Georgia Baptists will have an opportunity to hear a previously untold story about Christian missions.
EthicsDaily.com’s forthcoming documentary, “The Disturbances,” will be previewed during a breakout session at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, April 16, during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia’s spring general assembly, held at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain.
Matt Sapp, pastor of Heritage Fellowship in Canton, Georgia, and an EthicsDaily.com contributor, will facilitate screening a preview of the film, which reveals how Christian missionaries intervened in a time of genocide in 1966 in Nigeria.
Around 30,000 individuals were killed in a brief period. The death toll would have been much higher if Christian missionaries hadn’t taken action to save lives.
Their heroic work has been unknown, primarily because those involved never spoke about what happened – using veiled language and euphemisms, such as “the disturbances,” in public reports and statements.
The documentary shares the testimony of missionaries and missionary children with the Assemblies of God, Christian Reformed Church, Church of the Brethren, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Evangelical Church in America, Southern Baptist Convention and Sudan Interior Mission.
An earlier preview of the film was screened during a Baptist Center for Ethics’ luncheon at the Baptist General Convention of Texas offices in Dallas in 2015.
Several attendees shared their experience via Twitter.
“Great event. Eager for the release,” tweeted Shaun King (@PastorShaunKing), pastor of John’s Creek Baptist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia.
“Powerful @EthicsDaily documentary,” wrote Matt Sapp (@MattPSapp).
Jim Somerville (@SomervilleJim), senior minister at First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia, and a keynote speaker at the CBF/GA assembly, wrote, “Hearing the story of what happened in Nigeria in 1966. Shocking.”
Details about the assembly are available here.