International (MNN) — It looked
like a red carpet movie premiere. There
was a red carpet, there were beautiful gowns, flashbulbs, and smiling guests…there was
even a slate of films to screen.
Yet, this film festival got very
little attention from Hollywood. It was
the inaugural E3 Film Festival.
Late in the fall, the ministry
showed both commissioned and amateur films touching on the impact of
evangelistic outreach around the world.
The result was a heightened
awareness of E3 Partners reach to the 350 guests at the festival.
18 films were shown on October 24
at the Hope Center Theater in Plano,Texas.
At the end, two
came away with the top honors:
Best Overall Film: The Gamo People of Ethiopia. This film vividly documents the
outreach to the Gamo tribe in Ethiopia. This joint production between the Bridges
Church of California, The JESUS Film Project, and E3 Partners was
shot in 2007 and 2008 and edited in 2009. It was produced for E3 Partners by Joe Class
Best Amateur Film: There is Hope For Rwanda. Rwanda is recovering from the
genocide of a decade ago. The film shows how E3's outreach is making a
difference and leading the region towards healing and reconciliation. It is the winner of
a $2,500 cash prize to the E3 Rwanda ministry and was produced for E3 Rwanda by Angela
Also at the
festival was the presentation of the Norm Miller Award. E3
Partners annually presents the award to a layperson who leverages his or her
wealth, influence or public notoriety in an extraordinary way for the Gospel of
winner was Lisa Luby Ryan, who overcame a life of neglect, affairs, abortion
and divorce to become a champion of the faith.
her life story on E3 Partners' iamsecond.com, a Web site created to document the
video testimonies of personal struggle, transformation and hope of celebrities
and everyday people who put Jesus first in their lives.
"I am Second"
is just part of the work E3 Partners does around the world. It has three
*Evangelizing the lost