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Producing The Global Gospel in the World’s Top 25 Languages

Of the billions who are potential disciples of Jesus Christ, millions cannot read. Millions cannot afford a Bible in their own language. Millions do not have access to a Bible. Either it still needs to be translated into their dialect, or they live in a country antagonistic to the causes of Christ.

The Global Gospel is a potential solution.

A digital survey of the life and teachings of Jesus synthesized from the Gospels, these 88 visual stories are being produced in languages they can understand. The short stories are free to download from the Internet on any desktop computer or mobile device. The visual stories can be used to teach children, engage Sunday school classes, or illustrate sermons on the life of Jesus every week for over a year! The Global Gospel is currently available for download in seven languages, with many more to be released soon. GNPI’s phase one goal is to produce The Global Gospel in the world’s 25 most widely spoken languages by the end of 2015. Meanwhile, more than 50 other languages are at various phases of the production process.

The vision is becoming reality. To learn more go to www.theglobalgospel.org.

New Delivery Possibilities for the Gospel

  • Posted On May 5, 2014
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Portio Research estimates that at the end of 2012, about 17% of the 1.2 billion people worldwide who owned mobile phones were using Apps. A big number, but one forecasted to grow by 29.8 % each year. That equates to 4.4 billion App users by the end of 2017, about half of whom will live in Asia. The App world has experienced an explosion that will send shock waves far into the future!

The exciting thing is that millions who live in Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist regions of the world are downloading Apps. Many are not in close proximity to Christians and are looking to answer spiritual questions like:

Does God value me, a Muslim woman?
Does God have a plan for me as a member of the low caste system in India?

Having culturally relevant answers available in one’s heart language, accessible by a free mobile App, may just be what the Holy Spirit uses to foster relationships between disciples and seekers. This is why GNPI continues to explore mobile Apps as a delivery platform.

Almost 3 billion people live in the worlds of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Each one of them deserves to hear the Good News that Jesus saves!

Connections

  • Posted On May 1, 2014
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It’s interesting how God makes connections, and then sits back to watch us figure our what He’s done. Don’t you think he’s delighted when we are thrilled by what he does with our offerings?

KMT1Back in January we posted a blog about a recording session in our regional center in SE Asia, which lasted into the night because of a power outage. The man who had come to record the audio for that project has been an evangelist for many years. He recently sent TP this story about a village he was invited to, and upon his arrival, he found that some of the tracts and booklets that the regional center in SE Asia had produced had found their way into the hands of the people there.

We will call him KKM for security.

KKM said that he had been traveling and preaching the Gospel for many years. When TP asked him to come and record, he was honored. He said that through his participation in that recording, he learned something very important:

“It’s not that people don’t know God. It is that they do not know the right way to approach the One True God.” he shared with TP.

Connections2Last December KKM was invited by one of the neighboring countries to come and preach about the One True God. There are hundreds of people groups (tribes) in SE Asia, so KKM was excited that the tribe he was invited to speak to were his own people group! When he arrived, he saw that they were reading resources that had been produced by GNPI-SE Asia. They were very happy that KKM had come to explain more about “the God” they were reading about.

KKM described the rest of his visit like this: “We had a meeting. I spoke to them and explained to them who the living God is and why we should worship him. I explained what he did for us and what he is doing for us now in heaven.

Connections2Many people accepted Christ that day. We baptized 140 people in a swimming pool. They said, ‘Finding the living God is like finding a large pile of treasure.’”

How thrilling to find these resources have crossed a country border and are being used by a people group KKM belonged to. And how wonderful for KKM to see the connection God made between himself and this group of people in another country…and to get to baptize 140 of his own people into Christ!

The New Roman Road

  • Posted On April 28, 2014
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“Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.” 1 Chronicles 12.32

This scripture reminds me of the importance of having a plan for what’s next. Late last year, GNPI completed a new strategic plan. Over the next several weeks, I want to walk you through the major points of that plan, so you’ll know exactly where the ministry is headed.

Our first stop: continuing GNPI’s rich heritage of utilizing technology tools to spread the Gospel. GNPI is no stranger to using innovative technology to share the Good News. Remember our significant use of satellite uplink technology in the past?

Understanding the times means knowing how to use relevant technology to advance God’s Kingdom.

Because of the realities above I’ve shared with you, GNPI is looking at the next “new thing” as delivery of content over mobile devices. Mobile Apps allow for the viral spread of Christian media content.

We’re going to explore new ways to use mobile Apps to deliver the message of Christ to a world that needs him more than anything else.

Why mobile Apps? Mobile Apps have now spread across almost every culture. Look at these facts:

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This year, the total number of mobile phones ever produced will exceed the world’s population, which is slightly over 7 billion. The number of mobile accounts in existence is around 6.7 billion. While every minute there are 71 births, 406 people get a new mobile phone account.

In 2004, there were 100 million cameras of any type sold worldwide. In 2012, there were 1.5 billion phones with cameras inside.

There are more mobile phones in the world than toilets, and more people use a mobile phone than use a toothbrush. Additionally, by the end of 2014, the majority of Internet usage will be through mobile devices.

Is your head spinning yet?

While it can be overwhelming to think of the proliferation of mobile technology, look at some of the opportunities and reasons we must act now.

  • The percentage of Internet users accessing the Internet through mobile devices is greatest in developing countries. In developing countries, early adoption of mobile Apps is available to the Church, but those opportunities are disappearing quickly as commercial usage and government control increase.
  • Mobile Apps provide one of the most economically viable means for creation and distribution of Christian content.
  • Many times, mobile devices are present when believers come in contact with the lost, and these devices can be leveraged in those encounters.
  • Mobile devices provide a powerful way to reach vast numbers of those who are most difficult to reach (hidden, oral learners, women, and children).
  • Mobile devices provide one of the most powerful media platforms for 2-way communication and for the development of face-to-face relationships.
  • The mobile App is an individual’s most personal/intimate media device. When the Gospel is shared via this device, it is shared in one of the person’s most personal/intimate spaces. As a grandpa, I FaceTime with my grandchildren. When we say goodbye, we sometimes kiss each other goodbye on the phone. What other devices are we willing to kiss?

Jesus came “at just the right time” when language was common, and Roman roads were working to spread culture, education, and commerce. Today, the Gospel has yet another chance to spread like never before, because “at just the right time” the church seized the opportunity of technology – a new Roman road through Apps!

A Revolving Inspiration

  • Posted On April 22, 2014
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by Jason Miller, NOMaD Coordinator

In January I traveled more than 21,000 miles, stopping in Indonesia and a couple different locations in India. While I was in Indonesia, I did some training with the guys who will be working on the audio recording of The Global Gospel in the Indonesian language. It was a short, but very good time. We are so thankful for the way God wrote the rest of this story…

Jason Revolving Inspiration

A GNPI ministry partner took me to see a studio that had agreed to let them use their audio booth to do the audio recording for The Global Gospel. While at this studio, I had a pretty incredible meeting with a man named Eko.

I was expecting a small studio in a shop or house, but as we pulled through the gate I was shocked to see a building about the size of a basketball court in front of us. There were quite a few cars and a whole bunch of motorcycles parked outside. Inside I found some large studio space and several high-end 3-D animation sets and workstations set up. I felt like I was in a Disney Pixar studio!

As we were being shown around, we met Eko, the founder and owner of the business. He explained to us his passion and vision for creating Christian media. He has started two companies. One produces Christian material for area churches and ministries and the other creates television shows and series for the Indonesian television networks. These shows aren’t overtly Christian, but they do present positive Christian and family values.

As Eko continued to share I discovered that he has four studios in Indonesia and is producing an average of one TV episode every two days. (They have a number of children’s series, reality TV series, etc. on the national networks.) In the studio where we were, he had 150-200 staff working on productions, as well as 50 high school students learning the trade.

He feels passionate about what he is doing and is looking into ways to reproduce it in other parts of the world. Right now he is working on starting another studio in South Africa. I was completely blown away by what he is doing right there in Indonesia!

But that’s not the best part. When we met, he was very excited to see me. He and his wife shared with me their inspiration for the studio.

Dreamlight1They had attended college in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating more than 20 years ago, Eko was still unsure of what he wanted to do with his life. They ended up in Joplin for something and came to take a tour of GNPI. It was that tour of our facility in Joplin that gave Eko the vision to start his own media ministry!

As we finished up the tour, we walked out into a courtyard, and there, with the fountain and company logo, was a metal globe just like the one outside the office in Joplin. He patterned his after the place that gave him his inspiration!

Eko had many great things to share and seemed eager to help GNPI in any way he can. I saw some of the projects they are working on, and they are top notch! In fact, he has been working on projects for some of the top political officials and has even been interviewed by the New York Times.

 

Would you pray about this “chance” meeting? I believe he could be a tremendous resource! We are eager to see if God has more planned for Eko and GNPI.

Manee Reflects on US Trip

  • Posted On April 21, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

We’ve shared with you over the past month a series of short videos illustrating how God is using GNPI throughout the world and what we feel is a God-given vision for the future. However, it’s not about us! It is about the many missionaries and nationals we serve throughout the world. That’s why we do what we do. Manee Massey is a perfect example of this. Manee is regional director for GNPI-Damoh, India, and recently was our special guest at GNPI’s three Vision Night events in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. By the way, generous donors like you contributed nearly $150,000 at these events to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology. People like Manee are our friends who make the vision for reaching the lost a reality. We pray you’ll continue to join us in that vision through your prayers and gifts.

 Before he returned to India, Manee shared some key insights into the work God has called him and his team to do in India – a country that is 2.5% Christian.

Listen to Manee. Pray for India. Pray for GNPI as we work globally to bring people to Jesus!

Christ is Risen!

  • Posted On April 19, 2014
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by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Assistant, GNPI

“6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”

Luke 24:6-7

Risen from the dead

With Easter being tomorrow, I wanted to share this beautiful sunrise taken from a plane.

 

See What You Gave These Kids…

  • Posted On April 16, 2014
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You may remember a story we shared in February about how GNPI mobilized Solar Kits at the International Conference on Missions in Kansas City. Among other places, ICOM allowed us to place these amazing tools in Liberia and Romania.

Eli Davidson, a missionary in Romania, sent this photo of one way they are using the Solar Kit.

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Eli said, “I wanted to send you another picture of how we are using the projector you donated to our ministry in Romania. It works so well. In this picture we are using the projector to teach a memory verse. The kids loved it and many were able to memorize the Scripture. Thanks so much.”

We told him any time he wants to send us photos of how they are able to use the Solar Kit, we’d LOVE to see them because we want to pass them on to YOU!

Your generosity makes these tools available. God is using you to help Romanian kids like these, and other children around the world, memorize Scripture! You are making a difference!!!!

Didn’t see the first blog about Eli? Read it here in the blog called Two Solar Kit Testimonies.

 

Click the link to the left if you would like to give a gift toward a Solar Kit to help another Christian worker.

 

Water Flows

  • Posted On April 14, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

I was blessed with the opportunity to tour the Holy Land last year. One of the things that struck me was the importance of water in the country of Israel. In King Hezekiah’s day he designed a tunnel to divert water to his city. Today, drip irrigation is a trademark of farmers in Israel because of the scarcity of water. Water sustains life in a walled fortress and brings life to a desert land.

We all know that water is vital, but another thing about water is that it flows.

Water Flows Color

Think about it. Pour water on an inclined table and it will run off the edge. Pour water on a sidewalk and it will follow the cracks. Pour water in a muffin pan; it fills one hole and then seeks another hole until all the holes are filled and overflowing.

Jesus said He is the Living Water! He sustains us like a walled city drinks from a diverted stream. He brings life to our lives like drip irrigation in a desert.

This isn’t a new thought to me, but when I related flowing water to Jesus, THIS was new to me!

You see, Jesus as “Living Water”’ naturally flows to the edges of society. He naturally flows to the people who are cracked and hurting. He flows to the dark places, the uninviting holes in society, if you will. He leans toward those who are inclined and are leaning, struggling to stand.

Yes, Jesus is the Living Water and He wants to flow to the poor, the marginalized, the socially inept, the places that lack justice, and the sin-ravaged areas of humanity. More importantly, He wants us to flow into those areas, bringing life to others!

But most importantly, because Jesus is love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace, He will flow to those areas: the widowed and orphaned in our neighborhoods, the abused and forgotten in our society, whether we go or not! He’d love to use us and have us on the journey, but nothing will stop Him because water just flows. Just as we cannot stop water from flowing down an incline, following a crack, or filling a hole, we cannot stop Jesus from going to the least of these.

How about me? Where am I flowing?

 

 

Planting Seeds in Taiwan

  • Posted On April 9, 2014
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by guest blogger, Bryan S. Lawler, Motion & Still Photographer and Social Media Coordinator for GNPI
www.bryanlawler.com

Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; exalt the name of the Lord,
the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea. (Isaiah 24:15 NIV)

I recently had the great honor to travel to Taichung, Taiwan, to use my passion for video and photography to help train the missionary team in different aspects of video production. The team (Chad Edwards, Jon Ralls, and Allen Messimer of Team Expansion) have been using video in their ministry outreach and have been given a couple of huge possibilities for outreach using media. Because of that they want to focus on improving their productions. With help from a supporting church they were able to purchase new equipment and are eager to learn.

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Once arriving in Taiwan, I hit the ground running, as they had many things on their agenda to accomplish while I was there. We dove right in on finalizing their first script in a new video series called Questions. This is a six-part series that will address some serious life questions that we sometimes won’t stop to ask. Once we ironed out the script, we were ready to begin filming and do on-location training with their new equipment. As we filmed, it was very exciting to hear the possibilities and potential that this new video project has along with another video series, Discovery English Studio.

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Discovery English Studios, is a series that the team has already been producing. They have been invited into the local public schools to teach English and reinforce it with videos. They have been given the opportunity to use their own material in the videos. The videos focus on character development using Biblical parables and Old Testament stories. Currently, they are involved in 3 English clubs on 3 different school campuses. And, with a partnership with HTC these Discovery English videos are accessed by 50,000 high school student through HTC tablets.

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Both videos series have been requested to be a part of the newest fastest growing network in Taiwan, VoiceTube.tw. It will be amazing to see what God will do with these videos as they have a potential of planting seeds in the heart of 23 million people in Taiwan.

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