RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Everyone has a story to tell about the ups and downs of life. However, one local pastor's story has turned into a movie, one that is already getting rave reviews as well as spreading a message of hope all over the world.
Pastor Victor Torres leads the congregation of New Life Outreach International in Richmond for over 40 years. "It really has been a rewarding experience to see these young people come to Christ and their lives change," he says. He is talking about the thousands of people his ministry has helped to free from all kinds of addictions, which is something he knows all too well. Addiction is part of Pastor Torres' life story, a story that's now being told on the big screen.
The movie is called Victor, and it is being shown in film festivals all over the world. It is based off of the autobiography Pastor Torres wrote back in 1972 called "Son of Evil Street." The story follows his tough journey throughout the streets of Brooklyn, a journey that includes stabbing a man at the age of 12. By 14, he was a gang member and hooked on heroin. However, a few years later, hope came in the form of a Pennsylvania preacher, who opened his home to Torres and others as they cleaned up their lives.
Pastor Torres believes his life serves as a message to others. "The message of hope. The message of not only faith, but hope and that there is hope and that it doesn't have to be the way circumstances dictate things to you." The message is that we all have the power to be victors.
The red carpet Richmond premiere of Victor will be held at the Byrd Theatre on Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. Many of the movie's actors will be in attendance.
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