Garry Brunson, Behind-the-Scenes Hero

Garry shooting Shukur Aytaman

HEARTS AFLAME: GHM’S CAMERAMAN AND VIDEO PRODUCER

The Quiet Guy in the Back Cubicle

Were you to visit the GHM offices in The Hope Center, it’s entirely possible you could go home afterwards without even realizing Garry was there–unless of course you were here for filming.  In the daily hustle and bustle of ministry business, Garry goes about his day with a very low profile.  Most visitors come by to see Steve Sharp, our CEO/President & Founder or his Executive Assistant, Hannah Beth Roberts.  Guests taking a tour of The Hope Center are always excited to discover Umida, host of Shukur Aytaman (I Am Thankful), our Uzbek women’s program, doing translation work right in our office.

Garry sits several cubicles away from any traffic and most of the time he’s wearing a headset, so he’s disconnected from any commotion involving the rest of us.  He gets there early, frequently chooses to eat his lunch at his desk and often leaves without the rest of us realizing he has gone.

Nonetheless, probably more than anyone else in the ministry, Garry  impacts what our viewers see in our broadcasts.  Our hosts and co-hosts plan their scripts and are visible on-screen.  Our executive producer and director are in charge of the film shoot. However, once we say “That’s a wrap!”, Garry is the one who edits our programs and delivers them to the satellite companies.  What our viewers see is a result of his work with what we filmed.

While he may be almost invisible in the office, when it comes to filming, Garry comes out of his cubicle and becomes an active and vocal part of our production team.  He is a gifted cameraman with a great eye.  He’s the one who decides where the sets will be placed, and between episodes, he’s always fine-tuning the props.  When the director or producer wonders how something will look on film, Garry is the one they turn to.

Devoted Believer 

By working with GHM, Garry is merely acting out the faith he came to as a child.  Since then he’s lived his life “being a servant” and “trust[ing] the Lord’s guidance”.  He started his college career as a art major, but found supplies were expensive and he couldn’t attend university full-time.  Then he discovered a TV production course and “it turned out to be a perfect fit…[he] really enjoyed it.”  He found a production assistant job right after he graduated.

He met Steve Sharp while he was freelancing and as soon as GHM was big enough to justify it, Steve offered him a full-time position.  When asked about his favorite thing about working with this ministry he said, “Getting to use my skills and be creative in ways that ultimately effect people on the other side of the planet really thrills me!”

Mary and Garry with Zafar

Talented Musician 

Our quiet cameraman is also a talented musician.  During our last two Uzbek Women’s Program shoots, he came out from behind the camera to perform with Zafar.  Garry’s musical forté is percussion, and he really spiced up the sound stage with several different varieties of instruments.

As much as we all love Garry, we have to admit that one of the things we like best about him is that he’s married to a lovely and talented violinist named Mary.  She also appeared in some of the musical segments we recorded for Shukur Aytaman, and has graced us with her musical skill for a number of our events, including the Open Hearts High Tea and A Night of Dreams.

Grateful of Garry

The entire GHM staff appreciates how lucky we are to have such a talented teammate.  He is particularly appreciated by the Uzbek cast members who recently included him in an Uzbek worship celebration they held in a park after the Shukur Aytaman shoot.

Garry says, “Foreigners like Central Asians are not very hard to find.  We should always be aware that just because someone isn’t from here, doesn’t mean they are dangerous or scary.  They just have a different culture than ours and that’s OK.  Jesus isn’t about changing someone’s culture, He is about changing their heart.”  He went on to “encourage others to pray for the foreigners in our community and to stretch themselves to learn about other people and cultures.  The world is a beautiful place and it seems to be getting smaller all the time.”

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Set Your Heart Aflame

Like Garry, you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to Fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

 

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Praying in the Name of Jesus

HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: PRAY FOR GHM

GHM Target Countries

When we tell people GHM produces Christian TV programming for The Middle East and Central Asia, they usually want to know more.  Sometimes they have specific countries on their heart that they already pray for.  Others aren’t quite sure exactly what countries are in Central Asia.

GHM has produced original programming in Turkmen, Uzbeks, and Azerbaijanis, but that doesn’t begin to reflect the wide reach of our ministry.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • In these regions, political borders are not related to the use of of languages inside the countries.  So, for instance, while Azerbaijani is the official language of Azerbaijan, there are large populations of people in several surrounding countries, including Iran and Turkey, who use Azerbaijani as their primary tongue.
  • Many of the languages in the region developed out of the same branch of the Indo-European language family or out of the Turkic language family, meaning that many people can understand many of the languages they do not actually use themselves.
  • Because languages flow so freely between the various countries we minister to, many of our potential viewers speak more than one language.

Languages Add Spice to Life

While our office is staffed by people with names like Steve and Hannah Beth, we communicate daily with our program hosts, Umida, Abror, Feruza, Narmin, and Tarana–and that’s only the beginning.  We have others who regularly appear in our programs, like Aziz, Bahtiyor, and Zafar.  During our last filming we had Mexicans, Russians, Kuwaitis, and Americans as guests, along with many Uzbeks.  There’s rarely any way to guess how many languages might be spoken on any given day in our office, and it’s hard to know which ones we’ll be hearing.

We laugh as we listen to one another struggle with an unfamiliar name or word–and spelling is a whole different subject!  We’re not complaining though.  It makes what we do so much more interesting.  That’s why we’re inviting you to join us in a little language game.

While there is only one Savior, His Name comes in many forms, according to what language you speak.  We invite you to pray to Jesus Christ for the salvation of those watching our programs, using various translations of his name spoken by our viewers  (Translations courtesy of Google Translate):

  • Arabic:  Almasih Eissa
    المسيح عيسى
  • Azerbaijani: Müqəddəs İsa
  • Georgian: Ieso K’riste
    იესო ქრისტე
  • Kazak: Иса Мәсіх
  • Kyrgyz: Ыйса Машайак
  • Russian: Иисус Христос
  • Tajik: Isoi Maseh
    Исои Масеҳ
  • Turkish: Yüce isa
  • Turkmen: Isa Mesih
  • Uzbek: Iso Masih

Join Your Heart to Ours

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Praying for us (in English or any other language) is just one of the ways you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

Bringing Truth to Easter

HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: PEELING AWAY MYTHS

The Rites of Spring

A quick glance around the Internet will quickly inform you of the pagan history of Easter.  The Easter Bunny comes from some Nordic tale of an egg-laying hare.  From the beginning of time, in myriads of cultures, an egg is the sign of new life.  Many gods and goddesses of mythology have tales of rebirth among their legends.  Even the very name of the celebration is often linked back to the name of a goddess.  For these reasons and others, some Christians shy away from celebrating what they feel is a holiday tainted by other religions.

Easter in Persian Cultures

For Christians in Central Asia, Iran, and other Persian nations, Easter is a very special time.  Before they became Christians, most Persians, like Azerbaijanis and Uzbeks enjoyed a holiday called Novruz, which we discussed last month.  Many of it’s traditions relate to the coming of spring and the signs of new life in nature.  The history of the holiday has many links into a number of religious traditions, but it has come to be celebrated in our times for the pure fun of it.  To those brought up celebrating the signs of life of nature with Novruz, the hope of Christ has a very precious meaning.

As with much of the world, America’s commercialism is pervasive in GHM’s target countries.  Our TV hosts tell us that decorated eggs, chocolate bunnies, and stuffed chicks can be found in many of their stores.  Central Asians, Iranians, and others throughout the Middle East watch newscasts and movies where Americans are making a big ado about an Easter frock or the White House Easter Egg Roll.  They are able to enjoy the festivities without any understanding of what Easter is.  They see it as a sort of American Novruz.

However, once someone becomes a Christian, New Life means much more than fresh green leaves or the return of agriculture.  Narmin, host of Sweet Conversations, our Azerbaijani Women’s Program, loves to celebrate Novruz because of the memories of friends and family it offers, but Easter has become her favorite holiday because it assures her of the hope she has found in Jesus Christ.  Umida, host of Shukar Aytaman (I Am Thankful), our Uzbek Women’s Program, could not carry her Bible when she went to her home church in Uzbekistan, but now she proudly wears a cross around her neck since she has the freedom of America.  For these women and for Christians everywhere, it is the cross and the empty tomb which are the true symbols of Easter, not rabbits and eggs.   

No one loves hope more than those who have known hopelessness. Our viewers know what it is to live without hope.  Soviet occupation squelched all religious practice. When the Russians left, Islam flooded the religious vacuum, but it did not offer hope, only rigid rules encompassing every facet of life.  The Good News of Jesus Christ, offered in every program we produce, is a refreshing wind of hope, embraced by Believers–old and new–in our target countries.

Help Reap the Harvest

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

Still Glowing from Shukur Aytaman

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: PICTURES FROM THE SET

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Shukur Aytaman Afterglow

Zafar, Umida, and Feruza – Musician, Host, and Co-host of Shukur Aytaman

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: UZBEK WOMEN’S PROGRAM USES HOLIDAYS TO SHARE THE GOSPEL

Touching the Cultural Heart to Share the Spiritual Message

Every culture has its own special occasions and these celebrations provide a strong link to the hearts of its people.  For instance, Americans don’t have to be Christians for festive decorations and traditional carols to evoke a deep emotional response at Christmas.  This is the cultural heart, and when we create programming to touch it, GHM gains deeper access into the lives of our viewers.

Utilizing this principle for the latest season of Shukur Aytaman (I Am Thankful), our Uzbek Women’s Program, the theme for nearly every episode was an Uzbek holiday.  Each holiday opened the door for a spiritual lesson.  For instance:

  • Teacher’s Day allowed us an opportunity to introduce Jesus Christ as the Greatest Teacher.
  • Ramadan, a time of personal sacrifice, led to a discussion of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.
  • International Women’s Day was a perfect chance to discuss the role of women according to God’s Word.
Behind the Cameras – Garry and Hannah Beth, with Ron in the background

Guests from Around the World

One of the biggest challenges for our programs is lining up our guests.  In the past we have tried to focus on featuring Uzbeks, primarily because Uzbekistan has been a very politically shuttered society.  However, the new president has indicated an interest in opening the door for outside influences, which allowed us to cast our net further for potential guests.  This season’s line-up has a definite international flair–and Umida, our host, even wore jeans on one of the episodes, a real no-no in the past.

In conjunction with this, we changed our format a little.  Before when we’ve featured guests who did not speak the language, we would dub their conversations into Uzbek for airing.  This time we allowed our co-host Feruza, an accomplished linguist, to translate the conversation into Uzbek on the spot.  We tried it as an experiment in our first take and were thrilled with the results.  The conversation seemed to flow more naturally, so we used this method for the rest of the shoot.

We were pleased to have several Uzbeks in our line-up, but also very glad to have the opportunity to include a Mexican, a Russian, a Kuwaiti, and an American.  It was truly an international cast.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries, you are helping to Fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

 

Farsi, The Persian Heart Language

“Farsi” Written in Persian

HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: MODERN LANGUAGE WITH ANCIENT ROOTS

Multiple Languages in One Nation

Several months ago we told you how the Iran of the Ancient Silk Roads has become a modern day linguistic crossroads for The Middle East and Central Asia.  Representatives from virtually every language of these areas live in Iran and speak their own tongue within its borders.  However, Iranians also have their own language called Farsi and it has ancient Persian roots.

One Language, Ancient Roots and Much Influence

Use of Old Persian, the grandmother of the Farsi used in Iran today, can actually be traced back to Persis, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, discussed in a previous blog, so it is at least 2500 years old.  What was once the capital city of Persis is in the Fars Province of modern Iran, hence the name “Farsi.”

According to Farsinet.com, Farsi is the most widely spoken of the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian languages and Wikipedia says there are about 110 million people around the world who use it.  The primary countries using Farsi are Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, but it is considered a prestigious cultural language in Western, Central, and South Asia and has influenced neighboring tongues such as Arabic and the Turkic languages.

Because of a long history in literature, Middle Persian (the form before the current language and after the original Achaemenid use) was the first language in the Muslim world to break Arabic’s monopoly on writing, according to Wikipedia.  The literary classics in these countries include many works of Persian authorship.

So What?

Perhaps you are wondering why all of this matters to GHM.  Well, because the use of heart languages is foundational to what we do, that’s why.  Our programming is designed to reach the cultural heart of our viewers and part of that task is accomplished by using native speakers of our heart languages as hosts.  We have produced original Christian programming in Azerbaijani, Uzbek, and Turkmen.

To our delight, these programs are enjoyed throughout The Middle East and Central Asia, regardless of the name of the country, because the geographical boundaries have little influence on the use of heart languages.  Also, Azerbaijani, Uzbek, and Turkmen languages can be understood to a great degree by other people who also speak Turkish-based languages.

Now we want to take it to the next level.  Since Iranians already share the Persian culture our programs target, by lip-synch dubbing them into Farsi, we could multiply exponentially the number of potential viewers.  Remember, Farsi is spoken by 110 million people in the world and the influence of the Persian culture followed the Empire into the Indian subcontinent and throughout the rest of Asia.

Lip-synch dubbing is a translation method which seamlessly transforms the language spoken so well only an expert can tell it has been dubbed.  Imagine all the lost men, women, and children mired in hopelessness who could be freed into the joy of salvation by watching our programs.  So that is our dream, to lip-synch dub all the many programs we have already produced into Farsi.

While lip-synch dubbing a program is inexpensive in comparison to producing a new program, it still takes money.  While money is not something we like to spend much time talking about, it is very necessary to this opportunity the Lord of languages has set before us.  The Lord God confused the languages at the Tower of Babel and now He is leading us to take His message to His children who speak Farsi.

Help Reap the Harvest

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

26 Free Tablets for Kids

closeboysmileHEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: AGES 4-14 IN THE 10/40 WINDOW

Smiles and Statistics

Everything we do at GHM is directed at putting smiles on the faces of men, women, and children in Central Asia and the Middle East – not temporary happy smiles arising out of situations which will last only a few moments, but smiles reflecting the eternal joy of salvation. These are real people to us, with real challenges, and they need the Lord.  We never forget that.

However, our supporters donate to us with the understanding that we’ve done our homework.  You want us to use your dollar to effectively reach the lost, so your treasure will not be squandered. To do that, we utilize all the relevant statistics to strategize our plans.

The 10/40 Window

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The latest relevant statistics focus on an area popularly called the 10/40 Window.  This is the area of the world, delineated by the 10th and 40th lines of latitude, where the greatest numbers of people unreached by the Gospel are located.

GHM hearts map
Hearts indicate countries where GHM is involved through satellite broadcasting, phone/text counseling, and home pastor training.

 

When you compare this map with the GHM Heart Map, it is easy to see why we have chosen Central Asia and the Middle East as our target areas.  Not only are these countries geographically contiguous, they also share a cultural heart.  In addition, while political boundaries divide the areas into countries, the dominant languages spill across borders with little attention to the name of the country.

The 4/14 Age Group

Another important statistic for this region is the fact that 70% of the world’s 4-14 year olds live within these longitudinal meridians.  According to groups like Compassion International and the Window International Network, that’s about 833,000,000 lives. While children are not our sole target in these areas, many ministries do have the strategy of reaching out to children to become global agents for change.

one_hope_logo2One of those child-focused ministry groups is One Hope.  For thirty years their focus has been providing God’s Word to every child.  This year they plan to reach 101 million children with the Gospel and they are partnering with us to reach Azerbaijani & Uzbek-speaking children.

The 26 Free Tablets

One Hope utilizes many innovative and creative mediums to spread the Word and they partner with other ministries to reach their goals.  Many ministries share the the same goals as One Hope and each of us has developed our own effective tools.  Like GHM, One Hope doesn’t consider the job done just because someone has had an opportunity to hear the Gospel.  Both of our ministries want to create a relationship with our viewers to build seekers and new converts into strong Christians.

This is why One Hope has partnered with us for translating our Children’s Programs into Azerbaijani and offering 26 Free Tablets to our Uzbek and Azerbaijani audiences in a contest.  When these programs are shown, we’ll also announce the Tablet contest and ask viewers to enter by providing a little contact information.

Not only will we give away 26 Tablets loaded with all our programming in Uzbek and Azerbaijani, we’ll receive contact information for millions of families across the region. That information will be used by both ministries to reach out to these families on the ground. What a marvelous partnership!

Help Reap the Harvest

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

Expanding Our Reach Through Dubbing

dsc_0218HEARTS ON THE MOVE: REACHING MORE PEOPLE WITH LESS MONEY

The Cost of Production

We’ll be honest with you.  Filming a new season of shows is one of our favorite ways to spend a week.  It gets all of us together in the same room being creative.  We see members of our cast and crew that we only see during filming.  Many of our techs live here, but they have other full-time employment which means we only see them at shoots.  Volunteers come in to help out.  We have meals together, pray together, and worship together.  We love it.

However, video shoots are wildly expensive and they are only the tip of the iceberg.  Once the film is in the can, so to speak, the production process has just begun. Depending on the complexity of the program, and the complications experienced during the shoot, it can take from six months to a year to get a show ready for broadcast.  Post production represents a huge expenditure of  both personnel and equipment.

The expense is well worth it.  Our programs are broadcast on four satellites, each of which reaches hundreds of millions of men, women, and children in Central Asia and the Middle East.  This form of ministry is by far the most cost effective ministry available and in places such as our target countries; it is the only way to reach unbelievers in a way that is safe for us and for them.

And satellite broadcasting is just the beginning!  We upload our videos to several sites, like Vimeo and globalheartmedia.org where our audiences can stream them 24 hours a day, every day.  We are also able to download the programming to memory sticks and SD Cards for on-the-ground distribution.  We’re even discussing using portable video players inside a few of our target countries to raise awareness of our programs among House Churches.  As you can see, we squeeze each episode filmed for the maximum exposure.

The Magic of Lip Synch Dubbing

Several times in recent months we have mentioned our new lip-synch dubbing project. We’re transforming Uzbek Hikoyalar Zamini into Azerbaijani Hekayeler Alemi (Story Land in both languages).

Filming and producing a new season costs approximately $130,000 from start to finish. Transforming a completed episode into a new language costs about $30,000.  That’s an approximate $100,000 in savings!   It’s easy to see the economy lip-synch dubbing brings to our productions.  Suddenly, for a fraction of the cost of a new program, we can reach a whole new audience.  The cultural feel of the programs are appropriate throughout Central Asia and the Middle East, but new languages make them readily accessible to children in various language groups.

For our current lip-synch project, another ministry has partnered with us financially, because Story World so perfectly fits their target audience in Azerbaijan and places in Iran where Azerbaijani is the predominant language.  We hope one day we are able to lip-synch all of our completed programming into other languages, like Farsi, Arabic, and the Turkish language.  We feel this will allow us to make the best use of the programs God has allowed us to produce.  We’d love for you to help us afford this worthy goal.

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries, you are helping to Fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

Little Bear Travels to Azerbaijan and Beyond

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: STORY LAND TAKES FLIGHT

A Change of Venue

If you were about eight years old and you lived in Uzbekistan, your favorite program might be Hikoyalar Zamini (Story Land) and your favorite character might be Ayipolvon, Strong Puppet Bear. (At GHM we call him, Little Bear, but an Uzbek never would.)  Perhaps your mom likes to watch Shukar Aytayman (I Am Thankful), a women’s talk show, and your dad is a big fan of Hayot Noni (Bread of Life), where men discuss life while cooking special meals.

If you’re an eight year old Azeri, in Azerbaijan or Iran, your mom might watch Sirin Sobat (Sweet Conversations), but if you wanted to enjoy Little Bear, you’d have to know how to understand Uzbek–and we’re working on that.  Little Bear is coming to Azerbaijan!

A Change of Language

The most expensive item in our budget is the production of new episodes.  It takes a huge investment of resources to produce the 13 episode series required by the satellites to broadcast our programming.  The response we get from our audience makes it worthwhile. How can you put a value on hearts being won to the Good News of Jesus Christ?  We can’t, but we only have a limited amount of resources available to us for producing programming.

Much of what is aired on Central Asian and Middle Eastern television is American television shows and movies with subtitles.  Some programs have the native languages dubbed in, but usually the dubbing is quickly and cheaply done and it shows.  The dialog does not match the moving mouths of the speakers.  We’ve all seen foreign films like that. It’s distracting and takes away from the enjoyment of watching.

However, there is a dubbing procedure called lip-synch dubbing that is almost invisible to the audience.  The translation is carefully timed to match the each movement of the mouth.  A video specialist might pick it up immediately, but the casual audience will most likely not even notice.  That’s what we’re using to take  Ayipolvon  (Little Bear) to Azerbaijan.

When we take the message of Christ to unbelievers in Central Asia and the Middle East, we don’t want anything to get in the way of the message.  That’s the reason natives from that part of the world, speaking their own heart languages, host our programs. However, because of the cost of associated with creating new programming, we are taking advantage of lip-synch dubbing to bring Little Bear to Azerbaijani-speaking children.

Rest assured that native Azerbaijani speakers are the ones dubbing in the new language for Little Bear.  In fact, in January we introduced you to Timothy, an Azerbaijani musician who is helping us with this project.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries in projects like lip-synch dubbing programs, you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the world.

When the Zoo Comes to You

Abror Introduces a Special Guest
Abror Introduces a Special Guest on Animal World

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

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Season One of Animal World

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.

Abror & Animals
Behind Abror and the alpaca is the “magic” window which allows viewers to see animals in their various habitats or Abror at the zoo.

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.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries during our film shoots you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.