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GNPI’s Core Values

  • Posted On February 3, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

GNPI’s strong and steady foundation was built on some core values that have remained consistent through more than 3 decades. Technology has changed and the way we deliver the Message has changed, but THE MESSAGE has not changed and it never will.

The way we look, the colors we use, our logo—all those things have changed slightly over the years but the message is rock solid.

Helping Them Become Employable, Ethical, and Empowered

  • Posted On February 1, 2014
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“The less people know, the more they yell.” — Seth Godin

Uganda has a history filled with chaos, corrupt dictators, and civil war. In short, the vast majority of the nation’s history has been turbulent. But, since the mid 1980’s, peace has won the day. Not only has a more stable environment emerged, but along with it opportunities to develop this once war-torn land.

Opportunity presents hope where previously none was felt. Sensing a positioning from God, a team of missionaries joined together in Mbale, Uganda, in 1995. Their vision: to play a role in quieting the chaos in Uganda permanently by planting churches, and educating tomorrow’s leaders. A path toward healing could be forged through knowledge and the subsequent empowerment it would bring. So began Messiah Theological Institute (MTI), a school to train Christian leaders. Hundreds from Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, and other African nations have been trained at MTI.

The dream soon expanded. Theological training was powerful and having an impact, but there were yet more opportunities to claim for Christ. Uganda needed highly trained, ethical, and employable graduates to pioneer the way forward in many areas that held great promise for the developing nation. Plans for Livingstone International University (LIU) found their way to the drafters table. A university could help fill the need for highly skilled graduates in areas like agriculture, business, and communications.

With the passage of time, architectural drawing became brick and mortar. LIU is now creating leaders in areas essential to building a strong foundation to support a growing country.

GNPI-Uganda has been privileged to develop a partnership integral to LIU’s effectiveness, teaching key communications classes. They are training the leaders of tomorrow in knowledge so that they can impact their world for Christ, in their churches and the marketplace.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how and why GNPI-Uganda partners with LIU, helping to prepare ethical, employable, and empowered students.

“It’s Really Doing Wonders in Our Lives.”

  • Posted On January 31, 2014
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God is answering our prayers in encouraging ways as we move quickly into 2014.  We had been praying for the right time to facilitate NOMaD training in India. It became apparent last last year that January would be the best time. During the past two weeks Jason Miller (project NOMaD coordinator) has trained 13 students from seven locations in India as part of project NOMaD.

We wanted to share some of the positive feedback from the training with you; your investments in this program are paying off!

“Pray we can take this training and use it to reach many, many people. We want to go back and use this training for the expansion of the kingdom. We are doing a project on the caste system and the evils of it. Thank you from the bottom of our heart. This project is really for our benefit. It has really opened our eyes. We want to use it to help others come to Christ.”

“We are so thankful to you for this training. It’s really doing wonders in our lives. Thanks for sending Jason. He is an excellent teacher.”

“We are blessed to have received a lot of good training here. We think 10 days is too short of a time. We wish it were six months long. We want to keep Jason here. He is such a good teacher. Thank you for sending him here.”

“This training is good for our team. I want to keep Jason here forever.”

We are excited to see how quickly these groups gain proficiency in media, and the wonderful supplement it can become to their ministry in India. They have been inspired to share the Gospel throughout India, grasped the practical application of some new equipment, and built strong relationships with each other.


When the training ends, our relationship with these students will continue. Jason will stay in contact to facilitate completion of their projects and to explore future partnerships with GNPI.

Thank you, God, for planting new seeds to grow your kingdom through project NOMaD.

Ringfinger Confessionals – Will I Make It? (Episode 3)

  • Posted On January 30, 2014
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Charles Righa is first a Christian, second a musical artist, and third, an African. He came to GNPI-Kenya for help with an idea for a series of 3 short videos that address the topic of abstinence until marriage.

It’s a topic that needs to be discussed, but is often kept quiet.

“My love for music began with hip hop but has since grown into a more eclectic and versatile appreciation that cuts across a variety of genres. I believe music creates a platform to share a message or ideas and I hope to use my music to say whatever God places on my heart.


The Apostle Paul in Philippians 2 paints a picture of the children of God “shining like stars in the midst of a crooked and depraved generation as they boldly hold out the word of truth.” That’s what I wanna achieve for myself and for the people I interact with. I pray that God uses my life and music to inspire others to shine and live life in and on purpose.”  ~ Charles Righa

Also check out Episode 1 I’m a Virgin, So What? and Episode 2 Why Wait?

Jesus, Friend of Sinners

  • Posted On January 29, 2014
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We all need to be reminded of things now and then. God loves you and He wants us to share His love with others.

“Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours”

Do you have 6 minutes? Watch this video, see the faces of the peoples of our world, and allow God to encourage your heart.

Prayers & Praises

. . . Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” — Matthew 6:9 

Transitioning to Thailand!
Jeff Silkwood is moving forward with plans to work at GNPI-Thailand. Jeff is the son of Regional Director Tom Silkwood and his wife Gayle. Jeff will have an important role in communicating with us on behalf of that regional center. It is a goal for each regional center to be able to find a person like Jeff. Please pray for their family to have peace, strength, and wisdom in all the details of relocating to Chiang Mai.

A Pattern for Ministry!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller recently met a man in Indonesia with a great passion and vision for creating Christian media. The man has started two companies and has four studios in Indonesia. He is working on starting another studio in South Africa. The man told Jason he had been inspired when he visited the GNPI offices in Joplin, Missouri, more than 20 years ago. Praise God for blessing his people with strategic partnerships again and again!

Return Trip!
Vince Vigil of GNPI-Uganda shares, “We need to identify more evangelists to take the Solar Kits to the villages.” Please pray for safe travel for the Vigil family as they prepare to return to Uganda very soon.

Important Deadlines and Decisions!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Please pray that we can duplicate and print The Ten Keys of Knowing the Eternal God as soon as possible. Two of our evangelists told me that there are five people who have decided to follow Christ. They will be baptized soon. Thank you for your unceasing prayers.”

Reflections on 2013!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “We praise the Lord for everything he is doing in our lives and the ministry. We thank God for keeping us safe as we travel teaching and preaching, for surrounding us with like-minded people in the difficult task of challenging the post-communist education system, for giving us wisdom as we speak at multiple teachers and pastors conferences, for guiding us through camps for both children and adults, for helping us complete a series of Christian textbooks on science, for bringing teachers from all over the former Soviet Union to the Visual Media Aid Training Camp, for encouraging us with an award for the music video we produced at a Christian media contest, for giving us an opportunity to continue the construction of our greatest dream with the MultiPurpose Resource Center. We thank him especially for faithful co-workers, friends, and helpers in the labor of his field!”

Solar Kits in Cottage Meetings

We regularly highlight this amazing technology tool: the Solar Kit. They truly provide the opportunity to take culturally relevant media anywhere in the world. As long as the sun shines, Solar Kits can present the clear message of the Gospel to audiences that, many times, have never before heard it.

Most often, when we talk about Solar Kits, we feature stories from Africa. But this story comes from Chandigarh, India.

Manee Ross, regional director for GNPI-Damoh, India, is building Solar Kits to deploy in that country, a few of which have been distributed in northern India near Chandigarh. One of the evangelists, who uses a Solar Kit for local cottage meetings,  shared his experience.

MANEE“The Solar Kit provides an excellent assistance while preaching the Gospel. People comprehend better with live demonstrations and illustrations. It is especially the children who tend to be eager to unfold what the team has in store for them.

At one of the prayer meetings, the entire family has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and is ready to be baptized. Despite all the odds, the team is relentless to go ahead each day, to preach to different people, and to hasten the Kingdom of God.

North India Christian Mission (NCIM) requests all our friends in the US to remember them in your prayers, all the evangelists of NICM who are working in different areas reaching out to the lost ones.”

Please take a moment and lift up these men in Chandigarh who are continually looking for opportunities to proclaim the word of God to so many who have never heard!

 Learn more about Solar Kits.

It costs $1,000 to get one of these tools into the hands of a Christian worker. If you already know you want to help fund one, your gift of any amount would be a blessing!



Partnership: An Anchor for Global Evangelism

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

GNPI founder, Ziden Nutt, drove an anchor in the sand when he founded the global media and technology ministry on the basis of this passage of Scripture.

The task cited above, to grow God’s kingdom throughout the world, not only causes us to seek partnerships, it DEMANDS them. GNPI constantly partners with local churches, national workers, missionaries, AND strategically aligned organizations. These organizations may be based along with the hundreds of churches and individuals in the United States who provide us support, or they could be in other countries where GNPI is present or looking to expand.

We could mention many partners: Compassion Canada, SIL International, the International Bible Society, Keymedia, and so many more. These partnerships are effective because they have the same goal: telling the stories of Christ in compelling, creative, and culturally relevant ways.

promo earthWhile we work with very well-known and respected partners, to us, those that are less know are equally important. The widow who gives $25 a month to GNPI or a global philanthropy who gives a $250,000 grant, our desire for inclusion and our responsibility for effective stewardship are the same.

The Godhead effectively illustrates the value, and results, of effective partnership. When the Bride of Christ (or the Church) appeared, that partnership became even more personal. Is there any greater image of partnership than godly marriage?

GNPI values partnership because God values partnership. Whatever our collaborations look like, we want them to involve the same thing: service from us, for the benefit of others, to impact God’s kingdom. As we further God’s glory from shore to shore in our global community, partnership is our anchor.



Memories of a Stranger

  • Posted On January 25, 2014
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A maroon photo album sits collecting dust in a storage room.  If that album was to be opened, I would find a life I only know through photos. In some, I am a toddler in a pink and white dress dancing by a barb fence. Children all around me with dirty faces and wild hair run, laugh, eager to be in front of the camera. When I close my eyes I can almost feel the dirt of the earth touching the soles of my feet and the humid air wrapped around me. I am drifting back to a memory written across the details and faces of strangers. When the moment disappears I am at my desk processing images.

Even the simplest images have the potential to captivate an audience. The mind likes what is recognizable. If it were not for two squash in the photo that goes almost unnoticed on the bottom left-hand corner, I would have passed by this photo of a beautiful Sudanese mother holding her baby in her arms. The neural networks in my brain went off when it associated the squash with my personal memories.

For the first two years of my life I lived in a Ban Vinai, a Thai refugee camp. At times, food was scarce in the camp. My mother used to make boiled squash with a side of rice. I remember her telling me stories of how my family would sit around a tiny wooden table to eat. She would feed each of the children first because she worried that our little stomachs would cry out in hunger. Sometimes that meant there was no food left for her. At times when she unfolded these memories streams of tears would run down her cheeks.  In every image of her from Thailand, she is a scrawny woman, sometimes holding a baby and sometimes standing stiff, unsure of how to interact with the camera.

Seeing hundreds of photos each day, the faces of the people become a blur to me. It’s easy to lose the curiosity of a new eye. I forget easily that I was an infant strapped on my brother’s back being carried all throughout the village. The faces I see in the photos aren’t so distant after all. They become me and you. It is such an amazing thing how something so simple as a squash can connect us to these faraway lands.

Power Outage? No Problem!

  • Posted On January 24, 2014
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Do you ever feel “in the dark” about what God is doing in your life? It’s hard sometimes to know exactly how He’ll use the circumstances we encounter. We hear stories of Christians being executed in North Korea and wonder about God’s plan, and we remember our friends in the Philippines as they will pick up the pieces from the aftermath of the typhoon for a very long time.

Recently, our Center in Southeast Asia was in the dark, literally. But, it’s not unusual for the power to go out as they work on productions.

The speaker arrived at the scheduled time and began to record.


About 20 minutes into the session power failed and the crew was literally in the dark—but everyone stayed…and they waited. This project that started in the early afternoon was eventually completed hours later!


Perseverance is the name of the game when it comes to producing and distributing evangelistic materials. As we prepare the soil with culturally relevant, Christ-centered content, others plant the seed, still others water, and God ultimately brings His harvest. We thank God for our many staff around the world who sacrifice and often risk much to share the Word of God with people who desperately need Him.

The project being recorded will have an accompanying printed pamphlet. Would you consider a gift toward the $1,600 price tag of the printing of that evangelistic tool?