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SFM 2017 - Seeing the World Through God's Eyes!

We’re about a month into the 2017 SFM, and the time has flown! This first month has been packed with amazing stuff. Our students have learned, for example, to submit their creativity to God and to listen to his voice to shape the expression of their artistic gifts.

Recently, we had a week of photography. The SFM students learned the essentials of taking good pictures, and then stepped out into the streets of Perth and Fremantle to put their skills to the test. After having walked through the challenge of submitting their creativity to God in the previous week, our brave team had to confront the fear of man and let God lead them to complete strangers, to learn their stories and take their pictures.

But they quickly discovered that having a camera in hand is a great way to meet new people. It allows the photographer to affirm their subject’s God-given identities by showing them what they look like through the camera lens. And from there, it’s an easy step to telling people about God’s love for them!

After that, we hit Media Strategy, which is all about discovering how God wants to use media to help draw people to himself (so exciting!) We also examine how we can have the biggest impact on our chosen audience. Basically, there is no point doing big stuff if it isn’t going to do what we want it to do—which is to change lives! 


We love how God is raising up a generation that not only has the heart but also the skills to bring his hope to the planet. Thank you Jesus!

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SFM 2017 - Exciting Beginnings!

The School of Frontier Media for 2017 has begun! This year we have four students, from four very different nations. This might normally make for some misunderstandings, but these guys are so incredibly open and kind to each other, it’s making for an amazing school so far!

Our first week consisted of the usual orientation schedule, as well as ‘get-to-know-you’ and ‘get-to- know-the-base’ activities. These, combined with the gorgeous Perth sunshine, meant a whole heap of fun. We also had some great teaching on the nature and character of God, particularly his creativity, and how we his children reflect that quality since we are made in his likeness.

Week Two is shaping up to be just as good as Week One—we’re studying Graphic Design, which means teaching from some amazing leaders about the creative process and the rules of design, and then a whole lot of work putting that process and those ideas into action. It’s been a challenging time learning to be led by God, but the fruit has been some wonderful designs and personal breakthrough.

God is at work! He has been moving in the area of humility and trust, and stirring up the passion in each student for his calling on their lives and especially for media. Their desire for him and his work in their lives is infectious. More, God, more!

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The Gond of India

It was in April that Create International produced a film for the Gond, a cultural group of around 12 million who for the most part live in rural areas of central India and are very poor. In the midst of a Hindu majority, there are a small group of committed followers of Jesus who worship God and long for His highest for their people. We had the privilege to work alongside some of these believers to produce a movie that they can use to share the gospel. It’s called Freedom from Torment, and has just recently been completed and delivered to our partners.

The project was filmed with help from students on the School of Frontier Media. It tells the story of a poor man whose son is tormented by demonic attacks. Overwhelmed, he sends his son away and drowns his sorrows in alcohol.

The story was inspired by real-life experiences of Gond believers

As grief and depression threaten to consume him, he comes to see that he has made a terrible error, and embarks on a journey to bring his son home. As he does, his family comes to know the power of a God who loves, heals and restores.

The story was inspired by real-life experiences of Gond believers. The heart of the movie is that people would hear the gospel in a way that utilizes their own language, customs and people. We wanted to make a movie which would invite the Gond into a community of believers who love each other and worship Jesus in a culturally familiar way.

Now that it is finished, the movie will be distributed amongst the Gond, and to anyone with a vision to reach out to this people group. We have strong hopes that God will use the movie to touch the many hearts of many, and to call the Gond into a relationship of healing and salvation with their creator.

To view Freedom from Torment, visit our distribution website, www.indigitube.tv. You can also watch the movie's trailer and a behind-the-scenes film of our outreach on our Projects page.

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Returning to Nepal

Not so long ago, Create International traveled to Nepal, revisiting an area that we had been to before.  It was wonderful to return after two years: recognizing landmarks, seeing familiar faces and catching up with old friends.  Two years prior, we had been there creating an evangelistic film for an unreached people called the Limbu. We were all excited to return and have a chance to show the movie to the audience we had prepared it for.

The Limbu are a group of mostly poorer, rural Hindus, concentrated in the hills of eastern Nepal. Despite the brokenness amongst their communities that has been caused by drinking and anger, they are a beautiful people who we experienced as friendly, hospitable, and full of joy.

Our Create International team worked alongside a media-focused Discipleship Training School from YWAM Perth, and spent two weeks doing Bible distribution, prayer ministry, open-air evangelism and film screenings.  It was a thrill to see people's responses to the movie!  We were able to show it in a number of villages, which in some cases meant sharing the love of Jesus in that area for the first time. It was exciting to see people’s interest captured by the story they were seeing on the screen, interrupting whatever other activities they could have been doing to watch the gospel unfold before them in a compelling dramatic form.

He identified with the main character in the movie, wanting to be like him not only in the challenges he faced, but in the way his life was changed by the gospel.

We spoke to one young man after he had seen the movie in the very village that we had filmed it in. He said that he identified with the main character in the movie, wanting to be like him not only in the struggles and challenges he faced, but also in the way his life was changed by the gospel.

It was a blessing for us to be able to see the fruit of our earlier work. It was also an encouragement to keep pressing on to produce more resources and to communicate God’s love more effectively with the unreached.

Overall, it was a powerful time in which many people heard the gospel, several people were healed, and over 2500 Bible were distributed. There was a great hunger for God’s word amongst the Limbu and their neighboring peoples, and lots of excitement as people were touched by with the power of God for healing and salvation.

Please continue to pray for the Limbu, and in the meantime enjoy a short video that one of our team members made on the trip.  it highlights an exciting testimony of the way that God brought healing to one man that we met.

 

 

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