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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 1,600 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 1,600 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

  • From Wary to Welcoming

    Tired from a long day's journey, David grudgingly walked into the hut but was greeted by unwelcoming faces. He'd been here a few times before, trying with little success to find a "person of peace" (Luke 10:5-6) in the village. While his church-planting team stood outside in the rain, David pleaded with the villagers to let them stay the night. Coming up with several excuses to get the ministry workers out of their community, the villagers finally stated they simply did not have enough coffee to serve them. David continued attempting ... Read more

    Changed Life Story

    Jesus Film Project
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  • Holy Grounds

    I love a good cup of coffee. It's even better with a friend or as a relational, unthreatening way to get to know someone new. Coffee, tea and other drinks bring people together and help new relationships not feel so stiff and formal during that first meeting. This seems to work almost anywhere in the world. Check out this story... Reiner was sharing the story of Jesus in a small village when one man interjected, "Jesus told his disciples to 'Love your enemies.'" Reiner was shocked. No one had ever ... Read more

    Following Jesus

    Tez Brooks
    4/17/2017 · Comments

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!