FILM SYNOPSIS

In 2001, Gary and Peggy Ifft lived in Bloomington, IL. They had normal jobs, a normal home, a normal life. Then God called them out of the normal and into His mission.

Suggested Hashtags: #Jesus #Bible #God #Life #Ethiopia #Gospel #Love #Orphan #Mission #GodsWord #UseYourGifts #DenyYourself #PickUpYourCross

YOU’VE SEEN THE FILM,

HERE ARE SOME NEXT STEPS
Proclaim

STUDY

Those who put their hope and trust in Christ are all called to one life-changing task: Follow Him. Following Jesus will look different for everyone, but will most certainly involve sacrifice of some kind. Read Matthew 19:16-30 and consider Jesus’ interaction with the rich, young man and ask yourself if there is anything that you are unwilling to give up to follow Christ.

Pray

PRAY

Following Christ is no easy task, but the great news is that, just like in Gary and Peggy’s story, He has promised to be with us to the very end of the age. Ask the Lord to reveal areas in your life that you haven’t submitted to Him and ask God to give you the boldness to step out in faith and go where He is calling you to go, whether it’s across the street or across the globe.

Share

SHARE

Proudly proclaim the magnificent love and grace of Jesus Christ by sharing this film with your friends, family, and coworkers online, in your living room, or at church.

Suggested Hashtags: #Jesus #Bible #God #Life #Ethiopia #Gospel #Love #Orphan #Mission #GodsWord #UseYourGifts #DenyYourself #PickUpYourCross


TWO MINUTE SHORTS TO SCREEN JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

THEN GOD CHANGED EVERYTHING

This two minute short highlights how God inspired and empowered a middle-aged couple from Illinois to leave everything they knew in order to live a life of service and love in Ethiopia.

Sermon Illustrations: Missions, Mercy, Orphan Care, Love, Picking Up Your Cross, Faith, Hope, The Provision of God, God’s Faithfulness, The Least of These, and Following Christ.

Running Time: 1:59



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HERE ARE SOME CREATIVE WAYS TO USE GARY & PEGGY

Individuals

INDIVIDUAL

Share the following post/tweet on Facebook or Twitter and start a conversation: This couple gave up everything they knew to follow Christ. What is God asking you to give up? http://bit.ly/1vkDZdb

SMALL GROUP

Please use our free Discussion Guide (found below on the left) as a simple, three-step tool to help your small group dive deeper into God’s Word, nurture conversation, and draw your group nearer to Christ. As a leader, begin your group in prayer by asking the Holy Spirit to lead your discussion.

Ministry

MINISTRY

Use Gary & Peggy in a sermon series or community outreach event about global missions, serving Christ, and taking up your cross. You can also share the following post/tweet on Facebook or Twitter and start a conversation: This couple gave up everything they knew to follow Christ. What is God asking you to give up? http://bit.ly/1vkDZdb


OUR STORY PARTNERS ARE WORKING ALL AROUND THE GLOBE

FOLLOW THEIR STORIES HERE
GARY & PEGGY IFFT

GARY & PEGGY IFFT

Film Subjects

In January 2001, Gary and Peggy Ifft answered God’s call to serve Him overseas as missionaries in Ethiopia. After 2 ½ years working with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Addis Ababa, Gary and Peggy pursued their desire to work even more hands-on with the people by serving with Project Mercy in the Ethiopian countryside. A few years later, God called them to the rural community of Ziway. It was there that Gary and Peggy established Misgana Ministries where they continue to faithfully serve today.

MISGANA MINISTRIES

MISGANA MINISTRIES

Story Partner

Misgana Ministries follows God’s call to minister to the people of Ethiopia in the form of education, caring for vulnerable children, school meal programs, evangelism, micro-loans, and medical care. The ministry provides a healthy feeding program for students to prevent malnutrition, plants seeds of the Gospel in students hearts at their Ziway and Adami Tulu schools, supports evangelism efforts in local churches, aids individuals with special needs, and works towards sustainable business ventures with people in need.

misganaministries.org

PRODUCTION NOTES

THOUGHTS FROM THE FIELD

GARY & PEGGY IFFT

We met Gary and Peggy Ifft during a trip to Ziway, Ethiopia. It didn’t take long to see the amazing work that the Lord was doing through them during our three day stay. There are many struggles in the country of Ethiopia, but what we saw within the gates of the schools were smiles, laughter, and authentic joy. What once was a desolate landscape, there are now classrooms filled with bright-eyed children learning and, most importantly, hearing the Word of God. This is truly something only a Living God can do and it all started with a small act of obedience. Amazing!


PRODUCTION

Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens
Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder
Sennheiser ME66/K6 – Super-Cardioid Mic

POST-PRODUCTION

Editing: Final Cut Pro 7
FX: Motion
Color Grading: Color
Score by Neal Woollard
(based on the theme “Simple” by White Sparrow Sound)


GOD IS MOVING ALL OVER THE GLOBE, HERE IS WHY WE CHOSE THIS STORY:

Praise God

PRAISE GOD

Gary & Peggy is a story about God’s faithfulness and provision when believers are empowered by the Holy Spirit to follow Christ out of their comfort zone and into His mission. It’s about His power and His grace and, we believe, it is an act of praise to make this story known.

Promote Mission

PROMOTE MISSION

This story reveals how God faithfully pours out His immense power when His followers are obedient to His Word. It reveals that when we follow Christ on mission, He is faithful to sustain us and bear fruit as He sees fit. We believe this story is an encouragement to follow our Savior on mission to reach the nations.

Proclaim the Gospel

PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL

The Gospel transforms lives. We see this in the lives of Gary and Peggy Ifft. Without the transformative work of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Gospel story, Gary and Peggy would have never have left everything they knew to serve the people of Ethiopia. This story reveals the transformative work that only the Gospel can produce in a person’s life.

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