This summer, Tenth Global has been hosting film screenings and times of discussion on Zoom, focusing on topics of justice and Cambodia. Some participants of these events have been so generous to share their experience with us, expressing how these events help keep them inspired for justice in a time when international travel is not an option.
Read below to hear Claudia’s experience of JUST58:
With the pandemic hitting the globe, overseas travel is pretty much put to a halt and our options to seek out new experiences beyond Canadian borders have drastically diminished. There is disappointment on many levels with regard to how this impacts each of us. For me (Claudia), after having visited Cambodia for the first time last year on a Justice Journey with Tenth, I was certain that I would return again and I had hoped it would be this fall 2020. However, with so many travel restrictions, this trip will likely be delayed until further notice. Still, one question I ask myself in this period of waiting is, “How will I keep my heart connected to Cambodia - a country whose story has so deeply impacted me?”
This might be provocative to say, but perhaps a question for all of us to ponder is, “How will we keep our hearts connected to God’s work in the world, and to far off places and people that have the potential to radically transform us?”
If you resonate with what I’m sharing, I encourage you to consider attending a Just58 online film night. You can stay in the comfort of your own home, be inspired, have meaningful conversations, and even invite your family to share in the experience!
Why is it called Just58? Just=Justice. 58=58 minutes.
In less than an hour, you’ll watch a short clip from a beautifully produced film and be led through a live small group discussion. See if maybe, just maybe, there’s a small ember that has been burning within you, that needs to be breathed on and fanned into a blazing fire of passion, purpose and conviction!
Read below to hear how Elaine’s experience of the first film night reignited her passion for justice:
My first exposure to the nightmare that happened in Cambodia was through a travelling to Cambodia on a Tenth Justice Journey in 2016. We had a walkthrough of the genocide museum, the very facility where the detention, interrogation, torture and extermination of thousands killed during the genocide had happened.
Watching the film “First They Killed my Father” transported me back into the emotions I felt when I walked through the museum 4 years ago. The middle-aged Cambodian lady I met who had her family killed during the genocide. The way her eyes sparkled with a touch of anger as she spoke, yet her face quickly stretched a blank smile out of necessary politeness to foreigners like myself. The words from the soldiers in the film, “You are not allowed to show emotion,” “You are not allowed to be angry,” “You are not allowed to feel hurt,” rang in my head. Her face described the emotions of the people, the result of brainwashing, and the culture in which the next generation of kids are being raised at home. The impact of this event on generations is so real.
This film brought the experience of Cambodia back to me and left me with much to think, process, and feel. It moved my heart once again to grieve, to pray, and to cry out to our God of justice. As I allow myself to feel God’s compassion for our brothers and sisters who are experiencing persecution and injustice, both my knowledge of God and my faith is challenged. Whether through a travel experience or a film experience, God will use it to shake up our complacent hearts and allow us to experience a deeper fuller faith in Him, so long as our hearts remain soft and open.
Are you ready to let Him lead you on a Justice Journey?