The simply incredible gospel...

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February 2019

"I"He was given authority, glory and sovereign power;

All nations and peoples of every language worshiped him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away,

And his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed."

Daniel 7:14 (NIV)


Dear Friends & Partners,

We tend to overcomplicate the message of the gospel.

At its core, it is simple and can be shared...
B
y anyone,
Anywhere,
In any language.

JESUS Film teams use simple yet powerful tools — allowing new and seasoned believers to share the amazing truth that Jesus died to save us from our sins. We can accept Him, grow in our faith, and spend eternity with Him!

Teams are diligently sharing the Good News to many tribes, tongues, and nations, from Brazil to India:

"We showed the film on the bank of the Amazon River to several local tribes. They watched the film from their boats. At the end of the movie, three young people accepted Jesus. Then, one of the tribal leaders asked us to accompany him to the village and show the film to his people. We glorify God for this opportunity to enter one more village in Jesus' name!" — Brazil JESUS Film team #2


"This month, our team worked among another tribe. It is very difficult to make contact with them. We developed a good relationship with one businessman: the town butcher named Jitan. He brought us to visit others and build more relationships. Jitan has been vital to the Lord's work. He is from a religion who worships many gods and goddesses, so he understands the locals' hearts and beliefs even better. 

We showed the film after receiving permission. Afterward, we preached God's Word, and one of the village leaders made a decision for Christ! Under his leadership, we formed a Preaching Point and believe it will one day soon be a strong and healthy church." — India team #27

Praise God for boats, butchers, and the bold teams

who are growing the Kingdom! 

When an orphan in South Asia is captivated by Christ's own story of solitude and discovers God the Father in the JESUS film, your prayers, love, and support are shining brighter than the projector's light.

When a prostitute in Africa finds freedom in Jesus in the context of discipleship, you have a part in making it possible.

When a couple in Central America with a broken marriage finds a loving and supportive community at their local Preaching Point, it's because God surrounded them with people like you to transform hearts and lives in incredible ways.

For all these things — and your role in them — we will eternally be grateful. May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving!

You are loved.

Brian

Brian Helstrom
Executive Director

 

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Decisions and Opprtunities

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“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Luke 19:10 (NIV)


Dear Friends & Partners,

You and I make thousands of big and small decisions each day.

We decide when to get up, what words to use with our friends and family members, and how we spend our time, to name a few. 

Every decision we make is an opportunity

to reflect Christ in our lives.

Do you remember the day you made a decision for Christ — accepting the most important, life-changing opportunity? It is a decision that isn’t dependent on your past actions, but on God’s grace. As Max Lucado wrote, “one good choice for eternity offsets a thousand bad ones on earth.” 

JESUS Film Harvest Partners is all about providing every person in the world this opportunity. Your prayers and support are helping reach people from all walks of life and cultures. Read what happened when Andrew in Sierra Leone was confronted with Christ: 

“I watched the JESUS film in my community after I was invited by a friend. I agreed to go because I thought it was a movie for entertainment. I am from a Christian background, though I never went to church and hated the idea of religion. 

The film made a great impact in my life. I was deeply touched when I saw Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. I felt God speaking to me to humble myself and surrender my life to Him. I watched the film all four nights. Every night, I felt God was giving me a big opportunity to turn my life over to Him.

On the last night, I finally stepped out during the altar call and gave my life to Jesus. Since that night, I have experienced great peace and my life has never remained the same.  

I now find joy in the things of God—in attending church services and discipleship classes.
I desire to know more about God so I can serve Him for the rest of my life.

Within this short period of time, I have seen God move in my life.

I am seeing what I missed all the time that I was on my own.

God has been good to me. I am very grateful I now have a personal relationship with Him.”

Be blessed and encouraged today—we all can share in Andrew’s joy! I pray that your light shines brightly as you inspire others to live like Christ.

You are loved.

Brian

Brian Helstrom
Executive Director

 

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go without the opportunity
to hear about Jesus Christ.

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precious people with the Good News.

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65,000 Strong

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“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 (ESV)


Dear Friends & Partners,

If two are better than one, what is the impact of 63,000?

That's how many Harvest Partners have made this ministry possible through prayer and financial support over the last 20+ years. And YOU are part of this multitude! JESUS Film Harvest Partners would not exist without people like you: our prayer warriors, servant-hearted team members, faithful givers, and mission-minded partner ministries.

Partnership is so integral to what we do — it is half of our name!

God calls us to Kingdom partnership.
When His people join together, incredible things happen!

Don't just take my word for it — read David's testimony. He is a JESUS Film team member in Ecuador who has served for more than two decades:

"In 1997 I had the opportunity to watch the JESUS film for the first time. The film impacted my life, touching the intimate fibers of my heart and lifting me to understand the great sacrifice our Lord Jesus made for all of humanity. It drove me to true repentance.

As a thank you for my salvation, I answered God's call to be a part of a JESUS Film team. There is always a need to reach other people who have never heard of the love of Jesus. Many people have never heard of His love, but can begin to understand it through the film. They never read the Bible because they don't have one, but through the film, they can immediately understand the Gospel of Luke. Whoever gets close to the Word of God is definitely changed.

We have arrived in areas and neighborhoods without electrical power,
But they have been reached by the light of the gospel!

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When we are working with people, we often notice their receptivity and warmth. People are so thankful for this beautiful ministry. The JESUS film has been and will continue to be one of the greatest blessings we have in the Church. It is an effective tool for evangelism and we need to take every opportunity to extend the kingdom of God."

Thank you for your partnership with David as he and the other 680 teams spread the gospel around the world!

You are loved.

Brian

Brian Helstrom
Executive Director

 

We believe no person should
go without the opportunity
to hear about Jesus Christ.

With your help, we can reach even more
precious people with the Good News.

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The Power of Stories

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March 2018

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you
so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last."

John 15:16a


Dear Friends & Partners,

Incredible discipleship through storytelling is changing lives across West Africa. One lady from southern Togo heard storytellers after the JESUS film was shown in her village. She was so intrigued when her brother began to tell stories about the Bible in their home.

She said to her brother, “Can a person learn the stories of the Bible without actually reading the Bible?” Her brother said “yes!” Each night he told a different story in their home in their own language, and everyone in the house had a chance to share what the story meant to them. In just a matter of a week, she received Christ as her personal Savior and fell in love with the stories from the Bible.

She soon learned 6 stories and how to tell them herself. She began sharing these stories twice a week in her village with her neighbors. Only one month after she gave her life to Christ, she found her calling to reach out to others and win them to Christ. After telling her stories, she would pray for people and many gave their lives to Christ. 

Soon it was time to baptize all those who had given their lives to Christ in the past month. She was so excited because on the same day that she was baptized, many of her neighbors and friends were baptized together.

The leaders recognized her role in her neighbors' story of salvation so one by one as they entered the water, she laid her hands on them and prayed for them...and then they were baptized!

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Oh, what joy comes to those who find salvation in the life-transforming truths of the scriptures! 

Will you pray for this lady and so many others like her, who are being empowered by hearing the Word of God on audio Bibles and learning the stories to tell others about Jesus?
 

Tim Eby
Africa JESUS Film Regional Coordinator

 

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to hear about Jesus Christ.

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precious people with the Good News.

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Why the Great Commission Still Matters

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May 2018

 

"Because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come."

— Just As I Am


Dear Friends & Partners,

"Just as I am — without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me..."

Now that you're likely singing this beloved hymn with me, I want to share the story behind these powerful words with you:

"Just As I Am" was written in the 18th century by Charlotte Elliott. Charlotte faced chronic illness, causing her to suffer physically, emotionally, and spiritually. One day, her illness left her feeling particularly useless to the world. Rather than giving in to these feelings,

"She gathered up in her soul the great certainties, not of her emotions, but of her salvation: her Lord, his power, his promise. And taking pen and paper from the table she deliberately set down in writing, for her own comfort, ‘the formula of her faith.'" (Source: Louis Benson, Studies of Familiar Hymns, Second Series, 201-202)

We receive over 600 reports from JESUS Film teams each month, and it's amazing to me to hear the testimonies of a fraction of the many, many people God calls just as they are. Fifty-year-old Enrique in Mexico's story is the perfect example of this:

“I lived a very messy and worldly life, without any direction or hope. I partied, drank a lot of alcohol, was a womanizer and a vagrant. Sometimes I drove when I was drunk.

I would fall asleep at the steering wheel and my young son would sit in my lap and drive because the alcohol was too much for me to stay awake.

My wife was ashamed of me and always worried because we did not have money for food. I spent all I earned on drinks and mariachis. I escaped death many times: in my car and in street brawls. I heard about God and His divine plan, but wanted nothing to do with it.

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One day, I fell off a horse and it kicked me in the head. In the hospital, fear overwhelmed me. I believe the Holy Spirit was working in me. I remember seeing moments of my life flash before my eyes, the hair-raising ones, like in a movie.

When I went home, I received a visit from a JESUS Film team leader who was sharing the gospel and inviting people to a street showing of a film. I suggested she show the film in our home instead. I saw the JESUS film and decided to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.

From that day on, my life has changed, as if I was born all over again. I told my bar buddies how Christ is the solution to all our problems. My family decided we would host a Preaching Point. We meet at our house for worship. I want to do what I can to fulfill the Great Commission.”

God is using the 681 JESUS Film teams serving around the world to share the Good News. Enrique has a dark past, but as Charlotte wrote and we sing today, God will "welcome, pardon, cleanse, receive" all who believe His promises. We don't have to be a certain profession or type of Christian to help redeem the lost and fulfill the Great Commission. We must simply come.

What can you do for the Kingdom as you serve God just as you are today?

You are loved.

Brian

Brian Helstrom
Executive Director

 

William Carey said, “Is not the commission
of our Lord still binding upon us?
Can we not do more than now we are doing?”

You're invited to help us reach more people
right where they are 
as JESUS Film teams
minister in 139 countries around the world.

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