The Last Train Home is a documentary film following the life of a Chinese migrant worker family in the midst of the world’s largest human migration. The cinematography is stunning; the story told reveals the struggles, hopes and failures of a father and mother, and daughter and son caught up in the Chinese industrial revolution. The insight into contemporary Chinese life and culture are valuable for Western Christians, as is the window it creates into both the beauty and ugliness of China. At times a saddening reminder of life without Christ (Eph.2:1-3), the film is a stirring impetus to pray for the Zhang family, and the vast masses of humanity who have not yet heard the gospel, that they by grace would be transformed to join us in declaring:
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph.2:4-7)
Pray for China, and for your own neighbours whose lives, though more comfortable, are just as trapped and futile in sin. The Last Train Home is available online free until October 27, 2011 at PBS POV. Trailer below. A caveat: the full documentary is not suitable for children/youth (some violence and brief immodesty); interested parents should preview it.