The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that of redemption. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but the blood of Jesus was shed for the remission of our sin. By placing our trust in Christ, He is willing and able to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This places us in a right relationship with God and that relationship is what God desires for each of us. This is the message of the Gospel of Luke. This is the message of the JESUS film.
Retired Hindu Priest Comes to Christ
After people returned to their homes after watching the JESUS film, an old man of 85 years came to us and asked, “Is it possible for the people to be cured from their pains and suffering from their life, in reality, as it is in the film?” This gave us an opportunity to share freely with him the nature and the gospel message.
He told that he had been serving in the Hindu temples as a Hindu priest until his retirement 12 years ago. He told about how he would take people’s money at the temple and his dedication to his gods. But then trouble began to enter his life and seemed to consume him and his family. His son and daughter-in-law lost two children, each a week after birth. Unhappiness overtook their home. They visited many temples shelling out large amounts of money for sacrifices but they could not find peace and happiness in the family.
Then when he saw the JESUS film, he was especially captivated by the short man Zacheus. He related to the practices of Zacheus swindling the people out of their money. This knowledge was a great burden of guilt and caused much of the unhappiness in the home. He confessed that the scene of Zacheus coming to the realization of his sin convicted his own heart, and he realized his own sin. We shared the good news with him, and with great emotion and weeping he accepted Christ and placed his trust in Him. We praise the Lord for such an amazing miracle in this man’s life!
This story is repeated over and over each day as our 40 teams of JESUS film evangelist take the gospel message, through the JESUS film, to their villages, towns, and cities.
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After this particular showing of the JESUS film, there were many who were laughing and heckling those who came to pray. Nevertheless, one young man came to ask us if what he saw in the film about Christ was true. He opened up, telling us about his dysfunctional home life and then a personal life of sin and lack of self-control. He had joined a gang, been arrested, and gone to prison. His life was full of sin and guilt. We told him that we could start with the “sin and guilt” because we had good news about that. He said that when he watched the JESUS film, he felt that there was a new and better way to live his life. He said he wanted to be changed from the inside out. We told him we had good news about that too!
Then we said to him, "Truly, Christ has spoken into your heart. He has found you. Christ has called you to be his child. As the Bible says, ‘Whoever comes in the Christ is new creation. The old has gone and new has come.’ If you really believe that Christ can change you, then surely he will do it." We took out the Bible and read from Luke 9:27-29 where it says, “According to your faith be it done to you". Really! We told him, “If you believe in the power of God and faith in Christ that your life can be changed, then surely it will be. Live your life according to Christ and do His will on this earth.”
He called his family to come, and together we prayed with him and his family as they accepted Christ as Lord of their life and home. May God help him and his family in their new life in Christ!
Stories from the Field
The following short stories are real accounts from the various JESUS film teams of what God has done. Feel free to share these stories with your friends, small groups, or your church family.
Matriarch Leads the Way to Christ: On the evening we showed the JESUS film in a villager’s yard, more than 42 persons, mostly Hindus and a few Muslims, watched the show from the beginning to the end. An older lady (approximately 62), who watched the whole film, invited us to visit them in their home after the showing. There were six members in their family. She is living along with her daughter-in-law, grandson, and granddaughter. We thank God that we had an opportunity to share the gospel with this family the very next day after she saw the film.
After a few days we went to visit and shared the gospel with them again. We asked her, “Why did you invite us to discuss this with you?” Then she started to share her experiences that Jesus is the only person who came to the world to save the sinners. “He was hung on the cross for my sin. So we decided that we would like to accept Jesus in our life. After we watched the film and discussed it, we understood that we all are sinners and would like to accept Christ as our Savior.”
The team members spent more time with them in their home and prayed for the family and discussed more. They accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and decided to get baptized. We are thanking our Lord for this woman and her family.
Where Few Believe: The JESUS film was organized in a village where the majority of people are nonbelievers. We have a church there, and the showing was conducted for our church members. However, of the 53 persons who watched the film, 21 were nonbelievers. A widow who was present had no knowledge of Christ, and the film touched her. She understood that Christ is the truth, and she felt that He came to this world and gave His life for our sin. She requested us to visit her so she could learn more about Christ. We had follow-up and met with her several times for discussion. She gave her life to Christ to have His forgiveness. She is now a believer and attends church regularly. We need to share the gospel with people and spend time with them, so they can know Christ. We hope that she will be a disciple for Christ with care from the church.
Bold Faith: We showed the JESUS film at a place where this testimony comes from:
“I was a Muslim. I had a call to move from my Islamic faith to Christianity. The desire to become a Christian coupled with what I experienced during the JESUS film show informed my decision to join The Wesleyan Church. This is about two years ago. Before my conversion to Christianity, my husband insulted me whenever I told him of my intention to become a Christian. But I took a bold decision one day and made this happen. I nearly lost my marriage because of this new change. I can see I am really a changed person, and my husband has even testified to that. One day, I heard that the JESUS film team would visit again, so I passed on this information to my husband. I was shocked when my husband called me that night and said that the team had arrived and we should go together to watch the film. My husband confessed openly after the show, ‘Jesus is more powerful than Mohammed. He is the one who can raise the dead.”
The wife of this man said she wants us to hold her up in prayer for the husband to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Savior.
Heart Trouble: During a showing of the film, a 38-year-old lady, who sells bread, joined viewers to watch the film. All of a sudden this lady started to complain bitterly about pains in her heart. She said, “God save me, else I will die of this heart attack.” The team members rushed to where this woman was and began to pray. God saved this woman and now she is healed. Formerly she was attending a Roman Catholic church but because of what happened she has decided to join our church in Burkina. Thanks be to Jesus!
Faith for a Wizard: During the showing of the JESUS film in a village park, a 14-year-old boy joined viewers to watch. After the showing, we had an altar call and four viewers, including this boy, came forward. The team was praying for these four people when the boy fell on the ground and made the following confession, “I am a wizard, and I am possessed by evil spirits that direct me to kill my fellow human being. I have killed four children in my school: three girls and one boy.” The team leaders laid their hands on this boy and prayed for him. Though we experienced intense spiritual warfare, our God upheld our hands, and this boy was totally delivered from this evil spirit. He is now among those members in the cells group.
A Daughter Healed: A thirty five year old lady who was suffering from high fever was brought to the place where the JESUS film showing was being held. Her sickness was so severe that she was shouting indiscernible words and attacking the viewers. The team members had to step in and protect the viewers from the lady. After a while the team leader ordered that her parents, who came with her, should bring her forward for prayers. The team laid their hands on the lady and prayed for half an hour. She became even wilder as the team prayed. All of a sudden she stopped shouting and became calm. There was an instant healing that led her mother to testify that we really do serve a living God.
The girl’s mother said that she had been suffering from this high fever for four weeks and that during this time she was not able sleep nor eat. She could only take in water. They had sent her to the hospital on several occasions and that had worsened her situation. On such a visit, a nurse at the hospital advised them that they should send her to a powerful man of God for prayers. She told her that the JESUS film team would be coming that night and they pray for the sick, so she should try her best to send her there for prayers. Based on that, she decided to send her purposely to be prayed for so she could get healed. Truly, God has healed her daughter. Glory be to God! She also thanked the JESUS film team members for their prayer support. This woman and her daughter are now fully committed Christians and attending cells meetings regularly. Hallelujah!
Challenged by Weed: A mentally challenged man joined viewers to watch the JESUS film showing. When it got to the scene where a lunatic was healed, he jumped from the crowd and shouted, “God save me too!” The team prayed for him. He wept and said, “I wish I could be delivered from smoking of Indian hemp [marijuana], but I am addicted. Lord, help me!” The team devoted additional time with this man, visiting regularly and praying for him so he could be freed from this habit. It is our prayer that God in His own time will intervene to save this man from this wicked bondage.
Bound in Chains of Darkness: A young man aged 32 who was having a mental problem was chained to a tree. This was because he had been attacking people every now and then. The family brought this man for prayers after the film. The team prayed for this man, and they released him from the chains. However, in less than 30 minutes the man became very wild and even tried to get hold of our equipment to destroy it. But God struck him down to the ground, and he was not able to touch it. So they chained him again, and the team once again gathered around him and for one hour prayed before he was able to calm down. Though he was not healed totally, people are now testifying that he is better than before. It is our prayer that God will eventually release this man from the bondage of the enemy.
Stoned: A woman boldly came forward after watching the JESUS film to accept Jesus. However, she was soon almost stoned to death by the angry Muslims who discovered her new faith in Christ. We moved away from that area just to save the equipment and ourselves. Thank God we are alive to continue the good work that God has assigned unto us.
Healed: During our evangelistic effort, we met two girls that came to the hospital; one of them had breast cancer. At night she came to the showing of the JESUS film, and we prayed for her. We put our faith in God because we believe that God is the real doctor. After a few weeks, she came to our church and gave her testimony about her sickness. God healed her! When she went for her exam, she wanted to know if the cancer was growing. After the exam the doctor said, “I don’t find cancer in your breast.” It’s a miracle! Now she worships God. She was worried because the doctor said she would die, but God said she would live. Glory to God! Continue to pray for our JESUS film team.
Walk of Ministry: The JESUS film team, accompanied by district and national church leaders, went to Saw Mail and Boah Town Wesleyan churches that are not accessible by vehicles or motorbikes. The team members walked three hours from our base to show the film. The team left Flomo Town and screened the film in Salala City in Bong County. Salala is one of the oldest cities in Bong County where the Flomo Town Wesleyan Church is located. This site recorded the highest attendance in Bong and Margibi. After the film, the team established a cell group that has been active since the team returned to Montserrado County. Pray for the converts in these communities as Rev. Flomo and Pastor Cooper nurture them into the first Wesleyan church in Salala city.
Old Christian Becomes Saved Christian: One of the first converts through the JESUS film ministry was a great grandfather in his 80s who had claimed to be a Christian since youth. But in his old age, he realized he had never really made a personal commitment. His wife and five children also followed his example.
This Jesus Is My Jesus: The JESUS film team continues to receive stories from converts from around Liberia as the team shows the film. During our visit to one of the communities, a lady in her early 70s told the team what the film had done in her life. She is a widow with six children. She said she regretted living her youthful life for the devil up to her old age. “If I had seen this film in my 20s, I would have been a great disciple for Jesus,” she told the team leader. Aided by the team leader to fully understand the JESUS film and the plan of salvation, this old lady who is from the Muslim background confessed; “If this Jesus is the one who takes away the sin of the world, then this Jesus is my Jesus and the Lord of my life.” Pray for her as she lives the rest of her life for Jesus.
Muslim Woman Set Free: A Muslim woman came to Christ in one of our showings. She came to help us set up the equipment with her husband. After seeing the film, she decided to receive Christ as her Savior. We are praying for her husband. Please pray with us. Now she is attending discipleship with other new believers at a cell group. Praise God!
Chief Confession: A traditional village had been a skeptic all of his life. He was a smoker and a drinker, but while watching the JESUS film, he became convicted and gave his heart to the Lord. He made a public confession and repented in faith. By God’s grace, the chief and his family are saved and serving the Lord at Namacuva Wesleyan church. Let’s pray, so the Lord may fill him with His Spirit to spiritual growth. Praise God!
Another Chief: Another chief saw the JESUS film and heard of Jesus for the first time in his life. He was deeply convicted when he saw the heaven become dark and heard a voice saying, “He is my Son. He who believes in Him will have eternal life.”
In the same meeting, an unmarried 45-year-old man found new life in Christ. And two women, who had been taking drugs and were demon possessed, were delivered. They claimed to be cannibals, and as we worked with them we felt like they were akin to the woman who washed Christ’s feet with her hair. In other meetings, we have seen backsliders come back to Christ and people of all ages and walks of life come to Christ. We have also seen breakthroughs among Muslims. Praise His Name!
False Versus Truth: One of our greatest joys is to take the JESUS film into the midst of strangers who have never heard about Jesus. We love to share the gospel and distribute tracts to people who have never heard the story of Jesus. This is a wonderful privilege.
After a showing one night, a young lady came to us and asked, "How is it possible to be forgiven from our sin by the death of the Christ?" She seemed to be sincere, so we told her about the blood sacrifices of old times and how Christ came for the new times. After this she said she wanted to accept Christ and wanted to become a Christian. We were glad about this, but still asked her the reason she wanted to become a Christian. She said, "I always wanted to change my life. I am from a Hindu family. My father practices many rituals at the temple, like pouring out milk, rice, or even some cooked food items to those stone gods. I was never happy seeing all those things. I even started hating all those rituals because even though we Hindus are called to be worshipping people in this country; it felt fake. There was never any result. Their attitudes, characters, foul language all attest to evil not good. It finally came to when my father would ask me to go to the temple with him, I would not go. I could see it was useless. But when I watched the JESUS film, I felt good. It was far different from what I had thought. His teachings, His works are really wonderful.” She accepted Jesus Christ at that moment.
Trial, Error, and Blessing: We stayed in one district for more than a week. Although there were many people who had never heard of Jesus, we also found that there were already a few Christians in the area. We showed the JESUS film seven times and passed out many tracts in the area. Some people read those tracks, but some tore them up in front of us, which made us so sad. We tried to witness to them, but instead they made fun of it. This made us feel like crying, but still we never lost hope. We prayed for those people that one day they could get a chance to know about Christ and His love for them and realize their sin and need of Jesus.
Christianity Makes the Difference: A young Muslim youth was deeply touched and moved after watching the JESUS film. The actions, lifestyle, and teachings of Jesus moved him to action. In his entire Muslim experience, he had never seen such love, miracles, and teachings. According to him, Christianity is a practical religion that practices true love and holiness. He decided to follow Jesus Christ and made Him, Lord of his life. He appealed to other Muslims youths to do the same. Christ has made the difference in his life.
Youth Finds the True Way: A man from a Muslim background grew up with no challenge in his life. He tried finding fulfillment in many things. This led him to be involved in all sorts of evil practices as he grew up. He had a heavy conviction in his heart as he watched the JESUS film. That night he surrendered his life to Christ. He has experienced his true identity in Christ. In a public testimony, he challenged and encouraged other youths to surrender their lives to Christ who is the only true way.
Nothing Can Change Me: A young Muslim lady watched the JESUS film just out of curiosity. She clearly saw and understood the film in her native dialect. All her life she had never understood the Quran and its contents, even though she practiced its rituals. Since watching the film, she has surrendered her life to Jesus Christ. She promised that with her newfound faith and peace encountered, nothing could take her back to Islam.
Campaign 300 is a ministry focus for the JESUS Film Partnership to fund 30 teams over a 3-year period with the hope of showing the film to 3 million people and praying for 1 million responses to the gospel message resulting in 300 new churches planted: thus the name “Campaign 300.” To fund such a great vision, we needed to fund a budget of $600,000 a year for three years ($1.8 million). God so favoured this campaign with partnership commitments that we have been able to enlist, to date, 40 teams. Well, since the beginning of 2012, how are we doing with these goals?
From February 19 to March 18, Director John Croft made important visits to Myanmar and Northeast India. Dr John Connor joined John Croft in Myanmar to train two new teams.
Dr Connor recently wrote in his newsletter update to his support team:
I recently returned from Myanmar. I was there 16 years ago before the group which became Wesleyan was in The Wesleyan Church. . . . I have not been able to visit in this region again until this year when I went to help train a new JESUS film team. In these past 16 years, The Wesleyan Church of Myanmar has grown 66% and the church stretches across the border into India. They have a Bible college, orphanage, and medical work—all directly connected to the Church.
One of the JESUS film team members we trained is a converted Buddhist monk who began his apprenticeship when he was five years old. He was saved when he was 22 and is now an ordained Wesleyan pastor and a full-time JESUS film team member with a heart for enlightening Buddhists. Rejected and beaten by his family, he continues to be faithful to his new faith and evangelism task.
Wesleyan Community Church and Pastor Dan Carson from Bird City, Kansas, are partnering with these new teams. If you would like to know how your church can partner with a team, contact Director John Croft at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In India, Director John Croft was joined by Wesley Dean of InterMotion Media to capture video footage of testimonies of transformed lives. Together they visited four states, fifteen churches, and four mission outposts. John even preached a funeral and conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new church. In one place it was the first time in several decades that a foreigner has been allowed in. In the 25-year history of this church in Jiribam, it was the first time a foreigner had ever visited. What an amazing honor that was.
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STORIES FROM THE FIELD
Papua New Guinea
Miracle on the River!: This story is from one of our PNG teams and has been told by team leader Job Weli. . . .
The JESUS film team left Mt. Hagen flying by M.A.F to Waposale with the JESUS film equipment. We landed safely, and a heavy rain started. From here our team would need to travel down the river. There were eight of us in the old dugout canoe with about three hours to go before we would reach the next village. After about an hour of heavy rain, our canoe had filled up with rain and with the weight of the people and equipment the canoe began to sink.
The team wanted to save their own lives. Not thinking about the equipment that was in a duffle bag, everyone bailed from the canoe. The equipment went into the river. Someone grabbed the bag but not before it had gone under water. As soon as everyone was safely on shore, they immediately opened the bag to check the equipment. The bag was completely filled with water.
I began weeping and with tears falling down my face I cried out, “Lord, in this place someone will be saved who is possessed by Satan. Lord, we believe that you will help us.” We left the canoe and walked another hour to the village. We decided to set up the equipment, and when we checked it, everything was in good working order and in good condition.
That night eight people gave their lives to Jesus, including the village chief and his family who had never been to a church. We are now planning to build a church in that village.
Bless the Lord who helped my team and me during this period to make a difference. Sometimes it's very difficult to work because of the conditions when it is raining. In the morning, before we were to show the JESUS film that evening, we met a girl who was possessed by demons. We prayed that God would deliver her from this dark, demonic possession. God heard our prayers, and she was delivered. She is now going to church regularly and fellowshipping with the other Christians. Remember to pray for her.
We are never discouraged with our work because God is here with us. Recently, during a show, there were a few people who came to throw rocks at the crowd and insult the team. Every day they come to this place to persecute the new Christians. Please pray for this new preaching point.
For two weeks we were at Petit Bourg au Borgne to do lay leadership training for the leaders of the church and for the new believers. We were able to do some preaching as well, and God blessed the work. There, we walked some kilometers away to show the film. It was raining, but the viewers watched the film in the rain. It was wonderful to see that. We need your prayers so much and your help too. MAY GOD BLESS YOU!
reported by Pastor Dominique Lea
From Darkness to Light: The community where we screened the first night has been known to be a hideout for criminals and deviants. It has even gotten worse in recent history. We actually screened there against the advice of security. Praise God for protecting the equipment and the team during the outreach into this community. We also thank God for snatching most of these “troublemakers” from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light. Pray that these converts would not only be nurtured by the follow-up team but that they would also take full membership in the local Wesleyan church or other Bible-believing churches.
I Prefer Jesus as Lord: In an area that is one of the most dominant Muslim communities, the JESUS film team started their tour, which resulted in the saving of many lives for the Lord. At the end of the last night, an elderly man approached the team leader and confessed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He said, “I have been watching the JESUS film from my youth, but tonight is a turning point in my life.” This man who is in his late 70s has been a Muslim from youth. He told the team leader that when Jesus was giving the other thief the assurance of going to heaven with Him, he also asked Jesus, with tears, to add his name too. “When you gave the invitation, I wanted to come, but I was afraid of my Muslim brothers,” he told the team leader. After the team prayed for him to receive Christ, he said that since it was Jesus who died for his sin and not Mohammed, he prefers Jesus as Lord of his life and has vowed never to return to the mosque till death. He also promised the team that he would be a witness for the Lord to his brothers, who are still on the opposite side of the cross, to show them the way. Pray for this older man as he works along with the pastor to bring in the other sheep into the sheepfold.
Children Are Our Future: During our final JESUS film outreach campaign for 2013 in Grand Bassa County, the Lord drew our attention to children in a way we had never realized before. Almost everywhere we screened the film, children made up by far the highest percentage of the respondents. This exposed the general neglect of children ministry all over the country. Indeed the Spirit of God ministered so powerfully during our time. Children are the future of the church and the nation; as such they should not be overlooked.
The JESUS film team and the pastor of the Buchanan church were reminded that we needed to repent of the neglect and abuse of children. During the 14 years of civil war in Liberia, warlords used children as soldiers and many of them were separated from their parents and many died. If these children were reached with the good news of Jesus Christ before the war, many would have been considered unqualified by the warlords because of their relationship with Jesus Christ. What will happen if these children are not nurtured into becoming the future leaders? It is obvious that some of them might become criminals, bad husbands and wives, corrupt, and a threat to the society.
We believe it is against this background that the Lord decided to use the JESUS film team to transform these children and make them useful in our churches and society. The first major step started when the team launched the first children’s ministry in Grand Bassa County during our last visit. Workers are being trained by that local pastor to keep this ministry functional. These children are determined to take over the leadership of the church and should not be overlooked. The intent of launching children’s ministry in all our local churches is to raise up pastors, teachers, missionaries, Christian doctors, leaders, etc. These children will never become good leaders until they are trained in the way they should grow. The team, with the help of God, will press on with this goal as part of our mission goal. Pray for the team as we establish more children ministries in all of our local churches and the training of more workers.
Jesus Calls His Disciple: One night after showing the JESUS film, I asked if anyone was in need of prayer for healing of any kind of pain, suffering, or anything as we have witnessed on many occasions that with Christ there is nothing impossible. He can mend the broken heart, heal our pains, and can give us new and eternal life. Like the book of John says, ". . . whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Thanks be to God because some people came forward and made their prayer requests known to us. So we prayed for them. Among those that night was one man who came to us and said, “I am from this village and watched this JESUS film. I heard what you had been sharing awhile ago. I am also like the disciples of Jesus Christ; I always go to the river and catch fish in order to feed my family and to run my household. I am now 55 years old, but ever since my childhood I had learned to fish. Often I will be gone fishing for a week. I stay to catch as much fish as I can. Once I sell my fish, I buy oil, salt, and other things for my house.
“The things that happened in the JESUS film, is somehow related to my life too. I am like Peter, James, and John. Christ called them and they followed Him in His everyday life. I also want to be called by Jesus Christ and follow Him. Every year in our village we celebrate Nwatgi (one of the festivals of the people of this local tribe), and I am always the organizer of it. At last years festival, a man died because of too much liquor. I want to quit everything and get rid of all these noises and unnecessary things. If you can help me in anyway, then please do it."
So after hearing him, I told him, "If you really have it in your heart to follow Jesus Christ, then you must believe Him from the bottom of your heart and accept him. Following Jesus Christ is not easy; you may have to face a lot of sufferings and persecutions in your life. You may even be hated by your own people, but always have faith in God that He will never leave the hand of His children. In the times of suffering or in the times of joy, He will always be with you and guide you. He will love you forever. He will bless you even more than you can know now, but only if you really desire to follow Christ."
After telling everything to him, amazingly he told us that he wants to follow Christ, to live for Him, and to know Him in a deeper way. Praise to God for using this man’s life for his glory. Pray for him and his testimony in his village).
There Is Healing Even in This Present Day: After walking much of the day, we arrived in the early evening at the place where we were to show the JESUS film. We started setting up our equipment and preaching the Word of God. We invited people to come and know the message of our Lord Jesus Christ. We were really excited about our work in that place.
That evening many people came to watch the film. The crowd was really big; we thanked God for this because it was a blessing to us. After watching the JESUS film, many people felt touched by the story, seeing what Christ had been through just for us humans. Many people clapped at the end of the film. Some came and thanked us. Some just walked away. But still we are glad that many people got the opportunity to know about Jesus Christ. But when we were about finished putting all the equipment away, one guy came to us and asked if Christ can really do miracles to people even in the present time? I answered, “Yes, Christ came to the earth to save us from our sin and show the true love of our God. He can do amazing things even in the present time, but we need to believe in Christ for He has said, ‘Nobody can reach to my father without me. For I am the way to the Father in Heaven.’”
Hearing this thing, he introduced us to his brother. “My brother is deaf,” he said. He told us that he had taken his brother for many check ups, but doctors said they couldn’t do anything about it. Some said that possibly a surgery may help, but it was too expensive so they waited for someone to help them. He asked us, “If your Christ can really do amazing things at present time, then can He heal my brother too or not?”
We told him, “If you trust in Christ that He can heal your brother and put your trust in Christ yourself, then yes, He can heal your brother. God does wonderful things to those who invite Him inside their heart and allow Him to use their life.” After saying this, I, along with our teammates, started praying for his brother. We prayed for a long time. We asked God to guide us in our praying. We prayed for almost an hour. After a long prayer, we even scolded Satan to get out of those people’s lives, and from this day they will no longer be living in darkness but will be called the children of God. After we ended our prayer, we talked to the boy to see if he could hear or not. Amazingly he cried, and then he said, “I can hear you now.” Wow! How amazingly our Christ had touched him. Our Christ gave him his hearing power back. Praise to God for using the lives of those two brothers.
Jesus Speaks Mende: The JESUS film in the language of the people carries great attention and much impact at the end. In the village of Nduview, many people watched the film a few months back in their local dialect called Mende. It attracted the entire village, with a great number of Muslims in attendance. The hearts of many were pricked and touched because the teachings, healings, and miracles of Jesus Christ were rightly interpreted in their language. A young Muslim man gave his life to the Lord as a result of the simple interpretation of the film in his language. He confessed that he never realized such astounding teachings in Islam. The words of Jesus Christ on the cross deeply touched him, especially on forgiveness. He totally surrendered his life to the Jesus he can understand.
In August 2012 the first Wesleyan Cuban JESUS film team was trained. During the first week of February 2014, the second team was trained! Commitment, passion, and desire describe this new team that will be working in a completely different part of the island. They have a vision to plant six new churches this year. With a very strong strategic plan and strong desire to see people’s lives transformed and powerful churches planted, we believe that they will reach those goals. God is moving in Cuba, and you are a part of it through your praying and giving.
Somewhere in Asia: There were 68 people watching the JESUS film on this particular evening. Both Muslims and Hindus were present. No one watching the film had heard about Christ or seen the film before. Ramjan (name changed for security reasons) came to see the film from another village about three kilometers away. He watched the whole film, and Christ’s sacrifice for our sins touched his heart. He told us, “For the first time I saw how and why Jesus came to the world. According to the film and the Bible, Christ died and has risen from the death. If I trust in Jesus and accept Him in my life, I will go to heaven. So I decided to receive Jesus into my life as my Savior because I realized I am a sinner.”
The team members prayed with Ramjan, and the next day the team when back to share more about Christ. This new follower was eager to learn more about Christ. He decided to go to several places the JESUS film team was going to show the film so he could share Jesus’ love with other people. He was with the team for the next three days telling everyone about Jesus. Ramjan is a day laborer and is doing some farm work. With six people in his family, they are open to his decision to follow Christ. We hope and pray for Ramjan so that through him the Lord may open the door of the Gospel to his family, friends, and village and that new churches will be established.
The purpose of the JESUS Film Partnerships is to invite as many as possible to follow Christ, to experience life transformation, and to be assimilated into a healthy and growing church. Our training is specifically designed to empower teams to evangelize their people with the JESUS film as their tool, in their own language. Then they can follow up each decision with a discipleship strategy that will foster growth and place them in a community of growing followers of Christ. Many of these communities are small groups or “cell groups.” Others may be able to find community in an existing church or a new church plant.
Training for two new teams is scheduled for February 24-27 in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Please join your hearts with ours and other prayer partners for these days of training. Pray that unity, clarity, and that everything needed to be done will be achieved. Pray that all the equipment will function as designed. Pray for Dr. John Connor and John Croft as they do the training.
n March 3-17 John Croft will travel to North East India with Wesley Dean to capture video footage that will allow Global Partners to tell the story of what God is doing through the JESUS Film Partnership. They will travel with our two JESUS film teams to various villages to capture the stories of transformed lives and powerful churches. Pray for them as they do extensive travel in difficult areas. Pray that they will be able to capture the stories that God wants to be told.
We also want to invite you to pray with us for new partners for new and some existing teams. We have some partners that are concluding their partnership, but the teams will continue to operate. These teams need new partners. We have some new opportunities to partner with new teams. God has been providing, and we give Him the glory! Pray with us for individuals, churches, and districts of The Wesleyan Church to step forward as partners. If you are interested in learning about these opportunities for you, your church, or district, contact John Croft at email@example.com.
John Croft and Dr. John Connor (firstname.lastname@example.org) are available to speak at your church, community, or district events. Their summer and fall schedules are already being filled. Contact them today and get them on your mission event schedule!
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STORIES FROM THE FIELD
20/20: 2013 has been a year of awakening to the work of evangelism, and the work has not stopped. The seeds are being sown and we are trusting God for the rain and the harvest that we believe is to come. The JESUS film has been shown in schools, military barracks, city parks, streets, towns, and cities. The best experiences were when we visited the villages that are eager to hear the gospel message.
In Choco, Colombia, in an area outside the city called Vereda de Buenos Aires, the team was settin up for a showing when torrential rains began. The team thought that it would have to be canceled because no one would show up, but everyone was shocked when over 100 people showed up to see the film. Umbrellas were used to protect the equipment and the show went on. An invitation was given to attend the local church services the next day and that the team would be back to ferry the people to the church. When the team returned the next day, 20 people showed up from the night before to attend church, and all 20 accepted Christ that day! It was a glorious service with God working in the hearts of the lost.
The pastor of that church is now organizing the establishment of a church in the place where the film was shown. The team is committed to return and help with further evangelistic outreach and discipleship in the region.
High Flyers: No film of any kind has ever been shown in this place where there are no roads but only trails for foot traffic and horses. The trip was scary as we had to cross the river by cable suspended 100 meters above the gorge, but we did it! It was worth it, watching the faces of the kids and adults who came out to see the JESUS film. Three people accepted Christ that first night! We thank God for the amazing equipment and donors that allows us to reach these hard places.
Jesus Heals Their Daughter: It was the last day for our team to be in the village showing the JESUS film and preaching. While we were preaching, we saw a vehicle approaching us, which in this area was unusual. When they reached us, they called to one of our team members to come because they had a very sick daughter in the car. They had taken her to various hospitals, but her condition only worsened.
They had heard about our ministry and decided to bring the girl to where we were showing the film so that the team members could pray for her. The girl was unable to eat, sleep, or even walk. The team laid hands upon the girl. Immediately she got up and started to walk. She asked them for food and water. Someone brought her rice and stew, and she ate everything.
Her parents are Muslims but because of answered prayer they allowed their daughter to accept Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. The girl is now a member of our church in her village. It is now our prayer that her parents will also one day accept Jesus as their Savior and become a part of our church’s fellowship. We thank God for His healing power upon His people!
–reported by our JESUS film team in Burkina Faso
I Will Worship Your God: During the film, a 13-year-old girl called Abigail came with her mother and joined viewers to watch the film. The woman came forward with Abigail after the film. She shared with us her story that anytime Abigail goes to bed in the night, between the hours of 12-1 p.m., she will start shouting, “Mama, Mama they are chasing me with weapons. They want to kill me. Help me!” Her mother said that this nightmare has happened on many consecutive nights. She had sent Abigail to various types of prayer centers but, they could not help solve this problem.
The team prayed for this girl that night. The mother met the team the following day to share her joy. For the first time in a long time, her daughter was able to sleep the night after she was prayed for and the nightmare was gone. “I will worship the God that you are serving,” the woman said. The woman and her daughter have joined the cell meeting. It is the Lord who has done this. We give glory to Jesus. Amen!
The Woman from Jiran: In a place called Jiran, a 43-year-old woman who had suffered a stroke seven years earlier was carried to the place where we were showing the JESUS film. After the film ended, she was brought forward and asked the team to pray for her and her healing. God touched this woman! She had instant healing and was able to stand up on her own for the first time in seven years.
That night she was able to slowly walk home, praising God along the way. The team visited her some weeks later only to see her fully recovered and carrying a bucket of water from the well. She shed tears of joy that ran down her face as she recounted her healing experience, praising God for saving her from the bondage of the evil one.
At that moment she fell down at the feet of the team leader and stretched out her hand to him. There in the dust this man of God prayed and led this woman to Christ. She confesses openly and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. Now her husband and two daughters have also given their lives to Jesus Christ. They are all coming to cell meetings regularly. Thanks be to God almighty for His deliverance of lost souls. Amen!
Due to inclement weather, the showing in collaboration with Sarah Wesleyan Church was held indoors. A woman from the Hindu faith visited the church for the first time for the showing. She was one of seven people that responded to the altar call and received Christ as Lord and Savior.
I remember in January 2013 in the area of Pormagot we had begun showing the JESUS film. Everything was working fine, but suddenly the film stopped. We managed to get it restarted, but after a while it stopped again. The people started heckling us saying, "What happened?” They became agitated. The team and I prayed to the Lord for it to begin and it did, but when it came to the crucifixion it would not play. It was a time that caused us to lean on the Lord and grow spiritually and become more mature in our faith. God was teaching us how to face the difficulties in the ministry.
Another story that I very much remember was in April. We had to leave very early to get to the place we were going to show the film. We must take a car from the capital city to a place where we would then need a motorcycle for two hours. It was cold and raining, and the next part of the trip was to walk four hours to finally get to our destination. All the while we are carrying our backpack equipment. I stumbled many times but was managing. My team member fell three times, but God protected the equipment. It was one of the most special moments in my ministry. Please do not forget to pray for my team and me, JESUS film leader Pastor Dominique Lea.
Note: For this year we want to plant five churches: one at Port-de Paix, one at Jeremie, one at Mirebalais, one at Petite Rivierre de Nippes, and one at Miragaone.