life of Dr. Charles M. Mully. Mully will be shown in select theaters nationwide for three consecutive nights, October 3, 4, and 5, via Fathom Events.

Dr. Mully is often referred to as “the father of the world’s largest family.” Having been abandoned at the age of 6 himself, Mully has dedicated the past twenty-seven years, along with his wealth and resources to rescuing abandoned children in the slums of Kenya. His own story of surviving insurmountable odds and becoming one of the most respected humanitarians, is an inspiration to the young children he rescues.

Dr. Mully and his wife Esther formed Mully Children’s Family (MCF) – the world’s largest family – in 1989 to provide for the children whom they rescued.

Watch

Reflect

  1. What did you think of the trailer?
  2. In the trailer, Dr. Mully says “We are one family.” What do you think he means?
  3. Read Ephesians 4:1-6. What do these verses communicate about unity?
  4. What areas of life do we need to more unity?
  5. Dr. Mully saw an injustice/need in his community. What injustices/needs do you see in your community?
  6. Dr. Mully made a decision to do something about the injustice/need he saw. What could you do to address the injustice/need you see?

Ponder

As the trailer begins, there is darkness. We can assume it is Mully rescuing a child, but it could also easily be a 6-year-old Mully being rescued. The darkness continues, until the trailer introduces the Mully Children’s Family, and the screen becomes much lighter.

The filmmakers are using the tension between dark and light to communicate the difference Mully makes in the lives of over 2,700 children ranging from newborns to 23-year-olds. He who was once fatherless, has become a father to thousands.

Dr. Mully is a light of hope in the darkest of night for so many. “We are one family,” he says in the film. The theme of oneness plays out in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. For Paul the coming together of Jews and Gentiles in community symbolizes the power of the gospel. There is unity in the Body of Christ. Dr. Mully’s life has focused on rebuilding lives of thousands of vulnerable children at risk, teenage mothers, victims of gender based violence, and marginalized communities. In this space, we are one, he communicates. In this place, there is unity.

Pray 

Lord God, we give thanks for heroes of faith like Dr. Charles Mully. May your Holy Spirit move in us to open our eyes to see as you see, to see the injustices and the needs that surround us. And may your Holy Spirit move within us to do something about it. Amen.