A Vision for 2021 and Beyond

Today I would like to share a vision with you for 2021- you remember the proverb from the 1800’s? “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” 

I am not talking about physical fish, I am talking about training people to share the stories of God at work in their lives using their own smartphones – stories that can be shared on social media that will impact those in their friendship circle and beyond. For 37 years we have been equipping Christians around the world to write and produce films that will reach the Lost. 

For the past five years we have realized what people could do with that “production studio in their hand” and are concentrating on developing training materials for smartphone filmmaking workshops and conducted workshops in Thailand, India and China (150 students). 

We plan to return to the mission field in June and July 2021 to conduct smartphone filmmaking workshops in Pakistan, India and Ethiopia for about 120 students. Each of these students will learn how to shoot and edit on their own phones to produce the untold stories of God at work and post them to their friends on social media. On the average, a person has 150 social media friends so if each person produced just one story in class and posted it at least 18,000 people who will hear how stories of God at work and if they become viral hundreds of thousands will hear the Gospel. 

We are praying for partners like yourself to continue to help us with the travel expenses. Right now, we are finalizing the on-the-ground details for each of the five workshops.  Each of these areas have unique challenges – Pakistan is majority Muslim, India majority Hindu and Ethiopia is in the middle of a civil war in the north. 

Electronic visas are no longer possible in these countries and as a result our budget for regular visas (in embassy locations using a visa service) has more than doubled! Airfare prices are uncertain as many airlines retired old planes and will reduce frequency of flights when countries re-open. For example, airfare to Asia increased by 40% between last week and this one. Things may settle down but for sure this major budget item will be higher that 2019 when we last went on mission last.

We ask for your consideration in continuing to support this vital media training trip. We are still $2000 short of our budget out of our $8,500 expected expenses and your gift of $50, $100 or $200 will help. 

 

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Health Passport? It it needed to re-open travel?

“Since you have already had COVID-19 will you be taking the vaccine?”

This is a valid question and one needs to consider for the future. It is still early to know if getting the two shots from with Pfizer or Moderna will stop you from being contagious – according to the CDC people with the 2 shots 95% chance of getting COVID and we would assume to contract it again.

The question is should there be a Digital version of The Who Yellow Immunization card many of us grew up with. I remember having a painful Yellow Fever shot  and gamma globulin (to boost immune response (a huge shot in your butt that lasted several days when I went to Nigeria in 1981. In 1983 Chris and our two children got typhoid, tetanus, Hepatitis A gamma globulin (to boost immune response (a huge shot in your butt that lasted several days – in 1981 I had it at the last minute and spent hours with a painful lump to sit on. In each case we would have to show the Yellow Card to get into these countries. 

Perhaps a digital health passport is similar? Some airlines are already changing terms for international passengers and are asking passengers to have the COVID vaccine before boarding the aircraft. QANTUS, KOREAN AIR, JETBLUE, LUFTHANSA, UNITED, SWISS, VIRGIN and CATHY PACIFIC have trialed The Common Pass on selected flights which “lets individuals demonstrate their COVID status. Korea may use such a health passport to allow travelers immediate entry without quarantine. 

All of these efforts revolve around having a secure and verifiable way to document a travelers health status as we travel and cross borders. 

There are several health passports underdevelopment that would link to data of test status and or Vaccine certificate which is shown both before getting on the flight and when arriving in another country. The International Chamber of Commerce has the AOKpass, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has their IATA Travel Pass under development. It is clear that the documents given by say the National Health Service in the UK will not be in the form acceptable for travel. 

2021 is Just Around the Corner- Be strong and courageous.

Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord Your God will be with you wherever you go.”

We have just recovered from COVID -19 infection and although we had only a moderate case we still had symptoms. Right now, our governor announced that 65 and up would be prioritized for the vaccine and we have been trying to get an appointment. 

As you know, we are planning to return to in-person Smartphone Filmmaking Training in just six months from today. Our plan is Covid comparisonto conduct the workshops that were cancelled because of COVID – Ajmer City, Rajasthan India (Pastor Jacob), Goa, India (Pastor Felix)and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Tenkir Teni). In addition we have been asked by Yaksan Azam in Lahore, Pakistan to conduct two week-long workshops. I have attached a chart of the new COVID cases in four countries and stats show new case incidences are going down as are deaths. 

We feel confident that the Lord will provide us a safe way to travel and conduct these important workshops. A friend of mine reminded that the Bible does not say “stay Safe and stay home”,

Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord Your God will be with you wherever you go.”

A lot has to be completed in the next two months including raising the balance of the budget for travel, Visas and insurance. Our hosts provide the on the ground expenses for the most part but airfare is our largest budget item at $6600 for us both. The balance is cost of visas, overseas health insurance and non-covered expenses. Although we have raised a fair amount of money we still need about $5,000 for the 10 weeks of training.  

Here is a link to donate by PAYPAL 

 

 

What is the New “Regular?

I have been curating videos for a YouTube series. I am calling it “God at Work COVID-19 Chronicles”. I asked people everywhere to answer the following questions using their smartphone:

  1. What is your name, profession and where you live (City/country)
  2. How has COVID-19 changed your life and those around you?
  3. Do you see God at Work around you in spite of COVID-19?
  4. Do you have a personal testimony/impact story you want to share?

It has been very interesting to see the responses from England, Pakistan, India/Canada, Haiti and the USA. (If you want to participate please send me a message on the Contact Dan Henrich here).

I was particularly interested in what Liz Peters of Galilean International had to say about a New Regular after the pandemic is finished so I asked her to elaborate:

Mentally : We have gone through an unprecedented situation we’ve heard about but never thought we would experience. In a fast and faster paced world it has brought us to a grinding halt. We actually notice the seasons now. Our ‘new regular’ to slow down, pause and smell the spring flowers before the seasons race by. 

Physically : We have developed new disciplines through social distancing. They say it takes about six weeks to form and firm a habit. Wearing masks is not something you will see only in Asia. Hygiene and wellness more a priority from the rich societal layers to the poorer quarters of our world

Virtually : The word ‘zooming’ is the ‘new regular’ and will find its way into the dictionary. The world wants know more and be part of the virtual. From 5yrs to 105 we cannot help but be connected – virtually

Spiritually: The best outcome versus the good, is the new regular in time and space available to know the One who is the Only stable, in a world of unstable internet, economy and polity.

Ministrywise: In addition to continuing to partner with you and Christine for mobile media training,  Galilean in partnership with Lifeway Resources recently got started to offer online training to Church Leaders covering almost every area of church ministry – Pre School Ministry to Small Group Ministry. We have already started implementing this in India.

 

New Free Online Courses under “construction”

With the successful roll-out of our learning site, MobileTrain.co and two Level One courses we are starting to work on the Level Two sections. As you know, we created this online training in response to the COVID-19 quarantine situation – realizing that even in a normal situation there was more demand for Christian mobile training than there were trainers to go around. Thus we decided to multiply our efforts by offering free courses. 

In review, we implemented two Level One courses, Mobile Filmmaking and Mobile Journalism. These two courses cover the foundational aspects of the two topic areas through a series of self paced lessons and assignments. A student is meant to work their way through the five levels successfully prior to being awarded the Practitioner Certificate in either Mobile Journalism or Mobile Filmmaking. 

As we design the structure of the Level Two courses we cover some topics in more depth and others as new topics. For example, in Mobile Journalism Level Two we build on understanding your audience and b-roll shooting and editing. We introduce  best practices of audio recording, lighting for Mobile Journalism projects, reporting in video with your smartphone and how to conduct professional video interviews both using lighting and reflectors.

In Mobile Filmmaking we are building on personas, strategy, scriptwriting, and basic short film topics. We introduce audio, lighting and narrative.

If you haven’t visited the site, go to Http://MobileTrain.co and look around. Courses are free, all you have to do is register as a user and then log back in and enroll yourself in one of the courses. 

Online Courses to be offered in face of COVID-19

Life, as we know, it has changed with COVID-19 quarantine. Most of us are at home in lockdown. Many people have been laid off. Churches everywhere are figuring out how to go online with Facebook Live, YouTube, etc. Education has changed to delivery online and Face to Face (F2F) education is put aside. Pundits are wondering if this temporary shift will drift into summer sessions at colleges in the USA and possibly around the world. 

We were scheduled to teach five smartphone workshops in India and Africa. Many of these areas are in forced lockdown, stopping international flights and closing borders. Large Middle Eastern carriers have stopped all flights and even US carriers have cancelled large percentages of flights both international and domestic.

We are planning to shift our training to a online mentor ship focus. We are developing courses that involve vision casting, skill transfer and mentorship. We are offering two online sequences of self-paced training using a course deliver system called Moodle. Here is a description:

We have designed a special learning management system to train Christian Mobile Filmmakers and Mobile Journalists.  We want many to tell the untold stories of God at Work for international broadcasting and social media distribution. The courses are adaptations of on-site workshops by Professors Dan Henrich and Christine Henrich which have been taught in Thailand, India and Ethiopia.

Currently there are two streams (Mobile Journalism and Mobile Filmmaking). Each stream has five courses with eight modules in each online course. Upon successful completion of each course (Mobile Journalism Level One for example) the student receives a Certificate of Completion. When the student completes Levels Two to Five they receive a Practitioner Certification in Mobile Journalism awarded by Global News Alliance as well as Correspondent Credentials. As GNA correspondents they can submit video stories of God at Work for GNA’s international broadcasting network.

In the Mobile Filmmaking area, we follow the same format of Certificate of Completion and Practitioner Certification in Mobile Filmmaking by Communication Resources International.

Each series of courses constitutes a micro-certification in the area.

Fill out the contact form if you want more information

COVID-19 and Micro-Certifications

We are watching the COVID-19 situation world wide as cases mount here in the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. How will this effect our training plans for the summer of 2020? It is easy to believe/hope that mid to late May will see a flattening of the curve (as they say) and cases will have tapered off. Changes in travel, closing borders, social distancing will all help in this flattening. Continue reading “COVID-19 and Micro-Certifications”

Workshop in Alexandria, Egypt

Partner Trainers Galilean International conducted a Smartphone Filmmaking Workshop that was part of the “Share the Story” conference organized by Campus Crusade for Christ in Alexandria, Egypt in February 2020. Trainers were David Peters, Liz Peters, with support from Aaron Peters and Jony Sureshkumar. Liz and David attended our workshop in Mumbai last summer and Dan traveled to Toronto to give a brief refresher before they left for Egypt. Continue reading “Workshop in Alexandria, Egypt”

Presentation at Global News Alliance Event

I was privileged to teach 10 tips to Smartphone Journalism at the recent NRB 2020 Christian  Media Convention in Nashville. The Global News Alliance hosted a workshop with about 40 attendees – 14 who were from non-US countries. These 40 attendees represented organizations with strong media components wanting to learn how the smartphone can be used to tell those untold stories of God at work. I am attaching a image below with the 10 Quick tips.

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Smartphone Training Schedule 2020

Mobile Storytelling workshops during the summer of 2020.

  • June 1-5, Ajmer City, Rajasthan India (Registration $45 with Lunch and tea – $110 with accommodation plus three meals)
  • June 8-12, Margao Town, Goa India (Registration $30 with Lunch and tea)
  • June 22-26, Chandigarh, Punjab India (Workshop is full)
  • July 6-10th, Nairobi, Kenya – Music For All
  • July 20-24th, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Registration $80 with Lunch and tea)

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