“Around The Network” – Bloopers

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17:22).

You hear lots of negative news each day. On a lighter note, we have some bloopers from our new series, Around The Network.

We hope you are enjoying this new series. Some churches are using the episodes as updates in their worship services or offering meditations. Director of Development Matt Brock does a great job introducing our new projects. However, sometimes more editing is needed than others! We thought you might like a look behind the scenes. Stay tuned for a new episode in two weeks.

Click here or on the links below if you would like to catch up on earlier episodes or share them with your friends.

“Around The Network” – Thanks, Rhoda!

“Around The Network” – Building Stronger Marriages

“Around The Network” – 90 Second Journey

“Around The Network” – 40 Million

Planting Churches with Sergio

You know timing is important in everything you plant. It’s a joy to see signs of new life appear each spring. This change of seasons is also a perfect opportunity to celebrate the spiritual growth of several church plants in Mexico.

Sergio Alvarado is a Christian worker with a passion for media and church planting. He uses media not only to propel church plants but also to prepare future Spanish-speaking church planters.

The Lord is using your partnership with GNPI to establish healthy churches, train effective leaders, restore broken families, and bring hope to individuals.

Thank you for promoting spiritual growth in 191 countries around the world!

Heroes of the Faith

Here are some of the spotlight moments of the 2018 Vision Night.

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

God speaks in His Word about heroes of the faith. We can all point to heroes who are active among us doing so much good for God’s Kingdom.

For some of you who know Ziden and Helen Nutt, you’ve supported their mission work starting in Africa 50 years ago.

It was during that season of ministry in Zimbabwe that GNPI was born and some of you have supported not only their family, but GNPI for 40 years! Your perseverance in prayer and your generosity of heart has made the following blessings possible. 

At GNPI, we’re constantly amazed by what God does through our heroes, his people, around the world.  Chris DeWelt is a former missionary and president of College Press. He is currently the Director of Intercultural Studies at Ozark Christian College. Thousands have been taught in his classroom and hundreds mobilized for cross-cultural work globally. Chris is a noted speaker, writer, and world traveller.  He also serves as an elder and statesman for the Church. Chris provides a glimpse into what God is doing around the world through heroes God has used.


Alan Wan is originally from China, a graduate of Ozark Christian College, and now a valuable part of the GNPI family. Alan is just one of the many people God is mobilizing in China for service around the world.

We’re excited about the opportunities to build the Kingdom in China. You may remember GNPI produced a movie called Source of Love some years ago. Last year, with the help of a ministry partner, we distributed 500 thumb drives worth of resources to Chinese pastors. Within the last two years, we also conducted two Nomad trainings inside of China.

One of the exciting projects at GNPI is Project Nomad.

Project Nomad empowers local people to use media for their own local church planting and evangelistic needs. Sergio Alvarado is a friend we have invested in through Project Nomad. From being a young missionary to a church planter who knew media could enable his work to go further and deeper, Sergio shares about his team’s progress in Mexico through Project Nomad.

Several years ago, the GNPI board agreed that we needed to reach out more intentionally to the world’s three major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Through intentional prayer and God’s guidance, good strides have been made in preparing materials for Christian workers among those religious views.

As I think about Islam, I can hear in my ears the call to prayer at 5:15 AM in India. I can see the giant mosque in Tunisia next to the rubble where a church building for Christians once stood.

At that site, leaders convened and canonized the books of the Bible (to insure it was not corrupted as many Muslims believe).

I firmly believe the answer to Islamic terrorism is not more sanctions or bombs but more love and truth. Islam may be growing in the West, but in the Middle East and North Africa, incredible changes are occurring as thousands upon thousands are seeking Allah and finding Jesus instead!

In partnership with a Christian media team in Cyprus, GNPI has produced Jesus Story, a series with 13 episodes of half-hour programs for Arabic-speaking children. The estimated viewership is five million and, with our social media engagement plan, hundreds of families have received discipleship material, prayer, and encouragement. Like The Global Gospel, Jesus Story is a template that any of our 16 production teams could adapt for use in their language and country.

In Indonesia, where more Muslims live today than anywhere else in the world, our most audacious plan for GNPI is underway.

Again in partnership with a Christian media ministry there, 20 fully animated short Bible stories have been created for families. It is called The New Angle Media Project. By using video, web, and social media engagement, you can enable local Christians to connect with seeking Muslim families. The desire is to make disciples who make other disciples. Think of it as a gold detector. Research indicates that at any moment in time, 2.5% of all Indonesians are open to spiritual change! That’s 6.5 million people!

This media project helps local Christians to identify the people whom the Holy Spirit has already been working in as they seek truth and search for eternal meaning.

What excites me about this project is that it reaches families who are asking spiritual questions.

Bible stories have present-day relevant content for Indonesian families. Christian workers are immediately notified on their mobile devices when a family downloads one of the videos, so they can pray for that specific family to watch, discover, and obey Jesus. The Holy Spirit, combined with prayer and media, allows you to make disciples in Indonesia. You are our heroes in helping others go deeper!

After a family watches a story or two, they are asked if they want to contact a Christ-follower. To arrange the meeting, they simply text a phone number that appears at the end of the video and conversations can begin.

They will be contacting Christian workers who have been invited to help with this important follow-up process. Animated Bible stories and interactive media connect Muslims with Christians who have already prayed for them! Like The Global Gospel and Jesus Story, this project can be reproduced in multiple languages by simply replacing the audio and text. That’s what deeper is all about! 

When I first began to seek Christ, I went to a Christian concert and then read a New Testament before ever going to a worship service. Some of you might have a similar story of how God used different types of media to invite you to meet other Christians individually or to attend church for the first time. Today God has given us tools of video and social media to identify and introduce seekers who could potentially become our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Together we are helping build God’s Church and meet the real needs of people in their everyday lives!

Prayers & Praises

Your prayers for GNPI are making an impact around the world.

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.” — John 17:4 (NIV)

Sharing Christ in SE Asia: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! A man named Banabas, who attended our first month-long training, called me last night with wonderful news. Banabas said that 20 people made decisions for Christ in the central region after he shared with them in a seminar for a week. Another man named Aung Thang also called me to say that 20 families chose to follow Christ after a three-day seminar in the southern region.”

Conferences In Thailand: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Please pray for strength for our team in this busy season. I am helping with preparations for the EMDC conference of 600 language‚ media‚ and digital publishing specialists from all over the world. Our production team is traveling to Chiang Rai for a week to videotape a conference and record two Changed programs.”

Planning for Summer Programming in Eurasia: Sergei Golovin from GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Join us in prayer about the summer programs for the children of internally displaced people in the war zone. Pray for the development, funds, personnel, and safety in regard to these programs.”

Follow-up in India: Manee Massey of GNPI-India says, “Our team was surprised again this year to receive calls from mostly Hindus or other religions in response to our Christmas broadcast. With the help of several local ministers, the team followed up with 200 people after the broadcast. The callers asked for prayer for themselves, various family needs, difficulties, and health issues. We felt honored to hear how much these callers appreciated the songs and the Christian message. Thirty-two people requested The Global Gospel series in one of the Indian languages we have available. Please pray for new opportunities to offer the hope of Christ this spring as we prepare for our Easter broadcast.”

Partnerships in Uganda: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We are planning to record a short testimony of a lady who converted to Christ after a Discovery Bible Study. We are also preparing promotional videos for a local children’s home and a sewing ministry. We praise the Lord for the opportunity to encourage Christians in this area by working alongside several partners in their outreach.”

A New Point of View

You desire to make a difference in the world and share the hope of Jesus with as many people as possible. As you pray for opportunities, the Lord opens doors and draws ministry partners together to take on difficult challenges.

GNPI understands the impact media can have in overcoming obstacles to share the Message with a world which desperately needs Him. About two-thirds of the world lives in places where religious restrictions are very high. Media takes Jesus to people who can’t meet in public to learn about Him.

New Angle Media is a new and exciting GNPI initiative. Muslim seekers can connect with local discipleship groups who answer spiritual questions and help lead them to Christ through a specially designed mobile app and fully integrated media strategy.

The project features 20 animated stories with a “new angle.” Old and New Testament characters retell biblical events from their own point of view. The stories point to the need for and the truth about Christ’s ability to offer salvation.

GNPI is testing the project in Indonesia, where the world’s highest concentration of Muslim people (95 million) live. GNPI plans to adapt the program to other languages and cultures.

You can help introduce people to Jesus by investing in the New Angle Media. Learn more by contacting us at or 417-782-0060.


Enriching Marriages in Mexico

Marriages require attention to keep them strong and healthy. That’s why our coworkers in Mexico wanted to offer practical and biblical teaching from mentors with a relatable teaching style. These coworkers are excited to offer a new teaching series on marriage with Lynda and Pecos Inchaustegui as a blessing for Mexico and all of the Spanish-speaking world. They have wanted to produce this series for several years, but they were finally able to move forward with the project now that ministry partners with Nomad training are settled in Querétaro.

Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “We are grateful to our ministry partners at the Universidad Cristiana de México (UCM) who opened their campus to record the project. We are finalizing this 10-part series and praying these lessons will help many people to build solid marriages.”


Curling and the Gospel

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Millions around the world recently watched the quadrennial spectacle known as the Winter Olympics. Besides the surprises and disappointments of athletes who competed to find their place on the podium and in history books, we saw politics, doping, and sexual innuendos finding their way into this story as well.

Did you have a chance to see any of the Olympic curling matches?

Started 500 years ago, it is a sport known for its kindness. Imagine! Not only do winners compliment losers, but during their actual completion, there are no referees. They admire, judge, and regulate themselves!

To me, that is a stellar example of what the Gospel can do for us. It regulates our hearts so we are kind and honorable to others. The Gospel can help us realize we are all broken and, therefore, should honor others above ourselves.

I’m not planning to take up curling anytime soon, but I certainly have developed an appreciation for a sport that puts a new spin on life!

Prayers & Praises

Your prayers for GNPI are making an impact around the world.

“. . . your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  — Matthew 6:8 (NIV)

A Milestone in the Philippines: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes,“Thanks to everyone for your persistent prayers for us. A few weeks ago we posted our 300th episode for our devotional series, Faith Matters, too! This is a major milestone, and we are excited to see where the Lord will take us next!”

More Training Events in SE Asia: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Because of your unceasing prayers and support, the fourth month-long training event was completed successfully. We interviewed each one of trainees about what they learned. This group of preachers, evangelists, and Sunday school teachers were very encouraged and ready to share what they learned. Please pray for the Lord to work through the fifth training event which started on March 1st.”

Building the Church in Kenya: Isaac Masiga from GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We are planning the next set of lessons for the Redefining the Church video series. Pray for God to use the project series for His glory.”

Prayers for safety are crucial in Eurasia: Lena L. from GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Pray for the health and well-being of our team, for the safety of our travels, and for personal security as well. For some of us the safety issue is as crucial as it can be because our families are scattered all around these two separated countries with limited visits and lack of interaction.”

Seeking New Opportunities in Uganda: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We are working to renew the registration of our office with the government and seeking new opportunities to distribute materials. We are also reaching out to churches about ways we can serve them. Pray for the Lord to provide a regional director for our office.”

Marrying My Family’s Murderer

You want to help bring the peace of Christ to this troubled world, but you don’t always know how much your donations are helping those in other countries. This encouraging feedback is for you. It reveals that your giving is really going to projects that change lives. A young lady named Cristine shares this remarkable testimony of how the Lord worked in her life through an audio program. GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, is working with ministry partners on the OneTribe Peace Project. It’s already making a great impact.

My name is Cristine. I am originally from Rwanda. I want to thank you and testify of your great work through the OneTribe radio programs.

My parents and my six siblings were slaughtered by a machete by one young man in 1994 when I was only four years old. I went to sell some goods at the market only to come back and find the whole family was dead. I had to run for my life. I passed through a lot until I reached Malawi. I stayed in an orphanage until I was 20 years old. Then I became independent and lived on my own. Life has been so hard for me without my family around.

Six months ago I started dating a certain guy. He proposed marriage to me, and I decided I must tell him everything about me before we got married. I told him about my family tragedy. He immediately started crying and ran away. After 14 sleepless nights, he decided to confess to me that he was the killer of my family. I was shocked; I fainted and lost consciousness for three weeks. After I regained my memory, I went out and bought a gun. I wanted to finish off his whole family. Before doing that, I contacted my friend Julia about what was going on. She advised me not to seek revenge but to forgive. She sent me some of the OneTribe radio recordings. The programs were about peace and forgiveness. The words in the recordings are very powerful and gave me the courage to forgive the killer of my family. It was really hard, but I made peace with him.

We got married last Saturday, and we are one big happy family. I am so thankful for Julia and this wonderful radio program. Please keep it going.

Julia fled DR Congo during the war and settled in another country where she met her friend Cristine. Julia then moved to the U.S. and serves as one of the voice actresses of the OneTribe Peace Project.

Our coworkers in Uganda are making progress on recording the 52 audio programs for the OneTribe Peace Project.

Their ministry partners are distributing some of the programs in the refugee communities. The programs are also being adapted for youth in secondary schools.

Thank you for helping GNPI ministry partners share the Gospel in creative ways in 191 nations around the world.

Celebrating Jesus

Have you made plans for Easter? Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, and his team are preparing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with another national television broadcast.

They’ve continued celebrating the birth of Jesus for several weeks as they diligently followed up with viewers who contacted them after their national broadcast to over 40 million people on Christmas Day.

The following video is a sample of their program.

Manee says the team really enjoyed preparing for their Christmas program this year. The two Christmas songs were written by Dr Ajai Lall as well as the message. They filmed one of the music videos outside and included some  children with special needs.

The team was surprised again this year to receive calls from mostly Hindus or other religions. With the help of several local ministers, the team followed up with 200 people after the broadcast. They were blessed to hear the callers asking for prayer for themselves, various family needs, difficulties, and health issues. They also felt honored to hear how much these callers appreciated the songs and the Christian message. Thirty-two people requested The Global Gospel series in one of the Indian languages they have available.

Please pray for new opportunities to offer the hope of Christ as they prepare for their Easter broadcast and let us know about open doors you have as well.