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Holy Ghost reborn

Nic and Rachel Billman pray for a boy who lives on the street in Brazil.

"(L)ike the first film, this does not make for easy viewing – it will no doubt discomfort some and challenge others and raises plenty of questions which remain unanswered."

US writer/director Darren Wilson returns with the sequel to Holy Ghost which, like the first, sets out to show people that the Holy Spirit is alive and moving through Christians around the world.

As with Holy Ghost, Wilson has once again relied on the Holy Spirit to be his guide in making the documentary, and, like the first – after all, this is really just the second half of what could be seen as a single film or as Wilson has put it, “two sides of the one coin” – it takes the viewer to various locations around the world where we’re given a glimpse into how the Spirit is moving there.

We start off in Rome where extrovert evangelist Todd White takes on a ‘mob’ of protesting students, praying for everyone in sight and receiving some diverse reactions, to say the least, before hearing the story of Ali Petkas, a Muslim who had Jesus come to him in a dream while in Mecca.

Then it’s to Thessaloniki in Greece with evangelist Robby Dawkins and former NFL player Bryan Schwartz have an encounter with a girl they meet in the street – with Dawkins explaining that we are called to be “fearless” in our presentation of God’s love, before we head to South African where Surprise Sithole tells the amazing story of how he came to find God.

The film then takes us into a retreat in Colorado where we see a group of Navy SEALs led to engage with the Spirit before closing with a visit to the ministry of Nic and Rachael Billman among those who live on the streets in Brazil. We finish back with Todd White in the catacombs of Rome.

Interspersed between the adventures around the world are comments from some high profile Christians – yes, mostly based in the US – reflecting on the Holy Spirit. Christian ministers Bill Johnson and RT Kendall both feature as does Reinhard Bonnke.

There’s some amazing stories of how Jesus' love is being shared captured here and some amazing people are shown doing some amazing things for God – the Billman’s “Street Church” is a good example – and while it ventures further afield than the first film did, it still would have been good to see some more diverse perspectives on the Holy Spirit and the role He plays in our lives presented – particularly through the commentaries.

Wilson has described Holy Ghost Reborn as the more emotive of the two films but there’s not a great difference between the two in that regard - in both we see the reaction of people when they are told of the love Jesus has for them. And like the first film, this does not make for easy viewing – it will no doubt discomfort some and challenge others and raises plenty of questions which remain unanswered.

Holy Ghost Reborn may be described as a sequel but is really just an extension of the first film in both format and content (although the stories presented here are self-contained). If you weren’t a fan of the first, don’t expect anything different here but if you were, you’ll no doubt love this one too.