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The Call

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Reviewed by: Ken James

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The Call
Featuring: Sherri Howard
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Producer: Mars Hill Productions
Distributor: Mars Hill Productions

In 1984 the U.S. Congress enacted the Equal Access Act that gave public school students the right to assemble in school for Christian extracurricular meetings. It had been nearly two decades since the government ruled that prayer in public schools was illegal. Great social ills that had never been known in the United States before came upon the nation.

Kansas native Sherri Howard felt alone in her high school. She wasn’t aware of any other Christians and there was no bible club. Sherri felt strongly that God had called her to a task that would reach thousands for Christ. Acting on this strong prompting from the Lord, she attended the first Youth Congress on Evangelism in Washington, D.C. with 16,000 other students from around the nation. After a time of evangelism training, Sherry returned to Wichita energized at the prospect of starting a bible club in her school.

This 22-minute documentary features Sherri in an interview setting with cutaways to various scenes including video clips from the 1984 Youth Congress on Evangelism conference (with some teaching from Buster Soaries).

As a Gen-Xer myself, I can remember the effects of the 1984 ruling as I met with several other Christians at our before-school Bible study. “The Call” isn’t designed to mobilize viewers to any particular ministry, but rather to encourage Christians to heed God’s calling upon their life whatever that may be. The message is clear: one person doing what God tells him or her can impact generations!

(Video purchases of this title also include an enclosed study guide.)

Viewer Comments
At a time when I was doubting the impact of my years in youth ministry, I believe The Call ministered to me as much as it did to the 27,000 young people who saw it at DL/LA.
—Byron Emmert, DC/LA Ministries
It is as effective of a mobilizing tool as we’ve ever used. It really helps young people see how God can use one person to make a difference.
—Chuck Flowers, Baptist General Convention of Texas