For singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp, watching his life turned into a movie has been surreal. But he also understands that his personal tragedy contains a message of hope.
Premiering last week, ‘I Still Believe’ is the latest film from the Erwin Brothers. Starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise and Shania Twain, it tells the story of his rise to fame and his relationship with his wife Melissa, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and passed away four months after they were married.
“It’s the hardest part of my life,” he told Robbo and Becci on Vision’s Rise & Shine. “It’s the biggest trial I’ve ever experienced, the most pain I’ve ever experienced. I’ve written a book about it. I’ve talked about it, but to watch it on the big screen and watch people act it out, it is, it’s very difficult. And I think I didn’t realise how difficult it was going to be.”
But Jeremy says it has been worth it to see his struggle make a difference. “And that’s really the whole goal behind it anyway. Who cares about Jeremy Camp? It’s a movie about how someone who went through trials and tribulations ran to Jesus, and that’s what got him through it. And that’s what I’m really excited about.”
The movie’s release, in March 2020, was timed to reflect Ephesians 3:20 (NIV), which says “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
Melissa always believed that if even one person could be helped by their pain, it would be worth it to her. “And we’re watching possibly millions of people that are going to be touched and transformed by just what God did through this story.”