“Chanuka” is a Swahili slang word for “brighten up!” The Youth Series is arranged around the five things Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12, that he should focus on setting an example to the believers. These are; Speech, Conduct, Love, Faith, and Purity and they serve as subject headings for about 10 episodes under each heading. Each episode also is built around 1 or 2 passages of Scripture drawn more broadly from the whole Bible.
The series began 6 years ago by, Oneal Tankersley, as an attempt to present basic Christian principles of life to teens and young adults in Haiti in a way that would get and hold their attention.
GNPI-Africa produced the first season in 2017, using the green screen to help the youth of East Africa. The whole series is envisioned to be around 50 episodes with an average length of 4 minutes. So far, we have shot a total of 14 episodes. The episodes use a presenter figure – an engaging 20 to 30-year-old typically. It also freely uses other presenters and a pool of teens and young adults for fast-moving skits to keep the viewer’s attention and carry the core message to them.
These videos are teaching the youths, Integrity, honesty, being trustworthy, how to avoid filthy language, and instead honor God with their speech and behaviors.
The ‘’Chanuka Youth series has been distributed in youth meetings and Bible classes as discussion starters, and more widely being shared openly through the internet on various social media platforms.