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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!

 

Two As One Couples

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

We are pleased to release a new set of lessons on marriage. These programs examine many of the issues husbands and wives face. We pray this series will encourage many families in a practical way.

The episodes on marriage are part of our Redefining the Church teaching series started earlier this year. This series is designed for mature Christians. It includes, but is not limited to, sports, marriage, industry, commerce, media, and entertainment.

We’ve already completed the following lessons on biblical marriage. Kindly take a look.

Genesis of Marriage

Headship

The Attack 1

The Attack 2

The Fall 1

Life Outside the Garden

Patterns of Marriage

The Journey Begins

He Who Finds

Can God Choose a Husband for You

Role of a Man

 

Corridor of Hope

Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Manila, Philippines

Our staff is deeply honored by a support group for cancer patients who are using our Faith Matters, too! videos.

Patients in the cancer unit at St. Luke’s hospital usually wait in the corridor for medical appointments and treatments. A Christian lady noticed the somber and depressing mood of many people, and she wanted to encourage everyone by sharing Jesus. Eventually, the support group was born. It continues even though the founder herself died. The group started at the main branch and when the hospital opened another branch in Global City, the Corridor of Hope was established there.

The support group shares our Faith Matters, too! videos on their Facebook page: St. Luke’s Corridor of Hope GC​. If you check out their page, most of the posts are about cancer, treatments, activities, and our GNPI videos. May the Lord work through this opportunity!


Visit https://www.facebook.com/faithmatterstoo/ to watch these messages of hope and encouragement.

Checking with the Chennai Team

Project Nomad teammates Timothy, Angel, and Joseph share their goals, current projects, funny moments, and prayer focus.

Project Nomad-Chennai, India, is connected to Lakeview Bible College & Seminary. The team began in 2012. Several of their culturally specific films are distributed on social media outlets like Vimeo, YouTube, and WhatsApp. Recently, Timothy conducted basic video training with 24 students in West Bengal.

Click here to see some of their projects.

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