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Unsung Hero Film Honors Faith & Family

Alaina McLemore

April 11, 2024 | 2 minute read

The new UNSUNG HERO film follows the courageous journey of the Smallbone family. You’re probably already familiar with famous siblings Rebecca St. James and For King + Country members Luke and Joel Smallbone. But the movie and our exclusive interview gives you an inside look at what their family really went through to get where they are today. From embracing change to encountering miracles – the Smallbone family has learned the importance of faith and family. 

We got a chance to sit down with Luke, Joel and MŌRIAH Smallbone to hear more about the inspiration behind UNSUNG HERO. As the brothers explain, this project really grew from a desire of wanting to honor their parents, especially their mom. They highlight the trials of not only moving across the world, away from family and friends, but then struggling to survive. They learned first-hand how to fight to believe God’s promises for your life when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from.

“I remember those moments,” said Luke. “I remember sitting in the house in our living room that had no furniture and saying these prayers and seeing these miracles take place.”

As the film depicts, Helen and David didn’t hide their circumstances from their kids; they invited them to be part of the solution. They created a space for God to move and for their children to experience his provision and love first-hand, and they did it in a way that made them feel safe and important. In our interview, Joel remembers the incredible safety they felt, even in unsafe circumstances.

“We felt very safe in one another’s love and in our parents’ love,” said Joel.

I think that’s the true gift of family – being able to feel safe and loved even in the midst of uncertainty. To see where God has brought the Smallbone family is incredible – multiple Dove Awards, Grammys and more number one songs than most artists ever have. But I can’t help but think that the love and bond their family shares is still their greatest blessing and achievement.

“I love that, when you’re taking in the film, you get to really intimately see and know Helen and David; and as parents, how they were able to make this great faith journey as a family,” said MŌRIAH.

Their struggle is not unlike what a lot of families are facing today. Whether it’s job uncertainty, relationship problems or just a seemingly endless season of trials, almost everyone can relate to the hardship and love this story represents.

“There’s a quote that Mother Teresa said many years ago that I find to be kind of a thesis statement for this film and that is this, ‘If you want to change the world, go home and love your family,’” said Luke.

The Smallbone family embodies this quote as they’ve continuously worked together to honor God with their lives and careers. They believe in each other and support each other, allowing life’s traumas to bond them closer and not tear them apart.

For more behind the scenes, catch our newly-released interview with the Smallbones.

Get your tickets today, and don’t miss this inspiring story of how the faith of a family can impact the world.

Alaina McLemore

Alaina McLemore

Alaina McLemore is the Technical Copywriter for e3 Partners/I Am Second. She has years of experience in agency and in-house environments and a strong expertise in creative and technical writing. She resides in Texas and enjoys music, reading, traveling to the beach and all-things British.

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