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A Global Strategy

Do you have a global vision?

John R. W. Stott once noted, “We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.”

Our global God has allowed Satan, for a time, to influence the earth. He’s done so with terrifying effects in places like the Middle East. ISIS and Al Qaeda are regularly in the news. Though they are known for terror, what’s under the surface is a vision: an ideology, however false, that drives their violence.

What fuels their view of the world? One astute person has stated, “Al Qaeda is best understood as a media driven ideological movement.”*

ISIS and Al Qaeda have a global strategy, do we?

We certainly have a blueprint. In Acts 1:8 Luke lined out a very familiar global plan of going to Jerusalem, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the world. The Church was given, and still has today, a global mandate. The difference from that of Al Qaeda and ISIS, however, is that our mandate brings life, Truth, and hope for the future.

Like the opposition, we carry our vision out through the tool of media. Technology was given by the Lord to accelerate His Kingdom purposes. Like seed snatched up along the foot path, though, many times these new technologies are snagged by Satan to generate pain and mere profits in the areas of pornography, sex trafficking, and more, instead of being used for holistic, godly motives.

Are we keeping pace with those who use technology with evil intent? If ISIS can send out 90 tweets a minute about a dead and dangerous ideology, shouldn’t the Church be 1,000% more responsive in tweeting and using similar technologies to deliver a much more important, life-giving, global Message? That’s why GNPI has developed media strategies using relevant technologies to accelerate globally!

What’s your global plan?

*Name and source withheld for security purposes.


A Vision for Kenya!

I recently visited GNPI-Africa in Nairobi to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Thanks to the vision of GNPI founder Ziden Nutt, combined with the vision of seven doctors in Indiana, the human and financial resources resulted in a media center offering social and spiritual lift to a large part of that continent.

By faith these generous men gave when the exchange rate crashed by almost half in 1994. When the cost of the building could have doubled, they said “push on.” Six months later the exchange rate stabilized and construction was completed on time in September 1995.

These men saw in their mind’s eye a day when HIV/AIDS would be curtailed, when evangelists would have teaching lessons in African languages, and when culturally relevant media would be distributed through Solar Kits in rural areas without electricity and broadcast on television in cities.

The faith demonstrated by these wonderful people came from a conviction that Africa could be better when people came face to face with their Savior. Two decades later we see they were right, as an office staffed completely by Africans produces media for Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about clean bodies, clean communities, and clean hearts.

More than 100 music videos are accompanied by study guide questions impacting high school students. Full-length movies about the sanctity of life have helped Kenya ward off the temptation to legalize abortion. A movie about spousal abuse has strengthened families. More than 20 short films in Swahili have provided counsel and guidance about everyday issues affecting followers of Christ in Kenya, East Africa, and beyond.

It’s amazing what God can do with the vision of eight families who wanted to see Africa come into its potential for a wonderful future. In today’s sophisticated world of analytics and statistics to measure the effectiveness of media and missions, it’s refreshing to remember pure hearts that obeyed the voice of God and on September 9, 1995, established GNPI-Africa in Nairobi.

Twenty years later our vision for Africa is still blossoming, and we wait expectantly for the Lord to continue to move in mighty ways, transforming hearts through His Son Jesus.

What visions do you have about how God will use you? Who knows, perhaps 20 years from now we’ll see the results!

Disciples Making Disciples

I recently visited GNPI’s office in Nairobi, Kenya. I’ve been there many times, in fact I helped start the center 20 years ago! Yet, I was reminded of something special this time as I interacted with our staff.

After nearly two decades of service, this center has produced great full-length dramas, 125 music videos, and a long list of teaching videos. These results represent a great body of work. However, it took exceptionally talented people to do these things.

Simply put, just as important as the end result of media production are the scores of people that make that happen.

Yes, during the past 20 years, GNPI-Kenya has trained, mentored, and produced exceptional staff. God had, and has, each one on a special path. From time to time they are called to move on to new adventures. However long or short the season, I’m proud that our employees remain faithful to Christ and passionate about using their gifts and talents for media to serve their communities and even the rest of the world.

It comes down to this subtle, but important, distinction: developing media productions to make disciples is a grand calling, but developing disciples who use their media talents for Jesus is something we cherish and pray for each GNPI coworker throughout the world.

May God bless you in your efforts to pour into the lives of those whose paths you cross. It’s the best thing you’ll ever do.

Celebrating 20 Years!

Executive Director Mike Schrage gives a tribute to the regional office in Nairobi, Kenya. He highlights some of their current projects. Mike also offers a heartfelt thank you to supporters on this special occasion of their 20th anniversary.

Congratulations to our friends at GNPI, Kenya and glory to God!

Curious about Jesus? There’s an app for that.

It’s been a little over a year since Jessica Agler joined our staff as a research assistant. Jessica had a chance to reflect on this transition when she was interviewed by her alma mater, York College. I think you will enjoy reading about how God has worked in her life and her perspective on GNPI. Jessica has worked diligently to help us move forward in app development. We are very glad to have her as part of our team.


adapted from Heritage magazine, Summer 2015
Alumni Focus: Jessica Agler ‘06

Jessica Agler ’06 was at a crossroads in her professional life. After five years of working as an archivist for the US Senator Chuck Hagel Archives at the University of Nebraska Omaha, she knew the political and academic arenas were not her passion.

Agler wanted to work for a meaningful cause, something with eternal purpose. With a bachelor’s in history from York College and a master’s in information studies from University of Texas at Austin, she wondered what ministry she was equipped for.

In spring 2014 her prayers were answered when she was offered a job at Good News Productions, International.

“I’m glad to be working for a cause I care deeply about. It’s been a good change for me,” she says. “I want to contribute the abilities I have to offer. This job is a good fit for my skills in a ministry setting.”

Agler’s position is a challenging blend of research and project management. One of her main focuses is to research and eventually play a key role in the development of discipleship apps for Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus.

“The apps we’re creating will be just one of many tools to lead someone to Christ,” she says. “It’s a piece of the puzzle.”

The app isn’t meant to replace person-to-person ministry, says Agler; however, it can be a safe and simple first step for someone who is curious about Jesus. In regions of the world where it is dangerous or illegal to ask some questions, mobile technology can be a bridge that connects seekers to answers about Christ.

Agler’s role on the project is researching cultures in a number of locations where the app will be targeted. She works closely with an app designer, as well as GNPI partners in nine countries to make the content and design of the app culturally relevant. “We try to identify what people’s spiritual needs are,” she says, noting that the strategy for sharing the Gospel is vastly different from one culture to another.

It is an ideal moment to “redeem the time” and share the Gospel with Muslims in particular, says Agler. “Unrest in the Islamic world is an opportunity to reach people. Many Muslims are looking at the news and the actions of other Muslims and thinking, ‘this isn’t my religion.’” Agler says that disillusionment and oppression can be natural pathways for people coming to Christ.

The Global Gospel is another major project that Agler is involved with at GNPI. The Global Gospel is a template for creating dynamic videos with images and voiceover narration for 88 stories from the life of Christ. GNPI partners in diverse locations incorporate the talents of local actors and adapt the video template for a specific population. These videos are now available in 16 languages. The goal of GNPI to target the top 25 languages in the world will expand the project’s potential reach to 3.6 billion people.

In some locations GNPI videos are shown in schools and on television. In remote areas, with limited or no electricity, missionaries are using GNPI Solar Kits to share the Gospel. These lightweight portable speakers and projectors, powered by the sun, allow a video to be shown anywhere using a bed sheet on the side of a building.

“The videos are produced in the ‘heart language’ of a people group, reflecting their culture through people who look and sound like them,” says Agler. “It can be very effective, especially in areas where many are illiterate.”

Measuring the effectiveness of these approaches is another task for Agler. GNPI estimates that approximately 200,000 people per month are interacting with the content they are producing. During December, GNPI videos were shown on national television in India, with a potential audience of 40 million. Agler and colleagues will research what the result of their labors have been so they can determine which technology and format is bearing the most fruit.

Agler says, “Looking back, I can see how my history major and the teachers I had laid a foundation for research and critical thinking that is integral to the work I do now . . . God has brought all of those experiences together in a way that only He could.”


Living Overseas

I would like to share a short series of articles highlighting our GNPI staff members who have learned the importance of cultural relevance by living in a different culture themselves. They have gained new perspectives which they apply to the ministry in practical and valuable ways.

Tom Nutt has worked at GNPI for 28 years. He has been my brother-in-law for 34 years. Tom is a blessing to everyone who knows him. He handles all his relationships and work with excellence. (Click on the names to see the other articles in this series by Angie Anderson, Greg Fish, and Pa See Caby.)

By Tom Nutt, GNPI Director of Operations


Ziden, Helen, Tom, Marla, Rachel Nutt
Tom is pictured with his parents, his wife, and his youngest daughter.


Often times we take certain segments or parts of our lives and place them in different chapters within our memories. Those chapters may span a few months, years, or maybe even decades.

There is a certain chapter of my life that focuses on having been born and raised overseas. This time period, while relatively short in comparison to the span of my life, holds some of the most vivid and cherished memories I have from all of the chapters in my mind.

Africa is the dark continent. It’s full of beauty, danger, suspense, and mysteries, many of which can’t adequately be described. It’s a vast continent full of witch doctors, superstitions, rituals, religions, charms, and gods too many to name. The land is plagued with turmoil and strife, fighting between tribes, wars between countries, and evil around every bend. On the other hand, Africa is full of beautiful people made in the likeness of God, a people who are searching for the Truth, a people who are in need of hope, a people who need to be loved, and a people who deserve the same grace that many of us have accepted and embraced.

To be more specific, the African country in which I was born no longer exists as we knew it back then. Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe, is located in the southernmost part of Africa. It was discovered and explored by David Livingston, then later settled by the Voortrekkers as they moved north from South Africa in search of lands to farm and places full of diamonds, gold, or any other minerals that might make them rich. Zimbabwe, while relatively small, contains some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Africa, from the quiet and serene balancing rock formations of Mana Matopos that tower high above the plains, to the bottom of Sinoia cave. From the highest peaks of the Inyanga mountains, to the deepest crevices of the Zambezi Valley, beauty abounds at every glance. The long shores of Lake Kariba can be found bordering Zambia to the north. Lake Kariba is the second largest man-made lake in the world, famous for its Bream and Tiger fish. Of course, Zimbabwe is also home to the most thunderous of the seven wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. “Vic Falls” as we called it, with its magnificent volumes of water plummeting far below into Devil’s Cataract and forcing clouds of mist to be hurled hundreds of feet into the air, is definitely a sight to behold. In addition to the beautiful architecture God created in Zimbabwe, lies a whole other world teeming with life, from the smallest of microbial parasites, scorpions and snakes, lizards and massive salamanders, monkeys and baboons of all shapes and sizes, to the biggest and most ferocious of all the cats. There are also antelope, zebra, giraffe, hippo, wildebeest, warthog, crocodile, ostrich, sable, greater kudu, cape buffalo, rhinoceros, and even the most monstrous and agile prates, the African elephant, just to name a few. All of this beauty and diversity created memories and pictures in my mind that will never be erased, but these aren’t the best memories.

My best and fondest memories of being in Africa come from the reason that I was born there. You see, at a very young age my father had a dream of going to Africa as a missionary. He had a vision of establishing a work that would have an eternal impact on the African people, so this started the journey of Ziden and Helen Nutt. After arriving in Zimbabwe with a one-year-old daughter in tow, my father was able to gain permission from the great Chief Dindawah to establish a mission station in his tribal area. Chidamoyo Christian Mission was founded, and that’s where my memories began. Chidamoyo translated to English means “place the heart desires.”

I remember seeing bricks made out of the rich clay that was mined by the termites, creating 20-foot-high ant hills. I watched as these bricks were used to build the school, a church, a hospital, and houses for other missionaries as they were recruited to come and help in the work. I saw an airstrip built, much of it cleared by hand, so that a missionary doctor could make emergency trips with patients in his small Cessna airplane. I remember riding over roads at a snail’s pace, because they were so rocky and full of holes. I saw our vehicle half-full of water because there was no bridge to cross over the river, but we had to cross. I also saw a witch doctor casting bones outside my bedroom window to appease the evil spirits, and snakes were slithering along the sidewalk just outside the door. There were nets covering our bed to save us from the malaria-carrying mosquito, and the night skies were filled with millions of stars highlighted by the Southern Cross that was always there so bright and faithful.

While all of these things constitute memories and beautiful pictures in my mind, they really don’t say much about what it was like to grow up on the mission field. The meaningful part of growing up on the mission field came through the lessons that I learned while I was there. The example set for me by my parents and other missionaries as I watched them work was one of humility and service. Meet the people on their terms. Learn to speak their language, think the way they think, eat the food that they eat, and go the extra mile to meet their needs, all the while sharing the love of Christ through the example you set and the words you speak. Teach others to teach others, teach churches to plant churches, and groom leaders to continue to work for generations to come.

Sure, I will always remember the beautiful morning sunrise with the cooing of the doves as they roosted high up in the trees and the burning in my eyes as I smelled smoke when we visited the villages. There was an all-day wedding on Christmas Day far back in the bush when it was well over 100 degrees. There were many Sundays with sermons that lasted three or four hours with multiple people speaking. I remember the faint glow of the gas lanterns or candles as we sat in the evening without electricity. Then we finished off the day, laying down our weary heads and listening to the beat of the drums as they drowned out the faint distant cry of a laughing hyena. The best memory, by far, was the brilliant white smiles and the whooping of the ladies as another person decided to follow Christ and was buried in baptism. That is what it was all about!

Now some 40 years later it’s amazing to hear reports of the work that continues. The hospital, while showing great signs of wear, continues to function each and every day meeting the needs of hundreds of people. The hospital has become well-known across the southern part of Africa as a renowned treatment facility for those suffering from AIDS. Many travel for miles to deliver their babies or have much-needed surgeries performed there. The school continues to thrive with students of all ages. Not all of the churches have survived, but most have. Many of the churches have grown and even planted churches in other parts of the region.

As I write these memories, it brings joy to my heart to know that my 20-year-old daughter is spending her summer there at Chidamoyo Christian Mission, serving alongside those working at the hospital. I don’t know if she will ever call it home or not, but I am sure glad that I had the opportunity to be born and raised in Africa and call it my home!

Being Raised in the Hmong Culture

I would like to share a short series of articles highlighting our GNPI staff members who have learned the importance of cultural relevance by living in a different culture themselves. They have gained new perspectives which they apply to the ministry in practical and valuable ways.

Pa See Caby began working in digital asset management as a college student and a new believer. After she finished her degree in Communications from Pittsburg State University, she gradually took on more responsibility in our office. Now Pa See works as our creative graphic designer. We appreciate her talent, work ethic, and respectful attitude. (Click on the names to see the other articles in this series by Angie Anderson and Greg Fish.)



By Pa See Caby, creative graphic designer at GNPI

My siblings and I grew up in a Hmong household, but outside our home there was an American world. Two cultures collided with different values. Although growing up this way had some disadvantages, it also had advantages. In college I realized that my upbringing allowed me to relate well with immigrants.

During my first year of college, I met two Muslim sisters from Pakistan. They were new immigrants who left their country with the hope of a better future in the United States. We bonded over our love of Bollywood films and identified with one another’s values.

In the duration of the year, the sisters became engaged. One fell in love, and the other sister confided in me that her engagement was an arranged marriage to a guy she had never met. She was worried, but she wasn’t worried for herself. She was concerned about my reaction to her engagement. The photo above shows the sisters and me at the arranged marriage. It was a joyful time, but they wanted to protect their identities.

It wasn’t strange at all for me. In the Hmong community, although it is becoming more rare, arranged marriages still happen. She was surprised by my reaction because she had been worried that people would look at her in horror instead of rejoice with her. Even though it’s unfamiliar to most people in the US, she has been happy in her marriage, and I am glad for this family.

If I hadn’t grown up in a different culture, I wouldn’t have been able to see it from her perspective. Cultural relevance is extremely important. Thank God for our differences because they can provide timely opportunities to show understanding and God’s grace to others.



The Crying Guy in Seat 7

I would like to share a short series of articles highlighting our GNPI staff members who have learned the importance of cultural relevance by living in a different culture themselves. They have gained new perspectives which they apply to the ministry in practical and valuable ways.

Greg Fish is a great asset to GNPI. He is a versatile team player who fills in where he is needed. While we were looking for a new NOMaD coordinator, our NOMaD team in Chile asked for some training. Greg, who actually was born and raised on the mission field in Chile, created a training manual for the team, and took along some church partners from Plainfield Christian Church in Indiana to meet the team. We appreciate this patient, pleasant, and productive coworker. Here are some reflections he put down on paper while on the trip amidst a flurry of familiar surroundings. (Click here to see the first article in this series by Angie Anderson, Accepting Gifts.)

The Crying Guy in Seat 7 by Greg Fish, creative media designer


It was the strangest time. It was nothing special or out of the ordinary. And that’s just it. That’s when a wave of emotion hit me, that took my breath away. It caused tears to well up in my eyes and break free (even now as I write). The cliched lump in the throat was all too real for me.

photoIt was only a lady on her cell phone. I didn’t even see her. Don’t know what she looks like. I just overheard a plain conversation on a bus ride through the Chilean countryside. What she said didn’t matter. In fact, it was simply a short and boring exchange with a family member, I suppose. It was the way she talked. It was how she sounded.

It wasn’t like the Spanish I’ve heard the last decade and a half. It was Chilean Spanish, complete with all of its nuances. It was Chilean personality coming out on full display. It wasn’t the actual trigger which caused this temporary loss of composure in me. The trigger was the last four days leading up to this moment of eavesdropping. It was all of the familiar old sights and sounds and smells and places and silly things like name brands and more important parts of culture like food and drink. It was old friends and new friends alike.

It was realizing that my childhood friend’s teenage kid is the same age I was when I left this place, and that it’s been just as many years since I last visited. It was hearing this type of Spanish now for the better part of a week.


So it was on a fairly quiet bus ride back from the picturesque coastal city of Pichilemu back to Santiago where my previously delinquent emotions started to come out. I’m glad I asked for napkins at the sandwich shop before getting on the bus so I could wipe the tears that ran down my cheeks and blow my nose and try to breathe regularly again. I only hope that I still blend in enough not to look like a complete fool. But being surrounded by such beauty, taking in the gorgeous landscapes of the country I grew up in, which I used to call home, I don’t really mind if I appear somewhat foolish given the circumstances.

“What’s wrong with the crying guy in seat 7?” Absolutely nothing.


This article first appeared on Greg’s personal blog.

Accepting Gifts

I would like to share a short series of articles highlighting our GNPI staff members who have learned the importance of cultural relevance by living in a different culture themselves. They have gained new perspectives which they apply to the ministry in practical and valuable ways.

Angie Anderson worked as Administrative Assistant for nearly three years. Before that she and her husband, Steve, served with Team Expansion as missionaries in China for four years. Angie recently stepped down from her role at GNPI. She and Steve and their son, Ian, are preparing to welcome a new baby to their family this summer. Angie’s careful work and organizational skill in the processes she set up will continue to be a blessing for us in the years to come.

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It’s difficult to understand how deeply culture penetrates our thinking until we are immersed in a new one. How we eat, what colors we wear, and how we receive and open gifts are all heavily influenced by the culture in which we grew up. I was reminded of this fact recently as I stood in front of co-workers and opened the generous gifts they had given in celebration of my son who is due to be born in August. During our four years living in China, we learned to never open a gift in front of the giver as it was considered rude. Needless to say, their birthday parties and baby showers don’t include a time of opening gifts like they do in the US!

We also found that many gifts were given with the expectation that the recipient would later reciprocate with a gift of equal or greater value. For that reason, a dear friend of ours nearly refused the relatively expensive birthday present a few close friends had gathered funds to purchase for her. Only after several conversations and much convincing did she finally agree to keep it!

Within that cultural context, God’s free gift of grace proved to be all the more unique and difficult to grasp. How amazing, indeed, that God freely gave the life of his own precious Son that his enemies might be adopted into his family as sons and daughters! We continue to pray more and more people in China would fully accept this extravagant gift that’s offered openly with no strings attached!