Three years ago I shared a bit of a project that I was working on – package design for a version of our JESUS film DVDs designed for refugees who were arriving in Germany. In recent updates, I’ve also shared about WiFi boxes that we’re using to share videos with Gospel-filled content for evangelism and equipping.
In Germany, one of Jesus Film Project’s ministry partners is a group called Elijah21 (elijah21.org – I hope you can read German). They use the JESUS film and some of our other media to reach, train, equip, and disciple these refugees. I’d like to share some stories from one of their recent newsletters (edited for brevity & for security):
A very special Jesus Film event took place in the beautiful city of Dresden… Jesus amazes us over and over again! This time the management of the two big reception centers handed out invitation flyers for the Jesus Film event personally to the refugees so that everyone would have the chance to come to our Jesus Film event. The three rented coaches were even allowed to drive onto the premises so that nobody would miss the departure. We have never experienced this before!
Due to the great heat wave, it was extremely warm inside the projection rooms and yet all refugees sat crammed together and listened attentively to what Jesus said in the film.
Markus, the pastor of this church, invited those who wanted to learn more about Jesus to the follow-up meeting and 25 refugees came to the first follow-up meeting sharing coffee, tea, and biscuits despite a heavy thunderstorm.
In May we organized a Jesus Film event in Nuremberg. What a hunger amongst the refugees to know a God who saves! A huge movement among the refugees has developed there. The first follow-up meeting alone was attended by 40 refugees – A—s, Per—ns, and Ku–s. Out of the 40, 36 refugees accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior on that day. We just received the news that after 2 months of weekly discipleship training, 18 former Mu—ms got baptized there and now share the good news themselves. The refugees who attended the Jesus Film event now invite refugees themselves from other refugee camps.
Now people from Pakistan and Afghanistan also come to the follow-up meetings.
Fulda & Wiesbaden
We just received the news that 3 house churches were formed in Fulda after the Jesus Film event, in which the refugees learn to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with their fellow countrymen.
We also heard good news from Wiesbaden, where a total of about 30 refugees came together to watch the Jesus Film. Recently we learned that out of the 17 refugees who came to the follow- up meetings, 7 got baptized and want to follow Jesus Christ with all of their hearts now. A beautiful baptism celebration took place – now many bring their friends to the follow-up meetings who soak up the gospel hungrily, which the church reported to us overjoyed.
A refugee studying Is—ic Studies also came to the church. But the more he studied the Bible, the more questions he had. As a result, he and his wife got baptized recently. Both now attend church because they have found Jesus.
Jesus changes the darkness everywhere to His wonderful light. What a savior, what a wonderful Lord whom we are privileged to follow. What a joy to know that our Lord is risen!
We Are Blessed
I have been blessed to be a part of a team that is having direct eternal effects on a regular basis. I get to hear snippets of stories like this fairly regularly, and I am rejoicing that I can share them with you as well.
Carrie and I have been working on shoring up our regular/monthly financial support since June, and we’re getting very, very close to hitting our baseline goal again. I expect that I will return to my UX design roll full-time by the end of the month, but the Lord has also been blessing us in this time.
I have a large project coming up that is waiting on the completion of this task, pray that we’ll reach our goal quickly so I can get to it! I’ll share more about my user-research project in our next update.