A premier in Tanzania will bring the Gospel to north central Tanzania.

By October 20, 2003

Tanzania (MNN)–The JESUS Film is readying for a premier in the He He (hay hay) language.

JFP President Paul Eshleman and his extended family raised the money to fund a new translation of the film, so about 15 of his family members will be journeying to Tanazania for the premiere.

The tribe, in north central Tanzania, has never had a movie in their dialect, which makes the showing that much more significant. JESUS Film’s Paul Eshleman says that diminishes the threat to their teams in this Muslim area. “Sometimes when a cultural occurrence takes place like this, it just overrides all the other concerns about what the subject of the film is, who’s come and where they’re from. It’s “we’ve never had a film in our own language, let’s go and see it.”

The team leaves for Tanzania, November 13th. In some parts of Africa, it is not uncommon to draw crowds of 5,000 people to view the JESUS film at outdoor screenings. Eshleman shares their other goals. “One of our objectives will be to set up a film team there and also provide for follow-up opportunities after the film. We’re going to be doing several outreaches to executives while we’re there…(pray) that they would be responsive.”

To date, the JESUS film has been translated into 812 languages, with a new language translation being produced every 4 days.

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