As communicators of the good news, we must constantly be seeking to utilize all forms of technology to ensure wider and more effective communication of our message worldwide. Communicators must work hard to choose the appropriate media to communicate a contextualized message for salvation, discipleship, and community transformation. All the passion and determination in the world still falls short unless our ministries are anointed, and only humility will generate the blessing of God. He wants our involvement, using all of our gifts, by all possible means, to bring all the nations the greatest story ever told. Following Paul’s example, let’s take the gospel to all peoples, discipling all nations. Let’s take full advantage of all the multiplicity of media forms, ask God for new insight and creativity, and together with Him create new communication tools that will bring salvation and transformation to the unreached. God has millions of new ways to reach the peoples of this earth, and He will give them to us if we seek him earnestly. The apostle Paul’s words ring true for us today — “so that by all possible means, some might be saved” (1 Cor. 9:22).
In discipling all nations, and finishing the task of world evangelization, we desire to follow the admonitions of the apostle Paul: “It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. Rather, as it is written: ‘Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand’” (Rom. 15:20–21).
The following key elements help to describe the goals contained in the 20/20 Vision Mission Statement:
Production and distribution
partners agree to release their productions for use by workers among the 20/20 people group list
the productions are done with and for that specific people group
a culturally relevant presentation of the Gospel
tools which combine audio and visual forms of communication
targeting the least evangelized peoples one million or more in population
Completed by the end of the year 2020
The Objectives to reach these goals:
1. The film should have “gospel content”, in other words, it should weave the message of “forgiveness of sins and transformation through Christ alone” into the story line. It is not enough to communicate values without the source of these values being mentioned. An evangelistic film does not reach it’s goal by simply making nicer unsaved people. The film must inspire the audience to at least look into the claims of Christ and the Bible.
2. All 20/20 Vision film productions must be done in partnership with the indigenous peoples. There should be a priority made of working together with individuals from that target people group. So that the film becomes a story told by the people themselves, culturally appropriate and believable to that group.
3. All of our 20/20 Vision partners must be willing to release their productions for duplication and distribution by fieldworkers who are targeting that specific people group or language. This can be released under a “creative commons” copyright. 20/20 Vision project facilitators must be allowed to upload all 20/20 Vision films to www.indigitech.tv for free downloading in low-res formats.
4. Audio alone or Visual alone tools do not meet the criteria to be a 20/20 Vision media tool. 20/20 productions must combine audio and visual forms of communication. Films, videos, animations, music videos, and other creative forms of audio-visuals are qualified to be considered 20/20 Vision resources.
5. The 20/20 Vision peoples listing is based on the most reliable research done on the least evangelized people groups with a population of one million or more. This research has been done, and is being maintained by the “Center for Global Christianity” at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. This same team authored the “World Christian Database” which the IMB, Campus Crusade, YWAM, Joshua Project, Operation World, and many others have adopted as their foundational missions research. This is the same list that Create International has been working on for 25 years, and we will continue to update it as our partners and others complete 20/20 Vision productions for these groups.
6. Finally, the goal of the 20/20 Vision is to complete the productions and distribute them by the end of the year 2020. This is a worthy and measurable goal which the whole Body of Christ can embrace.