Into the Light Teaching Documentary

Campaign Created by: John-Michael Bout

The funds from this campaign will be received by John-Michael Bout.

Goal : CAD $85,000
Raised : CAD $ 81,102

We need your help to make this documentary a reality.

Into The Light - A Teaching Documentary on Freedom From Pornography

Do you know someone broken by pornography? Nothing destroys families, shatters ministries, and distorts intimacy like pornography does. Into The Light is a teaching documentary that offers the fundamentals of change from bondage in sin to freedom in Christ. 


Much of the conversation about porn focuses on why it is wrong but does not offer Biblical hope for change. After years of fighting it is so easy to become jaded and doubt that God really cares. He does care. Our prayer for this film is that it will equip men and women to know and love Jesus more than pornography.


Into The Light is a resource for individuals and churches. The film takes the structure of six chapters. Each chapter is an interview with a pastor or biblical counselor who speak on sin, Christ’s love, confession, radical measures, endurance, and the holistic Christian life. We are thrilled to have Heath Lambert, Jeremy Pierre, Garrett Kell, Deepak Reju, and Ellen Dykas speak in the film (see bios in updates).


Why do we need another Christian resource on pornography when there are so many good books already written? Unfortunately, many people are not readers. A film can get everyone in a church on the same page and begin the conversation. 


By funding this project, you are helping us create a full-length teaching documentary, a six episodes series, and an accompanying podcast. We are committed to offering everything as a 100% free resource, but to do this, we need your support. Please consider investing in this project and offering hope for those caught in porn.


Practical Questions:

Why crowdfunding? We want to crowd-fund the whole film so that the resource can be free for churches and individuals. To be totally transparent, anyone is welcome to see exactly how the budget allocates each dollar, just send us an email. Please consider investing in this project and offering hope for those caught in porn. 


When will Into the Light be finished? Lord willing, we are on schedule to finish the film and begin promotion in late August 2022. 


Is this just a resource for men? Resoundingly no! We are committed to head-on addressing the fact that women struggle with pornography just as much as men. We are thrilled to bring Ellen Dykas into the film and hope to begin removing the barrier of shame for women sharing their sexual struggles.


How can you support us? The obvious way is to donate to the campaign, but there are other ways. First, please pray that the Lord would work heart change through this film. To do this you can join our email list at intothelightdocumentary.com. Secondly, begin the conversation with your friends and family and share the project. Finally, seek out opportunities and make yourself available to walk alongside men or women caught in pornography.

UPDATES

We reached our fundraising goal!!!
July 17, 2022
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Hello all,


We reached our fundraising goal!!! 


Words like thankful, honoured, humbled, and in awe all come to mind. Because of the incredible generosity of everyone who donated to Into The Light, the gospel's message of hope and healing WILL go out to many many men and women caught in pornography. God is good. May his name be praised through all that this project has done and will do.


Friday night 10,500 dollars were raised for the documentary at the Exalted Christ music evening. Fundraising began June 1, 2022, and on July 15, the rest of the funds were raised. Again, God is good.


Any funds that are now raised above the base goal of 65,000 will be going towards further resources and work on Into The Light as a documentary, podcast, and video series. There is always more room to give!


Keep an eye out for the podcasts as they get released, and you can keep watching early highlights from the documentary on Instagram. 


Thank you for your generous donations and prayers. "For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen."

Romans 11:36


In Christ, John-Michael and Jake

The Podcast is Out!
June 15, 2022
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Hey All,


We just dropped the first podcast with Heath Lambert. This is the first episode released with more to come and we hope that in these conversations, you meet Jesus, find healing, and have your honest questions answered. 

Go check it out!  Podcast

E-Transfers
June 15, 2022
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Hey all,

If anyone wants to give directly to skip the processing fee, you can directly E-transfer us at jmbout1@gmail.com. We will then manually add the donation to GiveSendGo.

Thanks for all your incredible generosity so far. May God be praised. 

Garrett Kell
May 31, 2022
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Garrett Kell, ThM. is the Pastor at Del Ray Baptist Church. He has written the book Pure in Heart: Sexual Sin and the Promises of God. He is married to Carrie and together they have six children. Garrett enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, fishing, and exercising so he can eat whatever he wants.

Ellen Mary Dykas
May 31, 2022
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Ellen Mary Dykas received her MA in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1999 and serves as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Harvest USA, a national ministry focused on gospel-centered discipleship and teaching regarding sexuality and gender. She writes and speaks frequently on these topics and has authored, Sexual Sanity for Women: Healing from Sexual Brokenness, Sex And The Single Girl: Smart Ways to Care for Your Heart and Your Dating Relationship and Your Sexual Past: How Much to Share.

Deepak Reju
May 31, 2022
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Deepak Reju, M.Div., Ph.D. is the Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Families at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He is the author of On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church, The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need, She’s Got the Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle, and Pornography: Fighting for Purity, Rescue plan, and Rescue Skills. Deepak and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 2001 and have five children.

Heath Lambert
May 31, 2022
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Dr. Heath Lambert has been preaching at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida since January of 2016, and became Senior Pastor in September of 2017. Prior to serving at First Baptist, Pastor Heath served as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), and as a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is the author of several books, including The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams (Crossway, 2011), Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013), and A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry (Zondervan, 2016). Heath earned a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in biblical and theological studies and political science from Gordon College in 2002, a master of divinity (M.Div.) in Christian Ministry from Southern Seminary in 2005, and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in biblical counseling and systematic theology from Southern Seminary in 2009. He is married to Lauren and they have three children: Carson, Chloe, and Connor.

Jeremy Pierre
May 31, 2022
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Jeremy Pierre, Ph.D., is Lawrence & Charlotte Hoover Professor of Biblical Counseling & Dept. Chair at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life and God With Us: A Journey Home, as well as co-author of both When Home Hurts: Responding Wisely to Domestic Abuse in Your Church and The Pastor and Counseling. He also serves as a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Directors and Producers
May 31, 2022
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John-Michael Bout has a B.A. in Classics from Brock University and plans to attend SBTS in August 2022. He has worked on several film sets, co-produced Ordinary Commission, and worked as a landscape foreman for a couple of years. He is married to his gorgeous wife Jessica and recently welcomed his first son Roman Bout into the world. John-Michael enjoys playing bass, Spikeball, and reading thick Russian novels.


Jacob Valk has worked various roles in advertising/film in Toronto for five years. He has a degree in Advertising from Mohawk College and a B.A. in Humanities from Brock University. He co-produced Ordinary Commission and currently runs the podcast Chats Under The Sun. He is working on an M.Div. at SBTS in Louisville, Kentucky, where he lives and works at the ReCenter homeless shelter. Jacob enjoys writing music and shredding snow-covered slopes.


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