I Once Was Blind: West Africa (Dispatches from the Front Episode 3) (DVD)
“Dispatches from the Front is a thoughtful, moving, understated, and ultimately convicting series of videos depicting the work of the gospel in some of the most challenging corners of the world. Here are brothers and sisters in Christ who in Gods grace display faithfulness and transcendent joy, unflagging zeal to share the gospel, and an unfettered allegiance to King Jesus. To watch the kingdom advance in the teeth of these challenges is to learn humility and rekindle contrition, faith, and intercessory prayer.”See All
D. A. Carson
research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“This series of presentations gives us a non–hyped view of amazing faithfulnesses—amazing faithfulness of cross–cultural Christian workers, of pastors and, most of all, of God. They are exciting, humbling, faith-building, and prayer–encouraging.”See All
Capitol Hill Baptist Church
“These videos have been quite powerful for the cause of world missions. I would greatly encourage you to get your hands on them if you seek to instill a culture of evangelism and mission in your family or church. They are very well done and give you a great on the ground’ view of how different people are seeking to take the Gospel to places where there is currently no access to it.”See All
Pastor, The Vine Church, Madison, WI
“Paul tells us that the gospel comes to people (Colossians 1:5-6). The gospel, in a manner of speaking, searches people groups out in every corner of the world, and when it comes to them, it wonderfully bears fruit and grows among them (v. 6). Dispatches from the Front provides us with an inside look at the gospel doing its life-changing work in the forgotten places of the world. If you want to expand your vision of what God is doing in the world through the gospel, Dispatches from the Front will serve you, your family, and your church family extremely well.”See All
Director, Together for Adoption
“Frontline Missions is perhaps too modestly named. Its ministry often reaches behind the frontlines to those areas and peoples that are in greatest need of hearing the soul-saving gospel of Christ and receiving the compassionate assistance of God’s people. These ministries aren’t carried on in hit and run fashion. Care is taken to train Christian leaders and to raise up and nourish responsible churches that will carry the work forward into the otherwise uncertain future of unreached and unbelieving peoples all around the world.”See All
Dr. David J. Hesselgrave
Emeritus Professor of Missions, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, co-founder and past president, The Evangelical Missiological Society
“From the teeming humanity of cities like Bangkok to the remotest outposts of civilization, Dispatches takes us on an eye-opening journey through the world of the weak and despised of South East Asia: women and children enslaved in the sex trade, AIDS victims on the brink of eternity, hungry street children, and lepers. Yet in the midst of this overwhelming despair, we meet people like Esther doing her happy work of service to the Lord, and many others like her who have become living testimonies of the freedom Christ alone offers. Your faith will be strengthened as you listen to these stories of everlasting hope in the face of the very shadow of death.”See All
Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, Washington, DC
“Dispatches is like watching a reality television show. You feel like you are there, and you sense the emotions and crises of the people you meet on the screen; but it is not entertainment. It opens the vistas of spiritual reality, and after it is over you can’t just turn it off and walk away. You have to pray and say, Lord, what would you have me do?”See All
Director of Missions, Bob Jones University
“Dispatches shows the Church forming organically and supernaturally like a modern-day book of Actsand the form of the video mirrors this. It is travelogue-ish: a meditative, reflective journey. It goes beyond the pragmatic and pedestrian use of video to create something more like a parable which invites the viewer in and creates space for God the Holy Spirit to work.”See All
Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
“Dispatches is saturated with the brilliance of the Gospel. It is a travelogue of the soul-transforming power of life of Jesus Christ. Thank you for such a vivid narrative of how the righteousness of Christ is the only answer to the desperate need of mankind. The emphasis on the reliance of God’s Word and the work of the Holy Spirit fills this presentation and will impact all who see it. It will zealously challenge the hearts of Christ’s followers and direct the seeker to the One who is Truth. Praise God!”See All
Senior Pastor, Faith Baptist Church, Longmont, CO
“Dispatches offers a potent reminder that in the darkest places, the gospel shines brightest. It should come with a warning label. Danger: Graphic scenes of mission reality that will disrupt your comfort and ignite your heart for God’s work on the frontlines. Pray, watch and act!”See All
Sovereign Grace Ministries, Church Planting & Missiology
“Dispatches is a bucket of ice water! You will wake up, then get angry, then get moving for Jesus.”See All
missionary church planter, Albania
“Are you afraid to open your eyes and see death and destruction in the world? Dispatches from the Front will open your eyes to the great needs of the lost, enflame your heart to go to the nations, and give you the courage to carry on the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. This is a bold call to action.”See All
pastor, author, and editor of Tabletalk magazine
“Who knows what might happen if churches and small groups and families were to watch these videos together, open to God’s leading for going and sending? It is a risk to watch them. But the motivation is Gospel grace, not guilt. I cannot recommend too highly these DVDs.”See All
Between Two Worlds
“Dispatches from the Front is a fascinating look at how the gospel is penetrating some of the world’s neediest places. These are regions where all the worst agonies of human life are multiplied and magnified relentlessly by war, extreme poverty, sex trafficking, drug dealing, false religion, and disease. . . . But your spirit will be encouraged by the triumphant power of Christ.”See All
Executive Director, Grace to You
“I want, and I want my kids to have, a heart for world missions. These videos stir that passion. . . . I would highly recommend this series.”See All
Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, MD
“Dispatches from the Front is a thoughtful, moving, understated, and ultimately convicting series of videos depicting the work of the gospel in some of the most challenging corners of the world. Far from glorying in celebrity missions, the stories in these videos depict the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, sometimes in the teeth of virulent opposition. Here are brothers and sisters in Christ who in God's grace display faithfulness and transcendent joy, unflagging zeal to share the gospel, and an unfettered allegiance to King Jesus. To watch the kingdom advance in the teeth of these challenges is to learn humility and rekindle contrition, faith, and intercessory prayer.”See All
D. A. Carson
Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Beware of watching these Dispatches if you don't like being moved and inspired and shaken out of the ruts of your life. My wife and I were riveted in watching the frontline reports of God's work recorded in the Dispatches from the Front. This is the sort of information that builds faith in the present providence of God over his mission, and stirs up action for the sake of lost and hurting people near and far. I would love to see thousands of people mobilized as senders and goers for the sake of the glory of Christ and the relief of suffering on the frontiers, especially eternal suffering.”See All
author of Desiring God; Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis
The third episode in the award-winning series Dispatches from the Front goes deep into the lands of West Africa, lands broken and bloodied by years of horrific civil war, desperate poverty, and dark religion. For centuries Islam and demon worship have held millions in the grip of fear, violence, and blood-guilt. However, the Gospel is changing all of that! I Once Was Blind opens windows to whole villages turning to Christ as the Gospel breaks through borders and breaks down altars where human sacrifice was once made to Satan.
See how fresh wells of water are drawing thirsty sinners to Jesus. Take a front-row seat on the frontlines where a dress rehearsal is underway for the day when the ransomed from every nation, tongue, and tribe will see their Savior and sing for joy and wonder at the reach of such grace!
Includes: Malawu Miracle Story, Small Group Discussion Guide, Image Gallery
Run time: 62 minutes (1 DVD)
Brief images of war may not be suitable for all audiences.
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About the Makers:
Tim Keesee is the executive director of the Dispatches from the Front series. For the past twenty years, Tim has reported on the Church in the world’s difficult places, from the former Iron Curtain countries to war-torn Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. His journaling is the basis for the unfolding narrative of the Dispatches series.
Peter Hansen is the executive producer of the Dispatches from the Front series. As an independent video producer, Pete operates Hansen Production Studios. Before that, he worked for a PBS affiliate in St. Louis and later for Jackson Marketing Group. The Dispatches series originated from an idea he had while reading Tim’s journals published in a missions newsletter to put his narrative to video.
Brannon McAllister is the art director of the Dispatches from the Front series. Brannon works as a designer and startup entrepreneur in New York City, where he lives with his wife Melissa.