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Waxahachie, TexasJanuary 26, 2012Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Digital Media Arts students joined student-led missionary teams to create a groundbreaking, feature-length documentary of their 2011 journey. “To Every Nation” released January 25, 2012, on www.sagu.tv.

SAGU Director of World Ministries Chad Germany shares, “This will be a powerful, factual demonstration of the Gospel in word and deed. It can challenge and recruit students and even win people to Christ as it is shown in the United States”.

In 2010, the SAGU Missions department introduced Mission TEN (To Every Nation), a humanitarian initiative to send students to serve in 192 nations, 34 Chinese provinces and 35 Indian states over the next 10 years. In two years, SAGU’s Mission TEN has ministered to 37 of the 261 locations it plans to reach.

"To Every Nation" gave Digital Media Arts students hands-on training by telling the stories of missionaries worldwide. Nine embedded journalists divided into 2-person teams to travel on 18 Mission TEN summer trips. Each team carried a backpack containing a laptop, a high definition camera that shoots video and still photos, a tripod, two external hard drives, a wireless audio kit, and a light and reflector kit.

SAGU student Brianna Woodson communicates the importance of Backpack Journalism, “We are such a visual society now . . . to portray these stories, to catch people’s attention, we have to move with the culture – in the direction of media.”

The journalism teams filmed and reported 2-3 personal interviews or ministries while in each country. The documentary was student-produced with faculty oversight. Students took particular care to protect missionaries’ identities.

“God is doing amazing things not only at SAGU, but in the entire world,” shares SAGU student Landon Perry. “Now, through this documentary, people can experience these amazing stories in a real and personal way. Watch the documentary, hear their stories, and ask yourself how you can be a part of what God is doing.”

Previous SAGU student films have received numerous awards. The team for “Murdoch” received three awards at the WorldFest Film Festival in Houston, TX. The film won a Gold Award (2nd place) for all Short Film Cinematography and two Platinum Awards (1st place) for Short Film Editing and Short Film Screenwriting. Earlier this year “Murdoch” won 3rd place for Student Productions at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, TN. It recently won “Best Short Feature” at Minnesota’s On the Edge Family Film Festival.

Southwestern Cinema’s first film “Breaking News” received Best Cinematography for Short Film at the World Fest Film Festival in 2009. “Breaking News” broadcast nationally on NRB network, TCT network, TBN network and the Australian Christian Channel.

Click here for to view previews of “To Every Nation.”

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
 

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