Our enemy does his best to thwart efforts to spread the Gospel. Media can be one of his best tools to deliver news of suffering, tragedy, or pain.
Just as Christ can redeem individuals, He can also redeem media. He uses it to introduce Good News around the world. His power transcends any barrier standing in the way of this Message.
This Truth is the reason for GNPI’s 2015 theme: Boundless. This year we can see many examples of God’s far reaching love, power, and faithfulness throughout our network. In every season, the Message of Jesus is true. May God be glorified!
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. — Revelation 7.9 (NIV)
I’m sitting in a meeting about Project Nomad and watching God develop an amazing network with our regional directors and grassroots production teams. See if you can follow this …
A missionary from North Africa introduced us to a real estate professional (a former Muslim working in Indianapolis but from Morocco). Our new friend introduced us to his associate from Algeria who wants Nomad training. The training will possibly occur in Cyprus, and the teacher will likely be Egyptian.
This collection of God’s children will work with us – Americans. Only God could pull all this together with His love and power and grace! I’m so excited to see what He will do next.
Habacuc Diaz tells why he feels called to share the Gospel through media with young people in the city of Santiago. He hopes this media to be useful locally and even globally. Habacuc sees media as a way for his team to show their commitment to use all resources available to make disciples.
By Habacuc Diaz, team leader of the NOMaD team in Santiago, Chile
The purpose of project NOMaD, National Outreach using Media and Discipleship, is to equip nationals around the world with the resources needed to produce culturally relevant evangelism and discipleship media projects. NOMaD teams are small, mobile grassroots media production teams trained by GNPI to create media resources for local ministries and their communities. Here is an example of one of our NOMaD team members who is training others.
Timothy Jai Kumar, our NOMaD partner from Chennai, India, recently trained 16 young people to use media and technology to share the Message of Christ. Timothy writes, “I find these young people truly motivated and highly advanced in technology where they understand the concept and hardware so quickly and are doing an excellent job with the progress.”
Timothy concludes, “It is my pleasure ministering our Lord with you. Thank you for your support and prayer.”
Let us introduce you to our NOMaD team in Johannesburg, South Africa. This team is very excited about the opportunities they have to bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
The team reports,
Just this year we’ve worked on various projects helping churches, missionaries, and teachers, making educational and health related videos. We’ve dealt with topics like AIDS/HIV and materialism. We’ve assisted charities with implementing sponsor videos. We are currently making a series of personal stories called Talents and Testimonies to expose individuals to the supernatural work that God has done in their lives.
We are enthusiastic about the progress we’ve made thus far and excited about the following topics and themes we feel are culturally relevant and necessary for South African audiences. These topics are AIDS/HIV, Sangomas (The Dangers of Witchcraft), Ancestors, Abstinence, Sound Biblical Teachings, Spoken-Word Gospel Poetry, Basic Series (Basics of Christianity), Bros & Brides (Biblical Marriage Series), Talents & Testimonies, Funerals, Rape, Abortion, Violence, and many more.
Being part of this exciting team has blessed us and others in numerous ways.
I recently had the privilege of going down to Chile to introduce some ministry partners from Plainfield Christian Church in Indiana to Habacuc Diaz and the NOMaD team in Santiago. Taking full advantage of my time there, I was able to conduct advanced training for team leader, Habacuc, and video editor, Felipe.
They have a powerful program called After Effects, but they wanted to learn how to best utilize it for their purposes. I don’t blame them! It is a pretty daunting piece of software. However, after my time with them, they became more and more confident with the program. I also left some projects and a step-by-step instruction booklet, so they could refresh their memories and also work through the unfinished projects.
All in all we had a good time of training over the course of four jam-packed mornings. Here’s a little video showing moments of both fun and intense concentration!
The NOMaD team in Johannesburg, South Africa, has produced this compelling video, Maria Gaba Interview. Maria Gaba describes how she endured a great deal of painful abuse in her own life and how her pain led her to reach out to others who are hurting.
Our NOMaD team in Pachuca, Mexico, recently recorded this beautiful and meaningful worship song:
It’s all revolving
The world spins out of control
Time runs out
Moment by moment
The clock is ticking fast
Everything goes by quickly
Your smile fades away
There’s nowhere to escape
I need to slow down and seriously think
About the footprint that I wanna leave behind
There’s no time to waste It’s necessary to believe and overcome the past Today I have the opportunity Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow’s not certain Today is when I can think about making the present a better future Today I must concede the things that have harmed me and started up again In this instance I can think about making my mark on this world With my heavenly footprint
Peter Ignatius, president of Lakeview Bible College & Seminary, recently visited GNPI in Joplin. All the students training for church planting ministry in Chennai, India, must take some media training to make them more effective. Peter said the young people of India do not respond to the spoken word, so visual and media are extremely important in this country.
Peter has a passion to be relevant with the Gospel. He says being relevant requires doing some real homework.
Here are two videos produced by the NOMaD team in Chennai. They call their NOMaD team Xpressions: Valalyam and Selvi.