Backyard Movie Night

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Well-known Christian author-speaker David Benham and gospel music artists Keith and Kristyn Getty will help launch a one-of-a-kind nationwide backyard movie event — capturing the imagination of thousands of lockdown-weary American families.

The first-ever Backyard Movie Night and Campout, organized by boys’ adventure group Trail Life USA (, will take place Saturday, May 16, with more than 12,000 self-isolating families across all 50 states expected to connect by a real-time video link right in their own backyards.

Benham, best-selling co-author of Whatever the Cost and Living Among Lions, will emcee the event — which follows Trail Life USA’s first-ever National Backyard Campout on April 17, when more than 6,000 self-isolating families across all 50 states took part in a “virtual” campout at home.

The Gettys, best known for the modern hymn “In Christ Alone,” will kick off the virtual movie night with an online musical performance, streamed live into backyards across the nation.

With showings starting at 8:45 p.m. in each local time zone (ET, CT, MT, PT), Trail Life USA will live-stream The Pilgrim’s Progress, produced by Revelation Media, which tells the story of one man’s perilous and adventurous journey to reach heaven. It’s based on the classic novel The Pilgrim’s Progress written by John Bunyan, the second best-selling book of all time, surpassed only by the Bible.

Any family can register for the backyard movie night on Trail Life USA’s website ( where they’ll receive a free movie link and also find camping tips, outdoor recipes, and activity ideas contributed by thousands of Trail Life USA volunteers across the country.

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