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VVMI is a small mission. How can we encourage small churches to join with VVMI in partnership to spread the Gospel through video and other media?
Matthew Spandler-Davison has served as pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church in Bardstown, Kentucky, since 2004. He is the director of the BCF Network and Urban Impact Missions. Originally from Scotland, he is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He writes at The Gospel Coalition blog:
Most churches in the United States have fewer than 100 in attendance, and many of us are serving in small towns. We have very real challenges when it comes to mobilizing our churches for missions. Many of our members have never traveled overseas. Many others cannot afford to spend thousands on airfare to go there. Moreover, a church that isn’t experiencing growth will often question the wisdom of committing resources beyond its own community.
But even a small church can be strategically involved in international missions. The missionary movement has never been divorced from the church; it is the church.
Churches, both big and small, can support VVMI.
VVMI is a mission that focuses on proclaiming the Gospel to peoples in their native, heart language (vernacular language). This was recently posted by the Global Outreach Department at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. It is a wonderful reminder of the importance of language, heart language.
When Jesus came in the flesh we explored some of the implications of incarnation the translation of divinity into humanity. (see Post 05) But as we enter holy week we meet a Messiah who is in the darkest hour of the human condition, face to face with the enemy of death. And yet his death is not completely like ours, just like his birth was not completely like ours. In his birth he came to make the message of God known in terms we could readily receive. In his death he was making a way that we could be received before the holy presence of the Father.
The biting pain of Jesus’ human crucifixion has been explored and expounded far more deeply by other authors but one aspect of his humanity is often overlooked – language. While language is not unique to the human condition, for God and angels speak intelligibly to mankind, the barriers of Babel still stand as a reminder of God’s mercy and judgment on the sons of Adam (see Post 06). Jesus, while yet on earth, was most likely trilingual speaking Hebrew (the language of his people and scriptures), Aramaic (the language of the region), and Greek (the language of the empire).
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying,”Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46 ESV)
The New Testament was written in Koiné (common) Greek and yet here we find a place where the biblical author does not just give us Jesus’ words in Greek. Jesus’ cry is recorded in transliterated Aramaic (though the first two words here are Hebrew) which Matthew then goes on to translate into Greek (Mark does something similar in his account, Mk. 15:34). Why employ this narrative device? Why here at the climax of Jesus’ ministry? Why sidetrack us with linguistic details in the record of his darkest hour?
For one thing, it shows us that at this moment Jesus was probably not crying out in Greek but in a mingling of his heart languages. For another, as the skies overhead grew dark in judgment, the mere speech of men would not suffice but out of Jesus’ heart comes the very language of scripture to clothe his anguish. Many have recognized this phrase as coming from Psalm 22:1 which Jesus may well have known in all three languages, but again he quotes it in the languages closest to his heart and people. Debates abound regarding what Jesus was doing here, but suffice it to say here, Jesus is drawing up these despairing words of the psalmist in the language of the common people and in a tongue close to his heart. It just came out that way.
Language is not merely a tool that we use to convey information or ideas. Language is much more fundamental than that, it gets to the very core of humanity. We are spoken beings who come into this world with a cry and leave with a groan, and in between is filled with an expression of our spokenness. But Jesus’ heart cry from the cross was so that our final groans would not be final. He groaned at his abandonment that we might rejoice in our adoption. His cry was real, and it really took our place.
So we say, “Hallelu-yah!”
In Genesis 12, God tells Abram, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
VVMI’s ministry partner, VIÑA, created “Deditos” to share the Good News of the Gospel with ethnic minority language groups in Guatemala. On the other side of the globe, another VVMI ministry partner, Vernacular Video Ministry (VVM), was creating original Gospel-proclaiming films in remote tribal villages in the Philippines. God, through VVMI, brought these two groups together. They began to share a vision and goal of reaching children for Christ. VIÑA shared, and VVM started the work of dubbing Deditos into multiple ethnic minority languages in the Philippines.
Through Abraham, and through VIÑA, all the nations will be blessed! This video CAN be viewed on Vimeo; just click “Watch on Vimeo.”Here’s the episode, Los Hijos de Abraham (The Sons of Abraham) with English subtitles.
A dramatized Bible story using actual fingers as actors. We are a small non profit showcasing our videos on Vimeo. Anyone wanting to dub these videos into their own language, contact us and we’ll be glad to arrange it.
Una historia bíblica usando dedos como actores. Esta serie esta diseñada para ser doblado a idiomas autóctonas.
For more information on VVMI or any of our partners, please go to vvmi.org
Why missions? What is our mandate? Where does the power come from? Why can we trust that missions will succeed?
Here is a post from Bible-daily.org from today. This website encourages daily Bible reading, and this year will be reading with an emphasis on seeing the God of missions. Follow along this year!
In Acts 1, Luke tells us that, “ In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.”
What commands did Jesus give right before he ascended? In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Here is our mandate for missions. Jesus has commanded us to go, to make disciples and to teach. And He promises to be with us, and not only that, HE has all authority and says that is the REASON we can go confidently. HE is sovereign!
Jesus asked the disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit came on them with power, and then to go. Acts 1:8 “ He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
- God is sovereign over all missions!
- God has given all authority to Jesus…ALL!
- God has given us the promised Holy Spirit and power for missions!
- He has promised to be with us in missions!
- We are to GO as He has commanded…missions!
Would you like to be involved with missions this month in a very practical way? VVMI has two trips to the Philippines this month of January, and while it is probably too late for you to go this month, you can give toward a strategic project that the teams will be bringing over. This project is an iMac computer system that will be used to produce God-glorifying, Gospel videos for unreached peoples in northern Luzon. We are especially excited that some new children’s videos, “Deditos”, will be dubbed into more than a dozen languages in 2010.
To give toward this iMac project, send your donation to VVMI, PO Box 37, Austin, MN 55912 or by going to GiveMN.org and clicking on the Vernacular Video Mission International page and following the donation link.
Isaiah 66:18-19 “For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations.
Recently I was struck by a comment made by John Piper concerning the missions commitment of the local church and its relation to the name and glory of God. His words were: “If you say that you love the glory of God, the test of your authenticity is whether you love the spread of that glory among all the peoples of the world.” That statement hit me like a truck! It was a wake up call. How can I, as a preacher of the Word of God, say I am passionately committed to the glory of God in all I do and yet not be passionately committed to spreading that glory in the world? I would pose the same question to you.
To read the rest of the article, click here:
The following is from a missions blog from The Village Church, located in multiple campuses in the Dallas, TX area. Although not connected with VVMI, we share the view that missions trips should not be simply “an exotic, religious vacation.” Perhaps you share that view and would like to consider going on a mission trip with VVMI?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website for photos and information on trips. VVMI does medical and dental service trips to Guatemala and the Philippines, in addition to other types of trips.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
As the Guatemala II team arrived at Fundaninos Orphanage near Guatemala City on Friday, we were informed that there had been an incredible outbreak of lice among the children. In an act that clearly demonstrated transformed hearts and sacrificial love, the young women of The Village decided to work to solve the lice problem. For two days the ladies picked lice and eggs from the children’s hair and washed all their sheets and clothes. Some of the kids were so infested that it took two women three hours to pull the nits out. While the act would be enough to show sacrifice to the children, the way the women went about it with loving joy, patience, gentleness and kindness demonstrated the fruit of the Spirit, set the children at ease and even made the experience fun for some of them.
Most of the time short-term mission trips are marketed toward our desire for adventure and travel. So mission trips have become highly expensive exotic religious vacations. “Travel to Beautiful Burmuda for the Lord” is how most missions’ brochures read. You never see a mission trip brochures that says, “Come to Guatemala to pick lice out of an orphan’s hair.” However, this is the type of self-sacrifice to which God calls us. The gift of Christ is that He sacrificed Himself so that we might have true life and true transformation. Not the type of transformation that masks a vacation as being for the Lord, but the type that removes our desire for ourselves and replaces it with sacrificial love for others.
May we all learn to love God and others so much that we find contentment, and even joy, in picking lice out of an orphan’s hair.
In March of 2009, Tom Peterson, a member of the VVMI Board of Directors, led a short-term trip to Luzon Philippines. He recently posted a video at Facebook. Jerry and Bonnie Schultz along with Tom Peterson share what they encountered on their short term mission trip to Luzon, Philippines. If you are on Facebook, please search for the “Vernacular Video Mission International” page and become a “Fan.” We will post updates regularly and you can see photos from trips.
Here is the link: VVMI Trip to the Philippines March 2009
I feel compelled to write in response to an article in the local paper about an upcoming mission trip. Since my family is planning to go to the Philippines in August to bring needed equipment, learn about the Gospel film making process, show some of the wonderful Gospel videos and also help in a medical clinic in the mountains….my curiosity rose when I read the headline, “Concert helps pay for mission trip.”
I won’t mention any names or denominations, but here is a quote:
I don’t feel called to proselytize, necessarily,” he said. “I have a little more modern view that I think there is more than one way to salvation, or what have you. If they put me in a situation where I’d have to do that, I think I would have declined.” He’s going on the trip partly because he’s interested in travel.
Just to set the record straight, Vernacular Video Mission International believes in the Bible. We believe the words of Jesus in John 14:6 where He says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. NO ONE comes to the Father except through Me.” We believe people will perish unless they believe in Jesus (John 3:16) and we help proclaim the Gospel through video in common, heart languages of people who need to hear the truth of who Jesus is and the LIFE He offers.
And by the way, we DO feel compelled and called to spread the “Good News” of salvation that is found in no other name. Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
And if put in a situation where we must declare this belief, we will not decline.
And, by the way, we are NOT going on this trip because we are interested in travel. It is a long, grueling trip and we will be hiking into some remote areas to share the Gospel. We will miss the comfort of home. We will miss family. But look at this interaction in Luke 18- And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” 29 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers  or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
For the sake of the One and Only King who has provided salvation at the cost of His life,
Pam Larson, VVMI Administrative Assistant
If you would like more information on VVMI, go to our website, vvmi.org There you will find information on sponsoring a project, praying for the mission, going on a trip or donating to help the Gospel be proclaimed through video.
Praise God for the many good meetings in Illinois and Wisconsin that VVM Director Darwin Bayani and VVMI Director Colin Edwards have been blessed to experience in visiting VVMI prayer partners and supporters the past two weeks. This has been a time of mutual encouragement for both directors and for those hearing about the exciting things God is doing through vernacular video mission and ministry. Colin says: “We are so grateful for the outpouring of God’s love towards us through His saints! We’ve often been asked if we’re tired from all the travels in the past month. The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ since any physical weariness is more than compensated for by our joy in being able to share about the exciting things God is doing that leave us in awe. We can only praise Him.”