“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” – Ephesians 2:13-14 (ESV)
A new language premiere of the “Jesus” Film united a tribal group in West Africa.
Generations ago, the Kadara people split into three classes, each with their own dialect of the Eda language. A “Jesus” Film translation team purposely chose voice actors from each of the dialects, knowing all Eda viewers would understand. The recording sessions were tense as the voice actors worked together through the script.
Months later, over 1,000 Eda speakers gathered for the premiere of the “Jesus” Film in their language. The crowd separated into their factions, full of animosity and jealousy. As the film played, they cheered for each miracle. They were drawn to Jesus, weeping at His crucifixion and rejoicing over His resurrection.
Because the “Jesus” Film script is scripture-based, God’s Word and His Spirit overcame their differences. The audience was transformed from suspicious tension to praise. Of the 1,080 people attending, an amazing 38 percent indicated decisions for Christ. 413 new believers entered God’s Kingdom that night.
We hope this story encourages you in light of all the recent division we hear about through the news. God is able to break down the dividing walls of hostility. May He transform many more people.
God is moving in a mighty way through more than 1,720 translations of Cru’s “Jesus” Film. Over 500 million people have indicated decisions to accept Christ at film showings. And yet, an estimated two billion people haven’t heard God’s good news even once. Through your partnership with us, we help Cru staff minister every day around the world to those who are without Christ. God is working in the hearts of many trapped in lives of hostile division.
Thank you for your partnership and prayers.
The photo and story are from a “Jesus” Film email.