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Change is Good

  • Posted On March 11, 2014
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by Everett Forkner, current and founding GNPI Board Member

FORKNER_Everett2One of the challenges we all face in life is accepting and projecting the change that comes naturally or by design in order to grow. Although difficult at times I truly believe no organization can continue to grow without change.

The foundation of GNPI was established by a vision of change some 35 years ago by Ziden and Helen Nutt, as they saw a new way to more effectively present the Gospel to the lost people of Africa. From this beginning, the worldwide ministry of GNPI was born!

As a founding director of GNPI, I have had the opportunity to be a part of this exciting, unique, cutting-edge, global ministry. From its inception of presenting the Gospel to people groups in their cultural, native language and customs, it has continued to grow through change.

GNPI has continued to develop new media programs and adapt new technologies that have gained the attention and met the needs of various cultures and people groups around the world. Production centers have been established, cultural natives trained to lead, lives changed, and souls saved!

Today, GNPI is undergoing further change to reposition its relevance to its commitment of accelerating global evangelism through media and technology.

The board of directors at GNPI, along with the current leadership team (with input from staff and supporters), have completed an extensive “Long Range Strategic Plan”, to reposition and refresh the brand of the ministry. We believe this will allow GNPI to better meet today’s and tomorrow’s generation of supporters and partners to further accelerate global evangelism.

The founding generation of supporters and staff of GNPI have done a great job of growing and building a solid and cutting-edge, worldwide ministry. I believe that it is squarely upon the shoulders of these founders that we stand today. I also believe that with God’s blessing and help, the current and next generation of believers will have the opportunity to more effectively take the whole Gospel to the whole world before His return. Many times, God pushes and stretches us to take a step of faith so as to rely on him alone as we grow.

Change is sometimes uncomfortable, but change is a necessary part of growing.

Together, with God’s help and the prayerful support of God’s people, we can continue to move forward to fulfill the great commission of Matthew 28:19 – “to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit!”

I am as excited today about the future of GNPI as I have ever been! It is a great blessing to be a part of this unique, worldwide ministry.

 

Prayers & Praises

“. . . I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.”– 1 Samuel 1:15

It’s Time!
GNPI Vision Nights begin this week! Events take place on March 13 in Joplin, March 18 in Indianapolis, and on March 28 in Phoenix. Please pray for God to be glorified as we share about our newest opportunities for accelerating global evangelism through media and technology.

A Movie and a Meal!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines asks, “Please pray for the showing this week of All Things New to approximately 50 street kids. A local youth group is also providing a free meal with the movie. The street kids are under the government’s social welfare program, and the youth group volunteers to feed them once a month. In addition, please pray for me as I write the script for the Sexual Identity episode of WWJD in the next few days. It is a touchy, sensitive topic with a lot of potholes to navigate.”

“Thank you for The Global Gospel in Malayalam!”
My name is Cindy from Kerala in south India. I am working with Kerala Christian Mission. This is to thank GNPl for opening doors for us to produce The Global Gospel in our regional language, Malayalam. We are truly blessed to be a part of this great ministry.”

Convincing the Hearts of People!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “The president of Kyaukdaw Bible School (KBS) just came to my office and told me that the Christian media tools, which we have produced, were very helpful in convincing the hearts of people. He is very excited about our tools, and he desires to use these materials to teach the students at KBS. I donated 10 sets each of The Handbook for Evangelism and Who Is the True God?”

Talking Through Transitions!
Vince Vigil of GNPI-Uganda writes, “You can be praying for Joy and me as we transition back into the culture and to work after our furlough. Also be praying for my staff as we continue to talk about God’s direction for the studio.”

Striving for Excellence

  • Posted On March 10, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Nobody’s perfect. But, I bet none of us want to fly in an airplane where the pilot is right only 90% of the time. You likely wouldn’t have much confidence in a surgeon who get’s it right even 95% of the time. To arrive safely and on time, and to live long without complications, we prefer 100% in these areas. Simply put, we want excellence when our lives are in someone else’s hands.

GNPI’s founder Ziden Nutt strived for excellence in everything he did and built the ministry on that principle. No, their lives aren’t in our hands – they’re in God’s. But, he’s using us to put before them an eternal life and death decision.

That’s why we network with missionaries and nationals. They know best what their people need. That’s part of producing excellent content and the reason our nine regional centers and growing numbers of NOMaD teams create media based on cultural insights from local people. It’s a test of endurance and patience but is always best.

Excellence

We strive for excellence in every step of a GNPI production. Not because our pride demands it, but because the eternal destinies of billions of unreached people in the world hang in the balance.

We strive for excellence in all that we do because there actually was one perfect person. Jesus Christ. He deserves our best. When we give it, he’ll use it, and more people will know him.

Kids on Streets

Guy on Street

by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Assistant, GNPI

When I first saw this photo, the guy reminded me of a boy I once knew and a place I once lived.

At eleven, I was newly exposed to a world I didn’t know. My parents moved us from a small town to a big city. We didn’t know it at the time, but the neighborhood we moved into was known for its crime. We were in an odd situation where the houses across the street from us were newly built, small, beautiful, suburban-like homes with green grass and fenced backyards. On our side of the street were old, run down duplexes. We quickly learned why so many homes had fences around them. Our car plates were stolen, and in another situation a random stranger took a baseball bat to my mother’s car, leaving shattered glass on our driveway. Soon we built a fence around our home.

By the time, we left the city I knew more about the tough life of the kids I met. They were kids who had to grow up quickly. I remember the eleven year old girl who had two miscarriages and was pregnant for the third time, believing that a baby would love her.

A boy who lived three blocks down from my house was part of a group of young boys who beat a man to death. A different boy in my class shot and killed a man and was charged as an adult. So many incidents happened in our brief two and a half years in that city.

The fences we built kept us safe, but they also created a barrier between us and the world. I have wondered about the life of the guy in this photo. I imagine maybe he has to sell items on the street for a living. I wonder what his neighborhood is like and what struggles he has to deal with. Will you pray today for neighbors on your streets?

For me, this photo is a nice reminder for me to remember to pray for others even if I do not know their story.

 

Pray for Ukraine

Praying for an entire country or an entire people group can seem daunting. Maybe you would like to pray for the country of Ukraine, but you aren’t really sure how to voice a prayer for such a seemingly hopeless situation.

If you have 2 minutes and 34 seconds, this video will lead you to the Father’s throne on behalf of that country.

God is never too busy.

He is always listening.

And nothing is too big for him – not even your prayer for an entire country.

By the way, the Prayercast Website has tons of prayer videos for countries. It’s really a great resource.

http://prayercast.com/index.html

What is Vision Night?

  • Posted On March 4, 2014
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Have you ever moved into a new house? There are great memories to take with you from the place you used to live, and they help make the new memories you’ll create that much sweeter!

MapFor more than 30 years, GNPI’s annual banquet was held on the campus of Ozark Christian College. It’s always been a great time of fellowship and seeing the hand of God at work in the ministry. We are so grateful for that long-standing partnership.

This year we’re moving the event into a new house. We bring with us to the Butcher’s Block in Joplin hearts full of memories of what God has done at GNPI during the last four decades. We’re also teeming with excitement for what he’s going to do in the days, months, and years ahead. We’re so excited about it that we’re taking things on the road with two additional venues in Indianapolis and Phoenix.

We pray you’ll join us this year at Vision Night—a new name for this long-standing yearly highlight for friends of GNPI. You can RSVP online or call 417-782-0060. http://gnpi.org/visionnight/

ManeeWe’re hosting Manee Massey, regional director of our Damoh, India, center. He’s going to share what the Lord is doing to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology in that part of the world. And, we’re going to ask for investments in our new strategic plan – we need your help to make these God-given dreams a reality!

Oh, and just to remind you, multiply the regional center in Damoh times nine, add the transformations taking place through project NOMaD, and throw in the impact of more than 400 Solar Kits in 50 countries and you have a clearer picture of what we’re celebrating at Vision Night.

That’s what you’ve helped build through the years. That’s what you’re helping take to an even greater level of effectiveness through your financial partnership.

Until then, watch this video and get a taste for part of what you’ll experience March 13th in Joplin, March 18th in Indianapolis, and March 28th in Phoenix. Join us and catch the vision!

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O Lord, truly, I am your servant.” – Psalm 116:16

Forty People Accepted Christ!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “The president of Kyaukdaw Bible School (KBS) just came to my office. We had a wonderful visit. He told me that in 2013, 40 people accepted Christ with the help of the tools we have produced, and many are still being touched through these tools. The president said that young people most easily accept the true God with the help of these materials. Thank you very much for your prayers.”

Anticipating a Full Recovery!
Our coworker David Lall of GNPI-Damoh, India, was recently hospitalized after a fall that injured his ribs and taking medicine that damaged his kidneys. Thank you for praying! David’s son-in-law writes, “David is improving every hour! The doctors believe there won’t be any permanent damage to his kidneys. They anticipate a full recovery! On behalf of David and our entire family, THANK YOU for standing with us during this time!”

New Projects and Opportunities!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya says there is a new television station in Nairobi. Those operating the new station told Isaac, “We want everything you have.” Isaac is gathering material for them to use. Isaac reports they also had the opportunity to help Global Media Outreach by recording the testimony of a Tanzanian man with a Muslim background who had been suicidal and then became a Christian.

On the Move!
Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “Our coworkers are heading out to shoot another Movement Everywhere segment. It is wonderful the response we are getting through these programs. We would also like to purchase a truck for the ministry, so please keep that in prayer.”

God’s Powerful Truth!
Sergio Alvarado of the NOMaD team in Pachuca, Mexico, shares, “We are working hard to develop a series of teachings about how pornography affects lives and to raise awareness of the dangers of sin involved in all of it. We are also developing a series of videos directed towards youth in Mexico. These videos deal with many social problems and the need for the Gospel. Please pray for God’s truth to change lives.”

Creating Beauty for the Eyes of the Beholder

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

Of the six core values at GNPI, creativity is one of the things we do best and one of the ways we’re striving to imitate God.

Think about it. God spoke the world into existence!

That amazes me. Think of our expansive universe – just our solar system alone. Or, consider the intricacy of the human body. Equally incredible are the beauty of pink and orange sunsets, brilliantly arrayed flowers, or exotic tropical fish in crystal clear waters on planet earth!

I think about all these wonderful creations, and then I’m stopped in my tracks when I remember that he created us in his image. He put within us the power to create! Isn’t that exciting?

At GNPI, we seek to infuse creativity in each strategy designed to deliver Christ-centered, culturally relevant media. We are digital artists who use media to paint the stunning beauty found within the Truth.

A funny Russian public service announcement engages viewers then warns them of alcoholism. Music videos grab the attention of African teenagers and lead them into spiritual conversations. Thai dramas boldly address controversial issues like the sanctity of life. Spanish radio stations offer Christian music and live evangelistic DJ shows. Indian actors pour into productions of the parables giving hope to people caught in the grips of the caste system.

Creativity

Culturally relevant creativity looks different, depending on the canvas.

  • Bright purple in Thailand is a great color, but probably not for the American pallet.
  • Dramatic, over-the-top acting in Kenya might seem cheesy to the American acting guild, but totally “African” and cool to the targeted Kenyan audience.
  • Music in the Punjabi language might actually be grating to the American ear, but engaging to Sikh parents in Chandigarh.
  • Christian chants on audio might be “so 1970s,” but in SE Asia they’re so popular even Buddhist monks listen in their monasteries!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. At GNPI we create media to reach Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists whom God created and wants to redeem! That’s beautiful in any culture!

 

Ron and Mary’s Giving Perspective

  • Posted On February 28, 2014
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We are so thankful for the faithful servants God has brought to GNPI through the years. It never has been about the size or the frequency of a gift. It has always been about the heart.

We love to get notes with those gifts, like this one from Ron and Mary:

“It is so encouraging to hear reports from you concerning what GNPI is doing. Out of the five mission projects that Ron and I do, I can’t think of one that gives us more bang for our buck! Although each of them is doing a marvelous work and all are varied in their outreach, we realize we have to manage our resources well, because we basically live on our Social Security and a small check each month from a small retirement fund. I wish it could be so much more! There is no check I write monthly that gives me more joy than our missionary checks and the check to the church. Our material assets are small, but our eternal assets are “out of this world”!”

In Malachi 1:11, God said, “My name will be great among the nations…” This was not a command, it was a promise. He doesn’t need us to make sure that happens, but he allows us to be a part of it if we choose to.

Personal messages from the heart of the giver are so precious to us, because they are precious to God. We want to say thanks to all of you, all the Rons and the Marys who give sacrificially so that the name of Jesus can be made famous. We are glad you choose to join God in making His name famous by partnering with GNPI!

 

(Ron and Mary granted us permission to use their note.)

 

 

Two Solar Kit Testimonies

Here are two testimonies from Christian workers who have received Solar Kits. Since partners like you have made these possible, we thought you’d want to know!

What Can a Solar Kit do for a Pastor from Liberia, Africa?

Pastor Jala was at the ICOM in November last year where he was given a Solar Kit to aid him in his ministry. Listen as he tells you in his own words what this tool will mean for the people, especially kids, that he comes in contact with.

 

 

Eli and His Solar Kit in Romania

Eli Davidson, a missionary serving in Eastern Romania, also received a Solar Kit. He was thrilled and spent hours looking through the whole set-up. He immediately started using it so we asked him to send a little update and a picture. Here is his message:

Romania

 

“I want to thank you so much for the donation of the projector set. Our ministry is very mobile since we work in four different government orphanages and handicap centers. For a long time I have wanted to show pictures that tied in with the Bible study. Now because of your generous donation we have that ability. It is important for the kids and adults that we work with to have something visual because that is how they learn. I know that your simple act will reach many and enhance our ability to teach and study the Bible. I mentioned to one group that God has blessed them through Good News Productions and we should learn to bless others as well. Many many thanks.”

 


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Any gift amount will empower Christian workers like Eli and Pastor Jala as they spread the Good News of Christ!

 

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