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7,000 churches download free NAMB military videos


ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–In less than a week, more than 7,000 churches downloaded two free videos about the war in Iraq for use during worship services, prayer meetings and as sermon illustrations. The Southern Baptist North American Mission Board produced the two-minute video segments which are available from the NAMB website, www.namb.net/essentials.

“The first segment, ‘A Call to Prayer,’ is a visual montage of U.S. military footage set to dramatic, patriotic music,” said Doug Keesey, NAMB’s director of electronic media. “This video could be used in many ways, but particularly, I think, will help inspire a congregation to pray for the U.S. armed forces.”

The second segment, “Word on the Street,” contains man-on-the-street interviews that show people’s emotions about the war and the constant threat of terrorism. “This segment could be used as an excellent sermon illustration to show the fear and anxiety in the world, creating an opportunity to share the personal peace that is available through a relationship with Jesus Christ,” Keesey said.

Download times vary significantly by the type of Internet connection available. “Churches with high-speed access such as T1, cable or DSL should be able to download the video clips in a few minutes, while dial-up connections could take as much as an hour or more,” Keesey said. Once downloaded, the video files can easily be inserted into any PowerPoint presentation. Directions for doing that are available on the website.

In order to provide a timely response, Keesey said, videos are only available by free download from the Internet. Due to shipping costs and delivery times, NAMB is unable to provide them on VHS or DVD at this time.
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