While some predicted the world would end according to the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012, no one could predict the enthusiastic response of the Mayan people to the gospel two months later. In February 2013, a team of JESUS Film® ministry partners from the United States traveled to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the premiere showing of Magdalena: Released From Shame in the Mayan language.
Hundreds of people including pastors, students, villagers, and others watched Magdalena. Many viewers prayed to receive Christ as Savior. The team also showed the Mayan version of The Story of Jesus for Children. In one village, nearly 260 people watched the film and some 250 of them indicated they accepted Christ. “We gave out DVDs to families so they can watch the story of Jesus over and over. They can then share it with their friends and family,” trip participant Leah Richardson explained.
Along with a local Mayan church team and two other ministries—Message for Mayans and Feet That Move—the Americans also went door-to-door to distribute 240 pairs of new Croc-style shoes and washed the feet of the leader of each household. The Message for Mayans and local churches will continue to use both films for evangelism and follow-up. Now for the more than 700 new Mayan believers, instead of the world ending, their new lives in Christ are just beginning.