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Pressing Pause

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

We’ve all heard the phrase “stop the presses!” In the print era, this meant something significant was missing in the next edition, and workers needed to stop, process, and potentially add to or rewrite portions.

In the digital era, I wonder what is the equivalent? Hold the phone? Hit the pause button? The reason I mention these phrases is because Bob Nunnally, our IT and app coordinator in Joplin, recently reminded me of some figures for a few of our Spanish video productions available at www.pbnihispano.org/. Here’s the list:

  • Promesa de Amor – 2,808,789 views
  • Sin Alternativa – 147,758 views
  • La Red – 58,299 views
  • Promesa de Amor Christian Music – 41,559 views
  • La Ultima Oracion – 27,509 views

Let those numbers sink in for a moment! Across the Spanish speaking world, almost 3 million people have viewed a video online about spousal abuse and what a Christian response should be. Another older movie, Tough Choices, about the sanctity of life has been viewed by 150,000 people.

In today’s social and digital media world, once video productions are made and offered in this teeming ocean called the Internet, only God’s Spirit knows the breadth and depth of its impact. That is simply amazing and makes “hitting the pause button” worthwhile as we praise our Lord, who is the giver of technology to His people, the Church! What an honor GNPI has to be a part of that plan.

 

Project Nomad Multiplies Impact

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Peter Ignatius is the visionary leader of Lakeview Bible College and Seminary in Chennai, India. GNPI has been partnering with Peter for the last several years. Peter’s faculty and students have excitedly embraced Nomad training as a way to enhance their ability to use media to be effective and relevant communicators of the Good News in India.

Timothy Jai Kumar, a faculty member at Lakeview, now dedicates much of his teaching to students of media production. In partnership with GNPI, there is a small production studio at the college and an on-campus media team. Several intensive media courses are now available to incorporate the latest media methods and technologies.

Timothy has also traveled to other areas which several students call home, and he has taught their peers the basics of media production through Project Nomad. The Bible college has trained media students in five states who are serving the needs of their communities and congregations.


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Nomad continues to fulfill our goal to provide national outreach using media and discipleship and one more way GNPI is multiplying the ability of others to understand the Good News!

 

Like a Hammer

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Steve White is the senior minister at Plainfield Christian Church, in Plainfield, Indiana. He offered these challenging words after attending Vision Night and hearing the inspiring presentation of Isaac Masiga, guest speaker and regional director from Nairobi, Kenya.

Jeremiah 23:29 says, “Is not my word . . . like a hammer . . .” GNPI wants to share the powerful Gospel with people around the world using media and technology.

Steve’s right when he said that media, like a hammer, is a tool that can be used for good or evil. We could not use the goodness of the tool of media effectively without the passionate provisions from congregations like Plainfield Christian Church and leaders like Steve White.

Pressing On

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

We have produced 27 language versions of The Global Gospel and 11 more are almost finished! Why do we invest so much time and effort in this project? Why don’t we go on to something new?

Here are ten reasons:

Three truths:

  1. We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word (spiritually alive and incredibly effective). The Global Gospel comes straight from the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
  2. We believe that God’s Word will change the hearts of people (eternally). There are countless stories of how, even during the production process, this project is transforming lives.
  3. We believe that God’s people are to help others receive and understand God’s Word (stewardship). More than three billion people speak the top 25 global languages.

These truths become even more significant when you consider these realities:

  1. Fifty percent of the world cannot read (print is not understood).
  2. Eighty percent of the world prefers visuals of new information (print is not preferable).   
  3. Eighty percent of the world only makes $10 a day (print is not affordable).*

The facts:

  1.  “More than half (58%) of all adults wish they read the Bible more often.” *
  2.  “…many people (39%) point to a difficult life experience that led them to search the Bible for direction or answers.” *
  3.  “…seeing how the Bible changed someone they knew for the better was an important motivating factor for some adults (30%).” *
  4. “…being asked by someone they know to read the Bible (20%).”

* State of the Bible 2017: Top Findings, Research Releases in Culture & Media April 4, 2017

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Digital Delivery

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Remember the days when going out to the mailbox was exciting? Now, for many, only junk mail and the occasional Amazon order arrives in the mailbox. This change indicates the news, entertainment, bills, and more are delivered digitally which has changed the way we communicate. The mailbox, printed newspaper, AM/FM radio, telephone on the wall, or free-to-air broadcast TV stations are not as common. Everything has changed!

Today, GNPI can deliver life-changing words from God to a Buddhist gardener, a Spanish teacher, or Indian technician to answer real questions in this tumultuous world. Scriptural teaching delivered in the language people speak at the times they need is why media is so critical.  

Think of those times when you find yourself awake at 2:00 am as insomnia strikes again. People around the world share this struggle. Are you overwhelmed at the state of our nation, facing a loss in your family, or looking for positive messages to help you cope? Believers and seekers need the same help during a government coup or in the days following the funeral of a good friend.

Free messages, delivered at just the right time through the guidance of the Holy Spirit can make all the difference, and you never know where they’ll hit exactly the right mark. Media recently produced by staff in Ukraine was downloaded by people in Saudi Arabia. A video on teenage temptations produced in Manila was watched in New York City. Life of Christ stories in Cyprus are going to people in Tunisia.

 

My Reflections

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Our 2017 International Meeting in Damoh, India, was a special time to share personal struggles, victories, and lots of other information. It was a chance for the Lord to bring our vision for the future into sync, so we could return to our homelands not only to make media but more importantly, to make an impact.

A Tribute to Dr. Bare

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

A saint has gone home.

Dr. Garland Bare was called home to Heaven on April 2. His physical frame was slight, but Dr. Bare had a huge spiritual influence in the Kingdom. He continually defied the odds from his admittance to medical school when administrators said he was too old, to becoming a missionary when there was no support available, and surviving health issues over and over again to live decades longer than anyone thought possible.

Dr. Bare led a remarkable life but not an easy one. He influenced thousands, including me. I recall Dr. Bare speaking in the Williamson dorm while I was a student at Ozark Christian College in 1980. His passion for God and lost people convicted me, and as a result I became a missionary and I served in Kenya with my family for almost 20 years.

I have memories of prayer times with Garland at a local Arby’s restaurant where he loved to have a simple roast beef sandwich. I remember his kind words of encouragement, “Mike, I pray for you and GNPI every week.” I remember his presence in the halls of a missionary conference carrying a backpack in his 80s and moving with determination towards the next workshop to learn from others. I remember his confession of not being quite ready to “go home” because there was a book to finish, a seminar to teach, and a set of sermons to preach!

I received a short note just days before his passing that I will always cherish. As a veteran medical missionary doctor and even while under hospice care, his desire was to support others in global outreach like GNPI.

Thank you, Dr. Bare, for a legacy that illustrates, “through Christ, I can do all things.”

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We are thankful to share the following resources from Dr. Bare in our archives.

A Doctor Looks at the Crucifixion and Resurrection

Dr. Garland Bare presents an in-depth look at both the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. In his graphic explanation of both the scourging and the crucifixion, he shows how physical death must have taken place. Then he goes on to show that if Christ had somehow survived those agonies, death would have resulted from His burial.

Throughout both lessons, Dr. Bare emphasizes the importance of the resurrection to the Christian faith as a whole and to individual believers.

Listen or download the audio only version of A Doctor Looks at the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

A Growing Relationship

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

We have a growing relationship with YouVersion, the number one Bible app in the world, as a content provider. In just 18 months, we have submitted Bible study plans in five languages with 21,000 plan completions. YouVersion is so impressed with the quality of GNPI material and audience connections that they are exploring new content options with us in addition to the current plans that feature The Global Gospel.

Let’s listen now to Jessica Penick, YouVersion Content Partnership Manager, as she shares her perspective on our collaboration.

 

HOPE

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

When considering the meaning of the word hope, I like this acronym:

He Offers People Eternity.

At GNPI, we work with partners around the world to communicate effectively in heart languages that Jesus is the source of eternal hope.

Yes, “He offers people eternity – with God!” That is the best HOPE of all!

 

Easter Resources 2017

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

As we celebrate Resurrection Day, I am reminded of the words of Jesus in John 10:14-16, “I am the good shepherd.” He does not stop with this declaration, but instead He shares openly about His true and upcoming mission via the cross. “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”

Remember the Good Shepherd lives! Please enjoy these free resources from GNPI as you celebrate or point your friends toward this great day.

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