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Prayers & Praises

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.”—2 Corinthians 4:1

It Is Finished!
Thank you for your prayers for the staff at GNPI-Damoh, India! We praise God for helping them complete the Malayalam version of The Global Gospel in time for a leadership conference. We appreciate their diligent work to meet this deadline. Our coworker David Lall says, “There are approximately 40 million Malayalam-speaking people in the world, and we hope this version will be a great tool to further the Gospel.”

Headed for a Closed Country!
Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “Last night I received a phone call from a Christian worker who needed Biblical Extension Courses (BEC) before noon the next day. A friend of his was headed for a closed country and wanted to carry these Bible programs to the Lisu people there. We were so excited for this opportunity, but we were out of some of the DVD programs. We fired up our duplicator and disk-printing machine and finished them quickly. By now these 32 programs should be in a closed country near Thailand. Please pray that these materials will change lives.”

Back on Home Turf!
Vince Vigil of GNPI-Uganda and his family are back in Uganda safely after a furlough to the US. Vince says that The Global Gospel in the Luganda language is nearly complete.

NOMaD Expressions!
The audio studio in Chennai, India, is now finished. The Chennai NOMaD team calls their studio Expressions. They are working on the Tamil and Telugu languages of The Global Gospel. We praise God for this progress!

Phone Call From Pakistan!
A Christian businessman from Pakistan called GNPI last week to say that he wants to broadcast The Global Gospel in Urdu on national television. Please pray for us to work out the details to provide a version that will be most effective to share Christ throughout this country.

Partnerships Are Crucial

by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

PartnershipWhen you hear the words “Strategic Partnership,” it sounds very official, doesn’t it? As one of our core values, it’s not just an official sounding phrase, it’s part of the essence of who we are.  Here’s why: strategic partnerships are where synergy is forged.

Synergy is another one of those fancy words, but it’s an essential and Biblical concept. It’s defined as  “the interaction of multiple elements in a system of collaboration to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects.

From the start, GNPI has wanted to maximize the impact that national leaders, missionaries, and Christian organizations could make. How? We wanted to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology. Our heart was to come alongside existing ministries, adding Christ-centered content and delivery tools to multiply the effect their message had on people who heard, and with our help, saw it.

Do you see how synergy is created?

Without them, our content would be useless because it wouldn’t be shared with the millions who need to hear about Jesus.

Without our content and technology tools, like Solar Kits, opportunities to reach people who otherwise wouldn’t have heard about Jesus, might be missed.

Partnership is also a critical factor as we seek to have impact among diverse belief systems like Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism. Creating relevant media that can speak into a worldview completely different than ours demands strategic partnerships with local ministries. The combination is like salt on an icy sidewalk. The barrier melts away and a clear, safe path emerges, Good News to a Truth seeker.

Read our newsletters and you will see one example after another of how GNPI partners with national workers. Here’s a few examples that come to mind as I write:

  • In West Africa we’re mobilizing Solar Kits to help produce better evangelists.
  • In South Africa we partnered with MNET TV to show relevant, music videos during commercial breaks of World Cup soccer events.
  • In Pachuca, Mexico, we’re training hand-picked church leaders to use media to mature new disciples of Jesus through project NOMaD.
  • GNPI is working with other Christian organizations like Key Media to fund apps (theQuran.com) to reach Muslim audiences that we had no prior access to.

 The list goes on and on and on. And guess what, you’re our strategic partner too!  God has used your gifts and prayers to help strengthen and expand GNPI’s growing network for nearly four decades.

Strategic Partnership, it’s how Jesus builds his church. I’m so glad God is into strategic partnerships, aren’t you?

Steward Partnership Takes to the Road

  • Posted On February 21, 2014
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featuring David Duncan of The Steward Partnership and Matt Brock, Director of Development for GNPI

In our Winter Newsletter, we featured David Duncan of The Steward Partnership. David shared how a charitable remainder trust can benefit you and your family, while greatly assisting a ministry like GNPI.

In case you missed it, we thought it was worth posting this very informational video!

 

 

If you’d like to have The Steward Partnership conduct a free Legacy Planning Seminar at your church, no cost and no obligation, simply contact GNPI at 417-782-0060 or email plannedgiving@gnpi.org. We’d be happy to discuss the possibilities!

 

 

Give God Your “Little” Dreams

GNPI-Philippines has always had dreams. Sometimes, though, big dreams start out small, literally. For seventeen years, Nenette Pacoli and her team in the Philippines worked out of the basement of Nenette’s home. This small space, however, did not keep them from dreaming big for God. He truly honors simple obedience in the “little things.”

For 17 years they produced Asin at Ilaw (Salt and Light) from that basement space and it was broadcasted on cable TV. Then, God brought new office space and it seemed like the perfect time to revamp Asin at Ilaw. Much thought and prayer went into both transitions: new office space and a retooled show. Both would help them stay culturally relevant.

After much prayer, a new show was born. WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) was the next dream that Nenette wanted to make into reality.

WWJD has been in production barely 2 years, but God is taking it places no one could have dreamed. The show unabashedly tackles hot-button topics such as purity, homosexuality, integrity, and dignity. Carlos, the host, begins each episode of WWJD with “man on the street” interviews. As viewers begin to think, the focus is narrowed to guests who talk about the issue from a spiritual perspective.

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The main viewing platform for WWJD is online, through Facebook and YouTube. The show has also been broadcasted on ETN, which reaches a potential audience of 91 million viewers in the Philippines. And while scores of people have the ability to see these thought-provoking episodes, we wanted to bring you this story that shows WWJD’s impact involving a local professor.

 Last summer, for an episode on dignity, WWJD interviewed Professor Rowel, a sociology professor. When the show was ready for broadcast, out of appreciation for his participation in the episode, they gave him a copy. A few months ago, Nenette learned how the professor is using his copy of Dignity. We think you’ll be surprised what happened.

 We asked Nenette to give you some more insight into WWJD and the surprise of finding out what God has done with their little dream.

Professor Rowell has made WWJD a “must watch,” then his classes discuss the episode. And, he has downloaded the Purity episode and is using it the same way. He said the response from the students borders on shock because no one else teaches them the right values about sex in such an open manner. To top it off, the college library has asked for their own copies so they can recommend WWJD to other professors.

Whatever your “little” dream is, give it to God and see what He will do. Will you join us in praying that young lives will be impacted for Christ through these WWJD episodes?

 

 

Prayers & Praises

“You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” — James 5:8

“The Church Can Stand Strong!”
Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “My prayer request is about Thailand. The north is calm and without incident, but the south is a real concern. Please pray that the Lord will lay his Spirit on the hearts of the people and that the church can stand strong for what is good and right. Thailand’s hope isn’t political, it’s Jesus.”

Almost 20 Villages!”
Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, shares,“During the Christmas time we showed almost 20 villages and thousands of people the Gospel stories through our Solar Kits that were provided by GNPI. Thank you, GNPI. This was really helpful since most villages do not have electricity, and we were able to use the Solar Kits to visualize the Gospel for the people into areas that are harder to access.”

Outreach to Intellectuals!
TheQuran.com App has reached 9,616 total downloads. Upgrades two and three are being prepared. An App to reach out to Muslim women is also being considered. Praise God for new opportunities to share the truth all over the world.

A Challenge to the African Church!
On Field Media and GNPI-Kenya partnered to produce A Distant Boat, a movie that invites the African Church to embrace their unique opportunity to reach Africa’s unreached people. Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya explains, “We have about 900 people groups in Africa who still don’t know about Jesus. For this reason, we needed to be very strategic. We needed extensive research because we wanted to reach not just Kenya where the movie was shot, but the entire African continent. We premiered the movie in October 2013. The movie was well received in the theaters and is continuing to get a lot of attention. It is very popular in churches especially, based on its quality and content. For now we are planning to translate the movie into other languages starting with Swahili and French. It is our prayer that this movie will continue to impact the African Church and challenge them to become a major force in the future by sending people to the mission field; for the harvest is plenty and the laborers are few.”

A Reason to Celebrate!
Director of Operations Tom Nutt has enjoyed visiting the young, creative team in GNPI-SE Asia. Tom says, “They have created an excellent music video and want to produce more as soon as possible.” International Director Bob Sartoris says there is a strong Business as Missions model here. Bob says, “Many see having media training as very practical here for young people. There have been lots of government changes. Books are no longer censored. There is still some censuring over media, but it is getting better.” May God bless their next 10 years of ministry!

Your Sins are Gone…Now What?

 

by Tom Silkwood, Regional Director for GNPI-Thailand

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Can you imagine being Asian and living your whole life in bondage, worshiping idols and demons? Then, a traveling preacher comes. He shares the most fantastic story you have ever heard; there is a God who loves you, who can forgive your sins, free you from the bondage of the demonic world, and who will adopt you as his very own child.

This is typical of how lives are changed in Asia. There is such an excitement about being freed from the bondage of the spirit world, a world of servitude to evil spirits, poverty, and doom. Now for the first time the burden of your guilt and sins are lifted, you are suddenly free, but…

You are now God’s child, longing to know him. There are only a few preachers, teachers, or Bibles where you can learn about your Heavenly Father. You know there are schools where you could study and learn about Jesus, but you are too poor to go. Fortunately, some do get to go and learn, but the majority only dream. If only you could go to one of those schools and learn more about Jesus.

This is the scenario we have in Asia. Thousands have come to Christ, but resources are so limited. I have gone to churches where the only Bible they have is in tatters, stacked lovingly with a rock on top to keep pages from flying off in a breeze. How can these people grow without help? Strange because you can find television sets and DVD players, and most people have cellphones, but access to good Bible learning is rare.

This was how the BEC program was born. BEC stands for Biblical Extension Courses and it is our attempt to address this huge problem. People need (and WANT) to learn about God, but due to lack of resources they can’t. Thus we started BEC. If the students can’t come to school, we send the school to the students. Our best native Bible teachers come to our studio in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and we record their teaching. It is then sent out to the villages in Thailand, Burma, and even China.

BECI believe that the ultimate use of technology is to share the Gospel. BEC is doing that today and has grown beyond our wildest dreams. We need your prayers, so would you pray about BEC? Pray that the people of Asia might know and grow closer to Jesus.

 

Cultural Relevance – A Look at Another of GNPI’s Core Values

  • Posted On February 17, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

Indian BrideHere are some surprising things you might hear in our production studios:

  • Don’t use yellow in the video. The United Nations did and the community assumed they were talking about contraception…huh?
  • The Indian bride’s dress should be red, not white. White is the color of death…what?
  • The photo of the Ugandan men holding hands is okay, but the picture of the married Kenyan couple holding hands in church won’t fly…are you serious?
  • Is she driving on the left or the wrong side…oops, a little judgment there!
  • Incredible how there is no word for ‘thank-you’ in a certain language, but there are 25 words for ‘a spotted cow.’

It’s hard to know what cultural priorities dictate. Make a wrong move in an environment different from yours, and you’ve got egg on your face (or whatever that translates to, wherever you are)! At GNPI we give high priority to cultural relevance.

Next to being faithful to the Word of God, this is most paramount.

Call it what you want: contextualized, customized, or produced on a case by case basis. However, understanding the following is key to understanding GNPI’s core value of cultural relevance: mmr Guitar

Our goal is for the viewers (probably not Americans) to understand the message of the media so that they can be reached for Christ. Therefore, GNPI’s global productions will often look different from what would be normally produced in the United States.

This is why we strive to work so closely with nationals and missionaries who work in these diverse places.

The incarnation is a great example of cultural relevance. God left his throne to walk our dusty streets and experience our sin-struck world. Since he did that for you and me, we’re going to do everything possible to share his message with people in a way that resonates with them. The colors, phrases, actions, settings, attitudes, they all communicate. In fact, experts believe 70% of communication is nonverbal; that’s something to talk about!

Wikipedia references this concept from The Definitive Book of Body Language by Barbara and Allen Pease. When a person or group is absorbing a message, they are focused on the entire environment around them. Meaning, they use all five senses in the interaction: 83% sight, 11% hearing, 3% smell, 2% touch and 1% taste. So culturally relevant video just makes sense!

Why be culturally relevant? It’s the only way to communicate the Good News of Jesus with power and effectiveness.

 

Celebrating 10 Years

  • Posted On February 12, 2014
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“Please pray for us. Our people want to worship the One true God. Pray that we can freely tell them!”

This is a paraphrase, but it is a prayer request we consistently get from our co-worker in South East Asia. To say that we are happy to see God working toward that end would be an understatement. A 10-year anniversary was celebrated over the weekend. Many, MANY changed lives have resulted from those 10 years. Here’s a quick look back…

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In 2003 the regional center that is now in SE Asia was just a dream and a drawing.

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God planted that dream in the hearts of many of you to pray and give, and the center became a reality in 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the restrictions of the land, many resources were created and distributed especially for the Buddhist people of that region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a result, lives have been changed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavenly eternities have been chosen by many.

 

 

When this center began, print pieces were the main focus. But they have grown. They are a very talented staff, and they are moving into audio and video production. They are working on The Global Gospel, music videos for young people, and other video projects.

 

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t seem like 10 years have passed since that initial dedication and ribbon cutting, but this past Friday, February 7, 2014, GNPI-SE Asia celebrated its 10th anniversary!

 

International Director, Bob Sartoris and Director of Operations, Tom Nutt traveled to SE Asia to personally be a part of the celebration.

Join with us as we pray for growth, wisdom, and impact for this regional center for the next 10 years, and thank you for the part YOU played in this milestone!

 

Prayers & Praises

“Praise the Lord . . . who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.”— Psalm 103:4

A New Release! Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya says, “We have just released the Video Loop IV e-book. Thanks a lot for your prayers for developing the DETOX series. Another prayer need is that we are still in the pre-production process of The Global Gospel in Swahili. There are still some things which are not quite in place, and we would like for God to hasten them. Thank God with us that the auditions went well and the cast is ready to start the project.”

“Let’s Do It!” David Lall of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We have received a request to complete and send 1000 copies of the Malayalam version of The Global Gospel in time for a Christian leaders gathering this month. This could be ‘the’ opportunity to spread the word about The Global Gospel in Malayalam. My first impression was, ‘No way.’ Then I saw the potential and thought, ‘What an opportunity!’ This means that we need to finish the project and print and copy and hand deliver the packages to Kerala from Delhi. I called a meeting of the staff. To my surprise everyone said, ‘Let’s do it!’ They are willing to work day and night to finish it. It will be quite a challenge so we need lots and lots of prayers.”

Praying for a Spiritual Breakthrough! Bob Gurwell of GNPI-Mexico shares that they have been waiting nearly a year for permission from the United Bible Society for the Spanish version of the Bible used in The Global Gospel. Please pray for a spiritual breakthrough to release this resource to those who can benefit from it.

Violent Protests! Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine comments on the recent videos of the violence and fires shown on the national news, “Can you believe this is downtown Kiev? Please pray.” Executive Director Mike Schrage adds that while the news reports tell a story of stunning violence, four young Ukrainians who participated in a NOMaD training several months ago have a plan. Mike says, “Please listen to these young people share their hearts on how they want to use media to reach their generation with the Good News.” (Watch their first video!)

Opening Our Offices! We are excited about the Open House events on February 20 at 7:00 p.m. and February 25 at noon. Please pray that the weather will not keep guests from attending and that those who come will experience wonderful fellowship as they hear about the ways God is accelerating global evangelism through media and technology.

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