'Facing Darkness' should teach Christians to run toward --- not away --- from suffering, says Franklin Graham

"Facing Darkness," an upcoming movie based on the true story of two American medical mission workers who were infected with the Ebola virus while helping victims in Liberia, should teach Christians to run toward suffering and not away from it, according to its executive producer Franklin Graham.

(REUTERS / Samaritan's Purse / Handout via Reuters)A Samaritan's Purse team member helps with the delivery of supplies in Liberia in this undated handout photo courtesy of Samaritan's Purse.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Rev. Graham explained why his nonprofit organization Samaritan's Purse runs towards suffering when others do the opposite and walk away in fear. He said his mission teams follow Jesus Christ's example of sacrificing for others' sake.

"For me, as a Christian, I want to use Jesus Christ as my example. When trouble comes, we don't run away but we run to the trouble," Rev. Graham told the Post in the interview. "And that's what we do at Samaritan's Purse this is who we are, it's our DNA! We get it from modeling what our Lord Jesus Christ did when He came from Heaven to this Earth to take our sins. He ran to our problems and He didn't run away from them."

In addition, Graham said Christ knew ahead of time that he was going to suffer and die on Earth. Yet, He did not run away from the task and completed His mission on Earth.

In "Facing Darkness," viewers will witness how American medical mission workers Dr. Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol were infected with the deadly Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia. The story also chronicles the struggle to bring the workers back to the U.S. in time for their life-saving treatment.

"Facing Darkness" is set to premiere in selected cinemas in the U.S. for one night only on March 30.

Just recently, Samaritan's Purse ran into another ordeal when eight of its aid workers were kidnapped by rebels in South Sudan. However, the charity has just announced that the abducted missionaries have already been released without ransom. The rebels, however, have denied the abduction, the Xinhua news agency reports from Juba.

Samaritan's Purse had been helping victims of famine in South Sudan when the eight mission workers were kidnapped in Mayendit amid violent clashes. The charity had evacuated most of its staff from South Sudan and had called for an end to the violence to allow the distribution of food supplies to continue.