Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen shares an overview of his recent trip to Ukraine, where he was hosted by Regional Director Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia and his wife, Olga.
Our coworker, Lena L., also participated in the training. Stay tuned for Mark’s next stop on The Incredible Ukrainian Tour.
Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for His answers to our prayers season after season.
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”— Psalm 62:8 (NIV)
A Defining Moment: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Praise the Lord! We have received a lot of positive feedback on social networks regarding our various productions.
Here are some examples: “This [Promise of Love] film is a beautiful story. God brought me come to a defining moment in my life as I watched it.”
“Thanks for the Addictions documentary; it is very useful to me. I’m in Cortazar as a family counselor at a rehabilitation center for alcoholism and drug addiction.”
“Raziel, may Jesus Christ our Lord bless your life and keep using you as a living tool to preach His Gospel among those most in need. What an excellent video testimony!” Unleashed by Blood is a short film about the redemption and transformation of the life of an addict named Raziel.
“Excellent job, GNPI! Thank you for sharing these music videos of Jochy D & Band. They are very good; I recommend them. May God keep using them.”
I Will Not Be Silent: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Pray for wisdom in the initial stages of a new partnership with the Kenya Faith-Based Media Group. It consists of faith-based broadcasters including Islamic networks. The group identifies with the relevance of our Public Service Announcements (PSA) and wants to partner with us to produce content between September 2016 and Feb 2019. The focus is on a national security/cohesion campaign theme, Sinyamazi, or I will not be silent. We have already re-edited one of our PSAs to fit into their campaign strategy.”
Impressive Response: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We were invited by a Christian high school teacher to visit one of the biggest Christian Union fellowships in Mbale. For two days we showed Tough Choices, Promise of Love, and Unshackled, which are videos about drugs, peer pressure, and sexual purity. The response was impressive. Over 200 students came for these two days. Two girls responded to a call to give their lives to Jesus. The pastor was so impressed by the videos that he asked us to work out a plan for similar partnerships in the future. We are praying God will use this opportunity to reach hundreds of youth.”
New Training Center: Praise the Lord for his faithfulness and the cooperation of several ministries to reach this goal. Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia helped dedicate a new training center this month. We look forward to watching how the Lord will use this facility to prepare many effective leaders to reach SE Asia with the Gospel.
Working, Brainstorming, and Praying: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We are preparing for another taping of Say It Forward. We are also brainstorming about the best way to present the next episode of WWJD on respecting authority. It seems especially important now that we have a new president. Please pray God would refresh our minds with bright ideas for WWJD. Our board members are making initial preparations for a Nomad training event in our country as well.”
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Hard at Work: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand says, “Please pray for the Thai team. While I’ve been visiting family and renewing my visa, they have been hard at work gathering testimonials, stories of God’s work, and Bible teachings from three different areas surrounding the northern Thailand office base. They traveled to the country of Laos to the east, a mountain tribal children’s home in the north, and the large metropolis of Bangkok to the south.”
Daniel School: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We have joined a very exciting project called Daniel School. Its purpose is to train selected teenagers to be strong leaders. The program involves studies of Scripture, apologetics, logic, rhetoric, sports, camping, hiking, rafting, and teamwork. Our part is to provide academic content for the program. All sessions are broadcast online. I was especially touched by a group of seven young people who followed us online from the war zones in this region. May the Lord keep them safe and protected! Please pray for this project and for these devoted youth. They are the future of the Church and of this nation.”
Networking With A New Generation: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “This summer we are digitizing our resources and updating our website. This month we plan to help with two photo camps at the retreat center as we work alongside photo and video specialists. Join us in praying that we will be able to build ministry partnerships and network with the young people who are coming to the photo camps.”
Sharing the Message with New Voices: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Praise the Lord for giving us the chance to share the Gospel through new avenues. Our staff is editing several messages and songs by a former Hindu high priest. The staff is also meeting to discuss the scripts for a series on family since we’ve hired a professional scriptwriter. We hope to broadcast the series on several TV networks.”
Project Nomad Updates
Inspiring Visit: Mark Allen conducted Project Nomad training in two cities in Ukraine this month. Mark says, “It is inspiring to see how the country has come together after the sacrifices of those who died in the 2014 protests. The result has allowed the Gospel to be shared without being monitored or repressed for the last couple of years.”
Pressing On in Pachuca: The team in Pachuca has launched a new website and Facebook page. Both sites are gaining momentum as the team members work hard to create new videos. Team leader Sergio Alvarado attended an advanced Nomad training in Indianapolis, Indiana, with another Nomad team leader, Habacuc Diaz, from our team in Chile. The Lord worked it out for the two of them (and a couple others) to meet for training with Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen.
Thanks for praying with us about the electricity for the church building where the team has an office. Praise the Lord as the electricity issue has been resolved.
We praise the Lord for the 24 completed language versions of The Global Gospel, which can be viewed online. There are 18 additional versions in progress. We recently divided the 88 stories into 107, so some of the longer segments could be more easily adapted for various applications on mobile devices. To date, nearly 12,000 people have completed plans and tracks incorporating the videos from The Global Gospel on their favorite app. Click on the icons to view the discipleship plans.
An Amazing Help: Joshua V., a Christian worker in India, says, “Praise the Lord! The Solar Kit has been an amazing help in our ministry. It is hard to communicate the Message to the tribal people of India unless you visualize it. Visualization greatly increases the level of understanding for the audience. It makes a huge impact when people see video clips of the crucifixion and how Christ suffered for our sins.”
International Director: Please join us in praying that God would send the right person to serve as our international director and work closely with our growing network of regional centers and Project Nomad teams.
Habacuc Diaz, Team Leader of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile
Not everybody is ready or interested in reading the Bible, but we find that people are willing to watch a short video.
Media is helping us to share the Gospel with the seven million people in Santiago.
This is the reason why I am so eager to learn more about video production, which I had the opportunity to do this summer when I came to Indianapolis, Indiana, for some advanced training this summer.
Executive Director Mike Schrage takes a moment to reflect on several significant events in our global ministry. He explains some of the challenges facing our staff members around the world and anticipates exciting things ahead as he outlines potential growth opportunities for GNPI teams and partnerships.
Take this opportunity to consider the widespread influence of this growing ministry.
- Nine regional centers are producing biblical resources for each of their cultures.
- Eight small production teams are training under the leadership of Project Nomad.
- Six hundred Solar Kits have been mobilized to areas without electricity.
Thank you for your partnership in equipping Christian leaders throughout the world to communicate the hope of the Gospel through media to people in their heart languages and cultures.
Our Project Nomad teams are doing exciting work, and we greatly anticipate the future and what it holds for each of them.
The team in Pachuca has launched a new website
and Facebook page.
Team leader Sergio Alvarado attended an advanced Nomad training in Indianapolis, Indiana, with another Nomad team leader Habacuc Diaz, from our team in Chile, last month. The Lord worked it out for the two of them (and a few others) to meet for a training with Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen.
Thanks for praying with us about the electricity to the church building where the team has an office. Praise the Lord the electricity issue has been resolved.
Twenty-seven students participated in Project Nomad basic training in Salatiga, Indonesia, at the Christian Church Theological School of Indonesia.
Bob Sartoris, GNPI Ministry Partner
My experience working in certain regions has always proven to be challenging, not so much from security concerns, but from the attacks that Satan seemed to introduce somehow into the planning and process. Once again, my time here was not an exception!”
The workshops started out very well, and the first day we accomplished more than I hoped. The students seemed very engaged and had a blast working on their first interview shooting exercise. Day two started out with lighthearted fun during the hands on exercises, and the students were showing pride in their project ideas.
Then some of our equipment disappeared. Staff members intervened, and the equipment was restored. Satan had lost this battle.
The next morning the president of the college went down to the main office and walked into another mess. Overnight, someone broke into the office area and ransacked the place. Desk drawers were strewn about, paper files and notebooks spilled of their contents, furniture was in disarray, and some equipment and cash were missing.
Trying to be reassuring, I shared about our many experiences in Kenya when we were working on projects to reach people in the major world religions, only to be plagued with technical hiccups and other strange, unexplained setbacks. My explanation was that we must be doing something right if Satan was working that hard to discourage us! They all agreed, and then we took time to pray to thank God for bringing us this far and to ask for His protection as we completed the workshops in the days ahead.
The students worked in teams to prepare an interview presenting a testimony on the theme “Hope in the Midst of Tragedy.” The training finished well with great potential for the future.
Our guest blogger, Boyce Mouton, is a retired minister and an author. We appreciate his partnership with GNPI over the last three decades. Boyce has encouraged staff members in a variety of ways; he served as an advisory board member and hosted the Venture in Faith program. He’s brought dozens of Christian workers to GNPI to learn about the ministry or to help them receive a Solar Kit.
Boyce has participated in planning and prayer meetings, offered financial support for many projects, and purchased a Nomad Production Kit to use in teaching a distance learning class in central America.
Boyce Mouton, guest blogger
Almost everyone has received a phone call or letter soliciting funds for some worthy cause. It has been my policy to only help those individuals and ministries with which I am personally familiar. In this regard I am very familiar with GNPI and happy to be one of their many volunteers.
I first met Ziden Nutt in 1954. My admiration and respect for him has continued to grow throughout more than 60 years of friendship. God greatly blessed his ministry in Africa, and even expanded his influence for Christ when he and Helen returned to the states. My own ministry, while very small by comparison, has still been magnified by my association with Ziden and his team of workers.
One of the first ways that GNPI helped me was during the 1970s via the Venture in Faith series.
At no cost to me I was given access to their studio, cameras, and technicians. These professionally produced testimonies from outstanding Christian workers are now available for all to see online. This was just the first of many ways we have combined our efforts to advance the cause of Christ.
One of the most recent ways GNPI helped me was only a few months ago through Project Nomad. For less than $600 they helped me to get a camera and provided instructions that enabled me to produce 24 lessons on the Gospel of Luke in Spanish. These lessons are also on the world wide web. These lessons were downloaded by a Bible College in Nicaragua during February 2016. Again, with the help and expertise of GNPI, I was able to set up a video conference with that college from Missouri. After they watched the lesson in Nicaragua, I was able to answer their questions from here.
In March of 2016 I took these, and many other Bible lessons, to Cuba on a flash drive. While they are years behind, a growing number of Cuban preachers have cell phones and access to computers. GNPI is on the cutting edge and is eager to share their expertise with others regardless of where they are with technology.
The help GNPI has given me is being replicated in the lives of countless people all over the world. Just last October I was privileged to be in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and visited the GNPI production studio.
I met preachers like me, whose ministries have been magnified by technology in the hands of dedicated servants of Christ. The worldwide outreach of GNPI is making Christ available to millions of people every day.
Many years ago the late Clarence Greenleaf visited the production studio in Joplin. Like the Queen of Sheba said to Solomon, he felt the half had not been told. What he saw in person meant much more to him than what he had heard. Perhaps some day you too will be able to visit one of the GNPI production studios around the world.
Since Ziden has retired, I am happy to see Mike Schrage continue to lead with the same vision and integrity that has always been associated with this ministry.
Regardless of who you are, where you live, or what kind of ministry you have, I am confident you will find good friends at GNPI.
Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India
A group of staff from our office traveled to Shillong, Meghalaya, in northeastern India to train students from four congregations in media ministry at the request of the local leaders. Our video and cellphone production training went very well. These 16 students were the best! They saw the power of media.
These Christian youth were very passionate about video production, but they didn’t have anyone to teach them.
They were very fast learners and very creative. They were so dedicated to the training that they didn’t even stop for meals.
We see the potential for four Project Nomad teams to form in the Shillong area.
They want to make music videos, Sunday school teaching videos, testimonies, and short videos for social media. We eventually hope to merge this group in with other Project Nomad advanced training and follow-up in that region of India.
It was a very long trip, but it was worth it!
The Lord gave us safety on the 40 hours to travel there by car and train, and the 55 hours to get back during the 1,500 mile journey!
Get to know Manee better by watching this episode of the Liam & Ruby kids series.