2015-02-04YouveGotHomework

New Year, New Things…

If you remember back to our November update, I (Jayson) was thinking about going back to school.Well, I’m 4 weeks into his first semester pursuing matched set of Graphic- & Interactive-Design degrees. There has already been things that have been useful for my work with Jesus Film Media. As a matter of fact, I have a new role on my team as well. I’m the new Product Manager for JesusFilmMedia.org. Check out my 18 December post for a bit of an explanation.

Help Jayson Manage The Product

In honor of going back to school I have homework for you! First, go JesusFIlmMedia.org on your computer. You have two tasks and one assignment.

The assignment first…

Assignment

I really just want your thoughts on the process of doing these things.
How hard or easy was it? Were you able to figure it out? Did the site work quickly or was it too slow?

Tasks

  • Find the full length JESUS Film in any language that is spoken in Nepal.
  • Find and watch the short film Jangled in English. Extra credit: Share it on Facebook

When you’re done, shoot me an email and tell me how it went – especially which parts were the most difficult or confusing.

You will be helping to improve this valuable tool!

THANK YOU!

GraceAndPeaceJayson

Please Pray For…

  • Our family as we adjust to my extra time spent outside of the house for class. Pray for quality time when I’m at home!
  • Pray for Fia. She’s been going through a rough patch trying have an obedient heart. Join her in praying that she’d learn to not listen to the “sneaky snake,” and would trust God’s leadership through mommy & daddy.

Cai’s First Birthday

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This little stud is one year old today!

 

Jayson’s New Job

jayson —  December 18, 2014  Leave a comment

A quick update on what I’m doing these days since I’ve gotten back to the Jesus Film Media office.

Many of you with whom I met over the past year heard about my work with our 3rd Party Partnerships. Helping other ministries and organizations connect with our data is a vitally important role in a team like mine, but – honestly – it was pretty far outside of my strengths. Last week I handed that role over to a guy named Joshua who joined our team about a year ago. He’ll definitely be more “on it” than I was, I’m excited to see what will come of it.

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That same day I picked up a new role as JesusFilmMedia.org‘s Product Manager. My job boils down to plotting and planning the future upgrades, bug-fixes, and new features of our web-based tool for delivering the Gospel to people. Someone else does this job for our mobile app, someone else does it for our database of films and languages. This is how my boss, Gabe, explained my roll to our team:

He will be reviewing site analytics, user feedback, organizational goals and providing a roadmap and product vision for the site. He also has a background with web development and design which will serve him well.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about it – two books, an online class, 3-4 blogs that I’m reading every few days. It’s a pretty big learning curve for me, but I think Gabe is right that I have some background that will serve the team well! I’m excited to see where we can take this.

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Missio-Nexus Award

Missio-Nexus is missions network representing an absolutely enormous number of missions organizations (200) and missionaries (35,000!) around the world. It helps to coordinate efforts and resources. This year the Jesus Film Project received a significant award for the work that my team has been doing! The eXcelerate Award’s inscription reads:

For strategic innovation in ministry by modeling continuous improvement that leverages digital platforms to share the gospel. In presenting this award we affirm and celebrate initiatives that accelerate the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

I am so proud and humbled (I feel both, really, is that even possible?) to be part of a project that is having such a large impact for the Gospel. Thank you for being a part of it, too!

We’ve Hit Our Goal!

Over the past 9 months we have been working on finding partners to contribute $2100 of new monthly support. I’m excited to say: WE HIT THAT GOAL! The goal really is a minimum goal, but it means that I’ll be headed back to my desk and helping improve JFM’s products full time this month, and Carrie will be helping to plan the spring semester at UCF – just as soon as we clear everything with our support coach.

So many people have started partnering with us, and so many of have increased their financial giving to make this possible! Thank you for being part of it, too!

Pressing Forward

While we’ve been working on our funding it has seemed that the Lord has been putting ideas in my (Jayson’s) head. I’ve realized some gifts that I have which need to be developed, ones that tie specifically to my current role.

This week I put in my application to a local college to pursue an associates degree in Graphic and Interactive Design. I’m excited to be pursuing something that I’ve grown passionate about – and something that will help the Jesus Film Media platform deliver the Gospel into more hands. When I told my boss that I was going to do this in my free time, he suggested that there would be a possibility of my team picking up part of the tab! Nothing is even close to sure yet – please pray that the next steps would be clear.

Pray For:

  • The application process and the finances as I pursue this new education endeavor.
  • Gospel opportunities with my fellow students.
  • Carrie’s re-entry into the UCF team as the semester ends and they begin planning for the Spring semester.