A quarter century of ministry celebrated

By July 26, 2004

International (MNN)–It has outstripped “Star Wars”, “Titanic” and other blockbuster movies in longevity.

Translated into more than 760 languages, more than two billion people have watched this film since 1979. It is the legacy of the JESUS Film Project,and this year, the ministry celebrates a quarter century in outreach.

In spite of the impressive numbers and an illustrious past, JFP’s Clyde Taber says they are looking to the future. “We are constantly looking for ways to innovate, and so we’ve come up with several innovative ideas and we’re still in the process of giving everyone on the planet a very powerful and relevant chance to hear about Jesus.”

A recent study suggests most of the 1-point-1 million new churches planted globally since 1994 started with the Jesus film.

Taber says their approach has changed by necessity. “I think there are some things that we’ll find will continually have some degree of impact, but as the world changes, I think we need to continue to think, ‘how can we take this timeless message and present it in such a way that it is effective and powerful in a very changing world?'”

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