Lights dimmed for an unexpected Armenian Cinema Night
Did you know if you search on google for 'Magdalena Movie' you can actually watch the entire Jesus Film in 154 different languages via the internet? No? Well, neither did I .... but that's exactly what we discovered on Wednesday evening this week!
Usually on Wednesday nights we welcome refugees into the Oasis for an evening of worship music, followed by a gospel presentation given by one of the team. This week Jeremy had prepared a gospel talk, we set out the chairs and audio equipment, prepared drinks and snacks ready for our guests, and after praying together, some of our guys went out to invite people in ..... just as we always do!
But although we waited beyond our usual starting time, the only people who turned up were a group of eight people from two Armenian families, and one young Farsi speaker from Afghanistan. Oh well, there aren't many here, but it's not a problem we thought - but then we realized our regular Armenian interpreter hadn't arrived either (very unusual indeed for this extremely faithful and reliable lady).
As we already had the 'big screen' up and the laptop connected ready to play worship music, we decided to abandon the idea of preaching (no-one there would understand English) and attempt to access the Jesus Movie in Armenian via the laptop instead! YES - incredibly, there it was! And not a poorly edited, sub-titled version, but an excellent quality film, expertly dubbed in the language of our guests.
We dimmed the lights, handed out snacks & drinks, and silently offered praise to God that these folk who'd previously told us they were Christians (because their country is known as a Christian country rather than because they know Jesus by personal experience) were able to sit and watch as the wonderful story of Jesus, His life, his death and glorious resurrection unfolded before them. Although they've been coming to the Oasis for several weeks now, this is the first time they've actually sat and watched the Jesus film.
You could have heard a pin drop during the film and those watching were visibly moved. Before it ended our Armenian interpreter who'd been unavoidably delayed, finally arrived. She was in time to ask if they had any questions and interpret our answers. Before the group left we all enjoyed dancing and singing some Armenian worship songs together.
Oh, and our young Farsi-speaking visitor was able to enjoy some quality one-to-one time with Ali in one of the smaller video rooms! All in all a very different, but thoroughly enjoyable and successful Wednesday Gospel Outreach night!