Russell Wolfe, one of the producers behind the popular Christian film "God's Not Dead," is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal neurodegenerative condition that has impeded his fine motor skills and has taken away most of his ability to speak.
But in a new video, Wolfe, one of the founding partners of Pure Flix Entertainment, the Christian media company that made "God's Not Dead," shares his immense faith and his belief in miracles — and asks the public to pray for him as he battles the progressive disease.
In the incredibly emotional clip, Wolfe, who also had a small role in the movie, is seen sitting in a chair and holding a series of signs that carry the text of his message. As music plays, someone else is seen helping by lifting each card to reveal what the filmmaker wants to say next.
"I played the doctor in our film 'God's Not Dead' who told a girl she was dying of a terminal illness," the cards read. "In December of 2013 a doctor told me I had ALS, and that my time on Earth was limited."
Wolfe went on to explain, via the placards, that ALS has claimed his ability to speak clearly and to use his arms and legs. But despite losing so much, he said he is hopeful that the miracle of full healing is possible.
"One thing I have not lost is my faith. It's stronger than ever before," he said. "I believe in miracles. I believe for complete healing. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that God's not dead."
Wolfe then spoke aloud, telling viewers, "Until my complete healing manifests, I need your help to stay alive."
The filmmaker concluded by asking for prayer and financial assistance to offset the high costs associated with battling ALS.
A fundraising page setup to help Wolfe and his family raise $500,000 to battle to disease notes that the they have already faced more than $390,000 in expenses and that the sum is growing daily.
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"What is not clearly seen are the personal financial costs that have burdened the Wolfe’s and all ALS families — costs that include the inability to earn income now and in years to come, and the costs of daily expenses such as skilled in-home therapy, nursing care, treatments, medicines, and medical supply costs," the fundraiser reads, in part.
So far, $76,000 has been raised to help Wolfe and his family.