Isaiah 40:28 (NLT)
Friends & Partners,
I often get asked: “How is the ministry doing?”
And this always reminds me of the time when John the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he really was the Messiah.
At the time Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (Matthew 11:4-6, NIV)
Because Jesus is still working through His followers today, these are the type of signs we should be looking for when we want to know how a ministry is doing.
Last month the 681 active JESUS Film teams working around the world reported that 49,085 more people had come to Christ through their ministry.
Most of our partners understand that the JESUS film remains relevant and effective for Kingdom building, but most don’t have a chance to realize the JESUS film is more effective today than it was 20 years ago when JESUS Film Harvest Partners began funding teams!
During the first five years of the ministry, JESUS Film teams reported 14% of all the people who viewed the film went on to make a decision for Christ. In the last five years, that number has increased to 23%. Isn’t it just like our God to do something as surprising as this?
Proclaiming the Good News is what JESUS Film teams do best. In the process, they witness and report some of the other miracles that manifest when God’s people pray for the needs of others.
I recently heard about Leonel from a team in Argentina: “Leonel was very sick. The doctors’ prognoses were discouraging and his health kept deteriorating. A neighbor invited Leonel and his family to see the JESUS film. They were so worried about their son’s health that they allowed us to pray for him afterward. God began to heal him miraculously! They accepted Christ as their personal Savior. Now they serve alongside our team and share the gospel with others.”
Stay tuned throughout this year as we continue to share with you about the many incredible things God is doing through His ministry.
Field Services Coordinator
JESUS Film Harvest Partners
JESUS Film Harvest Partners (JFHP) is a Kingdom-building ministry devoted to world evangelism through the JESUS film and other tools. JFHP equips and supports JESUS Film teams of local people to do evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.