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13 Years of GNPI in Photos

  • Posted On February 8, 2014
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by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Assistant, GNPI

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A year and 8 months ago I walked into GNPI and began working to archive images. At the end of last month I was officially done archiving all photos from the years 2000 to 2013.  It’s kind of unreal to me that I have seen 13 years of GNPI’s ministry through the more than 10,000 photos I have processed. As a celebration, I chose to share my favorite images from my first folder I ever worked on. These photos were from the slums of Kenya.

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Solar Kits Take Christian Media to the Hardest-to-Reach Areas

by Greg Fish, Creative Project Designer, GNPI

Imagine you are a missionary trying to reach people deep in the jungles of the Amazon. Many can’t read, and sharing the Gospel visually is a challenge because electricity is scarce to non-existent. This was the case for David Gonzalez and his partners, just one of similar scenarios all over the globe. If only there was an innovative way to help nationals and missionaries use media resources in their evangelism efforts!

There is. The GNPI Solar Kit is a lightweight, easily portable projector powered by the sun. Solar Kits are taking the Gospel places never before thought possible. Thanks to the donations of generous people, now David can take his brand new Solar Kit with him as he travels down the Amazon by canoe. Moving images that are commonplace for us, captivate and engage all audiences in remote places. The testimonies seem limitless, but one early adopter of this technology once said:

“I used to have 40 or 50 people come for preaching services and baptisms were few. Now I have between 500 and 600 people come and baptisms are in the hundreds.”

GNPI’s regional center in the Philippines wrote recently that they will be converting all their material (previously released on DVD) to play from SD cards on the Solar Kit. This is so pastors in the typhoon affected area of Culion, Palawan, can take turns using this resource where electricity still has not been restored.

The first Solar Kits at GNPI were audio-visual packs that powered film-strip projectors. They evolved over time to support VHS, DVD, and now feature micro-projectors. In over more than three decades, about 400 Solar Kits have been mobilized to nearly 50 countries throughout the world.

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The Kits are customized to meet the needs of specific regions in the world. In India, for instance, the Solar Kit utilizes a popular built-in TV, while the projector-style kit comes in a waterproof case that, when opened, doubles as a small screen. Many project media on a wall or a sheet.

GNPI planned to raised funds to mobilize 100 Solar Kits in 2013. With God’s help that goal was surpassed – 132! The cost to assemble and mobilize an entire kit is $1000, but donations of any size can help these powerful ministry tools become a reality for missionaries like David Gonzales. Your investment could be part of a life-changing story!

 

I Visited GNPI

  • Posted On February 6, 2014
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By guest blogger, Ralph Shead, LATM

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Recently I had the privilege to be at Good News Production’s morning prayer time as a visitor. An unexpected treat was that Jason from GNPI had scheduled to Skype from India so his NOMaD training class could interact with the GNPI people in Joplin.

One of the three teams said that they were glad to have Jason as a teacher; they wished the training could last 6 months. Another team reported that their project was to expose the awfulness of the caste system, which is so much a part of daily life there. These are people who are living for Christ and wanting to share, in an ever widening circle, how our God loves people and wants them to come close to him.

David Lall interpreted the Hindi into English for us and told the brethren there what was spoken to them from our end. Everyone in India waved their greeting and good will in Christ to us in Joplin, and we responded likewise in joy. Their enthusiasm infected us!

We ended the Skype call by praying together.

In each of the Great Commission passages Jesus is in a new place and emphasizes something different. We are most familiar with Matthew 28 and Acts 1, but the Gospels of Mark, Luke, and John also record words of Jesus sending out his followers to the whole world.

“This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:46-48.)

What will happen in all nations? “Repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in all nations.” He didn’t state it as a command here, he gave it as a promise of what will happen. I’d like to be a part of that, wouldn’t you? He will bring it to pass whether we help out or not. It doesn’t all depend on us. If we fail, or if we forget, or if we just sit and watch without helping, the Lord will still make it happen! Let’s pray for it to happen. Let’s be a part of helping the nations hear!

Thank the Lord with me for Jason and his eager students. They’ve chosen to be helpers.

Helping Them Become Employable, Ethical, and Empowered

  • Posted On February 1, 2014
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“The less people know, the more they yell.” — Seth Godin

Uganda has a history filled with chaos, corrupt dictators, and civil war. In short, the vast majority of the nation’s history has been turbulent. But, since the mid 1980’s, peace has won the day. Not only has a more stable environment emerged, but along with it opportunities to develop this once war-torn land.

Opportunity presents hope where previously none was felt. Sensing a positioning from God, a team of missionaries joined together in Mbale, Uganda, in 1995. Their vision: to play a role in quieting the chaos in Uganda permanently by planting churches, and educating tomorrow’s leaders. A path toward healing could be forged through knowledge and the subsequent empowerment it would bring. So began Messiah Theological Institute (MTI), a school to train Christian leaders. Hundreds from Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, and other African nations have been trained at MTI.

The dream soon expanded. Theological training was powerful and having an impact, but there were yet more opportunities to claim for Christ. Uganda needed highly trained, ethical, and employable graduates to pioneer the way forward in many areas that held great promise for the developing nation. Plans for Livingstone International University (LIU) found their way to the drafters table. A university could help fill the need for highly skilled graduates in areas like agriculture, business, and communications.

With the passage of time, architectural drawing became brick and mortar. LIU is now creating leaders in areas essential to building a strong foundation to support a growing country.

GNPI-Uganda has been privileged to develop a partnership integral to LIU’s effectiveness, teaching key communications classes. They are training the leaders of tomorrow in knowledge so that they can impact their world for Christ, in their churches and the marketplace.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how and why GNPI-Uganda partners with LIU, helping to prepare ethical, employable, and empowered students.

“It’s Really Doing Wonders in Our Lives.”

  • Posted On January 31, 2014
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God is answering our prayers in encouraging ways as we move quickly into 2014.  We had been praying for the right time to facilitate NOMaD training in India. It became apparent last last year that January would be the best time. During the past two weeks Jason Miller (project NOMaD coordinator) has trained 13 students from seven locations in India as part of project NOMaD.

We wanted to share some of the positive feedback from the training with you; your investments in this program are paying off!

“Pray we can take this training and use it to reach many, many people. We want to go back and use this training for the expansion of the kingdom. We are doing a project on the caste system and the evils of it. Thank you from the bottom of our heart. This project is really for our benefit. It has really opened our eyes. We want to use it to help others come to Christ.”

“We are so thankful to you for this training. It’s really doing wonders in our lives. Thanks for sending Jason. He is an excellent teacher.”

“We are blessed to have received a lot of good training here. We think 10 days is too short of a time. We wish it were six months long. We want to keep Jason here. He is such a good teacher. Thank you for sending him here.”

“This training is good for our team. I want to keep Jason here forever.”

We are excited to see how quickly these groups gain proficiency in media, and the wonderful supplement it can become to their ministry in India. They have been inspired to share the Gospel throughout India, grasped the practical application of some new equipment, and built strong relationships with each other.

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When the training ends, our relationship with these students will continue. Jason will stay in contact to facilitate completion of their projects and to explore future partnerships with GNPI.

Thank you, God, for planting new seeds to grow your kingdom through project NOMaD.

Jesus, Friend of Sinners

  • Posted On January 29, 2014
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We all need to be reminded of things now and then. God loves you and He wants us to share His love with others.

“Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours”

Do you have 6 minutes? Watch this video, see the faces of the peoples of our world, and allow God to encourage your heart.

Partnership: An Anchor for Global Evangelism

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

GNPI founder, Ziden Nutt, drove an anchor in the sand when he founded the global media and technology ministry on the basis of this passage of Scripture.

The task cited above, to grow God’s kingdom throughout the world, not only causes us to seek partnerships, it DEMANDS them. GNPI constantly partners with local churches, national workers, missionaries, AND strategically aligned organizations. These organizations may be based along with the hundreds of churches and individuals in the United States who provide us support, or they could be in other countries where GNPI is present or looking to expand.

We could mention many partners: Compassion Canada, SIL International, the International Bible Society, Keymedia, and so many more. These partnerships are effective because they have the same goal: telling the stories of Christ in compelling, creative, and culturally relevant ways.

promo earthWhile we work with very well-known and respected partners, to us, those that are less know are equally important. The widow who gives $25 a month to GNPI or a global philanthropy who gives a $250,000 grant, our desire for inclusion and our responsibility for effective stewardship are the same.

The Godhead effectively illustrates the value, and results, of effective partnership. When the Bride of Christ (or the Church) appeared, that partnership became even more personal. Is there any greater image of partnership than godly marriage?

GNPI values partnership because God values partnership. Whatever our collaborations look like, we want them to involve the same thing: service from us, for the benefit of others, to impact God’s kingdom. As we further God’s glory from shore to shore in our global community, partnership is our anchor.

 

 

Memories of a Stranger

  • Posted On January 25, 2014
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A maroon photo album sits collecting dust in a storage room.  If that album was to be opened, I would find a life I only know through photos. In some, I am a toddler in a pink and white dress dancing by a barb fence. Children all around me with dirty faces and wild hair run, laugh, eager to be in front of the camera. When I close my eyes I can almost feel the dirt of the earth touching the soles of my feet and the humid air wrapped around me. I am drifting back to a memory written across the details and faces of strangers. When the moment disappears I am at my desk processing images.

Even the simplest images have the potential to captivate an audience. The mind likes what is recognizable. If it were not for two squash in the photo that goes almost unnoticed on the bottom left-hand corner, I would have passed by this photo of a beautiful Sudanese mother holding her baby in her arms. The neural networks in my brain went off when it associated the squash with my personal memories.

For the first two years of my life I lived in a Ban Vinai, a Thai refugee camp. At times, food was scarce in the camp. My mother used to make boiled squash with a side of rice. I remember her telling me stories of how my family would sit around a tiny wooden table to eat. She would feed each of the children first because she worried that our little stomachs would cry out in hunger. Sometimes that meant there was no food left for her. At times when she unfolded these memories streams of tears would run down her cheeks.  In every image of her from Thailand, she is a scrawny woman, sometimes holding a baby and sometimes standing stiff, unsure of how to interact with the camera.

Seeing hundreds of photos each day, the faces of the people become a blur to me. It’s easy to lose the curiosity of a new eye. I forget easily that I was an infant strapped on my brother’s back being carried all throughout the village. The faces I see in the photos aren’t so distant after all. They become me and you. It is such an amazing thing how something so simple as a squash can connect us to these faraway lands.

Power Outage? No Problem!

  • Posted On January 24, 2014
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Do you ever feel “in the dark” about what God is doing in your life? It’s hard sometimes to know exactly how He’ll use the circumstances we encounter. We hear stories of Christians being executed in North Korea and wonder about God’s plan, and we remember our friends in the Philippines as they will pick up the pieces from the aftermath of the typhoon for a very long time.

Recently, our Center in Southeast Asia was in the dark, literally. But, it’s not unusual for the power to go out as they work on productions.

The speaker arrived at the scheduled time and began to record.

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About 20 minutes into the session power failed and the crew was literally in the dark—but everyone stayed…and they waited. This project that started in the early afternoon was eventually completed hours later!

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Perseverance is the name of the game when it comes to producing and distributing evangelistic materials. As we prepare the soil with culturally relevant, Christ-centered content, others plant the seed, still others water, and God ultimately brings His harvest. We thank God for our many staff around the world who sacrifice and often risk much to share the Word of God with people who desperately need Him.

The project being recorded will have an accompanying printed pamphlet. Would you consider a gift toward the $1,600 price tag of the printing of that evangelistic tool?

“You Are Free to Go, I Can No Longer Detain You”

an amazing story shared with GNPI by Tom Kilian, director of Mercy Partners

Tom Kilian, director of Mercy Partners, uses Solar Kits supplied by GNPI to share the Gospel in southern Sudan. He recently shared a story of how Christ was literally “magnified” to some customs agents. While we don’t have any photos of what happened, but photos probably could not have captured the moment as well as your imagination will.

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Tom was detained by customs while entering Sudan. Normally not good news, but God gets his point across however he chooses. Tom wrote:

“What started as an inquiry, quickly elevated to my passport being snatched and a fee assessment was about to be conducted. The contents of the Solar Kit were strewn out across the cluttered counter and I could tell that the equipment on display left a complete question mark on the examination officer’s mind as he took each piece, examined it, and asked repetitively what each item was.”

Instead of trying to explain each part of the Kit individually, Tom asked if he could assemble it, show them what it was, and how it worked.

They agreed.

“As soon as the projector came on, it projected Jesus, seven feet tall on the customs office wall,” Tom said. “The clerk became troubled with reverence and refused to document the customs citation. Then the senior officer commanded me, ‘Pack it up, you are free to go, I can no longer detain you.’”

Thank you Jesus, for the freedom you provide. Certainly you are King of Kings and make the way straight for your servant, your mouthpiece.

 

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