Here are some of the spotlight moments of the 2018 Vision Night.
Mike Schrage, Executive Director
God speaks in His Word about heroes of the faith. We can all point to heroes who are active among us doing so much good for God’s Kingdom.
For some of you who know Ziden and Helen Nutt, you’ve supported their mission work starting in Africa 50 years ago.
It was during that season of ministry in Zimbabwe that GNPI was born and some of you have supported not only their family, but GNPI for 40 years! Your perseverance in prayer and your generosity of heart has made the following blessings possible.
At GNPI, we’re constantly amazed by what God does through our heroes, his people, around the world. Chris DeWelt is a former missionary and president of College Press. He is currently the Director of Intercultural Studies at Ozark Christian College. Thousands have been taught in his classroom and hundreds mobilized for cross-cultural work globally. Chris is a noted speaker, writer, and world traveller. He also serves as an elder and statesman for the Church. Chris provides a glimpse into what God is doing around the world through heroes God has used.
Alan Wan is originally from China, a graduate of Ozark Christian College, and now a valuable part of the GNPI family. Alan is just one of the many people God is mobilizing in China for service around the world.
We’re excited about the opportunities to build the Kingdom in China. You may remember GNPI produced a movie called Source of Love some years ago. Last year, with the help of a ministry partner, we distributed 500 thumb drives worth of resources to Chinese pastors. Within the last two years, we also conducted two Nomad trainings inside of China.
One of the exciting projects at GNPI is Project Nomad.
Project Nomad empowers local people to use media for their own local church planting and evangelistic needs. Sergio Alvarado is a friend we have invested in through Project Nomad. From being a young missionary to a church planter who knew media could enable his work to go further and deeper, Sergio shares about his team’s progress in Mexico through Project Nomad.
Several years ago, the GNPI board agreed that we needed to reach out more intentionally to the world’s three major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Through intentional prayer and God’s guidance, good strides have been made in preparing materials for Christian workers among those religious views.
As I think about Islam, I can hear in my ears the call to prayer at 5:15 AM in India. I can see the giant mosque in Tunisia next to the rubble where a church building for Christians once stood.
At that site, leaders convened and canonized the books of the Bible (to insure it was not corrupted as many Muslims believe).
I firmly believe the answer to Islamic terrorism is not more sanctions or bombs but more love and truth. Islam may be growing in the West, but in the Middle East and North Africa, incredible changes are occurring as thousands upon thousands are seeking Allah and finding Jesus instead!
In partnership with a Christian media team in Cyprus, GNPI has produced Jesus Story, a series with 13 episodes of half-hour programs for Arabic-speaking children. The estimated viewership is five million and, with our social media engagement plan, hundreds of families have received discipleship material, prayer, and encouragement. Like The Global Gospel, Jesus Story is a template that any of our 16 production teams could adapt for use in their language and country.
In Indonesia, where more Muslims live today than anywhere else in the world, our most audacious plan for GNPI is underway.
Again in partnership with a Christian media ministry there, 20 fully animated short Bible stories have been created for families. It is called The New Angle Media Project. By using video, web, and social media engagement, you can enable local Christians to connect with seeking Muslim families. The desire is to make disciples who make other disciples. Think of it as a gold detector. Research indicates that at any moment in time, 2.5% of all Indonesians are open to spiritual change! That’s 6.5 million people!
This media project helps local Christians to identify the people whom the Holy Spirit has already been working in as they seek truth and search for eternal meaning.
What excites me about this project is that it reaches families who are asking spiritual questions.
Bible stories have present-day relevant content for Indonesian families. Christian workers are immediately notified on their mobile devices when a family downloads one of the videos, so they can pray for that specific family to watch, discover, and obey Jesus. The Holy Spirit, combined with prayer and media, allows you to make disciples in Indonesia. You are our heroes in helping others go deeper!
After a family watches a story or two, they are asked if they want to contact a Christ-follower. To arrange the meeting, they simply text a phone number that appears at the end of the video and conversations can begin.
They will be contacting Christian workers who have been invited to help with this important follow-up process. Animated Bible stories and interactive media connect Muslims with Christians who have already prayed for them! Like The Global Gospel and Jesus Story, this project can be reproduced in multiple languages by simply replacing the audio and text. That’s what deeper is all about!
When I first began to seek Christ, I went to a Christian concert and then read a New Testament before ever going to a worship service. Some of you might have a similar story of how God used different types of media to invite you to meet other Christians individually or to attend church for the first time. Today God has given us tools of video and social media to identify and introduce seekers who could potentially become our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Together we are helping build God’s Church and meet the real needs of people in their everyday lives!