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.
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.
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.
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.
This may sound like the latest reality TV show. However, the true reality is that GNPI’s Project Nomad media teams are using their newfound knowledge to expand God’s Kingdom by equipping those who are faithful to The Great Commission with media tools to compete in a world where multimedia is king.
Recent modifications to the Project Nomad curriculum have allowed GNPI to define four new levels of training. This will allow believers worldwide to learn cutting edge video production techniques. Upon successful completion of Nomad Level I training each trainee will be designated as a “Multimedia Apprentice.” They will have the ability to share biblical teachings, as well as the stories of those who have made commitments to Christ, with the unreached in their home countries.
In addition to adjusting the curriculum, GNPI has created a new training kit which is simplified and more cost effective than previous systems. The iOgrapher, recently created by a multimedia instructor in California, is a device specifically designed to integrate Apple’s iPad Mini into the world of video production. This device supports interchangeable lenses, the addition of a professional microphone, and LED lighting. Just like any hi-resolution video camera currently available, it can capture HD video. Once video collection is complete, the same iPad Mini can be used to edit the final video and export it to YouTube, Vimeo, or any of the social media sites currently being used by potential seekers.
The reasons for GNPI’s transition to the iOgrapher Training Kit for Project Nomad is two-fold. Past training kits required both a video camera and a laptop computer to edit video collected by a production team. The new iOgrapher Kit provides a cost-effective way to give media disciples or other partners a video camera and editing device in one package. The savings between the new training kit and previous systems used by Project Nomad is $1,500-$2,000 per kit.
With this change GNPI can now extend the Project Nomad training budget by providing a greater number of video systems, used for both training and deployment, worldwide in the countries where instruction takes place.
Although it may seem like the “reality” show has taken over the TV world, the true reality is that GNPI is making a difference in the lives of those willing to immerse themselves in the technology that can reach thousands. It’s an exciting time for Project Nomad as the expanding digital world has allowed even the most rural areas to use digital video to help spread God’s Word to those who need to hear it the most.
If you’d like to support Project Nomad, you could sponsor equipment, production grants, training, or an existing Nomad team. Contact us at email@example.com.
(This “Highlights of the Year” blog was originally posted on September 29, 2015. Seeing the Lord bring people together to accomplish His work has been one of the blessings of this year.)
Mike Schrage, Executive Director
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. — Revelation 7.9 (NIV)
I’m sitting in a meeting about Project Nomad and watching God develop an amazing network with our regional directors and grassroots production teams. See if you can follow this …
A missionary from North Africa introduced us to a real estate professional (a former Muslim working in Indianapolis but from Morocco). Our new friend introduced us to his associate from Algeria who wants Nomad training. The training will possibly occur in Cyprus, and the teacher will likely be Egyptian.
This collection of God’s children will work with us – Americans. Only God could pull all this together with His love and power and grace! I’m so excited to see what He will do next.
The Nomad team in Pachuca, Mexico, is getting settled in their new facility.
They are having a few issues with electricity and Internet while other areas of the church building are being completed. The team continues to provide support for the church in addition to completing other scheduled projects.
Here are the words to the chorus of their latest live recording:
He is the King of all glory
Mercy and kindness describe you, Jesus
Full of unending love
Willing to forgive and to restore
Gaston Gakuba first began working with Africa Transformation Network (ATN) in 2008. ATN worked alongside Xtra Mile Ministries to reach out to survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Gaston connected with GNPI and became the leader of one of our Nomad Teams in 2011.
Since then Gaston has worked with ATN’s ministries to produce stories highlighting the redemptive work God is doing in Rwanda. Among these are two films that have played on Rwandan national television. Several other short films are also being used among ATN’s networks abroad.
Gaston’s passion is to use media in order to ask hard questions and uncover the Truth of the Good News.
Our enemy does his best to thwart efforts to spread the Gospel. Media can be one of his best tools to deliver news of suffering, tragedy, or pain.
Just as Christ can redeem individuals, He can also redeem media. He uses it to introduce Good News around the world. His power transcends any barrier standing in the way of this Message.
This Truth is the reason for GNPI’s 2015 theme: Boundless. This year we can see many examples of God’s far reaching love, power, and faithfulness throughout our network. In every season, the Message of Jesus is true. May God be glorified!