USA (MNN) — As ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, and other terror groups continue the assault on the world in the Middle East and North Africa, a new film is reaching across cultural lines.
Scriptures In Use (SIU) is a ministry that’s been pioneering the training of local leaders in the use of traditional oral communication to reach the most remote, unreached people groups in the world: communities, tribes, and villages without access to the Gospel or the Scriptures in their own language, without pastors in their region, or without the freedom to meet for worship.
SIU is releasing the DVD Ibrahim and the Dreamer today.
An SIU worker tells us, “I think the Lord is opening new doors for us to reach Islam as never before. And probably one of the great untold stories is the number of Muslims that are coming to Christ out of the Islamic world, all across the crescent moon.”
Based on stories collected from the people of Northern Ghana, Ibrahim and the Dreamer is a film about the power of stories to change lives, and how people in these remote, hard-to-reach parts of the world learn through story-based oral communication styles.
This SIU worker says this film is kind of a miracle. “When we arrived in country, we didn’t have any story to go from, really. We were doing interviews in local villages, and that’s really where the story-line came from.”
When Ibrahim, a villager in Northern Ghana, and his brother, Osman, have a falling out, it seems that nothing can reconcile them and bring their family back together. But on his way to meet Osman to extract his revenge, Ibrahim meets a strange man, Wumbei, that he’s seen only in his dreams. Late that night around the campfire, Wumbei tells Ibrahim the story of another man, Joseph, who had dreams and was shunned by his brothers. Ibrahim is fascinated by the compassion that Joseph was able to show, but is unsure if he’s able to show the same mercy.
Ibrahim and the Dreamer is a story that explores the power of Bible stories in a place like the Islamic Sahel of West Africa, and shows how storytelling can change hearts, minds, and lives.
What’s even more amazing is the actors. They’re Muslim. “Once they read the script, they just jumped on it. They were just thrilled to be a part of it. It just took off.”
The story isn’t the Gospel. It’s a seed. “I hope that the film in some way drives them to the Creator of the story, to the Message of the story, and to who’s really the Owner of the story, which is of course Christ Himself.”
You can get a copy of the new DVD free from SUI. Get your copy by going to: https://www.mnnonline.org/resources/free-resources/.
To learn more about SIU and their training programs, please visit www.siutraining.org.