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Capturing the Work of the Birth Attendant School

Below is a reflection of a project from Richard, one of our past Create International staff members.

Towards the end of 2009, an opportunity opened up for me to make a film highlighting the work of the Birth Attendant School during an outreach in India.  The Birth Attendant School is a training program of YWAM Perth which focuses on reaching out to women and children in developing nations who have little or limited access to health care, especially related to childbirth. The film focused on a portion of the outreach where the school was assisting a hospital that drew pregnant mothers from the poorest of the poor in a mixed Hindu and Muslim community.

A co-worker from Create International and I spent time together in prayer and decided to film the project as ‘a day in the life’ of one of the students on the school. We arrived in India in February, started shooting and before long, the story began coming together. We had regular times of prayer for the project and found these to be especially important in maintaining focus and unity and keeping our passion fresh. 

Putting together the first half of the film was particularly easy. It got harder as I started to edit together the hospital sequence. It was challenging knowing how to take all the material we had filmed and put it together in a way that captured the sensitivity and depth of what God was doing in the lives of these families.

Through the process of making this film, God has shown me much more about Himself and what we can do to bring life and hope to those who are living and dying without knowing Him. The people of India have so much to offer the kingdom of God. There is a great spiritual hunger there that is being filled with endless amounts of empty ritual and perversion of the truth. We have an endless opportunity to show all the peoples of India the truth about their loving Creator.

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There are still 6500 unreached people groups

The need for new and diverse media tools to share the gospel with the unreached is immense and hasn’t changed.  Calvin and Carol Conkey, the International Directors of Create International, shared a paper at global missions conference that highlights this need and suggests some strategies for meeting it.
 
Put simply, there are around 6500 distinct people groups out in the world today that most would classify as “unreached” – basically where the local church lacks the means to reach out to the rest of the people without significant help from the international church.  Some of these people groups are large and some are small.  In some of these places, for a variety of reasons the local church barely exists at all, and in many the international church – myself included – has barely begun the work of reaching out to them.Because of the language and cultural differences that exist between people groups, we cannot expect the same presentation of the gospel to be equally effective in every situation.  This is an obvious idea when it comes to language barriers – clearly a Bible in French will not effectively communicate to an audience who only speaks Mandarin – but similar limitations arise due to cultural and social differences between peoples.

In our ministry of Create International, one of our aims is to produce presentations of the gospel that are tailored made for specific cultural groupings, and are effective at communicating the message to people in particular local contexts.  Over the years, Create teams past and present have produced over 50 presentations of different sorts (dramatic films, music videos, comics, art pieces) that have the potential to share the gospel with several dozen different people groups.

However, as I mentioned there are around 6500 total unreached people groups!  Many of them are over a million in population.  Of those over 210 are considered to be “least evangelised” – where over half the population have apparently not even had the opportunity to hear about Jesus.  So even if we just limit our target to those least evangelised mega peoples, there are still 150 people groups that we’ve never done a contextualised presentation of the gospel for – and in many cases, nobody has.  There is still so much that can be done, still so much opportunity for artists, film makers and media producers in and out of YWAM to put relevant media resources into the hands of the long and short-term workers who are faithfully trusting God for breakthrough amongst all the nations of the earth.
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