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In August of 2013 I had an opportunity to travel to Chicago to train new interns working internationally on using the Jesus Film Media app in their ministries. One of the teams this year is called “Expedition Team Charlie.” Here’s an excerpt of an update from one of the team members:

There are over 300 cities across Eastern Europe and Russia that do not have a student-led movement that seeks to give every student in those cities an opportunity to respond to the Gospel. The mission of the Expedition strategy is to go to these cities and to find 2-3 student key volunteers, train them in evangelism & discipleship, and then send them out to launch the movement. The Expedition teams trust God to make this happen in one month.

We arrived in Chernivtsi, Ukraine with few Christian contacts. After networking through churches and with an English club at Chernivtsi National University, we had enough contacts to host an event. The goal of the event was to find potential key volunteers who would lead the movement, and also to find spiritually interested students whose hearts were softened to talk about Jesus.

We decided to host a short-film night. Luckily for them, Jesus Film had graciously provided them with iPads and with a projector, making it an easy event to execute. At the night of the event, 25 students came, some Christian and some non-Christian. The event consisted of an introduction to Cru, followed by three short-films, then a discussion about those films, followed by two more short-films and one more round of discussion. Through the event, the team was able to find two potential key volunteers, and many students who were open to talk about Jesus.

When asked which video she liked best, a female student replied: “I liked them all! They were all very interesting and entertaining. They were easy to connect with.”

This event was a vital part in building momentum to launch a student-led movement as it [helped us] to find two key volunteers and spiritually interested students. The two female students are now official key volunteers who will partner with national Ukrainian staff to launch the movement in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. The ministry of Jesus Film played a huge role for the Expedition Team in their efforts to launch this movement.”

I love hearing how our tools are helping to reach students all around the world, and I’m excited for the updates that are coming to all of them this year that will only make them easier to use. Back in DC, our team used a similar short-film strategy to launch our work at American University; not to mention our “film festival” is where we met Erin (“not-Aunt” Erin to our kids).

Thank you for your part in bringing the Gospel to the world!

Grace & Peace,
Jayson & Carrie

Pray for:

  • Team “Charlie’s” continued work in Eastern Europe & Russia.
  • Our church’s ongoing initiatives to serve our city, and to grow in depth as well as depth.
  • Continued wonderful growth in our kiddos!

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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

jayson —  February 4, 2015  Leave a comment
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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.