Feature film Beautifully Broken shares the true story of friendship and healing between Andrea Hartley and her Compassion sponsored child, Umuhoza.
18 Oct, 2019
Often, we think about the blessing that happens through Compassion towards the children sponsored—'the ones who need it most’, we think. But there is another side to the story—the blessing and transformation that flows to the sponsor. It is safe to say that when they first sponsored Umuhoza in Rwanda, the Hartleys had no idea of the beautiful impact it would have on their family.
Randy Hartley, Andrea’s father, says that at the time, his daughter was “a lost soul.” Little did the family know, but she had been physically assaulted in a park when she was twelve, and as a result she had changed completely—acting out and disengaging from those who loved her. “She had totally lost her self-esteem and sense of self-worth.”
The only person she confided the truth to was Umuhoza, in her letters. And the only person she connected with at home was a new friend, Aimee, who was herself a refugee of the Rwandan genocide. Aimee's family were starting a new life in America, and they bonded over the connection to Rwanda. In 2009, the two families decided to travel to Rwanda together, in part to visit Umuhoza, on a trip that marked the beginning of both their paths to healing and forgiveness.
The outcome of meeting Umuhoza was, for Andrea, transformational.
Randy says of the trip,
“By going there and seeing the impact [Andrea] had made…you talk about a purpose-driven life—it did change her life. She came back, started working in school, got a college degree in International Studies, and my daughter actually lives in Nairobi, Kenya now, and has been in mission work there for four years.
“And if you saw the girl that was in high school in our household, and the girl today who’s living a purpose-driven life, you wouldn’t think they are the same person.”
Andrea has found purpose in her work in Africa.
“So that’s why I’m a proud dad who can put some really deep personal things on film,” Randy says. “The film shows the path we all took to be whole again, by leaning on Christ and leaning on each other.”
Feature film BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN shares their incredible story of redemption. It powerfully illustrates the work of Compassion: How broken situations can be—and are—redeemed by God and made beautiful.
BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN is in cinemas on October 24.
For cinema locations and times, to make a group booking, or for resources to share, go to www.beautifullybroken.com.au.
Sign up for stories
The best stories of the month, delivered to your inbox.