The Life of James O. Fraser
and the Lisu People

James Fraser was only 22 years old when he left his engineering career and went to China. From the very first time he saw the Lisu tribespeople of Yunnan Province, he was filled with God’s love for them. He spent the rest of his life laboring to bring them the gospel. Breakthrough came only after his partners back home took up the challenge to pray. “I am not asking you just to give ‘help’ in prayer as a sort of sideline, but I am trying to roll the main responsibility of this prayer-warfare on you. I want you to take the burden of these people upon your shoulders. I want you to wrestle with God for them.” The Lisu now have a strong body of believers who are also sending out workers to other groups around them.

Some 300 people in five countries were part of this docudrama produced by OMF International about James O. Fraser and his work with the Lisu people. The first of several production trips took place in Northern Thailand in late August (2007). The English version of this award-winning film was completed in September 2008. The DVD also includes Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Philipino, Thai, Lisu, Bahasa Indonesian, Spanish, German, Romanian and Dutch language options. Breakthrough is distributed through OMF International and Vision Video.

One of OMF International’s leaders in East Asia comments,“Many have not heard J.O. Fraser’s inspirational story. Pioneering work is still needed among other unreached peoples in the same area. His life shows what kind of people we are looking for to go to these unreached peoples. This is a good historical story that may be shown in various settings.”

Fraser’s story is told as a 30-minute docudrama–long enough to provide true inspiration, but short enough to be viewed in a small group or Sunday school setting. Because there are very few images of Fraser, and virtually none that tell his story, about 80% of the video was re-enacted with actors and extras on location in East Asia and elsewhere. The team created this video in time for the 100th anniversary of Fraser’s arrival to China in 1908.

In April 2010, BREAKTHROUGH: The Life of James O. Fraser and the Lisu People was awarded a Gold Remi Award from the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!

What Others are Saying

“I know of no single life in modern times that speaks more eloquently of the power of prayer to bring breakthrough in mission than that of J.O. Fraser. It is my prayer that this new resource will inspire many to prevail in prayer for the advancement of the gospel, and to obey the Great Commission with similar determination in our generation.”
Pete Greig – 24-7 Prayer International and author of Red Moon Rising

“Every Christian needs a historical mentor.”
Amy (Barstad) Law, Perspectives speaker and Youth With A Mission (YWAM) mobilizer

“What an amazing story. James Fraser’s life challenges us today in spite of the 100-year separation. May all young adults who view this see their lives and the impact they can make with a new lens!”
~Todd Ahrend, International Director, The Traveling Team

“A well-done factual film on the life of J.O. Fraser which may lead viewers to become readers of the biographies and perhaps spur on their interest in missions.”
~Lars and Elisabeth (Elliot) Gren, author of Shadow of the Almighty

“An inspiring, true story of a follower of Christ.”

“This man learned first-hand how to do spiritual warfare for the sake of those God gave him a heart to fight for.”

“If you want something that will motivate you, something that testifies to the truth that God indeed hears prayers and works – this is it.”

“’Breakthrough’ gives an overview of a man called to the mission field and through persistency in conviction, he found God’s strength through times of doubt . . .”

“How can one person make a difference in generations of people? Watch this!”

Purchase your copy today!

The Breakthrough DVD is authored to play in any DVD player in the world. It is designed for all regions and was tested in Europe, Asia and North America before distribution. In addition, the languages include English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Español (Spanish), Deutsch (German),Thai, Lisu and the following subtitles: English, Simplified Chinese,Traditional Chinese, Nederlands (Dutch) and Korean.

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