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‘Crossing the Line’… A powerful film with a strong message

‘Crossing the Line’ – a DVD highlighting the impact of the Troubles on County Fermanagh’s Rev’d Rodney Beacom, has been launched at a special event held in The Valley Hotel, Fivemiletown, on Tuesday, 19th March, 2024.




Rodney Beacom is minister of Lisbellaw, Lisnaskea, Maguiresbridge and Newtownbutler Presbyterian Churches.


He is also a Deputy Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, the County Grand Chaplain of County Fermanagh Grand Orange Lodge, and a member of Lisbellaw True Blues LOL 315. Crossing the Line is a very powerful film, with a strong message. In this powerful story, the role of the Orange Institution, as a proud, cultural, and faith-based tradition, is very central.


It was while serving in the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve that Rodney and his colleagues narrowly escaped death during a terrorist ambush. It is at this 'fork in the road' of Rodney's personal life that his testimony of his life-affirming relationship with God begins, and it has powered his mission of faith.


“The widespread terrorist campaign of death and destruction that spread across Northern Ireland from 1969, for 30 years, impacted everybody, young and old, who lived here, and further afield, during that time,” explained Rev’d Beacom.


“At the end of those 30 years over 3,700 people had been murdered, more than 47,500 injured, and an untold number of people traumatised.


“I was one of the injured, and “Crossing the Line” is my story of how “The Troubles” impacted me, my brush with death, and how in Christ Jesus I crossed the line and received new and everlasting life in Him.”




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