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Digital Delivery

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Remember the days when going out to the mailbox was exciting? Now, for many, only junk mail and the occasional Amazon order arrives in the mailbox. This change indicates the news, entertainment, bills, and more are delivered digitally which has changed the way we communicate. The mailbox, printed newspaper, AM/FM radio, telephone on the wall, or free-to-air broadcast TV stations are not as common. Everything has changed!

Today, GNPI can deliver life-changing words from God to a Buddhist gardener, a Spanish teacher, or Indian technician to answer real questions in this tumultuous world. Scriptural teaching delivered in the language people speak at the times they need is why media is so critical.  

Think of those times when you find yourself awake at 2:00 am as insomnia strikes again. People around the world share this struggle. Are you overwhelmed at the state of our nation, facing a loss in your family, or looking for positive messages to help you cope? Believers and seekers need the same help during a government coup or in the days following the funeral of a good friend.

Free messages, delivered at just the right time through the guidance of the Holy Spirit can make all the difference, and you never know where they’ll hit exactly the right mark. Media recently produced by staff in Ukraine was downloaded by people in Saudi Arabia. A video on teenage temptations produced in Manila was watched in New York City. Life of Christ stories in Cyprus are going to people in Tunisia.

 

Prayers & Praises

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” — Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)

Praying for Permission: The Global Gospel (TGG) is currently available in 27 languages. Pray for us to be able to receive final permission from the United Bible Society to produce TGG in Creole and to find the right people to record the audio, so Christian workers in Haiti can use this ministry tool.

Investing in Leaders: GNPI is preparing to participate in a special media training event in the Middle East. Please pray that the investment in key leaders will help them to plant or grow 22 churches in Arab speaking nations.

Gospel Presentations: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise God for new opportunities to encourage believers. This week I am teaching about the Kingdom of God, specific topics for church leaders, and techniques for presenting the true and living God to others.”

New Training: Timothy Jai Kumar of Chennai, India, will provide Project Nomad training for 20 members of a ministry in northern India from May 12-16. Please pray God will use this training to multiply ministry in this region.

Sharing in Schools: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Pray for us as we go into local schools to share our short films. These films address the subjects of drug addiction, eating disorders, and the dangers of social media.”

“Las Seven”

Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

Our team is excited about our new live radio show, Las 7 con Pepe (The Seven with Pepe). This dynamic and entertaining program is broadcast every Friday at 7 pm for one hour. Pepe Corche, the main announcer, is a student at the local Bible college.

Each week the program revolves around the number seven and includes comments made by the audience during the week. Listeners wrote to us from several states in Mexico and countries like Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Honduras.

We are grateful to God because we have increased contact with the audience. They share their spiritual needs, and we pray for them.

“I am Samuel”

Timothy Jai Kumar, Team Leader, Project Nomad-Chennai, India

This program is the result of accusations the Christians in India face on a daily basis. The words of the lead actor in the freeze motion express what Christians wish to reply to their accusers. Most of the time we just walk away quietly, so we won’t create any friction.

This project is very close to our hearts, because each of the included incidents are based on true events.


We chose to do the project in Hindi instead of Tamil because two-thirds of the people in India speak Hindi. This is our first project in Hindi.

Prayers & Praises

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” — 1 John 5:14 (NIV)

Welcome to the Family: GNPI is pleased to welcome our new International Director Mark Johnson. The International Director plays a key role in equipping our global teams with vision, insights, strategies, and professional expertise that allows them to create effective, culturally relevant media for the communities they serve. Thank you for praying with us for a person to fill this position, and please pray for Mark and his wife Lynette during their transition to Joplin.

Does God Exist?: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are developing new resources, including a book and a training seminar entitled Does God Exist? Our goal is to equip believers to demolish atheistic worldview strongholds in this postcommunist part of the world. Please pray with us for this project and for complete healing of my kidney problem.”

Signs of Inspiration: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We finished the second Del Dicho Al Hecho (From Words to Deeds) video series. It’s goal is to encourage faith in action and made possible by our partner for deaf people With My Hands. The series is inspiring people. Now we are working to complete The Global Gospel in sign language. Please pray it will help many to know Jesus.”

Worship Song: Timothy Jai Kumar of Project Nomad-Chennai, India, writes, “This is our first original song on video. We call it Yeshu. One of our team members wrote and composed the song in Burmese, and the other team members translated it into English, Tamil, and Hindi. The music is original and also done by our team members. We did not hire any professionals to do this project, instead, we took it as a challenge to do on our own. It is been well received by all who have watched it.”

Praying for Vision: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We get lots of comments from viewers who have been encouraged by our online devotional series Faith Matters, too! It is a blessing to have some of them invest in the ministry in practical ways. We have also been getting comments from cult members who just like to provoke arguments. Pray that as they watch, their eyes would be opened too.”

Lena’s Reflections

Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia

This meeting is a chance to be reunited with my family. I will take the encouragement I’ve received back to my team, and I’m going to share what I’ve learned about equipment, software, hands-on production experience, and lots of other ideas. It’s good to see what the GNPI centers are doing.

I know there are a lot of tools which we can use more effectively to go out into the world. I’m going to use statistics to see how our materials are being used and what we need to change.

No matter what limitations, restrictions, or losses we suffer, we trust in Jesus.

A Remarkable Network

Twenty-five GNPI leaders gathered for the 2017 International Meeting in Damoh, India, for a time of reporting, fellowship, and prayer. One of our board members who went with us commented, “It’s amazing how close these leaders have grown to each other, even though they work so far apart.” Another board member said, “I think GNPI is in very good hands with the regional directors. The size, outreach, and potential for the future is truly remarkable.”

David’s Reflections

David Lall, International Consultant in Damoh, India

It was a dream come true to host the International Meeting in Damoh and a wonderful chance to look back at all God has done for us as well as discuss strategies for the future. I see a lot of great things happening in the ministry of GNPI.

One of the main things I took away from the meeting was the need to prepare the next generation.

My Reflections

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Our 2017 International Meeting in Damoh, India, was a special time to share personal struggles, victories, and lots of other information. It was a chance for the Lord to bring our vision for the future into sync, so we could return to our homelands not only to make media but more importantly, to make an impact.

A Tribute to Dr. Bare

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

A saint has gone home.

Dr. Garland Bare was called home to Heaven on April 2. His physical frame was slight, but Dr. Bare had a huge spiritual influence in the Kingdom. He continually defied the odds from his admittance to medical school when administrators said he was too old, to becoming a missionary when there was no support available, and surviving health issues over and over again to live decades longer than anyone thought possible.

Dr. Bare led a remarkable life but not an easy one. He influenced thousands, including me. I recall Dr. Bare speaking in the Williamson dorm while I was a student at Ozark Christian College in 1980. His passion for God and lost people convicted me, and as a result I became a missionary and I served in Kenya with my family for almost 20 years.

I have memories of prayer times with Garland at a local Arby’s restaurant where he loved to have a simple roast beef sandwich. I remember his kind words of encouragement, “Mike, I pray for you and GNPI every week.” I remember his presence in the halls of a missionary conference carrying a backpack in his 80s and moving with determination towards the next workshop to learn from others. I remember his confession of not being quite ready to “go home” because there was a book to finish, a seminar to teach, and a set of sermons to preach!

I received a short note just days before his passing that I will always cherish. As a veteran medical missionary doctor and even while under hospice care, his desire was to support others in global outreach like GNPI.

Thank you, Dr. Bare, for a legacy that illustrates, “through Christ, I can do all things.”

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We are thankful to share the following resources from Dr. Bare in our archives.

A Doctor Looks at the Crucifixion and Resurrection

Dr. Garland Bare presents an in-depth look at both the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. In his graphic explanation of both the scourging and the crucifixion, he shows how physical death must have taken place. Then he goes on to show that if Christ had somehow survived those agonies, death would have resulted from His burial.

Throughout both lessons, Dr. Bare emphasizes the importance of the resurrection to the Christian faith as a whole and to individual believers.

Listen or download the audio only version of A Doctor Looks at the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

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