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Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

Our team is finishing the first part of The Global Gospel in sign language. We were inspired by the commitment of our ministry partners to share the Gospel. We were also impressed to see the excitement of the deaf students who participated in this project.

In September we plan to travel to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to record the second and last part of this project.

 

Fall 2017 Prayer Update

Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for the way He is working through our network.

“He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.” — 2 Timothy 1:10 (NLT)

Africa

Varied Opportunities: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, says, “Praise the Lord for the varied opportunities we have to share the Gospel. Our team has been working on the Empowering the Church series, the Two as One series on marriage, Humanitarian Leadership Academy projects, youth programs, and outreach programs. Last month we helped with special events when churches united to pray. The GNPI team covered the events and streamed them on social media.”

Addressing Real Issues: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, says, “Our team recently completed a series of short films for youth, teaching them to conduct themselves in a proper manner based on 1 Timothy 4:12. Pray for God to use this series to connect with people and address the real issues affecting our society.”

Why: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “The Why project was released. It’s a three-minute video about sexual purity and is also available on WhatsApp. We are receiving a lot of encouraging feedback on social media. This video will be included on our Solar Kits going forward.”

Creating Impactful Content: Charlene Winfield of Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, says, “We are currently working on our first short film that touches on God’s provision for His people. Another project is a teaching series encouraging people to get deeper into the Word. The third project is about pastors in rural areas which will create awareness of sound biblical teaching. Pray we can grow together as a team, create content that’s impactful and God-led, and see God working in our country and families.”

Americas

Signs of Inspiration: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We finished the second Del Dicho Al Hecho (From Words to Deeds) video series. It’s goal is to encourage faith in action and was made possible by our partner for deaf people With My Hands. The series is inspiring people. Now we are working to complete The Global Gospel in sign language. Please pray it will help many to know Jesus.”

Helping Church Planters: Ministry partner Sergio Alvarado writes, “Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico, team members help produce a video of the sermon for a brand new church plant to use every week. The parent church also sends teachers for the children’s classes each week and a preacher monthly (rather than a video sermon). We are thankful to work together to plant churches.”

Exciting Progress: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, says, “I’m excited about what God is doing. We are investing our time in worship music for churches and working with local artists. We also produce micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations who are helping the homeless people in our city. In addition, we create resources to help teach the Bible in area congregations.”

Asia

One Hundredth Episode: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us to complete the 100th episode of Faith Matters, too! The scriptwriter has received lots of good feedback from individuals, churches, and colleges, including the head of the Asia Theological Seminary. These three-minute devotionals designed to bring the Word of God straight to mobile phones for busy commutes or end of the day reflections. Topics range from the importance of personal reflection, family relationships, conflict, camaraderie, to the importance of Sabbath rest.”

Excellent Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finished our month-long leadership training. We had 10 trainees, and it was excellent. The president of a Bible school attended the training and said these lessons should be taught among preachers. He plans to teach these lessons at his school so students will become more effective in reaching others for Christ.”

Changed Lives: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Praise the Lord for His work in the life of this young lady. You can watch Jumm’s testimony with English subtitles by clicking here to find out how she changed from a rebellious, lost girl to a beautiful, talented young woman who freely shares her Christian faith through the elegant art of Thai dancing. Interestingly, after we released Jumm’s testimony, her story became known on YouTube. She received an invitation to go on tour in May with a Thai dancing troupe. They performed at eleven venues in eight countries throughout Europe. Jumm was also our program host several months ago when our team traveled to Laos for a story about a Christian deaf ministry. Click here to watch it.

India

Godly Inspiration: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “Every week we publish two short Gospel messages, and we recently produced a popular music video. We were pleased with the response as the music video received 1,000 views online in one day! In addition, the recordings of Sadhu teaching continue to go well; pray for him to have godly inspiration for his vignettes.”

The Father’s Love: Timothy Jai Kumar of Project Nomad-Chennai, India, says, “We are currently working on a project called The Father’s Love. The script was written by one of our team members about the universal truth of the true love of God shown in Jesus. It’s a powerful script to use as a hook to get people to talk about meaning of the whole Message.”

 

Europe

Does God Exist?: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are developing new resources, including a book and a training seminar entitled Does God Exist? Our goal is to equip believers to demolish atheistic worldview strongholds in this postcommunist part of the world. Please pray with us for this project and for complete healing of my kidney problem.”

Life Club Morning Show: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “The Lord keeps providing new opportunities for the ministry within our current conditions. We have started a new partnership with the Life Club Morning Show on Channel 5 television. The program is broadcast nationally and then made available online. The episode on the historical veracity of the Resurrection of Jesus received more than 38,500 views! The Lord gave us a commandment in Matthew 10:27,What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.’ Praise His name for technologies that provide the opportunity to carry out this commandment effectively!”

Overall Ministry

Welcome to the Family: GNPI is pleased to welcome our new International Director Mark Johnson. The International Director plays a key role in equipping our global teams with vision, insights, strategies, and professional expertise that allows them to create effective, culturally relevant media for the communities they serve. Thank you for praying with us for a person to fill this position, and please pray for Mark and his wife Lynette during their transition to Joplin.

Investing in Leaders: GNPI participated in a special media training event in the Middle East. Please pray that the investment in key leaders will help them to plant or grow 22 churches in Arab speaking nations.

Praying for Permission: The Global Gospel (TGG) is currently available in 27 languages. Pray for us to be able to receive final permission from the United Bible Society to produce TGG in Creole and to find the right people to record the audio, so Christian workers in Haiti can use this ministry tool.

New Angle Media Momentum: Work on the New Angle Media Project is progressing. Pray for the animation team to work efficiently and creatively on the remaining 19 stories. Pray for the app team as they improve the user interface and app navigation, as well as the data collection components. Pray this project will please God and produce great fruit!

A Tragic Loss: Mark Allen, our dear friend, colleague, and Project Nomad Coordinator, passed away June 17 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Texas. He was on his way to visit his parents in Arizona for Father’s Day. Mark has been a great asset to the ministry for the last two years with his professional expertise and joyful spirit. Please join us in praying for Mark’s wife, Lorri, his parents, the eight Nomad teams, and hundreds of trainees Mark was mentoring.

All Possible Means

Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India

Our team is sharing the Gospel in a variety of ways throughout India. We released a sermon series from a preacher who is working in the small house churches of Jabalpur villages with nearly 1,400 people. This Christian brother has a passion for evangelism and requested our help. We have also been working on a cable TV program with several other preachers. We pray that God will use these messages to strengthen believers to share the Truth with others.

Visit our website to see the rest of the messages.

We are also reaching out to Hindus with Gospel teaching from Sadhu Nityanand, a former Brahmin priest. We set up a Facebook page for him, and we had a great response. His YouTube channel has already grown to more than 500 subscribers. We’ve received many requests for messages in English, so we are making plans to produce these soon. Sadhu is also writing songs and composing music.

Finally, we have completed several new Christian music videos. We post them on YouTube and share them through WhatsApp with youth groups in our local churches. The youth are enjoying the videos and sharing them with friends. The music videos will be used by small house groups and for personal one-to-one sharing. Click here to see one of them.

“To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” — 1 Corinthians 9:22 (NIV)

 

First and Last Nomad Training

Tom Nutt, Director of Operations

This was not Mark’s first rodeo or more appropriately Project Nomad training. Quite the contrary, this was Mark’s third training in three weeks. He finished a training in Dallas on Friday evening, traveled to Manila, Philippines, for a training the next week and then flew an hour south to  Bacolod, Philippines, for the third week of training in a row.

It was, however, my first chance in the two years that Mark worked alongside us at GNPI to be able to observe, learn, and be a part of a Nomad training. What a blessing for me! Even with the AC cranking away, sweat rolled down Mark’s face as he passionately talked about storytelling, strategies, technology, video production, lighting, cameras, 180-degree rules, b-role, and most importantly, telling the story of Jesus.

The young students hung on every word and were eager to learn. Mark had a remarkable way of keeping everyone’s attention through humor and jokes; he had a great balance of being serious and focused when the need arose. Mark loved movies and being able to tell stories through creative techniques and processes. Yet, it was easy to see and observe that what he loved more than anything was people and sharing with them how they could share with others the story of grace and salvation that only comes through knowing Jesus.

I learned many things as I sat, listened, and observed. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to watch Mark in his finest hour, doing what he loved most. Little did I know or could have ever imagined that this would be Mark’s final training.

Total shock and disbelief hit me when I learned from one of Mark’s dear friends that his life had been snatched away in an auto accident. As I started to share the tragic news with some of those from the GNPI global network, it was very quickly apparent that in a short time, Mark had greatly impacted those he worked with and was deeply loved. What we can never calculate, and only God will ever know, is how many others have been impacted for eternity through all of the students Mark trained.

I look forward to the day when we can see the great cloud of witnesses who are in heaven because of the influence Mark directly or indirectly had on their lives.

You only had to spend a few short hours with Mark to clearly see beyond a shadow of any doubt that he loved having fun, deeply loved His wife Lorri, had a respect and strong love for his parents, and lived for the God he served. Mark will be missed more than words can say, but our lives are better and those of us who knew him will be forever blessed by the touches we had, even if just for a moment!

Let’s honor Mark by remembering the things he taught us and by following his example. I am so blessed to have been at my first and Mark’s last training. The best is yet to come. Let’s not waste the minutes we have left.

Click on the titles below to see videos of Mark providing Nomad training in the Philippines.     

Empowering a Generation

Filling the Gaps

Filling the Gaps

This was the last video Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen sent us before he passed away on June 17 after an automobile accident in Texas. Mark was traveling to visit his parents in Arizona. He will be greatly missed. [Click here to learn about Mark Allen’s other training near Manila.]

Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen worked with Paul and Mary Wilson of Vision for Missions in Bacolod, Philippines, to provide media training to help 17 students become more effective storytellers.

Project Nomad helps people who want to use media and technology to share the Gospel. The students said this training will fill the gaps in their knowledge of production, so they know where to start.

Be sure to watch for Tom Nutt’s article about this Nomad training tomorrow.

Apps Available

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Could your ministry use free resources in Swahili or Spanish? Swahili and Spanish apps are now available.

The Yunami app encourages spiritual growth with Swahili content.

The + Vida app helps Spanish speakers who are seeking the Lord.

In addition, we also have The GNPI App with all kinds of resources at www.gnpi.org/app.

Thanks for helping us get the word out!

Perfect Harmony

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

In 2005 I was invited to speak to Christian workers in Mexico. My host at the retreat center knew GNPI’s mission and suggested I speak with Sergio Alvarado and his wife Holly. Sergio was an emerging church planter who had a growing passion to use media for this work.

Sergio and I eventually met and shared our dreams for Project Nomad and how it might be able to impact the city of Pachuca, which is outside of Mexico City with a population just over a million. Sergio grew in his media abilities, and over the next five years his newly established Nomad team produced resources to aid church plants.

One of the projects planned, but never recorded, was a teaching series on marriage from Linda and Pecos Inchaustegui. We were excited for this program to bless Mexico and all of the Spanish-speaking world, but we were never able to do the project.

After several successful church plants, Sergio’s team, Impacto Latino, moved forward with plans to move to the larger city of Querétaro. They established a new office to develop materials for a whole new generation of church planters.

Around the same time, one of our talented staff members from GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, found himself moving to the exact same city for very different reasons. Pablo and his wife had a young son with special needs, so they left a ministry and the city they loved in order to find help for their son in Querétaro. (This actually reminds me of how GNPI started when founder Ziden Nutt moved his family from Zimbabwe to the U.S.)

What happened when they found themselves in the same place? That five-year-old project idea became a reality. Pablo and Sergio recently teamed up to record Linda and Pecos teaching about marriage.

The Lord used an invitation to share about Project Nomad. Project Nomad helped to start several congregations in Pachuca. This success led to a new city for more church planting. Pablo “happened” to move there too. Twelve years later, three ministry partners have finally teamed up for a great project.

It may not always happen on our timetable, but God is always at work to create perfect harmony!

 

New Platforms for the Gospel

Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia

The Lord keeps providing new opportunities for our ministry even with the current conditions. We started a new partnership with the Life Club Morning Show on Channel 5 television. The program is broadcast nationally and then made available online. The episode on the historical veracity of the Resurrection of Jesus received more than 38,500 views!

I am delighted to share another online platform for The Global Gospel (TGG) in Russian. We used the Everlasting Gospel translation for this TGG version, and the translation ministry is really excited. They posted it on their own website with a comment that it is the best visual presentation of the Gospel they know of so far. They provided links to GNPI and the Christian Center for Science and Apologetics as well.

The Lord gave us a commandment in Matthew 10:27,What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” Praise His name for technologies that provide us with the opportunity to carry out this commandment effectively!

 

Why Pray?

Timothy Jai Kumar, Team Leader of Project Nomad-Chennai, India

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. — Luke 18:1 (NLT)

Our team took an honest look at some of the common internal struggles we have with prayer, such as our posture, our words, and even our reasons for talking to God.

One of the most important things to remember is to never give up.

What are some other questions and accusations you face during prayer?

An Unfolding Backstory

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Sometimes life unfolds like a newspaper whose headlines strike you. This story dates back thirty years.

Meet Eko, a Christian media entrepreneur from Indonesia. Years ago he was close to graduating from college in the U.S. and still directionless, so he went to Joplin, Missouri, to check out a ministry called Good News Productions, International. Eko went with nothing to lose and everything to gain. As he listened in rapt attention to GNPI founder Ziden Nutt, Eko discovered a clear calling in his own soul to use media for the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, an American printer turned missionary was working in Indonesia. Frank Preston pursued a doctorate in his spare time focusing on how fundamental Islam is propagated by its followers through media strategies. He studied, learned, and began the Kingdom journey of sharing this knowledge with GNPI and others willing to listen.

Another ten years passed. A missions pastor, Danny, asked Shawn, a former missionary, how much money it would take to fund 10,000 copies of a children’s book series Shawn had written? Providentially, that conversation took place in Mbale, Uganda.

The estimated cost for 10 stories with 1,000 copies of each one was $100,000. Within 24 hours Danny made a call and had the money! Jerry, a member of Danny’s congregation, was dying and had lost his wife recently. They had no children, and Jerry wanted to bless ministries which reach children. Jerry loved the children’s book idea and agreed to provide the funds.

The children’s stories were a “new angle” on familiar Bible stories. Imagine, for example, a child listening to her grandfather Jairus tell her how Jesus raised their mother from the dead. Several artists were invited to do the illustration work, but nothing seemed to work out. We wondered, “Why are there delays? Why is this vision to reach the next generation through children’s stories stalled again? Why, God?”

Then new questions were considered: What if the books were animated and included a social media strategy? What if a place outside of the U.S. could do the work for a lower cost? What if the project design was under the expert eyes of Frank, the former missionary in Indonesia and well-educated mentor in media design? What if there were 10 stories from the New Testament and 10 stories from the Old Testament? Since the project would be launched in a challenging Muslim audience, why not start with the stories the Muslim audience identifies as true prophets, men like Abraham, Moses and David?

Meanwhile, GNPI was invited by another missionary serving with a different organization in Indonesia to visit a Disney-like media ministry. Hidden behind the vegetation on the edge of the city was an economically-sound media company and the skillful workers were willing to help with creation of relevant Christian media for their country, the most populous Muslim nation in the world. On the back patio of the office was a small globe, which looked very similar to the one outside of GNPI’s office in Joplin. Eko had built the globe in recognition of the ministry that had changed the trajectory of his life so many years ago.

God brought GNPI and Eko back together at the perfect time, and Eko made another generous contribution to the project. When he heard that the project cost was three times the designated amount, he matched the generosity of Jerry with a gift in kind. The largest project in the history of GNPI history was half funded by two families before the contract was even signed! Not to mention the fact that it turned out Frank and Eko’s wives knew each other from the time Frank’s family was in Indonesia.

Only God could weave together so many details and people, and He is finally unrolling the newspaper in order to let us see His purposes tucked in the headlines of Good News in the New Angle Media Project!

 

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