Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Something Amazing Happened...

...and I want you to be part of it!

As you might know we’ve been raising personal support for several months, unable to return to our assignment. Our team is about to go into the busy time of year when many will be overseas meeting with other Jesus Film workers to advance the Kingdom. They are desperate for me to be back before then. In fact some of the projects we need to start cannot happen without Christine and me back in place on the team.

Up until today, it looked unlikely that I would be finished raising our funds before summer, because we still need to raise $1,300 in monthly support. The numbers were overwhelming. And then just before Easter, something amazing happened! A donor agreed to match all the support I raise over the next month with a generous special gift – up to $1300. For example, for every $100 in new monthly support raised, they will give  $100! How’s that for stretching your investment? The key is we must trust God to match it by May 25

Here’s how you can help:
·      If you are currently one of my ministry partners, would you consider increasing your monthly/annual support?  Even what may seem like a small increase will make a huge difference for me with this matching gift.
·      If you are not currently a financial partner, would you prayerfully consider joining our team? I’ve been asking people to pray about $100/month, so all it will take is a few people committing to $100 a month and I will reach my goal! But, any amount the Lord leads you to give would be helpful and I would be so grateful.

To qualify for matching funds your gift must:
·      Be ongoing (monthly, quarterly or annually). One-time, special gifts, though appreciated, cannot be matched. If you have been considering a special gift, please pray about making it an annual gift and then it will count.
·      Actually be received by May 25 (not just verbally committed).
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You can start or increase your giving online at or by phone at 1-888-CRUSADE (1-888-278-7233). Checks made payable to “Cru” may be mailed in the enclosed envelope.

I am so grateful for anything you can do to help me be fully funded and return to reaching the lost for Christ. Those reached will be part of your rewards when we get to the Kingdom!  Christine or I will call you to see what you have decided. I want to make sure you get in on the match! And no matter what you decide, I covet your prayers, and look forward to celebrating with you as we watch God work.

Tez and Christine           

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jesus Film's 1,500th Language Translation

In the remote expanse of Africa, there is a tribe of people, the Daasanach, who inhabit parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan. They raise cattle, live without running water and electricity, and except for 2% of the their population, are illiterate. Now, because of the 1,500th translation of the JESUS film into the Daasanach language, this tribe has the chance to hear and see the story of Jesus come to life in their own language.

 Since 1979, Jesus Film Project®'s resources and strategies have been utilized in 7.5 billion gospel presentations in more than 230 countries. The powerful impact of seeing the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection, has led millions to put their faith in Christ. They are then invited into churches by local pastors, where they can continue to grow in their new faith. The 1,500th language translation is an incredible milestone, but there is still much work to be done, as the remaining languages that still don't have the Gospel available in their native tongue represent 323 million people. 

Cru President presents Jesus Film Projet Director with an award to commemorate the 1,500th language translation
The Daasanach translation has been in the works for nearly 2 years and collaborated hundreds of ministries and translators to make it possible. Even though the New Testament is available to the 85,000 people of this ethnic group, this Jesus Film translation can make and eternal difference among the Daasanach. Pray that this translation can immediately be put to use and those watching and hearing will understand the Good News.

Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few" (Matthew 9:37).

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Midnight Meeting

East Asia

It was 10 p.m. as their car drove slowly down a dirt road. The driver, a Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) field worker, had turned off the headlights to reduce the possibility of being spotted. Only the faint light of the moon and stars lit their way. After arriving at a small house, they walked quickly from the vehicle to the house so curious neighbors wouldn't see them, especially the foreigner. When they stepped inside, their eyes were immediately drawn to a young man sitting in front of a small television watching the JESUS film. He was a North Korean who had left his country for discipleship training. As soon as he was finished watching the film, he would be making the dangerous journey back home to North Korea.

To avoid further endangering the young man and the home owners, the visitors left after a brief meeting, returning the same way they had come. As they drove back down the dirt road with their headlights off, one of the visitors prayed fervently for the young man who would be making the risky trip back home with his new knowledge of the gospel. Anyone caught leaving North Korea illegally, or without successfully bribing officials, is arrested or shot. 

You can be a continued blessing to your brothers and sisters in North Korea through your ongoing prayer for missions organizations like The Voice of the Martyrs. Jesus Film Project® tools and resources serve partners around the world as they engage both the unreached and new believers, from Timbuktu to Tulsa to Tokyo.