"Magdalena" and a European Clothing Shop

Mon May 9, 2016 · Comments

Following a “Magdalena: Released From Shame” showing in Europe, one of the trained volunteers started a Bible study group for approximately 10 women who had accepted Christ during the showing. The volunteer owned a secondhand clothing store, so she offered for the women to meet at the shop after closing. A woman who lived near the clothing store observed the group of women coming and going from the shop. Curious, she approached the owner and asked: “What are you doing here every week with the other ladies? I noticed you have been meeting and I am interested what it is about.” The owner told her that they were meeting to pray and read the Bible. “Could I join you next week?” she wondered. The owner gladly welcomed her to their group. Not only did the woman attend the Bible study, but every day she came to the shop, waited until all the customers had left, and told the owner, "I'm here because I would like you to read to me from the Bible.” God continues to use these new believers who have come to faith after watching the film to multiply themselves in incredible ways.

Elizabeth Schenkel has been actively involved in Christian ministry on three continents over the past 39 years. From 1974 to 1996, she worked alongside her husband, Erick Schenkel, to plant a thriving church and launch an innovative elementary and junior high school in Massachusetts. From 1996 to 2007 Elizabeth and Erick lived and worked in Central Asia.

In 2007, they moved to France and then to Turkey to serve in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Turkic and Persian world. In April of 2012 they moved to Orlando where Erick is serving as Executive Director of Jesus Film Project®. They have five children and two grandchildren. Elizabeth attended Duke University and is fluent in Russian, with a working knowledge of French. She works as a screen writer with Jesus Film Project.

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