® P Th e J E S U S F i l m P r o j e c t U DATE A Mi n i s t r y o f C a m p u s Cr u s a d e f o r C h r i s t In t e r n a t i o n a l volume 24 issue 1 2008 INSIDE 3 The Power of Short Films 5 CMA Partnership 6 World Report Magdalena: Released From Shame I In 2007 Magdalena: Released From Shame debuted to rave reviews in 22 countries with more than 300 showings in theaters, churches, private homes, city centers, remote villages and even prisons across Central Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. As part of International Women’s Day in March, the film also premiered at the United Nations in New York City for diplomats, ambassadors and other leaders representing 70 countries. Released by Nardine Productions in association with Inspirational Films, Magdalena: Released From Shame portrays the story of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Mary Magdalene, and demonstrates how He values women by focusing on historical accounts of His interactions with them. Added to digitally enhanced footage from the original 1979 JESUS film, Magdalena: Released From Shame seamlessly weaves the stories of four biblical women—Mary Magdalene, the Samaritan woman at the well, the woman who touched Magdalena: Released From Shame Jesus’ garment, and the woman caught in adultery— Worldwide Statistics into newly filmed scenes. The film emphasizes Jesus’ March - September 2007* compassion toward women and His ability to restore Showings their dignity and identity through a personal 367 showings in 22 countries encounter with Him. Attendees While these initial showings premiered in 155,570 Russian, French, Arabic and English, film ministry workers hope that the continuous development of Television viewers new translations of the film will bring the message of Jesus to 5 million in 3 countries even more women in their heart language. Created for use in the United States, DVD distribution a new eight-language DVD also includes Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Latin Approximately 360,000 DVDs, American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. reaching 3.6 million people On Easter one Middle Eastern television station broadcast an 80-minute- Reported decisions for Christ long seminar of Magdalena: Released From Shame, reaching millions of viewers 4,013 continued on page 2 * Statistics reported for Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa included only through August 2007 2 issue 1 2008 Magdalena continued from page 1 throughout Europe, South America and the Arab world. The program featured Women prisoners view video clips and a lively discussion about the film and Christianity, giving the Magdalena: Released from Shame audience unprecedented exposure to topics such as the death and resurrection of Jesus. Amazed at viewers’ positive responses to this broadcast, one Middle Eastern ministry leader remarked, “Praise the Lord for what is being done through this film!” Even the most hardened criminals responded to the film’s message of redemption and forgiveness through Jesus. Nearly 350 inmates gathered to watch Magdalena: Released From Shame at a women’s prison in Central Asia. After watching the film, almost 60 percent of the inmates indicated their desire to know and follow Jesus! Ministry workers gathered contact information to ensure each woman would receive follow-up. A ministry worker shared this story: “There was a woman who killed 42 people. And then she watched [the film] .… God opened her heart. There are a thousand like her, millions like her, waiting for Jesus.” Magdalena: Released From Shame also premiered at a women’s conference in Nigeria that included partners from both the United States and local Nigerian ministries and churches. The theme of the conference, “God, do You see me?” bonded women Magdalena: Released From together as they related personal stories of sexual and physical abuse, abandonment, Shame Producer Jill Schrag betrayal, shame and fear, and how they questioned the presence of God amid their commented on the relevance pain. One participant told film workers: “You came to Nigeria for me. You made of the film: this film for me.” “As you know, women in many Following a premiere in Cartagena, Colombia, one woman said, “… for me the parts of the world are often film was very moving for women, because ... we saw the value that Jesus Himself puts subjected to the most cruel on women. … here in Colombia … [we] have been devalued … I think that the movie and inhumane treatment can have a great impact on women who don’t know Christ who have been suffered anywhere on earth. mistreated, even physically .…” Through tears, another said: “I was touched by the Honor killings, female genital movie because I feel that we women have been put down for a long time ... and to see how since the time of Jesus, women have had a leading role in evangelism .…” mutilation, rape and simply being treated as property—all One Middle Eastern leader who had helped launch Magdalena: Released From these things say to women, Shame further emphasized the vision for the film: “We want to help give women back ‘You have no significance. You their pride and respect, exactly like Jesus did when He touched the heart of Mary don’t matter.’ But this film Magdalene.” Remarking on the importance of building spiritual movements, he says to women, ‘God cares added, “If you want to reach the country, reach the women.” about you. You are significant. Ministry leaders hope that Magdalena: Released From Shame will help transform And you have more value than the face of evangelism in their countries, based on the film’s ability to resonate you can imagine.’ ” emotionally with audiences in unprecedented ways. As one ministry leader remarked, “I think the JESUS film has been born again.” n 3 Capturing the Power of Short Film issue 1 2008 A A short film is a visual story—told in a matter of minutes. This medium is growing in popularity among students and young professionals who hunger to experience a visually stimulating story. Often these artistic stories provide a springboard for discussion. In 2004, The JESUS Film Project, in partnership with other Campus Crusade for Christ ministries, developed the Global Short Film Network. One component of GSFN is the Short Film Strategy. Team members collect films from filmmakers around the world that unlock the imagination. The Short Film Strategy utilizes a DVD which samples these films—including interviews with the filmmakers and interactive questions. The DVD can be used in small- or large-group settings. “Thirty minutes before After the audience watches the film, facilitators walk them through thought- the event started, the provoking questions related to it. Next each facilitator associates a biblical story with the film and shares how he or she came to know Christ personally. This line at the entrance leads to a discussion of how viewers too can make this decision, and gives them was more than 50 an opportunity to do so. meters [long]. Two Some countries already have launched this unique outreach strategy. In hundred and eighty March 2007 Campus Crusade’s ministry in Romania hosted a short film night seats were occupied … for students. One ministry team member shared the following about the event: and every empty place “… We organized an evening of short films with the theme: Spiritual … in the conference Experiences in Film. Thirty minutes before the event started, the line at the hall was filled.” entrance was more than 50 meters [long]. Two hundred and eighty seats were occupied … and every empty place … in the conference hall was filled. We decided to project the films outside the building, too, where at least 100 young people waited, enduring the cold weather. … we decided to repeat the event the following evening and again the hall was full .…” Recently the Campus Crusade ministry in France also hosted a short film night. After facilitating an event on her campus, one team member said: “It was a blessed evening in every sense …. For me it will stand out as one of the most striking moments of this year’s ministry. In small groups, students discussed some suggested questions for 15- 20 minutes after watching … short films arranged by theme.” The Short Film Strategy also is being used on campuses in the United States. Since media remains a dominant influence on today’s young people, this strategy provides a creative environment to experience film Students at the Sorbonne and consider a relationship with Christ. As one staff member in France in Paris watch a short film. commented, “Movies are the language this generation uses to communicate.” n For more information about the Short Film Strategy, visit www.jesusfilminnovation.com 4 Film Clips issue 1 2008 Making the Most of Every Opportunity A A JESUS Film staff member led a JESUS Film Mission Trip to minister to Argentina’s isolated Mapuche people—known for their opposition to any foreign influence. Proud of their historical resistance to conquest by the Incan Empire and later the Spanish conquistadors, the Mapuche rarely embrace new ideas from outsiders. Despite these obstacles, the trip leader recounted God’s miraculous work through a seemingly missed opportunity to show the film, resulting in a flood of mercy and grace: “One particular day when we arrived in the area [where] we were to show the film, there was no one to open the building …. The lady had left to go to another city. We decided to show the film anyway on the side of the building. It was 4:30 in the afternoon because the people came on horseback and needed to return before dark to get back to their homes. Needless to say, very little of the film could be seen. Mapuche villagers view an outdoor, “Occasionally you could see a figure, but with little detail because of the brightness. The daytime showing of JESUS. 15 people that came to watch arrived by foot and horseback and [our] van picked some of them up. They sat and watched the blank wall intensely! They listened so carefully. They stood and some sat on the ground because we were outside and there were no chairs. By the end of the movie one older man was wiping his eyes and nose. They were touched by the Holy Spirit. We knew a mighty work was happening … as I gave them an opportunity to ask Jesus to be Lord of their life all of them responded! We were certainly blessed to be there at that place and time.” n Haiti’s national director of Campus The Case of the Missing Generator Crusade, Esperandieu Pierre. One evening in Thiotte, Haiti, an important part of the JESUS film team went missing. Deeply upset by this discovery, the community began to search, scouring the village for three days. Then, one person recalled seeing a neighbor burying a bundle in his backyard late at night. Could it be what they were looking for? They rushed to his yard and began to dig. Beneath a freshly planted tree, they uncovered a plastic bag containing the indispensable item they were looking for—the generator! In Thiotte, where electricity is hard to come by, the generator serves as the only means to power the JESUS film projector. “We have a resurrected generator that is being used right now to show a resurrected Jesus Christ through the JESUS film …” beamed Esperandieu Pierre, the national director of Campus Crusade for Christ in Haiti. The generator was not the only one to receive a second chance. At first, the anger of the community swelled dangerously against the man who stole it, teetering towards mob-like thoughts of revenge. The pastor of the local church urged them to forgive him. Fearing for his safety, the man fled the village, returning months later. He eventually asked God for forgiveness and changed his behavior, bringing about peaceful relations between him and the village. The Haitian JESUS film team even showed the JESUS film in his yard! n 5 Partnership Profile issue 1 2008 Prayer Impact Christian Motorcyclists Association: Your prayers vitally help sustain this ministry. Changing the World, One Heart at a Time . Praise God for Magdalena: Released T Truly exemplifying their vision, “Changing the World, One Heart at a Time,” members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) sacrificially raise support for other ministries. May 5, 2007, marked the 19th anniversary of CMA’s Run for the Son (RFS)—a nationwide motorcycle ride designed to help fund the Great Commission worldwide. From Shame. Pray that millions will come to know Jesus after seeing it. . Pray for opportunities and funding to translate Magdalena: Released From Shame into the heart languages of people John Ogden, Sr., chairman of the board for CMA, explains: “… CMA living in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and members have caught the vision of the Great Commission; they have been touched by South and Central America. the Spirit of God, and challenged to do their part in changing the world, one heart at a time. … Through Run for the Son, we are able to combine our resources with our . Praise God for the partnerships The ministry partners and more effectively impact the world.” JESUS Film Project has with organizations like the Christian Motorcyclists CMA gives 60 percent Association. Pray for opportunities to of the funds raised partner with additional Christian through RFS to world ministries, mission agencies and missions via the churches, so that more people worldwide following three will have opportunities to hear about organizations: The Christ. JESUS Film Project, Open Doors, and . Pray for short-term mission teams Missionary Ventures. and in-country staff who minister in Since 1997, CMA’s Argentina and Haiti using JESUS. cumulative gifts to The JESUS Film Project . Praise God for the effectiveness of the exceed 4.7 million Short Film Strategy on college campuses dollars which help to in the United States and abroad. Pray Cole McQuirk, 11, sits atop a commemorative motorcycle support film teams and that the students who watch these films displaying artwork representing The JESUS Film Project, Open will come to know Christ. provide equipment, Doors, and Missionary Ventures. transportation, follow- . Pray The JESUS Film World Report up literature, training for rural church planters, and new language radio listeners will be blessed to hear translations of the JESUS film. what God is doing around the world and Chris McQuirk, CMA’s JESUS film regional representative, said, that they will become involved in “… [CMA’s] ministry of giving is making an eternal impact far beyond what our missions by going, giving, praying. minds can comprehend. The bikers of CMA, who give their time and talents to make RFS a success, are laying up treasures in heaven—treasures that will last for eternity. We thank you for your prayers. Thank you, CMA, for your partnership with us!” n For more prayer information: Call (800) 988-7729. Information for this article was used by permission from the Christian Motorcyclists Association and compiled Email email@example.com. from the following sources: the September 2007 issue of “Heartbeat,” Look What God Has Done: Run for the Son—the First 20 Years and http://www.cmausa.org. Log on to www.jesusfilm.org/prayer/. Behind the Scenes 6 issue 1 2008 Mixing For the Master In 1990 Kary and Maria Hagen’s church in Washington state hosted a missions conference featuring Paul Reporting the Stories Eshleman, then director of The JESUS Film Project. He told amazing stories of God using the film to change lives of JESUS around the world, sharing the need for technical help at The JESUS Film Project’s Master Studio. Kary felt God leading him to this task. After joining Campus Crusade for Christ staff, he and his family relocated to Orlando, Florida, where he received his first assignment— editing and mixing recently recorded translations of JESUS. S Sheila, an illiterate woman living at an inner-city homeless shelter, admitted she never had fully understood how to have a personal relationship with Christ. One evening, after a deep conversation with a staff member at a rescue mission, Sheila began to He removed extra breaths and "lip-smacks," moving the comprehend Christ’s message for the first time. Later voices to sync properly with the mouth movements in the they watched the JESUS film together, and Sheila original film. “Audio mixing is like painting a picture with dedicated her life to following Jesus. Excited to finally sound,” said Kary. “We vary the volume, tone and understand the truth, she asked to watch the film two reverberation for each voice according to the scene.” more times! Currently, Kary gives leadership to the Postproduction Like Sheila, millions around the world have Department of the Master Studio. His most recent project involved participation in many stages of the development indicated decisions to follow Christ after watching the of Magdalena: Released From Shame. “It’s going to go JESUS film in their heart language for the first time. In places the JESUS film has never gone. … I … knew when I 1994 The JESUS Film Project began documenting these saw the second revision of the script … that God’s hand was intriguing stories in a series of radio spots called The on it. From that point forward, I really believed that this is JESUS Film World Report. going to be a significant thing for the kingdom.” Once a day more than 200 radio stations across the While Maria’s primary responsibilities focus on their United States and Puerto Rico broadcast these one- family—Amanda, Tanner, Adam and Muffin the cockapoo— minute public service announcements to an estimated she is also involved in other ministry opportunities. Recently 14 million listeners, allowing she represented the JESUS film, promoting Magdalena: Released From Shame at a national women’s conference. n them to hear amazing stories of “After hearing changed lives resulting from one of the stories JESUS film showings. The on the radio, I The Hagens will soon celebrate 17 years on staff with Campus program encourages listeners Crusade for Christ. Please pray for them as they continue to realized I wanted to become involved with the serve the Lord in full-time JESUS film ministry on various to be a part of ministry. To learn how you can personalize your giving, levels. World Report Writer and something bigger please call 1-800- Producer Matt Bendell said, than me.” CRUSADE or log onto “Besides its concise, one- give.ccci.org. minute format which is perfect for automated systems, stations appreciate the encouragement their listeners receive from hearing the stories.” Bob Parfet is one of those listeners whose life has been changed by the World Report. Bob believes it was no coincidence that he heard the radio program in continued on page 7 7 issue 1 2008 World Report continued from page 6 Minneapolis while driving to work one day. “I had been looking for God’s direction for my career. After hearing one of the stories on the radio, I Reach Out With realized that the world is much bigger than just my daily life … it’s about the Outreach Pack! the kingdom of God … and I wanted to be a part of something bigger than me.” As a result, Bob decided to get involved on a level beyond praying or giving—he decided to pursue a career ministry with The JESUS Film Project. Now residing in Orlando, Bob serves as the ministry’s statistical research coordinator. Terry Brooks, reporting manager for The JESUS Film Project and current host of the World Report program, said: “Some of these stories are from interviews or events I have been a part of, or from places I have visited, and that’s very exciting for me when it comes time to share them with listeners. What do you get when you mix Now the broadcasts are available online. So if you miss part of a story you JESUS film evangelism and follow-up heard on the radio, all you have to do is go to www.JesusFilmReport.org to tools together? The JESUS Film Project hear our archived World Report broadcasts.” n Outreach Pack®, a wonderful toolbox for any partner serious about doing outreach ministry. Every Outreach Pack includes two copies each of our main DVD resources (the classic JESUS film, The Story of Jesus for Children and JESUS: Fact or Fiction?). You even get to choose an additional ministry tool—either a bonus DVD for sports enthusiasts called The Prize: The Quest for the Ultimate Goal or The Oracle, an interactive CD-ROM for postmodernists. In each Outreach Pack, you will also receive a resource CD-ROM that co n ta i ns p r i n ta bl e P D F f i l e s o f outreach resources for children such as “Celebrate JESUS for Children Day,” the “Home Parties” manual, Matt Bendell monitors audio levels as Terry Brooks voices the World Report. a n d a “Following Jesus Discipleship Course” that includes four main follow-up lessons for children. A As film teams and ministry partners continue to show JESUS, stories of God’s JESUS: Fact or Fiction? discussion guide and an outreach guide are on transforming power pour in daily from around the world. We invite you to rejoice the CD-ROM too. with us in the Lord’s faithfulness by listening to these exciting testimonies through the JESUS Film World Report. If you would like to share a story of God changing For your Outreach Pack or other someone’s life through the JESUS film, or if you would like your local radio station JESUS Film Project resources, call added to the distribution list, contact Matt Bendell at (888) 732-2489 or at 1-800-432-1997 or go to our website firstname.lastname@example.org. at www.Jesusfilmstore.com P U DATE 2007 in Completed Translations of JESUS Review: 1 Totals to Date as of October 1, 2007 Completed translations of The Story of Jesus for Children 127 Countries where JESUS Cumulative Estimated Viewers (in billions) 2 has been shown 229 Countries where JESUS has been viewed on television 177 JESUS film teams 2,873 Film prints in circulation 3 17,758 Indicated Decisions for Christ (in millions) Videos, VCDs, and DVDs in circulation 4 43,562,727 1 Statistics as of December 31 each year, except for 2007 (as of October 1). 2 Includes viewings and listenings. 3 Recorded only at live showings. Does not include TV, Internet and distributed products. Cumulative totals. 4 Includes newly reported 2005 and 2006 data. 2007 numbers will be reported in 2008.