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Opportunities Are Calling

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I was asked the other day by a supporter of GNPI, “Mike, where do you see GNPI going in the future?” I reached in my pocket and pulled out my iPhone 6 and replied, “Right here!” To prove my point, here are a few statistics from a recent video talk by author and consultant Tomi Ahonen on some important global trends and impact from mobile phone use:

  1. Mobile is bigger (in dollars) than the radio, Internet, television, personal computer, and landline markets combined.
  2. Advertisers to youth markets are ending TV advertising.
  3. A $10 equivalent to the iPhone is projected by 2019.
  4. Text messaging is used by 73% of the planet.

GNPI continues to move toward relevance by preparing content customized for mobile phone use and developing various ministry phone apps. Take out your phone, download  The GNPI App, and learn more! A world of new opportunities is calling you!

 

Interact with Us

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I would like to introduce a fun new way to interact with our ministry. The following page shows some of the technology Christian workers have used through the years in sharing the Gospel. It combines new media tools with older ones to create an augmented reality.

Interactive Content

 

 

A Brief Summary of GNPI Impact

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I’d like to offer an overview of our ministry. After observing the massive global need and the world of difference within cultures, GNPI tries to meet these needs through teams, training, and tools. Thank you for your partnership and prayers. The following video shows some of the work God has accomplished over the last year.

You are welcome to share this 10 minute presentation as an update for your congregation or missions committee.

Desert Storm

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I recently visited Cairo, Egypt. It’s a city of 18 million people situated in a desert. The bombing of a school bus killed more than a 100 innocent children a few weeks before our arrival. This tragedy caused an international uproar and local security nightmare. The chaos adversely affected the social media advertising of our ministry partners as they launched their event in this city. As a result, news and invitations could only be shared by word-of-mouth. The result was only a 25 percent attendance of their goal. All the international guests arrived safely, and we were ushered to a highly secure and secluded location. Only trusted drivers were used, and I enjoyed getting to know one of them pretty well.

As we were leaving Cairo, we saw a dozen camouflaged vehicles with gunners ready at the top of each of their turrets and speeding down the highway. We learned later in the day about an attack by an internal fundamental Muslim group who tried to destabilize the government. In Egypt every man is required to serve in the military, the tenth largest military in the world.

When our young Christian driver heard of the incident and the casualties, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, open their eyes.” It was a powerful prayer statement from this strapping young follower of Jesus. He later asked me why Christians do not have more unity to combat the troubles in his part of the world? I knew some of the answers were pride, independence, and Satan, but those all seemed inadequate in light of these events.

As we neared the end of our trip, he asked, “Mike, pray for me that I will die to my will so that God can do His will through me.”  Wow, what a second godly request by a young man with a meager salary. His only significant possession is a 20-year-old beat-up car, a tool he’s using effectively to allow God’s Spirit to work through him.

He also has a passion for video editing. He says media is “the language of the Middle East.” He would love to have a wife and family, but times are too hard. He was volunteering after his work hours to help launch this event. I was honored to meet him and to pray for him.

I was humbled by his seasoned faith and his Christ-like prayer. It reminded me of the request by Solomon early in his kingly reign for God to help him have wisdom to lead God’s people in this very part of the world.

Would you join me in praying for this young man and his country? God, “Would you use this spiritual warrior in mighty ways and raise up more servants like him?”

In the middle of a stormy time in the desert, I had the privilege to appreciate and continue to pray for this man as he served us and his King.

 

Inspiring Faith

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I am excited to announce the Venture in Faith podcast is now available.

The series features inspiring testimonies from Christians of all ages. The interviews were originally filmed in the GNPI studios in Joplin, Missouri, from the 1980s through the 2000s. The stories of the ways God worked in these individuals continue to show God’s power and relevance today.

We hope these stories of faith in action will encourage a new generation. Besides the GNPI website, you can also listen to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher radio.

 

Media: The Language of My People

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Cairo is a mega city on the northern tip of Africa. Her people are a unique mixture of both Middle Eastern and African cultures. In the land of pyramids and pharaohs, situated in the middle of a desert, rises a bustling and dynamic city, rich in heritage and new in context. Everyone has a smartphone, and with Google Maps available, businesses like Uber allow thousands to move about without a car or mass transit system.

Media has also become sophisticated there, as it is around the world. As one new GNPI partner explained, “Mike, I am asking the Lord to help me understand media, because it is the language of my people.”

A conference has launched a complex media and discipleship-making effort (and ultimately successful church planting) in this region of the world. Another group meets regarding the follow-up print and social media strategies for the serialization of The Global Gospel for the five to eight million children in the region.

Finally, networking takes place in another North African country where workers have developed an effective online prayer movement which has been powering a media strategy over the last few years. Second and third-generation church plants comprise the beginning of a movement.

As birds sing in the calmness of the cool morning to begin what will be another hot, busy summer day in Cairo, may we too sing praises to God. He is doing marvelous things here and all around the world.

 

Best Biblical Content

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Nicosia is a quiet city of 250,000 in Cyprus. As time marches on, it is a strategic city for business as well as Gospel proclamation. Turkey is in the distance, and the airport in Larnaca, Lebanon, is only a half-hour flight away while Cairo is an hour-long flight away.

Cyprus is in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region of the world. A member of the EU (European Community), it is essentially neutral just as Switzerland is for many countries farther to the west.

GNPI has been seeking new partnerships in this region, and the Lord has provided. A recent trip revealed the thrilling news that The Global Gospel has been well received in the Arabic and Farsi languages, and these versions have been reworked and scripted for television for children.

The program director of a major broadcaster told me that these Jesus Stories were the best biblical content they have ever broadcast. He asked not only for Arabic, but also for the Farsi and Turkish editions of this made-for-kids television series of 13 half-hour episodes.

Contrary to the general news reports, God is working, and it is a joy to be a small part of that story.

Interested in helping us produce the Turkish version? Head to www.gnpi.org/donate and write “Turkish” in the comments box when you make your gift.

Mark Allen Will Be Missed

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

The little sunbird was trying and trying to push its way through the glass window pane to get into our dining hall here at the guesthouse on the outskirts of Nairobi. Up and down, side to side, backing up, literally ramming the glass time after time. It was painful to watch, and it had to hurt a bit. Bottom line: it was useless. With time, and then a little coaxing, it turned directions and flew away, free to soar and do what sunbirds were created to do.

How similar is that experience to our life at times? We push and strain in a certain direction, sure that this is what needs to happen; this IS the direction we will take. We wear out under our own strength, leaning on our own one-directional perspective of understanding. We think we see clearly, but we do not. Over time, and with a nudge from the Father, a new perspective is reached, and we get to soar again, just as God has designed and even ordained.

Four years ago in this very building outside Nairobi, Kenya, called Heart Lodge, Mark Allen’s heart was touched and prepared for new levels of soaring and impact. Mark had come along with Don Anderson, executive pastor of Chandler Christian Church (now Compass Christian Church). Mark was on staff at the time as the media person and came to record the trip for Don and the congregation to see later.

Mark traveled with Don and two of us from GNPI to our regional center in Nairobi. Mark was enthralled with the focus of the ministry to empower local people to use media for their own purpose in proclaiming the Good News. Mark took copious hours of footage and interviews.

There were urban Kenyans to visit with at GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, and small town ministry partners in Eldoret, Kenya, where an emerging Nomad team had formed. There was a visit to the rustic rural area in northwestern Kenya to actually see how GNPI productions were impacting the local people in their local language. Then there was a flight to Kadiolo, Mali, in West Africa where another Nomad team was forming. All the while, God was working in the heart of Mark, wooing him ever closer to a new career, moving his direction like the sunbird ever so slightly to soar.

A few years later Mark accepted the call to be the Project Nomad Coordinator for GNPI. He would again be traveling the world, now not only recording what God was doing through nationals using media but, more importantly, actually training others to do as he was doing. Mark was making media disciples. He said, “Mike, I feel that all I have experienced and learned was for such a time as this here at GNPI.” Truer words were never spoken, my friend.

Mark, in two years time, learned the DNA of GNPI, put the Nomad curriculum into video training format, and traveled the world teaching over 200 students in 10 different countries. He listened and learned from his students and then taught, shared, and coached each of them. He was loved by all who met him and his contagious personality drew people of any culture to him. He was a natural.

On June Friday 16, Mark had a severe car accident as he drove from his home in Tyler, Texas, to Yuma, Arizona, for Father’s Day. Mark, an only child, agonized over the balance of world travel for his ministry with GNPI and the needs of his aging parents back in Arizona. Mark passed away early the next day.

Mark is survived by his wife Lorri, his parents, and her parents. While Mark may have had a small biological family, he had a huge spiritual family as emails and texts came flooding in from around the world at the news of Mark’s passing. Mark left an impact and a legacy, and it all started when Africa grabbed his heart here at the Heart Lodge in Kenya.

Like the little sunbird outside the dining hall at Heart Lodge, Mark searched for years to find his sweet spot in media. With a nudge from the Father, Mark discovered that it was through Project Nomad, and for two years he soared. Mark, you will be missed, brother, but you are now doing what we are all ultimately called and designed to do, which is to glorify and worship our Father. This is the perfect ending to any video drama story.  

 

Apps Available

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Could your ministry use free resources in Swahili or Spanish? Swahili and Spanish apps are now available.

The Yunami app encourages spiritual growth with Swahili content.

The + Vida app helps Spanish speakers who are seeking the Lord.

In addition, we also have The GNPI App with all kinds of resources at www.gnpi.org/app.

Thanks for helping us get the word out!

Perfect Harmony

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

In 2005 I was invited to speak to Christian workers in Mexico. My host at the retreat center knew GNPI’s mission and suggested I speak with Sergio Alvarado and his wife Holly. Sergio was an emerging church planter who had a growing passion to use media for this work.

Sergio and I eventually met and shared our dreams for Project Nomad and how it might be able to impact the city of Pachuca, which is outside of Mexico City with a population just over a million. Sergio grew in his media abilities, and over the next five years his newly established Nomad team produced resources to aid church plants.

One of the projects planned, but never recorded, was a teaching series on marriage from Linda and Pecos Inchaustegui. We were excited for this program to bless Mexico and all of the Spanish-speaking world, but we were never able to do the project.

After several successful church plants, Sergio’s team, Impacto Latino, moved forward with plans to move to the larger city of Querétaro. They established a new office to develop materials for a whole new generation of church planters.

Around the same time, one of our talented staff members from GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, found himself moving to the exact same city for very different reasons. Pablo and his wife had a young son with special needs, so they left a ministry and the city they loved in order to find help for their son in Querétaro. (This actually reminds me of how GNPI started when founder Ziden Nutt moved his family from Zimbabwe to the U.S.)

What happened when they found themselves in the same place? That five-year-old project idea became a reality. Pablo and Sergio recently teamed up to record Linda and Pecos teaching about marriage.

The Lord used an invitation to share about Project Nomad. Project Nomad helped to start several congregations in Pachuca. This success led to a new city for more church planting. Pablo “happened” to move there too. Twelve years later, three ministry partners have finally teamed up for a great project.

It may not always happen on our timetable, but God is always at work to create perfect harmony!

 

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