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Monthly Newsletter
- June 2018 -
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8
The Sower - Vincent van Gogh
Those who follow the Christian faith naturally yearn to see that faith spread to communities around the world. After all, among our Savior’s last words were these: “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to everyone…”

Which brings me to a question. What role – if any – does art have in fulfilling the Great Commission?

Abraham Lincoln (not an artist, we readily admit) said, “In order to win a man to your cause, you must first reach his heart, the great high road to his reason.” 

In other words, before you engage a person’s intellect, you must first engage his emotions. This is how films, and all art I would argue, operate. My Master’s Thesis at Art Center College of Design was entitled The Role of Film in the Process of Conversion to Christianity. You can read the entire thesis here.

The famous Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, said something that has always resonated with me. (Keep in mind he was the son of a minister and before he became a painter, served as a missionary to coal miners in Belgium.)

 “I have a terrible need – shall I say the word – of religion, then I go outside at night and paint the stars.”
Starry Night over the Rhône - Vincent van Gogh
If I might be so bold, I, too, feel the "need of religion..." Perhaps not unlike Vincent, I "go outside at night" to paint my vision of the stars, creating stories for a worldwide audience in the language of cinema. This is what has motivated me as a filmmaker for thirty plus years...It is why I made Sabina K. (and all of my preceding films) and comes from the simple desire to share God’s love with the world.

But the question remains: Am I preaching the gospel when I create films?

I remember when I was in Sarajevo, making Sabina K., and how strongly I felt that, yes, I am doing God’s will; I am preaching the gospel; I’m bringing his love to a community that needs to hear that God is love!

When we get the “love” part of evangelism right, we can have confidence that the message of our faith will speak across cultural, racial and religious barriers and spread to other communities, reaching across the divides that otherwise separate the children of men. Why? Because God is love!
and now this word...
In closing, thank you for your interest and partnership in the ministry of Messenger Films. Donations are always welcome, but so, too, are your comments and words of encouragement. Write us at info@messengerfilms.com. And if this newsletter has touched your heart, please share it with your friends and family today. You can sign up for our newsletter at www.messengerfilms.com

May the Lord bless you!

Cristóbal Krusen
Founder & President
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