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.
We praise God for our ministry partners and for the way He answers 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)
Youth Summit: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “A few weeks ago I was invited to participate in the Youth Summit in Monterrey, Mexico. I had the opportunity to talk about the + Vida app with more than 300 young people. My coworker, Abi, and I explained the benefits of the app and how it can help them in their spiritual growth. We also made a promotional video of the app to share at the event, on social networks, and on our website.”
Projecting Success: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We are delighted that the Tumaini Hotel project is done and has taken off well. The trailer is being used by Sayare and Daystar TV. We are still pursuing the request to the Kenya Institute of Education to adopt the project and books as well. We thank the Lord for this encouragement and project a big success with this series.”
Glad to Partner: Othaina Eid of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We are glad to partner with LivingStone International University (LIU) every year to teach communications students different film production techniques. Pray for us as we finalize our new 11-part series, Marriage for Life.”
People Coming to Christ: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Thank you very much for your prayers. God continues to answer them and bring people to Christ. Last week, our evangelists told me that 12 people accepted Christ in one location, nine people in another place, and 40 people in another. With the help of our media tools, people are able to understand and know the true God. Praise the Lord! Our ministry partner ZDK has established another new church along the border.”
A Productive Day: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Yesterday was good but brutal. We taped 14 episodes of Say It Forward, and our GNPI board meeting went well! I work with the best people, and we are very proud of the videos we produce together. The guests in Say It Forward are really ordinary people with extraordinary gifts and experiences. Thank you for praying for us.”
Holding Up Our Family: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes about her husband Tom’s death on March 26, 2016, “It became apparent to us that the prayers of believers were keeping our family from collapsing under grief and stress. Thanks to all who held up our family in prayer over the last month of heartache and sorrow.”
“Please continue to pray for comfort and peace
in the daily lives of the family. Pray also for guidance
as I consider my role in the future of media ministry.”
An Amazing Experience: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We had a great retreat with the youth leaders of the Evangelical Student Fellowship. We spent time discovering the Scripture on various issues of effective evangelism, civil society foundations, and personal growth in Christ. Please pray for this cohort of devoted servants of the Lord! The most amazing experience was a visit with a self-proclaimed strong atheist who attended all the seminars to ‘figure out how we were trying to trick him.’ Please pray with us for this young man. He has a gift of asking good questions, and we pray he will find the right answers eventually.”
Sustaining Prayers: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “When we started our evening worship in one of the villages, the local Sikh group complained about our music to their leader and asked him to make us stop the service. My son, Suraj, peacefully resolved the issue by offering to move the meeting elsewhere. Interestingly, as we agreed to relocate our services, the leader was very impressed with our humility and respect for them. In fact, he let us continue our service as long as we took steps to keep quiet. It was nice to see a little bit of his father in Suraj as he settled the issue and to know that God was with us. Your prayers sustain us, and we ask you to continue lifting us up. We need wisdom and protection.”
Blessed: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We have been blessed to have good time slots on some of the top channels in India. We want to connect with more unbelievers who have questions about Christ. We have promoted the Easter program in a variety of ways. We will also send messages to our Christmas viewers who gave us permission to contact them about other programming. Please pray for our staff as we follow up on our Easter program and for my family as we grieve the loss of my mother.”
Project Nomad Updates
Finished: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, says, “We finished our 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. Protus is planning to travel to Nairobi in June for more training while Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen is there.
Electrical Issues: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen says, “Our team in Pachuca, Mexico, is doing well. These team members have an office in a newly constructed church, but electricity is not consistent. Please pray this can be resolved soon as the local government authorities have assured them it will be. For now the team works from a nearby English institute.”
A Great Asset: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen says “Thank you for praying for the trip to South Africa. It went really well. Mark and Lynette Johnson from the Avalon Church of Christ in Virginia were a great asset and made a good connection to the team in Johannesburg. We were able to go through some advanced training as well as review basic areas of production to clarify and streamline the process.”
Mark Allen and Mark and Lynette Johnson are pictured
with the Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa team members.
Beyond Our Imagination: A Christian worker in eastern Europe who is sharing The Global Gospel through a website and Facebook page says, “Praise the Lord! People from all over this country and the world are seeing the Good News in their own homes, many for the first time! We are excited to see the impact this is having. It is far beyond what we could have imagined!”
God Is Blessing Us: A ministry partner writes, “Praise the Lord! We started recording The Global Gospel in another major Asian language. God is blessing this project, and I am very pleased with how it is coming together. Our narrator escaped from North Korea more than 10 years ago, and he is very passionate about doing this project. One of the beautiful things about working with him is that he is using a North Korean accent for the recording. Words are pronounced so it will be clearly understood there. I am thankful he can also speak Mandarin; that’s how we communicate.”
Amazing Instrument: Joshua V., a Christian worker from India, stopped by the GNPI office in Joplin to pick up another Solar Kit. Joshua said, “We use it to share Bible stories. It has been so effective. We used to carry a generator, a big screen, and a sound system. We needed two or three guys to set up the whole thing. The Solar Kit is so light to carry. It has been an amazing help and an amazing instrument.”
A New Angle: The New Angle Media Project includes 12 children’s stories from the Gospels. The stories are written from the perspective of someone who recounts a personal experience with Jesus several years later. Pray for God’s guidance as we develop this global digital project in English templates and then produce it in multiple languages with interactive questions.
Patrick Kenee, a Christian worker in South Africa, says Project Nomad is having a positive impact in the rural villages. The Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, team records, edits, and prepares teaching materials from leadership training conferences. Patrick has a friend who shares their Bible correspondence course materials at every opportunity.
The Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, team recently produced a promotional video for Kids Gospel Ministry (KGM), a local children’s ministry working with several public schools.
KGM’s vision is that the Holy Spirit will enable African children to delight in God’s saving grace, so they can glorify Him in all things and exalt Jesus in the world.
This Nomad team continues to work to sharpen their skills in media production. Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen says “Thank you for praying for the trip to South Africa. It went really well. Mark and Lynette Johnson from the Avalon Church of Christ in Virginia were a great asset and made a good connection to the team in Johannesburg. We were able to go through some advanced training as well as review basic areas of production to clarify and streamline the process.”
Mark Allen and Mark and Lynette Johnson are pictured with the Project Nomad team members.
God showed His presence during these training events by allowing teaching moments to appear during the visits. Mark and the team encountered a group making a movie at a local mall. The team had a chance to ask production questions and learn from the professionals.
Bob Gurwell, International Consultant
We encouraged one another to advance the Gospel while we were together in Nicaragua. It was a God thing! We committed to staying in contact with each other as well.
I am amazed at what God can do when we open our hearts and allow Him to work through us.