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Celebrating God’s Amazing Network

(This “Highlights of the Year” blog was originally posted on September 29, 2015. Seeing the Lord bring people together to accomplish His work has been one of the blessings of this year.)

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. — Revelation 7.9 (NIV)

I’m sitting in a meeting about Project Nomad and watching God develop an amazing network with our regional directors and grassroots production teams. See if you can follow this …

A missionary from North Africa introduced us to a real estate professional (a former Muslim working in Indianapolis but from Morocco). Our new friend introduced us to his associate from Algeria who wants Nomad training. The training will possibly occur in Cyprus, and the teacher will likely be Egyptian.


This collection of God’s children will work with us – Americans. Only God could pull all this together with His love and power and grace! I’m so excited to see what He will do next.

God Opens Doors

Tom Silkwood, Regional Director of GNPI-Thailand

Our ministry goal is to have materials ready to distribute whenever we hear about a need. A woman recently stopped by our office in Chiang Mai to inquire about our materials. Over 40 hours of preaching in the Lisu language were loaded onto a tiny thumb drive and given to this new friend.


She will take this small device home to a nearby country where duplicates can be made on any computer.

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Although the government of her country opposes the Word, God opens doors that man tries to close.

Living in a culturally diverse country is sometimes a challenge, but mostly it is a privilege. Aside from the indigenous Thai, there are the Lisu, Rawang, other tribal groups, and other ethnic groups from neighboring countries around Chiang Mai. In recent years many Pakistani Christians have fled their homeland seeking safety in Thailand from religious persecution. Carrying their few belongings and documents, which identify them as asylum-seekers, hundreds are now labeled as refugees. I was honored to be asked to record the marriage of a Pakistani Christian couple recently.


I saw at this as another open door for the Message of Christ.


We made DVD copies to be carried to Dubai, Pakistan, and Bangkok for friends and family members to enjoy.

People Are Coming to Christ

Find out why TP of SE Asia is rejoicing, and rejoice with those who rejoice! 


TP, Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

God is working through us, and people are coming to Christ.


Last Saturday our pastor came to my house and told me a man wanted to learn about the true and living God the next evening. The pastor asked if I would explain the Gospel to him. I said, “Yes, I will.”

Kyaw, 30 years old, is married and has two children. He spent time in prison for demonstrating. Kyaw said,  “I am a Buddhist. I don’t know much about the true Buddha (true God). I would like to hear about Jesus Christ from you.”

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Full of happiness I shared Christ with him. Then Kyaw told me, “What you said was true and clear. You convinced me. I have decided to be baptized next week, but I need to explain this to my wife and my children. No one told us about the true God as simply and clearly as you have done.” After that I prayed for him.

Kyaw was baptized as planned on October 18, 2015.


Seven young people in our church decided to be baptized that day as well.




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Dressed for Success


Director of Development Matt Brock recently visited Africa with International Director Bob Sartoris. This was Matt’s first trip to Africa. He visited Nairobi, Eldoret, and Pokot, Kenya and Mbale, Uganda. Matt shared his trip reflections in a four-part blog series. The first blogs were Getting Where We Need to Go, The Gathering Place, and Food for the Soul.


Matt Brock, GNPI Director of Development


When I was in Africa, I was struck by how nicely everyone was dressed. Everywhere I turned, it seemed the men were wearing suits. As I look back at the photos of a GNPI-Africa Advisory Council meeting in Nairobi


and a meeting in Tendwo, the site of Tumaini Hotel produced by GNPI-Nairobi, I was struck by the fact that everyone in the picture, except for me, was wearing a suit!

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The day after our meeting in Tendwo, we headed to an even more remote region of Africa to visit another community. On the way we passed through the city of Iten, known for its training of distance runners. We even saw many people from other nations testing their limits in the region’s higher elevations. Yet, it was something else I saw there that seemed even more incredible to me. Driving a tractor down the road, was a man dressed in a three-piece suit!

I don’t know where he was going or what he was doing. Perhaps it’s the only mode of transportation he had. Maybe it was one of the only outfits he owned. Perhaps he was going to a local fashion show for tractor owners. I’m not sure, but it made me think.

No, I probably won’t change the way I dress anytime soon. I’ll stay with what’s become appropriate in my culture just as the man I saw was being appropriate to his. Good or bad, we don’t dress up like we used to in the U.S. However, in a place where you don’t have very much, you tend to appreciate what you have and aspire to better things ahead.

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I started thinking about my spiritual clothes. What do they look like to others? Second Corinthians 5:17 reminds us:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

I don’t think the spiritual clothes I’m wearing reflect the new creation I’ve become very often. I let circumstances dictate my attitude. I allow what’s happening to me to determine which spiritual clothes I choose. Then there are those spiritual clothes the Enemy wants me to slip into like fear, doubt, anger, bitterness, and the list could go on and on.

Paul reminds us of the clothes in Galatians 3, we were given to wear as believers:

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Paul doesn’t say we have the option to put them on if we’re in Christ; he said we’re already wearing them! If a three-piece suit were the measure of the best way to dress spiritually, we ought to be like the man on the tractor. Even when everything around you looks dry and dusty, does the glory and radiance of Christ appear in your life?

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It’s not that I want to look my best. I don’t want to “fake it until I feel it” or “be the change I want to see.” I want to show others I am grateful my Lord has saved me and clothed me with his righteousness! How proud am I to wear those garments?

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I guess the next time I ride a tractor I might want to pick up my dry-cleaning first.


A Harvest of Blessings

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Fall is harvest time. I grew up on a farm in southern Illinois, and one of my favorite memories is riding with my father at Thanksgiving while he picked our corn. The harvest represented months of work and faithful planning, but I understood at a young age that God provided the rain we needed to have a harvest at all!

Last month I learned about the need in Nairobi for a new generator. I shared this with a farmer friend of mine from southern Illinois. He understood what it meant to go without electricity to operate machinery or to dry the corn. Having electricity is the key for operations with many kinds of work. It is the same for our studio and office in Nairobi where power outages are frequent. When I told my friend about our broken backup generator, a used Army surplus unit imported 20 years ago, Randy responded by asking five of his friends to join him in selling grain to cover the cost! I received their gifts last week.

Their blessing became our blessing. It will enable productions to be completed which will bless others. This is the spirit of Thanksgiving, and I’m so grateful for the fall.

God Is Our Sustenance

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Kenya


We thank God for His sustenance. Abubakar Mwenda is a well-known actor in Kenya. His passion to do a voice for The Global Gospel in Swahili amazed us.


He didn’t do it for money. We didn’t have much to pay him, but he was okay with helping anyway. He did the project during Islamic prayer times. We would see him sneak out to go pray when the time came, then he would come back into the studio and continue playing the part of Jesus.


When the project was done, our project coordinator wanted to finalize his contract for payment. She asked Abubakar, “Which roles did you play in this project? Was it just Jesus or were there any other roles?” He answered, “Correction, it’s not just Jesus, it’s JESUS!” For him playing the role of Jesus was a big deal. We know God is working in his life through this project.


We pray God will continue to make Himself known to many Swahili speakers through this project.


Solar Kits: Tools of Blessing

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

A Tanzanian evangelist stopped by the GNPI regional center in Nairobi, Kenya, to share his appreciation for his Solar Kit. Though it’s been awhile, I remember what he said like it was yesterday.

“Mike,” he said, “Jesus had miracles to draw people, and you have your white skin. When I go to a village, I am just another African brother UNTIL I bring the Solar Kit, then people come to listen. It is my miracle!”

GNPI was able to provide this Tanzanian evangelist with a Solar Kit because of very generous people. In fact, we’ve been be supplying Solar Kits, in various forms, to church workers around the globe for decades because you caught the vision. People are still joining us in this vision.

GNPI recently held another fundraising event, led by volunteers, which will allow us to distribute another 31 Solar Kits to the places God determines. Those assignments have taken Solar Kits to more than 50 nations to date.

Whether you’re a volunteer who organizes an event, the donor who provides the funds, the evangelist who uses the Solar Kit, or the new believer who receives the Message, thank you for being part of the Solar Kit story.

Hudson Taylor, a famous missionary, wrote, “The use of means ought not to lessen our faith in God, and our faith in God ought not to hinder our use of whatever means He has given us for the accomplishment of His own purposes.”

We praise God for this amazing tool; He’s using it  to accomplish His own purposes.