Connecting Through Film: Nightwatch

Jesus Film Project reports a new story from Southeast Asia:
The language barrier made engaging in a spiritual conversation difficult. Peter, a Jesus Film Mission Trips® staff member, met Abdul (name changed for security), a 25-year-old Muslim, in a remote seaside village in Southeast Asia. Although Abdul had recently graduated from a local university with an English degree, his conversational English was lacking. So, Peter used the Jesus Film® app to connect.flashlight


“I asked him if he liked scary films,” Peter said. Abdul said he loved them, so Peter pulled out his tablet and played the short film “Nightwatch” for his new friend. “He told me he really enjoyed watching it … and that he liked to watch films that deal with fear. I asked him what people his age in his country are typically afraid of, and he told me the devil. I asked why that was, and he said because he is powerful and that people don’t know how to protect themselves from his power.” Abdul also shared that people in his country often are afraid of where they stand before Allah.
“Through only two questions, the Lord … directed the conversation to a place where I could easily share the gospel with Abdul. I shared about how I used to have the same fears, but then I put my faith and trust in Jesus. I told Abdul how Jesus broke the power of sin and the devil by His death and offers us all salvation from our shame and confidence in our standing before God,” Peter said.

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Hearing the good news for the first time in his life, Abdul told Peter he wanted to place his faith in Jesus. “I was privileged to be a part of his process,” Peter said. “I believe the Lord used ‘Nightwatch’ to bring our conversation naturally to a deep point where I had the opportunity to explain the gospel in a way that connected with Abdul. So, I praise God for using me and for directing you guys to make this film.”
The Lord used a simple story—told through the powerful medium of film—to connect with Abdul’s personal fears, break through the language barrier, and illuminate his need for Jesus.
  • First and foremost, please pray for Abdul.
  • Watch this short film entitled “Nightwatch” and consider how to use it with your friends.
  • Consider using other short films.