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Project NOMaD is Growing and Expanding

Almost every initiative begins as a seed of an idea…a spark of inspiration…someone’s dream. Project NOMaD is no exception. The concept of training people who have video-making potential and a dream to reach their culture for Christ using media and technology has proven to be popular AND strategic.

Here’s Jason Miller, NOMaD Coordinator, giving you a very engaging update in ways that project NOMaD is growing! We are very excited and looking forward to what God will do as we forge ahead, following his lead as he guides us (YOU and GNPI) to build and nurture NOMaD teams all over the world.

Where in the World is Jason Miller?

You never know where you’ll find our NOMaD Coordinator, Jason Miller these days. He might be in his office doing some training over the Internet using Skype with the NOMaD team in Chile, South America or Johannesburg, South Africa—or he could just as easily be in another country training a room full of NOMaD apprentices.

Jason recently finished a level one NOMaD training in Damoh, India. There were 15 trainees from five different states, and the training was conducted in Hindi and English. Jason shared, “I think some of the interviews and projects are the best so far. Some trainees had never seen or touched a camera or computer. They’ve mastered it quickly and have come so far in a short time.” The training days are long, and everyone puts in a lot of hard work: teaching and learning. However, they always manage to have a little fun as you can see in this video they shot in Damoh.

Where In The World

One trainee said, “I’ll definitely use this training to do God’s work. It’s helpful. I’m very thankful.”

 

Another said, “Thanks for arranging this training. Thanks for giving me a chance. I want to use what I learn in ministry.”

 

Regional Director Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, summed it up well when he said, “Thanks. I see many new people are benefiting from this training.”

After the Damoh training, Jason traveled on to Chennai, India for another scheduled training. This one would take place at a Bible college and included learners from around the area. A few of the Bible college students attended, but Jason found out that there were several more who wanted to be trained. So they decided to hold another training just for students the next week since he had scheduled a few extra days in Chennai anyway and had all the equipment.

This was a 2-1/2 day abbreviated version of the training curriculum put on for about 20 students. In all we will have trained about 65 apprentices during this trip alone, and 80 if you include the January trip. If even 1/3 of them use what they’ve learned it could make a substantial impact!

Please pray for impact in India!

 

 

NOMaD Team Opens Amazing Doors in South Africa!

An exciting update on the work of the NOMaD team in South Africa by Jeff Kenee, Minister at Warrensburg Church of Christ and 
Evangelist with Reaching and Teaching South Africa Ministries

God continues to bless us under trying circumstances. Life in any country brings with it her own share of trying circumstances. Satan and his helpers use every opportunity they can to thwart the efforts of God’s people to reveal the hope there is in Jesus. South Africa has her share of general issues, as well as the struggles of an emerging country that has to deal with an epidemic of HIV and AIDS (workers estimate 53% of the community we work in is infected), a huge influx of people fleeing from poverty and political/tribal unrest, a growing unemployment (social workers in our areas of ministry estimate more than 70% are unemployed), and a poverty crisis of their own. It is in this environment that God has revealed his incredible power and influence.

Amazing Doors

Our leadership development continues successfully on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Maybe the sacrifice of time and effort, for hours in difficult and overcrowded situations, gives additional desire to make the commute worthwhile. Men and women come from several different areas to be a part of spiritual development classes. It is from these classes that we have seen God’s powerful hand at work. Even with our inability to document everything that has happened within our ministry, we know there is far more than one conversion every day taking place because of these leadership classes.

The NOMaD team that works with us is finally being seen as such a critical part of this expanding ministry. They have produced some very powerful videos on AIDS (like the one below) and some social choice issues.

Recently they finished two major projects. They filmed, edited, and produced with teaching aids, lessons on Inductive Bible Study and Growing in Spiritual Maturity (for leaders). These two lessons were produced together and became the first of a series. This first DVD resource has already been distributed to several hundred church leaders. We praise God for the vision and skill of our NOMaD team and for GNPI, for the vision God has given this ministry.

We are excited about other outreach opportunities also. Three of our leadership students have been accepted into a federal prison as teachers/chaplains; a responsibility that is extremely difficult to obtain in South African overcrowded prisons. Due to the class growth, the warden has made an allowance to make a larger hall available to the teachers. Our NOMaD team is planning to work with the New Life Behavior team. New Life Behavior is a series of lessons specifically developed by the church for inmates and people struggling with addiction. This series has been accepted by the prisons in South Africa as the official religious material to be used in prisons. We are planning to utilize the New Life Behavior team to present training to all of our leadership students and produce it as a future training DVD.

Our NOMaD team is opening amazing doors for us to expand our ministry to reach all sorts of people in all stages and places of life. By working together, we are reaching and teaching South Africa. www.reachingandteachingSA.com

Meet Habacuc

By Greg Fish, Creative Media Designer

Project NOMaD-Chile

I was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. That’s just one reason why it’s exciting for me to work with Habacuc Diaz, our point person on a Chilean NOMaD team. In fact, I used to go to school at Santiago Christian Academy where Habacuc’s wife, Liz, now teaches. So, let me have the honor of introducing you to our friend.

A supporter of Habacuc’s ministry once gave him an old DSLR camera which piqued his interest in photography. As you’ll see in the short video below, he started taking pictures of skaters to build relationships with these young people. He later learned about GNPI, specifically project NOMaD, from a old college buddy of his, Sergio Alvarado. Sergio leads the NOMaD team in Pachuca, Mexico. The rest is history, which is still in the making.

IndignoHe’s calling the team “Indigno,” which means “Unworthy,” a name meant to create a dialogue about what Christ did for us. He hopes to create many resources—tools for the entire church community to use in order to have a greater impact in their ministries.

The team in Chile is working on some new projects, including a series called Sabías Que? (Did You Know?), which will educate youth regarding abortion. This will feature interviews with doctors, as well as real testimonies. A teaching series of premarital counseling material and one on biblical principles of finances is also in the works.

Take a few minutes to watch the video and see the world through Habacuc’s eyes!

 

Tools Versus Time!

“Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” — Jeremiah 23:29

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Think about other highly effective tools through the centuries. The Roman road was a tool. The Gutenberg press was a tool. Evangelistic crusades and tent meetings were tools. All were relevant for their time and era, and all were used by God to achieve his purposes and expand his kingdom.

I recently read this from Seth Godin: “The public square is more public than ever, but minds are rarely changed in 140 character bursts and by selfies.”

Never was there a truer statement on the challenge of making disciples in today’s world! Disciple-making is not a turn-key formula or a spiritual microwave we invite someone to enter that heats to the right spiritual temperature. It is not something we can tweet or portray.

Creating followers of Jesus is a work the Holy Spirit does through us, requiring an investment of our most precious commodity, time. Here are some time investments you have to make to allow the Holy Spirit to create a disciple through you:

  • Tools2aTime on your knees

  • Time at the coffee shop or on the phone listening

  • Time sharing your own story and struggles

  • Time showing the way through God’s Word

Time; that’s what discipleship takes. How we invest time in others is paramount. Man can create a faster means of disseminating information through communication or travel. However, no one but God can create time! He can make the sun stand still! This God, who can do miracles, can take the time we invest and multiply it, pierce a heart, bring great comfort, or reveal a truth.

At GNPI, we’re investing in tools that maximize the use of time to share the Gospel of Jesus with as many people as possible. We’re working with nationals throughout the world to teach and train others about Jesus, using great media and technology tools.

One example of this is project NOMaD (National Outreach using Media and Discipleship). NOMaD teams harness the power of media to open hearts, garner attention, illustrate key truths, and present the Gospel in a way that can be easily remembered.

More than training nationals to maximize their ministry potential through great tools though, we’re teaching them to make the most of their time! Making disciples of all nations won’t happen through a tweet or post. However, it will happen as we pray and invite the Holy Spirit to lead us to create tools that he then will use to effectively chisel people throughout the world into the perfect image of the almighty God!

A New Journey

By Jason Miller, NOMaD Coordinator

GNPI has recently partnered with ServAsia to equip ministries in India.

ServAsia has three separate divisions:

  1. Lakeview Bible College and Seminary
  2. Sigma (Church-planting)
  3. Xpressions – the media arm

Journey3GNPI recently held a training for ServAsia. Our coworkers there write:

We are excited about the future and all that God has entrusted to us for his kingdom’s growth and glory. Please pray that we will be faithful to him – from whom all things flow.

God makes all things beautiful in his time. He is taking us on a journey that we didn’t expect to begin so soon. We started Xpressions, the media unit under ServAsia, with the help of Good News Productions, International (GNPI) to produce media, particularly focused on evangelism and discipleship.

Journey2We are overwhelmed by the responses we have received from individuals and organizations who have approached us to help them produce media resources. In the past year, we have made changes to our teaching methodology in college by adding more media tools as part of our classes. This year we added Media and Missions as one of the major streams for our Masters of Divinity program. We feel that this course will enable our students to take big steps in making ministry and missions more contemporary and relevant to the present generation. We have plans to further train our students, the next generation of leaders, to produce media resources, so they will know how to make optimum use of technology for the glory of God.

Journey4We held a project-based media training by Good News Productions, International (GNPI) from September 30 – October 6 on the Lakeview campus. The purpose was to train our alumni and representatives from different missions to start NOMaD Apprentice Teams to produce media resources in their areas of influence.

Some of the projects that we have currently undertaken are:

  1. The Global Gospel (The life and teachings of Jesus Christ come alive in a beautifully illustrated video storybook which follows the dramatic narration found in the Gospels. The project template was produced by GNPI. We are producing it in the Tamil language.)
  1. The Global Gospel – Telugu
  2. Social Issues and the Church (challenging the church to stand up against crimes against women, poverty, and the caste system)
  3. A play portraying creation, the fall, the consequences of the fall, and redemption by the blood of Jesus in five different languages (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, English, and Malayalam).

Journey5The training in Chennai went very well! I believe this is the start of a great relationship between the two works in Chennai and in Damoh. We have had several good group talks about the training, how to follow up with teams, and even a basic introduction to a video training App.

The trainees have been working from morning through the evening to get projects done, but none have complained. Two young men told us they have been enjoying learning and working with the equipment, so the long hours haven’t been a problem for them.

In all, we have trained about 65 on this trip to India, 80 if you include the trip last January. We expect many of them to advance beyond this initial training to put what they’ve learned to work, making a substantial impact!

 

Media Resources Move People to Repentance

With every evening news broadcast, our world seems more bleak and hopeless than the night before. But as you support GNPI, prayerfully and/or financially, you ARE making a difference. One example of how you are involved in changing lives comes from Protus Sibukule, from the NOMaD team in Eldoret, Kenya.

Media Resources 2 copy“Recently we took our evangelism to Busia District of Uganda after having been invited by our friend who had earlier seen our Christian films. Indeed God is good. A good number of people turned up to our meeting which ran for two days, and the impact was great as many were touched and eventually invited Jesus into their lives.”

Protus went on to mention several video resources they used during the two days they were in the Busia District. One GNPI-produced drama called Dume Halisi tells the story of a typical husband and wife, and the socially acceptable, domineering attitude of many African men toward their wives. This can include bullying, extra marital affairs, and physical abuse. Protus describe the impact Dume Halisi had on one couple. Media Resources 1 copyAfter watching it, they publicly admitted that this was exactly what was happening in their marriage. Then they repented and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior!

Protus said, “Praise Jesus! We prayed for them and gave them a Bible to guide them in their spiritual walk. We glorify God for the wonderful media tools that he has given us.”

Every time you make GNPI your choice to help reach the lost, it’s much more than just writing a check. You are partnering with a global network that is actively making the Gospel accessible to people who may not otherwise hear the name of Jesus.

Rest assured, you ARE making a difference.

 

An Important Summit!

I recently sat with 20 vernacular media consultants at an annual summit of media use by minority people groups around the world through Wycliffe Bible Translators.

They concluded that more production of digital media was desperately needed to speed up the translation process, to help them spread God’s Word further, reaching more listeners more economically. They said:

Visual media actually helps people understand Biblical truths!

I shared three components of GNPI: The Global Gospel, project NOMaD, and Solar Kit distribution. Being Bible translators, they were elated that there was a resource so biblically strong like The Global Gospel. Their desire to train more nationals to produce video easily connected with project NOMaD. Finally, their viewing a Solar Kit in action whet their appetites for kits among their people groups. I actually left the Solar Kit I used to demonstrate with a worker, whom I cannot name, so it could be used to share the Gospel with a persecuted people group in SE Asia!  

I wish every friend of GNPI could have sat at that table. One international consultant present at the meeting said, “Mike, after your presentation of GNPI, I wanted to join GNPI!” The intent was not to recruit staff but to recruit partnerships, and I look forward to watching the Holy Spirit will connect the dots!

 

Identify, Train, and Equip NOMaD Teams

By definition, a nomad is someone who wanders from place to place, usually in search of food or water to provide for their livestock. At GNPI, our version of a nomad is a bit different.

The vision for project NOMaD was sparked about five years ago. NOMaD is an acronym for National Outreach using Media and Discipleship. As the world goes digital, there is increasing demand and opportunity to use media as a digital classroom and even as a digital pulpit!

In addition to the increased demand for digital content, producing material this way has never been more of a reality for ministries throughout the world. Today’s video equipment is more advanced, lightweight, cheaper, and easier to use. In other words, more people than ever are in a prime position to use media and technology to accelerate global evangelism!  

At our regional office in Damoh, India, we recently taught a group of young motorcyclists how to create a safety video about the importance of wearing helmets. The result: they learned to write the script, shoot the video, and edit for a finished product – all on their cell phones!

NOMaD exemplifies one of GNPI’s core values, being culturally relevant. What better way to remain sensitive and open to a specific culture than to train nationals to use the latest equipment for evangelism, whether in India or another part of the world. For example, it’s expensive to send Americans to Africa. It’s far better to train and equip African nationals to use today’s equipment for their needs. Of the people, for the people, and by the people — that’s project NOMaD!

 God has put the pieces into place in the five years since the vision was cast. NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller works with GNPI’s nine regional centers throughout the world to train potential “people of media,” individuals who are passionate about using technology to accelerate global evangelism.

Various levels of training and equipping are taking place. Currently, seven NOMaD teams function in places like Pachuca, Mexico; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Kigali, Rwanda. More opportunities and possibilities emerge all the time.

The world needs Christian content to address current issues in Biblical ways. NOMaD team members are trained and equipped to do just that around the ever-expanding global network of GNPI.

 

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