On Thursday, October 5, movie goers will have one last chance to see “Mully,” a truly inspiring film about how a man who was abandoned when only six years old used his life to help children. Canadians will have the opportunity on October 12.
The film, which was also in theaters on October 3 and 4, is about Charles Mully, who was born in Kenya. When he was six years old, Mully said he woke up to find that his family, which included his mother, younger brother, and an alcoholic father, had left him.
Until he was 16, Mully “lived a hopeless existence, rejected by society and contemplating suicide,” the Christian Post explained. Then, he was invited by this man to go to church, and hearing about Jesus Christ “completely changed my life.”
Along with finding Jesus, Mully found a will to live, which eventually brought him wealth, through a taxi business and investing in cars, buses, real estate, and oil. In 1989, he decided to put his wealth towards helping children who, like himself, had been abandoned. It came after his 1986 encounter with begging children while on the street, according to CBN News. What followed was truly an amazing realization:
I saw myself in their faces because I was trying to hide myself. I had never shared it with anybody. I don;t [sic] remember even one day sharing a testimony about my past. I wanted people to see me as a great man, with money, with everything
Mully explained to CBN that it is hard to contemplate how much money he has. “Sometimes, it is so hard for me to measure at the level, but I can acknowledge and say, yes the Lord really lifted me so high through his favor, through the small business that I started.”
The film details how he went from suicidal “beggar boy” to follower of Jesus and “celebrated millionaire.” He also explained how he sees “God’s grace and a plan,” which he acknowledges is “a good plan.” He says God “was planning for me to become an instrument for the future.”
His efforts brought him to opening a home. He has saved an estimated 13,000 to 15,000 children in what is the largest children’s rehabilitation organization in Africa. It has received government from not only the Kenyan government, but the European Union, and has spread to neighboring African countries.
In explaining the children in his program he explained how “They have become self-reliant in their future life. We give them the best of healthcare, clothing and shelter, love, fatherly and motherly love. We help them spiritually to grow, give them spiritual nourishment as well as prayer.”
Mully, who was received certificates in Evangelism, continues to view his mission as being one of faith. “I see the world, I see Kenya, I see the continent of Africa being transformed through them and through Christ, who strengthens us,” he told CBN.