Years ago, we used to show movies on Sunday evenings in the church...Narnia movies, other Christian films. I would often translate or at least explain parts. Then French versions became available. But, somewhere along the way, the church movies stopped.
Many people in our town have TV's now. A few have satellite connections. So, people are used to watching DVD movies or TV movies at a friend's house. Plus, people have smart phones that allow them to watch videos on You Tube.
So, when the church planned a movie night, I figured it would not be very popular. With movies being everywhere, the thrill would be gone, I thought. Then, it was raining an hour before the film was to begin.
I went to set up the laptop and TV anyway, and I found there were people there WAITING for the movie. People aren't EARLY to church activities here...or to anything. By the time the movie was set to begin, the church was filled pretty nicely...with kids, young people, and adults. Many had seen the movie before...an African film about a pastor whose wife is over-taken by demons...for a while.
I was shocked at the popularity. There is something about being in a room with 100 people and seeing a movie - - the group giggles - - the group surprise. The funny comments were entertaining as well.
Maybe someday it will happen in the USA again...movie theaters full of people being entertained together. Let's hope so. But, let's hope the movies are better than they used to be. :)
Missionary in Haiti.