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The Boundless Message of Jesus

Is media good or bad? Positive or negative? The answer is yes. It’s both, and it depends solely on the message behind the media. More often than not, in a fallen world, the numerous messages bombarding us through media are negative influences working toward destruction. Yet, GNPI is all about redeeming the powerful medium of media and using it for the good of the world. We accomplish this great feat because our Message is Jesus, and his power is boundless.

This video contrasts the “bad” media with the “good” and God-honoring media of GNPI being distributed all over the world. We hope you’ll share this video with your friends, so they, too, can see how GNPI is redeeming the times through media and technology!

We also have created a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this video. You can watch the short featurette here.

Productions from Pachuca, Mexico

This NOMaD team has been working diligently to help area churches who have requested assistance in expanding their outreach for Christ. Take note of the flurry of activity in this short report by our team in Pachuca.

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By Sergio Alvarado, team leader of the NOMaD team in Pachuca

We have been busy with the Iglesias Creativas (Creative Churches) project. We will continue producing material to train Christians in using technology and multimedia tools that can help make a greater impact in sharing the Gospel. We plan to launch the Website soon. All the material that has been produced will be available to share.

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Here are some of the things we’ve been working on under this project heading:

• The Noe (NOAH) series consists of three videos with Pastor Israel Garcia. They are approximately 30 minutes each.

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• The Alábale video is about praising God in real life. This video was used for a prayer concert at the Jubilee Christian Church.

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• The Balance video was used to promote a preaching series on financial matters; it was also used at the Jubilee Church.

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• The evangelistic video, Who is Roman? It is oriented toward youth in a comic book style.

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• The AAC Dare To Change project. This project is being developed by Ana Zarife, a 21-year-old single mom from New Life Christian Church. This project aims to guide the non-Christian, young people to make good decisions for their lives based on the Word of God. The purpose is to share the Gospel through short videos with a specific message. Three have now been completed on the topics of identity, faithfulness in relationships, and healing from life’s wounds.

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We have lots of other exciting projects that we are working on also. We are gathering images and video and finalizing the script for the documentary about idolatry in Mexico. In addition, one church has asked us to produce 28 leadership training lessons for them. We believe the lessons can benefit many churches.

The Generation Gap

It is very exciting to share about a passionate, new NOMaD team. It is even more encouraging and exciting to know that these team members did not grow up in Christian homes, nor did they have much knowledge of technology before the training.

By Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India


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I am very excited to share about one of the recent NOMaD team productions. This team is from Chhatarpur, which is about 150 miles away from Damoh. They approached us about making a video drama. We were surprised by this challenge. We thought that shooting a drama as their first project could be very difficult for them. We encouraged them to submit the script of their story to us, so we could make sure it did not have any elements that would be a problem for them.

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The names of these team members are Mangal, Nicky, Ajay, and Johnson. I want to tell little bit about this young team as they have all converted from Hindu backgrounds, and some are from low castes. The reason for giving them a chance on NOMaD training was that they were very interested to learn video production, but they never had an opportunity to hold a camera before. Some of them had never even used a laptop. We were impressed by their learning process. NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller had done great job of implementing new teaching methods when he came for the training last September.

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Once we approved the script, they were very soon ready to shoot the video. They contacted us and said that they had already done rehearsals of the all scenes. Actually, this team had friends in a college drama group, and they were excited to make their first video.

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To send all the equipment to them, we asked one of the NOMaD trainees who lived in Jabalpur. His name is Border. He doesn’t have a job right now and was willing to help with moving equipment. We asked Border to come to the Damoh studio for a refresher training on the equipment. We reviewed things with Border for two days and allowed him to practice using the equipment. Then we sent Border for four days to Chhatarpur to take care of the equipment and assist in any technical difficulty.

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The topic of their video is the generation gap in Indian families between young people and parents. They have come up with their own idea and script, which is very encouraging. One of the team members will be doing the editing. I think the video could be 25-35 minutes long.

Please pray for this young NOMaD team as they learn and make more videos. I really appreciate the team effort along with the production quality. They are anxious to have further training!

Pray for Peace in Ukraine

 

This year’s Vision Night speaker, Sergei Golovin, comes from the country of Ukraine, where there is continued turmoil. GNPI has an office and a staff of five in Simferopol (which is south of Mariupol on the map below).

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This regional office was in Ukraine, which is now occupied by Russia. For security reasons, GNPI’s regional director has relocated to Kiev. Last year, GNPI carried out a NOMaD training in the city of Donetsk, where fighting is still occurring. See one of the GNPI NOMaD video productions here:

Ukraine: the human cost

  •         Some 5.2 million people live in conflict-affected areas, and 1.4 million are considered “highly vulnerable and in need of assistance”
  •         More than a million people have fled their homes with 633,523 living as displaced persons within Ukraine and 593,622 living outside Ukraine, mostly in Russia
  •         More than 4,800 people have been killed in the fighting, and at least 10,322 have been injured, including at least 102 children

Source: UN report of 9 January for refugee figures; news reports for casualty estimates

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As you read the statistics, see the photo, and view their testimony about how media (in peaceful times) could impact their country. Please pray for peace in this war-torn region of Eastern Europe.

Training the Trainer

By Greg Fish, Creative Media Designer

If you’ve been around GNPI for a while, you probably picture Jason Miller with a group in some foreign country when you think of NOMaD training. That would be a correct assumption, but it’s not always the case.

Last summer, Jason conducted a live training in our studios in Joplin. We filmed it and he’s been editing it so the entire hands-on learning course can be viewed online on YouTube. Existing NOMaD teams can watch the parts they’d like to reference for a refresher. Also, other trainers can see the curriculum and duplicate that sort of training elsewhere. We believe it will have a multiplying effect!

The project isn’t even finalized, but it’s already working. Meet Todd Beaverson from Moberly, MO. In this short video, you’ll see Jason preparing Todd for a trip to Haiti to train people in media. We’re excited about this “training the trainer” opportunity, and we plan to post a follow-up story upon Todd’s return next month.

Looking Back and Moving Forward

GNPI is a ministry on the move. In this short video, Mike Schrage, our executive director, takes a look back at what God accomplished through GNPI and her partners in 2014. It’s an impressive list, and looking back gives us great expectations for what’s to come. With God as our guide and you as our partners, it is with eager anticipation we charge ahead into 2015!

A NOMaD Team Taking a Stand for the Unborn

Roe vs. Wade: a very famous decision regarding the issue of abortion, at least in the United States. Right now in Chile the Senate is debating this very issue. Chilean abortion law is among the most restrictive in all of the world, illegal without exception.

NOMaD Team Taking a StandWhile lawmakers in Chile are considering the legalization of therapeutic abortion, Habacuc Diaz and our NOMaD team in Santiago have partnered with a pro-life ministry and have developed ¿Sabías Qué? (Did You Know?)—a Website, series of videos, and a Facebook page. The slogan for ¿Sabías Qué? is “Infórmate para decidir,” meaning, “Inform yourself before deciding.”

This video, created by NOMaD team leader Habacuc, shows clips from interviews and testimonies conducted with women who have all had first-hand, practical experience with abortion. Each woman will have her own video and blog post on the site.

 

We are proud of this young team for the stand they are taking, and we think thy have done a fabulous job on this video!

Even if you don’t understand Spanish, please watch the video and say a prayer for this team and for the country of Chile.

As God used the Tough Choices film to make an impact on Kenyan legislation several years ago, may God bless this project in taking a stand for the unborn in South America.

Bobby

Bobby works with Care India, an NGO that has been working in India for over 60 years. They are part of the CARE International Confederation, working in 84 countries for a world where all people live in dignity and security. Through programs in health, education, livelihoods, and disaster preparedness and response, they focus on ending poverty and social injustice. Their overall goal is to empower women and girls, from poor and marginalised communities, to improve their lives and livelihoods.

Bobby was at this year’s ICOM a few weeks ago and he stopped by the GNPI booth. He attended NOMaD training in India. He wants to use this training…well, listen to him tell you.

Reaching Out to the Pokot Community

Reaching Out to Pokotby Protus Sibukule of the NOMaD team in Eldoret, Kenya

The Eldoret, Kenya, NOMaD team works with many pastoral communities such as the Pokot, Tugens, Marakwets, and Turkanas. These communities move from one place to another in search of pasture and water. Because of these movements, there are a lot of inter-community conflicts and cattle rustling – wars over cattle.

We had a burden to reach these people, so we decided to take evangelism to these war-torn areas. Initially, the journey was rough. Yet, because we had a passion to reach these communities, we did not lose heart. With the help of a GNPI Solar Kit, we started showing Christians films, which were a great help to us. Our message centered mainly on Jesus Christ as the “Prince of Peace.”

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Because of God’s goodness and grace, we have seen many people change their hearts and accept the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. One day, we baptized more than 75 people – praise Jesus!

As the number kept increasing, we eventually planted our very first church in Pokot. Up to this day, project NOMaD has helped us reach more areas with the Message of Christ. Hundreds of souls have been rescued from the power of darkness into the kingdom of light. We thank God so much for allowing us to be his vessels in ministering to the Pokot and the surrounding communities.

Today, we have planted more than six churches in these regions! Glory to God!

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Generally, inter-community conflicts have drastically decreased. Communities now meet together with the church and solve their problems amicably with love. In addition, some cultural practices are beginning to change. The Pokot community is well known for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Because we have been able to empower innocent girls with information, hope has emerged. More girls are receiving education and see a path to opportunity. Young boys, who were being trained as warriors, have also gone to school. We thank God so much for his great love for the people of Pokot.

Thank you so very much for your kind and generous hearts. We appreciate your continued prayers and support so much. God bless you more richly with his heavenly blessings!

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