Some 545,000 Florida Residents To Receive Unexpected Message This Christmas Holiday

Campus Crusade for Christ
Thursday, 7 December 2000

Vision Orlando Spreads Goodwill to Nearly Every Home in Tri-County Area, Dec. 11-16

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 7, 2000—While many Florida residents finish checking off their Christmas lists, finding the right outfit for the corporate party, and decking the halls for the neighbors to admire, a community group will send a gentle reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

Vision Orlando, a coalition of local pastors, ministry leaders, and members of the Florida Christian community, will distribute by mail some 545,000 of the most widely watched film in history, JESUS, to homes in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola county during the week of Dec. 11-16. More than 220 area churches of nearly every denomination are participating in the metro Orlando JESUS Video project, which has become the largest single-city distribution to date.

Vision Orlando President Dr. Randall Loy, a reproductive endocrinologist in metro Orlando, said the main purpose of the project is to help bring about a transformation of Orlando that will strengthen neighborhoods and schools and reduce crime.

"We've had the vision to see our entire community uplifted by God's love, and now pastors, churches, and ministries are uniting to make it happen," said Dr. Loy. "Together we can provide needed programs, services, and prayer to a larger population, and we can really help change our communities."

Approximately 1.35 million people living in metro Orlando will have the opportunity to watch the video, which depicts the life and death of Jesus during his three-year ministry on earth.

Initiated by Orlando-based Campus Crusade for Christ, one of the largest nonprofits in the world, JESUS is the most widely translated film in history. The film has been in circulation since 1979 and shown to more than 4 billion people in 233 (of 234) countries in some 633 languages.

In 1999, some 841 million people worldwide viewed JESUS. To date, an estimated 11 million JESUS videos have been distributed to households throughout the U.S, according to the JESUS Video Project.

JESUS VIDEO FACT SHEET

"As a Jew, I have had nothing but the greatest and most profound respect for Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I think Jesus Christ was the greatest single individual of both millenniums… If there's one person in history I would like to interview, it would be Jesus." —Larry King, CNN

JESUS VIDEO HISTORY:

The JESUS video, produced in 1992, is an 83-minute condensed version of the original 1979 JESUS film. The two-hour full-length film, initiated by Campus Crusade for Christ, was re-edited and produced specifically for evangelistic efforts in communities throughout the U.S.

STATISTICS:

An estimated 11 million JESUS videos have been distributed throughout the U.S. during the past seven years, according to the JESUS Video Project. Last year, approximately 3.8 million videos were distributed in the U.S.

JESUS, the most widely translated film in history, depicts the life and death of Jesus during his three-year ministry on earth. In 1999, some 841 million people worldwide viewed the JESUS film. In addition, it has been shown to more than 4 billion people in 233 (of 234) countries in some 633 languages since its inception.

THE PROJECT:

Vision Orlando, is a not-for-profit corporation that consists of a team of local pastors, ministry leaders, and members of the Florida Christian community, who have collaborated to help distribute some 545,000 JESUS videos to homes in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola county between Dec. 11-16, 2000. Since plans began for the Orlando distribution in January 1998, more than 220 area churches have participated in the project, which has become the largest single-city distribution to date. Funds raised for Vision Orlando were donated by more than 75 local churches and individuals, totaling $1.28 million.

ORGANIZERS:

Dr. Randall Loy, president of Vision Orlando
Rev. Paul Scroggins, executive director of Vision Orlando
Steve Douglass, vice president of Vision Orlando

PURPOSE:

To bring about a transformation in Orlando's communities that will strengthen neighborhoods and schools and reduce crime.

For more information, or to contact Campus Crusade for Christ, see their website at: www.ccci.org

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