If you’re scared of having your heart broken for things that really happen in the world today, do not watch Not Today. Because it’s guaranteed to deeply touch all but the most callous heart. Be warned.
Not Today, produced by Lionsgate and available in DVD, tells the story of young Caden Welles and his hard-core wake-up call as he comes face-to-face with the child-slave industry.
Caden is an over-indulged 20-year-old who has just about everything money can buy. (His home and lifestyle would be reminiscent of something out of Rancho Santa Fé, San Diego.) Everything except the joy of having his two parents still together in marriage. Still, in spite of their divorce, he’s hardly deprived of love; even his step father adores him and , like Caden’s mother, is a follower of Jesus.
Caden’s reality check takes place when he and some friends visit India on impulse and make partying their priority. Caden’s abuse of alcohol causes him to find himself alone, abandoned by his friends, and in a precarious situation. It is here that he meets Kiran, a single father, and his young daughter Annika, begging on the streets of Hyderabad.
Not impressed by these impoverished Dalit beggars and is angry they are invading his miserable space on the streets, Caden shoos them away. But with a girlfriend and family back home praying for him, it’s not surprising that his conscience is soon rattled.
Caden is so disturbed by the thoughts of Kiran and little Annika’s hunger that he hunts them down in hopes of rectifying the wrongdoing of his own selfishness and unwillingness to help. But, alas, Caden is in for another surprise. Kiran has sold his daughter.
Thus begins the search for young Annika and the unavoidable trip to Hell on earth—a place that enslaves little children for perverted practices.
But sometimes it takes a touch of Hell before a person realizes how real Heaven is—and how important it is to be an instrument in the hands of the One who created it. That is Caden’s story—and that is the story of Kiran, Caden’s newfound friend.
Children like Annika are on every street corner in India. Ministries such as Orphans First help children who in Annika’s predicament. The children in the Orphans First homes in India (not far from Hyderabad) have been spared from ending up enslaved or in a brothel—as Annika did after her father sold her.
Not Today was made to draw attention to the plight of enslaved children and to encourage people to do their part in helping them. Find out more about the work of Orphans First here: www.orphansfirst.org.
Find out more about Not Today here. Buy the DVD, Not Today. Watch it. Share it. You won’t regret it.
A similar version of this story will also appear in Assist News Service.
Janey DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © August 2013