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Global Value

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks once said, “A world without values quickly becomes a world without value.

It’s a wonderful idea, but a difficult task. I recently met with church leaders in Uganda and Sudan. Hearing about their difficult work was sobering. Yet disciples are coming to Christ, and media is part of their plan.

While in Africa, I was looking at at my email one evening and had several encouraging messages. I read about GNPI workers in India broadcasting a program in Hindi to millions over Easter weekend about the sacrificial death of Jesus and his powerful resurrection. In another message, I saw how a Solar Kit is blessing youth who are part of a skateboard community in Chile. My colleague Tom had copied me on a communication to a missions minister letting him know that we recently completed a version of The Global Gospel (TGG) for people in Nepal thanks to the funds his congregation provided. As I continued through more messages, I learned that Christian workers in a predominately Muslim eastern European nation were thanking GNPI for TGG in their language. They were using it in a Facebook outreach strategy that reached tens of thousands with the story of Jesus.

GNPI is in the business of propagating Kingdom values worldwide by making Christ centered media productions that are culturally relevant and eternally valuable!

Thank you for helping us with our task of adding value to the world we live in today.

Thanks, GNPI!

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I recently attended a missions meeting at my home church. One of the leaders read this simple message:

People from all over the country and the world are seeing the Good News in their homes, many for the first time! We are excited to see the impact. It’s far beyond what we could have imagined!

Stats on Facebook for The Global Gospel (TGG) videos:

2 videos with $10 each for advertising yielded

185,353 views of the videos and

75,026 views from start to finish.  

(Thanks, GNPI!!!!!!)

This data is for two of the 88 TGG stories (you can read more at www.theglobalgospel.org). The 75,026 views were watched from start to finish; these were not just the click and open rates! This is in a country with a Muslim majority population.

What a joy to be on the mission team of a globally-minded congregation who is partnering with GNPI. It’s a double blessing to be part of a supporting church that receives news from one of their global workers about the success of GNPI media in their hard-to-reach part of the world!

I want to pass on his words to you by saying, “Thanks, GNPI supporters!”

Significant Dates from the Ministry of GNPI

This is a special year for us to reflect on 40 years of ministry and God’s faithfulness. Enjoy this video from our archives as GNPI Founder Ziden Nutt explains what led him to start making filmstrips when he was in Africa.

1947 – Ziden Nutt dedicates his life to missions in Africa at Christian camp.

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1956 – Ziden is ordained into ministry.

1961 – The Nutt family arrives in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

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1967 – Ziden is challenged to make culturally relevant audio visual resources.

1969 – Good News Productions begins in Rhodesia.

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1975 – The Nutts return to the U.S. for the medical care of their daughter, Lynda.

1975 – Directors are chosen and Good News Productions becomes GNPI.

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1976 – The facility in Joplin is dedicated.

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1981 – The first Solar Kit is sent to Thailand.

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1987 – ABLE Satellite System broadcasts the first program.

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1989 – The regional center in Damoh, India is dedicated.

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1993 – GNPI signs an affiliation agreement with Freedom Films, which later results in a regional center in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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1995 – The regional center in Nairobi, Kenya, is dedicated.

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1997 – GNPI signs an agreement with Colegio Biblico for office space. This leads a regional center for Spanish speakers in Texas; it later relocates to Piedras Negras, Mexico.

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1998 – The regional center in the Philippines is established.

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1999 – GNPI signs an affiliation agreement with Sergei Golovin, which later results in the regional center in Ukraine.

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2001 – The Don DeWelt Prayer Center is dedicated on GNPI property in Joplin.

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2003 – The regional center is dedicated in Chandigarh, India.

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2004 – The regional center is dedicated in SE Asia.

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2009 – The regional center is established in Mbale, Uganda.

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2009 – The first Project Nomad team is established in Eldoret, Kenya.

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2011 – GNPI completes The Global Gospel in English as the first language.

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2012 – First mobile app content is distributed to help seekers become disciples of Christ.

2015 – GNPI works to complete the world’s top 25 languages of The Global Gospel

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2016 – Today, the GNPI network includes nine regional centers and eight Nomad teams with more than 500 Solar Kits mobilized in close to 50 countries.

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Imagine Jesus’ Disciples Using Email

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

A friend forwarded this clever email, which illustrates cultural relevance, from Bob Shank of The Master’s Program. It encourages us to imagine how the disciples might have communicated with each other through email.

—–Original Message—–
From: simon@galileefishing.com
To: Jacob

Dear Jacob,

Simon here. I hope this e-mail address is still valid for you; it’s the only one I have. I sent it from my old simon@galileefishing.com account; you ought to update your contact list: peter@messiah.org.

I saw you yesterday when we came into the city. The crowd was so intense that, by the time we got Jesus through the gate and returned the donkey, I couldn’t find you. I know Jerusalem is crawling with people this week – we usually stay in Bethany and come into town every day for the events – and I didn’t know where you’d be staying. I hope you’re checking your emails and this gets through…

It’s been a few years since we’ve talked, but the last 36 months, for me, have been a whirlwind.

My brother and I were introduced to Jesus by John – remember the peculiar mystic who was drawing the big crowds by the river and getting people pumped-up about the imminent appearance of the Messiah? – and that set in motion a chain of events that we never imagined possible.

Andrew had been following John around for a while, met Jesus through him, and then he brought me to meet Jesus for myself. He was intriguing, but the big ah-ha moment happened for me when He showed up at the lake and asked me to take a leave-of-absence from the fishing business to join His inner circle and travel with Him. It didn’t take us much time to make the move: we put the boats in dry-dock and packed our bags. Opportunities like this don’t come along often, especially for nobodies like us.

You and I grew up in the same synagogue, and you remember those Sabbath mornings when the rabbi would tell us about the promised Messiah. All we ever heard at home was the daily dose of bitter hopelessness because of Rome’s occupation; no one had any solution for the foreign military presence that dominated our lives. The rabbi would talk about God’s promise for a future – “the Kingdom” – that would restore our dignity and fulfill His prophecies. We wrote it off as religious fantasy, but I think we spoke too soon…

The crowd yesterday – at the Eastern Gate – was astounding. We’ve had big gatherings all over Israel for the last couple of years, but the sense of anticipation has never reached what we saw yesterday. I could bend your ear for days telling you about things we’ve seen that no one would believe. You know I’m a no-nonsense guy, Jacob, but Jesus defies explanation. I’ve been there: He’s done things that no one can explain or replicate. People sick with everything from traumatic injuries to chronic diseases have been instantaneously restored and healed. On multiple occasions, He’s stretched a single meal into catering for thousands. I won’t put it in an e-mail, but we’ve seen Him do things that make us wonder who He really is. You know I’m a born skeptic, but He’s convinced me.

Based on what we saw yesterday, the crowd in Jerusalem is ready for something big to happen. Some of us met last night, and we think that this may be the week when He will announce His plans to negotiate a new arrangement with Rome and restore the monarchy. That’s what we signed on for. Get in early, and get in big is the strategy among the insiders (there are 12 of us). He’s promised each of us governorships over the 12 tribes; that’s what kept us going. There’s a payoff, and we think it’s soon.

If I see you this week in the city, let’s get coffee. I’ll see if I can get you in to meet Jesus.

Simon (Jesus gave me a nickname: don’t laugh, it’s Peter – the Rock)

 

Tribute to Tom Silkwood

We would like to honor the life of Tom Silkwood, our friend and coworker, who served as the regional director of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, since it opened in 1993. Tom passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on March 26, 2016.

We are thankful we had the chance to work with Tom and his wife, Gayle. We appreciate Tom’s example of love for Thai people and his passion for sharing the Gospel.

A Double Punch!

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

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Two short years ago at our Vision Night events, we shared our ambitious plans to find ways to distribute our content on apps. Two years later we see God working to make that vision a reality. After we laid our plans before God, GNPI was guided to partnerships with well respected organizations including Back to the BIble and YouVersion to distribute our content through mobile apps.

Two of our regional centers are working with Back to the Bible on custom apps. GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico is offering + Vida, and GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, is preparing Yunami.

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In addition to this work with Back to the Bible, we’ve created Bible study plans in Russian, Ukrainian, Hindi, Spanish, and Tunisian Arabic for the YouVersion Bible app. This content covers some of the most basic stories of the life of Christ including His birth, His teachings in the Sermon on the Mount, and His death and resurrection over ten thousand people have subscribed to these plans, and more than 7,500 have fully completed their plan subscriptions.

We’re working hard to integrate more of our content seamlessly across multiple mobile app channels. To this end, we reached a new milestone recently when GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, made their Spanish Easter plan, La Semana Santa, available on both YouVersion and + Vida. It’s our first double punch in making the same content available on two platforms!

This may not have been the way we would have pictured our plans being accomplished two years ago, but we praise God for His purpose that prevails.

 

Easter Resources

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

As we celebrate Resurrection Day, thank God for bringing good things from the tragedy of Jesus’ death on the cross. Through His death and resurrection, we have eternal life! I hold this hope even more closely this year as my family continues to grieve after my Dad’s death in February.

My hope for the future gives my life purpose and entrusts me with a special Message to share. We want to help you share Jesus with your friends this Easter. Click on the link below to access special resources you may find to be personally enriching, and then you may want to use them to spread the Good News.

Because He lives!

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Identity Matters

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

GNPI-Eurasia is based in Kiev, Ukraine, and Simferopol, Crimea. Through the Internet and mobile delivery tools, media projects produced in these locations serve many nations throughout Europe and Asia.

Identity is a sensitive issue. In the New Testament a person identified as a Galilean was considered uneducated. Fishermen were equally held in low opinion. Jews looked down on Samaritans as half-breeds. Identity mattered, and it still matters today.

Shortly after the 2014 Summer Olympics, Vladimir Putin’s Russian army annexed a portion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. As a result, some GNPI staff members stayed and some had to leave. This created two campuses under GNPI-Ukraine: the Kiev campus and the Crimea campus.

Regional Director Dr. Sergei Golovin states, “We are one team with one vision, one strategy, and one budget. However, we have two locations. Nevertheless, our vision is much broader than Ukraine. Through the network of the Eurasian Apologetics Society, we are impacting all former Soviet Union countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Uzbekistan, and others. Until recently Crimea was just a home base for ministry.”

As a result of this current situation and looking towards the future, our colleagues have asked that we refer to them as GNPI-Eurasia.

Next time you check our website or read a blog, prayer request, or newsletter, please remember to pray for peace and for boldness in the work of GNPI-Eurasia. It spans ten time zones using innovative methods to accelerate global evangelism.

The “E” Word

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I’m thinking about an important word that starts with the letter “E.” Can you guess what it is? It’s critical to the world right now. No, it’s not election. It’s not economy. The truly big “E” word is neither of those. It’s eternity! Popular opinion or world circumstances cannot change this reality.

My father recently passed away, and I had the privilege of sharing his eulogy with a large crowd in his hometown, many of whom did not know Jesus. They work hard and are concerned about the economy. Yet, everyone feels the reality of death while standing next to a loved one’s casket. It’s a startling reminder to consider eternity. People can live 30 days without food and three days without water, but they cannot survive for three minutes without eternal hope.

As we think about this hope with Easter right around the corner, I wonder what my dad would say to us after a few days in eternity? Could he describe for us the awe of the God Almighty, the majesty of Jesus the Holy One, the number of angels, or the beauty of the homes Christ is building for each of His children? I think Dad would simply say, “Eternity is what Easter is all about! Eternity is what I want to be about.”

This is why I serve with GNPI and our ministry partners to accelerate global evangelism. Hey! There’s another important “E” word.

The Key to Identifying a Counterfeit

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

“Don’t worry about the counterfeit; just know the original.” Years ago this advice was given to a friend of our family. His daughter worked as a bank teller, and she was concerned about being cheated when she began her job. The principle for a bank teller, and for Christ followers, is to know the real thing instead of worrying about being faked out by every new doctrine.

GNPI works to share the “real thing,” the Good News, in relevant ways to cultures and communities around the world. Combating the false teachings of animism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam requires clear communication, so there is no doubt who Jesus is and what He wants His followers to do.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, the first and greatest commandment, is followed by His Great Commission to go into all the world and make disciples. Jesus was not a counterfeit, and GNPI is committed to clearly communicating this simple truth to transform a diverse and dying world through our media messages.

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