An international missions organization reported positive results after it distributed a new 3D-animation film depicting the life of Jesus Christ to classrooms and rural communities throughout the Philippines.
The Book of Hope Asia Pacific co-director, Cina Silva told Gospel Herald over the telephone, Monday, that they had received the full support and cooperation of the government’s department of education to distribute the "GodMan" film.
"The government is worried about the direction the children are taking, and they would want rather have them know more about Jesus…seeing the changes it brings to people," said Silva, who pointed out that the predominantly Catholic-nation has seen corruption in all levels of society.
Though about 80 percent of Filipinos profess themselves to be Catholic, most simply followed their Catholic parents to church, according to Silva, who has worked extensively in the island-nation with her husband Ty.
"We hope…the children and the youth will know the relevance of story of Jesus. This is an opportunity to transform a nation," explained Silva. "Just because they have strong relations with religion doesn’t mean they know about Jesus."
According to a study done by Barna, statistics indicate that children as young as four can still understand the story of salvation, and that children between ages 4-14 a more likely to make decisions to accept Christ.
The film has been well-received by schools including Catholic-run private schools where teachers and principles have endorsed the film, according to Mission Network News, an online publication that often reports about evangelistic activities.
The ministry has also printed a book version of the film and released it to around 11 million children in the Philippines. More than 365 copies of the printed version have been distributed by Book of Hope’s network in 90 countries. The ministry hopes to eventually translate the film into more than 20 other languages.
The film follows the misadventure of three children who fall into a deep pit. A kind stranger at the top comforts them with the life-story of Jesus Christ, as they await rescue.
Silva says that the film is also applicable to children in the U.S., where many youths "do not know Jesus" in the "supposedly Christian nation."
The film was featured in the United States, in March, on 17 Christian and mainstream television stations.
"It is not being about a denomination… it is seeing children being able to relate to a religion, not because their parents follow it, but because it matters to them," Silva concluded.