“Born to Win” is based on the true story of a troubled man named Leon Terblanche, a teacher at a school for disabled children, who finds himself confronted with the question, “Where is God?” This question sets him on a journey where he discovers that he has never been alone through all the hurt and brokenness of his past. He learns that no matter how broken you are, God is always our living hope. “Born to Win” shows how God turns the hurt, frustration and emptiness of a man into hope, faith and victory to inspire many others to be the winners they were born to be.
“Born to Win” is a powerful story, based on true events, about Pastor Leon Terblanche (played by Gregory Kriek). Leon is raised in North Africa by an abusive stepfather and his mother. He finally winds up with an African woman, a kind, Christian lady named “Mama,” and her son Outjie, who becomes like a brother to him. Mama calls Leon “Lion” and tells him he will one day be a lion for God. Unfortunately, the police take him away to return him back to his mother and stepfather, and the abuse begins again.
Eventually Leon meets up with a beautiful young lady named Elmarie (Leone Pienaar), a model, and they eventually marry and have a daughter named Brigitte (Marie Cronje) about 10 months later. Unfortunately, Leon has hardened his heart, due to a lot of hardship, yet he teaches the handicapped students at Carpe Diem and has a lot of compassion for people. When his marriage is in serious trouble some years later, Leon attends church with both his wife and daughter and finds God again. But not too long after that, a terrible car accident involving loved ones brings Leon to a crisis point, and he must choose to lean on God or become bitter once again.
This powerful and compelling film features a great song called, “I Will Praise You in This Storm,” and the movie is awarded our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12-plus. “Born to Win” will inspire those facing adversity that they are destined to overcome it, as long as they trust God.