You Help Share the Gift of Eternal Life

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“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God 
is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23 (NLT)


Dear Friends & Partners,

What is the best gift you’ve ever received? When this question is posed we often think of something tangible—perhaps an electronic item like an Apple Watch, or jewelry, like an engagement ring. This gift is likely valuable to you because there is a significant memory or life milestone attached to the moment when you received this gift.

Ernesto’s story of his best gift ever is unique and begins with difficulty. His mother had severe nerve disease and practiced the occult, driving him to alcoholism. The occult leaders advised his mother to give up on life, causing her to attempt suicide various times. When Ernesto was 10-years-old, she threw herself from the third floor in front of him.  

But God had a plan to rescue, to redeem, to resurrect, a family some thought was already in the grave. Read his testimony below and know you are part of helping share the gift of eternal life. You are part of those who powerfully share the signs, spoken of by Jesus just after His resurrection.

“When I saw the JESUS film and the miracles Jesus performed, I felt hope and thought, “God can also do a miracle in my family.” My wife and I gave our lives to the Lord. Tomorrow is my birthday and Jesus is the best gift I have ever received."

Ernesto is now 24-years-old and his house is a Preaching Point in Cuba.

From the clutches of death to the eternity of life, each of us can be inspired by Ernesto’s words today. They remind us of the intangible, priceless gift no one can take away from us—the gift of eternal life!

This Bible is filled with words of encouragement and promises of everlasting life. After JESUS Film teams show the JESUS film, they disciple the people with the Word of God. Many people cannot, will not, or do not read, but your teams disciple them using audio Bibles and Bible Story Cloths. 

Thank you for your prayerful and thoughtful support of the teams today.

A blessed Easter to you and yours! Be all about resurrecting life, one life at a time!

You are loved.

Brian

Brian Helstrom
Executive Director

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You Strengthen a Weary World

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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
 
Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)


Dear Friends & Partners,

Pause.

Take a deep breath.

Don't think about all the other e-mails filling your inbox at this moment. Only think about the verse you just read. Jesus wants to trade your burden and give your soul rest! Revel in this rest for a moment. Isn’t it amazing? 

As you remember this rest, I want to tell you about Elizabeth. She is 20-years-old and lives in Ecuador, likely many miles from where you sit and read this e-mail, but her story is one with which we all can identify.

Elizabeth came face-to-face with the weight of the world and the burden sin causes.

“At 17-years-old I left my home to study. I had many friends and my classes were going rather well. I thought my life was okay. However, I never realized I was starting to change and have different ideologies. It's hard to admit, but I started to create a MONSTER. I started going to clubs and learned about the empty lives of those young people. Going out only on Friday turned into Saturday, then any night of the week. My classwork suffered but I thought it was okay. I always gave positive reports to my family and they always trusted me. I began to inquire about Satanism and occultist things and could not even pray. I felt distrusting of others and lazy. I was giving more power to the monster within me.

Then one day, by the grace of God, I met the JESUS Film team and met their Jesus. I never went back to being who I was. I prayed because I understood I needed strength. I could no longer do it alone and needed something beyond human power to help me carry the weight. I needed God to clean the garbage I carried in my life. I went to a Bible retreat and experienced so much forgiveness from the King. I feel full, complete, loved and happy. God's way is not easy but He is with us. The world's way is not easy either, but the difference is in the world, you are alone. I pray every day for everyone in the world to accept the invitation of the King and live like the prince or princess they are.”

Elizabeth’s hope is our hope. Everyone deserves to know they are loved by the King of Kings. Elizabeth had become afraid of sin, the Monster within. Her sin nature was overcoming her and she was afraid of losing herself to it. However, thanks to the redeeming work of Christ which was proclaimed by the JESUS Film team, she now knows there is a different way. She lives every day knowing she is a princess of the eternal King.

There are so many who still feel alone, weary, and unloved. JESUS Film teams are working around the clock and across the globe to introduce them to the freedom and love that Christ brings. Will you prayerfully consider supporting teams in their work today?

When you pray, when you give, when you go, you do so much more—you strengthen a weary world!

You are loved.

Brian

Brian Helstrom
Executive Director

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You Help Reunite Broken Marriages

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“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
 
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)


Dear Friends & Partners,

All around the world, those without Christ are finding the pressures of the world take a toll on their relationships.

Many are like Pablo, a 29-year-old man in Ecuador whose world was turned upside down one day. Read his testimony below and be encouraged by the amazing transformations your support is enabling every month.

“One day I got on a public bus and had a terrible surprise. I saw my wife sitting next to the bus driver. They both seemed to be infatuated with each other. At various times, they would hold each other’s hand. My wife didn’t see me get on the bus. I didn’t know what to do, yet my emotions took hold. I stood up and spoke to both of them very harshly. When we arrived home, we had a big argument. A little later our daughter walked in. We didn’t want her to know what was happening, so we calmed down. In the days that followed, I felt my marriage was falling apart. I lost my trust in her and was wondering if I still loved her. My heart was filled with hatred and ideas of revenge. Suicide taunted me. However, my love for my daughter restrained me. My wife constantly begged for forgiveness, but that only made me hate and despise her even more. 

One night I decided to go for a walk with my daughter through the park in our neighborhood. They were showing a movie on a big screen so we stopped to watch. A little later, my wife showed up looking for us. All three of us stayed to watch the film together. At the end of the film, all three of us made a decision to go forward and receive the Lord. When we arrived home, I hugged both my wife and daughter. We cried together, but they were tears of joy. I forgave my wife because the JESUS film taught me about true forgiveness. I realized I had hurt my wife in many ways. Perhaps, that was part of the reason she was unfaithful. I felt guilty I too was responsible for the problems in our marriage. We decided to have marriage counseling. Little by little Jesus is healing our hearts and our home in a marvelous way. In addition, the church has become a refuge for our family where our faith and marriage is being rebuilt. Thank you, Jesus, for coming into our hearts!”

I see Pablo’s story as an example of what God wants to do through you in the lives of others around the world. It looked as if his marriage was over, but today he and his wife are being reconciled by the healing power of Christ. 

Many more men, women, and children are still lost and hurting. However, they can be redeemed and restored in the year ahead through the faithful work of JESUS Film teams. I urge you to prayerfully consider supporting the work of teams today. 

When you pray, when you give, when you go, you do so much more—you provide the Good News of Christ which transforms lives!

You are loved.

Brian

Brian Helstrom
Executive Director

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You Help Relieve Financial Stress

Do you feel wealthy? Sometimes you may only have two pennies to rub together. And sometimes, you have a whole lot more. In either case, all you have has been given to you by your loving heavenly Father. As you steward the resources God puts in your hands, many more are helped because you correctly handle your “wealth.” Well done, good and faithful servant!

These next two testimonies show how when Jesus shows up, the desires of our hearts are satisfied. When you pray, give, and go, know that you are a part of helping relieve financial stress around the world. 

From Lorna in the Philippines: “Before I knew the Truth, I had many questions about life. Like why is it full of problems, starting in youth? Happiness is fleeting and I felt like I always was worried about money like everyone else. If my peers get a good catch from fishing they will spend it all on their vices. I am very thankful to God for when the film showing team reached our island because I learned where should I go for strength and help in facing my problems in life. Now I know that Jesus can help with whatever problems in life may come upon me. God used this ministry as an instrument for me to know His good plans for me and my family.

When Lorna gave up his worries and to God, the biggest questions in his life were answered and his financial stresses dissipated.

“My name is Jose. I am 68-years-old. I come from an indigenous community in Ecuador. I am ashamed to say that most of my life I was a drunk and I treated my family very badly. Later I left my family because I was so addicted to alcohol. But two years ago my 20-year-old son came to know the Lord watching the JESUS Film in the park near our house. From that point on, he began looking for me. I was living in a tiny room in the middle of my misery which was my addiction; I was like a useless wet mop. One morning my son arrived and said: “Dad, I met Jesus and His love entered my heart. I want to help you to get you out of the world where you are living.” This really impacted me. We hugged and we asked for forgiveness and we returned home. I asked my family for forgiveness, I found a job, I don’t make much money but it is a help to my family. Now, I am a changed man and I give thanks to God for my son who came looking for what he had lost. We are happy and we are worshipping a great and powerful God.”

The message of Jesus not only transforms the life of the viewer but then ripples out to those around them. This ripple effect saved Jose from wasting his life and money on his addictions, ultimately reuniting his family back together. 

Your gifts to JESUS Film Harvest Partners allow more opportunities for teams to relieve financial burdens and stress with the Good News of Christ. Will you prayerfully and thoughtfully consider providing support to the teams today?

You are loved. 


Brian Helstrom
Executive Director

You Empower the Persecuted

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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
 
John 16:33 (NIV)


Dear Friends & Partners,

What do you have left when your house is burnt, you and your family are beat up, you have nothing left…
…and it’s all done by your neighbors?

The answer? You have the only firm foundation that is eternal. And His name is Jesus. He will never be shaken, therefore, neither will you!

These next two stories may rock your sensibilities, but they will also encourage your faith. When you pray, give, and go, know that you are a part of helping encourage and empower the persecuted around the world.

“In this area, the need for God is almost palpable,” said a team member in Uruguay. We decided to plant a Preaching Point as an ideal alternative to the delinquency and violence. The faith of Pastor Beverly and her desire to have an impact on the neighborhood was greater than the obstacles. The squatter's shantytowns are difficult places. People who opposed the ministry sometimes threw rocks, yet the JESUS Film team persevered. The children opened their hearts when they saw with amazement how the Lord Jesus was treated and how he suffered for them on the cross. Pastor Beverly said, “Their lives have changed!” Now, they praise God for the beautiful group of 40 people who attend services at the Preaching Point regularly."

Although the Uruguay JESUS Film team faced persecution, they persevered, knowing God is in control. They continue to show the JESUS Film in this neighborhood and believe God will transform even more hearts and lives.

“My name is Roy. I am 38-years-old and I live in a village in India. I am married and have 3 children. I come from a family that worships many gods, but my wife is a Christian. I came to know about Jesus through her. However, Christians were persecuted in our village and our house and everything was burnt by anti-Christian leaders. I backslid in my faith and lost courage. Recently, the JESUS Film team members visited my village and my new home. They counseled me personally and encouraged me from the word of God. My spirit was revived and my wife and I decided to stand firmly again for Jesus and serve him faithfully through our life, even if there is persecution. Now we attend the church regularly as a family. Please pray for us to continue to grow spiritually."

JESUS Film teams are committed to discipling believers just like Roy, teaching them of the truths of God’s promises and encouraging them to live bold lives of faith

Your gifts to JESUS Film Harvest Partners allow more opportunities for teams to empower the persecuted with the Good News of Christ. Will you prayerfully and thoughtfully consider providing support to the teams today?

Would you prayerfully consider letting us come alongside you as you live in obedience to Jesus’ Great Commission? Your support allows teams to reunite more broken families all around the world.

You are loved.

Brian

Brian Helstrom
Executive Director

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