HEARTS ON THE MOVE: HAYVONOT ZAMINI (ANIMAL WORLD)
A Family Favorite
As in America, families in Central Asia and the Middle East long for shows that will entertain the whole family. They like something wholesome, which is appropriate for all ages, but the adults prefer not to watch cartoons and silly movies. Since animals are something all ages find interesting, Hayvonot Zamini (Animal World), is a perfect fit.
In the Beginning
Hayvonot Zamini was among the first programs produced by GHM, but the first season featured a female host instead of the energetic Abror. By the time we were ready for the second season, she was no longer available and we had already observed Abror’s on-screen charisma in Hikoyalar Zamini (Story Land). We knew he was perfect for Animal World.
Many of the components that went into the first season are still an important part of the show. The safari-themed set with it’s “magic” window and phone is still the set we use today, but we’ve changed other things besides the series’ host. For instance, while the first season merely used stock animal footage to discuss the animals featured on the show, Abror has been to many zoos and wildlife parks to interact directly with the animals and sometimes the animal co-stars actually come to the set.
The Real Star is the Creator
Abror is the host of the program and animals of all types are featured, but the real star of Hayvonot Zamini is the Lord, our God. In every episode, regardless of the animal featured, God is recognized as the Creator of the universe and every species in it.
The programs contain important scientific facts about all the animals and explains why they are unique and wonderful, but Abror goes on to point out that it is God who has created these animals with their specific attributes. He explains that it is God, not some random force of science, which puts horns on an antelope or allows a chrysalis to turn into a butterfly.
Abror also uses the characteristics of the animals to teach important lessons about being a Child of God. For instance, he uses the habits of the Wildebeest as an example of how important it is for us to work together and encourage one another.
The Bible is the Heart of Each Show
Along with the telephone announcing the arrival of the animals on the other side of the “magic” window, a green book in a beautiful wooden stand is featured on the set. That green book is Abror’s Bible in the Uzbek language. Even while he is introducing the animals and explaining their habits, attributes, and habitats, he is referring to the Bible and urging the audience to read it and get to know the God of the Bible.
The audience may watch the program for the animals, but before it’s over, Abror has shared the Good News of the Bible with them. This is how we use the cultural heart to spread the spiritual message of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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