Some Christians around the world today are suffering under intense persecution like those in the countries of Nigeria and Iran. It’s just a modern-day example of the persecution of believers that’s been going on for the last 2,000 years.

In 5th century Ireland, the boy who would become Saint Patrick was kidnapped by pirates at the age of 16 and forced to work as a shepherd and nearly starved to death.

During that time, he was enslaved, imprisoned, and tortured for his faith. He escaped captivity and was reunited with his family only to have a dream that called him back to Christianity.

Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary bishop where he resisted slavery and Irish kings. As a result of his ministry, the entire nation of Ireland was converted to Christianity.

CBN Films’ newest docudrama “I Am Patrick,” tells the real story of the man who grew into the legendary warrior for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jarrod Anderson, the director of the film, was recently a guest on CBN’s “Prayer Link” and revealed how noted actor John Rhys-Davies ended up with the role of the elder Patrick.

“He wasn’t even supposed to be in the film,” Anderson said. “I actually asked him once I did the voiceover record. He’s got to play the part and I had the chance to ask him.  And I said, ‘I know that it would be way beneath you, but would you consider actually playing the part?’ And he said, ‘It would not be beneath me at all.'”

“I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland” hits theaters for a two-night Fathomevent on March 17 and 18.

Tickets are on sale now. Be sure to go to “” for showtimes and reserve your seats.

To see the full interview with Jarrod Anderson and more, be sure to watch “Prayer Link.” You can catch it tonight on the CBN News Channel at 6:30 Eastern. For a programming schedule, click here.

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