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Easter Resources 2018

Life can be full of heartache, suffering, and pain. That’s why Jesus came to earth to show us victory when He died and rose again! You can discover new hope in Jesus this Easter.

Please enjoy these free resources from GNPI as you celebrate and point your friends toward this great day. We have several new languages of discipleship plans available on YouVersion this year as well as some classics.


“Around The Network” – Bloopers

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17:22).

You hear lots of negative news each day. On a lighter note, we have some bloopers from our new series, Around The Network.

We hope you are enjoying this new series. Some churches are using the episodes as updates in their worship services or offering meditations. Director of Development Matt Brock does a great job introducing our new projects. However, sometimes more editing is needed than others! We thought you might like a look behind the scenes. Stay tuned for a new episode in two weeks.

Click here or on the links below if you would like to catch up on earlier episodes or share them with your friends.

“Around The Network” – Thanks, Rhoda!

“Around The Network” – Building Stronger Marriages

“Around The Network” – 90 Second Journey

“Around The Network” – 40 Million

Heroes of the Faith

Here are some of the spotlight moments of the 2018 Vision Night.

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

God speaks in His Word about heroes of the faith. We can all point to heroes who are active among us doing so much good for God’s Kingdom.

For some of you who know Ziden and Helen Nutt, you’ve supported their mission work starting in Africa 50 years ago.

It was during that season of ministry in Zimbabwe that GNPI was born and some of you have supported not only their family, but GNPI for 40 years! Your perseverance in prayer and your generosity of heart has made the following blessings possible. 

At GNPI, we’re constantly amazed by what God does through our heroes, his people, around the world.  Chris DeWelt is a former missionary and president of College Press. He is currently the Director of Intercultural Studies at Ozark Christian College. Thousands have been taught in his classroom and hundreds mobilized for cross-cultural work globally. Chris is a noted speaker, writer, and world traveller.  He also serves as an elder and statesman for the Church. Chris provides a glimpse into what God is doing around the world through heroes God has used.


Alan Wan is originally from China, a graduate of Ozark Christian College, and now a valuable part of the GNPI family. Alan is just one of the many people God is mobilizing in China for service around the world.

We’re excited about the opportunities to build the Kingdom in China. You may remember GNPI produced a movie called Source of Love some years ago. Last year, with the help of a ministry partner, we distributed 500 thumb drives worth of resources to Chinese pastors. Within the last two years, we also conducted two Nomad trainings inside of China.

One of the exciting projects at GNPI is Project Nomad.

Project Nomad empowers local people to use media for their own local church planting and evangelistic needs. Sergio Alvarado is a friend we have invested in through Project Nomad. From being a young missionary to a church planter who knew media could enable his work to go further and deeper, Sergio shares about his team’s progress in Mexico through Project Nomad.

Several years ago, the GNPI board agreed that we needed to reach out more intentionally to the world’s three major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Through intentional prayer and God’s guidance, good strides have been made in preparing materials for Christian workers among those religious views.

As I think about Islam, I can hear in my ears the call to prayer at 5:15 AM in India. I can see the giant mosque in Tunisia next to the rubble where a church building for Christians once stood.

At that site, leaders convened and canonized the books of the Bible (to insure it was not corrupted as many Muslims believe).

I firmly believe the answer to Islamic terrorism is not more sanctions or bombs but more love and truth. Islam may be growing in the West, but in the Middle East and North Africa, incredible changes are occurring as thousands upon thousands are seeking Allah and finding Jesus instead!

In partnership with a Christian media team in Cyprus, GNPI has produced Jesus Story, a series with 13 episodes of half-hour programs for Arabic-speaking children. The estimated viewership is five million and, with our social media engagement plan, hundreds of families have received discipleship material, prayer, and encouragement. Like The Global Gospel, Jesus Story is a template that any of our 16 production teams could adapt for use in their language and country.

In Indonesia, where more Muslims live today than anywhere else in the world, our most audacious plan for GNPI is underway.

Again in partnership with a Christian media ministry there, 20 fully animated short Bible stories have been created for families. It is called The New Angle Media Project. By using video, web, and social media engagement, you can enable local Christians to connect with seeking Muslim families. The desire is to make disciples who make other disciples. Think of it as a gold detector. Research indicates that at any moment in time, 2.5% of all Indonesians are open to spiritual change! That’s 6.5 million people!

This media project helps local Christians to identify the people whom the Holy Spirit has already been working in as they seek truth and search for eternal meaning.

What excites me about this project is that it reaches families who are asking spiritual questions.

Bible stories have present-day relevant content for Indonesian families. Christian workers are immediately notified on their mobile devices when a family downloads one of the videos, so they can pray for that specific family to watch, discover, and obey Jesus. The Holy Spirit, combined with prayer and media, allows you to make disciples in Indonesia. You are our heroes in helping others go deeper!

After a family watches a story or two, they are asked if they want to contact a Christ-follower. To arrange the meeting, they simply text a phone number that appears at the end of the video and conversations can begin.

They will be contacting Christian workers who have been invited to help with this important follow-up process. Animated Bible stories and interactive media connect Muslims with Christians who have already prayed for them! Like The Global Gospel and Jesus Story, this project can be reproduced in multiple languages by simply replacing the audio and text. That’s what deeper is all about! 

When I first began to seek Christ, I went to a Christian concert and then read a New Testament before ever going to a worship service. Some of you might have a similar story of how God used different types of media to invite you to meet other Christians individually or to attend church for the first time. Today God has given us tools of video and social media to identify and introduce seekers who could potentially become our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Together we are helping build God’s Church and meet the real needs of people in their everyday lives!

A New Point of View

You desire to make a difference in the world and share the hope of Jesus with as many people as possible. As you pray for opportunities, the Lord opens doors and draws ministry partners together to take on difficult challenges.

GNPI understands the impact media can have in overcoming obstacles to share the Message with a world which desperately needs Him. About two-thirds of the world lives in places where religious restrictions are very high. Media takes Jesus to people who can’t meet in public to learn about Him.

New Angle Media is a new and exciting GNPI initiative. Muslim seekers can connect with local discipleship groups who answer spiritual questions and help lead them to Christ through a specially designed mobile app and fully integrated media strategy.

The project features 20 animated stories with a “new angle.” Old and New Testament characters retell biblical events from their own point of view. The stories point to the need for and the truth about Christ’s ability to offer salvation.

GNPI is testing the project in Indonesia, where the world’s highest concentration of Muslim people (95 million) live. GNPI plans to adapt the program to other languages and cultures.

You can help introduce people to Jesus by investing in the New Angle Media. Learn more by contacting us at or 417-782-0060.


Enriching Marriages in Mexico

Marriages require attention to keep them strong and healthy. That’s why our coworkers in Mexico wanted to offer practical and biblical teaching from mentors with a relatable teaching style. These coworkers are excited to offer a new teaching series on marriage with Lynda and Pecos Inchaustegui as a blessing for Mexico and all of the Spanish-speaking world. They have wanted to produce this series for several years, but they were finally able to move forward with the project now that ministry partners with Nomad training are settled in Querétaro.

Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “We are grateful to our ministry partners at the Universidad Cristiana de México (UCM) who opened their campus to record the project. We are finalizing this 10-part series and praying these lessons will help many people to build solid marriages.”


Thanks, Rhoda!

How many times have you seen God bless your efforts after you stepped out in faith? Rhoda saw this happen in the Philippines recently. She felt apprehensive to share her testimony on the Say It Forward devotional series, but the Lord used her to make an eternal difference for someone else.

P.S. – Please download this video on Vimeo to encourage your congregation or missions committee.


Behind Bars in Kenya

Do you know anyone who wants to break free and be transformed? The topic of transformation often resonates with those behind bars. Your partnership with GNPI is taking the hope of God’s Word into the lives of people in despair.

Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Christian workers with a prison ministry used one of our productions, Dume Halisi, to minister to nearly 2,000 officers in the Prisons Staff Training College (PSTC). They were able to have some good discussions about what it means to change courses in life. Dume Halisi is a film about how some men mistreat women and neglect their children, but the men make significant changes through counseling and training sessions.

Our ministry partner also showed this same video to 125 juvenile inmates from the Youth Correctional Training Center and the juvenile remand in Kamiti Command Prison. The film led to helpful conversations with the youth about the role of fathers in their lives.

Thank you for sending Christian media into all kinds of places, even restricted areas.

“Around The Network” – Building Stronger Marriages

Sometimes it’s hard to know how to help suffering people around the world. Building better relationships can strengthen couples, families, churches, and communities. That’s why GNPI teams are trying to respond to basic, everyday needs with practical media for their own cultures. Take a look at the newest resources in production in Mexico, Kenya, Uganda, and India.

P.S. – Please download this video on Vimeo to encourage your congregation or missions committee.

February 2018 Prayer Update

Your prayers for GNPI are making an impact around the world. Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for the way He is working through our network.

“. . . my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” — John 16:23-24 (NIV)


Training 2,000 Prison Officers in Kenya: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Praise the Lord! One of our ministry partners saw God change hearts as she ministered to approximately 2,000 officers using one of our productions, Dume Halisi, in a training college for prison staff. Dume Halisi is a film about a group of men who mistreat women and neglect their children but later change after going through counseling and training sessions.”

Investing in Youth: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Praise the Lord! Our team provided media coverage for the graduation ceremony at the nearby Messiah Theological Institute (MTI). We also invited the students to the office for a tour and gave them a send-off package with our DVDs. MTI continues to be a major partner in our Solar Kit ministry. One of the MTI students led a discipleship course and used a Solar Kit in a nearby village. He was encouraged by the number of people who came to watch the Christian movie he showed.”

A Good Platform among Muslims: Christian workers in Tanzania write, “Praise the Lord! We are grateful for the Solar Kit which has been instrumental in proclaiming the Gospel in a Muslim- dominated school. The school has 431 pupils and only six pupils are Christians. The headmaster allows us to show films to the pupils. The entire school has been turning out on Wednesday and Friday afternoons to watch the Old Testament movies. This has given us a good platform to share with these children without resistance. After the films, we give our conclusion and explain where those biblical principles are found in Scripture. We believe the Word of God is being sown in these young souls, and we expect to obtain a great harvest in the future. We also believe God will give us favor in other schools and open more doors to reach out to those who don’t know Christ.”

Making Disciples in South Africa: The Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, team has released a new series, 42-Day Discipleship Plan. Pray the Lord will use it to reach youth in this multicultural country with 13 national languages and a declining educational system.


Marriage Enrichment: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Pray for the lessons about marriage. We have started the editing, and we want to finish it on schedule. Pray for God to use these programs to help many marriages.”

Working Together: Sergio Alvarado of IMPACTO Latino writes, “Many things in life are better when shared with other people. Ministry is one of those things. GNPI has been a long time partner with the IMPACTO Latino team. They have supported the IMPACTO network project with multimedia equipment that is being used to develop resources for recruitment and training. Pablo Perales, who serves with GNPI from Querétaro, is assisting us in the area of multimedia and design. We are so grateful for these organizations that willingly share their resources so that together we are able to reach more people than we could on our own.”

Standing on the Scriptures: The Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, team is working on a Bible study series in partnership with the Christian Restoration Bible Seminary. The study is designed to help answer questions about what some view as biblical discrepancies. Pray for those who watch it to see how the Spirit of God was inspiring and controlling the development of the Scriptures.


Looking Forward in the Philippines: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us complete 275 episodes in our first year of the devotional series, Faith Matters, too! In addition we have submitted our first devotional plan for YouVersion. We look forward to more episodes, more avenues for broadcast, more people to be encouraged and pointed towards God.”

Kuya Caloy, host of Faith Matters, too!

Excellent Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finished another month-long leadership training. We had 10 trainees, and it was excellent. The president of a Bible school attended one of the the training events and said these lessons should be taught among preachers. He plans to teach these lessons at his school so students will become more effective in reaching others for Christ.”

Reaching Thai Speakers: Praise the Lord for using GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, to reach Thai speakers throughout the world. Viewership of their three key productions, Changed, Movement Everywhere, and Biblical Extension Courses in Thai and Lisu, increased by 42 percent this year!


National Television Broadcast in India: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Pray for the Lord to continue to make our national Christmas broadcast as impactful as possible. The program included a Gospel presentation and two music videos with children and young adults. We are following up with the viewers to share more Christian materials, answer their questions, and connect them with believers in their areas.”

Project Nomad Training in India:
The year started with a training for trainers in Damoh, India, where Project Nomad team members from India and Thailand discussed effective ways to lead and encourage new Nomad teams as well as the established teams in the field. While in India, Executive Director Mike Schrage and International Director Mark Johnson also visited teams in Shillong, Varanasi, and Chennai. Other teams met together during this trip to identify new avenues to share the hope of Christ with their regions of the massive country of India. Pray for these teams as they work on new productions and reach out to their neighbors with the power of video storytelling.


Disciples Multiply: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are still experiencing the same blessing the first church in Jerusalem received through persecutions and dispersion. Rather than declining in numbers, the movement multiplies through the partners and volunteers who spread the Message everywhere they flee. As a result, I am mostly involved in training and coaching. I enjoy seeing former students and partners growing in faith and leading new disciples. May the Lord be praised!”

A Great Platform: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “One of the most important events of 2017 was the Eastern European Leadership Forum (EELF) where I coordinated the apologetics section. EELF is becoming a great platform for developing national Christian leaders from the countries of the former Soviet Union. Praise the Lord!”

Overall Ministry

Jesus Story Broadcast: Praise the Lord! A ministry partner in Cyprus has produced The Global Gospel (TGG) as a new series called, Jesus Story, which is a televised program for kids and includes an introduction, several stories, and a closing about the main theme in 13 half-hour episodes. The Jesus Story series began airing last month on SAT-7 KIDS with nearly five million youth from the ages of 6-13 viewing the programs in the Arabic language alone! Christian workers are following up with Jesus Story viewers on two different Facebook groups and distributing children’s books as a supplement to the series. A SAT-7 program director says the project is the most biblically based content he’s ever aired.

New Angle Media Project Multiplies: The Lord is opening doors in areas where people are persecuted for their faith. The New Angle Media Project began as a simple idea for children’s stories and grew into a strategic plan to reach more people by putting the stories on a free app, adding questions for interaction, and working with internationals to illustrate and animate the project for multicultural appeal. Pray for the completion of this project which is currently being tested in Indonesia among their population of 95 million Muslims. It includes interactive children’s stories from both the Old and New Testament.

International Travel: Praise the Lord for safe trips and fruitful meetings. Executive Director Mike Schrage and International Director Mark Johnson recently visited coworkers in Mexico, India, and North Africa. You can keep up with Mark’s live updates on our Facebook page.

Who is this Eko guy?

Sometimes people are drawn together for special purposes. Learn how the Lord formed a special partnership 30 years ago with Eko from Indonesia and GNPI. Today our teams are collaborating to create the New Angle Media Project.

Thank you for praying and giving so the Scriptures can come to life in places where missionaries are not welcome.

P.S. – Please download this video on Vimeo to encourage your congregation or missions committee.