Presenting the Gospel

Across the Arab World more Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus Christ than at any other time in history. We proclaim the Good News lovingly and respectfully. Arab Vision was the first to produce evangelistic programs for North Africa. In Algeria we saw dramatic church growth, especially in the Kabyle area. Testimonies from Tunisia include the story of an imam who, with his wife, became Christians after watching our programs. ‘One day a program about the relationship between husband and wife really spoke to us and we called the telephone number which was shown. Now we both believe in Jesus,’ the imam told our follow-up team.

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Arab Vision is producing a series of 365 short clips in which Arab children proclaim the word of God by simply citing bible verses. These clips of just a few seconds each will be used on Christian satellite television and on the internet, using Facebook and Instagram.

We want to present the Gospel to non-Christians around the Arab World, in its purest form (without explanation), and in a neutral way. Often people are more open to words spoken by children, even if they don’t know the source of the words. We simply want viewers to get acquainted with biblical truths, words of wisdom, of love and grace, words of Jesus Christ himself, by quoting them without interpretation. We also want to encourage and lift up Arab Christians through these short clips: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Mark my words is a heart-warming series. Because we also want to show through the children that everyone is valuable, about 5% of the verses are read by children with special needs. Some of the clips are in sign language.

We start with producing this series in Arabic and plan to continue with producing series with children speaking Berber languages of North Africa and Sourani (Kurdish). These clips are ideal for use on social media, but they will also be used by various satellite broadcasters.

Furthermore, we want to challenge parents with their children, to memorise bible-verses. The illiteracy rates in the Arab World are still fairly high, and these clips by children are a beautiful way to help people who cannot read or write, to get to know biblical truths better.

Have a look at the following clips to get an impression of this series

Come unto Me in sign language

God is love

We are His people

 

Light for North Africa

At the height of the Roman Empire, it was easier to travel from North Africa to Rome than from Paris to Rome. Leaving the shores of Tunisia, one could arrive in Rome 24 hours later. The early church in this Roman province knew waves of persecution, but also enjoyed periods of relative peace. The waves of persecution, however, often showed the strength of the believers’ faith.

In 203 AD two young Christian women, Perpetua and Felicitas were martyred at Carthage, in Tunisia. While in prison, Perpetua kept a diary, which has been preserved to this day. She wrote:“My father arrived from the city, worn with anxiety, and came up the hill hoping still to weaken my resolution. ’Daughter,’ he said, ‘pity my white hairs! Pity your father. Make me not a reproach to mankind! Look on your mother and your mother’s sister; look on your son who cannot live after you are gone. Forget your pride; do not make us all wretched! None of us will ever speak freely again if calamity strikes you.’ So spoke my father in his love for me, kissing my hands and casting himself at my feet, and with tears. And I grieved for my father’s sake…”

In 698 Carthage and all of North Africa was conquered by the Arab/Islamic armies, but the church continued to exist, although at a smaller scale, till around the beginning of the 15th century. In recent years we have seen a resurrection of the church in North Africa, particularly among the Kabyle in Algeria. Christian TV programmes have played an important role in this process.

The Heritage Project is a series of 8 x 30 minute programmes depicting Christians who lived in the first five centuries AD. We hope that the series will be a great encouragement for the Christians in North Africa and an eye-opener to many who do not know the message of the Gospel. This project is being produced in partnership with International Media Ministries.

You can watch a trailer about this Heritage project here.

If you (as an organization) want to adopt one episode of this documentary series, please let us know. For a full project proposal, please contact us at contact@arabvision.org

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“Why is the Arab World in such turmoil? Where is God in all this? Does God actually care about people or is He waiting to punish us as soon as we do something wrong? How can we live according to His will? My parents believe in God, but why should I? Doesn’t atheism make much more sense?”

We would like to produce an apologetics series with drama segments. The idea is to discuss historical events or habits and put them in today’s context, explaining and discussing Biblical principles through these examples.The short drama sketches are ideal for use on Facebook.

The Christian viewer will be provided with practical tools to answer some of the questions from his Muslim friends and the Muslim may receive new insights about Christianity which will make him think.

26 programs of 15 minutes each. We still need US$400 per episode

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Women in the Bible

Biblical Insights for Modern Times

Jesus’ treatment of women was revolutionary, breaking the social norms of His times. Even the earliest Biblical records of Christ’s interactions with women give primary evidence that He treated all women with consummate respect, affording them dignity and special standing that was unheard of at the time. Christ’s life is an effective model for Arab men and women to follow.

The focus of this series will be on women Jesus encountered in His life on earth. We will look at a number of women Christ interacted with during His earthly ministry; Mary the mother of Jesus,  Mary and Martha, sisters of Lazarus; the Samaritan woman, Mary Magdalene; the woman with the issue of blood; and others. In each instance, Christ recognized the immense value of each woman and showed the extent of God’s own appreciation for her in the circumstances in her life.

The series consist of two parts: the first part is about women in Christ’s life. The second part will be about women from the Old Testament. Each part will consist of 13 episodes of about half an hour.

Interview with the scriptwriter

Women in the Arab World are often not treated according to their value. “The Bible says that women are very precious. God treats women fairly, it is people who treat women badly”, says the scriptwriter of our program “Women in the Bible”.

“The main issue of the program is not women’s rights but that they can change their situation by faith”, says the 64-year-old script writer. Each episode begins with a short drama about a woman from biblical times and is followed by comments and experiences of a woman of today. “One of the examples we use is the Canaanite woman, mentioned in Matt. 15:21-28. Jesus praises her faith and fulfils her desire: He heals her daughter. The disciples found it shocking that Jesus praised this gentile woman’s faith. Jesus’ treatment of women was and is different from how the world treats them.”

“We should all have that attitude of Jesus towards women. I wouldn’t have been who I am today if it had not been for my mother, who shaped me during the first years of my life, and my wife to whom I’ve been married for 35 years now”, concludes the script writer.

Women in the Bible is now on TV and on internet.
Watch three episodes on our YouTube channel, with English subtitles.

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In December 2006, we produced the first Christian TV programmes in Tunisian Arabic, a teaching series which responded to some of the frequently asked questions from Muslim viewers. We did that from a Tunisian perspective and openly showed that there were Christians in that country. Over the years we have produced several series in Tunisian and Moroccan Arabic, as well as in the Kabyle language, spoken in the mountains of Algeria. Christians in the country were greatly encouraged to see other North African believers and Muslims were surprised to hear the Gospel in the language of their hearts. Many of them came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now we are in the process of editing a series of testimonies from North African people who witness to the encounters they have had with Christ and how this has changed their lives. Some of them speak Kabyle, others Algerian Arabic or Tunisian Arabic, others speak French.

One is an Algerian lady, called Johara. She shares the following: ”I started to read the Gospel and I found the word love again and again in the book; a love that gives rest to the soul. I asked God for certain signs and He really took my requests seriously; I was so impressed. He revealed Himself to me several times, the third time in my dream. Several people appeared to me in my dream and they told me: ‘This is the right way. Follow it!’ I woke up with such a joy, extraordinary, supernatural!”

 

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