Cliff Vaughn, left, reviews pictures with Christian Reformed Church missionary Lee Baas from his time in Nigeria. Home page: Vaughn with John Price, whose parents were missionaries to Nigeria. (Photos: Robert Parham)
Christian missionaries found themselves in 1966 in Nigeria amid tribal genocide. They didn't tell their story about saving lives for 50 years. Now, they are in a forthcoming documentary, "The Disturbances."
This feature-length film is based on video interviews with 25 eyewitnesses - missionaries, missionary children and Nigerians, as well as numerous other conversations with missionaries and others about what happened.
We've collected more than 2,500 unpublished photographs and documents: family letters, mission minutes, agency memos and diaries.
Documents and interviewees come from a broad array of denominations and mission-sending agencies: the Assemblies of God, Christian Reformed Church, Church of the Brethren, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Southern Baptist Convention, Sudan Interior Mission and Sudan United Mission.
For an early-bird preview, visit the newly published Facebook page for "The Disturbances" that includes photographs and videos clips.
Follow "The Disturbances" on Twitter. The Twitter account will provide timely information about the film as well as responses to film screenings.
"'The Disturbances' is EthicsDaily.com's tenth documentary production, and it's easily the most complex, most original, most satisfying to work on," said Cliff Vaughn, EthicsDaily.com media producer, who co-produced the film with executive editor Robert Parham. "The courage, ingenuity and faith of these missionaries can and should inspire us all."
An explanation of the title is provided by Parham here.