It’s 4:30 a.m. here in Orange County, California, but my body thinks it’s in Orange County, Florida, where it’s 7:30 a.m.! I’ve been fighting a losing battle for the past hour, so I decided to get up. Ahhh, jet lag is one of the results of crossing time zones. But this morning, it feels
more like jet lead, since by body is leading the actual time! A college friend who spent his career in the Army introduced me to melatonin to help with jet lag, but I forgot mine this trip!
I’m in southern California to meet with Jesus Film Project leaders and others who want to find ways to combine the Jesus Film Project tools and resources with new methods of delivering via the internet. In October, the Jesus film made it’s internet debut. Although the film has been available on the internet for several years, the Jesus Film Project recently acquired total rights for the film which means they can now develop new ways to present it, ways that are more effective in the internet communications media.
We are spending today discussing how to capitalize on the new opportunities available.
Last night over dinner, Jim Green (the new executive director of the Jesus Film Project) and I were reminiscing about our shared experiences during many years together on the African continent. Mike Waid, a more recent friend although a long-term Campus Crusade staff, is giving leadership to the development of internet use of Jesus Film Project tools and resources.
The Jesus film is probably the most effective evangelistic tool in the history of the world. It is available in in 887 languages, as of January 1, 2005. The number changes every month as they continue to add new translations. The cumulative viewing and listening audience is nearing 6
billion people! Almost 200 million people have indicated decisions for Christ. Over 1,500 denominations and mission agencies are using the film. I know of nothing in recorded history that has been used this widely by God to introduce people to new life in Christ.
Rev. 7:9-10 is becoming even more true:
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”