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The Disturbances (2016) (Institutional Copy)

An untold story is finally being revealed after 50 years.

Christian missionaries and Nigerian pastors intervened in Nigeria amid tribal genocide in 1966, saving the lives of thousands of Nigerians.

The violence, the genocide, was frequently called "disturbances" in newspaper headlines, minutes, mission memos and family correspondence. Both the term—and the shorthand symbol for “disturbances” found in missionary minutes about the events of 1966—convey tension, unrest, disruption and mystery.

Missionaries and missionary children (MKs) with the Assemblies of God (AG), Christian Reformed Church (CRC), Church of the Brethren (COB), Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), and Sudan United Mission (SUM) have shared their experiences for the first time.

“The Disturbances” is both horrifying and inspiring. It is a story of ruin and redemption, blood and boldness, denial and dedication, guilt and goodness.

It will deepen the understanding in churches about the gritty nature of mission work and foster a positive spirit in the larger culture about the contribution of missionaries for the common good.

Choose this version if you are purchasing the DVD for a library, seminary, college, university or institution.

If you want to purchase the DVD for personal use, please order the "individual copy." If you want to purchase the DVD for a church's library and to show to the congregation, please order the "church copy." For bulk orders, email

A book accompanying the documentary and providing additional information is available here. A Kindle version of the book is available via here.

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Interviewees include:
  • Lee Baas (CRC)
  • Buzz Bowers (COB)
  • Audrey Cowley (SBC)
  • Bill Cowley (SBC)
  • Keith Edwards (SBC)
  • Carl Eisman (LCMS)
  • Jerry Falley (AG)
  • Maxine Falley (AG)
  • Beverly Knuth Fritz (LCMS)
  • Mary Futrell (SBC)
  • Jonathan Ikerionwu (Nigerian)
  • Harvey Kiekover (CRC)
  • Linda Scholten Morrow (CRC MK)
  • Timothy Olagbemiro (Nigerian)
  • Jo Ann Parham (SBC)
  • Dean Petersen (ELCA)
  • Glenis Petersen (ELCA)
  • John Price, Jr. (SIM MK)
  • Don Reece (SBC)
  • Helen Scholten (CRC)
  • Herman Scholten (CRC)
  • Ruth Keeney Tryon (COB MK)
  • Godfrey Uzoigwe (Nigerian)
  • Phyllis Wagner (AG)
  • Carrie Robison Young (AG MK)

DVD features:

  • Chapter menu
  • 2 teaser trailers
  • 3 extras
  • Surround sound
  • Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

Feature film running time: 75 minutes


Price: $ 100.00


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