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Planting Churches with Sergio

You know timing is important in everything you plant. It’s a joy to see signs of new life appear each spring. This change of seasons is also a perfect opportunity to celebrate the spiritual growth of several church plants in Mexico.

Sergio Alvarado is a Christian worker with a passion for media and church planting. He uses media not only to propel church plants but also to prepare future Spanish-speaking church planters.

The Lord is using your partnership with GNPI to establish healthy churches, train effective leaders, restore broken families, and bring hope to individuals.

Thank you for promoting spiritual growth in 191 countries around the world!

Heroes of the Faith

Here are some of the spotlight moments of the 2018 Vision Night.

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

God speaks in His Word about heroes of the faith. We can all point to heroes who are active among us doing so much good for God’s Kingdom.

For some of you who know Ziden and Helen Nutt, you’ve supported their mission work starting in Africa 50 years ago.

It was during that season of ministry in Zimbabwe that GNPI was born and some of you have supported not only their family, but GNPI for 40 years! Your perseverance in prayer and your generosity of heart has made the following blessings possible. 

At GNPI, we’re constantly amazed by what God does through our heroes, his people, around the world.  Chris DeWelt is a former missionary and president of College Press. He is currently the Director of Intercultural Studies at Ozark Christian College. Thousands have been taught in his classroom and hundreds mobilized for cross-cultural work globally. Chris is a noted speaker, writer, and world traveller.  He also serves as an elder and statesman for the Church. Chris provides a glimpse into what God is doing around the world through heroes God has used.


Alan Wan is originally from China, a graduate of Ozark Christian College, and now a valuable part of the GNPI family. Alan is just one of the many people God is mobilizing in China for service around the world.

We’re excited about the opportunities to build the Kingdom in China. You may remember GNPI produced a movie called Source of Love some years ago. Last year, with the help of a ministry partner, we distributed 500 thumb drives worth of resources to Chinese pastors. Within the last two years, we also conducted two Nomad trainings inside of China.

One of the exciting projects at GNPI is Project Nomad.

Project Nomad empowers local people to use media for their own local church planting and evangelistic needs. Sergio Alvarado is a friend we have invested in through Project Nomad. From being a young missionary to a church planter who knew media could enable his work to go further and deeper, Sergio shares about his team’s progress in Mexico through Project Nomad.

Several years ago, the GNPI board agreed that we needed to reach out more intentionally to the world’s three major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Through intentional prayer and God’s guidance, good strides have been made in preparing materials for Christian workers among those religious views.

As I think about Islam, I can hear in my ears the call to prayer at 5:15 AM in India. I can see the giant mosque in Tunisia next to the rubble where a church building for Christians once stood.

At that site, leaders convened and canonized the books of the Bible (to insure it was not corrupted as many Muslims believe).

I firmly believe the answer to Islamic terrorism is not more sanctions or bombs but more love and truth. Islam may be growing in the West, but in the Middle East and North Africa, incredible changes are occurring as thousands upon thousands are seeking Allah and finding Jesus instead!

In partnership with a Christian media team in Cyprus, GNPI has produced Jesus Story, a series with 13 episodes of half-hour programs for Arabic-speaking children. The estimated viewership is five million and, with our social media engagement plan, hundreds of families have received discipleship material, prayer, and encouragement. Like The Global Gospel, Jesus Story is a template that any of our 16 production teams could adapt for use in their language and country.

In Indonesia, where more Muslims live today than anywhere else in the world, our most audacious plan for GNPI is underway.

Again in partnership with a Christian media ministry there, 20 fully animated short Bible stories have been created for families. It is called The New Angle Media Project. By using video, web, and social media engagement, you can enable local Christians to connect with seeking Muslim families. The desire is to make disciples who make other disciples. Think of it as a gold detector. Research indicates that at any moment in time, 2.5% of all Indonesians are open to spiritual change! That’s 6.5 million people!

This media project helps local Christians to identify the people whom the Holy Spirit has already been working in as they seek truth and search for eternal meaning.

What excites me about this project is that it reaches families who are asking spiritual questions.

Bible stories have present-day relevant content for Indonesian families. Christian workers are immediately notified on their mobile devices when a family downloads one of the videos, so they can pray for that specific family to watch, discover, and obey Jesus. The Holy Spirit, combined with prayer and media, allows you to make disciples in Indonesia. You are our heroes in helping others go deeper!

After a family watches a story or two, they are asked if they want to contact a Christ-follower. To arrange the meeting, they simply text a phone number that appears at the end of the video and conversations can begin.

They will be contacting Christian workers who have been invited to help with this important follow-up process. Animated Bible stories and interactive media connect Muslims with Christians who have already prayed for them! Like The Global Gospel and Jesus Story, this project can be reproduced in multiple languages by simply replacing the audio and text. That’s what deeper is all about! 

When I first began to seek Christ, I went to a Christian concert and then read a New Testament before ever going to a worship service. Some of you might have a similar story of how God used different types of media to invite you to meet other Christians individually or to attend church for the first time. Today God has given us tools of video and social media to identify and introduce seekers who could potentially become our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Together we are helping build God’s Church and meet the real needs of people in their everyday lives!

Enriching Marriages in Mexico

Marriages require attention to keep them strong and healthy. That’s why our coworkers in Mexico wanted to offer practical and biblical teaching from mentors with a relatable teaching style. These coworkers are excited to offer a new teaching series on marriage with Lynda and Pecos Inchaustegui as a blessing for Mexico and all of the Spanish-speaking world. They have wanted to produce this series for several years, but they were finally able to move forward with the project now that ministry partners with Nomad training are settled in Querétaro.

Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “We are grateful to our ministry partners at the Universidad Cristiana de México (UCM) who opened their campus to record the project. We are finalizing this 10-part series and praying these lessons will help many people to build solid marriages.”


A Real Help

You are helping take the Gospel into all the world. Your support of Project Nomad is meeting needs and encouraging believers in places where only half of a percent of people are Christians.

One trainee from northwestern India says, “Few people from my area even know about Jesus. This will really help to share the message of Jesus.”

Please pray the Lord will open hearts of people in northwestern India as they learn of His grace within their own culture.

The Real Story

You know how tough it is to focus on the most important things during Christmas. Well, that’s not only an American problem, it happens wherever Christmas is celebrated.

Take heart, though. You are helping people in Latin America to prioritize Jesus this Christmas. The Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, team has released the first video in a series for the month of December.

The following video explains how the Christmas season brings special memories, decorations, time with family, and presents. Somehow the story of Christ is almost forgotten by many with the busyness of this season.

It’s tempting to get caught in the trap of acquiring toys and all kinds of material things to show our love this season. The real story of Christmas is love, faith, and hope. The coming of Jesus has changed the world, and it can change us as individuals too.

Your gifts make this timely series possible and creates a lasting impact. Thank you!

Our Faithful God

GNPI Founder Ziden Nutt recounts God’s provision over the last 40 years.

Your gifts have made a great impact this past year!

In dozens of places throughout Central and South America, Asia, Africa, and beyond, you are helping ministry partners to reach people with the Good News. Together we have:

• Partnered to start 47 churches.
• Rejoiced with our staff and associates over 336 decisions.           
• Accelerated global evangelism in 160 nations.
• Released 364 media productions.
• Distributed 218,073 Gospel presentations globally in multiple languages.  
• Touched 101,940,896 people worldwide with Christ-centered media.
• Impacted 43 people for each dollar donors invested.

Would you consider a gift to GNPI to make a difference in the year ahead?

Catching the Vision

Your gifts are breathing new life into church planting efforts in the Philippines!

Paul Wilson and his wife have been working in the central Philippines since 1984. This island has approximately 100 churches, and the goal of Paul and the Filipino church leaders is to double the number of churches in the next three years. They’re challenging every church to have a baby. They are using technology, training, and livelihood support to provide for the workers in these new areas.

Paul invited some of the brightest young people from the different churches to come to Bacolod for GNPI’s Project Nomad training last May. Paul says, “These young people are adept at technology, and they were excited to get the training. A new generation is catching the vision to reach those who don’t know Christ and to start new churches.”

Thank you for helping to multiply churches in the Philippines through Project Nomad.


Tools in the Toolbox

The Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, team wants to help Spanish-speaking churches grow and to provide quality media for their outreach.

The following video shows a sample of one resource they’ve designed. All of the material is available for free download in three lengths of 15, 30, or 60 seconds for use in audiovisual projects. The music is original. This project will ultimately include background elements along with instructions on how to put together a high quality visual presentation along with the audio background.  

Through Project Nomad, you have made culturally relevant media available to over 101 million people worldwide and shared the Gospel with 43 people for every dollar given.

Would you consider a $25 gift right now to enable Nomad teams to keep adding tools to reach more people with the Good News?

Making Disciples in South Africa

How do you reach youth in a multicultural country with 13 national languages and a declining educational system? Our young and creative Nomad team in Johannesburg is working to address the spiritual needs in their own culture.

Geoff Gordon-Stuart of Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa

The following is a brief overview of our newest series.

We are in the final stages of editing and distribution for the next ten videos for the 42-Day Discipleship Guide series. Our Talents and Testimonies series continues to grow. We are seeking more speakers who bear good fruit and can be an example to the youth of South Africa.

We made a new contact regarding a potential series called the 5-Minute Theologian. It’s sound theology in an upbeat and fast presentation with a variety of speakers. The series is still in the planning and discussion phase, but we see the possibility for significant outreach for this project.

Thank you for your support as we continue to seek out opportunities for our team to reflect God’s glory so His Name will be great among the nations. Together we are making disciples in South Africa.


Opportunity of a Lifetime

A ministry partner who provided Project Nomad training in Inner Mongolia.

Thank you on behalf of these dear brothers and sisters in Inner Mongolia. You’ve given them a skill they’ve desired for a long time. Fifteen people were trained in basic production.

These are some of their comments:

God has given me this opportunity through GNPI and through the Nomad training.

I’m going to treasure this time.

I’m going to use the gift God has given me.

I’m going to use this training for His Kingdom.