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'Jesus' Video Mailed in Bid for Converts

January 19, 2002|FROM TIMES WIRE REPORTS

SEATTLE — About 80 churches hope to win converts to Christianity by mailing 42,000 unsolicited copies of the film "Jesus" to every household in four Seattle-area ZIP Codes.

Local churches, including Roman Catholic, Lutheran and other denominations, spent more than two years raising $115,000 to fund the video project, which begins this month. The 1979 film depicts the life of Christ, according to the Gospel of St. Luke.

The churches plan a mass-mailing to six more ZIP Codes in October.

Groups in California and other states have sent out about 14 million "Jesus" videos. Campus Crusade for Christ International, an interdenominational ministry based in Orlando, Fla., distributes the video.

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