‘Mighty work’More than 70 churches send ´JESUS’ video to every home
By 04/12/2001 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
ELLIS COUNTY - A 'mighty work,' 20 18-wheelers, loaded to the bursting point with well over a million copies of the JESUS video, rolled out of El Paso in late March, bound for homes throughout the state.
The film, produced by Campus Crusade for Christ, is reputed to be the most widely translated film in history - 638 languages since 1979. It has been shown to more than four billion people in 234 countries.
'By the time you receive this newsletter, every home in Ellis County should have received a JESUS video,' wrote Larry John-son, executive director of the Ellis Baptist Association, and co-leader of the group responsible for bringing the video project to the county.
'Ellis County United in Christ is a multi-denominational group,' Johnson said. 'The idea is that we want to work together as the Christian church. Too often we are viewed as fighting each other. We want to work together to see God's Kingdom advanced.'
The effort, part of the Texas JESUS Video Project and the National JESUS Video Project, has involved at least 71 churches throughout the county, and untold numbers of individuals, who have raised over $114,000 since October.
'It's been a fast track for us,' Johnson said. 'We had requested it, but we only found out in October that Ellis County United in Christ was going to be responsible.'
The group placed full-size billboards on I-45 and I-35E, hammered hundreds of yard signs into the soil and hung window cling-ons in other homes around the county. 'Watch and you will see,' the signs proclaimed.
Throughout the month of April, 750 more volunteers will knock on doors. 'They are trying to take a survey,' Johnson said. 'To find out if people made professions of faith, to offer to help them get into a church home.'
Johnson said he is receiving responses daily, including comments from schoolteachers.
'Kids with no church background got the video and liked it,' he said. 'One child asked, ‘Can we watch it today in school?''
Another child said to her teacher, 'You know they killed that guy and put him on a cross - but he came back to life!'
The effort, which sent out both English and Spanish versions of the film, is backed by prayer - individually as well as in established prayer groups meeting across the county. 'We are also working on developing a strategy for prayer beyond the project,' Johnson said. 'An ongoing, developing thing.'
All in all, Johnson and project co-leader Bruce Zimmerman of Waxahachie Bible Church are excited about the project and its potential, far-reaching response.
'We're wanting to see God do a mighty work here in Ellis County,' said Johnson.
The group intends to raise another $20,000 to repay the statewide organization for help it received. Donations can be made to Ellis County United in Christ, 3080 W. Hwy 287 Bypass, 75167.