Ian and Larissa: One Year Later

From Desiring God:

It’s been one year since we released this video, very simply titled: “The Story of Ian and Larissa.” The response was (and continues to be) stunning — over 1.5 million plays online from viewers around the world. But such impressive numbers only faintly echo the measure of grace in the lives of Ian and Larissa Murphy. And to mark the one-year anniversary of the video release, we wanted to reconnect with them for a quick update through this written interview.

Ian and Larissa, thank you for your time. The video has generated a lot of responses — and diverse ones at that. Any thoughts on the response? Any surprises?

Ian says the response has been standard awesomeness from our friends and family. :)

In general, we have received overwhelmingly supportive response to our video. I’m not sure that any of us anticipated the number of views that it would receive nor the geographic reach it would have. We still receive emails on a weekly basis from people who have seen our video for the first time — often because their pastor showed it at church or someone shared it in a small group — and we get to hear how God is still using it to show himself to his people.

I (Larissa), have been surprised by how the video has affected people. I thought that more people would be affected by our relationship. But the majority of responses we have are from people who have suffered from or care for someone who suffers from a disability. God has used Ian so much to provide hope for people who are struggling, which is a beautiful thing.

We were also surprised to find that there are still people who don’t understand disabilities or place value on someone who is disabled. That has weighed heavily on our hearts but also helps us to keep going in making our story public so that we can continue to try to deliver the message that God values life — life of the unborn, disabled, healthy, etc.

Read the rest at Ian and Larissa: One Year Later – Desiring God.

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