“Zambia’s Gift to the World” Releases

I couldn’t be more thankful for the remarkable work that God has crafted in the film “Zambia’s Gift to the World.”  After many sleepless nights (in some cases, literally) by the creative team, the film officially released this morning.

The film speaks for itself.  I’ll just add that I pray it challenges, provokes and inspires others as it has me.  As I participated in the interviews, editing and other aspects of the project, I frequently had to stop to talk with God–to ask Him how I should respond to what I was seeing.  I was deeply moved, and I did not want to be emotionally moved without those feelings somehow also being reflected in my futures choices and actions.  I felt much like the Corinthian Christians that Paul challenged with the example of the Macedonians (II Corinthians 8:1-10).  As you’ll see, what Paul described of the Macedonians is true of many of those we encountered and interviewed for the film:

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.   In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

May we respond to the vibrant example of our African brothers and sister as Paul urged the Corinthians: that we may excel in this grace of giving.  With no further ado, I’d encourage you to watch the remarkable 33-minute film, “Zambia’s Gift to the World.”