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A Tip for Short-Term Mission Trips

by Bob Nunnally, IT Technician/App Coordinator

A tip for short-term mission trips: Don’t leave home without a mobile phone.

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Did you know today there are more people who own a mobile phone than a toothbrush? Mobile phone subscriptions are now close to 7 billion and rising. Mobile devices are changing people’s lives in every corner of the world and provide a great opportunity to share the Gospel with every person on the planet.

In the past, we were often discouraged from using our phones on short-term mission trips. The phones could become a distraction from the work we were trying to accomplish. Today, we should encourage all teams going on a short-term mission trip to consider bringing their phones as a tool to reach out to the people they will meet. With the prevalence of mobile phones, it is now possible in many parts of the world to give someone an audio Bible in their heart language. We can share the Jesus Film or other Gospel material from any one of multiple languages. Not only can we show them this material on our phones, we can also leave a copy with them to share it with others after we are gone. There is the potential of eventually reaching hundreds or even thousands. What a great way to accelerate and multiply God’s Word!

For ideas on how to use your phone on a short-term trip and links to resources that you can download before you go, visit 7 Ways to Prepare Your Short-Term Team to Use Mobile at Mobile Ministry Forum.

As you pack your bags for that next mission trip, don’t leave home without first downloading Gospel material to your mobile phone, so you can share it with your hosts and others you meet.

New Challenges Bring New Opportunities!

by Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Ukraine

The news and events in our country remind us every day that we do not belong to this world. Our home is not here. The Savior prompted us: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6)

I have to confess that it is pretty hard to not be troubled when your life and family are impacted by those wars and rumors of wars directly. However, we always have our confidence, comfort, and assurance in Jesus. Reminded by him that the end is not yet, we are reaching forth unto those things which are before and pressing on toward the goal. We must work the works of him that sent us while it is day.

New challenges bring new opportunities, and the Lord provides the opportunities constantly. Our adjustments to a new ministry format are going on. Please pray with us for everything that the change to the two-campus approach involves – management, funds, networking, interaction, etc.

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The team in Crimea is focused, so far, on the ways modern technologies provide ministry. The team is expanding online outreach, producing and distributing resources, and offering media for free download (e-books, audio books, videos, etc.). We are developing a new content management system for our sites and making as many resources available online as possible. Two new audio books on the Biblical foundations of Christian faith were issued recently. We also continue to introduce worship heritage to Russian speaking countries not familiar with many classical Christian hymns. Here is our recent production – Take My Life.

Hard copies of many resources are very much in demand as well, especially children’s textbooks. Special restrictions are expected to be applied to the occupied territory. The lack of certainty is among the main challenges we face. Please keep this issue in your prayers.

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The possibilities for teaching trips are pretty limited in this current situation. However, the new office in the central part of the country provides new opportunities. After discussing the needs with some ministries and church leaders, we have decided to start a Joint School of Christian Apologetics and Creation Evangelism. The school could serve various colleges, seminaries, and churches in the city and beyond. It could also be a place where leading apologists of the former Soviet Union could share their wisdom, experience, and vision with young leaders according to the 2 Timothy 2:2 approach. While we do not have enough time and people to start everything from the beginning (it took 20 years to develop the ministry and the team in Crimea to the current level), we are going to share an infrastructure with some other partner ministries. We hope to have the first cohort for modular training by the end of the fall. Please pray with us for this exciting initiative.

Thank you for your prayers to help us see that new challenges bring new opportunities to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

The Part You’ve Played!

by Tom Nutt, Director of Operations

Mick O’Hanahan of Niños de México writes, “I wanted you to have a few pictures from the trip to Chilapa to deliver the Solar Kit to Jorge Martinez. He’s our pastor in the church there and is also helping with the work of the church plants. Many thanks to you for the part you’ve played in making this happen!”

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I get to assemble the Solar Kits and receive many words of appreciation from those who receive the kits. I responded to Mick, “Thank you so much for the pictures and report on where the kit will be used. We pray that it will be a blessing and help multiply the kingdom through the outreach that it can provide. It is such a privilege to be a part of a network of people working together to advance the kingdom.”

This Solar Kit was provided by our friends at Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

We would like to pass on these words of gratitude to those at Fairmount and to the many others who give generously to allow us to send Solar Kits around the world.

Many thanks to you for the part you’ve played in making this happen!

It Was Already Paid!

by Boyce Mouton, Minister, Author, GNPI ministry partner

Dr. Kim  has been a worker in SE Asia for twenty years. He has a small seminary, and his students are so poor that he must provide for all of their expenses. He has been using Bible-based teaching material produced by GNPI for some time, but his first visit to the studio in Joplin was on May 14, 2014. While in Joplin, he was given so much teaching material that we went to the Salvation Army to pick up a second-hand suitcase to carry it all.

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While at GNPI, Tom Nutt showed him a miniature projector that was ideal for his seminary. It is so versatile that it can be used with a wide variety of applications in developing countries. When I spoke to Tom about the cost, I was delighted to discover that it was already paid. Someone out there, who made a contribution to GNPI, had already picked up the tab. I don’t know who you are, but I felt compelled to say, “Thank you!” just the same. Dr. Kim will be leaving for Asia in three days, and your generosity will be bearing fruit for Christ before you read these words.

An Important Summit!

I recently sat with 20 vernacular media consultants at an annual summit of media use by minority people groups around the world through Wycliffe Bible Translators.

They concluded that more production of digital media was desperately needed to speed up the translation process, to help them spread God’s Word further, reaching more listeners more economically. They said:

Visual media actually helps people understand Biblical truths!

I shared three components of GNPI: The Global Gospel, project NOMaD, and Solar Kit distribution. Being Bible translators, they were elated that there was a resource so biblically strong like The Global Gospel. Their desire to train more nationals to produce video easily connected with project NOMaD. Finally, their viewing a Solar Kit in action whet their appetites for kits among their people groups. I actually left the Solar Kit I used to demonstrate with a worker, whom I cannot name, so it could be used to share the Gospel with a persecuted people group in SE Asia!  

I wish every friend of GNPI could have sat at that table. One international consultant present at the meeting said, “Mike, after your presentation of GNPI, I wanted to join GNPI!” The intent was not to recruit staff but to recruit partnerships, and I look forward to watching the Holy Spirit will connect the dots!

 

Solar Kit in a Leper Colony!

by Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India

I recently received this report from our coworker, Robert, at the Chandigarh studio. Robert says,“GNPI not only produces programs but also lends its support in ministerial work. Last Saturday, GNPI staff members packed our bags and went to the leper colony to preach through our Solar Kits.SWS

 “Life seemed to spring back into people as we entered the colony. The children were eager to find out why GNPI was there. It was a long time since they last watched any videos. The children found no ends to their excitement and wanted everything to happen instantly. We carried in some children’s Bible stories and even showed The Passion of the Christ movie to the adults.  

 “As the children watched the videos, some of the adults wondered about our activities. Many asked us about our stories, and we were able to share with them about our faith. Moreover, many people teared up at the movie and the powerful message it conveyed to the hearts of these people.   

Prayer with lepers “We started with a short prayer asking God to restore their faith. The Passion of the Christ film was like a healing touch to them as they saw how Jesus was beaten, punished, and tortured for our iniquities. We reminded them of God’s love for us. Throughout the whole day, we recounted many occasions from the Bible where Jesus performed miracles by healing the sick, the lepers, and raising the dead. There were many who wanted to accept Jesus as their Master and Savior, and everyone was joyful at the promise of Jesus’ return.”

We praise God for this opportunity to use the Solar Kit to display a message of healing and hope in this leper colony in northern India.

A Piece of India

by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Assistant, GNPI

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This photo is a treasure, so beautiful, and fun. It reminds me of the Bollywood films I grew up watching. The movies are a bit dramatic, but there are glimpses of the Indian culture in them. If you’re looking for an interesting movie night, I recommend watching a Bollywood Film!

Happy to Know!

by TP, regional director of GNPI-SE Asia

Several evangelists and I visit churches and individuals to preach the Word and make the most of every opportunity to share Christ. I am thrilled to share the following testimonies of two new sisters in Christ. These testimonies reveal how God is working through the materials produced here in SE Asia to strengthen churches and transform lives:

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My name is DNS. My husband is a church elder in the Y Church. We have been happily married for many years. Yet, whenever my husband talked about baptism, I refused to listen to him because I was raised in a different church background. Then on Christmas Eve, Evangelist DJO preached about baptism. He preached that baptism is symbolic of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He preached about Jesus and his time on earth. After that I asked DJO more about baptism. He taught me from the little book called A Handbook for Evangelism. He showed me Scriptures and read them to me. From A Handbook for Evangelism, I read, “There is no denomination in Christ.” That phrase was just for me. Now I understand that the Church was established by Jesus. He bought it by his blood. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized. Now I am happy to know that Jesus is the only Savior and the only way to go to heaven. I feel like a new person. I am happy because my husband insisted that I go to that Christmas celebration. May God bless you!

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 My name is DHY. My husband is a church elder in the N village. I recently became a believer. I was a Buddhist. My parents pressured me never to go to church or listen to my husband. But last Christmas, I went to a Christmas celebration with my uncle’s family. My uncle invited Evangelist DJO to explain more about the true, living God. From A Handbook for Evangelism, I now understand that there is only one God. The god my parents told me to worship was not the god that I needed to worship. I learned so much from this book about Gautama, who was nothing more than a human being. This book explains the five attributes of the true God who gives life and overcomes death. That is what I want. I thank God for giving me a chance to hear and learn about him. I am saved now. I am happy to know about the true, living God.

 Thank you for your prayers, and for your giving, so that more people can know Christ in SE Asia.

 

Partnerships Are Crucial

by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

PartnershipWhen you hear the words “Strategic Partnership,” it sounds very official, doesn’t it? As one of our core values, it’s not just an official sounding phrase, it’s part of the essence of who we are.  Here’s why: strategic partnerships are where synergy is forged.

Synergy is another one of those fancy words, but it’s an essential and Biblical concept. It’s defined as  “the interaction of multiple elements in a system of collaboration to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects.

From the start, GNPI has wanted to maximize the impact that national leaders, missionaries, and Christian organizations could make. How? We wanted to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology. Our heart was to come alongside existing ministries, adding Christ-centered content and delivery tools to multiply the effect their message had on people who heard, and with our help, saw it.

Do you see how synergy is created?

Without them, our content would be useless because it wouldn’t be shared with the millions who need to hear about Jesus.

Without our content and technology tools, like Solar Kits, opportunities to reach people who otherwise wouldn’t have heard about Jesus, might be missed.

Partnership is also a critical factor as we seek to have impact among diverse belief systems like Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism. Creating relevant media that can speak into a worldview completely different than ours demands strategic partnerships with local ministries. The combination is like salt on an icy sidewalk. The barrier melts away and a clear, safe path emerges, Good News to a Truth seeker.

Read our newsletters and you will see one example after another of how GNPI partners with national workers. Here’s a few examples that come to mind as I write:

  • In West Africa we’re mobilizing Solar Kits to help produce better evangelists.
  • In South Africa we partnered with MNET TV to show relevant, music videos during commercial breaks of World Cup soccer events.
  • In Pachuca, Mexico, we’re training hand-picked church leaders to use media to mature new disciples of Jesus through project NOMaD.
  • GNPI is working with other Christian organizations like Key Media to fund apps (theQuran.com) to reach Muslim audiences that we had no prior access to.

 The list goes on and on and on. And guess what, you’re our strategic partner too!  God has used your gifts and prayers to help strengthen and expand GNPI’s growing network for nearly four decades.

Strategic Partnership, it’s how Jesus builds his church. I’m so glad God is into strategic partnerships, aren’t you?

Partnership: An Anchor for Global Evangelism

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

GNPI founder, Ziden Nutt, drove an anchor in the sand when he founded the global media and technology ministry on the basis of this passage of Scripture.

The task cited above, to grow God’s kingdom throughout the world, not only causes us to seek partnerships, it DEMANDS them. GNPI constantly partners with local churches, national workers, missionaries, AND strategically aligned organizations. These organizations may be based along with the hundreds of churches and individuals in the United States who provide us support, or they could be in other countries where GNPI is present or looking to expand.

We could mention many partners: Compassion Canada, SIL International, the International Bible Society, Keymedia, and so many more. These partnerships are effective because they have the same goal: telling the stories of Christ in compelling, creative, and culturally relevant ways.

promo earthWhile we work with very well-known and respected partners, to us, those that are less know are equally important. The widow who gives $25 a month to GNPI or a global philanthropy who gives a $250,000 grant, our desire for inclusion and our responsibility for effective stewardship are the same.

The Godhead effectively illustrates the value, and results, of effective partnership. When the Bride of Christ (or the Church) appeared, that partnership became even more personal. Is there any greater image of partnership than godly marriage?

GNPI values partnership because God values partnership. Whatever our collaborations look like, we want them to involve the same thing: service from us, for the benefit of others, to impact God’s kingdom. As we further God’s glory from shore to shore in our global community, partnership is our anchor.

 

 

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