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 are 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 have produced this series in Arabic and continue with producing series with children speaking Berber languages of North Africa and Armenian. 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
“I can’t sleep; I am scared and feel depressed.”
Basma, a teacher from Yemen, got in touch with us through one of our Facebook pages. She is certainly not the only one who struggles with fear and insomnia in this time of crisis. Every day our Follow Up team talks to numerous people in the Arab World who struggle with the psychological, spiritual and economic consequences of the corona crisis.
Fear of illness or death, fear to lose loved ones, of loss of income. Fear because the atmosphere at home has deteriorated and there is an increase in domestic violence. Many people feel depressed and struggle with feelings of insignificance. Sometimes it is already such a help when someone listens to you, empathises, thinks along with you and prays for you. Where appropriate, we can offer psychological help and we can always offer hope and direction from the Word of God.
Amal, a Muslima from Algeria, expressed the hope, ‘that God will take away the fear from our lives.’ But she added something to that hope, ‘I trust in the prayers of our Christian brothers and sisters.” Don’t let Amal down! Please pray for her and the many others who are going through difficult times.
The cost of providing follow-up and producing content for social media for six months is 10,000 euro. Your gifts to support this work will be deeply appreciated.
The Heritage Project
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.
Listen to what a Christian from North Africa says about the possible impact of this series in this clip.
You and I- the light of the world
Based on John 8.12: I am the light of the world, and Matthew 5.14: You are the light of the world
When Jesus came to the world in person, he lived being the light in words and deeds; or, rather, in deeds and words. And then, he calls us to be the light of the world. No, actually he states that his followers are the light of the world. “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”, he said.
Therefore, starting this Christmas season (2019), and continuing towards Easter 2020, Arab Vision will produce short video clips (around one to one-and-a-half minute each) featuring principles and deeds of Jesus, reminding us what it entails to be the light of the world.
The clips will most concretely present ideas of how Christians practice ‘being the light of the world’, while following Jesus’ example; here are a few:
- Ease someone’s burdens (Matthew 11:28-30) Look around and become aware of people who need you to help carrying their burden, and simply offer a helping hand.
- Feed the hungry (Mark 6:41) Jesus fed the 5000 through the agency of his disciples. As his follower, invite a needy person you know to dinner.
- Heal the sick Pray for those who are sick, visit them (Matthew 25:36) Most practical: donate your blood in order to save others.
- Care for the stranger (Matthew 25:35) Invite refugees for a meal. Help them to find their way, be welcoming
- Visit the lonely Visit a nursing home, as at least 60% of the people there never get visitors. Invite a widow / widower to a meal.
- Take children seriously Jesus didn’t treat children as a distraction from the real thing: teaching to adults. No, he even becomes upset when the disciples want to send the parents with their children away. So give them your time and real attention. Also, bring them to Jesus to be blessed. Also, practice forgiveness, gratitude, valuing others, peacemaking, and let Jesus’ light shine though you.
Goals of the Project
We aim to challenge Christians in the Arab World to represent Jesus as the Light of the world, by spreading His light through practical witness. As we know, through social media, and through satellite broadcasting, we reach many interested Arabs who don’t know Jesus as their Lord (yet), our goal is to show how He is the Light of the world, and to invite people to ask questions, start a conversation, to get to know Jesus Christ better.
The format of the clips will be a mix of drama pieces from the Jesus film, and newly produced drama, presenting concretely what it means to “ being the light of the world”.
Costs of this production are approximately US$ 20,000. Some funds have been promised already; we still need about US$ 13,000