A deadly disease opens doors for the Gospel in a communist country.

By September 27, 2005

East Asia (MNN)–A communist country in East Asia has approved the legal distribution of the “JESUS” film.

Following the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak two years ago, teams saw an openness to the Gospel. SARS is a viral respiratory illness that was recognized as a global threat in March 2003, after first appearing in Southern China in November 2002.

A total of 8,098 people worldwide became sick in this period, and 774 died. The widespread illness brought many people face to face with mortality, which opened many to the hope of Christ.

That same year, the “JESUS” Film Project successfully got permission from the Communist government to legally distribute the “JESUS” film to official churches throughout the nation.

As a result, 100-thousand VCD’s of the “JESUS” film were distributed to these churches. Village churches encouraged Christians to share the film with at least 20 people within the first days of the distribution.

Again, overwhelming response emboldened the ministry to seek permission for another nationwide distribution. Teams are awaitng permission for a similar event to the offiicial churches next year.

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