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Mission 865

In every language, to every people.

What is Mission 865?

The "JESUS" film has been dubbed into more than 1,500 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 1,500 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

  • How to Love Mercy

    The prophet Micah tells us what the Lord desires from His people: "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.     And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy     and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8, New International Version). What exactly does it mean to love mercy? What is mercy? When it's within our power or right to punish or harm someone but we show compassion and forgiveness instead, we're demonstrating mercy. And while we'd all like to ... Read more

    Following Jesus

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  • How to Walk Humbly

    The Bible tells us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). But humility is a difficult virtue to get right. It’s often misunderstood as the attribute of doormats and people who can’t speak up for themselves. When we talk about humility, it’s often as if it’s the opposite of confidence and being mindful of ourselves and our own needs. Thankfully, we have a model for humility in Jesus. He personified the humble character that God expects from us, and He wasn’t a ... Read more

    Following Jesus

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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!