Cinema Today: The Cinevan
is a mobile van equipped with an LCD projector and other
relevant accessories to show free gospel films in communities,
towns and villages in Ghana. The aim is to bring many people
to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Each van is manned
by two trained evangelists / drivers, who undertake 22 –
26 nights of film shows per trip on a pre-determined route
in a given geographical area. Each van makes between 8-9
such trips a year.
The two main objectives of the Cinevan are evangelism and
church planting. The programme began in 1980 with one van.
Presently the ministry has expanded to a fleet of eight
vans. During the 25 years of operation, the vans have presented
the gospel of Jesus Christ to over 20,639 communities, towns
and villages in Ghana through film shows.
Many communities, towns & villages have been visited
more than once. Audience at Cinevan films shows have exceeded
46,362,180. This is more than twice the population of Ghana.
It is noteworthy that many of our audience might have also
watched more than one Cinevan showing. Our audiences span
across the whole spectrum of the Ghanaian society made up
of people with diverse religious backgrounds.
During this period, over 3,558.384 people made decisions
to follow Christ. Of these, 162 churches were planted in
collaboration with local churches of different denominations.
On the average, a Cinevan showing attracts 2,500 –
3000 people per showing, depending on where the showing
takes place. Each night’s presentation is followed
by 10 – 15 minutes of gospel message and an invitation
to the audience to receive Christ as Saviour.
Without proper follow-up to establish new converts in the
faith, Cinevan showings would be reduced to mere entertainment.
Therefore, those who respond to the gospel invitation and
accept Jesus Christ are counseled by a team from each local
church. These churches do follow-ups and disciple the converts.
More so, the converts who are literate and so desire, are
linked to the Challenge Enquiry Centre to do free Bible
Mobile Bookshops: Another
important function of the Cinevan is to serve as a mobile
bookshop in the many places visited. The vans carry stock
of excellent Christian books and Bibles providing opportunity
for Christians in the area visited to buy Christian literature
at their door steps at affordable prices. The books and
Bibles are sold in the vans at the same prices like other
Challenge Bookshops, no matter the distance they have covered.
Most Church leaders in Ghana see Cinevan Ministry as God’s
gift to the Church for evangelism in Ghana. The cost of
operating one of the cinevans is approximately US$50 or
£30 for an average month of operation.