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God’s Amazing Network

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.

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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.

Our Media Strategy in Chile

Habacuc Diaz tells why he feels called to share the Gospel through media with young people in the city of Santiago. He hopes this media to be useful locally and even globally. Habacuc sees media as a way for his team to show their commitment to use all resources available to make disciples.

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By Habacuc Diaz, team leader of the NOMaD team in Santiago, Chile

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOMaD Training in West Bengal

The purpose of project NOMaD, National Outreach using Media and Discipleship, is to equip nationals around the world with the resources needed to produce culturally relevant evangelism and discipleship media projects. NOMaD teams are small, mobile grassroots media production teams trained by GNPI to create media resources for local ministries and their communities. Here is an example of one of our NOMaD team members who is training others.

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Timothy Jai Kumar, our NOMaD partner from Chennai, India, recently trained 16 young people to use media and technology to share the Message of Christ. Timothy writes, “I find these young people truly motivated and highly advanced in technology where they understand the concept and hardware so quickly and are doing an excellent job with the progress.”

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Timothy concludes, “It is my pleasure ministering our Lord with you. Thank you for your support and prayer.”

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Introducing White Knight Productions

Let us introduce you to our NOMaD team in Johannesburg, South Africa. This team is very excited about the opportunities they have to bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

The team reports,

Just this year we’ve worked on various projects helping churches, missionaries, and teachers, making educational and health related videos. We’ve dealt with topics like AIDS/HIV and materialism. We’ve assisted charities with implementing sponsor videos. We are currently making a series of personal stories called Talents and Testimonies to expose individuals to the supernatural work that God has done in their lives.

We are enthusiastic about the progress we’ve made thus far and excited about the following topics and themes we feel are culturally relevant and necessary for South African audiences. These topics are AIDS/HIV, Sangomas (The Dangers of Witchcraft), Ancestors, Abstinence, Sound Biblical Teachings, Spoken-Word Gospel Poetry, Basic Series (Basics of Christianity), Bros & Brides (Biblical Marriage Series), Talents & Testimonies, Funerals, Rape, Abortion, Violence, and many more.

Being part of this exciting team has blessed us and others in numerous ways.

 

Advanced Training in Chile

By Greg Fish, Creative Media Designer


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I recently had the privilege of going down to Chile to introduce some ministry partners from Plainfield Christian Church in Indiana to Habacuc Diaz and the NOMaD team in Santiago. Taking full advantage of my time there, I was able to conduct advanced training for team leader, Habacuc, and video editor, Felipe.

They have a powerful program called After Effects, but they wanted to learn how to best utilize it for their purposes. I don’t blame them! It is a pretty daunting piece of software. However, after my time with them, they became more and more confident with the program. I also left some projects and a step-by-step instruction booklet, so they could refresh their memories and also work through the unfinished projects.

All in all we had a good time of training over the course of four jam-packed mornings. Here’s a little video showing moments of both fun and intense concentration!

 

Praises to God from Pachuca


Our NOMaD team in Pachuca, Mexico, recently recorded this beautiful and meaningful worship song:

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It’s all revolving
The world spins out of control
Time runs out
Moment by moment
The clock is ticking fast
Everything goes by quickly
Your smile fades away
There’s nowhere to escape
I need to slow down and seriously think
About the footprint that I wanna leave behind

There’s no time to waste
It’s necessary to believe and overcome the past
Today I have the opportunity
Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow’s not certain
Today is when I can think about making the present a better future
Today I must concede the things that have harmed me and started up again
In this instance I can think about making my mark on this world
With my heavenly footprint

The footprint is His and you can come to know Him

 

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Relevance Requires Real Homework

Peter Ignatius, president of Lakeview Bible College & Seminary, recently visited GNPI in Joplin. All the students training for church planting ministry in Chennai, India, must take some media training to make them more effective. Peter said the young people of India do not respond to the spoken word, so visual and media are extremely important in this country.

Peter has a passion to be relevant with the Gospel. He says being relevant requires doing some real homework.

Here are two videos produced by the NOMaD team in Chennai. They call their NOMaD team Xpressions: Valalyam and Selvi.

 

The Change That Is Needed

by Greg Fish, creative media designer

Chile was my home growing up. My parents were missionaries there for 18 years. For me, it had been 14 years since I last set foot on Chilean soil. However, I recently went back to connect a GNPI supporting church in Plainfield, Indiana, to Habacuc Diaz and the NOMaD team in the booming capital of Santiago.

Much was very familiar: sights, sounds, and smells. However, I also noticed how much has changed. Most striking is the prevailing attitude of the unchurched toward religion. Chile is a country steeped in Catholic tradition. In the past you were placed in one of two groups, Catholic (the vast majority) or Protestant.

Today, there are still two major groups, but I’ve been told any religious group, whether Catholic or Protestant, is now lumped together and seen in a negative light. In Chile, religion and all that it stands for has become bad. Secular culture has moved to the forefront of this predominantly Catholic country. This is the ministry context for Chilean culture.

The decline of interest in the things of God is one reason project NOMaD is so important. Media has played a big role in Chilean cultural shifts and how people regard the Church. Misguided perceptions need to be reoriented. A connected and media-savvy generation of Chileans is searching for something significant. Habacuc has seen this search tear the fabric of society because Church is not valued, but any other sort of community is. He wants to use media (the language of the day) to try to pull people’s hearts back to God.

It’s not an easy task, and to even be considered, media must look modern and professional. Habacuc’s NOMaD team has been trained well, and their productions are meeting some of the greatest needs facing the Chilean church.

While I was in Chile we were able to provide the team additional, advanced training to help them learn and implement popular video effects commonplace and effective in secular media. The training will help their messages compete with those seen everyday by Chileans.

Please pray for Habacuc and his team as they continue to fight a tidal wave of closed mindedness toward God. The boundless Message of Jesus can speak through media to change lives. That change starts with the heart.

 

Welcome!

Mark Allen has joined the GNPI team this month as NOMaD coordinator! We have been praying for someone to carry on the training done by Jason Miller.

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Mark has worked in television news for more than 25 years. Most recently, Mark has been working for a CBS affiliate in Tyler, Texas.

Watch this recent story about Mark as he prepared to transition to GNPI.

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Currently seven NOMaD teams exist. There is potential to add 5-7 more NOMaD teams this year. We look forward to watching the ways God will use project NOMaD in the future.

We are excited to welcome Mark Allen to our staff.

 

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