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Storytelling to inspire a new generation of African missionaries. Produced by Africa Inland Mission, which I was a part of for 7 years.

The entire film, study guide and assets are available for free online, and in multiple languages, at

The Distant Boat tells the fictional story of Max, a young urban Kenyan who has it all: a dream job, a best friend, and a girl he hopes to marry. In the midst of a crisis, Max is befriended by a poor Muslim fisherman named Yousef— an encounter that radically changes his life and perspective. After taking time off work to visit his family, Max shares with a wise old uncle his heart for Yousef’s people who have no church and no Christian witness. In the process Max realizes that God may be calling him to be a missionary, but the journey is fraught with obstacles. Max must be willing to risk everything: his future, his reputation, and even the love of his life, as he pursues this call. There’s ridicule from his friends, rebuke from his potential in-laws, and disappointment from his family. His church has never known a Kenyan missionary before. His pastor hardly knows where to begin. For Max, his family, friends, and church, it is a perilous journey of discovery and trust in what it means to be and send a missionary, and why it is worth the cost.

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Comment by Clyde Taber on December 19, 2017 at 9:51pm

Special thanks to Tim Kelly for this helpful review of the film

Comment by Clyde Taber on November 15, 2017 at 11:58pm

Andy, Can you go in and actually edit the text (options, edit video) underneath of your post so that it is easily found by anyone viewing the trailer above? Thanks.

Comment by Andy Brown on November 14, 2017 at 8:55pm

Thanks Clyde! The entire film is available online, for free, in several languages at

Comment by Clyde Taber on November 14, 2017 at 8:28pm

Andy, Awesome! How did I not know about this?  Can you put some more information in the description like the URL for more information?  if you do that, I'd like to profile this within the larger VSN community in one of our upcoming communiqués. 

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