Our vision for Far More Productions is to provide tools that help others find freedom from the bondage of mental illnesses, including depression and suicide.
"Our visions are a means to a greater end. Namely; the glory of God and the salvation of men and women. This is His ultimate objective, His ultimate desire." -Andy Stanely 'Visioneering'
We long to do the will of God and create a ministry of excellence where Far More Productions will equip, empower and encourage others in their fight against mental illness and suicide. We plan to accomplish this through our Training Center, our Call Center, and our Media Outreach that will produce films that not only communicate the realities of suicide, but will also share the process of healing and the hope that we have found in Christ.
Behind the name...
29)Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30)And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31)So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. -Matthew 10:29-31
Throughout this journey we have heard many different reasons why people have attempted to end their lives. As well as through notes left behind by those who have succeeded. One reason stuck out to me (and one that seemed the most repeated)... "I'm not worth it." That is a lie!
Our Heavenly Father, the Creator of the Universe, CARES when you fall! He cares when you hurt! Yes, even the “lowest of the low” as the enemy may make us feel! Your Heavenly Father loves you UNCONDITIONALLY!!! He loves you the same today, as He did yesterday, as He will tomorrow. YOUR LIFE is MORE IMPORTANT to Him than MANY Sparrows, where in His word, He states, do not fall without His care!!!
If He, the Creator of the Universe, cares about you enough… to know something as insignificant… as how many hairs are on your head… you can rest assured that ALL that hurts you MATTERS to Him!
SUICIDE. It most definitely is hard and painful to talk about!!! BUT it is imperative to talk about it to save others from NOT talking about what is bothering them. Knowing they have a safe place to do that!!! FREE and PRIVATE!!! They need easy access to someone who will listen and pray with him or her.
There are some hotlines out there that you can call or text for counsel. However, we need something higher and bigger than what is “within ourselves.” We need someone STRONGER than the enemy we are facing. Whatever that enemy may manifest himself to be within our own individual circumstances.
A large number of children who commit suicide are due to the attacks they face for homosexuality. The way they are spoken to and treated causes them to feel unloved and unworthy of life. Even people who will claim to be Christians try to use the Bible to beat them into changing. That isn’t helpful!! They need unconditional love, and to know that they are worth the fight. They need someone to direct them to Jesus! THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE!!! He meets us right where we are and gives us unconditional love. The rest is between them and Christ. (John 14:6)
It’s a battle between good and evil. The enemy may use anything… whether it is too much pressure or bullying at school or even through people who claim to be Christians… to get his dirty work accomplished. But I am determined not to let him win!
How did I get here?
Well, clearly I did not dream as a child that I would one day write a film about suicide and start a ministry to equip others to fight the battle against suicide, but here I am. It all started when I was 16 years old, and as many do, I considered ending my life. But God. Scriptures my mother had raised me on played over and over in my mind. "Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world." "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." When I was in that darkness and confusion the light of my childhood faith became a saving, healing, delivering reality. Not long after, I lost someone very near and dear to me to suicide.
Thomas was my childhood friend. As the years passed we grew closer and he became my boyfriend. When I went away to college and came home on my first Christmas break I received a phone call that took my breath, knocked me to my knees and forever changed the direction of my life. Thomas had taken his life. He was seventeen years old. In the blink of an eye I not only lost him, but the woman I considered my second mom, and his sister who I considered my sister. The devastation I felt was consuming and yet couldn't come close to the trauma and pain that swallowed his precious mother and sister. The grief and tremendous loss was like a stone in deep water..... rippling out in circles touching life after life with questions and fear and sorrow. But God! I was forever changed that night. The desire to tell a story ...the whole story....it starting coming together in scenes in my mind....but what story was I trying to tell? Those scenes in my mind played out like a movie over and over throughout the past 14 years, and would become the first full length feature film by Far More Productions; This Too Shall Pass Film.
Fastforward 13 years later, after losing multiple people I knew to suicide, I lost the man that was once the love of my life, my husband, and my son's father, John Allen Lynch Jr. He was outgoing, friendly and fun-loving. Everyone who met him fell in love with him. Who knew that behind that jovial personality there was a deep sadness and an emptiness. He could not see a way out of the struggle and took his life. But God.
Out of deep grief my faith restored my soul and birthed in me a desire to make a difference. I knew I had to shine a light on the deep despair and emptiness that leads many to such a hopeless and desperate act. Psalm 119:105 says "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
There are many hot lines out there that work to avert their attention from their momentary crisis, but when the voice on the other end of the phone is gone... what do they have? There again they are alone with their thoughts and don't know what steps to take. Just because you sweep thoughts out of your mind at that moment doesn't mean that they won't come back. Then what? That's WHY...
Summer Leigh Moody
A CALL TO ACTION... A CALL TO HOPE... A CALL TO FIGHT
Far More Productions realizes that it takes far more than a comforting voice on the other end to fight the battle of mental illnesses and suicide.