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The Right Tool for the Job

by Eddie Gonzalez, Christian Worker in South Sudan

This Team Expansion worker is convinced of the need to use technology to reach people with the Gospel. GNPI is thankful to partner with Eddie and his team in their growing ministry.

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  • How do you get the Gospel in the hands of those who cannot read?
  • How do you expand a goal of reaching not one hundred, but one hundred thousand people?
  • How do you find a tool for discipling those around you, when there are over five different languages spoken within one town?

The right tool is needed to be able to communicate even basic evangelism and basic discipleship when the obstacles are great. That is why our team is excited about distributing audio files. The audio Bible, in various tribal languages, can be given within a device the size of the tip of your finger… an SD card. The Right Tool 2People can Bluetooth, or file transfer, discipleship teachings and audio Bibles within minutes. It can spread like wildfire throughout the active electronic networks of the people in this country! Villages are already humming with music from radios and cell phones – the audience is already gathered!

An audio file is not constricted by illiteracy, it can be distributed at no cost, and it is not a book to be torn or worn. Our team has a big vision for spreading recorded teachings and audio Bibles throughout this country. It has already begun with our vendors in the market, neighbors, officials we meet at the border, and chaplains in the army.

Long after we leave, these files can keep spreading. Long after the sun goes down on a village without electricity, they can keep listening. Pray that the people who hear the audio Bibles will share them with others and produce fruit in their lives. Pray for us to produce good teaching.

Cultural Reversal

By Bryan S. Lawler, Creative Project Coordinator

Many times I have traveled to other countries, and you never know what to expect. You try to keep an open mind and be ready to adapt to any situation you might find yourself in. I recently had the opportunity to travel and be part of a unique experience along with my co-worker, Stan.

One principle at the core of the ministry of GNPI is cultural relevance. We talk about culture in countries other than the US. The GNPI-Thai team was invited to film the testimony of a Thai-American dentist living in St. Paul, MN. It was a rare and interesting opportunity for them to offer a reversal for our US mindset of missions and show us what cultural relevance looks like as our Thai co-workers did “missions work” in Minnesota.

Watch this video and I think you’ll understand.

Romans 12 comes to mind for many reasons to help describe my feelings regarding this team and their commitment to follow God’s will and show God’s love in a country other than Thailand.

“Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” – Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)

Columbus Bound…Heading to ICOM

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Each year thousands of people look forward to ICOM. (International Conference On Missions), and each year we are excited to pack up and head to whatever city the conference has chosen.

What happens at ICOM?

  • People commit to mission work.
  • Friends reunite.
  • People take advantage of great networking opportunities.
  • Missionaries learn about new technology and resources.
  • God moves in mighty ways!

Who attends ICOM?

  • Missionaries
  • Sending Organizations
  • People Considering Mission Work
  • Mission Organizations
  • People Who Support Mission Work
  • Families of Missionaries
  • People Serving on Mission Committees
  • Missions Ministers
  • College Students and Professors
  • High School Students

LOTS of folks come to ICOM!

Next Wednesday, we’ll be setting up our booth, looking forward to seeing YOU! We hope you’ll stop by booth #520 and say hello if you are going to be in Columbus, OH this year.

Thanks for the Upgrade!

So many of you participated in the Beyond Ourselves campaign, and for that we are truly grateful. To date, we’ve collected 93 percent of all pledges made toward the campaign – a wonderful testimony to your generosity and faithfulness to the legacy of GNPI. Eighty-five percent of churches who made a pledge have fulfilled their commitments.

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You’ve helped continue a nearly 40-year legacy of ministry through the creation of NOMaD teams, helping complete projects like The Global Gospel, and upgrading the production capability of our regional centers.

Bob Sartoris, GNPI’s international director, recently traveled to Mexico to deliver some new equipment to the team there. They wanted to say “Thank you” for your generosity, so they shot this short video.

 

Hannah’s Transformation

Hannah lives in the Philippines, and her transformation story comes to us from Nenette Pacoli, regional director of GNPI-Philippines.

Hannah is a young lady who had been deeply hurt by the actions of her father. Her family had been torn apart. She awoke every morning asking, “Why are we a broken family?”

Hannah was in so much pain that she turned to worldly comforts with terrible consequences. She even attempted suicide. However, in March (2014) she saw All Things New, a movie produced by GNPI-Philippines, and her world shifted.

Nenette writes:
Hannah came to our church three years ago and I actually saw the transformation in her!  We showed All Things New, but she didn’t tell me her reaction until the following day—that she had actually “been thinking about” or “considering” or “I’ll get around to” forgiving her father. It was All Things New that gave that necessary push…the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. There were tears in her eyes as she recalled parts of the movie that touched her deeply.

We have such an awesome God! Although I know of stories of video materials touching people, I am still amazed at how God uses this medium to get his message across.

When Hannah asked her dad if it was ok to use the video publicly, he said, “Okay, if it will bless other people, push it.” The good thing about it is that Hannah’s dad no longer feels shame and guilt that he has to hide. Instead, he has experienced God’s grace and forgiveness so he can talk about his past, both with regret and joy! Even her mom has seen the video and hopes it will bless others too.

Here is Hannah’s story in her own words:

A New Journey

By Jason Miller, NOMaD Coordinator

GNPI has recently partnered with ServAsia to equip ministries in India.

ServAsia has three separate divisions:

  1. Lakeview Bible College and Seminary
  2. Sigma (Church-planting)
  3. Xpressions – the media arm

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We are excited about the future and all that God has entrusted to us for his kingdom’s growth and glory. Please pray that we will be faithful to him – from whom all things flow.

God makes all things beautiful in his time. He is taking us on a journey that we didn’t expect to begin so soon. We started Xpressions, the media unit under ServAsia, with the help of Good News Productions, International (GNPI) to produce media, particularly focused on evangelism and discipleship.

Journey2We are overwhelmed by the responses we have received from individuals and organizations who have approached us to help them produce media resources. In the past year, we have made changes to our teaching methodology in college by adding more media tools as part of our classes. This year we added Media and Missions as one of the major streams for our Masters of Divinity program. We feel that this course will enable our students to take big steps in making ministry and missions more contemporary and relevant to the present generation. We have plans to further train our students, the next generation of leaders, to produce media resources, so they will know how to make optimum use of technology for the glory of God.

Journey4We held a project-based media training by Good News Productions, International (GNPI) from September 30 – October 6 on the Lakeview campus. The purpose was to train our alumni and representatives from different missions to start NOMaD Apprentice Teams to produce media resources in their areas of influence.

Some of the projects that we have currently undertaken are:

  1. The Global Gospel (The life and teachings of Jesus Christ come alive in a beautifully illustrated video storybook which follows the dramatic narration found in the Gospels. The project template was produced by GNPI. We are producing it in the Tamil language.)
  1. The Global Gospel – Telugu
  2. Social Issues and the Church (challenging the church to stand up against crimes against women, poverty, and the caste system)
  3. A play portraying creation, the fall, the consequences of the fall, and redemption by the blood of Jesus in five different languages (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, English, and Malayalam).

Journey5The training in Chennai went very well! I believe this is the start of a great relationship between the two works in Chennai and in Damoh. We have had several good group talks about the training, how to follow up with teams, and even a basic introduction to a video training App.

The trainees have been working from morning through the evening to get projects done, but none have complained. Two young men told us they have been enjoying learning and working with the equipment, so the long hours haven’t been a problem for them.

In all, we have trained about 65 on this trip to India, 80 if you include the trip last January. We expect many of them to advance beyond this initial training to put what they’ve learned to work, making a substantial impact!

 

Surprising Ministry Connections

By Matt Brock, GNPI Director of Development

Last spring GNPI mobilized a Solar Kit to help Made In the Streets (MITS), a ministry in Kenya. MITS is a nonprofit organization that rescues children from the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, and provides them with basic needs and skills for later in life.

The Solar Kit has been so effective for the work there that we’re in the process of sending another.

Jackton Omondi, of Made In the Streets ministry in Kenya writes, “Thank you very much, GNPI, for the donation of the God-given gift of the Solar Kit. We were able to use it on several different occasions and places.

We have used it with our students showing The Jesus Film and for leading worship at chapel. We are using it to show evangelistic videos to our graduates on their house wall. We also use it at our house to watch movies and Bible stories on the wall. The most interesting showing was when we used it with our Maasai guards. They were surprised to see such a small thing without electricity projecting on the wall. It takes the solar power charger to fully charge the battery in an hour. We are forced to take good care of it because it is tempting to all the people that have seen it. We have nicknamed it, Technology Matin, which means small technology.”

Then I received this message from Steve Sherman, missions professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Chairman of the missions team at Otter Creek Church of Christ.

Hi Matt,

I was in Kenya last week and found out that two of our graduates from Made in the Streets are working for GNPI! That was a wonderful discovery! I still have a hard time seeing these young people moving from children living on the streets to young, beautiful, Christian professionals!

We have been blessed with a some wonderful employees with strong ties to MITS. What a blessing to be able, in a small way, to return that blessing through your generosity and ultimately, Solar Kits.

It’s a blessing to see God working in many lives and ministries to grow his church around the world!

Have a great story to share about how God has impacted your life through GNPI? Email it to us at gnpi@gnpi.org.

Holiday Shopping with AmazonSmile

If you shop on Amazon, this message is for you!

Shop AmazonAmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) is a site operated by Amazon that offers the same selection of products and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. When you use AmazonSmile, and choose GNPI as the non-profit of your choice, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the eligible purchases you make, which in most cases is everything you buy, to GNPI.

For one person, this may not be a whole lot. However, when multiple people use AmazonSmile, and choose GNPI, this can really add up!

It’s EASY to get started:

  • Click on this link: smile.amazon.com
  • If you already have an account with Amazon, you don’t have to create a separate login; use the same login and password you would use for your Amazon account.
  • When you’ve registered, the top of the page should read, “Supporting: Good News Productions, International.”

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It’s that easy. AND, you only have to register once! The website remembers your selected organization!

As Christmas approaches, we may all be doing a bit more shopping. When you shop AmazonSmile, know that part of your purchase helped accelerate global evangelism through media and technology!

Thanks, happy shopping, and spread the word!

 

 

What A Great Day!

The campus where GNPI and several other ministries are located in Joplin, Missouri, was on the receiving end of great acts of kindness this past Sunday. A church in Joplin, College Heights Christian Church, and a few others in the area hold an annual event they call the Great Day of Service. They go out into the community as the Church and lend a helping hand to individuals and organizations wherever needed.

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A group came to GNPI to help do whatever needed doing. As you can see, one of the things they did was chop wood. There are several acres of woods on the campus, and some trees had died and needed to be cut down.

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Thanks from Togo!

by Kpowbie Daniel, Christian worker in Togo, West Africa

We have been very busy in the past days as we had a team of 17 people from the Lexington Christian Academy visit us for almost a month. We did a lot of evangelism, and two new churches were started in two different locations. Later we went back to the two new churches and found they had grown. There were 111 people attending the first church and 102 attending the second one.

The Solar Kit was so useful in achieving this.

 

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In this picture, we were visiting three weeks later with some gifts for the kids. We still have a lot of programs in the next couple of months.
My partners, to whom I gave one Solar Kit, are very busy working among the Muslims in the central region. Keep praying for us.

Director of Operations Tom Nutt responded to Kpowbie, “Thank you for the report. May God’s name be glorified through the starting of the two new churches. We will indeed pray for both of these churches and those who have accepted Jesus and have been immersed in Christian baptism. What a blessing to hear and what a blessing to know that a Solar Kit, provided by friends in the US, helped make a kingdom impact in your beautiful part of the world. May God continue to use you to help his kingdom grow!”

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