Cape church launches documentary on Christianity in India

A village satsang (church service) in Northern India

A Call to India (2011) — a 60 minute documentary on the current realities of the church in India — will have its world première on August 25 at the Stellenbosch High School.

Produced by Empty Canvas Productions, in collaboration with Every Nation Church, Somerset West, the movie was filmed on location in six different cities in India earlier this year, including Delhi, Varanasi (the Holy City of Hinduism), Moradabad, Chandigarh, Jalandar and Armitsar.

“We are called to love God, love people and reach the world. This documentary explores the local church of India in the context of the Hindu culture,” said Wholehearted and Surrender Band front man Charl Folscher, co-producer and presenter of A Call to India (2011). “We want people to travel with us through Northern India as we discover the challenges of this nation and the hope that the church of Jesus brings. You will meet people with inspirational testimonies of faith, healing and the power of the Cross,” he added.

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The interviews and conversations with missionaries and church leaders in India take the viewer on a colourful Indian journey, highlighting the often challenging practical implications of cultural contextualization as it applies to cross-cultural evangelism, missions, and church planting. The documentary also highlights the unique expression of Christian spiritual family within the Hindu culture.

“This documentary is a tool to inspire people and the church to get involved in mission work. To make a difference, firstly in our own communities and then reaching out further than our own familiarities. My hope is that this will spark a passion in people to get involved in India or different missions in South Africa and around the world,” said producer and cinematographer, Jorrie van der Walt.

A Call to India (2011) includes spectacular footage of the religious rituals of the Sons of Ganga, and the Golden Temple in Armitsar, as well as of various satsangs, or church services, in India. “I will always remember the overwhelming impact on all of my senses and getting face to face with India,” said Van der Walt.

A Call to India (2011) aims to give the Body of Christ in South Africa, and globally, insight into the current realities of the Christian Church in the nation of India, specifically within a culture where Hinduism is the main religion, and to highlight various avenues available to get involved with the call to India.

“We did this project to make people aware of the great need in India, but also of the great hope that Jesus brings,” said director, Alret van der Walt. “We want people and the church to start getting involved by praying for India,” she added.

“India needs Jesus, they need to hear of His love for them,” said Alret. “My heart went out to the women in India. They are under a lot of oppression. I want them to hear that they are created in God’s image, that they are a royal priesthood and a holy nation, deeply loved by God. They have a new identity in Christ,” she added.

A Call to India (2011) is not just aimed at those who have an interest in and passion for India, but at anyone with a heart for cross-cultural evangelism, missions and church planting. “God calls us to bring good news to the poor and heal the  brokenhearted. He tells us to free the captives. He has called us to go and tell that the Lord will do this for all who cry out to Him. This is A Call To India,” said Fölscher.

The documentary will be available for sale in DVD format, and includes additional footage, interviews and resources with information on how to get involved. More information is available on the A Call to India website and on the A Call to India Facebook page. Contact Charl Fölscher at 076 409 8287 or if you would like to attend the première.

Watch the trailer below:


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