Daasanach - The 1,500th “JESUS” Film


The People

Daasanach is a language spoken by an estimated 85,000 people spread amongst three countries - Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. The Daasanach tribal group has a unique culture and has been reluctant to accept modern influences. A majority of the Daasanach people are cattle herders; the cattle provide status symbols and food among the tribes. While known and feared by neighbors, the Daasanach have been described as “tribal avant-garde” and are known for having a love for colorful headgear.

Although the New Testament is currently available in the Daasanach language, only 2 percent of the Daasanach can read, making the translation of “JESUS” an incredible advancement for this unreached people group. Many will now have the opportunity to hear the gospel in their own language for the first time.


The Mission 865 Project

The Daasanach "JESUS" film is a result of years of commitment by Jesus Film Project® and a Bible translation team in Kenya. But that is not where the story begins.

In 2010, Jesus Film Project and Bible translators around the world identified every language spoken in the world by 50,000 or more, that did not have a "JESUS" film yet. At that time, there were 865 of these languages. Together, we made a commitment to reach every one of these people groups with the gospel and named the initiative “Mission 865.” Daasanach is a part of that effort.

In 2015, a young couple felt the call to reach the Dasaanach people. John and Renée Rinehart had special ties to Ethiopia after adopting two beautiful Ethiopian children. John reflected on how God led him and Renée to pledge funding to the Daasanach project. “We watched the 'Gamo' film, and were struck by the fact that the kids in that documentary had a chance to know Jesus because of the 'JESUS' film. And we both thought, ‘Those kids could be our kids right now.’ So we had no choice but to trust God to help us sponsor a 'JESUS' film to reach Ethiopians.”

Latest News

March 1, 2017
Primary lip-sync recording has been completed. The field review team, consisting of local believers, Bible translators and Cru® staff members are checking the final cut. Pray this week as the review team gathers in Ethiopia to check this landmark version and make initial plans to show to the Daasanach people.

For more information, please contact:
Jesus Film Project - Marketing
100 Lake Hart Drive, Orlando, FL 32832
Telephone: (407) 826-2300, FAX: (407) 826-2375
Email: [email protected]