The JESUS film teams press on in spite of the challenges. Many of our teams work in countries that have “rainy” seasons. This could mean rain every day for months on end. They work in areas where roads are often difficult or, in some cases, nonexistent. They wrestle against spiritual darkness in the face of witch doctors and hostile religions (Muslims, Hindus, Animist, Buddhists, and others). They have to deal with equipment failures and technical problems often in remote areas where little or no assistance is available. They work in areas where malaria and other bacteria born illnesses are a constant threat. Yet they press on!
When you pray for our teams, you are enlisting the hosts of heaven against the onslaught of the Enemy. Satan fights on every hand, but God remains faithful. The strength and commitment exhibited by these men and women is a direct result of the grace of God. Your prayers are petitions on behalf of these soldiers of the cross. With God’s help they press on. Thirty-five partner teams in 21 countries are currently using the JESUS film.
Every month, on average, the film is being shown 102 times. Approximately 40,000 viewers see the film each month, with over 12,000 people responding to the message. Our partner teams are responsible for 42 new cell groups started every month, resulting in an average of six new church plants each month. This is in spite of the challenges. They simply press on!
Here is a list of the twenty-one countries and the number of teams operating in that country. Will you please pray for these countries and these teams by name? Let us lift their hands up while the battle rages. Let us be faithful to pray and give as they go into these dark places to face the Enemy of Light. There will be a new village reached with the gospel message this week through the JESUS Film Partnership teams. This month alone 1,000 people will respond to the message and over 40 new cell groups will be started. Six new churches will be planted in the next month.
Countries with GP JESUS Film Partnership Teams
Bougainville (1), Burkina Faso (1), Cameroon (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Cuba (1), Democratic Republic of Congo (1), Equatorial Guinea (1), Ghana (2), Haiti (1), India (1), Indonesia (1), Liberia (1), Mozambique (6), Nepal (7), Papua New Guinea (1), Philippines (1), Sierra Leone (2), South Africa (2), Zambia (2)
This is a partnership. We are holding up our end of the commitment in prayer. We are making sure that the necessary funding is available to train, equip, and resource these teams. Somewhere right now one of our teams is preparing to show, is showing, or is following up on a showing of the JESUS film. As the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (KJV). To God be the glory!
June Prayer Requests
Are you on Facebook? Follow us and “Like” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jesusfilmpartnership.
Spread the word! Pass this newsletter on to a friend or share it on your personal Facebook page. When it come to people praying and supporting, “more” is good.
In His Grip,
Director of the JESUS Film Partnership of Global Partners
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
Hindu Priest Comes to Jesus: One evening at the completion of the film, we met an old man who came to us and invited us to his home. He was a Hindu priest, and the things he saw in the film confused him. In the film Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” That old man thought he would never go heaven since he worshipped idols. He had fear that he would have to face judgment, so we helped him understand that only Christ is the way, the truth and the life and that he could also be the son of Christ. He was shocked to hear this and asked us how he could be the son of Christ. We showed him through Scripture to confess all his sin and invite Jesus into his life. That night, in his home, he and his wife both accepted Christ. He is 56 years old and his wife is 51 years old.
Many people have heard about the priest who knows how to become a Christian! As a result others also wish to leave Hinduism and want to accept Jesus.
Jesus Loves the Little Children: We were showing the film in a village with around 90 people present. They seemed happy and eager to have such an opportunity. After showing the film, we also preached the gospel of God according to the Word and the book of Luke the film is based on. One couple came to us and shared that they had been married for ten years and had an eight-year-old child. Their child was born healthy and was normal until around five years old. He used to speak and perform all the activities of a normal child, but about three years earlier the child stopped speaking and wasn’t able to perform the work in school. They asked us, “Can our child be healed by Christ?” We replied yes and suggested they leave behind their Hindu life, confess their sin, and invite Christ in their life and accept Jesus as their Lord. The parents, along with their child, accepted Christ immediately. We prayed with this child to start to move and speak normally, and they are surprised and happy to see this unexpected miracle of their child being well. Now the whole family is going to church, and the child has seen steady progress in his body. Thanks to Jesus for such a great work in their life. Praise the Lord!
A Jehovah’s Witness Is Converted: Fisheni village is an equivalent of the cities of refuge in the Old Testament. In it you will find all offenders who have been banished from their villages for chronic antisocial behavior. All kinds of vices are found in this community. Doing church there is just going through the motions, and evangelism is very risky. There is a strong Jehovah’s Witnesses presence in the area, and our plans to go to this village were strongly opposed by this group. We are used to this, and so we simply focused on our business. And, as usual, the attendance was an opposite of the anticipated negative publicity that we had enjoyed from the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW).
We broke through almost immediately on the first night because a number of the respondents were heavily demon possessed, and we had a busy night of casting out devils. One of the people delivered was a daughter to a JW elder. She was reported to have been demon possessed since she was seven when she attended a family ritual cleansing in which she adopted the spirit of her departed grandmother who used to be a witch doctor. Shortly after this transfer of spirits, she began to display evidence of being possessed but not as the family had expected—to become a witch doctor who would prescribe treatment and be a seer. Rather, she became violent attacking everyone when under the spell, and no one could overcome her.
When we came to Fisheni, she was attending a drumming session that was meant to appease the spirits. Halfway through the JESUS film, we noticed commotion in the crowd and within seconds she was half-naked and rushed to the screen, pulling it down until one pole was bent. We immediately began to cast out the demons in her while the other team members protected the equipment. We took her away from the scene where we continued to pray for her. Meanwhile, the pole was straightened and the film resumed.
An hour later she was delivered of her demons, and she testified to the crowd that she had never felt so relieved since she was seven. We counseled her about what had happened and requested her to return the following day for more help. The following day she came with a man we had earlier met as a JW elder. she introduced him to us as her father. He narrated to us how Ines had had to leave school at age nine because of the violent demons that had possessed her. Help had been sought from every possible angle but to no avail. He was convinced the God presented in the film was the God of the Bible because what had been done to his daughter even his church had failed to help. We shared with him the four spiritual laws and prayed with him. Today, he and his daughter are attending our Bible study in Fisheni as we work towards making it a church plant. We thank God for manifesting His delivering power and vindicating His name so that the JESUS film is not just another show!
God Moves in Many Ways: Her husband had given clear instructions that their children should not be permitted to attend the JESUS film showing that was being promoted in Old Jim, a community on the outskirts of Chipata. Knowing the consequences that would follow if this instruction were not complied with, this wife quickly prepared supper for her children. By the time we [the JESUS film team] were beginning the show, she had all her children locked up in the house away from the picture but not from the audio. For two days she judiciously fulfilled this requirement as demanded by her husband who, we later came to learn, had a volatile temper that would often explode into violence. He had apparently lost two of his previous jobs as a result from fits of rage that broke into fights against his colleagues. On the third and final day of the shows, she came to our site where we were also providing some counseling services to those who had responded to the invitation following the film. She had this interesting account to narrate:
My children and I have not been coming to the shows because my husband wouldn’t let us. But we have been listening to the message because our house is nearby, and we could hear the speakers loud and clear. One sentence has kept bothering me and last night I hardly slept as I kept hearing the words of Jesus saying, “Let the children come to me for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Her eyes became teary as she continued to narrate how she had a related dream the previous night. In the dream a heavy storm was approaching her small maize field where she and her children were working. Fearing to be caught in the rain, she and her children began to run towards a small hut that was built on a hill. As the storm drew closer, the skies became darker while she and her children ran on. Going up the hill, she began to lose her breath and so did her children. A few meters before the hut she fell and began to crawl towards it. The door to the hut was halfway open, but it did not look strong enough to stand against the approaching storm. Just about the time she reached the hut, the door shut with a huge bang. She stood up and tried to open the door while she called to her children to hurry or they would be over taken by the storm. The door was tightly shut and that frail looking door could not give in to all the pressure she applied to it. It was while she was fighting with the door that she suddenly woke up and realized she had been dreaming. She narrated the dream to her husband who had returned home drunk that night, and he made nothing out of it.
Amidst sobs, she concluded, “I think God is showing me that I am shutting my children out of a lifetime opportunity that even I myself have no access to. God was sending a message through that dream, and it is clear He wants me and my children to give ourselves to him.”
She went on to plead with us to help her and her children, which we were glad to do. We led her to the Lord and encouraged her that she had the responsibility of bringing up her children in the knowledge and fear of the Lord by attending a Bible-believing church and taking her children to Sunday school. We further offered to visit with her husband and share the gospel with him too. She became a born-again believer that day. She attended our final showing with her children and gave her testimony to the crowd that evening.
Letter from Northeast India: Greetings! I am glad to inform you that the follow-up ministry program of JFP is going on well. However, I am sorry to say that the JESUS film could not be shown still as our equipment needs replacement. Please pray for us that we soon may have new equipment. I am here attached a copy of our follow-up report for the month of April 2013 for your information. I am also attached two photo of where we had organized our follow-up program. We will be very glad to hear from you soon. We are praying for you. Blessings!
In spite of the difficulties with equipment . . . God has blessed the showing of the JESUS film, and it has been evident in our follow-up ministry being held in the towns and villages we visited. They were greatly influenced by the film, which resulted in many young people giving their lives to Christ, leaving their bad habits, and attending church services. Some have even expressed a willingness to give funds to the development of the church. The follow-up has made it aware to parents that there is someone who cares about their family’s spiritual condition.
NOTE: Someone traveling to Northeast India in August is taking new equipment. Please pray with these workers as they continue to work and wait.
Important New Offer
If you have a smartphone, iPad, or tablet, you can now be a mobile missionary. The JESUS Film Project has developed an app to allow you to stream or download the JESUS film in all 1,164 languages, along with all their video media. Go to www.jesusfilmmedia.com or search JESUS Film Media in your app store. You too can become a mobile missionary!
Equatorial Guinea, Africa
An important man in the government was seriously ill, and it seemed like death was near. Someone told him that he should call Rev. Damian, national superintendent of The Wesleyan Church of Equatorial Guinea, to come and pray for him. So in desperation he called Pastor Damian. Pastor Damian prayed and the Lord miraculously healed the man.
Later, the man called Pastor Damian to come visit him. He wanted to do something for him. Pastor Damian said that he did not pray for him expecting anything in return, but the man insisted. So Pastor Damian told him that if he wanted to do something, he could possibly help the church. He told the man how they had tried unsuccessfully for a long time to secure land for a church. So the man arranged for land to be deeded to the church.
Today, they are building a new church on a large piece of beautiful land. Since they have received the land, the area around the church has been developed and continues to see growth in housing and business. Pray for this church as they continue with this significant project. Contact GP missionary Rick West at email@example.com if you have interest in helping this powerful church complete their project.
The church in Equatorial Guinea is experiencing growth and has a vision to plant many new churches. They dream of when they can send missionaries into surrounding countries like Gabon. Today, there are 17 Wesleyan churches in Equatorial Guinea. With the start of a JESUS film evangelistic team, they believe God is going to help them to realize their goals and vision for Kingdom building in their country. Will you agree to pray for our National Superintendent Rev. Damian and our JESUS film team of Alberto, Tomas, and Antonio?
Costa Rica, Ibero-America
The Wesleyan Church of Costa Rica has trained a group of volunteers as JESUS film evangelist. Their goal is to reach indigenous Indians and other unchurched areas with the gospel utilizing the JESUS film. Earlier in May, Director John Croft, Dr. John Connor, and Rev. Steve Bradley traveled to Costa Rica to do the training. We enjoyed the experience of worship with this vibrant church and the many opportunities to teach and preach, plus the JESUS film team training.
The Wesleyan Church of Costa Rica receives wonderful leadership from National Superintendent Luis Azofeifa. He has a contagious evangelistic spirit that has motivated many to give themselves to evangelism and service. Mercedes Vargas Corrales will serve as the JESUS film ministry leader. Merce, as she is known, is a lovely, Godly lady that will be responsible for organizing and sending out the teams each weekend to targeted locations. Please pray for these incredibly passionate people as they seek to see many come to know Christ as their Savior and to see new churches planted.
Campaign 300 Review
Our Campaign 300 goal is 30 teams showing the film to 3 million viewers resulting in 300 churches planted over three years (by June 2015). Through the generous giving of many, we have surpassed our goal of teams. With the training of our team in Equatorial Guinea, we now have 34 teams serving in 20 countries. We are so grateful to our many donors and prayer supporters. You, through the grace of God, are the driving force behind this ministry. Thank you for being faithful in your generosity.
In His Grip,
Director of the JESUS Film Partnership of Global Partners
Follow the JESUS Film Partnership on Facebook at
CLICK LIKE and share the page with your friends.
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
With donations from two generous donors, the JESUS film teams of Sierra Leone gratefully received a new Toyota truck for the work of the teams. Mr Steve Ullom, retired director of Finances of GP and former GP missionary to Sierra Leone was very instrumental in getting the truck at a great price and getting it imported.
The director of the JESUS film for Sierra Leone reports: It is also good to report that at recent meeting held with both teams on Wednesday, we have assigned the period (June-October) as a follow-up period. The raining season has commenced, with hardly any outdoor activities. Rains do come with heavy breezes, backed by thunderstorm. New areas were also mapped out for new showings after the rains.
The work in the south/eastern region has more premium and focus. New church planting areas have been identified. This would greatly be achieved with the coming of the film truck. All team members and national leadership are deeply grateful for this timely donation. Indeed, it would go a long way to promote the Sierra Leonean harvest. Thanks for your good work!
Witchdoctor’s Son: At one place where we showed the film, an adult man came who was a Hindu witchdoctor’s son. He had a disease which his father was powerless to cure. He had heard from others that people were often healed at the showings of the JESUS film, so he came specifically for that reason. He didn’t know anything about Jesus; in fact, he had never even heard the name “Jesus” until we came. After watching the film and listening to our message, he testified to his faith in Jesus and his belief that one day he would be healed. We also prayed for him and his family. We returned from that place, but later we heard his disease has been cured. We really thanked God for His blessing in this man’s life.
Mother’s Milk: We have been blessed this month with many crowds numbering 60-70, and in one place we had 353. After one of the showings, we were still praying and working with people, even though most had gone home. However, we noticed one very worried and sad young man within the group still there. We inquired why he was so sad. He told us that he had been married for three years, but he had only recently had a child that was born before full term. The baby was weak and didn't take the mother’s milk, so they were worried. They had taken the baby to the hospital, but they were unable to afford the cost of treatment. They were very sad and had lost hope, so he told us he had come to watch the JESUS film hoping God would know him and cure his child. We encouraged him and prayed for his child. We also asked him to take us to his home. He took us to his home the next morning, and we saw his wife and baby. We prayed for his baby and family and told them that God is the only doctor who can cure his child, but in return he should accept God. He and his wife accepted Christ. We taught them to pray and gave them a Bible and returned. After one week we heard his child started to take the mother's milk, and we thanked God for his great work in this life and family.
Today in my local church, a Muslim woman came to convert. After I preached she received Jesus Christ as her Savior. Praise the Lord! –Abel Nove, JESUS film team leader in Nampula
At Eduardo Mondlane the chief received us. He took us to three places and asked us to plant a church in this area because they don’t have a church nearby. God continues to give our team favor with leaders and villages. –Pedro Wate, JESUS film team leader in Massinga
On April 11 at Nhagoh, many people received Christ. Two women came who were demon possessed. They were screaming and making a commotion. We prayed for them, and they were delivered. We give God all the glory! –Isec Sande, JESUS film team leader in Beira
The first report out of Burkina Faso shows they had three showings with 612 viewers and 20 responding the gospel message. They have started three new cell groups with these new believers. Burkina Faso is a largely Muslim country (77%). Pray for this JESUS film team as they get established.
I was able to visit the new church planted through JFP ministry in the village of Maligaya, Columbio, Sultan Kudarat. The population of the community was mixed Muslims and non-Muslims (“Christians”). The JESUS film was shown in the village on the night of March 12, and there were 60 viewers with 20 respondents. No Muslim came forward that night, according to JESUS film team leader, Pastor Dennis. But the usual hostile Muslim people in the area became friendly after the showing and welcome Pastor Dennis every time he visits the place for follow-up. There were two families as nucleolus of the new church. The community leader provided us a 600 square meter church lot for free where we are going to build the worship center. Let us continue pray for this new church that they continue to grow and thrive for the Lord.
Note: This is a new team, and they report planting two new churches in the month of March.
Can the JESUS film change a village?
On March 16, 2013, one of our JESUS film teams in Mozambique showed the JESUS film at the Maganaga village in the province of Niassa District of Cuamba to more than 900 viewers. More than 600 people responded to the invitation. Ali Acabar, the village chief, invited the JESUS film team to show the film after listening to the testimony of the chief of the neighboring village of Rimbane. One year ago the JESUS film was shown in Rimbane with a very positive impact. Abacar, a Muslim since childhood, hoped for similar results in his village, so our team went to Maganage to show the film.
When the team arrived, there were many people waiting to see the JESUS film in their mother language, and most of them were Muslim. After the showing of the film, many Muslims accepted Jesus Christ and received Him as Savior. Today, the Maganga village is changed for the glory of our Lord. Our team started a new church in Chief Ali Abacar’s home with 20 new converts! Thank you for praying for us. –reported by Abel Nove of Nampula, Mozambique
Villages, towns, and cities are being changed around the world for the glory of God! In 2012 our Wesleyan JESUS film teams showed the film 1,095 times, 324,125 people saw the film, and 126,871 people responded to the invitations that followed the showings. As a result of the labors of these faithful and effective teams and the grace of God, there were 82 new church plants in 2012.
At the start of 2012, we had 18 teams in 10 countries. At the start of 2013, we had 30 teams. We have since added two more teams. On April 9-18, 2013, GP JESUS Film Partnership Director John Croft, along with GP missionary Dr. John Connor and Rev. Steve Bradley will travel to Costa Rica to train a new JESUS film team. It is the vision of the Costa Rican Wesleyan Church to go into the jungles to reach indigenous Indian people groups that have not yet been reached. On May 1-6, 2013, Director John Croft will travel with GP missionary Rev. Rick West to Equatorial Guinea to train another new JESUS film team. Equatorial Guinea is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa.
Those of us working with the JESUS Film Partnership are often asked, “What are the current needs of the GP JESUS film ministry?” The greatest need is for solid commitments towards regular giving for the ongoing support of our international teams. There are a number of teams operating without full partnerships. New partners are needed to fill in these gaps. There are some teams that do not have any partners. These teams are operating out of the general fund and are reliant upon that fund being healthy. If you are interested in partnering with an existing team or with a new team, I want to hear from you right away. Please contact me (John Croft) at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can get you started!
There are other outstanding needs as well. Several teams need motorcycles. There is a need for two motorcycle trucks: one for our team in northern Ghana, Africa, and one for our new team in Burkina Faso, Africa. These are estimated at $3,000 each. Also, there are always needs to replace equipment or to make upgrades, and a number of our teams need funding for printed materials. Interested? Want to help? Write to me at email@example.com, or you can go online at http://www.wesleyan.org/gp/jesusfilm and follow the links for giving. For some, you still like to send a check. Send your check today to Global Partners, PO Box 50434, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Make the check out to Global Partners and write “JFP” and what you are designating it for on the memo line (for example: Memo: JFP – Motorcycle Ghana).
Over the course of this next month, I ask you to be in prayer about the following items:
If you would help us, please share this list and newsletter with your church, small group, Sunday school class, or a friend. Follow the GP JESUS Film Partnership on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jesusfilmpartnership.
In His Grip,
Director of the JESUS Film Partnership of Global Partners
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
More Than a White Man: After watching the JESUS film, an older woman came to us surprised that Jesus could speak her language fluently. She said that since she was young, she had thought that Jesus was just a white man; now she could see that He was more than a white man. She gave her life to Christ on that day.
Power Source: At one village the people began to shout ridicule at us [the JESUS film team] when the generator failed. Some shouted that Satan was the winner over Jesus because the equipment would not work properly. The team gathered some of our Christians around. We prayed fervently and then the equipment worked. As the film began, the critics were silent in the presence of God’s power!
Power Over Alcohol: During a showing of the JESUS film, a man named Adams began crying bitterly saying, “Jesus save me. Jesus save me, for I am suffering. I will die if you don’t save me.” He came forward and explained that he has been an alcoholic for over ten years. He has nowhere to go for a solution, but as he watched the JESUS film, he was touched by the way Jesus delivered so many people. He even went to the extent of explaining to the crowd that “Jesus even raised the dead.” He said he now knows that Jesus is the only one who can help him overcome his addiction. The team prayed for him. By God’s grace he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Savior. He is now a faithful member of Asitey Wesleyan Church. We thank God for his deliverance!
Knocked Over by Light: Abla was 43 years old. At the end of the showing, she threw herself prostrate on the ground and began to scream out, “I am dying. I am dying.” This lasted for about 30 minutes and was very disturbing to the team. The team was fervently praying for her, so they asked her to come forward. We asked the woman what her problem was and she said, “I am possessed by an evil spirit, and we are many in the village. We normally use our bad spirits to cause the Christian equipment to cease operating and fight against any church that comes for a program like the JESUS film or crusades.” She went on to tell us that she had tried to touch the generator, but was stopped by the vision of a light coming out of heaven followed by a heavy blow. Thereafter, she began to shout. She was prayed for but could not make a bold decision to accept Jesus. The team will follow-up on the woman to see if she will decide for Christ. Pray for Abla.
Rocks in the Road: The JESUS film team’s work is not always evangelism; sometime it turns into pastoral work. Sometimes salvation does not come on the night that the JESUS film is shown. At one cluster of showings where the team spent a week, six local churches were also involved. Most of the people who were converted came to Christ as we followed up leads in the days following the showings. In one of our follow-up meetings, more people attended the meeting than attended the showing. This surprised us. One of the big problems that we discovered was the there were many couples living together, some for many years, who are not married. They feel they cannot follow Christ in this circumstance, so we are arranging some weddings in the months to come. Please pray for us as we try to work through these encumbrances.
Stretched Thin: Our JESUS film team is stretched thin as we try to take care of older church plants, as well as do evangelism and plant new churches in distant new areas. We have been cooperating with some other evangelical churches to try to cover all of the church plants. However, in doing this we often lose the churches we planted. There are also unscrupulous groups who are willing to shell out for buildings and other equipment, which we cannot afford. These are some of the difficulties we are experiencing. But we praise God that churches are being planted and lost souls are coming to Christ.
Prayer Answered: During the JESUS film team tour in the southeast of Liberia, the team leader met 105-year-old Pastor Sarah Geeteh who is the founder of the Gbalawein Wesleyan Church in Sinoe County. Despite her old age; she praised God for answering her prayer. According to Pastor Geeteh, her prayer had been that one day The Wesleyan Church would bring the JESUS film to minister to her people in their mother tongue before her death. The arrival of the JESUS film team in Gbalawein with the Kru version of the film was an answer to Pastor Geeteh’s prayer. She ecstatically declared, “I praised God when I heard my Lord Jesus speaking to my people in our own native tongue. Then I believed that my prayer and suffering for the church has not been in vain.” One week after the departure of the team, we received news that the Pastor Geeteh has gone to be with the Lord.
God above Gods: Usually, in Nepal, the size of our crowds are not large, but in one place we had 530 people and 80 accepted Christ. In that same area, a group of 70 assembled at a different showing. One of the people there was a man named Padam. He had heard about Jesus before, but he just thought of Him like one of the many Hindu gods and goddesses. After watching the film, he realized that Jesus came to help people, not to just do His “god thing.” Padam accepted Jesus into his life, recognizing that only Jesus was the God who could save life and give eternal life. Please pray for our team as we continue to do follow-up, move into unevangelized areas, and meet head on the problems of showing Jesus to a pagan nation.
Wandering Drunk: A group of youth from our church went with us this month to show the JESUS film. They helped with invitations and passing out tracts, as well as in the actual service. This was a very positive experience because the youth we were able to do some invitations and do some explanations in some schools. This increased our attendance in the night sessions. A 35-year-old man named Gore accepted Christ in one of these meetings. He was a wandering drunk whose wife had left him some years before because of his drinking. There was a time when he had property, family, and money, but now he was a sorry drunk—alone and broke. We counseled him to stop drinking and directed him to a church near where he lived. Now he has stopped drinking, he is going to church, and even though he is still alone, he has found peace in Christ.
Lost Leg: A woman and her two children had been followers of Christ for about five years. her husband, who was a professional driver, was not a believer and was hard-hearted, ridiculing his wife’s faith, even hitting her when she talked about Christ. He told her that if she didn’t stop pestering him, he would leave her, so his wife gave up. Sometime after that he had a serious accident in which he lost his leg. His wife again tried to witness to her husband, but he declared that if God was so great, she could have prayed for him and he wouldn’t be in this condition. He blamed the God he wouldn’t serve for his accident. His wife could not reason with him, so she continued to pray for him.
One day God sent us to that place to show the JESUS film. Many people were gathered to watch the film and on this day this man also came. We started to show the film, and as it was showing, he began to shout out, “Jesus came for me to wash away my sin, but I didn't believe him. He sacrificed His life for me, but I ignored him. How selfish I am, but today I really want to accept Jesus.” We were happy to hear this so we prayed for him, and he accepted Jesus. He acknowledges, “If I had accepted Jesus before, I would probably not be in this condition. Perhaps by my wife’s prayers I am alive; otherwise, I could have died in that accident.” Now his family is very happy that he has come to Christ and he's happy too. We thank God for such a great work in his life.
Head of Initiation Initiated: A young man of 42 years watched the JESUS film in Kasoriya Village (Kabala). He has four wives and 14 children. He served as a top leader in the secret society in the village. After watching the film, he gave his life to the Lord. According to him, he was deeply moved when he saw Jesus casting out demons of all kinds. He realized that there is a supreme power to which he needs to surrender his life. He further testified that he initiates 50 or 60 kids every year. He denounced his position as leader of the group. He surrendered his life and family to God. He is determined to live for Christ who gives true meaning and purpose to life.
Demon Defeated: A 41-year-old woman watched the JESUS film in the Kabala area. She was married for many years but with no child. She had consulted many traditional doctors. She became demon-possessed during this process. While watching the JESUS film, she was confused and tormented by negative voices telling her to leave the film area. She was very determined to stay, especially when she saw the healings and miracles of Jesus Christ. She gave her life to the Lord silently. She later testified that she had a loud voice telling her that he is no more her friend because she has surrendered to a person more powerful than him. She is asking for prayers to keep holding on to her new faith.
Female Initiation Chief: The chief female initiator of the female society in Kotoya village and its surrounding gave her life to the Lord after watching the JESUS film. She has been involved in this act for over 20 years. She initiates 60 to 70 girls annually. Virgin blood was surrendered to demons, which in turn made her rich with cattle and a house. After watching the JESUS film, she came to realize that there is a greater power that exists more than her powers. She asked for prayers. She also realized her emptiness without a Savior like Jesus Christ.