Smartphone Media Missons
Jesus Film Media, the digital expression of the JESUS Film Project, is an extension of the overall vision to reach everyone, everywhere by equipping people to use their tools and resources in new ways. The entire JESUS Film Project library, stories and strategy ideas are now available online as an app for your smart phone. Through the robust search feature, users have the ability to find their resources by country, language name, theme, and title of the film.
A docudrama on the life of Jesus Christ, the “JESUS” film has been translated into more than 1,100 languages since its 1979 release. It remains the most translated and viewed film in history. Pastor Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” says “The ‘JESUS’ film is the most effective evangelistic tool ever invented.”
More than 450 religious leaders and scholars evaluated the script to ensure historical and biblical accuracy. The script is closely based on Luke’s Gospel, so almost every word Jesus speaks is from the Bible. Intense efforts to portray the Palestinian culture of nearly 2,000 years ago include: hand-woven clothing in only the 35 colors used then, pottery made with first-century methods, and removal of modern telephone poles and power lines from the landscape. “JESUS” was filmed entirely at 202 locations in Israel in 1979, with a cast numbering more than 5,000 Israelis and Arabs. Whenever possible, scenes were filmed on the sites where they took place 2,000 years ago.
The goal of the JESUS Film Project is to help share Jesus with everyone in his or her own heart language using media tools and movement building strategies. Their hope is that every Christian would have access to the complete library of The JESUS Film Project wherever they are, whenever they need it, so they can be more completely equipped for the ministry that the Lord has given them.
Here is just one testimony of how this resource has been used:
TOM AND THE BUS DRIVER
Tom was riding the shuttle bus at the hotel at a conference and asked the driver where he was from. He told Tom he was from Kenya and Tom asked him what language he spoke – he said LUO. So Tom went to the new Jesus Film Media app on his phone and selected “maps”, went to Kenya and saw that there were 37 languages in Kenya, scrolled down and found LUO and emailed it to the bus driver from his phone
A day later Tom received the following email from the bus driver.
“That video is great. I had watched the English version before, but I was really fascinated watching the Luo version. I have sent the link to a number of friends and relatives here in the US and back at home in Kenya.” Thanks very much, James.
Within a day of receiving the email he sent it on to friends and relatives both in the US and in Kenya. Who knows where the others may forward the email with the link to the JESUS film in LUO. The app also gave Tom a connection with James (since he got his email address to send the link to the film). If Tom had just given him a DVD it would not have had the potential to go viral on its own. This app makes it possible for everyone to share the gospel with people living here in the US in their heart language and for them to send it on to friends and family here and in their home countries.