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Downloadable Short Film Available to Celebrate Creation Sabbath

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Screen shot from Creation film "The Hole

The Geoscience Research Institute and The John 10:10 Project are pleased to announced the release of “The Hole,” a 5-minute film that goes straight to the heart of the Gospel. “The Hole” has been prepared especially for sharing via social media and showing in churches, schools, and other institutions to celebrate Creation Sabbath on October 28, 2017. Releasing “The Hole” a month before Creation Sabbath, gives time for anyone to download it or share it directly from

“I love how beautifully ‘The Hole’ encapsulates the Gospel using an illustration from nature,” says Timothy G. Standish, a scientist and filmmaker working at the Geoscience Research Institute. “The Hole” uses footage shot in the mountains of Mexico where monarch butterflies spend the winter. It also contains video filmed in locations as diverse as Hong Kong, Chicago, and London.

“My hope is that ‘The Hole’ will be seen by every member of the Adventist Church on Creation Sabbath,” says Dr. Standish. “Yes, it is wonderful that it will be shown in Adventist Churches around the world, but more than that, this is a film that can be proudly shared with our friends; those who belong to other Christian denominations as well as those who are not yet Christians. The creation is beautiful, the Gospel is beautiful, and these two amazing truths come together in this wonderful short film.”

Narrating “The Hole,” Alvin Chea of the Emmy Award winning group Take 6 guides viewers on a journey toward understanding how the creation is an inseparable part of the Gospel. But more than this, says Standish, the creation itself through the process of butterfly metamorphosis provides an analogy to the seemingly impossible transformation of being born again in Christ.

Chea, through his contribution, also illustrates that the study and celebration of creation is not the exclusive domain of theologians and scientists, but something that should be celebrated in the arts, where beauty and design are actually understood.

Church leaders, pastors, congregations, and members may use “The Hole” as a tool for encouraging faith and sharing the Gospel. "Anyone can be part of the ambitions project to share this resource for celebration of Creation Sabbath on Oct. 28," says Standish. "All that is necessary is the ability to share “The Hole” via social media, or downloading the movie file from and showing it in Sabbath Schools, Churches and homes around the world. In addition, “The Hole” will be available on the Geoscience Research Institute Facebook page and can be easily shared from there with all of our Facebook friends.

All Seventh-day Adventist Church affiliated entities and organizations are called upon to share “The Hole” in every way that they can on and before Creation Sabbath, October 28. “My hope is that churches will have ‘The Hole’ available for streaming directly from their webpages and that the same will be true on Conference, Union and Division websites” says Dr. Standish. “Think of the thousands, no, millions who we can reach with the beautiful message of this Gospel-centered film!”

While more languages will be added over the coming days, the following language options are currently available for “The Hole”:

Click here for information about the Geoscience Research Institute; other beautiful video resources for sharing the Gospel can be found at The John 10:10 Project website.

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