In 1994, as his country descended into the madness of genocide, Anglican Bishop John Rucyahana underwent the mind-numbing pain of having members of his church and family butchered. John refused to become a part of the systemic hatred. He founded the Sonrise orphanage and school for children orphaned in the genocide, and he now leads reconciliation efforts between his own Tutsi people, the victims of this horrific massacre, and the perpetrators, the Hutus. His remarkable story is one that demands to be told. (click on the photo on to order this book from Amazon.com)
- Number of Countries in Africa – 54 and a couple of disputed territories (Western Sahara and Somaliland). South Sudan is Africa’s newest country, officially born on July 9, 2011.
- Most populated country in Africa – Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa with an estimated population of 125 – 145 million people. (Population statistics are politically loaded and that’s why these numbers vary so much). Egypt is second with over 76 million people.
- Number of Ethnic Groups (tribes) in Africa – Difficult to estimate but there are at least 3,000 distinct ethnic groups in Africa. A large country like Nigeria has more than 370 recognized tribes.
- Number of Languages Spoken in Africa – There are over 2000 languages spoken in Africa. Arabic (in various dialects) has the highest number of speakers with over 170 million speakers, mostly living in North Africa and the Horn of Africa.
Every eight seconds, somewhere in the world, another person indicates a decision to follow Christ after watching the “JESUS” film.
Every eight seconds… that’s 10,800 people per day, 324,000 per month and more than 3.8 million per year! That’s like the population of the entire city of Pittsburgh, PA coming to Christ every 28 ¼ days. And yet, if you are like many people, you may have never even heard of it.
Called by some “one of the best-kept secrets in Christian missions,” a number of mission experts have acclaimed the film as one of the greatest evangelistic tools of all time. Since 1979 more than 200 million men, women and children worldwide have indicated decisions to follow Jesus after viewing the film. In addition, through hundreds of partners an estimated 10+ million decisions have been made as the film “JESUS” is used extensively by the Body of Christ worldwide.
“But how can any single film reach so many people and touch so many lives?”
It is the power of the Word of God in their heart language.
Based on the Gospel of Luke, the “JESUS” film has now been translated into 1,145 languages, with new languages being added every month. This allows God’s Word to speak to people in more than 200 countries in languages they know and understand. By God’s grace, it is yielding a spiritual harvest of unprecedented results.
Not only is the story of the “JESUS” film one of effective evangelism, but also a powerful tool for expanding the church worldwide. Hundreds of churches, missions groups and denominational agencies, both indigenous and global, are also seeing this tool ignite the launch and growth of thousands of new churches.
One denominational leader, whose ministry has used the “JESUS” film for more than a decade, has said that its value in accelerating their church-planting efforts is equivalent to “fishing with dynamite!” His ministry alone has birthed more than 26,000 church fellowships using the “JESUS” film in dozens of languages.
God is using this film in powerful ways to reach people and build His church worldwide. And yet, so much of the world remains in spiritual darkness. Billions of people have never had the opportunity to hear God’s message of salvation and say “yes” to Christ.
The JESUS Film Project is reaching millions with the gospel of Christ, but with your help, so many more can be reached. By getting involved today, you can make a difference in the lives of people through the message of hope—Jesus, and bring God’s light into the darkness.