From the days of Johanna Veenstra and Lee Huizenga, international mission has been communicated most powerfully by pictures of people engaged in ministry and those hearing the Good News about Jesus. Of course, these days the Gospel communicators are often from Asia, Africa and Latin America and those hearing the message are sometimes from North America and Europe. The mission is now from everywhere to everyone.
This past Christmas Break ten students at Dordt College travelled to Mexico to shoot video of ministries going on in that country through Christian Reformed World Missions missionaries and their partners in the National Presbyterian Church and the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Mexico.
This remarkable partnership took the gifts and energy of these ten young people, the support of their churches and friends, a Dordt College professor, and the CRWM staff in Mexico to shoot 35 hours of raw video which will become one ten minute video for the whole team and a series of shorter videos for the particular ministries there. The team video should be available this summer.
Getting the message about the mission out to supportive churches and friends is a constant challenge. Video is a powerful way to do it. The World Missions website already has more than 40 videos of about 4 minutes. This length was chosen so that churches can make use of them during the offering time in their worship services. You can play them off the website or download them onto the church's computer. You can find a searchable listing of these videos here. Another 40 videos that feature the ministries of particular missionaries from all parts of the world will be posted shortly.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth a million in helping to understand, engage with and pray for the work of God around the world.