What God might do in 5 minutes

Wow. Watch this 1-minute video and catch a glimpse of the process of creating the visual effects for "The Parting Gift." We'll begin showing this 5-minute film to Australian college students via smart phones, starting in January, as a means to start spiritual conversations.
Wow. Watch this 1-minute video and catch a glimpse of the process of creating the visual effects for “The Parting Gift.” We’ll begin showing this 5-minute film to Australian college students via smart phones, starting in January, as a means to start spiritual conversations.

I (Scott) can see why everybody is excited.

I’m standing in Chris’ office, processing my thoughts after watching the almost- finished film, “The Parting Gift.

This 5-minute movie has huge potential.

In our May newsletter, we wrote about our fellow Cru missionary in Australia, Chris Bailey, and the film he’s producing. “The Parting Gift” is an allegory, illustrating the biblical perspective about how God relentlessly pursues all of us with His love.

It’s a unique approach to talk to students about Jesus. There is no dialogue in the film, allowing it to be shared across different languages and cultures.

Typically, our missionaries here in Melbourne get about 10% of college students to talk about spiritual things.

But check this out. During initial testing, Chris and his team had 40% of students want to watch the film (viewed through a smart phone app) and then talk about who Christ really is.

Wow! Can you imagine what might happen when our missionaries have this kind of tool on campus?

I got to help play a small part in troubleshooting a problem the film team faced recently.

It had to do with the follow-up questions the viewer is asked after watching the film. The viewer’s contact info–if they were interested in talking more–wasn’t uploading to that main database for Cru missionaries to access and follow up.

What might that mean? Picture a first-year student who’d indicated on his phone he’d like to talk with someone more about Jesus…but then never hears back from anyone.

It was a big-deal problem needing a fix before the film goes live.

So three of us pulled together chairs and started brainstorming where the glitch might be coming from.

Ultimately, it got fixed. Whew. We’re expectant of God’s plans for this film in the lives of college students here…and maybe around the globe.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Please pray for our coworkers, Chris and Garrett, as they need to have the smartphone app which accompanies the film to be completed by Nov 22. The goal is to have it all ready for when college starts again in January. (The seasons here are opposite and still hard for us to wrap our heads around. It’s late spring and they’re winding down their school year for summer.)
  • Praise: After the move/transition, lowered immunity, Lizzy’s strange rashes and the infamous Melbourne spring allergens, our family is finally…almost…on the health mend! Whew. Thanks, Lord!
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2 thoughts on “What God might do in 5 minutes

  1. melbabentley1 December 16, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    How exciting!!!! So anxious to hear the Jesus successes that will occur as a result of this innovative creation!!!! : ) : ) Love, Mom/Melba : ) : )

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