Virtual Reality meets Spiritual Reality

“How do we show others what God is doing around the world?”

That was the question we asked ourselves last summer.  We know God is moving in all
nations. We hear the stories. We know the people. We’ve seen and it and experienced it ourselves. But how do we show and tell others—even entice others to go themselves?360 - Bible Study

I had the privilege of helping to spearhead a project that leveraged a new technology—360-degree Virtual Reality cameras!

We had men and women travel to dozens of countries—to capture the sights and sounds of God’s people on mission.  My favorite scenes include a circle of dancing Christians worshiping in Africa… college students being college students at the Opera House in Sydney Harbor in Australia… and being in the middle of a Bible Study in a “security-sensitive” country.   Goosebumps.

360 of Netherlands

There is another scene of a woman riding a bicycle in the Netherlands.  Two things to note: First, we show footage of her riding—but two minutes later, she completely wipes out on the bike! (We edited that part out).  I nearly had a heart attack as this ‘B-roll’ footage captures the expensive equipment hit the pavement.  Fortunately, she and the camera were both perfectly fine.  Second, I had taken that same city path three years ago myself, on bike, when I went to Tilburg.  I began to cry as I watched it—remembering how God was working through these faithful Missionaries sent from WMU & GVSU for His Glory!

VR DomeIn late December, I was at our annual Cru Winter Conference in Indianapolis.  We set-up a booth/dome for students to watch this video with VR goggles.  Students in the long lines kept waiting to watch it because they wanted to experience the technology.  Afterwards, the comments centered on seeing God’s people globally and how they were inspired to go themselves!  We heard those same thoughts not only in Indy, but also from the eight other Winter Conference locations across the United States.  Thousands of students have now seen this video and we are prayerfully excited how God might use it to “send laborers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:38).

Thank you for being a part of this grand mobilization of students across the world.  We are taking the Gospel to so many places!  It’s Jesus’ Life-Changing Message that compels us to keep going until everyone has heard!

You can watch it from your desktop browser and scroll around—but I think it’s best from a smart phone. (Just hold your phone up and then look around).  Don’t forget to look up and look down and all-around too!

HERE ARE THE LINKS!

The 360-Degree Virtual Reality Video

And some Fun B-Roll footage…

 

 

 

Fall Retreat Update

Here are some photos from the weekend.

Group Picture:

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Talking about Jesus:

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Discussion Groups reflecting on the talks:

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Sunday Morning Worship Stations are spread throughout the gym… interactive stations that let people reflect on God and the themes of the weekend.

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