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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.

Empowering a Generation

Our friend and colleague, Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen, passed away June 17 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Texas. Mark was traveling to visit his parents in Arizona. Mark has been a great asset to the ministry for the last two years with his professional expertise and his joyful spirit. Please join us in praying for Mark’s wife, Lorri, Mark’s parents, the eight Nomad teams, and the hundreds of trainees Mark was mentoring.

Mark Allen shares the highlights of training 24 students in Manila, Philippines, in May. The students view the training as an opportunity to become better servants of Christ and the Church. They recognize that Project Nomad is empowering a generation to reach out to more people with the Gospel.

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?

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.

Jesus Intercedes for Us

Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico

Who can intercede for us before God? This Nomad team continues to create a variety of discipleship resources in Spanish to offer the hope of Christ.

The team works in conjunction with IMPACTO Latino; Good News Productions, International (GNPI); and El Jubileo Christian Church, in Pachuca, Mexico.

They are an online community of technical and spiritual support serving the Hispanic church by providing useful and practical materials for the growth of the Kingdom of God.

Visit for additional resources.


Cristo Te Amamos (Jesus We Love You)

Habacuc Diaz, Team Leader for Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile

As we learn about music production, we are amazed to see how God is using these videos to encourage the local church and to spread the Message of Christ.

We are receiving great feedback from the online community and the local churches. Our hope is to inspire other Christian artists and musicians to glorify God by sharing their faith and talents.

Here are the lyrics:

Old things have passed away

Your love has stayed the same

Your constant grace remains the cornerstone


Things that we thought were dead

Are breathing in life again

You cause your Son to shine on darkest nights


For all that you’ve done we will pour out our love

This will be our anthem song


Jesus we love you

Oh how we love you

You are the one our hearts adore


Our hearts adore


The hopeless have found their hope

The orphans now have a home

All that was lost has found its place in you

You lift our weary head

You make us strong instead

You took these rags and made us beautiful


Our affection, our devotion

poured out on the feet of Jesus

Our affection, our devotion

poured out on the feet of Jesus

Our affection, our devotion

poured out on the feet of Jesus

Our affection, our devotion

poured out on the feet of Jesus


Project Nomad Multiplies Impact

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Peter Ignatius is the visionary leader of Lakeview Bible College and Seminary in Chennai, India. GNPI has been partnering with Peter for the last several years. Peter’s faculty and students have excitedly embraced Nomad training as a way to enhance their ability to use media to be effective and relevant communicators of the Good News in India.

Timothy Jai Kumar, a faculty member at Lakeview, now dedicates much of his teaching to students of media production. In partnership with GNPI, there is a small production studio at the college and an on-campus media team. Several intensive media courses are now available to incorporate the latest media methods and technologies.

Timothy has also traveled to other areas which several students call home, and he has taught their peers the basics of media production through Project Nomad. The Bible college has trained media students in five states who are serving the needs of their communities and congregations.

Nomad continues to fulfill our goal to provide national outreach using media and discipleship and one more way GNPI is multiplying the ability of others to understand the Good News!


From Cattle Rustler to Christ’s Ambassador

Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya  

Six years ago, Mudang was well known and feared by his fellow villagers because he was their leader. Mudang was mostly a negative influence. He recruited and trained young men who were involved in cattle rustling as well as shedding innocent blood in neighboring communities.

One day while showing Christian films in the Tiling’wa village in the East Pokot district, Mudang happened to be among the viewers. That day we showed the Shida Ya Samweli film. Mudang was touched, and it was a turning point in his life. He confessed his wrongdoing and asked for amnesty as he was a wanted man from the Rift Valley provincial administration. We prayed for him, and pointed him to Christ Jesus. He was baptized and became a regular member of Chebelion Church of Christ.

Since then, Mudang has continued to love the Word of God and the church. He has been instrumental in helping us with evangelism in the whole region of East Pokot. We have seen Mudang grow from a terrorist to a humble, caring, and loving disciple of Jesus Christ. Indeed, God has continued to restore hope in Mudang’s life. He is now a living example to many Pokots. Praise Jesus!

The local church initiated some small projects for the reformed cattle rustlers, including Mudang. They have purchased 20 goats, and Mudang was given 10 goats to raise. Through this project, Mudang has improved in his walk with the Lord. They intend to do more as God enables them with resources. When I visited Mudang recently, his goats have increased to 15 in number, and he is so grateful to God.