Changed Lives in London

Mon June 20, 2016 · Comments

Teams from the United States and other countries travel to London each summer to participate in outreaches to North African tourists and immigrants. In 2010 they distributed evangelistic packets containing a New Testament, a “Magdalena: Released From Shame” DVD, and other Christian materials. Two Hare Krishna followers approached one team member, asking her what she was doing. The volunteer shared her testimony with the two women, and one of them started to cry while the other said, “Wow! I have never heard of such a beautiful story before.” They both wanted a DVD. When the volunteer asked if they would like to pray to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, they both said yes! She prayed with them on a London street as their lives were changed by Jesus.

Erick Schenkel brings a range of experience to his role as Executive Director of Jesus Film Project®. Erick led a church-planting team that established a church and an elementary school in Massachusetts, USA, right after his graduation from Harvard College. While leading this church, Erick earned two masters degrees and a PhD from Harvard in the Study of Religion. During this time, he and his wife, Elizabeth, developed a desire to work in the Middle East.

Erick moved to Central Asia and was director of the non-profit organization, Partnership in Academics and Development, from 1999 until 2012, working in the fields of education and economic development. During that time, the Schenkels also worked alongside Jesus Film® teams in Central Asia. Erick took the lead in starting a Bible school and served as director of a movement of nationally-led churches. Erick then served for five years as Strategy Director for North Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia for Campus Crusade for Christ. Erick became the third Executive Director of Jesus Film Project in March 2012, succeeding Jim Green and founder Paul Eshleman.

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