Amsterdam 2000 asked if they could show our video,
Needless to say we said, "YES!"
This 10-day conference, sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, last convened in 1986. The "by invitation only" delegates were evangelists from around the world, 75% of whom were from emerging nations. This was the last international gathering for Billy Graham who, even though he was too ill to attend, "passed the gauntlet" on via a recorded appearance to the attending evangelists.
The attendees had their choice of eight languages in which to view God's Story. We also represented God's Story at the convention in the booth of Eden Communications which helped set up this wonderful opportunity.
We also spoke on video evangelism and explained to those attending the many ways God's Story can be utilized. We consider this huge exposure of the God's Story video to the world of evangelism to be a gift from God. It happened as an answer to many prayers including those of the precious elderly residents of two nursing homes where we lead weekly church services.
Of God's Story
Especially after watching the video, thousands of evangelists came by our booth to find out how they could get a copy of God's Story . We took information from the attendees to find out....
Utilizing the information we gained, we had a three-fold vision.
Imagine: Many who attend this conference do not even have an address or electricity! The only possibility of getting God's Story into their hands for evangelism to reach the lost and for a discipleship tool was to give them a cassette copy right at the conference.
It will cost more to "Equip a Middle Eastern Evangelist" since shipping a Bible video into a country not favorable to Christianity can be difficult. Regular postal service is not secure, so in these "inhospitable" areas, safer shipping raises the total cost. For 43 dollars we can cover the video's cost including all shipping expenses.
With much prayer support, and by the mercy and protection of God, we hope to succeed in delivering thousands of God's Story videos to the extremely dark but fertile regions of the world.
The beauty of all this is that each video and cassette goes into the hands of an ACTIVE EVANGELIST! Countless numbers of people will be reached by each God's Story that goes out.
Never in the history of spreading the Gospel has the body of Christ had such a practical opportunity to stand behind front-line evangelists!
We are believing
that each God's Story cassette and each God's
Story video that gets into the hands of these
evangelists will be bathed in prayer by those who fund
the gift. The ongoing prayer support of each evangelist
would be an example of how the body of Christ truly can
support one another.
At Amsterdam we found the special group among the evangelists who would be blessed beyond measure to have a VCD player with a pop-up screen to take the Gospel to unreached people. These players can be plugged into a wall socket or run off a car battery. The VCD players can also run several hours on their own batteries or be solar powered. A roomful of people (40 or so) can clearly hear and see God' s Story on this screen. When connected to a TV, the player works like a VCR, or it can be used with an overhead video projector.
Our main vision for the VCD players is to place them into the hands of these select evangelists who go far beyond the comfort zone to reach the lost.
Right now we are putting this VCD package together, seeking the most cost effective way to provide evangelists with an Evangelist Backpack which contains a VCD player, a God's Story VCD in the language(s) in which they minister, a portable solar panel and a special battery.
The beauty of this package is this. Since God's Story is an overview of the Bible, the evangelists can not only show use it for evangelism, but also use it as an ongoing teaching tool to illustrate many Bible stories as part of the discipleship of new Christians.
From just one VCD player and God's Story on VCD that were carried into China, whole villages are being reached and large numbers have come to know Jesus.
A Big Surprise
As a last minute
addition, we brought along a translation script of God's
Story. We thought perhaps we might meet a few people who
would want to translate the script into a new language.
We thought so very small. The Christians gathered at this
conference were the creme de creme of the Christian world.
Most of them set aside personal needs daily, even risking
their lives to preach about Jesus.
After hearing about
the formidable task of
translating the script, and after being told that there
was no funding to complete the production, and that this
would be a step of faith, they committed in droves to do
one, two and even more languages. We returned to our
office with over 300 commitments to translate new
languages versions of God's Story!
Promised Report After The Convention
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