The Saturation Evangelism and Small Group Leadership Development Track of the AD2000 and Beyond Movement (SEL), led by Paul Eshleman and Victor Koh, is offering to provide the JESUS video to those who adopt the 172 unclaimed groups on the Joshua Project 2000 list of the largest, least-reached peoples.
The Saturation Evangelism and Small Group Leadership Development Track of the AD2000 and Beyond Movement (SEL) is led by Paul Eshleman and Victor Koh. The following report of the Jesus Film shows the tremendous advance of the track.
In a communication dated October 31, 1997, the new major emphases on the 10/40 Window and Joshua Project 2000 in relation to the use of Jesus Film, indicate a readiness to support the efforts of any Christian organizaiton in communicating Christ to the peoples.
"CCC [Campus Crusade for Christ] and the SEL Track have launched a Macedonian Project to mobilize short term mission teams around the world to reach the unreached in the 10/40 Window. We still hold to our promise, made during GCOWE 95, that we will provide JESUS Film, projector, JESUS video cassette tapes, and audio cassette tapes to those who want to reach the unreached on the Joshua Project list (although we will have to agree on partnership details!)"
Regarding the unreached on the Joshua Project list which have not yet been adopted for church planting, 172 peoples:
Jesus Film Office
(from Mission Frontiers 11/97)
Within the next 39 months, distributors of the film JESUS hope to see viewers far surpass those who saw the film during its first 16 years of use. During the summer months, the total number passed the one billion mark. As of early July, 1,120,977,663 people in 219 countries had seen JESUS.
By the end of the year 2000, however, JESUS Film Project director Paul Eshleman and his staff plan to see that number increase nearly five-fold. In cooperation with Campus Crusade for Christ's international ministries, as well as hundreds of other Christian agencies and denominations that use the film, Eshleman anticipates that by the end of the century, viewers of JESUS will surpass 5 billion-the world's anticipated population old enough to understand the film's message.
He readily admits that such a plan is by faith and dependent on God, but notes factors that also encourage him and his team in their planning and efforts:
"In all my years of serving the Lord," Eshleman comments, "I have never before seen such openness on the part of Christian organizations to work cooperatively to get the job done-and without caring who gets the credit."
Eshleman wryly credits black marketeers the world over as greatly multiplying that effort, despite the inability to track their efforts. More conventional video distribution strategies featuring the JESUS film already offer copies throughout neighborhoods in Canada, the U.S., Singapore, and Australia. Dozens of other media-sophisticated areas anticipate adopting similar strategies.
"We thank God for what He has done in these past years," Eshleman comments. "The foundation has been well laid for what we are trusting Him to accomplish as we are available. I believe that He has led us to do all that we can, to rally all resources, to mobilize His people strategically, so that everyone everywhere can have at least one chance to hear of the love of Jesus."
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This article is reprinted by permission of JESUS Film Project's UPDATE, Volume 13, Issue 4, 1997
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