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Hello from Hong Kong

Mark Allen, Project Nomad Coordinator

Fourteen attendees participated in our Hong Kong regional training in October.

Pastor Wing Wong, the training event sponsor, says, “Media is a good way to present the Gospel, especially to those who have no understanding of Christianity or church background.”

Timothy Jai Kumar, team leader of Project Nomad-Chennai, India, helped Mark with the training. He enjoyed being part of an international training and seeing that Project Nomad is bigger than he realized.

Do you know any Christian workers in East Asia who could benefit from Project Nomad training?

Last Piece of the Puzzle

Mark Allen, Project Nomad Coordinator

Every Project Nomad training has been interesting and challenging. The regional training in Togo was especially memorable as we worked through several cultural differences with 24 Christian workers who participated. They represented the nations of Togo, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, and Guinea.

Kpowbie Daniel, a ministry partner from Community Health Education (CHE) and organizer of the event said, “I think this training is going to bring a tremendous change in the way we have been working for the Lord. I think everyone was waiting for this. It was like the last piece of the puzzle.”

An Important Part of Our Work

Eric Duggins of Impacto Latino

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We’re excited that GNPI has been part of our ministry with Impacto Latino in Pachuca, Mexico, for the last five years. GNPI’s Project Nomad has been a very effective way for us to share some of our teaching. The video production for special events and conferences has been an important part of the Impacto church planting project.

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One of the things we anticipate is the budding of another Project Nomad relationship in the city of Queretaro. We are planning to create a studio there within our Impacto center there to record leadership training materials.

A wonderful partnership has developed between GNPI and the Impacto New Missions Systems ministries.

For more details on how valuable Project Nomad has been to our work in Mexico, see My Recommendation.

 

 

My Recommendation

Sergio Alvarado of Impacto Latino and Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico

Project Nomad has helped us accomplish our goal to plant churches in Pachuca. Media has been one of our most valuable tools in reaching out to people to begin relationships. Now as our family relocates, I look forward to helping with Nomad training in the city of Queretaro.

Facing the Dangers of Pornography

Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya

It was a blessing to travel to Nairobi during the summer for the Project Nomad regional training.

We are excited to produce more videos for the people of the Pokot tribe in their own language, so biblical teaching is easier for them to understand. The videos we’ve produced for this people group are not only watched, but the Lord uses the videos to inspire change in the hearts of those who watch them.

Our newest project is a 25-minute video on the dangers of pornography.

We are also working on a series for youth based on 1 Timothy 4:12 to address the issues of faith, love, purity, and speech. Pray these resources will challenge people to walk more closely with the Lord.

The Path of Moses (Part Two)

Mark Allen met Musa at a Project Nomad training in Ghana over the summer. Musa was the eldest son of the Imam of the largest mosque in Tamale. Click here to read Part One of how Musa came to know the Lord, escaped death, and attended Bible college.

Mark Allen, Project Nomad Coordinator

Musa joined a church planting group after completing his missionary training in Accra. He discovered that his connection with the Muslim community gave him a unique perspective on planting churches. The Lord blessed him, and the organization asked him to lead a team that was headed to northern Ghana. The team would be based in his home city, Tamale.

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Facing his past head-on, Musa went to Tamale and saw the same success in reaching the Muslim community. He started a number of house churches in the area while being shunned by his father, who wouldn’t allow him to talk to his family.

One day the elders of his father’s mosque appeared at his door. His father was dead, and there was a problem. The status and power of Musa’s father in the community as the Imam of Tamale’s largest mosque put Musa’s father in the “untouchable” category. No one felt worthy to perform the Muslim burial ritual. They wanted Musa to perform the ritual without including any “Christian” beliefs.

Musa agreed. The next day he conducted the burial rites. He respectfully washed and dried  his father’s body, wrapped it in cloth, moved the body to an open casket, and loaded the casket onto the back of a truck. Mourners followed the truck to the cemetery where Musa alone lifted his father’s body and placed it in the prepared grave, carefully rolling the Imam’s body to face Mecca as part of the ritual.

Musa followed the burial rites to the letter, respecting the Muslim tradition and gaining the respect of the community. Some people came to Musa afterwards and said, “Tell us more about the Jesus you follow.” Many converted to Christianity soon after the burial of Musa’s father.

Musa continues to work at church planting and preaching. In addition, he is now the leader of Tamale’s developing Project Nomad team, which has started producing culturally relevant videos about the Gospel to be shared with communities in and around the area.

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He’s no longer known by the Arabic translation of his name. Instead he uses the English version, Pastor Moses.

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What an amazing path he’s taken to become a true disciple.

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The Path of Moses (Part One)

Mark Allen, Project Nomad Coordinator

The title of this story sounds like a sermon title or the latest faith-based blockbuster, doesn’t it? After conducting Project Nomad training in Tamale, Ghana, I learned the amazing story of one of the attendees that sounded like it could have come from a Hollywood movie.

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Musa was the eldest son of the Imam of the largest mosque in Tamale. When he was a boy, Musa would diligently make the call to prayer daily each of the five times, in Arabic, over the mosque’s loudspeaker system. His young voice reached thousands in his community. He assisted his father in leading the prayers while learning the duties of an Imam, and his father hoped that Musa would one day stand in his place.

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As he grew older Musa’s love of the technology in the mosque led to his job as a dance DJ at a local bar part of a large hotel in the same neighborhood. Musa enjoyed this lifestyle, occasionally “partying” with friends to the point of excess. Though his lifestyle didn’t conform to the Muslim way, his status as the Imam’s son gave him a pass among friends and others in the community.

Musa also worked in the hotel as a bellhop to make extra money. One day two Christian missionaries from Accra stayed in the hotel and befriended Musa. They visited him at the club and watched him DJ, and he talked with them during his breaks. When the time came for the missionaries to leave the hotel, Musa helped them with their bags, and they gave him a parting gift they weren’t sure he’d take, a new Bible. They suggested that he read the first four books of the New Testament.

Not long afterwards, Musa did read his gift, and he made a discovery when comparing the Bible to the Quran. The prophet Isa (Jesus) is mentioned 25 times in the Quran, while Mohammed was mentioned, by name, only 4 times. This changed his perception of Christianity. He continued to read and to study.

When his father, the Imam, saw his eldest son reading the Bible at home, he warned Musa to stop or to suffer the consequences of death. His father saw the reading of a Christian Bible as an affront to the Quran and Islam. Musa could not stop reading what he knew to be the truth. He continued to study, but only when he was at work or when his father was not around. Eventually, Musa made a commitment to Christ.

One day when Musa was studying in his room, his siblings began to shout a warning. His father was coming to kill him! Before Musa could leave his room, his father appeared at his door with a pistol in his hand. When the Imam pulled the trigger “something” made Musa lean out of the way, the bullet whizzed by and shattered the window behind him. Then the gun jammed. Before his father could clear the weapon and shoot again, Musa escaped by throwing himself through the broken window.

Musa left Tamale by hiding aboard a freight train bound for Accra that night with only the clothing on his back. He arrived early the next morning, found his way to the seminary school where his missionary friends were from, and slept on a bench outside the school’s closed gates.

When the school opened, Musa met with the headmaster and asked if he could attend the school to become a missionary like his friends. The headmaster said he would have to pay the tuition, but Musa had no money or even extra clothing. All he owned remained in his father’s house in Tamale. As a consolation the headmaster offered him breakfast.

The school had its own cafeteria. Musa felt obliged to help the elderly woman who ran the kitchen after his free meal. As he helped her clean up, he shared his story. The woman told Musa to return for the evening meal, and she would make sure he was fed. When he arrived that evening, the headmaster was waiting with the elderly lady and her husband, the cook. Musa thought he was in trouble, but in fact, he learned that God had a plan for him. The elderly couple wanted to fund Musa’s tuition, so he could become a missionary.

Click here to find out how the Lord used Musa in an incredible way in his own community.

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