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We are excited to share this short film with you! Crossing the Street tracks the daily lives of three followers of Jesus in Thailand and Australia. Each are living out what it means to cross the street in the community they live.
This short film has been created as the entry point for the Crossing the Street theme of May Mission Month 2022. It can be used as part of a sermon, as a standalone video or as a small group resource.
What's the Film About?
In Crossing the Street, we meet Liz who is an Intercultural Worker in Thailand, Jan who is a supporter in Australia and Danny who is a university student. They live in different contexts and are at different stages of life, however, they are all followers of Jesus who are following Him across the street. Because that's how Jesus lived His life on Earth! He went out of His way to embody the good news and meet people where they were.
In the film, we see Liz doing this by building relationships with sellers at the market and her tuk tuk driver, and then getting her hands dirty to help her friend on her farm.
Jan crosses the street by listening to and praying with her friend, and then volunteering to teach English at her local church.
And Danny shares God's love through offering hospitality to his friend at uni and inviting him into a welcoming group of friends.
In ordinary - but transformative - ways, Liz, Jan and Danny are crossing the street with the hope of Jesus.
And so are our Baptist Mission Australia teams, all around the world! Your partnership means they can keep crossing streets and seeing people meet Jesus in ways that makes sense to them.
Sharing the Video
We are passionate about partnering with you as you cross the street in your local communities and invest in our teams as they cross the street around the world. This short film has been created to inspire, challenge and encourage all followers of Jesus to step out and share God's love... across the street and across the world.
So, will you help us get the message out there by sharing this video?
Direct Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/700701817
With captions: https://vimeo.com/701527442/17c70e3fb7
(To download, click the link above and then click the 'Download' button below the Vimeo player that opens up.)
Ideas for sharing:
- Send it to your Pastor or mission representative
- Play it during a service
- Share it on your church's social media
- Add it to the mission section of your church's website
- Share it with your small group
We see it all through Jesus’ life on Earth, don’t we... the act of crossing the street.
The act of stepping out, of building bridges, of meeting people right where they are.
Of coming into our world!
Crossing the street to meet the Samaritan woman, the tax collector, the person with a disability, the child, the woman who bled, the man who had leprosy. You. Me.
Crossing the street to love people His culture said you shouldn’t even talk to.
Yes, it’s countercultural and transformative… it’s confronting.
It’s hope for you and me! He’ll cross the street for us too. We know it. He already has.
It’s hope for the whole world.
Jesus came into the human neighbourhood to show us what love with skin on looks like. He came to give us life with passion and purpose.
He came as a servant and invites us to do the same.
Jesus’ life asks something of us – calls us to follow Him.
It’s a gracious invitation, but it’s confronting at the same time.
Jesus calls us to cross the street.
To step out of our comfort zones in our own neighbourhoods and to the ends of the earth.
To love people through our actions.
To go to them, not expect them to come to us.
To partner with God in sharing His stories in places where few have heard them.
To suspend judgement and actually listen.
To embody the good news.
To live alongside.
We see it in people like you, through the daily, imperfect, busy lives of Australian believers – choosing to follow Jesus’ even when it’s hard, choosing to try again after mistakes.
Crossing the street, sharing a meal, starting conversations, modelling God’s love, meeting people where they are… in your local neighbourhoods.
And we see it in our humble, passionate Spirit-led workers, serving in communities across the world.
Here and there - we’re on mission together.
We’re listeners, learners, alongsiders.
Givers, go-ers, pray-ers.
Followers of Jesus.
And our Baptist Mission Australia workers can only keep crossing streets and seeing people meet Jesus in ways that make sense to them with your partnership.
Join us, partner with us, and let’s cross more and more streets around the world together!
Thank you to everyone who made this short film possible:
Nithya, Liz, Glenn, Jesse, Pam, Ruth, Stinoj, Dilo, Janice, Peter, Sherena, Edwin, Shaolui, Vanessa, Zhong, Ziliong, Weihong, Rob, Sue, Isaac, Teagan, Scott, Lena and Phil.
Extra special thanks to Baptist Financial Services Australia LTD (BFS) for sponsoring this short film.
Crossing the Street was produced by Thick Black Frames