The purpose of 37 Stories is to develop a complete set of animated films depicting the parables of Jesus from the gospels. Using scripts drawn directly from the Bible, each of Jesus’ parables will be brought to life through animation and sound, creating an immersive experience. Each animation would be narrated by native language speakers. The videos, optimized for viewing on smartphones, would be available for download through the website and distributed through popular social media channels such as YouTube and Facebook. Your gift will underwrite the cost of creating the animated films, including native-language narration.
37 Stories seeks to recapture the way in which Jesus communicated—through the narrative story—while recognizing the power of video to capture people’s interest and imagination. Jesus taught using parables, knowing some seed would fall on good soil and bear much fruit. The parables do not use church language that is difficult to understand for people without a Christian background. Nor do they compare or contrast worldly religions. The parables are timeless stories about God’s kingdom using familiar objects and situations that speak to people in various cultures around the world. These are God’s stories about his kingdom that we think everyone should have a chance to hear and see.
From the mountain peaks of the Caucasus to the steppes of Kazakhstan, the heartland of Asia is a place of mystery, having been mostly off-limits to travelers for the last 2000 years. With its blue-domed cities, frenetic bazaars, and remote yurts, Central Asia captures the romance of the Silk Road. Ancient traditions, loyal relationships, and generous hospitality make up the foundation of Central Asian values. Once home to the early church, Islam is now the predominant religion of Central Asia. Architecture, dress, and cultural expectations are all marked by it's influence.Political, religious, and cultural divisions have fractured Central Asia's governments and global relations. This instability has left people seeking an anchor for hope and peace. Jesus is their peace, but most of Central Asia's 365 million people have no knowledge of the gospel.
Pray that as Central Asians will meet the life-giver and Prince of Peace so they can experience the abundant joy that Jesus offers.