We’ll never forget the impact The Jesus Film had on Sophie in her mother tongue, Ewondo. She was literally sitting on the edge of her seat, eyes glued to the television completely entranced.
She had tears of joy filling her eyes as she explained that hearing and watching the story of Jesus in her mother tongue touched her heart profoundly. She understands French, but for the message to be in her mother tongue was much more profound, she said it was difficult to use words to describe how deep it touched her. At the end of the film there is an invitation to accept Jesus as your Savior and she recited the prayer. She had never been asked before in her mother tongue to accept Jesus as her Savior. She is a Christian and was before the film, but she said by reciting the prayer at the end and accepting an invitation in her mother tongue was a deeper commitment for her.
Sophie has been a Christian for many years and has been persecuted by her family for her faith. Her husband left her and took their children when they were young because of her faith. Her family mocks her for not participating in the things they participate in because of her faith. Her family blames her when bad things happen in the family because of her faith. She told me she wants to show her family the film because in the film people were mocking Jesus and in the end were convicted and she wants them to see that Jesus is victorious regardless of mockery. She has humbled me many times throughout the years and she’s been an example for me in many situations.
She did take the DVD home, along with a DVD player, so she could show her children, her children’s significant others, her grandchildren and hopes to travel to her village to show her extended family.
This blog was first shared in May 26, 2014. Sophie is one of our Cameroonian family members who we miss dearly. She did show all her family members The Jesus Film and her brother did accept Jesus as his Savior.
The Bile says that “Faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Jesus spoke in a manner that all of his listeners could understand. It only makes sense that the Word be translated into languages that can be understood. By so doing, we are imitating Christ. How powerful to know Sophie’s brother accepted Christ. The work you did, and continue to do in other ways, has an impact on eternity – because the Word of God is eternal.
Sophie was such a dear member of your family and I know your relationship with her impacted your life! I praise God for your ministry in Cameroon and for the experience Sophie had in hearing God’s word.