Ian McCormack ’s story began in 1980, when he left New Zealand at the age of 24 for “The Big O.E”, a New Zealand tradition of young people traveling to get some “Overseas Experience.” He sought the “meaning to life” and was particularly interested in enlightenment from eastern religious teachings. Despite this interest, he became convinced through his travels that there was no life after death and this present life was all there was to live for. Later he would describe himself as a “gambling atheist” during this time. After backpacking and surfing through Asia and Africa, Ian ended up on the Island of Mauritius off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. He struck up a friendship with some local Creole fishermen and went night diving to catch fish.
On one particular night, while diving, Ian was stung by five Box Jellyfish, specifically the deadly variety of Box Jellyfish called the Sea Wasp – Chironex fleckeri. Paralyzed and dying, Ian was rushed to a hospital. While there, Ian states he experienced visions of heaven and hell, and felt Jesus empowering him to live so he might tell his story to others. According to Ian’s testimony, he came back to life on a slab in the morgue a full 15-20 minutes after he had been declared dead by the doctors. He was paralyzed from the neck down, but he prayed to be healed and walked out of the hospital the next day. After his experience, Ian describes how he thought he was the only one in the world who knew God.
He began reading a Bible and says he was amazed to find everything he had experienced detailed within its pages. He became a missionary and ministered to indigenous tribes in southeast Asia where he met his future wife and fellow missionary, Jane. After they were married, they worked in New Zealand revivals until they felt called to start a church in England. Since then, he has traveled the world, sharing his testimony with churches, theaters and small groups. Ian’s testimony has been translated into a dozen languages and video interviews are available on YouTube and Google Video. Ian stresses constantly that his story is not to be sold; his story and book have been released without copyright, allowing anyone to download and print it. A feature length film based on Ian’s experience is in pre-production titled The Perfect Wave.
The movie has been funded and the filming will begin in South Africa in August / September, 2012. It is amazing to know that this is happening. We currently have Scott Eastwood playing Ian in the movie & Rachel Hendrix playing Anneke. Paddy Lyster is playing Ian’s dad. Ian’s mother is being played by Cheryl Ladd. Cheryl is an amazing woman of God & is on fire for the Lord. Scott Mortensen is playing Lachlan, Jack Halloran is playing Greg. Matt Bromley playing Mark. Rachael Hickson, Diana Vickers, Rosy Hodges is playing Roxy. Surfers Matt Bromley, Shaun Payne & Rosy Hidges. James Burke Dunsmore is playing the glorified Jesus. Please continue to pray for the right cast for the movie & additonal funding so the film producers can go all out to make the best movie they can. May this movie bring Glory to the Lord and touch millions of lives with God’s unconditional Love.