The New JesusFilm.org is Live!

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The Jesus Film Project has launched two big things this week: Completely new branding, and a completely new web site.

I’m excited for both of them, but especially the website. The previous version was originally put together in 2008, and was in severe need of an update. There were so many pages, and almost zero of them were easy to find. Also, Jesus Film Media’s platform is now integrated fully into JesusFilm.org.

The site was an intense project that I had the privilege of working on as a user experience/interface designer along with an amazing team of designers, strategists, and developers! I’m quite happy with how it turned out and the improvements it has made over the old site!

Head over and check it out!

April 2016 — Update on Whelpley Boys & Their Names

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Xander Whelpley!

We are proud to announce the birth of our second son, Xander “Xan” Whelpley (pronounced zan)! He was born on 26 February, 2016 at 11:07am!

Our family takes names seriously. Xander is a shortened form of Alexander – a family name on Carrie’s side. It’s original Greek meaning is something like “defender of the people.” We hope that he will grow up to be someone who cares well for the people around him, someone who will stand up to defend and fight for the ones that the Lord puts in his life.

It fits well with our last name Whelpley, means “guarded pasture for small animals“. It’s rooted in the words “whelp” and “ley”. Whelp is easy to figure out – young, small animals, particularly dogs. Ley is related to “lee” like the leeward side of an island, the side that is blocked from getting the strong winds. It is safer to live there and farm there because of that protection. In our little branch of the Whelpley family we like to live this out by creating safe places for people who are in danger from the world around them, especially those who are defenseless on their own.

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Also, 4 February was Cai’s second birthday. We decided, back when we had Fia in 2011, that we would wait until our children’s 2nd birthday to give them their middle names. It gives us a chance to know them, and give them a name that describes who they seem to be growing into.

After a lot of deliberation, we gave Cai the middle name of Liam. Jayson’s dad’s side of the family has a loose tradition of giving sons a a middle name that is the name of one of their grandfathers. Jayson’s is William, and his brother’s is Albert. Jayson’s dad’s name is Bill (“William”), so we decided not to double up directly and used a shortened form of the name. The meaning of the name is “strong protector,” but it has roots in the old German name that means “helmet-willed.”

Cai is both a little protector & comforter – he’s always the first to “notice danger,” or be at someone’s side comforting them when they’re injured or sad. But, then again, he’s also the most likely in our family to stomp his feet, be generally stubborn, and scream his requests (or “demands with a ‘please.'”).

Cai loves Xander very, very much!

On the Road Again

As we all know, kids are expensive. Starting last month, I’ve stepped back from my team for a couple of months to work on our ministry funding. I am thankful for some time where I can work from home, but I am also going to need to travel a bit. Pray four our growing family, and for our safety & sanity. The Lord has always blessed us faithfully in our finances; pray that we’d continue to be faithful to do our part to seek it out, and that our needs would be met quickly so I can get back to work!

Grace & Peace,
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Xander Birth Announcement

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Xan and Carrie are doing great!

Xander was almost a pound over his birth weight at his two-week checkup – the doctor actually laughed out loud at how well he’s doing.

Fia & Cai are constantly asking to hold him and kiss his head. Daddy is back to work now, and spends a lot of time holding the little man (mostly while everyone is trying to sleep).

Love,
Jayson, Carrie, Fia, Cai & Xan

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The JESUS Film Project is dead, long live the Jesus Film Project. — February 2016

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The JESUS Film Project(s?)

What happens after a few decades of good ideas built on good ideas, led by entrepreneurial people who love new things? An organization that looks a little like the image at the beginning of this update.

All of these logos, all of the “organizations” fit under the larger umbrella of The JESUS Film Project… and there are at least a half-dozen more that I can think of off-hand. But, just like our house after opening all of our kids’ Christmas gifts, the questions start to be asked, “How does this all fit under one roof? How do we remember where everything goes? Wait, whose is this?! Where did this even come from?

Future-Facing

So, in the past months, I’ve been a part of two projects. First, a complete rebranding for The JESUS Film Project, and a major update to JesusFilm.org – both will be released publicly on April 15. In our recent all-staff meeting, our director, Erick Shenkel shared some amazing vision for JFP’s future mission and effectiveness.

  • We currently have 1,392 translations, pushing toward 2,000.
  • Along with our partner ministries, every people group on Earth could be engaged with the Gospel by the end of 2018.
  • By 2025, we, along with partnership ministries that are a part of the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication, plan to plant 2.7 million churches worldwide. (560,000 have already been planted since 2010.)
  • These churches could potentially reach 2.7 billion people.
  • Cru/CCCI’s mission plan is to develop 10+ million multiplying disciples by 2020, and to reach 1 billion people in 1 million new people groups.
  • More than 1.3 billion people worldwide will likely be reached with the Gospel only through digital resources.
  • The next generation of church leaders will receive their practical and theological training through the internet. The JESUS Film Project is leading the charge at providing the infrastructure and resources.

I am excited to help create more and more effective strategies and tools to reach everyone, so that everyone can see, hear, and follow Jesus, no matter where they are in the world!

Pray that the next few months of preparation for the brand rollout would go smoothly, and that I would be able to engage with it as much and as well as possible as we also prepare for the “rollout” of our new son toward the end of February!