The ten-day conference in Amsterdam, sponsored by the
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, hosted over 12,000
evangelists from 205 countries. Attendees had opportunity
to view our video, God's Story: From Creation to
Eternity, in their choice of eight language versions.
Interested inquirers swamped the booth shared
by The God's Story Project and Eden Communications. After
squeezing through the jammed aisle in front of our booth,
other exhibitors commented, "You have the busiest
booth of all. What is so interesting here?"
We responded, "It's an 80-minute video of the Bible,
Genesis to Revelation and it just seems to be meeting a
Catching the God's Story Vision
Thousands flocked to our booth daily. All in attendance
wanted tools to help deliver the Gospel and encourage
their people to walk according to God's Word. After our
short explanation about God's Story or when the
evangelists and pastors caught a glimpse of the video on
the TV set, they flooded us with questions. As we
described this video of the Bible as useful for both
evangelism and for teaching, they really got excited!
Joyful hands received the 5,000 gift audio cassettes
tapes of God's Story in 21 languages, paid for by friends
of God's Story.
Requests Pour In
Although at the the time of the Amsterdam meeting we had
25 languages completed, again and again we were asked,
"Why don't you have God's Story in
Our response was to smile at them and say, "Because
you haven't helped us yet."
All of the attendees took this suggestion seriously.
After we gave an in-depth presentation on all that is
involved in producing a new language, everyone of them
soberly committed to translating the script and the
discussion guide, and to providing a narrator. Each
person understood that taking on the many months-long job
of translating a script must be done by faith as there
was at that time no money donated for their language.
Results Coming in Already
Upon our return back to the USA, we already had
letters from attendees who had met with their boards to
get "okays" on proceeding with translation.
Here is an excerpt from one of those letters.
"Meeting you in
Amsterdam 2000 was a great pleasure. Thank God for your
On my arrival back to Nigeria I shared with my staff and
team about your project and they are all in "high
spirits" about it.
We will begin the eight language translations I promised
you, as soon as you are ready, however, it appears that
we may be going far beyond eight on the long run. As God
help us, me and my wife together with our staff intend to
eventually cover all of Nigeria with 'God's story.'
It may please you to know that one in every five African
is a Nigerian..."
Several letters mentioned meeting with
neighboring pastors (who speak or have outreaches to
additional languages and dialects) who want to translate
the script as well. This response is adding scores of
languages to the 100+ we signed up at Amsterdam.
A Serious Offer
We consider it a serious step to hold out to
evangelists the possibility of producing God's Story
in their languages. We have no funding to supply the
translating kits, let alone the money to send the multi-tracker
mini disk recorders out to lay down the narration or the
funds for the final master production. We are totally
leaning on the Lord for seeing this all take place.
Translation & Video Costs
The cost of a new language version is $3,500.
When these evangelists/ pastors partner with us by
translating the script and providing a narrator, the cost
drops to $2,800. We still need funds to complete the
production which includes providing translators with a
master tape and duplication rights.
Many visiting our booth can use videos in languages which
we already have completed. We have requests for videos
from about 3,000 evangelists for those languages.
Through special arrangements we can send these
evangelists videos for $17.
In hard to reach areas, remote hostile to Christianity
and the Middle East, the video and shipping runs $43.
Our immediate need is to obtain funds to send out
Translation Packages. We have need of about 75 of these.
The cost for each package is $200 which covers the
contents and the rather expensive DHL shipping costs.
Translation Packages will be shipped to evangelists/pastors
like the one whose email we re-printed in this newsletter.
In his case, one translation package will be used to
produce multiple languages.
How Recording Takes Place Overseas
When a block of languages has been translated, we will
ship the recorder overseas, and leave it for a month or
so to enable the various narrators to come in and record
their language. This will be the most efficient use of
We will need $750 to cover the rental on each machine and
the DHL shipping both ways. The last phase is the final
studio production of the new language. After completion,
we ship the final master to translators so that they can
duplicate and distribute the video to their people.
That final phase costs $1,850.
Future Plans For
One of the most exciting opportunities presented
to the evangelists was the Evangelist Back Pack. We
formatt most languages on VCD discs. The discs look like
audio CDs, but they play both visual and audio on a
special player which is similar to a DVD player. In a
home or village situation the 4" screen on these 4
pound players can be viewed by 30 or so people at once! (We
had one report come in of 200 people at once watching the
entire program on a VCD player! They are much less
expensive than DVD machines, so they are within reach
cost-wise for supplying them to evangelists in emerging
Christians crowded in while we demonstrated the prototype
of the Evangelist's Back Pack. It contains VCD disks of God's
Story, a VCD player, a special battery and a
flexible solar panel. The panel gathers power from the
sun, which feeds into the battery pack, which powers the
Faces of all colors broke into huge smiles as they made
comments such as, 'I minister to 80 villages and none of
them have power. Do you realize how many people I could
reach with the Gospel using this machine?'
Using The Evangelist Backpacks
The Village-Size Backpack enables the evangelists to go
from home to home to show God's Story or show to
small groups. These small unobtrusive players are
especially useful in areas hostile to Christianity.
Weight 16 pounds. Cost $595 USD.
A wonderful option for the EVBP is the solar powered PA.
This 4.5 pound PA fits inside the backpack and includes a
wireless mic and a jack for a second mic. This PA
clearly broadcasts the audio portion of God's Story (which
is a stand-alone powerful format). The PA can also be
used by the evangelist to teach off of God's Story
after each individual story has been broadcast, or to
increase his coverage as he ministers by teaching and
preaching. Weight 4.6 pounds. Cost $175 USD.
How To Help
Please pray with us on this exciting undertaking. Most of
the evangelists who committed to translating a new
language have also committed themselves and their
churches to praying until the funds come in for the
Some said that once a week they and their people would
pray and fast as they seek the Lord for help.
Perhaps you can support one or more of these new
Equip an Evangelist Now
Just check the box below that fits the way
you can help to equip an evangelist to reach the world
with the Gospel.
All gifts are tax deductible.
Please make your check payable to
The God's Story Project and send to:
The God's Story Project
43500 Cactus Valley Road
Hemet, CA 92544 USA
For more information contact TGSP office
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Tel 909-658-1619 or Fax 909-658-9189
Toll Free 877-99-Bible