“I Can Only Imagine” Producer Speaks to DCHS
Joe Knopp, producer of the film “I Can Only Imagine” stopped by to speak with our Dayton Christian High School students today. Knopp, who also produced the movie “Woodlawn,” told the students about his challenging childhood and how God used it to bring glory to Himself – and he challenged them to use their own stories to have an impact for Christ.
Knopp’s visit caps off a week of spiritual focus in the high school. Twice a year, our high school students take a break from their regular routine for Spiritual Emphasis Week. Every day becomes chapel day and other activities are added to help our high schoolers focus their attention on the Lord.
Target Dayton, a ministry for the poor and homeless of Dayton, has led the charge for this spring’s Spiritual Emphasis Week with a daily message based on Matthew 16:24. With praise songs, testimonies from the Target Dayton staff, and challenges for students to deny themselves and follow Christ, the week’s theme “How to be a World Changer for Jesus” has encouraged many of our students to think about where their priorities really lie.
Today, after hearing from Knopp, students headed off site to see “I Can Only Imagine,” a film based on the life of MercyMe’s lead singer Bart Millard and how he came to write the song of the same name, the most played Christian radio single ever.
Millard’s story, much like Knopp’s, is one of a troubled childhood that God was able to use for His glory. The testimonies from the Target Dayton staff echoed this theme of redemption as they focused on how God took their flawed, messy lives and made them new.