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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.

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.

 

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.

 

Transformation

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Seth Godin stated in a recent blog: “Merely looking at something almost never causes change. Tourism is fun, but rarely transformative.”

Mr. Godin’s words sound very familiar to believers as found in James 1:23-24 (NIV).

“Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”

At GNPI, we’re grateful so many people support our mission of moving seekers of Jesus Christ to become disciples through media. The need to communicate the Gospel in clear terms so that people will do something with God’s Truth is more urgent than ever. Sharing the Message through visuals is not only preferred in many cases, it’s necessary.

Our productions are cost effective and make an impact as they reach today’s media crazed world. We’re working through all available channels to equip workers on the ground with resources that help African farmers, Indian housewives, Russian students, and everyone in between to know Jesus.

It’s not just making movies; it’s transformation!  

 

Strategic Planning in Building GNPI

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

During our 40th anniversary year, we’ve been sharing some favorite photos and video clips from our archives. Our founder Ziden Nutt shares how prayer was part of the initial strategic planning and continues to be important as we seek God’s leading for the future.

The plans focused on the one Message revealed in God’s Word and illustrated them with culturally relevant resources in the language of the people.

The vision set before GNPI was to have a network of Christian communicators who harnessed the most powerful techniques possible to point all peoples to Christ until He comes again.

Next month we’ll look at how the ministry worked toward harnessing tools of technology for the glory of God.

Our Hour of Prayer

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I wish you could have experienced our recent International Hour of Prayer. With the help of technology, we brought together our regional directors from around the globe. Technology allowed us to have 16 global locations together at once including a small bedroom in Eurasia, a refreshing condo in Florida, and a moving train in India! What a thrill to see their faces, both familiar and new. It reminds me that we’re always growing and changing.

I wish you could have heard some of the prayers spoken in Hindi, Thai, Burmese, and other languages. It was touching to hear their prayers for personal and ministry challenges and their pleas to God for one another.

When we were done praying, no one seemed ready to disconnect due to the bonds that have been established over the years. Director of Operations Tom Nutt called it “a taste of heaven!”

Max Lucado writes, “When we work, we work; but when we pray, God works.”

I saw God working through these men and women and confident their prayers will join yours as we pray for the nations to follow Him.

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Four Technologies

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I received an email from my insurance provider highlighting the four top technologies expected to impact the health world – telehealth, mobile apps, wearables, and data sharing.

This caused me to consider what the four top technologies to impact global missions today would be. Number one, in my estimation, would be Internet access, which is the foundation of many other technologies. Around 40% of the world’s population has an Internet
connection today. In 1995, it was less than 1%. http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/                                                               

The second technology with a great impact is the cell phone. Even in the most remote areas, Christian workers can communicate with one another and with the outside world. They can store teaching materials in print, as well as audio files like worship music, and videos like teaching series or dramas. It is estimated that 4.77 billion cell phones will be in use globally at the beginning of 2017. https://deviceatlas.com/blog/16-mobile-market-statistics-you-should-know-2016

The third technology, Facebook, has a seamless flow of personal and missional information in text and visual formats. I have friends in the Muslim world who are using Facebook as the ideal “front door” in their early steps of evangelism to help identify those who are open to spiritual dialog about God, Christ, and the Church.

Finally, I would suggest various social media apps are important for global missions. In India and other countries, the social media app of choice is “WhatsApp” with its capacity to work effectively  over Wi-Fi and move data in short bursts to individuals or groups and at no cost. Over 70 million people in India use WhatsApp.  http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/whatsapp-in-over-109-countries-with-70-million-users-in-india-study-841858

It can be discouraging to see all the trouble in the world today, but even so the Lord is opening doors to spread the Gospel in new ways.

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