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“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ ” — 2 Corinthians 12:9

“A Stable Platform!”
Simmi, wife of Deepak Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, has released a video update. Simmi says, “While Deepak has passed away due to an illness at the end of 2013, the ministry work has flowed smoothly. Deepak left us with a stable platform to bring the Gospel of Christ to the unreached. This media ministry creates Christian songs, sermons, Bible studies, and children’s stories that are distributed freely to Christians and non-Christians alike. Through GNPI we have impacted many for Christ and promoted the Gospel to areas that we could never have reached physically. Thank you for supporting us.”

“An Incredibly Mild Winter!”
Praise God for answering prayers for a mild winter. Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “It has been an incredibly mild winter and construction on the Multi-Purpose Resource Center is moving forward.”

Life of Christ Lessons!
Vince Vigil of GNPI-Uganda says his team is working on the 7 lessons of the Life of Christ video series. Vince said they need God’s wisdom for the next series in the Digital African Studies by Extension (DASE) project and for deciding who will teach it.

Partnering Work in the Philippines!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “I will be doing some ‘partnering’ work and will offer our materials to churches, organizations, and schools. Please pray that I would be able to go to the right people. I know the Lord has gone before us. Thanks again, we deeply appreciate your prayers.”

Starting A Sabbatical!
International Director Bob Sartoris writes, “The last few years have been extremely hectic for me as I’ve traveled nearly a million miles around the world. The GNPI Board has approved a sabbatical time for me until early April. I plan to use this time to pray and reflect on my years of ministry and how God has been leading me through it all. I’ll also be doing some writing, which is one of my most fulfilling passions in life, and seeking God’s direction on a couple of future projects. I would covet your prayers that this time away allows me to rest, be reinvigorated, and replenished so that I can be even more productive in the years ahead.”

Ringfinger Confessionals – “I’m a Virgin, So What?” (Episode 1)

  • Posted On January 21, 2014
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written by GNPI and Isaac Masiga, GNPI-Kenya’s Regional Director

A LOT of communication happens between the Joplin office and the regional centers, as you can imagine. Isaac, regional director in Kenya, had sent 3 short music videos that are included on Video Loop IV to Joplin for us to see. We watched the videos and were blown away.

We asked Isaac about how the concept came about and more about the artist. Here is Isaac’s response:

Well, the story behind them is, ironically, the stigma one gets because one is a virgin. Charles Rigga, the featured local artist came up with the idea and came to us for help in developing the story and executing it. We did it all in house. During an interview with Rigga, we asked him what inspired him. Here is what he said:

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.

I’m a young man trying to live for God in the context of a highly sexualized world. My hormones and my flesh want one thing while God calls me to a different standard. The song is not about me being preachy to everyone else, but it’s about my journey…me speaking to God on behalf of myself, in the hope that others would be encouraged to trust God to keep themselves pure before marriage.

Stay tuned, the other two videos in the series will be posted over the next two weeks.

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Methods Always Change

  • Posted On January 20, 2014
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By Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

Different people, from business leaders to fitness experts, have been attributed as saying, “Methods are many, principles are few. Methods change, but principles never do.”

Through the years at GNPI the expression of our mission has been adjusted, but the primary intent has always been the same.The most recent addition to our written mission statement adds two simple words: “and technology.”

GNPI equips the body of Christ with culturally relevant media and technology to accelerate global evangelism.

SmartphonesWe’ve expanded the statement because of our complex and fast-paced world in which technology is essential. Technology today can facilitate a seamless transition from production to distribution of media just about anywhere in the world. Media and technology have become paired like milk and cookies or baseball and hot dogs.

Today, some would even say media dictates the message! The evening news has become more entertainment because television stations need advertisers, and advertisers want viewers. The media is dictating the message.

A tangible example of how technology is vital to our mission is the mobile phone. This technology continues to deliver content with increasing effectiveness. So much so, that technology dictates content design. At GNPI, we are excited about exploring Apps to deliver culturally relevant content to Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists in places where missionaries aren’t even allowed!

All of this is to say that we see media and technology paired like never before, with great potential to share Christ with people to impact their eternity.

If you’re able, I hope you’ll make plans to join us for one of our Vision Night opportunities coming in March; we’ll share much more about Vision Night in the weeks to come. In short, it’s a celebration of these opportunities and we’ll get to see them through the eyes of our special guest, Manee Ross, Regional Director for GNPI-Damoh, India. I think you’ll be blown away by what he has to say.

Methods are many and principles are few. At GNPI, the film-strip projectors of 1976 may become the mobile phones of 2014, but our mission to accelerate global evangelism with cultural relevance will never change.

Meet Liam and Ruby

  • Posted On January 17, 2014
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Liam and Ruby are going to spend a week with their grandparents who have recently moved back to the US after being missionaries. Oh, the things they will learn!

Ruby is the silly, energetic, little sister with LOTS of questions and ideas. Liam, her big brother, is grounded and sensible. Together they will learn a lot from grandma and grandpa’s house, but also discover their heart for missions.

These six episodes, each under five minutes, would be great supplement for your upcoming Vacation Bible School, missions moment, or children’s church program.

Best of all, it’s free! Pre-order today and we will send your DVD in time for Summer VBS programs.

 

Different Place, Same Family

  • Posted On January 16, 2014
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by Matt Brock, Director of Development, GNPI

I’m not just new to GNPI, I’m new to global missions. Sure, I’ve been a part of churches all of my life and been aware of the good work so many are doing around the globe in the name of Jesus for some time. But, when you haven’t been up-close and personal with global missions, I think something gets lost in translation between your head and heart.

This was certainly confirmed for me last week when I went to visit the GNPI regional center in Mexico. My colleague, Tom Nutt, was leading a group of college students from the University of Missouri as they came to help make improvements to the GNPI regional center and to Vida Neuva, a local ministry serving the community in a variety of ways.

Even though I’ve been at GNPI for about six months, I had yet to have the opportunity to visit one of our regional centers. And though I have been helping raise funds and telling the story of GNPI for some time now, I was doing so just from what I knew, not from what I had experienced. In fact, besides a family cruise to Jamaica when I was young, a day trip to Ensanada, Mexico, for my honeymoon 15 years ago, and a trip to Israel in 2011, I had never even been outside of the United States.

So, intellectually I was prepared for the trip and meeting my fellow GNPI team members in Mexico, but I have to say, emotionally, I wasn’t. I was incredibly struck by the different life our friends lead in Mexico. Specifically, I couldn’t help but take in the vast poverty. I daily take for granted hot water, a nice place to live, and other amenities most people in Piedras Negras would never think about.

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Second, though my travels outside of the United States are limited, I have traveled extensively inside the country. Whether Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, or many other places, I have never felt unsafe. I must say that in Piedras I found myself feeling uneasy as we drove through the neighborhoods as I saw conditions and heard stories of various acts of violence and gang activity the citizens experience regularly.

This was affirmed for me by Raymond. Though I don’t know his last name, I met Raymond at the home of Miriam Gurwell’s mother. Miriam is the wife of Bob Gurwell, GNPI’s International Consultant for South America. As we enjoyed homemade chili rellenos, I was struck by the genuine love, companionship, and contentment shared by the people around the table (there were about 25 people in the house for lunch). Raymond came in later than most who were there for lunch and sat down next to me when a seat was vacated. As we talked, he said, “I love this family. You know why? In here you feel the love. Out there,” he said pointing toward the front door, “There’s no love.”

A pretty simple statement, but a very profound example of what we’re trying to do at GNPI around the world. Whether good conditions or bad, safe or troubled, we’re trying to add more people to God’s family because that’s where love is found. We love because God first loved us, and when we understand that – when we embrace what’s been given to us and offer that to others – we’ve understood the reason we’re on the earth. When we understand that, conditions become less important and the mission becomes paramount.

I’m overwhelmed that I’m part of the family of God. I now see that, though life in Piedras Negras is very different from what I’m used to, in some ways it’s the same. I’ve got family who loves me here, and there. I’m thankful my family in both places has the same desire; we want to grow in our love for Jesus and help others experience it too. It’s where love is found, all over the world.

Training to Go!

  • Posted On January 15, 2014
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Coffee. Pizza. Value meals. We get a lot of things to go, don’t we?

At GNPI we’re on the go around the world, and now we’ve developed “training to go.” Literally, we’ve taken what we’ve learned from project NOMaD during the last few years and are now multiplying our impact through what we’re calling Level 1 Training.

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Simply, through Level 1 Training we’re inviting locally emerging ministries in various parts of the world, who want to use media to expand their efforts and advance the Gospel, to learn the basics of video production. The photo above shows Jason Miller (NOMaD Coordinator) in Donetsk, Ukraine where we recently tested this model. After two weeks of training, the teams had significant projects to share the Gospel. Just last week, Jason was in Damoh, India training 3 potential teams. Here’s Jason describing the Level 1 training kits:

With your help, we will be sending these around the world in the months and years to come. Just think: scores of new ministries producing culturally relevant, Biblically based media on the go so they can fulfill Christ’s command to GO!

Each training kit costs about $2,000 to assemble and send. Help us help others “go” today with a gift of any amount for the expanding efforts of project NOMaD.

 

 

Prayers & Praises

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” — 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

New NOMaD Travels!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller is helping train NOMaD teams in India and surveying areas in Indonesia for the next few weeks. Please pray for his safety, strength, and wisdom with this strenuous schedule. Executive Director Mike Schrage writes, “I think it is the kindness of God that Jason’s trip will include the most populous Hindu nation of India and the most populous Islamic nation of Indonesia as in 2014, GNPI puts into place our strategic plan!”

Heading South!
Director of Development Matt Brock and Director of Operations Tom Nutt are visiting GNPI-Mexico this week. Tom and a team of students from the University of Missouri will help construct some interior walls, and Matt will have his first chance to get to know the staff in that office. Please pray for a safe and fruitful trip.

“Truly fascinating!”
Lena of GNPI-Ukraine shares, “It is a great honor for me to be part of the GNPI family. The work we are all doing worldwide is truly fascinating, and being part of it is the most exciting thing! We are working on the music video, Come Thou Fount. We are working on the concept of the next music video also. When we are done with this one, it won’t take long until we start shooting the next one. Please continue praying for Ukraine. Thank you so much!”

A Visit with Vince!
Vince Vigil of GNPI-Uganda is in Joplin for a short time. He and his staff request prayer for wisdom and efficiency as they move forward with several projects in 2014. Vince and his family have a busy month of travel planned to visit ministry partners before they return to Uganda. Please pray for their safe travel and good meetings.

New Episodes Emerging!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “We had a staff meeting on Monday, and we agreed to produce three more episodes of WWJD in the next few months. Please pray because the next episode is about homosexuality masquerading as ‘gender identity.’ Please pray for resource people and people who would share their testimonies. Pray for protection for the staff in every way.”

That’s a PRAN!

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By Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

The Kikuyu man insisted that we, the missionaries, had to have a PRAN – we just HAD to have a PRAN! We thought we knew English and Swahili languages, but we were all stuck to figure out what in the world the word PRAN meant! Then it dawned on us that our Kikuyu colleague naturally switches R’s for L’s and that what our brother was hoping to communicate was that we needed a PLAN! We agreed!

At GNPI we have a new Strategic Plan! It’s a road map of taking the best that we can conceptualize, adding a component of faith, and intentionally moving forward with God’s people by God’s grace. Here is a summary of those steps:

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Why Apps?

Because it is the digital delivery system of the future.

Why prepare discipleship materials for Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus?

Because almost half the world has one of those three religious worldviews.

Why the emphasis on The Global Gospel and NOMaD teams?

Because these are successful programs that need to grow!

So in the months ahead, our marching orders, our prayer posture, our conversation at the table and around the water cooler (digitally on Facebook and Twitter) will be, “How are we moving forward with our strategic plan?”

We believe this is the way to make GNPI bear more fruit – that’s the PRAN!

It’s Not What You Think

  • Posted On January 9, 2014
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Imagine your car breaks down and up ahead, you see this group. What would you think?

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Things are not always as they appear. These are the Damoh Riders (from Damoh, India). They are known around the area for doing motorcycle tricks.

Listen to David Lall, GNPI international consultant, and Mike Schrage, GNPI executive director, talking about how the staff in the Damoh regional center got connected with the Damoh Riders.

You can click here to watch the their first video. Both the Damoh Riders and the staff at GNPI-Damoh, India, hope to continue their relationship. Who knows what God has in store for this interesting partnership?

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An Old Song Made New

  • Posted On January 8, 2014
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As I watched, they began to sing a new song before the throne…
– Revelation 14:3

Have you ever thought about what kind of music God likes? One thing we do know is that he likes new songs. Remember the old hymn, Come Thou Fount? Well it might be old to you, but to many around the world who have never before heard this classic offering of praise to God, it’s brand new.

LenaLena, Operations Manager at GNPI-Ukraine center, shared her team’s desire to produce music videos that are giving many in the former Soviet Union a first taste of powerful, spiritual nourishment that many in the U.S. have been feasting on for generations.

“Inspired by great creative musical works of GNPI-Kenya and the new equipment provided to us, we decided to start working on some music videos,” she said. “Our goal is to improve Christian musical culture in our part of the world by introducing the classic Christian hymns that are well-known in the West, but are not popular here.”

“The music videos we make encourage the Church greatly; we are often asked for CDs by people of older generations, and the younger, of course, watch and share them online,” Lena continued. “Inspired by the award we received last month, our team decided to cover three more Christian hymns by making more music videos.”

With the help of a harmonica, banjo, guitar, and cello, perhaps this old-time hymn will be made new for you too.

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