by Everett Forkner, current and founding GNPI Board Member
One of the challenges we all face in life is accepting and projecting the change that comes naturally or by design in order to grow. Although difficult at times I truly believe no organization can continue to grow without change.
The foundation of GNPI was established by a vision of change some 35 years ago by Ziden and Helen Nutt, as they saw a new way to more effectively present the Gospel to the lost people of Africa. From this beginning, the worldwide ministry of GNPI was born!
As a founding director of GNPI, I have had the opportunity to be a part of this exciting, unique, cutting-edge, global ministry. From its inception of presenting the Gospel to people groups in their cultural, native language and customs, it has continued to grow through change.
GNPI has continued to develop new media programs and adapt new technologies that have gained the attention and met the needs of various cultures and people groups around the world. Production centers have been established, cultural natives trained to lead, lives changed, and souls saved!
Today, GNPI is undergoing further change to reposition its relevance to its commitment of accelerating global evangelism through media and technology.
The board of directors at GNPI, along with the current leadership team (with input from staff and supporters), have completed an extensive “Long Range Strategic Plan”, to reposition and refresh the brand of the ministry. We believe this will allow GNPI to better meet today’s and tomorrow’s generation of supporters and partners to further accelerate global evangelism.
The founding generation of supporters and staff of GNPI have done a great job of growing and building a solid and cutting-edge, worldwide ministry. I believe that it is squarely upon the shoulders of these founders that we stand today. I also believe that with God’s blessing and help, the current and next generation of believers will have the opportunity to more effectively take the whole Gospel to the whole world before His return. Many times, God pushes and stretches us to take a step of faith so as to rely on him alone as we grow.
Change is sometimes uncomfortable, but change is a necessary part of growing.
Together, with God’s help and the prayerful support of God’s people, we can continue to move forward to fulfill the great commission of Matthew 28:19 – “to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit!”
I am as excited today about the future of GNPI as I have ever been! It is a great blessing to be a part of this unique, worldwide ministry.