Miracles happen — and not just in the movies. That’s what actress/producer Roma Downey wants to share in her new TLC series “Answered Prayers,” where she’ll invite viewers to follow the miraculous stories of real people who experience divine intervention.
“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to make this,” says Downey to The Christian Post about the new series, which she executive produces with her husband Mark Burnett. “People of faith will be drawn to this. It’s a breath of fresh air.”
“Answered Prayers” is a six-part series that features the gripping stories of real people, told through emotional interviews which are interwoven with real footage as well as reenactments. Audiences will be introduced to “brave families willing to share their darkest moments,” Downey says.
In the series premiere this Sunday, viewers will meet an Indiana family who get caught in the crosshairs of a Category 5 tornado that rips through their town, snapping trees and tossing homes like Monopoly game pieces. But just before tragedy strikes, the mother is led by an inner voice that provides specific instructions on how to protect her family.
But you don’t need to be a believer to watch the new TLC miracle series. Skeptics may find interest in the story of a paramedic who is involved in the rescue attempt of a boy who has become submerged in a sand dune. The operation has gone from rescue to recovery when emergency responders finally unearth the boy’s body. As they’re taking him away, they discover that the boy is bleeding and make a surprising conclusion.
These miraculous accounts are what motivated Downey to visit churches across the country to collect stories. “We could probably run for 20 years with the amazing stories that we have,” says Downey, who shares the story of a young Florida boy who suffers a tragic lawnmower accident. When the boy and his parents are faced with the life-altering choice to amputate his leg, a chance encounter on the way to the hospital for surgery gives them the clarity they seek.
“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. ‘Answered Prayers’ is a reminder of the power of prayer. It reminds us that we’re not alone. God hears us,” Downey offers.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post