Review of 1040 Documentary

Last night I had the opportunity to watch a documentary called 1040: Christianity in the New Asia. Here is the official website. Here are some clips from YouTube.

It wasn’t at all what I expected, but I did enjoy it. I don’t know about you, but when I hear 1040 and when it is explained in mission circles, I automatically think about unreached peoples. However, this documentary was not about the lack of faith or the need for workers to go to these places. It was about the faith that was there and growing in geographical boundaries of the 10/40 window.

It was interesting to see stories of how God is working across the continent of Asia. The documentary is structured around a trip across Asia that Jaeson Ma made. He visits about half a dozen cities and interviews people there to ask about their story, hoping that story could be representative of the general population. The message the documentary is trying to give is that we are entering the last days and its Asia’s turn to stand up for Christ. The people interviewed seemed confident that faith in their country was growing faster and deeper than in the West. While I don’t completely disagree with these claims, I think they were stated in biased and non-representative terms.

While I enjoyed the documentary, I thought there were some major short falls. The documentary focused on Jaeson Ma and his travels with his friends in Asia. Jaeson uses his relational connections in the global hip-hop industry as a gateway into these cities. These upper class, famous entertainers and followers of Christ speak for the movements to Christ in their countries. There are no interviews from “ordinary” followers. Another blatant omission is that there was nothing from India, another part of Asia with vast influence. I had questions on some of the missiology it was promoting as well but don’t have the space to go into that here.

I would categorize this under more of a mobilization tool to be used to get people excited about missions. It is a good conversation starter, so it might be a good idea to get a group together to watch it and then discuss it.

PS Jaeson Ma was the right hand man of rapper/pastor MC Hammer. Pastor Hammer is interviewed throughout the documentary.


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One Response to “Review of 1040 Documentary”

  1. Chris Says:

    Sounds cool – anything that is to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ is bangin’. And w00t w00t to the near coming of the Lord. How exciting for the brethren. And sounds interesting about their claims of their faith growing faster – our mission is to make disciples of all nations and we have failed incredibly. But we still have a little bit of time to raise the dead from the church.

    I think hip-hop or whatever you want to call it – is an incredible tool that needs to be utilized to reach our youth. In poor neighborhoods, music is one of the only things that really keeps people going – as everything else has been stripped of them. I predict the some super MCs are going to come out, as they already have, and put secular rappers to shame with their talents, content, and skills. Very exciting!


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