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Pray for Peace in Ukraine

 

This year’s Vision Night speaker, Sergei Golovin, comes from the country of Ukraine, where there is continued turmoil. GNPI has an office and a staff of five in Simferopol (which is south of Mariupol on the map below).

Ukraine

This regional office was in Ukraine, which is now occupied by Russia. For security reasons, GNPI’s regional director has relocated to Kiev. Last year, GNPI carried out a NOMaD training in the city of Donetsk, where fighting is still occurring. See one of the GNPI NOMaD video productions here:

Ukraine: the human cost

  •         Some 5.2 million people live in conflict-affected areas, and 1.4 million are considered “highly vulnerable and in need of assistance”
  •         More than a million people have fled their homes with 633,523 living as displaced persons within Ukraine and 593,622 living outside Ukraine, mostly in Russia
  •         More than 4,800 people have been killed in the fighting, and at least 10,322 have been injured, including at least 102 children

Source: UN report of 9 January for refugee figures; news reports for casualty estimates

Mourners in Ukraine

As you read the statistics, see the photo, and view their testimony about how media (in peaceful times) could impact their country. Please pray for peace in this war-torn region of Eastern Europe.

Training the Trainer

By Greg Fish, Creative Media Designer

If you’ve been around GNPI for a while, you probably picture Jason Miller with a group in some foreign country when you think of NOMaD training. That would be a correct assumption, but it’s not always the case.

Last summer, Jason conducted a live training in our studios in Joplin. We filmed it and he’s been editing it so the entire hands-on learning course can be viewed online on YouTube. Existing NOMaD teams can watch the parts they’d like to reference for a refresher. Also, other trainers can see the curriculum and duplicate that sort of training elsewhere. We believe it will have a multiplying effect!

The project isn’t even finalized, but it’s already working. Meet Todd Beaverson from Moberly, MO. In this short video, you’ll see Jason preparing Todd for a trip to Haiti to train people in media. We’re excited about this “training the trainer” opportunity, and we plan to post a follow-up story upon Todd’s return next month.

Looking Back and Moving Forward

GNPI is a ministry on the move. In this short video, Mike Schrage, our executive director, takes a look back at what God accomplished through GNPI and her partners in 2014. It’s an impressive list, and looking back gives us great expectations for what’s to come. With God as our guide and you as our partners, it is with eager anticipation we charge ahead into 2015!

A NOMaD Team Taking a Stand for the Unborn

Roe vs. Wade: a very famous decision regarding the issue of abortion, at least in the United States. Right now in Chile the Senate is debating this very issue. Chilean abortion law is among the most restrictive in all of the world, illegal without exception.

NOMaD Team Taking a StandWhile lawmakers in Chile are considering the legalization of therapeutic abortion, Habacuc Diaz and our NOMaD team in Santiago have partnered with a pro-life ministry and have developed ¿Sabías Qué? (Did You Know?)—a Website, series of videos, and a Facebook page. The slogan for ¿Sabías Qué? is “Infórmate para decidir,” meaning, “Inform yourself before deciding.”

This video, created by NOMaD team leader Habacuc, shows clips from interviews and testimonies conducted with women who have all had first-hand, practical experience with abortion. Each woman will have her own video and blog post on the site.

 

We are proud of this young team for the stand they are taking, and we think thy have done a fabulous job on this video!

Even if you don’t understand Spanish, please watch the video and say a prayer for this team and for the country of Chile.

As God used the Tough Choices film to make an impact on Kenyan legislation several years ago, may God bless this project in taking a stand for the unborn in South America.

Bobby

Bobby works with Care India, an NGO that has been working in India for over 60 years. They are part of the CARE International Confederation, working in 84 countries for a world where all people live in dignity and security. Through programs in health, education, livelihoods, and disaster preparedness and response, they focus on ending poverty and social injustice. Their overall goal is to empower women and girls, from poor and marginalised communities, to improve their lives and livelihoods.

Bobby was at this year’s ICOM a few weeks ago and he stopped by the GNPI booth. He attended NOMaD training in India. He wants to use this training…well, listen to him tell you.

Reaching Out to the Pokot Community

Reaching Out to Pokotby Protus Sibukule of the NOMaD team in Eldoret, Kenya

The Eldoret, Kenya, NOMaD team works with many pastoral communities such as the Pokot, Tugens, Marakwets, and Turkanas. These communities move from one place to another in search of pasture and water. Because of these movements, there are a lot of inter-community conflicts and cattle rustling – wars over cattle.

We had a burden to reach these people, so we decided to take evangelism to these war-torn areas. Initially, the journey was rough. Yet, because we had a passion to reach these communities, we did not lose heart. With the help of a GNPI Solar Kit, we started showing Christians films, which were a great help to us. Our message centered mainly on Jesus Christ as the “Prince of Peace.”

Reaching Out to Pokot2

Because of God’s goodness and grace, we have seen many people change their hearts and accept the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. One day, we baptized more than 75 people – praise Jesus!

As the number kept increasing, we eventually planted our very first church in Pokot. Up to this day, project NOMaD has helped us reach more areas with the Message of Christ. Hundreds of souls have been rescued from the power of darkness into the kingdom of light. We thank God so much for allowing us to be his vessels in ministering to the Pokot and the surrounding communities.

Today, we have planted more than six churches in these regions! Glory to God!

Reaching Out to Pokot3

Generally, inter-community conflicts have drastically decreased. Communities now meet together with the church and solve their problems amicably with love. In addition, some cultural practices are beginning to change. The Pokot community is well known for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Because we have been able to empower innocent girls with information, hope has emerged. More girls are receiving education and see a path to opportunity. Young boys, who were being trained as warriors, have also gone to school. We thank God so much for his great love for the people of Pokot.

Thank you so very much for your kind and generous hearts. We appreciate your continued prayers and support so much. God bless you more richly with his heavenly blessings!

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

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