Left to right: Fawn Imboden, vice president and chief development officer of America's Christian Credit Union, Esther and Charles Mully, and Robert Duke, Ph.D., School of Theology dean.

School of Theology Hosts Pre-Screening of Inspiring Biopic Mully

by Logan Cain

“The more you get, the more you want to have,” said Charles Mully, a rags-to-riches millionaire and business mogul who grew up as an orphan on the streets of Kenya, reflecting on his time of acquisition, success, and excess. In an unexpected twist, these words would soon apply to the more than 13,000 children he and his wife adopted and rescued from those familiar streets. Mully Children’s Family (MCF) now has five locations in Kenya, and supports 3,250 orphans every day.

Charles’ meteoric rise to power, followed by his calling from God to give it all away and care for Kenya’s orphans, is documented in the biopic Mully, directed and written by Scott Haze. On Thursday, September 21, APU’s School of Theology hosted a pre-screening of the film in Munson Chapel, joined by Charles and his wife, Esther Mully, along with production manager Lukas Behnken and executive producer Paul Blevin.

“Many members of the APU community share a passion for foster children and adoption, which made our university a great location to host a special screening of the film,” said Robert Duke, PhD., dean of the School of Theology. “Those in attendance became ambassadors for Mully--the local screenings the following week were packed.”

In an exclusive Q&A session after the film, an audience member asked Charles how he and Esther persevered despite the challenges they faced every day in caring for so many children. “There is no way to surrender when God starts a great work in you,” he replied. “We endured through faith and love.”

“When God gives you a calling and you walk wisely alongside Him, He provides,” said Duke. “The Mullys' story serves as a call to action for America's Church to redeem the futures of the more than 400,000 foster children in our own country.”

Select encore screenings of Mully premier on Thursday, November 9. There were previous showings in the U.S. from October 3-5. Focus on the Family matched $15 per ticket sold toward helping orphans in Kenya and the U.S. through the Global Orphan Fund.

The evening concluded with these words from Esther: “Jesus came for those who are lost. How can I say no when kids are living in the streets?”

Logan Cain ’18 is a senior public relations intern in the Office of University Relations. He is a biblical studies and humanities major in the Honors College.