Twenty-five GNPI leaders gathered for the 2017 International Meeting in Damoh, India, for a time of reporting, fellowship, and prayer. One of our board members who went with us commented, “It’s amazing how close these leaders have grown to each other, even though they work so far apart.” Another board member said, “I think GNPI is in very good hands with the regional directors. The size, outreach, and potential for the future is truly remarkable.”
David Lall, International Consultant in Damoh, India
It was a dream come true to host the International Meeting in Damoh and a wonderful chance to look back at all God has done for us as well as discuss strategies for the future. I see a lot of great things happening in the ministry of GNPI.
One of the main things I took away from the meeting was the need to prepare the next generation.
Mike Schrage, Executive Director
A saint has gone home.
Dr. Garland Bare was called home to Heaven on April 2. His physical frame was slight, but Dr. Bare had a huge spiritual influence in the Kingdom. He continually defied the odds from his admittance to medical school when administrators said he was too old, to becoming a missionary when there was no support available, and surviving health issues over and over again to live decades longer than anyone thought possible.
Dr. Bare led a remarkable life but not an easy one. He influenced thousands, including me. I recall Dr. Bare speaking in the Williamson dorm while I was a student at Ozark Christian College in 1980. His passion for God and lost people convicted me, and as a result I became a missionary and I served in Kenya with my family for almost 20 years.
I have memories of prayer times with Garland at a local Arby’s restaurant where he loved to have a simple roast beef sandwich. I remember his kind words of encouragement, “Mike, I pray for you and GNPI every week.” I remember his presence in the halls of a missionary conference carrying a backpack in his 80s and moving with determination towards the next workshop to learn from others. I remember his confession of not being quite ready to “go home” because there was a book to finish, a seminar to teach, and a set of sermons to preach!
I received a short note just days before his passing that I will always cherish. As a veteran medical missionary doctor and even while under hospice care, his desire was to support others in global outreach like GNPI.
Thank you, Dr. Bare, for a legacy that illustrates, “through Christ, I can do all things.”
We are thankful to share the following resources from Dr. Bare in our archives.
A Doctor Looks at the Crucifixion and Resurrection
Dr. Garland Bare presents an in-depth look at both the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. In his graphic explanation of both the scourging and the crucifixion, he shows how physical death must have taken place. Then he goes on to show that if Christ had somehow survived those agonies, death would have resulted from His burial.
Throughout both lessons, Dr. Bare emphasizes the importance of the resurrection to the Christian faith as a whole and to individual believers.
Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda
Over the past year we have enjoyed working on short films, promotional videos for area ministries, teaching series on the topics of marriage and the book of Proverbs, and lending Solar Kits loaded with culturally relevant media to traveling evangelists.
We are also working on projects for young people. After visiting four schools recently, we pray God will use our projects to make a difference in the lives of these young people. Twenty-eight students from the nearby LivingStone International University are working with us to create additional programs to supplement our materials for the schools.
We are excited about the possibility of a new project called Sister Reflect, including short radio programs about peace. We may use the programs to make videos or for teaching young people in South Sudan where there is so much unrest.
Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at our newest video for children.
In the first six episodes of Liam & Ruby we used Adobe After Effects for the animation. On this new episode, we used new software called Character Animator; it does animation performances using a webcam. Methods improve and change, but the Message stays the same. This is true at all levels of the ministry, even in the equipment used by Project Nomad teams and in our studios.
Our work on this new episode was highlighted in Adobe’s tutorial series for their new software. They liked the way we mixed live action (a real person) with the cartoon characters. You can see our project in the community spotlight here:
“A Cool Tool” is the latest episode of the Liam & Ruby series and a great free supplement for your upcoming Vacation Bible School, missions moment, or children’s church program.
Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico
The following video provides a short overview of the work we do from Piedras Negras. Our current projects include interacting with people through our growing radio ministry, distributing our resources at conferences or through our Mas Vida app, producing short films, and completing The Global Gospel in sign language.
Visit www.pbnihispano.org/ for more details about all of the exciting things going on in Mexico.
Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand
Our team produces three series for Thai speakers, and we distribute them in various ways. These Christian resources are very important for this country which is 95 percent Buddhist. The following video explains our ministry and concludes with some personal reflections on my new role during the last year.
Thank you for continuing to encourage and pray for the Silkwood family since Tom went to his eternal home on March 26th last year. It has been a day-by-day journey, but my family and I are experiencing how God provides strength and direction for this difficult transition.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29
Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India
We are working on our Easter broadcast for national television later this month. Our focus is on making disciples and being good stewards of these opportunities. The video summary below shows the follow-up from our Christmas broadcast. We connected with our viewers through a missed call survey. Viewers in India used the missed call survey to communicate their desires for more information or materials.
While Timothy was visiting the U.S. a few months ago this meeting took place.
Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia
While my wife and I were in Texas, a group from our area of SE Asia invited me to share with them about the true Buddha.
One of the men I met was a 36 year old Buddhist man. His wife is a Christian. She wanted him to see Jesus as the true God, but she did not know how to explain her faith to him, so the men met together for two nights from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am. I also met with the women at a different time to talk about Jesus.
After our meetings, this man’s wife came to thank us because her husband told her he was convinced by our late night visits.
He also said, “I should tell my mother and my brothers who live in SE Asia about the true Buddha. My mom does not know Him. She said she wants to meet you, sir.” I agreed to meet with the man’s mother when I got back home.
The next day the man told me, “I have three Buddhist friends near my house. I would like to tell them this Message. I want them to hear about the true God.”
Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia
Our team works to help Buddhists know the true God, and we have an ambitious plan to train leaders in each region of SE Asia with disciple making resources.
We can work together to train all believers. When we come together, God will work wonderfully through us, and He will change SE Asia.