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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.

 

Seeing Skills and Servant’s Hearts

Plainfield Christian Church has partnered with GNPI and the NOMaD team in Santiago to reach Chilean people more effectively. Tim Gephart, Ron Lydick, and Kyle Ferguson from Plainfield Christian Church in Plainfield, Indiana, recently paid a visit to the NOMaD team in Chile. They joined GNPI’s creative media designer, Greg Fish, who went there to train the NOMaD team to use a powerful software program, After Effects, for their productions.

Tim Gephart, missions minister at Plainfield Christian Church, said of the NOMaD team members,

“It has been wonderful to see their skills and heart for the kingdom. Media is one of the ways the Gospel is being communicated in this culture. I appreciate their honest, loving attack of cultural issues – like pro life issues, even before abortion is legal in this country.”

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“We are living at a time when the Church can have a voice, not in a harsh or hateful way. We can tell people they need to know about these issues.”

Tim reflected the passion he sees in the team.

“We see Habacuc is excited, depending always on prayer. We are grateful to spend this time in Chile with them.”

Tim’s colleagues shared his enthusiasm.

“I appreciate the opportunity to verify the Scriptural background of the team,” said Ron, chairman of the Plainfield missions team. “I am confident they will do this project in a way to bring honor and glory to God. With this context and technology, they will preach Jesus Christ as Savior of the world.”

Tim and Ron were excited from the perspective of leadership and ministry, but Kyle is Plainfield’s technical coordinator and had positive things to say, too.

“Media and technology is just a small part of this [NOMaD team’s] ministry,” Kyle said. “Their heart for ministry and love for people is why they are so good.”

Habacuc explained they have divided their work in two areas: outreach and inreach. Outreach programs are directed toward those who don’t know Christ, primarily through the Web and social media. Inreach programs strengthen their local church network.

So far, the team has worked on the Searching series, an outreach to skateboarders. They also have plans for projects to address finances and marriage, in addition to creating a pro-life Website with videos.

The Chilean teacher of their series on finance summed it up best when he told the guests from Indiana, “What our people really need to know is Jesus Christ, that’s the Message.”

GNPI is very blessed by the partnership of Plainfield Christian Church and the NOMaD team in Chile as they work together to build up the body of Christ.

 

NOMaD Training in Haiti


Todd Beaverson shares this report after being trained in Joplin and then conducting NOMaD training in Haiti. He offers encouraging insight about the impact of project NOMaD!

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By guest blogger Todd Beaverson,

member of Timber Lake Christian Church

in Moberly, Missouri

 

The Haiti trip went well, and I survived the driving of the Haitian version of Mario Andretti.

My class consisted of six students, one woman and five men. The students ranged in age from 16 to 34. Most of them had superior computer skills already, particularly the 16-year-old.

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The oldest of the students, Rosemond Francois, is the tech expert there at the church and school. He had done some video work before, but on a very basic program. It made it much easier to teach the actual editing, since he had some basic knowledge of how a timeline works. It was just a matter of showing him where to find the various functions of the program, and he and the others took to it very quickly.

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The Solar Kit with the lessons already loaded on it in French and Creole will be used quite a lot, even before the class is able to complete their own productions. The lessons have already been copied to several other computers and are being distributed and watched.

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One of the things about the NOMaD program that I began to realize during my class time is the fact that the impact of this program will never be known in this lifetime. How many videos will be produced? What will they be about? Who will see them? How will their lives be changed? These are some of the questions I realized I would never have answered, but I also realized that’s okay. One person plants, another waters, but ultimately, it is God who gives the increase. All I can hope for is that the tools and knowledge that I left there can produce fruit.

 

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