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Spring 2016 Prayer Report

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)

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Americas

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.”

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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.”

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Africa

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.”

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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.”

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Asia

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.”

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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.”

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Europe

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!”

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India

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.”

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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.”

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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!”

Women of Worth

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.

A Valuable Visit to Chennai

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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.

Networking Synergy

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.

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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!

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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.

A Joyful Update from Chile

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.

The Multimedia Apprentice

Mark Allen, Project Nomad Coordinator

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 gnpi@gnpi.org.

Celebrating God’s Amazing Network

(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.

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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.

We Adore Your Glory

The Nomad team in Pachuca, Mexico, is getting settled in their new facility.

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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.

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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

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Gaston’s Dream for Rwanda

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.

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