Music is a universal language, and one picture is worth a thousand words. The goal of this ministry opportunity is to combine both music and visual arts to speak hope to the hopeless. Your gift will set music to and create a visual for “7 Stories of Hope from the New Testament.”
Couched in the language of music and visual arts, in “7 Stories” offers a natural way to engage in spiritual conversations and share the gospel. Each vignette will be told through song along with photos and/or art, video, and spoken narration of the Bible passages. The stories will be performed live in concert venues and also recorded in a studio to make available to the public. CDs will be distributed, and the presentation also will be available on digital outlets such as Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.
The songs will be written in the universal language of English, but the narration of the Bible passages can be recorded in any language. Each story will also include a downloadable study guide which also can be translated into any language. Finally, each story will have a visual element, either video, photos, or art. This will tell the story visually and also will be available for download. Business cards with the web address to access the full presentation online will be distributed as part of a way to share this broadly and bring the hope of the gospel to as many people around the world as possible.
This ministry opportunity is a collaboration between locals believers and non-believers, national partners, IMB workers, and supporting churches. This opportunity shares hope through the language of music and visual art, a language that all people can understand. Engaging people through the arts will also elevate the esteem of the IMB personnel among the creative community.
Banner photo by Jens Thekkeveettil on Unsplash.
With 810 million people, 51 sovereign states and 200 spoken languages, Europe is rich in diversity and character. These distinct cultures create a continent of global influence through language, politics, finance, fashion, and food. Though diverse, the peoples of Europe do have one thing in common—more than 98% do not follow Jesus.
Instead of seeing Europe’s decidedly post-Christian culture as a hindrance, IMB teams see the potential of what God wants to do on and through this influential continent. Not only do Europeans need the hope of the gospel, making it a primary place for ministry, but the global reach of its cities also makes it a strategic place as well. Immigrants comprise more than 15% of the population of gateway cities such as London, Paris, Madrid and Vienna.
Through dreaming big and taking faith-filled risks, IMB teams are connecting with European nationals, sharing the gospel and training local leaders. Their aim is to develop strong local leadership in every city and province who will lead biblically faithful and reproducing churches. Churches that plant new healthy churches will send the gospel to the nations of the world from every borough, town and village of the beautifully diverse continent of Europe.