www.creativecommunications.sg I Sept 2008
in this issue
Wide Angle Productions making compelling short films to impact lives around the world
We’ve all had times when something that has been communicated to us suddenly ‘clicked’ in our heads. The message makes sense, it resonates with our hearts, and we are compelled to respond. It’s the same when we attempt to share the gospel with someone. We are all hoping that whatever we say somehow ‘clicks’ for the listener. To be sure, God is ultimately the one who makes the message ‘click’ in people’s hearts! (1 Cor 3:6) However, we too have a part to play! We have the God-given responsibility to make meaningful and effective connections with our listeners, so that it facilitates the sharing of the message of truth and hope. Apostle Paul (in Acts 17) used the cultural context and language of the Greeks to make meaningful connections with the Athenians. He quoted their poets in his ‘sermon’ to establish common ground, making his message ‘click’ with them. CreaComm has been called to the ministry of “bringing the unchanging gospel to a changing generation”. It is our desire that the very power of the gospel when presented and communicated clearly and creatively will lead people to say, “That clicked with me…” As you read this very first issue of our quarterly newsletter, about how God has been working in and through us, we hope that it would inspire and encourage you that God is at work, and spur you on to make Him known wherever He has placed you.
Ministry Director Creative Communications
Partnerships CreaComm had the privilege of partnering with Eagles Communications, who hosted the Hearts Aflame Evangelism Conference last month. We conducted 3 workshops, on how to use creative tools (music, short films and the Internet) for evangelism.
The GoForth National Missions Conference is an initiative to mobilize churches in Singapore to the call of the Great Commission. A few CreaComm staff had the opportunity to conduct an interactive workshop on how to use media to reach out to this generation of youth.
ForeRunner, our music ministry was recently part of our Campus Ministry’s ‘Naked i campaign’. They did a total of 8 concerts on 7 local campuses, centered on the theme of love and relationships. In the coming months, they are working on building new bands, partnerships and various ministry formats. (We’ll share more in the next issue!)
MakingtheGospelClick.. Wide Angle Productions (WAP) seeks to produce short films that can be used to ignite spiritual conversations. Just as Jesus told parables relevant to people of His time, WAP desires to tell visual stories to this visual generation that will meet people on their spiritual journeys and thereby bring them closer to knowing God. WAP also seeks to train those who have an interest in making/using films for evangelism.
Why film? Unlike performing arts, films only require an electronic video-playing device to access them. Whatever is filmed today, when put together to form a coherent, compeling story, bears the potential to make lasting impact.
(from left: Gabriel, Yvonne, Amber, Li Ling, Andrew, Carl & John)
. . .in Alexandria,
A media training conference was held in Alexandria, Egpyt to train Campus Crusade staff from various “closed” countries on how to make short films for the purpose of evangelism and discipleship in their specific landscapes. John Rajan Nair, ministry director of WAP, who attended the training and taught a lesson on writing, talks about his experience: “It was a privilege being part of the training. I had an eye-opening experience interacting with some of them who come from places where Christians face hostile opposition. Some of the stories they shared in class about life in their countries were painful and heart-rending, as it could literally cost you your life if you declare that you’re a Christian in those places. Other than the wonderful friendships we enjoyed, this training also provided opportunities for us to work together on future projects.”
“I had an eye-opening experience interacting with some of them who come from places where Christians face hostile opposition...”
. .in singapore,
The Parable Project (TPP) is a WAP initiative that stems from its ministry goal to train others. Essentially a student film missions project, TPP’s aim is to impart the vision of media evangelism as well as equip the students with basic filmmaking skills, thereby enabling them to make their own short films and use them as tools for evangelism. The Project spans to 2-3 weeks. This year’s TPP was a milestone for many of the participants as it was their first mission trip. Amongst them is Quek Ying Xiu, a recent Nanyang Techonological University Banking and Finance graduate. She shares, “Initially, I had some reservations before going on the trip, but the experience drew me closer to God. I also felt God’s love through my teammates.” The short films made during last year’s TPP continue to impact lives despite the physical end of the Project. Two of last year’s short films made in English were screened in a church’s Mandarin outreach event. 7 people prayed to receive Christ, proving that God can use moving images to transcend language barriers and touch lives.
“Two of last year’s short films made in English were screened in a church’s Mandarin outreach event. 7 people prayed to receive Christ...”
Every TPP ends with a screening showcasing the films made during the project. The screening at the end of every TPP is a testament of God’s greatness throughout the Project. Each student will tell you that the crafting of each short film, from the initial brainstorming of ideas, to the final touches made at the editing table, is a process guided by God and empowered by the Spirit. God never failed to provide for every need (resources, actors, locations, etc.) This year’s screening was at Sinema Old School, the only local cinema to-date that is devoted to screening Singapore films. The evening included an offering of 5 short films, and a dialogue session with some of the actors and directors of the various short films. Here are a couple of comments from the audience on some of the films: “The stories highlight issues that are usually buried deep in our hearts.” – CHRIS, on the film ‘The Perfect Race’ and ‘Double Vision’ -
“It reflected the essence of loss and hope.” – CLINTON, on the film, ‘Flowers for Her’ -
“Each student will tell you that the crafting of each short film, from the initial brainstorming of ideas, to the final touches made at the editing table, is a process guided by God and empowered by the Spirit...”
CREDITS: Editor: Fong Li Ling Photos: Caleb Kay, Daniel Ho, Raymond Yee Contributors: Simon Seow, Eeleen Lin, John R Design: Raymond Yee
upcoming events uuSeptember hSeveral concerts by ForeRunner’s bands hVictor + Candy’s wedding
next issue uu Hear how photos are being used as an evangelistic tool uu “Snooze”, “Alternation”? What are they?
uuOctober hMedia Training Conference (for East Asia) uu November hSoul2Soul goes on tour hGlobal Music+Creative Arts Leaders Summit (in U.S.) hJohnson + Yvonne’s wedding uu December hVision + Fund-Raising Dinner
‘Making the Gospel Click’ is a quarterly publication of Creative Communications, a ministry of Singapore Campus Crusade for Christ. We are committed to ‘Bringing the unchanging Gospel to a changing generation’ through music, short-film, internet and the creative arts.
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