Letter from Jesus Christ to the Church in Nigeria

Enjoy the latest submission to the LittWorld 2012 writing contest by Babatomiwa Moses Owojaiye of Nigeria. He responded to the question, “If Jesus were to write a letter to the church in your country, what would He say?”

Office of Jesus Christ
the Head of the Church
No 1 New Jerusalem Street
Private Mail Bag 1
City of the Living God
The Heavenly Jerusalem

February 27, 2012

Dearly Beloved Children,

I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I thank you for the love you have for me and my kingdom. As a result of that love, you have continued to spread my good news amongst your people and made my message of salvation rooted in many. You that used to be the destination of foreign missionaries have surprisingly become a phenomenon in spreading my life-saving gospel beyond your shores. Your effort in taking my word to the very end of the world is impressive and worth emulation by other members of my body. Besides, I am aware of the persecution you are facing from Islamic extremists in your country. Of late, many of you have died; while some have gone through different forms of attacks as my witnesses. I am happy that you remain steadfast.

I however have some issues against you. I see that the love for money like cancer is eating deep into your testimony. Your obsession about material things of this world is luring you to turn my gospel into a business. Some of your shepherds live in massive material wealth while most of my sheep live in abject poverty. What has happened to my noble message of Christian suffering and perseverance? Sadly, your voice is almost unheard on the challenges of corruption facing your nation.

For the sake of the faithful amongst you; I invite you to repent quickly and pursue the path of righteousness. My anger will consume you like wildfire should you fail to heed my warning. Repent now!

The Owner of the Church, Jesus the Christ

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First writing contest submission: “Weathering the Storm”

We are delighted to share with you the first submission to the LittWorld 2012 writing contest.

Weathering the Storm
By Stemmah Sariau, Malaysia

“Rain or shine, we have to harvest the rice,” my mother sternly admonished us. “We don’t need to wait for the sun to smile on us.” Christian publishing in my country, especially in the national language, is often through rough and stormy weather. But I pray that inspite of the many challenges, Christian authors and editors, publishers and printers may weather the storm because Christ is in the boat.

“I was almost out of my mind,” an exhausted mother whispered to me. Before I couldAsian reader respond, she continued with tears in her eyes, “but I read the book, the Jurnal Wanita (Women’s Journal). I was comforted. I could think more clearly.” She was referring to the small book written specially for women. It was one of only three titles published in the past five years. Churches, Christian conferences and seminars are the only outlets for Christian publications in the national language.

A Christian publisher confided, “We don’t make money. The margin profit is very minimal. But if we don’t publish, who will?” Christian publishing in my country is a ministry, and the ones actively involved are very few indeed. Commitment and a sense of responsibility as a member of God’s family is the driving force. But a heart comforted,  a soul led to the Saviour and God glorified is the rich harvest in the rain.

Check back here to read new submissions to the writing contest. Learn how you can enter to win cash in the LittWorld 2012 writing contest, “Blogging for Global Impact.”

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We see LittWorld Online as a platform, or virtual meeting place, for the sharing of ideas and best practices on global Christian publishing and writing.  Its success will depend on your engagement with it.  So, we look forward to hearing from you—starting with your entry in the LittWorld 2012 writing contest!

-John Maust

France: Comics for Christ

Interview with French artist Didier Millotte

By Marija Birchard
 
Like many children in France, Didier Millotte grew up devouring comic books anddidier-doubs imagining their heroes. His childhood passion never faded. Didier has published more than 20 comic books and graphic novels over the last decade, including his recent book on the life of Jesus. Last year, he was recognized as illustrator of the best Christian comic book of 2011 in France.
 

Today comic books are the world’s most widely-read type of popular literature, capturing the interest of both children and adults. Christian publishers around the world have begun harnessing the genre to spread the Gospel.

Why do you believe the comic book industry is so popular currently?
D.M.: A combination of strong graphic images, their ability to stimulate the imagination, and a narrative based on dialogue. These characteristics allow the reader to identify with characters in the story.

The reader is an actor and can easily project himself into the skin of the characters. Comic books allow the reader to “live” history by imagining it. We find that in movies, but comic graphics bring a pleasure that film cannot because film viewing is more passive.

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Didier’s award-winning comic book

Why are comics valuable for Christian publishers?
D.M.: Comics are a great vehicle for the Gospel message because they allow the reader to immerse themselves in the words and participate with the story.

In addition, fiction is an ideal form to send a spiritual message. Storytelling is a great force for human beings; it can move the heart as well as the mind. One of the best examples of this is Jesus’ parables.  
 

Tell us about a reader who’s been influenced by Christian comics.

D.M.:
One day a Swiss boy was gathering old papers and magazines for recycling. He found some Christian comic magazines and thought, “Oh, cool, some comics!”
 
He took them home and read them. He was surprised that they talked about Jesus. “What’s this? How strange,” he thought. The stories touched his heart deeply. That was the beginning of his life with Jesus. Today Alain Auderset is an author, publisher and musician who has enjoyed great success with his Christian comics for teenagers.
 
What projects are you working on now?
D.M.:
I recently wrote a modern-day encounter of a young man in search of a father and an old Christian missionary. I’m also hoping to design a 200 to 300 page graphic novel of the Gospels with modern narration. And I’m working on several projects for kids.

How are you involved in training African writers and artists?
D.M.: In 2010, I was invited to teach workshops in Cameroon and the Central African Republic. There I met with African Christians interested in writing and drawing comics. Now I’m coaching an African writer on a script and will be helping the illustrator develop comics on themes of sexuality, AIDS, abortion, fidelity and more. 

MORE:
 
-Didier Millotte’s blog
 
-Look inside one of Didier’s children’s books
 

-Didier illustrated the Gospel and Acts in this French comic Bible

-Didier was awarded winner of the “best Christian comic” of 2011 for Monsieur Vincent

Christian Comics International, a comprehensive online guide
-A free comic in French on the life of Jesus

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