Jesus Film Project Announces 1,500th Translation of 'JESUS'
Jesus Film Project® announced today during the annual National Religious Broadcasters Convention the completion of its 1,500th language translation of "JESUS," the most watched film in history according to "The Guinness Book of World Records." The 1,500th language, Daasanach, belongs to an ethnic group inhabiting parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan. A four hour plane ride by Mission Aviation Fellowship from Kenya lands you in this remote part of the Africa, without power nor running water of course. But that has not stopped the team behind Jesus Film Project.
"Only 2% of the Daasanach people read or write, said Josh Newell, Jesus Film Project's Director of Marketing and Communications. If you have the Bible without a visual tool, the Bible can sit and be underutilized. Through partnership we're able to bring the pages of the Bible to life. When we speak the heart language of a people, that's when life change happens," said Newell today in an interview celebrating the film's 1,500 translation milestone.
Since 1979, Jesus Film Project's resources and strategies have been utilized in 7.5 billion gospel presentations in more than 230 countries, and for many individuals in remote areas around the world, "JESUS" is the first motion picture they have ever viewed. The powerful impact of seeing the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection in their own language has resulted in more than 490 million indicated decisions for Christ following a film showing.
"The completion of the 1,500th language translation of 'JESUS' is an incredible milestone," said Newell. "This marks a critical advancement in reaching those who have never heard the gospel. 'JESUS' has long been one of the most effective ways to reach people in a way they can immediately understand the message of salvation, and now our reach can go even further."
The Daasanach translation has been in the works for nearly 2 years and collaborated hundreds of ministries and translators to make it possible. The Jesus Film has been called by Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and author of the Purpose Driven Life, "the greatest evangelistic tool in the world."
The team behind the Jesus Film Project is set on reaching as many people as possible with the Gospel and from church planters to missions work, the Jesus film is a tool that has impacted millions of people with more to come. "There are 7,000 languages in the world today, once we reach 2,000 we'll have hit 99% of the world's population," stated Newell. This translation is another step in reaching unreached people groups as part of Jesus Film Project's Mission 865, an initiative to reach the remaining 865 language groups in the world with a population of at least 50,000 by the year 2025. The remaining languages that still don't have the Gospel available in their own native tongue represent 323 million unreached people.
"While the Gospel has gone to every modern country in the world; when Jesus commanded his followers to 'make disciples of all the nations' in Matthew 28:18-20, he was not referring to modern nations. Countries that exist today did not exist when Jesus gave the command," stated Newell. "In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded his followers to make disciples from every ethnic people group which is why achievements such as the 1,500th language translation of 'JESUS' makes such a broad impact on this mission."
"JESUS" is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally through Jesus Film Project app, available on IOS or Android. In addition to "JESUS," Jesus Film Project offers additional tools such as "Magdalena," a film that specifically addresses Jesus ministry toward women, and "The Story of JESUS for Children."
The "JESUS" film was envisioned by Bill Bright, co-founder of Cru, and was produced in cooperation with The Genesis Project. Jesus Film Project continues to carry out Bright's vision of showing this film to people in every country of the world.
According to Newell, because of the increase of partnerships, the help of technology, and a focused mission, "We will see the Great Commission completed in the next 25 years."