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…
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.
They 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.