By Laura Walls in Ideas and Resources
Are you familiar with the film, Journey to Jamaa? Jamaa is an award-winning short film based on the incredible true story of two children in Uganda. It was originally designed to be part of a Sunday morning worship experience but there are many other ways you can use it for your ministry. It's a fantastic resource for sharing sponsorship with others! You can order it on the volunteer website under the "Picture Folders" tab. It's located on the drop-down menu in the last box.
Following are a few ideas for ways you could use Journey to Jamaa in your ministry:
1. As part of a Sunday morning service
Journey to Jamaa was originally designed to be part of a Sunday morning worship experience. It's about 35 minutes long and fits in nicely between opening worship and a closing message by a pastor. It's a powerful film with a message that really resonates with its audience.
2. As a movie night for a church
Jamaa could be also be used as a movie night at church. This works particularly well if paired with a time of worship.
3. Home Movie Party
Have you been looking for a way to share with neighbors, family, and friends about your CA ministry but can never find the right words? Try hosting a Jamaa movie night in your home. This movie will help put it all into words for you. Try using some Ugandan recipes for an additional way to connect with the region!
4. Lunch Break at Work
In some workplaces, it may be possible to advertise a Journey to Jamaa showing and host it over a lunch break. Check with your workplace and see if it could be possible for you.
5. Ministry Groups
Men's breakfasts, women's luncheons, MOPS groups... See if they would like to host a showing.
6. Community Movie
One church hosted an outdoor movie showing in a community park. They put up a big screen and advertised it around the community. They had a great showing and even used it as a springboard for community outreach.
7. Local Colleges
One college in Minnesota used Jamaa as part of a ministry fair. The students loved it! They laughed, cried and applauded. It was an incredible experience! Generally, to get in at a college, a student needs to request that the film be shown there.
8. Youth Groups/ YoungLife
It never hurts to check with your local youth and see if there is an interest.
9. ??? Any other ideas? Share them and we'll pass them on to the other CAs. Let us know what works for you!
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.