JESUS Film Releases 1,400th Translation

A Knoxville couple helped to get JESUS Film translated into Bobab, another language to help bring the Gospel Story of Jesus Christ to people in Tanzania.

JESUS Film Releases 1,400th Translation

The most-translated film in history reaches an astounding milestone with the debut of its 1,400th translation. As of this month, JESUS is now available in Baobab, a language spoken in East Africa. Tennessee residents Bill and Brenda Kreis of Knoxville, and Robert Troxel of Bluffton, funded the translation of the language to Bring Gospel Story to 250,000+ People in Tanzania.

Jesus Film DVD Cover
Jesus Film DVD Cover

“Most Americans have probably never heard of Baobab, but there are more than 250,000 people in Tanzania who speak it—and now we have the opportunity to begin sharing the Gospel story with them in their own language,” said Kary Hagen, director of the master studio department for The JESUS Film Project.

Produced by Cru, the original JESUS film debuted in American theaters in 1979. With a viewing audience of more than five billion, JESUS has been shown around the world — often in remote developing countries. For many audiences, it is the first film they will see.

There is no greater way to leverage your resources and time for your life than for the fulfilling of the Great Commission,” said Bill Kreis. Baobab is the fifth language translation the Kreises have funded. “We have partnered with The JESUS Film Project for 10 years, and it is still amazing to see how many people are involved and how many lives have been changed because of the film. Through the JESUS film, we can tell the incredible story of God’s love in a simple way that people can relate to—and we can do it in their heart language.”

While the 1,400th translation is a notable accomplishment, it is not the end of the story. The JESUS Film Project plans to continue translating the film into every language with more than 50,000 speakers. For more information, including a list of the JESUS film translations go to

The mission of The JESUS Film Project, a ministry of Cru, is to see life-changing encounters with Jesus occur through film. Through the use of its films and strategies, the body of Christ has helped to plant tens of thousands of churches and seen more than 200 million people indicate decisions to follow Jesus around the world. Its premier film, JESUS, has been translated and dubbed into 1,400 languages.

Since 2012, the Jesus Film Media platform has recorded more than 20 million play events on hundreds of websites and several apps, including the Jesus Film Media app, which has been installed by more than 435,000 users.

The Jesus Film uses the Gospel According to Luke for its story line.


This film is a perfect introduction to Jesus through the Gospel of Luke. Jesus constantly surprises and confounds people, from His miraculous birth to His rise from the grave. Follow His life through excerpts from the Book of Luke, all the miracles, the teachings, and the passion.

God creates everything and loves mankind. But mankind disobeys God. God and mankind are separated, but God loves mankind so much, He arranges redemption for mankind. He sends his Son Jesus to be a perfect sacrifice to make amends for us.

Before Jesus arrives, God prepares mankind. Prophets speak of the birth, the life, and the death of Jesus.

Jesus attracts attention. He teaches in parables no one really understands, gives sight to the blind, and helps those who no one sees as worth helping.

He scares the Jewish leaders, they see him as a threat. So they arrange, through Judas the traitor and their Roman oppressors, for the crucifixion of Jesus. They think the matter is settled. But the women who serve Jesus discover an empty tomb. The disciples panic. When Jesus appears, they doubt He’s real. But it’s what He proclaimed all along: He is their perfect sacrifice, their Savior, victor over death. He ascends to heaven, telling His followers to tell others about Him and His teachings.

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