Promoting her movie “Miracles from Heaven”, Jennifer Garner attended a church and during the service, shared the life changing impact the movie has had on the actress’ own life.
“Ahhh I can’t even watch the clip, I can’t even see it, it makes me cry,” Garner said as she joined Bishop T.D. Jakes and Christy Beam, who she protrays in the film, on stage.
“I fell so in love with this family, I fell so in love with their love for each other. I fell so in love with their faith,” she said. “It was a transformative experience to play this woman right here, she made me stronger,” the actress confessed about Christy as she choked up.
The movie is bases upon the life of the Beams who joined the actress and the movie’s producer in the meeting.
The film recounts how Christy’s 12-year-old daugther Anna lived with pseudo-obstruction motility disorder and is unable to eat, using feeding tubes for nutrition, but finds herself cured after surviving a near-death accident. Christy talked on stage about the horrible ordeal she and her family had faced while going through it all.
While Garner has never really talked about her faith in the past, in a video captured by DeWayneHamby.com during a Q&A conducted during that very same trip to Dallas, she revealed that her faith life has changed. Garner shared that in Los Angeles, where she lives, people don’t talk about faith and it’s a topic that has become very political. She said that people of faith are usually considered outsiders.
“I will say that being around this community, and while I’ve always gone to church in West Virginia, that when I got back to Los Angeles, I was talking to my kids about the movie and they said, ‘Mom you don’t take us to church,’ and we went that Sunday, and they went today without me. That decision was a direct gift from this movie and for that I’m very grateful,” Garner said.
Jakes’s sermon on Sunday was based on Matthew 15: 21-28, titled, “A Crumb for a Crisis.” Throughout the sermon, Garner responded every time Jakes asked the crowd to echo some of his statements. As the service came to a close, Jakes encouraged everyone to worship God for their breakthrough. Everyone erupted in praise and Garner got up on her feet also.