Missionary Skills

7 Documentaries & Videos Every Aspiring Missionary Should Watch


Written by Dan Sanchez

In honor of the launch of our new media program, LEAD Media, we wanted to showcase a sampling of videos that have had an impact on the mission field.

All of these videos are available to watch for free online. Enjoy.

Better Friends Than Mountains

Better Friends Than Mountains is a documentary about the tragic history of the Kurdish people, the mounting geopolitical conflict in the Middle East, and the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Distant Boat

The Distant Boat a feature film about Africa, missions, the church, and our responsibility to reach the lost. You can watch the full film for free online.

Travel The Road

Since 1998, Timothy Scott and William Decker have traveled through 70 countries preaching the gospel while capturing their journeys on film. A few episodes can be viewed for free, like the one above, on their Vimeo and YouTube channels while the whole seasons can be purchased traveltheroad.com. For BGU students, you can also check out some of the seasons from the Student Resource Center.


Transformations is an older documentary showcasing how God has transformed whole societies who fast and pray.

1040 — Christianity in the New Asia

1040 is a documentary about the rapid changes in Asia and the dramatic shift of spiritual landscape in the “10/40 Window”.

More Than Dreams

More Than Dreams is the story of how a Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria found the deep love and lordship of Jesus Christ through a series of dreams. The full video is available to watch on YouTube even though it can not be embedded here.

Jesus Film

The Jesus Film has been a fantastic ministry tool on the mission field for decades and continues to be useful today. Every aspiring missionary should watch this film through at least once and have the Jesus Film app installed on your phone, so you can get that film running in one of 1,400+ languages at a moments notice.

Again, if using media as a tool for missions sounds interesting to you or someone you know, take a look at the LEAD Media internship to learn more about becoming a media missionary.

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