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Why Follow Follow Jesus?

April 16, 2014

BASIC Follow Jesus

As we celebrate Easter, we want to give you our film, Follow Jesus, for free, and here is why: In Follow Jesus, Francis Chan observes:

“There are millions of people who call themselves followers of Jesus, but their lives look nothing like His…and yet in their hearts they believe they are followers.”

Contrast that thought to Jesus’ statement in Luke 6:46: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’, and do not do what I say? Or in Matthew 7:21, where Jesus says: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

Sometimes, we can be a little misleading in trying to convince people to follow Jesus. We talk about the good things, which is only natural. But the truth is, it can be difficult to really follow. Jesus told his disciples things like: people might not like you anymore, your own family might disown you, and you need to let go of things.

How we follow Jesus is pretty straightforward—we obey Him. In BASIC Follow Jesus, Francis asks us to focus not on the how, but the why. Why follow Jesus if it is going to be so hard? The answer will literally change your life!

Please order your copy of Follow Jesus for free at using coupon code SONOFGOD. And while you’re at it, take a second one and pass it along to a friend!

BASIC Series + Son of God Film

February 20, 2014

See Son of God in theaters! Then enter the promo code #SONOFGOD at to receive a free DVD or download of BASIC Follow Jesus.

Opening in theaters on February 28 is the highly anticipated major movie event—Son of God. This full length feature film follows the life of Jesus Christ on earth, spanning from His birth to His resurrection. We’ve joined forces with Son of God and are offering BASIC Follow Jesus with Francis Chan as a free DVD* or download to anyone who sees Son of God in theaters. What better way to respond to seeing an epic film about the life of Christ than to dive into what it means to truly follow Him?

Simply put BASIC Follow Jesus in your cart and enter coupon code #SONOFGOD at checkout. Help us spread the word and pass this coupon code along to your friends, family, church and small groups, and join in the discussion about what it means to follow Jesus.

*Free DVDs are limited to the first 5,000 (thank you David C Cook!), do not include shipping, and are limited to 2 per order. If you are interested in underwriting shipping for others, please let me know. We would love to include free shipping for every DVD!

New Flannel Reel

January 30, 2014

Our new reel features some of our favorite moments from the 39 films (and counting!) you’ve helped to create. We invite you to take just 90 seconds to watch and be reminded of what we’ve been able to accomplish together.

You are an important part of everything we do at Flannel, whether you’re a donor, a customer, or someone who shares our films with the people in your life. Our goal with every single film we create is to make a film that is not only visually beautiful, but one that speaks the way of Jesus to all people, no matter who they are or how they identify themselves spiritually. We depend on you for these opportunities, and we want to say thank you for enabling us to continue to feature new voices in our films.


Steve Carr
Executive Director

Thank You

December 10, 2013

Your generous support for Flannel films is impacting real lives and taking the hope and love of Jesus Christ to people around the world!

I know how busy you must be, especially now that the Christmas season is here, but I know you will be so blessed if you take just a couple of minutes to read this important letter to the end.

Sometimes I wish you were in my office with me when I open the mail or fire up my computer to check email sent to Flannel. The stories of how God is using this amazing outreach ministry are amazing. And the best part is that through your gifts and support, you’ve made each one of them possible. The best way I can think of to say “thank you” is to share just a few of the things viewers are sharing with us!

A woman named Charlene from California sent an email about My Garden (watch it free here), and how it truly impacted her life for Christ.

I cried and cried when I watched it! This film captured exactly how I’ve been feeling, and it was exactly what God wanted me to see at just the right time in my life.

The director of a transitional shelter for homeless people who are HIV-positive in Santa Ana, California wrote to say that the Ed’s Story series has been shown countless times at the shelter.

Thank you so much for the gift of this series. Ed’s Story really resonates with the people we are helping here, and having this series has been such a wonderful resource for them.

The BASIC Series with Francis Chan has helped many deepen their understanding of their faith, particularly through its focus on the Church.

“I never realized how misguided I was,” Hannah wrote. “This is one amazing series people should not be missing.”

A mission in Botswana is using the BASIC Series to train local leaders to be disciples. They even get a certificate of completion. Here is what a missionary there tells us:

The way that the program is working is that those who are doing it as a certificate program will be commissioned to go out and lead in ministry in our region (some are already doing so with us in prison ministry, and in service at a special needs school, and others will be starting new Bible studies, much needed in an area where the vast majority attend church but few know the Bible at all). When they graduate, the ones who are commissioned to start Bible studies will also receive their own copies of the BASIC series to be able to use as a ministry tool.

Film series like Ed’s Story and BASIC are helping people draw closer to Christ in these dark times. Yet, the work of Flannel cannot continue without ongoing support from friends like you.

Which is why, here on the cusp of the glorious Christmas season, we are writing to ask you to prayerfully consider a year-end gift of $50, $100 or even $500 so more people can be blessed through Flannel films.

You know how rich and meaningful these films are. Producing them takes time and, of course, money. But each film or film series also requires a considerable amount of seeking God and His direction through prayer. After all, we are trying to use the medium of film in a fresh, new way inspired by the Holy Spirit to lift up Christ and share truth with people who need it the most.

Your giving to Flannel makes it all happen. Yes, we do sell DVDs, but you know that covers only a fraction of the costs involved in producing and, more importantly, distributing these films. We love the partnership we have with you, and our hearts are filled with joy as we consider how you have helped us get films like Ed’s Story and BASIC in front of so many people around the globe!

Will you please prayerfully consider another gift of $50, $100 or even $500 today? Whatever amount you decide to give will allow you to once again partner in the powerful, life-changing work God is doing through Flannel.

Jesus Christ is the best gift mankind has ever received. Through His sinless life and sacrificial death on the cross for our sins, Jesus has allowed us to have fellowship with a loving God. Though Christmas sometimes gets all tangled up in itself, the simple message that Jesus is the best gift is at the very heart of it for all of us who follow Jesus as Savior. So, we share our joy by imitating what God has given us through the giving of gifts.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Flannel!


Steve Carr
Executive Director

Thankful for You

November 22, 2013

Thank you for helping us tell the world the way of Jesus.

Last week we posted about making Free Tickets available to those in need. We received an unexpected response from Julie (not her real name).

I wanted to take a minute and thank you all at Flannel for making the “free tickets” to watch videos. I had to grab a suitcase and leave a bad domestic situation last year, moved across the country and wasn’t able to bring a lot of personal belongings. I had a few of the NOOMA DVDs and probably watched Rain a hundred times. But I very much miss being able to pop in the DVD and watch the videos. I read all your emails and was very happy to see the one today about free tickets. While I’m still starting fresh out here and gradually getting my life together, preparing for my baby on the way, and working on relationships, there was no way I was going to be able to replace what I had lost.

I know I’m not the only one who greatly appreciates this, but I hope whoever reads this email knows that all your hard work isn’t in vain. Thank you for everything your whole team does.

We followed up with Julie and learned that she is about to become a single mom. It’s scary to be alone, starting over and pregnant. Julie told us that she often watches our very first film, Rain (watch it free here), because it’s a message of hope when life is a storm. She sometimes places her headphones on her belly, so her child can hear the words “I’ve got you buddy, it’s going to be okay, Dad knows the way home”.

When Julie thanks all of us at Flannel, she is thanking you. We are thanking you too. You make this all possible. Thank you for joining us in telling the world the way of Jesus. Please pray for Julie as she starts over.

And if you can, help us reach more people like Julie.

Free Films for Those in Need

November 13, 2013

Flannel Map

You have made it possible for people around the world to see Flannel films for free! While we need revenue to continue to produce new films, we never want money to stand in the way of telling the way of Jesus in new and creative ways.

A couple of years ago we started “Give a Ticket/Get a Ticket”. The idea is that for every dollar given to “Free Flannel Films” we give a free film to someone who can’t afford a film. Thanks to you, people all over the world have seen our films for free.

As we approach the holiday season, our ticket stash is running low. We have under 900 free tickets left. Will you help us replenish? It’s just a dollar a film. Please take a minute to share 5, 10 or 100 films!

And if you find yourself at a place where you are in need, please take a ticket and watch a film.

Ed's Story - A 7-Film Series about Hope

October 1, 2013

Have you seen Ed’s Story? Ed has an amazing story of hope that has reached around the world. Please take two minutes out of your day to learn about his story.

Ed’s Story is still not complete. The final two films—Grateful and Healing—have not been made, and time is running out on our opportunity to film them. Ed’s condition is rapidly approaching the point where speaking on film will not be possible. You can make it possible for Ed to complete his story, but Flannel needs your help right now. All of the Ed’s Story films have been funded through donations from people like you, so please consider making a gift of any amount today.

The Ed’s Story films have been viewed over 1,000,000 times in over 160 countries. We regularly hear from viewers who have been inspired by Ed’s Story. One of the most moving emails we received was from a self-described atheist who is plagued with thoughts of suicide. He thanked us for making the Ed’s Story film It Ain’t Over, as it serves as a constant reminder not to give up on hope.

Thank you for helping Ed share his message of hope with the world!

Reach the World

May 29, 2013

Reach the World

You’re someone who “gets it” when it comes to sharing God’s love and kindness with others. That’s why I’m writing you today, hoping you will take a couple of moments to read this important letter to the very end.

The impact of Flannel’s films is being felt worldwide, and we know that because of emails and letters we get every single day from people like Kim, who tweeted about BASIC Fear God recently:

“One of the moms in our program watched the video and had her ten year-old son with her. Afterward, he prayed to receive Christ!”

We have story after story like this to share with you!

The pastor of a small church reaching people in their early twenties reports that our films have helped him reach and disciple his young congregation. A young man is using the BASIC Series to engage and re-ignite passion in his dying church, one person at a time. A pastor in Costa Rica is thrilled to be using Flannel films in his work. And a viewer near Tokyo has found that the BASIC films have rekindled her faith.

Over the past year, Flannel films have been viewed over 1 million times in 141 countries. Most of the films are now subtitled in 14 different languages, and six films have been dubbed in Spanish. Six films are available for streaming absolutely free all the time. Each Wednesday, we make another film available for free on our website.

But there is so much more we could do. We want to make Flannel films available to as many people as we can, worldwide. We’re not like any other retailer. Selling the films is not our first choice. Free distribution of every film would be ideal, but production and operation costs stand in the way.

That’s why we’re writing to ask for your gift of $100, $250 or even $500 to keep the work of Flannel going, and to make more of these powerful films available at no charge. Will you please pray about joining us in the work God is doing through Flannel?

We live in a dark and dying world. People are divided like perhaps never before. They are cynical and skeptical about the very thing that could bring them healing and joy—the unconditional love of a Savior, Jesus Christ. That’s why the work of Flannel is so timely.

We appreciate your support of our ministry through your prayers, but now we ask you to be a part of helping Flannel do more to reach our world for Christ. You know, probably better than almost anyone, the power of our medium. Film transcends cultural barriers, reaches the heart and cuts through defenses like nothing else can. Every Flannel film is important, and each one has changed lives.

That’s why making more and more films available, across all platforms—the web, tablets, smartphones, gaming platforms, in-home devices, and whatever comes next—is so important. To do that, we need you to be more than a customer; we need you to be a partner.

Thanks so much for hearing my heart on this. And thanks for being someone who cares about the ministry God has called us to.

In Him,

Steve Carr
Executive Director

PS: Your gift of $100, $250 or even $500 will change lives. We thank you for your support as a customer, and are asking you to partner with us to make Flannel films available to more people for free. Thanks for considering it!

True Beauty - Deny Yourself

February 1, 2013

Introducing Deny Yourself, the second film in our True Beauty Series. In Deny Yourself, Lisa Chan explores Jesus words: “If anyone wants to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.” What does that look like in our “all about me” world?

This film will ship on February 15, but as a friend of Flannel you can view it now. Simply preorder Deny Yourself, and you will receive an email with a link to view it online now.

Thank You from Flannel

November 28, 2012

Flannel Film Series

Dear Friend of Flannel,

You know that giving gifts is one of the most joyous parts of Christmas, but have you ever stopped to think of all the gifts you’ve already given this year through your support of Flannel Films?

  • More than 1 million people have viewed Ed’s Story because people like you have given to Flannel or supported our ministry through the Flannel Store.
  • Our films are pointing people to Jesus Christ in 178 countries worldwide, thanks to you.

And just read how God is using our BASIC series to bless a local pastor and his church:

As a pastor, I have seen a change in the people in my church from going through the BASIC Series. I believe all churches should watch these lessons, and if they did, we could literally change the world as we did in the early days of the church!

The list of people being impacted by films you helped make possible by supporting Flannel Films just goes on and on. Each film is a remarkable investment in spreading the Gospel and helping believers grow in their faith. Our research shows that every single DVD is viewed, on average, by more than 30 people!

At this special time of year please consider a gift of $100, $500 or even $1,000 to keep our ministry going strong. Your gift allows you to continue being a part of God’s work through this ministry so even more lives can be changed. Times are tough, dollars are scarce and your gift will never matter more than it does right now.

Just look at some of the places you have taken Flannel Films this year alone:

  • BASIC: Follow Jesus was shown to 85 prison inmates in Florida, sparking a discussion that lasted more than 90 minutes. At a Washington prison, a felon serving 35 years for murder saw Fear God, and that led to his chaplain showing the entire series to more inmates!
  • Ed’s Story was shown worldwide on CNN and on NBC’sToday Show. We look forward to it being aired on Ion Television next year as well as on channels in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The film is also ministering to veterans suffering from PTSD at Walter Reed Medical Center.
  • A U.S. Bishop recently delivered two sets of our DVDs to the Vatican in Rome!

You know that film is an engaging, powerful medium allowing us to impact people with sight, sound, color and motion like nothing else. You also know that Flannel Films allow people to feel the emotional impact of how God changes lives with his grace, love and power. Nothing has as much impact today as a film.

That’s why it is so important that you prayerfully consider your gift of $100, $500 or even $1,000 to keep this ministry going strong. You can give online now at, or send a check to us at:

4555 Wilson Ave SW Suite 1
Grandville, MI 49418

Your investment in God’s work through Flannel Films is already paying huge dividends in the U.S. and is also starting to have an impact around the world. Please help us make 2013 the year that we reach a tipping point, where millions upon millions of people are coming to Christ by people worldwide sharing these films at an exponential pace. It can happen with your support!

Here in the midst of the most joyous time on earth, Christmas, can you imagine a better way to honor Christ and all He has done for us than by being a part of something that is changing so many lives?

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and thank you in advance for praying about your support for Flannel Films this year. We look forward to hearing from you soon and wish you and yours the most blessed Christmas time, filled with true peace and everlasting love.


In Him,

Steve Carr
Executive Director

Your gift helps us continue our mission to tell the way of Jesus to the World in new and creative ways. Will you partner with us?

Mail donations to
4555 Wilson Ave SW Suite 1
Grandville, MI 49418

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