Another Look at “Return to Mogadishu.”

The headline read, “21 Egyptian Coptic Christians Beheaded in Libya”. For many, such a headline elicits fear or even thoughts of possible retaliation.

As Christians, how do we react in a way that brings honor to Christ?
Is there a way for us to speak about the life-changing difference Jesus makes within in light of the gut-wrenching things that are happening today?
Does the peace of Christ truly transcend in every situation?

Some time ago, I wrote a tip about Return to Modadishu: Remembering Black Hawk Down. Much has happened with this film since then and I thought you’d be encouraged to hear about some of it.

Return to Mogadishu: Remembering Black Hawk Down is a short film with a compelling story. What would make someone want to return to a place of trauma? a place of great danger? How do soldiers deal with the horrific things they experience in combat?

Can we have a meaningful discussion about Jesus Christ when the topic is about terrorism or warfare?

Mary Beth Minnis, Cru Austin and producer of Return to Mogadishu: Remembering Black Hawk Down, had a desire is to use 1996 Army Best Ranger, Jeff Struecker’s story.

  • To help educate the next generation about our country’s history.
  • To foster gratitude for our servicemen and women.
  • To inspire people to consider issues of faith.

Over the last year “Return to Mogadishu” has screened at:

  • Baylor University.
  • University of Iowa.
  • Rutgers University (Division of Global Affairs).
  • Texas Tech University (Student Activities Board).

It has also screened in private theaters and homes including:

  • The SoHo House NYC to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.
  • In Rome, Bari, Mudugno, and Florence, Italy.
  • The United Nations in New York City during the 2014 Nexus Global Youth Summit.
  • The Brooklyn Navy Yard in celebration of Veterans Day.
  • On Capitol Hill to the 157th Joint Reserve Detachment with Congressional Members in attendance.
  • In Washington, DC, to the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and Fulbright Association.

Return to Mogadishu has been featured on the following media outlets:

  • ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
  • Fox & Friends.
  • BBC News.
  • Al Jazeera.
  • CCTV (Chinese TV Station).

This film has been seen around the world and has caused many atheists to reconsider if God is real. How could you use this film to spark people to consider Christ? Perhaps you could help arrange a screening or share about it on social media? Here are some ideas to get you thinking…

1. Post a link to the film on your Facebook wall or on a friend’s wall with a comment/question:

  • “Just watched this…powerful. The courage he displays is incredible. It makes me thankful for our military. Watch it and tell me how it hits you.”
  • “Whoa. Intense. Check it out…what is your first thought after seeing this?”
  • “Seriously? Who is this guy? What would make him go back to Mogadishu??”

2. Send an email to friends in the military with a few thoughts and a link to watch the film.

  • Hey – I just saw this video. It made me think of you. Thank you for serving our country. Would love to know what you think of the film…

3.Tweet to @JeffStruecker @R2Mog @MaryBethMinnis with thoughts/feelings about the film, and perhaps ask a question:
@R2Mog Just watched Wow. Powerful. Especially after seeing #AmericanSniper.

Here are links to Return to Mogadishu and Bullet Proof Faith.

Finally, Oscar winners, Congressional Members, and Foreign dignitaries have seen Return to Mogadishu. Would you stop and pray right now for God to work in the hearts of those that watch the film? May the peace of Christ rule in all of our hearts as it did in Jeff Struecker’s heart on October 3-4, 1993.


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