Mission 865

In every language, to every people.

What is Mission 865?

The "JESUS" film has been dubbed into more than 1,400 languages and is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most-translated film in history. But that doesn’t mean our work is done! There are 865 documented language groups in the world with 50,000 or more speakers, representing roughly 323 million people. Research has determined that these people are largely unreached or unengaged with the gospel. We want to share Jesus with them. The Mission 865 initiative represents Jesus Film Project’s commitment to reach these groups with Jesus’ story in their own language. Along the way, we will be sharing the "JESUS" film with some of the smaller language groups as well. This is no small undertaking. We’re partnering with many organizations who are helping us make significant headway in the next two decades.

What makes film so effective?

The two-hour "JESUS" film is based on Luke’s gospel. Since its release in 1979, it has been translated to over 1,400 languages and shown to enthusiastic audiences in over 230 countries. The impact of seeing Jesus’ story in the first movie many have ever seen, and hearing him speak in their own language, is powerful. In many of the 865 people groups we’re still trying to reach, literacy is incredibly low—half of them don’t have a written language at all. Film is the most effective way to reach people in a way they can immediately understand. Learn how the translation process works, and find out how we translate the film for people with no written language! To see how effective the "JESUS" film is, check out these testimonies and stories from our blog.

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Stories from the field

  • Christmas 2016

    We were celebrating our eighth Christmas in the former Soviet republic we then called home. That year Erick decided he wanted to throw a Christmas party for about 40 people, mostly not believers, whom he knew through his work in education and development. Most people in our adopted country were curious about our American holidays and traditions and so Christmas presented us with a great opportunity to talk about Jesus. We decided to host the party at our favorite restaurant. Our apartment wasn’t large enough for that many people and I was frankly relieved not to ... Read more

    Heart for the World

    Elizabeth Schenkel
    12/19/2016 · Comments
  • Why is this so hard? Part 2

    I had finally broken out of the ‘Christian Bubble’ and made friends with my neighbors. They were no longer strangers, but had become really dear friends. And my new friends were coming to know Jesus! But I still felt a vague sense of failure as a ‘witness.’ I felt a kind of uncomfortable compulsion or obligation to share my experience with every stranger I ran across, but most of the time when I had an opportunity to talk to someone I was too tired, too shy, or just somehow couldn’t figure out how ... Read more


    Elizabeth Schenkel
    2/22/2016 · Comments

Jesus’ call to make disciples in all nations (Matt. 28:16–20) wasn’t a suggestion. He has tasked all who follow him to be reaching the lost with the gospel. The Mission 865 initiative is one way that you can be about that work, too.

There are numerous ways you can partner with us including donating a dollar, a minute of film, or contributing for an entire language translation. And by getting involved, you are helping to bring "JESUS" to unreached people throughout the world!