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Empowering

Mike Schrage

I recently watched via video the implosion of an old stock yard building near St. Louis. I have lots of memories of that building from my days as a farmer. Although there was no way to bring the dilapidated building back, I was sorry to see it destroyed.

I’m thankful God sees each person as someone worth restoring! His grace and mercy are always available to give new life and to sustain even those who are the farthest from Him.

This is exactly the type of work our Project Nomad team in Johannesburg, South Africa, is doing with your support. I was in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a few weeks ago visiting a church that supports the team. They recently sent a couple who are trained in media with Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen to provide additional training for them. The personal interaction and encouragement empowered the team and sharpened their skills for ministry.

We pray God will use their renewed energy to result in the spiritual renovation of many lives that may have otherwise been destroyed. Our prayer for you is the same. May you sense God’s empowerment in your life as you bring restoration to the people in your path.

 

Multiplying Our Efforts

Patrick Kenee, Christian Worker in South Africa

Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, is an essential part of our ministry growth. God is working to help us multiply our efforts in the last six years.

Project Nomad helps us provide leadership training conferences and resources to send home with those who attend. We have plans to add three more training centers, so more people can hear the Gospel of Christ .

New Productions in Chile

Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, has produced several new music videos. Worship the Lord with them as they sing Because He Lives.

The team has recorded half of their 12 song plan, which have been put on a CD along with the lyrics to the songs. They’re also working to create music videos for each of the songs; four of them are complete and accessible on their YouTube page.

Their prayer is that this worship CD will be used throughout churches in Chile (and other countries) to aid in their worship services or to be used in small home groups. The initial response to their CD has been phenomenal.

Habacuc Diaz, team leader, traveled to Nicaragua in February to join the people from several nations to discuss what God has been doing through media in Central and South America. Habacuc recorded a tutorial about lighting as a follow-up to help others who attended the meeting in Nicaragua.

Please join us in seeking God’s wisdom for the future outcomes of this meeting.

New Releases from Rwanda

The Project Nomad-Kigali, Rwanda, team wants people to know that Jesus can be found in everything they do, in every culture, and in all areas of life. This video captures the vision of the Africa Transformation Network (ATN) and reveals the hearts of those associated with these Project Nomad team members.

Another recent video reminds us of how much Jesus loves children and how precious they are to Him.

Significant Dates from the Ministry of GNPI

This is a special year for us to reflect on 40 years of ministry and God’s faithfulness. Enjoy this video from our archives as GNPI Founder Ziden Nutt explains what led him to start making filmstrips when he was in Africa.

1947 – Ziden Nutt dedicates his life to missions in Africa at Christian camp.

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1956 – Ziden is ordained into ministry.

1961 – The Nutt family arrives in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

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1967 – Ziden is challenged to make culturally relevant audio visual resources.

1969 – Good News Productions begins in Rhodesia.

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1975 – The Nutts return to the U.S. for the medical care of their daughter, Lynda.

1975 – Directors are chosen and Good News Productions becomes GNPI.

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1976 – The facility in Joplin is dedicated.

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1981 – The first Solar Kit is sent to Thailand.

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1987 – ABLE Satellite System broadcasts the first program.

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1989 – The regional center in Damoh, India is dedicated.

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1993 – GNPI signs an affiliation agreement with Freedom Films, which later results in a regional center in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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1995 – The regional center in Nairobi, Kenya, is dedicated.

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1997 – GNPI signs an agreement with Colegio Biblico for office space. This leads a regional center for Spanish speakers in Texas; it later relocates to Piedras Negras, Mexico.

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1998 – The regional center in the Philippines is established.

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1999 – GNPI signs an affiliation agreement with Sergei Golovin, which later results in the regional center in Ukraine.

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2001 – The Don DeWelt Prayer Center is dedicated on GNPI property in Joplin.

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2003 – The regional center is dedicated in Chandigarh, India.

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2004 – The regional center is dedicated in SE Asia.

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2009 – The regional center is established in Mbale, Uganda.

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2009 – The first Project Nomad team is established in Eldoret, Kenya.

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2011 – GNPI completes The Global Gospel in English as the first language.

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2012 – First mobile app content is distributed to help seekers become disciples of Christ.

2015 – GNPI works to complete the world’s top 25 languages of The Global Gospel

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2016 – Today, the GNPI network includes nine regional centers and eight Nomad teams with more than 500 Solar Kits mobilized in close to 50 countries.

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Which Choice Will You Make?

Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico, has released a new project about the two choices we have in this life.

These team members have an office in a newly constructed church, but electricity is not consistent. Local government authorities assure them the problem will be resolved soon. For now the team works from a nearby English institute. Please pray for the team to be able to effectively accomplish their ministry despite the challenges.

Cassandra’s Talent and Testimony

Our Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, team has released an inspiring new project. Cassandra Faye Lee shares how the Lord has worked in her life in the Talents and Testimonies series.

This team has also completed six more episodes (7-12) in the 42-Day Discipleship Guide for New Believers available on their YouTube page.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHpBHqpRERmviNf6j3bi4TA/videos

 

Project Nomad Explained

Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen offers an overview of what his role involves, why GNPI created Project Nomad, and how the key initiatives are supported.

Trained media disciples are able to identify cultural trends and create faith-based projects that have a lasting impact on the unreached in their areas.

Visit www.gnpi.org/what-we-do/project-nomad/ for more information about the Training, Teams, and Tools of Project Nomad.

Vision Night 2016 Recap

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.

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