By Oluwafemi Dosu
A gospel film producer and a notable Elder in the association of Christian drama practitioners, Evangelist Rhoda Yusuf is calling on gospel film makers to use their films as souvenir in order to reach more souls.
The producer who was speaking with Gospel Film News recently in an exclusive interview noted that the first thing she uses as souvenir whenever she has a function is Christian films.
“I will use myself as example. If I want to do anything, maybe party or whatever, the first thing I use as souvenir is Christian films, I give them to people. I buy films and give to people, I also give my own films to people. One of the challenges is that not many people do listen to Christian advert, it’s still within our circle but if we can just take a step further, go to maybe where Muslims are having programmes or you have a party that unbelievers will attend, give them Christian films as souvenir, they will watch the films,” she said.
Yusuf continued: “If you give them for free they will collect it but if you say you want to sell it they may reject it. It has happened to me before: I went for a wedding ceremony and I took the films and some of the Christian literature I produced along and I approached them, ‘Oh, this is our film do you care for?’ and they responded ‘No, we don’t have money,’ and I made them understand it’s for free and they gladly accepted it, even those who initially rejected it later requested for it. By so doing, they will watch the films (Christian films) when they get home and they will be blessed.”
She also stated that since the calling of gospel film makers is to preach the gospel through evangelical drama they must make sure that their scripts are salted with the word of God so that as they go out they minister undiluted word of God.
In her words, Yusuf noted that film makers or producers should not have in mind that they want to make money, saying if their motive is to make money they won’t be able to preach the real word of God, but it should be in their minds that they want to use their film to win souls.
The producer also expressed her joy over showing gospel films in cinema.
“I love that, I really covet the cinema film making, it’s good. It is a medium of taking our films to a higher level. I really love it, but you know that before you can take your film to the cinema there are somethings you need to consider about the film. It means we need to really package our works very well to meet the target audience,” she reiterated.
She concluded by advising gospel film makers and drama ministers to seek God first, put God first in anything they want to do and let their messages preach the gospel, adding that it should be a message that will affect lives, that will bring souls to God, not entertainment.
Rhoda Yusuf however expressed dissatisfaction that many film makers hammer on making money, stressing that it’s God that blesses.
She further explained that she didn’t say film makers shouldn’t sell their films or not to make money through the films but that shouldn’t be the first target, “our main target is to win souls,” she said.