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.