Witness the exact moment when director, Christian Taylor, met the Boucherie Family and this story was born – June 4, 2015. The Taylor family met the Boucherie family on Purple Heart Lane in Carentan, France as they waited for the yearly parachute drop to begin.
The Birth of The Girl Who Wore Freedom
Jan 29, 2019 | 4 comments
I’m a fan of the Phil Vischer podcast and heard of Normandy Stories there. I’d be very interested in a post on this site of just how this all began. Who had the brainchild? What was next? etc. My wife and I are missionaries on the other side of France but have visited (and LOVE) Normandy several times. I think it’s a pretty cool project, but I’d love to know how a Chicago girl (my wife and I are from Indianapolis) got involved, etc.?
Ahhhh…I see that your son’s story contains part of the back story:
Thank you so much for stopping by to comment, for being a faithful podcast listner, caring about this story AND the French people. I’d love to hear more about your mission work. Please send me any information you can to the email on this website so I can pray for you and your work!
To answer your second question first, YES, Hunter’s blog post does give you some of the background. Additionally, there is a short video of the moment I met Dany and her family and the idea of this film was born. You can see it here: https://thegirlwhoworefreedom.com/media/videos/birth-of-the-girl-who-wore-freedom/
Additionally, there is some of the story in the “About” section of our website under “Background” (https://thegirlwhoworefreedom.com/about/) and here is a well written interview I recently gave to Wabash Magazine: https://blog.wabash.edu/magazine/2018/12/27/turning-point-the-girl-who-wore-freedom/?fbclid=IwAR2STOP2GpbC79ICV-mgAeKpOAimp_QR5Z7l78HG5xwI5o7BSdRDzK4m8O0
However… none of those statements talks about the call I felt placed on my life to tell this story. So I will share that with you now 🙂
I felt that I was given a precious gift by God in meeting Flo, Dany and Jean-Marie Boucherie and that it was my duty to make their story, and those of other Normandy surviors of the German occupation, known to the world. In a sense, I felt like a modern-day Moses. Like Moses, I was given an impossible mission – mine was to tell this story – without any real credentials or skill to do it. I have had to rely on the grace and help of God and many, many other people (French and American) to do this work. Without my partners at Reverse Negative (Terry Jun, Corey Lillard and Rick Arbizzani), my French producers (Flo Boucherie and Michelle Coupey) and the cooperation of the French people, towns and villages and MANY voluteers (many who were podcast listeners!) this story would have never become a reality. I merely said “yes” to the call and have walked forward in faith. Everyday is an adventure and I find myself have to “wash, rinse, repeat” that phrase each day.
Let me know if you have any other questions… it’s my favorite subject to discuss!
Thanks again for all you are doing for the amazing French people.
What amazing providence to run into them that day! Such a great story to tell.