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Methods Always Change

  • Posted On January 20, 2014
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By Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

Different people, from business leaders to fitness experts, have been attributed as saying, “Methods are many, principles are few. Methods change, but principles never do.”

Through the years at GNPI the expression of our mission has been adjusted, but the primary intent has always been the same.The most recent addition to our written mission statement adds two simple words: “and technology.”

GNPI equips the body of Christ with culturally relevant media and technology to accelerate global evangelism.

SmartphonesWe’ve expanded the statement because of our complex and fast-paced world in which technology is essential. Technology today can facilitate a seamless transition from production to distribution of media just about anywhere in the world. Media and technology have become paired like milk and cookies or baseball and hot dogs.

Today, some would even say media dictates the message! The evening news has become more entertainment because television stations need advertisers, and advertisers want viewers. The media is dictating the message.

A tangible example of how technology is vital to our mission is the mobile phone. This technology continues to deliver content with increasing effectiveness. So much so, that technology dictates content design. At GNPI, we are excited about exploring Apps to deliver culturally relevant content to Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists in places where missionaries aren’t even allowed!

All of this is to say that we see media and technology paired like never before, with great potential to share Christ with people to impact their eternity.

If you’re able, I hope you’ll make plans to join us for one of our Vision Night opportunities coming in March; we’ll share much more about Vision Night in the weeks to come. In short, it’s a celebration of these opportunities and we’ll get to see them through the eyes of our special guest, Manee Ross, Regional Director for GNPI-Damoh, India. I think you’ll be blown away by what he has to say.

Methods are many and principles are few. At GNPI, the film-strip projectors of 1976 may become the mobile phones of 2014, but our mission to accelerate global evangelism with cultural relevance will never change.

Different Place, Same Family

  • Posted On January 16, 2014
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by Matt Brock, Director of Development, GNPI

I’m not just new to GNPI, I’m new to global missions. Sure, I’ve been a part of churches all of my life and been aware of the good work so many are doing around the globe in the name of Jesus for some time. But, when you haven’t been up-close and personal with global missions, I think something gets lost in translation between your head and heart.

This was certainly confirmed for me last week when I went to visit the GNPI regional center in Mexico. My colleague, Tom Nutt, was leading a group of college students from the University of Missouri as they came to help make improvements to the GNPI regional center and to Vida Neuva, a local ministry serving the community in a variety of ways.

Even though I’ve been at GNPI for about six months, I had yet to have the opportunity to visit one of our regional centers. And though I have been helping raise funds and telling the story of GNPI for some time now, I was doing so just from what I knew, not from what I had experienced. In fact, besides a family cruise to Jamaica when I was young, a day trip to Ensanada, Mexico, for my honeymoon 15 years ago, and a trip to Israel in 2011, I had never even been outside of the United States.

So, intellectually I was prepared for the trip and meeting my fellow GNPI team members in Mexico, but I have to say, emotionally, I wasn’t. I was incredibly struck by the different life our friends lead in Mexico. Specifically, I couldn’t help but take in the vast poverty. I daily take for granted hot water, a nice place to live, and other amenities most people in Piedras Negras would never think about.


Second, though my travels outside of the United States are limited, I have traveled extensively inside the country. Whether Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, or many other places, I have never felt unsafe. I must say that in Piedras I found myself feeling uneasy as we drove through the neighborhoods as I saw conditions and heard stories of various acts of violence and gang activity the citizens experience regularly.

This was affirmed for me by Raymond. Though I don’t know his last name, I met Raymond at the home of Miriam Gurwell’s mother. Miriam is the wife of Bob Gurwell, GNPI’s International Consultant for South America. As we enjoyed homemade chili rellenos, I was struck by the genuine love, companionship, and contentment shared by the people around the table (there were about 25 people in the house for lunch). Raymond came in later than most who were there for lunch and sat down next to me when a seat was vacated. As we talked, he said, “I love this family. You know why? In here you feel the love. Out there,” he said pointing toward the front door, “There’s no love.”

A pretty simple statement, but a very profound example of what we’re trying to do at GNPI around the world. Whether good conditions or bad, safe or troubled, we’re trying to add more people to God’s family because that’s where love is found. We love because God first loved us, and when we understand that – when we embrace what’s been given to us and offer that to others – we’ve understood the reason we’re on the earth. When we understand that, conditions become less important and the mission becomes paramount.

I’m overwhelmed that I’m part of the family of God. I now see that, though life in Piedras Negras is very different from what I’m used to, in some ways it’s the same. I’ve got family who loves me here, and there. I’m thankful my family in both places has the same desire; we want to grow in our love for Jesus and help others experience it too. It’s where love is found, all over the world.

What a Way to Start!

  • Posted On January 3, 2014
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We want to take just a moment to look back at 15 things God did at GNPI in 2013. This isn’t the entire list by any stretch, but reflecting on God’s goodness is a great way to begin the new year. We’re counting our blessings and eagerly awaiting what’s to come in 2014. So, here we go:

1. Five key staff additions in the Joplin office.
2. An overall GNPI ministry strategic plan is now complete.
3. The first ever fundraising event for the Multi-Purpose Resource Center in Ukraine was successful and a helpful learning experience! (The goal of $100,000 has been raised and matched by Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky!)
4. Phone App development for The Global Gospel has started in both Joplin, Missouri, and Damoh, India.
5. The Global Gospel is completed in 5 major languages, 11 more languages are in production, and another 56 languages are in the initial stages.
6. The French version of The Global Gospel is moving along as the Mali NOMaD team is doing the work on this project.
7. There has been an open broadcasting door in the Philippines recently. Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines was so encouraged when she learned that a professor at a Catholic university has been showing episodes of WWJD and discussing the principles of the program with his 200 students.
8. Major strategic planning for the Hispanic world began.
9. Jason Miller, NOMaD Coordinator, has completed a new training format for project NOMaD!
10. Jason began a trip that will carry over into January, that took him to India for NOMaD training, and to Indonesia to survey the possibility for a NOMaD team there.
11. Potential new NOMaD teams (#7 and #8) in Chile and Ukraine have received initial training and continue to receive online training.
12. GNPI has a new Board member, Nick Parsons.
13. GNPI’s online presence is growing stronger than ever before. We have surpassed 1100 friends on Facebook!
14. More than $50,000 was raised from the Go-Kart fundraising event in Arizona (nearly 130 Solar Kits were funded in 2013).
15. There has been a successful transition of regional director from Prince Makaya to Isaac Masiga in Kenya this year.

With God at the helm of GNPI, what an amazing hope-filled future it will be!

Who Do I Give My Check To?

  • Posted On December 26, 2013
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by Angie Anderson, Executive Assistant, GNPI

“I’d like to purchase a Solar Kit,” the man said to me as we stood in front of the GNPI booth at the ICOM last month.
Although I’m a GNPI staff member, I had just come to participate in the conference, not to work at the booth. After attending one of the sessions, I just happened to pass by the booth at a time when other GNPI staff were all occupied in conversations or meetings. I noticed a couple of guys looking intently through the Solar Kit that was on display.

Even though I didn’t have a GNPI logo on my shirt, and I wasn’t wearing a nametag, I decided to stop and ask if they had any questions.

“Who do I give the check to?” the man asked, “And can you mail it to Pakistan?”

As the forwarding agent for a missionary in Pakistan, the gentleman proceeded to write out a check for the full $1,000 and give it to me along with his contact information and the Pakistani mailing address.

He was so convinced that the Solar Kit would multiply the Gospel’s impact in Pakistan that all he needed was someone to take his check. It was an honor to fill in as the link between the resource and the need.

Lord, may your Word go out with power in Pakistan and produce fruit for eternity!

If you want to know more about Solar Kits, click here.

Out of the Darkness

  • Posted On November 20, 2013
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I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
– Psalm 116.1

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
– Psalm 40.2

Raziel’s story is shared by many. Since childhood, the strain of a dysfunctional family embroiled constantly in conflict had led him to a life of drugs and alcohol. Immersed for so long in this dark world, Raziel felt like he had lost all hope. In fact, he was hopeless.

In the midst of his despair, Raziel cried out to God. He wanted to finally be lifted out of the pit he’d fallen into, and he wanted God to show him that He was real.

Raziel’s cry was heard. God met Raziel in the darkness with a transforming Light.

Drugs and alcohol no longer have a hold on Raziel. What grips him now is the powerful, personal testimony given him by the redeeming and transforming power of Christ.

GNPI-Mexico is producing a short film to tell this amazing story. Raziel’s testimony, the second in a series of short dramas (La Red was the first), shows how God answers our cries for help.

Perhaps as much an evidence of God’s power in Raziel’s life is the story of how the film came about. Click here to read Trading His Pain, the “story behind this story.”

Stories like Raziel’s and La Red are essential to today’s Latin culture. Because so many struggle with addiction, culturally relevant productions like these from GNPI-Mexico address everyday needs in powerful ways.

Thank God for willing hearts like Raziel. The LORD didn’t just lift Raziel out of a dark pit. He has placed him firmly on The Rock as a light for many to see.

The Global Gospel in India

GNPI’s regional center in Damoh, India, is like a machine when it comes to cranking out new language productions of The Global Gospel! They have finished five languages in a little more than a year!

The thing is, after a new language is produced, it has to be duplicated and distributed before it reaches anyone, which costs about two dollars per copy.


Here is a quick look at how many DVDs have recently been distributed by GNPI-Damoh. And, these numbers only represent three of five completed languages that are available right now for distribution:

1,460 copies in Hindi. These were given to Christian preachers, individuals, families, children’s homes, other ministries in India, NGOs, schools, and village leaders near Damoh.

800 copies in Urdu. One interesting piece of information about the Urdu language is that many Indian Muslims speak this language. Five hundred copies have gone to individuals including many Muslim leaders and families. Mr. B.—the Muslim narrator of The Global Gospel in Urdu–took 200 copies to give to his circle of friends!

1,050 copies of the Marathi language. A government employee who is a friend of the ministry asked for 1,000 copies! He also works with many Indian radio studios and reaches out to many Indian fishermen.

On top of this amazing success, the Bengali and Gujarati languages are ready for duplication. With five more languages in various stages of production, duplication means multiplication!

Go Damoh!

Trading His Pain

  • Posted On October 29, 2013
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Pain is never wasted when given to the Lord. God is so creative—you never know how He will use the pain we experience to bring Glory to Himself, and powerful testimony to others.

This type of useful pain is appearing in Mexico as a result to GNPI’s response to the growing drug culture. God is orchestrating redemption and the acceleration of his Message through the intersection of our work and people’s lives.


Several years ago GNPI-Mexico produced a documentary about the effect of alcohol and drugs in Latin culture called Adicciones. As part of the production they interviewed law enforcement, families of addicts, families who had lost loved ones to addiction, and addicts themselves.

Raziel was in a rehab facility at the time and he agreed to be interviewed for Adicciones. Time passed, and no one at GNPI-Mexico knew Raziel eventually finished his rehab and successfully left the life of addiction to become a youth minister.

After he became a youth minister, Raziel was invited to speak at an event organized by Pastor Estrada. Pastor Estrada had previously attended a GNPI-Mexico sponsored event, and received a copy of the Adicciones DVD.

While Raziel was in town, Pastor Estrada invited him and two unbelievers to his home for a meal. Afterwards, they decided to watch the documentary. Imagine the surprise of everyone in the room when Raziel’s interview came on the screen.

The two unbelievers and Pastor Estrada turned to Raziel and in one voice said, “Is that you?”

Raziel replied, “Yes! I did not know the project was finished!”

The rest of the video, and seeing first-hand how Raziel’s life had changed, so impacted the two unbelievers they made the decision that evening to surrender their lives to the Lord.

God is Sovereign, and he brings together special people in specific places to do purposeful things. Every week GNPI productions like this are distributed around the world. And every week we receive affirmation that people who are thirsting for the Living Water are finding it in these productions!

Without you, though, GNPI-Mexico couldn’t reach people like Raziel. Thank you for being part of that story. We believe it will help many more people trade their pain for a powerful testimony!

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

  • Posted On October 22, 2013
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SlowSteady_01Much of the evangelism done by GNPI in Southeast Asia takes place through one-on-one conversations, visits to small villages, or in house churches.

The work is vital, but it could be compared to the tortoise—slow and steady.

Many people come to TP’s (our co-worker) office with questions about “the one true God.” The conversations they have lead to additional opportunities. The Southeast Asia team receives constant invitations to come to a village or someone’s home and teach.

Many times the invitations aren’t close to home. Sometimes, taking advantage of an opportunity to share the Gospel means traveling by bus or riding on the back of a motorbike. It may mean hiring a tuk tuk or a boat. It almost always includes walking many miles.

One thing is consistent—it’s never easy.

But, time and again, God has answered prayers and given us evidence of the fruit of our labors. Here are some of the results from a GNPI production in that area – designed specifically for the people in that region.

• One family was convinced after spending two days reviewing the GNPI production. They have decided to be baptized.

• In another village, a family was given a GNPI resource and after one week asked for a visit to share that they understood Christ and wanted to accept him as the true and living God. They asked for someone to teach their son.

• In yet another village, a family asked to have the difference in Jesus Christ and Gautama, the local god worshiped by many in the region.

There are even more stories about people who are choosing to abandon false gods for the one true God. This last quote truly emphasizes the impact TP and his team are making for Christ in Southeast Asia. The English isn’t perfect, but the Message is:

“I has been worshiping Gautama for more than 50 years, but I did not know the way of Gautama. I became to know about the history and reality of Gautama after you explained about him to me. And I also became to know about the reality of Jesus Christ by reading the (one of your resources).”

– Py, “L” village

Isn’t it interesting to see the hunger so evident in many for “the one true God.” They know they haven’t yet heard about him, and they know where to go to get it!

The tortoise worked slowly, but he eventually won the race. One by one, sometimes slowly, but surely, we’re winning people for Christ is Southeast Asia.

Reputation: It Matters.

  • Posted On October 17, 2013
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We often talk about Protus Sibukule and the NOMaD team in Eldoret, Kenya, so you may be familiar with the work being done among the Pokot people. God is changing that tribe through these men, and their reputation is becoming known!

The principal of a high school in the Pokot district heard about the impact they have made with media evangelism, and how incidents of cattle rustling are declining.
The principal invited the Eldoret team to his school for a one day rally featuring their productions including Tough Choices, and two episodes of Tumaini Hotel.”

Protus and the Eldoret team took advantage of the invitation.

“We thought it wise to begin by reaching to the students and youth, many of whom have been involved in cattle rustling,” Protus said. “(Our goal) was to help teach them the word of God so that they can know God, believe in Him, and make Him known to their neighbors.”

The messages to the high schoolers were so well received that after watching the videos, many students repented!

We are so encouraged at how the work this NOMaD team does changes lives. We hope you are too! They are producing such excellent content that they are garnering invitations to share it with others.

Reputation matters. That reputation is being developed in Eldoret, Kenya through biblically accurate, culturally relevant media made possible by you!