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Do Not Forget

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I served as the President of the International Conference On Missions (ICOM) last year. One of the special initiatives of the 2016 conference included the creation and launch of The Refugee and International Student Engagement (RISE) Project based on Hebrews 13:2 (NIV).

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers . . . for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

We have a sacred opportunity to welcome our neighbors from every corner of the globe to our communities in a way that reflects the welcoming, inclusive heart of God.

The RISE Project provides real life application to the culturally relevant work GNPI does overseas in our network. ICOM, RISE, and GNPI share a strong desire to equip and encourage our partners to engage with people in these two populations.

For more information, practical support, and a four part small group video series, visit theriseproject.com.

 

Compelled by Love

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

GNPI partnered with ICOM in 2016 to create and launch these testimonies from Christians working throughout the world to share the Gospel. We hope these brief messages will inspire and encourage many congregations as they give, serve, and take the Gospel each day.

Timothy P., regional director of GNPI-SE Asia:

Sergei Golovin, regional director of GNPI-Eurasia

Dennis Okoth who works with GNPI- Mbale, Uganda

Yassir E.

Duane Jenks

Traci Harrod & Yvette Mujawayuhi

Scott Young

May we follow their courageous examples as they follow Christ in proclaiming the Truth.

 

An Invitation

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I’d like to extend my personal invitation for Vision Night 2017 to you. It will be a blessing to hear from our special guest, Isaac Masiga from GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya.

Please join us at the venue that is the most convenient for you. You can register on our website at www.gnpi.org/visionnight or on The GNPI App.

I know many who attended our events last year have great memories of Nenette Pacoli from GNPI-Manila, Philippines.

Please come and bring some friends who would enjoy a great meal and an update about the amazing ways God is helping us to “Breakthrough” the many challenges of sharing the Gospel around the world.

ICOM Highlights

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Our team at GNPI enjoyed serving at the International Conference On Missions (ICOM) last fall.
We have many good memories as we watch these highlights. Our African friend and ministry partner, Dennis Okoth, is featured in the following video.

Our team at GNPI considers ICOM a great opportunity to connect with the Church in reaching out with the Gospel.

Agents of Transformation

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Fire converts wood to heat and light. Sunlight converts snow to ice and water. Plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Conversion occurs through transformation; it’s God’s design.

GNPI’s global network has the privilege of serving as agents of transformation. We partner with God to convert intentional prayer, faithful gifts of money, and volunteer labor into training, equipment, and media productions that help people from different languages, cultures, and customs understand the love of Christ.

Stories of transformation fill the Gospels, and they fill the archives of GNPI as well.

Michael Simbwa, minister of Mityana Church of Christ, shares:

Mityana is a small community outside of Kampala, Uganda, where tradition and other religious practices are prevalent. Many people call themselves Christians in this area, yet I have noticed a great need for extensive biblical teaching. Christ called me to minister to the people in my village in 2014.

The believers have grown stronger in the Lord, thanks to the Solar Kits. In particular the teachings of Jesus in The Global Gospel, have been helpful for debunking myths and false teachings. The majority of our church members are from the Bible study we host in the community. The Solar Kit has catalyzed the growth of our ministry in ways we never imagined. Ministering in the villages outside Kampala, we have been able to draw more and more people to Christ by teaching them the Truth and baptizing them as Christ commanded.  

GNPI has been instrumental in our efforts to teach people about the Gospel of Christ. We started and grew our young church from a small group to over 60 regular members. We celebrate the progress and God’s work in the area.

May God continue to use our partnership to create more agents of transformation in 2017.

God’s Strength in Our Weakness

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Would you praise God if you had four surgeries in five weeks, could not remember two weeks of your life, and had several organs temporarily shut down? What if you were a refugee who had lived in a rented apartment for three years because you had to flee and leave your home, the office you built, and the staff you invested in for years? Would you praise God if your budget was drastically reduced, your staff was cut in half, and you dealt with constant concerns of government instability?

The paradox of the Christian life is that we can praise God even when the world around us would see absolutely no reason whatsoever to do so. One of our ministry partners from Eurasia recently shared the above challenges as victories in 2016!

He wrote, “The main lesson I received in practice, not in theory, is how amazing our Lord is. His work is revealed in the ways that probably sound like an oxymoron to people who do not know Him. His strength comes in weakness. His peace comes in the midst of troubles. His guidance comes in turmoil.”

Instead of expressing discouragement and defeat, this brother shared with joy and confidence that despite all the struggles God blessed the growth of His Kingdom in 2016 as significantly as in any previous year.

Doesn’t that remind you of the Apostle Paul?

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NKJV)

We praise God for the victories He brings us through trials.

 

Light

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

A recent visit of a regional director to the U.S. reminded me of this simple truth: light is light regardless of where it’s shining!

Shining a flashlight at noon won’t be noticed very much, but the same flashlight along a country road on cloud-covered night can be a lifesaver! The light isn’t any stronger; it’s just easier to see when it’s pitch-black all around.

Our GNPI regional directors share their light everywhere they go. In most cases they serve in places of great spiritual darkness where the light of the Gospel is easy to see. When this light shines on people, it may expose them to danger. We are constantly in prayer as they make the way clear in these places.

Sometimes our regional directors leave their homelands to shine their light in the U.S. While there are many more shining around them here, their beams of spiritual light impact us greatly. They brighten our spirits. We are enlightened by their wisdom and perseverance. In fact, they impact non-believers for Christ while they are visiting!

Join us in asking God to continue to allow our regional directors to shine the light of Christ, wherever they are. Let’s pray for each of us to be the same kind of transforming light for Christ in 2017.

Connection

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Our world is interconnected in many ways:

  • A hurricane warning comes a week in advance of the storm hitting the shore.
  • News from China hits Facebook within minutes.
  • Presidential tweets send the stock market into a buzz.

Technology and education connect us to each other.

In fact, fifty percent of today’s world leaders studied at some point in the United States. Global leadership is connected with U.S.-based education. Look at this photo of the Iranian cabinet and where they studied. We are connected!

We go to a waiting world as missionaries, workers, and short-term visitors, yet today, the world is coming to us as never before. Over one million come as international students annually. Imagine the friendship many of us could freely offer as we welcome international students who want to practice their English skills and learn about American culture.

Faith is rolled into our culture and what better way to share our faith and ensure as neighbors we continue to honor, love, and respect one another through building bridges of international friendship. GNPI partnered with ICOM in 2016 to create and launch The RISE Project (www.theriseproject.com).

Take a look at the resources on the website and then initiate a conversation with an international student near you. You, our guests, and our world will benefit!

 

Media Strategies Matter

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Content alone used to be king; it was all about the message. This is changing. With today’s technology, media methodology and the timing of the delivery are also critical. Today, the message and the media strategy matter!

As an illustration, President-elect Donald Trump was chosen as Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.” Why? It’s due to his disruption of the normal political process. Regardless of who received your vote, there have been huge changes. Here is what Jim Dennison wrote:

“Every successful presidential candidate in my lifetime was chosen by a political party that then provided the infrastructure necessary for him to get his message to the nation. The candidate was obligated to work with the media in this regard, since they determine what they will print and air. Donald Trump’s candidacy followed none of these norms. Most of the Republican Party establishment did all it could to prevent his nomination. Most of the mainstream media did all they could to prevent his election. But the technology of our day enabled him to speak directly to his followers in ways that galvanized their support and fueled his movement.”

Of course the message is critical, but media delivery is important as well. In this case Trump’s use of social media, specifically Twitter, went directly to the people.

At GNPI, we focus on excellence in media strategy and excellence in media production. How the media will be used, who the audience is, what response we want to see, and what follow-up data indicates is more important than ever as we seek to make an impact through disciples who make disciples.

Mr. Trump may be “Person of the Year,” but we pursue the best way to use media strategies and biblical content to effectively communicate to a diverse world that Jesus Christ is the “Person for Eternity!”

A Favorite Highlight: Five Reasons

(This “Highlights of the Year” blog was originally posted on October 4, 2016. It was a milestone for us to release The GNPI App to improve communication with our ministry partners.)

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

We officially launched The GNPI App at the International Conference on Missions (ICOM).

Here are five reasons it brings value to your experience with GNPI:

#5 You can almost effortlessly pass on what God is doing through GNPI with your friends through convenient “share” buttons.

#4 You can donate to specific projects instantly as we communicate about them.

#3 You can keep a pulse on news affecting Christian workers throughout the world.

#2 You can access culturally and biblically accurate materials to offer to a missionary or use on your next mission trip.

#1 You can receive timely notifications of specific prayer requests for GNPI.

Download it today on your preferred mobile platform.

Apple iOS

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-gnpi-app/id1149007709?ls=1&mt=8

Andriod

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bluebridgechurches.goodnewsproductions&hl=en

Please conect The GNPI App with a friend, relative, church missions leader, and others in your congregation.

 

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