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New mission videos show God at work, how to get involved


RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–The Southern Baptist International Mission Board has completely revamped its line of videotape products designed to help adults and children understand how God is working to bring a lost world to himself.
The new “On Mission with God” video series provides four different products on one monthly videotape. Each segment is designed to meet a different need.
The new series begins with an October edition that is available now through the board’s customer services department.
— “Rankin On Line” is a five-minute feature in which IMB President Jerry Rankin shares a vision of what God is doing around the world and how every Christian can get involved in God’s mission of global evangelization.
— “On Mission” is a 10-minute segment that highlights different places where God is at work. Each edition seeks to educate church members about what God is doing and motivate them to join him. “On Mission” is flexible enough to be used in Sunday school, prayer meetings or Vacation Bible School settings.
— “Kids on Mission” is the award-winning video that introduces children to God’s redemptive activity around the world and helps them be on mission with God themselves. In addition to being part of the monthly video package, “Kids on Mission” will be compiled into a separate undated product with nine segments on each tape for use in children’s mission groups. A new edition of that tape will be available every three months.
— “Global Reach” is a two-minute to three-minute segment that can be used during worship services, Sunday school classes and prayer meetings. Churches will find “Global Reach” useful as they prepare for global mission conferences and world mission offering promotions.
“This new, revitalized monthly video package will make missions come alive,” said IMB President Jerry Rankin. “We’re excited to be making it available to Southern Baptists.
“The videos are designed to be used in any variety of programs and formats, and our video team has captured the cutting-edge relevance of how God is at work around the world and how Southern Baptist churches can be involved.”
The “On Mission with God” video is part of a broader effort to focus on God’s remarkable activity through Southern Baptist overseas missionaries, said Louis Moore, associate vice president for communications.
“The changes in these video products are part of an ongoing, intensified effort by the IMB to revitalize every print and electronic vehicle we have to share with Southern Baptists all the incredible things God is doing around the world,” Moore said.
Leader’s resource material is included with each “On Mission with God” package to make it more user-friendly, said Linda McGinn, director of the International Mission Board’s electronic media department. The guide will help leaders build curriculum around the video segments and provide Scripture references and questions to promote discussion.
The redevelopment of the “On Mission with God” series is the first major project under McGinn’s leadership. A nationally known speaker and author of more than 20 books, McGinn joined the IMB in March after three years as producer of “KeyPoints,” a nationally syndicated radio program that applies biblical truths to the realities of everyday life.
“As the new director of the IMB’s electronic media department, Linda McGinn brings a wealth of media and marketing experience as an author, producer and host of syndicated radio, and long-time staff member with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,” Rankin said. “Her vision and leadership skills will enable us to reach new levels of effectiveness in communicating the missions story.”
A second, brand-new product also is being prepared for a fall release, McGinn said. “God’s Window on the World” will be a 60-second mission update offered to radio stations.
Monthly editions of the “On Mission with God” video series are available for $9.95. Subscribers will receive the series for a year at half price, $59.95. To order, contact the International Mission Board’s customer services department by e-mail at [email protected] or call toll-free (800) 866-3621.

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