Two Lessons in reaching 1000

While organizing our last Identity Photography and Short Film exhibition along with RM team members, I learned two lessons.

Here are the lessons I learned and how our team was able to reach 1000 people through the exhibit.

Lesson no. 1

Whenever you face trials it is an opportunity to trust God more!

Lesson No 2

Whenever you face resistance, it is a sign you should push towards the same direction you are facing resistance.

The devil hates any creative endeavors because all creativity comes from God and it reflects back God's glory. And when you mix creative arts with evangelism, you can imagine! 

I remember, when my friends and I organized our first multimedia gospel exhibition in 2014, I didn't have this understanding so I was so much affected by all the resistance that came our way. But I knew that our project was from God so I pushed forward. I used to write down all the physical, technical, logistic and all sorts of resistance we had faced. Back then my only reason to push forward had been my certainty that the project was from God. We end up hosting the event in Addis, Hawassa, and Nazareth and we were able to share Jesus with about 800 people through the exhibits.

This is not the 1000 I am talking about. At the end of July 2016, we organized another gospel photography and short film exhibition on the theme of Identity.

A couple of months back our teammates suggested organizing our second gospel photography and short film exhibition on identity concept. I can't be more grateful for the team's dedication in making this event happen in such a short time. We were able to set up the exhibition in one of the biggest malls in Addis, right beside Edna Mall. This is the area where most of the youth of Addis hang out. The biggest cinema, the games, the cafes are all in this area. We opened the exhibition on July 20, 2016. On the opening event, we had such a great turn out. In the 5 days of the exhibit, we had about 1000 visitors and 700 registered emails and phone numbers of people who wants to hear back from us. 

So here is where the lesson comes. It is interesting how one of the things we had talked about during our planning retreat was about resistance. And the following months had been such a difficult season. Random resistance kept happening. But we knew it was all resistance, we just got to laugh at all these misfortunes and trust God. And God is faithful. Out exhibit was so successful!! 

You can also check out a short video of the exhibition here.