Our Prayers Do Make a Difference!

 
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March 2019

“Our prayers may be awkward.
Our attempts may be feeble.

But since the power of prayer is in
The
One who hears it
And not in the one who says it, 

Our prayers do make a difference.”

Max Lucado

Dear Friends & Partners,

"Father, thank you for another day."


These simple yet powerful words, spoken by a JESUS Film team member, give our mighty God all the glory. What a powerful thing to pray as we begin and end our days. 

I am honored to share a special video with you, which shows a day in the life of Fransisco, this team member in Guatemala.

The words you will hear are a prayer, shared with us by Fransisco. The faces you will see are the people of that area who Fransisco's team impacts each day.

Take a look...

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Each month, JESUS Film teams in 54 countries report back to the ministry with testimonies and prayer requests. Last year, JESUS Film teams sent in more than 7,000 reports chronicling their experiences.

They saw God heal, redeem, and restore. They stayed the course despite persecution and long journeys.
 

Will you join me and Fransisco in praying today: Father, thank you for another day.

You are loved.

Brian

Brian Helstrom
Executive Director


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From before sunrise to beyond sundown...

 
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April 2019

“Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."

1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)

Dear Friends & Partners,

Did you know that showing the JESUS film involves much more than pushing play on a projector? Team members physically and spiritually prepare for evangelizing, discipling, and planting churches, from before sunrise to beyond sundown.

Last month, you walked with Fransisco as he journeyed to show the JESUS film in Guatemala. Today, a JESUS Film team member* in Havana, Cuba would love to share a day in her life with you:


5:00-6:00 A.M.
She dedicates her first hour to the Lord and does a devotion with her husband to exercise spiritually. She then goes walking with her husband to physically prepare for the day. She prays with her JESUS Film team at the same time every morning, no matter where they find themselves. This prayer discipline unifies them and brings peace to their hearts.

8:00 A.M.
She strategically chooses her destination based on communities most in need of the gospel. Teams in Mesoamerica get together every year and focus on places that do not yet have a church. She travels there with her team by rental car, horse-drawn taxi, public bus, or by walking to remote areas. It takes hours and in some cases, days, to reach these new communities. The motorbikes her team recently received allow them to go faster and farther with the gospel.

3:00 P.M.
The team rests for an hour and then evangelizes door-to-door. They supply gospel tracts, use the EvangeCube, and hand out invitations for the JESUS film showing, encouraging all villagers to come. 

5:00 P.M.
The team sets up the projection equipment and prepares the film showing location at a church or in someone’s backyard. They cannot show the film publicly without a government permit. Music is a core aspect of Cuban culture and identity, so her team plays music to welcome people as they arrive.

The words you will hear are a prayer, shared with us by Fransisco. The faces you will see are the people of that area who Fransisco's team impacts each day.

7:00 P.M.
The team shows video testimonies of people whose lives Jesus has transformed. The JESUS film begins an hour later after prayer. Following the film, they open a discussion with the viewers by asking, “How many of you liked the film? Did you understand the message? Did you pray at the end with the narrator?” The team members invite people to pray with them, and write down each new believer's phone numbers and address to help them begin their discipleship journey.

Reflecting on showings, the team member said, “We give glory to God — most people make a profession of faith!” More than 86,400 people have made decisions for Christ through the JESUS Film teams’ work in Cuba!

9:00 P.M.
New believers are invited to start discipleship at the community’s new Preaching Point. The team uses the Bible Story Cloth and audio Bibles to engage people both visually and orally in God’s Word. The team stays in this area from one week to fifteen days, making sure to leave a leader in place for the Preaching Point who will continue discipling the new believers.

12:00 A.M. 
The team member typically goes to bed by midnight. Her favorite part of the day is seeing people respond to the invitation and confess their faith. She rejoices and thinks of 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Because God is fulfilling His promise, and my labor for the Lord is not in vain.”

 


JESUS Film teams are as diverse as their country and culture. Because it takes years and significant paperwork for a church to be considered ‘official’ in Cuba, there are only around 100 official churches. Unofficially, there are more than 1,000 Preaching Points flourishing within the country. One thriving church meets in a home that was once used for witchcraft! Jesus is redeeming the most broken places as teams plant churches.
 

Rejoice in this and have a blessed Easter weekend!

You are loved.

Brian

Brian Helstrom
Executive Director


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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.

With your help, we can reach even more
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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Change Lives Forever