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An Honor

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

As the president of this year’s International Conference On Missions (ICOM), I’ve had the privilege of visiting many Bible colleges during the past two months. It is encouraging to meet so many students who are preparing to serve Christ on the mission field.

It has also been a blessing, everywhere I go, to hear faculty members express their appreciation for GNPI. They share memories of Founder Ziden Nutt coming to speak in classes and chapel services. They talk about internships that shaped the ministries of their students. They pull DVDs from their library shelves which have been used in classes. They talk about the vision and usefulness of many GNPI projects over the past 40 years, including the Distance Learning Consortium, which GNPI helped initiate several years ago.

It’s been an honor to represent GNPI and ICOM, to hear the stories of the past, and to meet the people who will take us into the future.

“The 3D Gospel”

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I highly recommend The 3D Gospel by Jason Georges. It features the three key mindsets of guilt, shame, and fear that tend to drive the thinking of global cultures. Georges reminds us the Gospel is 3D as well; it addresses the needs of each culture.

Consider the guilt-innocence worldview (mostly Western; individualistic societies), the shame-honor worldview (mostly in the East; collectivistic mindset), and the fear-power worldview (typically tribal or African; referring to animistic cultures).

Citizens in the U.S. are often motivated by guilt. We have a strong sense of right and wrong. We use metaphors like “guilty as sin” or “missing the mark.” Our understanding of the weight of sin relates to the Gospel’s idea of grace that frees us from it.

However, Georges challenges us to see how “the Gospel is a many-sided diamond, and God wants people in all cultures to experience His complete salvation.”

At GNPI, we see the ways media can communicate the Gospel in living color to people from these three worldviews.

I appreciate this helpful graphic from Global Mapping International about the three primary cultures of the world as we try to share the love of Christ in every tribe, tongue, and nation.


Regional Centers Increase Opportunity

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

During our 40th anniversary year, we’ve been sharing some favorite photos and video clips from our archives. In this video our founder Ziden Nutt describes how the regional centers have provided opportunities to redeem the time in sharing the Gospel around the world. Ziden realized after moving the ministry operations to Joplin that the same networking and growth could not have been done from Zimbabwe because the borders were closed at the time. Ziden explains how the right people rose to the challenge to establish the various centers around the world.

Next month we’ll see some of the most exciting events where we could see God working to take the ministry beyond ourselves.


A Wonderful Partnership

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I met Dr. Micheal Curtice recently when I was speaking at Central Christian College of the Bible (CCCB) in Moberly, Missouri.

There I learned that Dr. Curtice has been to Chennai, India, at least ten times! It was surprising to discover that our GNPI Nomad team leader, Timothy Jai Kumar, was a student of Dr. Curtice in several classes when he taught as a visiting professor.

I was excited to show the updated Nomad Production Kit to Dr. Curtice and his class. What a wonderful partnership God has once again put together by sending a faculty member from a regional Bible College multiple times to provide biblical training for a person of Timothy’s caliber.

Timothy was later trained by Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen and others from GNPI on how to use media as a specific method of outreach. The outcome is a strong Christian man who is mentoring others in India to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology with biblically based and culturally relevant media.

We believe nationals know best, and Timothy is another great example of someone who embodies that truth. Yet, it would not have happened without the partnership of men like Dr.  Curtice from CCCB, Mark Allen from GNPI, or without you!

Thanks for your partnership as a means to enable GNPI in sharing the Gospel with people throughout the world.


God Will Make a Way

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I am encouraged to see what the Lord is doing in Ghana.

TEAM Expansion reports,

“The Lord has begun a Church Planting Movement in Ghana! They have baptized 203 people so far in 2016. Here’s the breakdown by tribe: Gonja 106, Dagomba 51, Chokossi 2, Mamprusi 2, Vagla 1, Fulani 5, Bawule 3, Jula 5, Deg 3, Birifor 2, Hausa 2, Dagaati 5, Talinsi 4, and 12 baptisms in tribes unknown at the time of this report. There have also been 13 new groups/simple churches formed.”

This is nearly a person per day, and more than one tribe per month! These impressive results have come in spite of trials the Church planters, Terry and Amy Ruff, faced including robbery and emergency trips home for health concerns.

Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen recently went to Ghana to work with these Christian workers. Mark says,

The Ruffs created a media studio to reach the people of Ghana and asked GNPI to help train nine prospective media missionaries.

The group has incredible potential. One team will create biblical resources to reach Ghana’s deaf population, which includes an estimated 250,000 unreached people. Another attendee, Pastor Moses S., the oldest son of a prominent Muslim teacher, was converted and now plants churches.

Some of my equipment was stolen while I was in Ghana, and the training conditions were less than ideal. Yet, things turned out great. It reminded me that God will make a way even when it’s difficult.


Let’s keep praying and keep working together to accelerate global evangelism!

Five Reasons

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

We will officially launch The GNPI App at ICOM. I’d like to give our ministry partners a chance to see it first. Here are five reasons it brings value to your GNPI experience:

#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.

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


Harnessing Tools of Technology

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

During our 40th anniversary year, we’ve been sharing some favorite photos and video clips from our archives. On this video our founder Ziden Nutt recalls how GNPI recognized and applied various techniques that not only attracted attention to the Gospel but also caused effective learning. GNPI started with filmstrips and has used many different tools through the years, including Internet technology.

Next month we will talk about how the regional centers increased our opportunity to redeem the time.


40 Days of Prayer

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Max Lucado said, “When we work, we work, but when we pray, God works.”  Would you join us in asking God to work in mighty ways over the next 40 days? 

To guide with this request, I invite you to download our “40 Days of Prayer” calendar.

We start today (September 20th) and finish on October 29th, the day our facility in Joplin was officially dedicated in 1976, but you can use the guide anytime! Our founder, Ziden Nutt, has always prioritized prayer as the center of this ministry. We want to see that legacy continue.

Thank you for your partnership in ministry, and thank you for praying.


Respect and Compassion

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Let this quote sink in from atheist Penn Jillette, of the magician duo, Penn & Teller.

I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a Heaven and a Hell, and people could be going to Hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me alone and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?

I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.

The logic of this famous atheist begs all of us to show more compassion for the least, the last, and the lost in our world. Let’s accelerate in sharing the Gospel together!


More Like Him

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

The other day I came across this anonymous quote: “History is full of men who would be gods, but only one God who would be man.”  

Listening to today’s political chatter, studying the lessons of history, and considering the world’s religions all point to the truth in this statement. Pharaoh, Herod, Nero, and Hitler all wanted to be more than just a man; they wanted to claim the place that belongs only to God.

Small men who try to be become large gods fail in mercy and compassion. Our awesome God became a man and showed these things to the lowest in society. The publican, tax collector, leper, divorcee, and traitor all find mercy from Jesus, the Son of God.

This is such Good News. It motivates me to gladly receive mercy and freely give compassion. Only then, will a mere man even begin to look more like the God he is serving.