What would you risk for a stranger?

Africa Inland Mission’s On-Field Media team is making a full-length movie! This is a first on many levels: It is our first feature-length project, our first true drama, and our first piece created with the African church as the intended audience. This is a missions film, challenging the African church to a greater role in the Great Commission – a core message that resonates with AIM’s vision to see Christ-centered churches established among all of Africa’s peoples. The OFM team has spent much of the last year in preparation for this production, and we’re nearly ready to start shooting. However, because of the scope of the project, AIM’s normal budget for OFM cannot cover the expenses related to the film. So, we have been actively trusting God as we are giving others the opportunity to partner with us to make this film a reality. We’ve already received financial contributions from individuals and organizations (such as Wycliffe), but we still need more help. With less than 30 days to go before we need our production budget in place (a delay now will push the project to next year due to furlough schedules), we are asking the AIM family to join us in the effort. By utilizing our collective networks, we believe that God can not only inspire many with the film’s vision, we believe He can work through many partners who may share this vision to provide the remaining needed funds. The approach we are using taps into the social networks that so many of us already have in place (via email campaigns, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) The idea is to...

Our first feature-length movie…

OFM is pretty good at making documentaries. Over the past 5 years we’ve made documentaries in a dozen African countries, bringing light to unreached people groups and bringing prayer and support to ministries. Most of the media we produce is for a western audience, the church largely. Connecting the church around the world with what God is doing in Africa. But a few months ago we were presented with an opportunity to do something totally different. Something almost crazy. Something so far outside our comfort zone, on a scale so large, that God had to be behind it. The challenge was presented to us to create a film that would “bend the heart of the African church to missions.” The church in Africa is big. It’s strong in many ways. But it has traditionally been lacking in mission vision, in seeing its role in finishing the task of the great commission among Africa’s 900 unreached people groups. As our team brainstormed how to do this, we realized we needed to do it through the form of a drama. Presenting information only goes so far, and in Africa, particularly, story-telling is the primary form of communicating values and mores. And as we discussed what this drama would look like, we realized that a 20-minute short film wouldn’t have much effect or opportunity to spread. A truly African story, for an african audience, told in an entertaining and dramatic way, that could end up in every church in subsaharan Africa or satellite TV, or theatres. This would have to be feature length. Our writer sequestered himself away, and with an outline of...
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