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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

  • 5 Facts about the Gospel of Luke

    According to Dallas Theological Seminary Professor Darrell L. Bock, Luke’s Gospel didn’t always receive a lot of attention. In the IVP New Testament Commentary on Luke, Bock says, “For a long time, Luke was the most neglected of the Gospels. Matthew was the most popular Gospel in the early church, because of its apostolic roots. John was always highly regarded because of its explicit presentation of Jesus. Mark came to be an important Gospel in the nineteenth century, when many scholars began to argue that it was the earliest; its association ... Read more

    Following Jesus

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  • How the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Can Help You Share the Gospel

    Update: now you can download our free Myers-Briggs discipleship guide, Become Like Jesus While Being Yourself. You can get your free copy here <http://go.jesusfilm.org/myers-briggs/>. In the third and fourth chapters of John's gospel, we find Jesus sharing the good news of the kingdom with two distinctly different individuals. The first was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, who steals away in the dead of the night to visit Jesus (John 3:1–21). The second is a Samaritan woman He meets at Jacob's well (John 4:1–26). Jesus ... Read more

    Reaching the Nations

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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!