GNPI Founder Ziden Nutt prepared this special video for our 40th anniversary. Ziden reviews the different technologies used over the years to share the Message of Christ and talks about God’s faithfulness to us.
We are grateful to everyone who helped us celebrate our 40th anniversary at GNPI Vision Night events in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. In total 442 people attended and generously gave $84,905 to further accelerate global evangelism through media and technology. Watch the video and read some highlights from Executive Director Mike Schrage’s update about our activities.
At the heart of any organization are its founders, and we are deeply grateful for the servant hearts of Ziden and Helen Nutt. They would, however, be the first to say, that the GNPI Board of Directors over the years, has offered wisdom and stability to an ever-changing and growing ministry. Twenty-three people have served, or are currently serving, in this role during the past 40 years.
This year’s theme, Ignite, is taken from 2 Timothy 1:6 where Paul writes, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God.” For 40 years, God has been using the ministry of GNPI to fan into flame God’s influence on others throughout the world. GNPI does it by accelerating global evangelism through media and technology, igniting the knowledge of God and love for God in diverse and complicated cultures around the world.
This year our special guest, Nenette Pacoli, is part of the global network that is fanning into flame the Gospel of Jesus through her work in the Philippines. I have asked her to represent our global production network, which includes nine regional centers and eight Nomad teams, by sharing what she and her team in Manila are doing to ignite the knowledge and love of Jesus in her part of the world.
We believe God is going to continue to take our humble offerings and do amazing things with them. Would you like some examples? I’ve got a few.
• The Global Gospel is complete in the world’s most widely spoken languages, and it will become even more widely available as more languages are included. In addition, it’s going to change shape. We’re responding to requests to prepare versions of these simple stories of Jesus for broadcast on television in places we never thought of and to move it via popular means like WhatsApp!
• App development will continue to grow this year. We’ll offer new app templates for our regional centers around the world and get content onto smartphones and tablets for people who are hungry to get the Word of God in their heart language. In addition, some key collaborators will use our content in their mobile projects too, taking our reach farther than we could have imagined two years ago when we unveiled our dreams about apps to you.
• Mark, our Nomad coordinator, has up to eight trainings scheduled this year with up to 150 trainees. With additional training, equipment, and production experience, these trainees will represent the next generation of media missionaries in places we’ve yet to establish a significant presence. Specifically, please pray for our growth in Latin America, North America, and China, where the fields are white unto harvest if we take advantage of the wonderful opportunities presented through media and technology. Recently, technology allowed us to prepare for the online delivery of our training! Whether they are trained in person or online, our national media missionaries are using iOgraphers (a mini iPad tablet), as an all-in-one camera and video editor for just $999! Two years ago, that process required both a camera and a computer, and it cost $2,500!
• We are in the development stages of another global digital project called New Angle Media. This is a series of 10 to 20 stories from the Gospels that are told from the first-person perspective by someone who encountered Jesus. Imagine Jairus and his daughter telling his grandchildren about what Jesus did one day in their village. We hope to create English templates and then produce it in digital form in multiple languages with interactive questions.
• Last month Tom Nutt and Bob Gurwell met in Nicaragua with 23 national church leaders and a few missionaries about new media opportunities in Central and South America. The encouragement and synergy was contagious.
ISIS effectively uses media to identify and recruit people for deeds of darkness, and they are doing an effective job. Shouldn’t the Church deputize technology for good instead of evil.
From filmstrips to digital graphics and projectors to iPhones, GNPI has seen a lot of change in 40 years. The world had 4.1 billion people when GNPI was founded in 1976. Today, that number has nearly doubled and two thirds of them do not know Him.
Friends, we must fan into flame and ignite in the heart of every believer the passion to use their talents, multiplied by technology, to accelerate the rate of disciple making among the peoples of the world. The animistic African farmer, the Buddhist mother, the Hindu teenager, and the Muslim child are waiting.
Jeff and Patrick Kenee have had several important connections to GNPI over the years beginning in Africa. This is the first of a three-part video series. Watch for the next two blogs as the brothers share about their ongoing partnership with Project Nomad-South Africa and their current plans for leadership training.
Jeff recalls how GNPI Founder Ziden Nutt and fellow missionary Dale Marshall helped him meet Christ and begin serving in ministry in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe.) Jeff was one of the first Good News Productions employees as the manager of the bookstore.
Jeff shared the Gospel with his younger brother, Patrick, and he now serves in full time ministry in South Africa. They appreciate their spiritual foundation and the chance to tell others. Their goal is to point people to the Bible and to lift up the name of Jesus.
GNPI is working to bring the light of Christ to a dark world in various ways.
Our special thanks to friends from our network in South Africa, Kenya, Mexico, SE Asia, and the U.S. for helping with the narration for this ministry update.
“. . . I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” — John 8:12 (NIV)
The GNPI creative team, along with a couple of junior members from Bryan Lawler’s family, enjoyed working together to prepare a video for the 2016 Vision Night events.
Watch for the Ignite video tomorrow.
We praise God for our ministry partners and the blessings He has given to our global network.
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” — Psalm 62:8 (NIV)
Strategic Meetings in Nicaragua: Executive Director Mike Schrage says, “More than 20 people representing several nations gathered in Nicaragua to discuss what God has been doing through media in Central and South America as well as the possibility of future partnerships with GNPI. Please pray for wisdom for the outcomes.”
Family Conferences: Abi Flores of GNPI-Mexico writes, “We traveled with Pecos and Lynda Inchaustegui to Monterrey, Mexico, in order to record a pilot for several family conferences this year. We hope this will become a 10-part video series about marriage. Pecos and Lynda have a broad range of knowledge. They are dynamic speakers who would be a great help to many families. We appreciate your prayers as we make plans for the conferences.”
Music Ministry: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya writes, “We are still trying to reach youth through music videos. We filmed the popular Mwanga band. We are editing the video and working on graphic designs for the DVD cover. Please pray the Lord will use this music video to draw Kenyan teens into a personal relationship with Him.”
Notable Impact: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Uganda says, “Christian workers tell us the GNPI videos showed on the Solar Kits are very helpful in the villages due to their power to attract interest as well as their emphasis on biblical teaching. The notable impact has been several conversions to Christ. Praise the Lord for the 21 people who were obedient to the Gospel in the Bulambuli area, north of Mbale and Jinja.”
Things I Love: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines writes, “One of the things I love the most about my work is meeting a lot of interesting new people as well as renewing old friendships. For example, while the host of WWJD was getting ready, I enjoyed visiting with his lovely wife! Pray for this series as we discuss new ideas and other issues in the coming year.”
A Messiah Movement: Timothy P of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Pray for a Messiah movement to open the spiritual eyes of the people. They need to see the true and living God who came to the world as our Messiah. We will work towards this and believe God will surely accomplish it through us.”
Praying for Wisdom: Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand says, “Pray that we can find the best stories and the right people. My team is committed to featuring people who live godly lives. We need God’s wisdom to select faithful disciples.”
The Wizard of Uz: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine reports, “We wish you could have been here for our meeting with Andrey from Uzbekistan, the leader of the Central Asia Apologetics ministry chapter. I have nicknamed him the Wizard of Uz. Media is the only way to spread the Message in his area. Digital book readers, cell phone apps, and online video and audio resources allow our team to work without breaking any laws against the Bible and Christian literature. Our years of experience help us to continue our ministry in the occupied territories where the limitations are very strict. Please keep this outreach in your prayers!”
Persecuted for His Name: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “Here in northern India, preaching the Gospel is difficult with a new political party in power. We have to be on our guard every time we go out to preach or conduct mass meetings. Some people try to disturb us by throwing stones on our gatherings or cutting off the power. Our evangelists have been beaten for showing Bible clips on Solar Kits. The local administration has punished these criminals, but ensuring justice is an ongoing and difficult process. We are thankful to God for taking care of us as we face persecution for His Name.”
Room Renovation: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Rejoice with us as we have completed of our much needed repairs to our control room and recording room. We are preparing an Easter production for national television.”
Project Nomad Updates
Worship in Chile: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Chile says, “Praise the Lord! We finished six new worship videos. Churches in the area will use these for leading worship when no musicians are available. Two of them have been posted on YouTube already. We also made a CD of the songs. The local churches responded very positively. They are giving the CDs to first time visitors as a gift.”
Basic Training Online: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen is recording videos to supplement the other basic training materials. He is also working to complete an online curriculum. Please pray they will be useful and cost effective for many Christian workers who are using media to learn and then share the Gospel around the world.
Incredible Opportunity for China: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen says, “We confirmed dates in October for a training event in Hong Kong. Five teams of three will participate. Each team represents a province in China, which means the creation of active Nomad teams in five Chinese provinces potentially. Praise the Lord for this incredible opportunity!”
Project Nomad-South Africa has completed a promotional video for a local ministry in Johannesburg. The Women of Worth (WOW) ministry empowers women with opportunities to get them off the streets. The Good News Doll project provides jobs and teaches skills. More importantly, the doll wears a multicolored, beaded necklace that is a visual aid for sharing the Gospel.
Our Project Nomad team members are committed to using media and technology to introduce more people to the love and forgiveness of Christ. This WOW project video is only one of the 11 videos and two DVDs they filmed and uploaded recently to help local missionaries raise funds for their own ministries.
Mark Allen, Project Nomad Coordinator
I thank the Lord for the chance to work with 24 students in Chennai last month. The basic and advanced media curriculum was successfully delivered despite the monsoonal weather, which caused interruptions in Internet services and rolling electrical blackouts.
Peter Ignatius of Lakeview Bible College and Seminary is very excited about the opportunities for their students to receive this training and to enhance their ability to share the Gospel more effectively.
Mike Schrage, Executive Director
GNPI loves the synergy that results from networking! Veteran missionaries to South Africa, Jeff and Patrick Kenee, stopped by the Joplin office to see our Solar Kit, which had been enhanced quite a bit since they had last seen it. We also visited about Project Nomad. Jeff and Patrick have partnered with us in training our Project Nomad-South Africa team.
While we were having these conversations, Sam and Nancy Shewmaker stopped by on their way from Columbia, Missouri, to their home in Dallas, Texas. Sam was born to missionary parents in Zambia more than 60 years ago, and the Shewmakers have ministered in Africa extensively. Sam served as a founding trustee in 1994 for GNPI’s regional center in Nairobi, Kenya.
Jeff and Patrick had heard of the Shewmakers but had never met them. It was a blessing to see their mutual admiration as they shared stories around our conference table. It was an added thrill to see all four of them gathered around the table as Director of Development Matt Brock showed them how the new Solar Kit worked!
It brought back great memories for the Shewmakers as they talked about productions created by Africans being shared by local evangelists. GNPI witnessed new friendships that day and had the privilege of watching as God worked through our ministry network once again.
Habacuc Diaz, Team Leader of Project Nomad-Chile
We are thankful for our many reasons to praise the Lord. This is one of our newest videos about how we share the Gospel with inner city youth in Santiago and train them to make disciples.
We continue to work on our Searching series for skateboarders and to provide video support for the pro-life organization Sabies Que.
Our team is also producing new worship songs, completing a Bible series on finances, and finalizing Spiritual Life in a Digital World, a guide to help parents keep their kids safe while using the Internet.