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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.

 

New Life and New Opportunities


God continues to draw people to himself. It’s exciting to see how he is working through small grassroots productions teams (NOMaD teams) around the world.

By Protus Sibukule, leader of the NOMaD team in Eldoret, Kenya

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“We thank our Almighty God for sustaining us. He is Ebenezer¹ indeed! I did an evangelistic outreach in various areas recently. God was so gracious and loving by allowing us to reach to remote areas such as Lwakhakha, an area near the border of Uganda and Kenya.

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We showed our Christian films after doing house-to-house evangelism, and many accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and were baptized. Praise God!

This lady got baptised after watching our christian films

“I had another opportunity to minister to thousands of youth who had converged for their annual conference in Marakwet County. Many believed Jesus after viewing our Christian films using a Solar Kit. We thank God so much for his faithfulness. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.”

I ministered at a youth camp from North Rift Churches of Christ

 

¹ Meaning: stone of help

This was the memorial stone set up by Samuel to commemorate the divine assistance to Israel in their great battle against the Philistines, whom they totally routed (1 Sam. 7:7-12) at Aphek, in the neighborhood of Mizpeh, in Benjamin, near the western entrance of the pass of Beth-horon. Ebenezer is mentioned three times in the Bible.

 

Searching in Chile

By Habacuc Diaz, team leader of NOMaD-Chile

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The goal of the Searching series is to bring biblical truth and perspective to the skateboarding culture in Santiago, Chile, by touching on areas that are at the core of the skateboarding culture. The series is all original content, using real life experiences of Christian skaters that are active in our community. I am taking these stories and creating a storyline that gives life to the work.

The series initially has five micro films:

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Searching for Community

Searching for Identity

Searching for Freedom

Searching for Love

Searching for Purpose

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We hope to release a video every two weeks starting in April with the launch of our new ministry Website www.urbanaction.cl. We are creating this Website to have a platform to distribute our films among our inner city youth.

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We are enjoying several elements of this series: the script writing process, the focus of looking into Scripture and then putting on the mind of skaters and their needs, the urban setting of our own city for our location, and even the chance to work exclusively with skaters in the production of this series.

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When you pray, please pray for our safety in the streets and for the equipment when we are shooting. Also, pray for our creativity to be guided by God. Pray for our families and our church as they are supporting and encouraging our efforts.

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We are also shooting a project for the pro-life series with the Sabias Que ministry, it is going very well. Our next series is Money Counts. It is a series of videos with Christian principles for financial management designed for college age students. We are very excited about the work here.

 

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.

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