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Steward Partnership Takes to the Road

  • Posted On February 21, 2014
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featuring David Duncan of The Steward Partnership and Matt Brock, Director of Development for GNPI

In our Winter Newsletter, we featured David Duncan of The Steward Partnership. David shared how a charitable remainder trust can benefit you and your family, while greatly assisting a ministry like GNPI.

In case you missed it, we thought it was worth posting this very informational video!

 

 

If you’d like to have The Steward Partnership conduct a free Legacy Planning Seminar at your church, no cost and no obligation, simply contact GNPI at 417-782-0060 or email plannedgiving@gnpi.org. We’d be happy to discuss the possibilities!

 

 

Cultural Relevance – A Look at Another of GNPI’s Core Values

  • Posted On February 17, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

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  • Don’t use yellow in the video. The United Nations did and the community assumed they were talking about contraception…huh?
  • The Indian bride’s dress should be red, not white. White is the color of death…what?
  • The photo of the Ugandan men holding hands is okay, but the picture of the married Kenyan couple holding hands in church won’t fly…are you serious?
  • Is she driving on the left or the wrong side…oops, a little judgment there!
  • Incredible how there is no word for ‘thank-you’ in a certain language, but there are 25 words for ‘a spotted cow.’

It’s hard to know what cultural priorities dictate. Make a wrong move in an environment different from yours, and you’ve got egg on your face (or whatever that translates to, wherever you are)! At GNPI we give high priority to cultural relevance.

Next to being faithful to the Word of God, this is most paramount.

Call it what you want: contextualized, customized, or produced on a case by case basis. However, understanding the following is key to understanding GNPI’s core value of cultural relevance: mmr Guitar

Our goal is for the viewers (probably not Americans) to understand the message of the media so that they can be reached for Christ. Therefore, GNPI’s global productions will often look different from what would be normally produced in the United States.

This is why we strive to work so closely with nationals and missionaries who work in these diverse places.

The incarnation is a great example of cultural relevance. God left his throne to walk our dusty streets and experience our sin-struck world. Since he did that for you and me, we’re going to do everything possible to share his message with people in a way that resonates with them. The colors, phrases, actions, settings, attitudes, they all communicate. In fact, experts believe 70% of communication is nonverbal; that’s something to talk about!

Wikipedia references this concept from The Definitive Book of Body Language by Barbara and Allen Pease. When a person or group is absorbing a message, they are focused on the entire environment around them. Meaning, they use all five senses in the interaction: 83% sight, 11% hearing, 3% smell, 2% touch and 1% taste. So culturally relevant video just makes sense!

Why be culturally relevant? It’s the only way to communicate the Good News of Jesus with power and effectiveness.

 

Celebrating 10 Years

  • Posted On February 12, 2014
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“Please pray for us. Our people want to worship the One true God. Pray that we can freely tell them!”

This is a paraphrase, but it is a prayer request we consistently get from our co-worker in South East Asia. To say that we are happy to see God working toward that end would be an understatement. A 10-year anniversary was celebrated over the weekend. Many, MANY changed lives have resulted from those 10 years. Here’s a quick look back…

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In 2003 the regional center that is now in SE Asia was just a dream and a drawing.

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God planted that dream in the hearts of many of you to pray and give, and the center became a reality in 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the restrictions of the land, many resources were created and distributed especially for the Buddhist people of that region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a result, lives have been changed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavenly eternities have been chosen by many.

 

 

When this center began, print pieces were the main focus. But they have grown. They are a very talented staff, and they are moving into audio and video production. They are working on The Global Gospel, music videos for young people, and other video projects.

 

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t seem like 10 years have passed since that initial dedication and ribbon cutting, but this past Friday, February 7, 2014, GNPI-SE Asia celebrated its 10th anniversary!

 

International Director, Bob Sartoris and Director of Operations, Tom Nutt traveled to SE Asia to personally be a part of the celebration.

Join with us as we pray for growth, wisdom, and impact for this regional center for the next 10 years, and thank you for the part YOU played in this milestone!

 

Solar Kits Change Lives

Solar Kits change lives.

  • They are easy to transport.
  • They need no electricity.
  • They empower missionaries and Christian workers to speak to multiple people at once.
  • They draw a crowd because they show “moving pictures” anywhere—even in the most media starved areas of the world.

$1,000 is all it takes to change a life, a family, a village, a tribe, or maybe an entire nation.

Listen as mission workers Nathan Durant and Ron Morse talk about the powerful difference a Solar Kit can make.

 

You can make a Solar Kit available for a missionary or National Christian Worker anywhere in the world. Click the icon to the left and give any amount to help!

God’s Word at Our Core

  • Posted On February 10, 2014
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For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
– Hebrews 4:12

Engaging God’s Word is a powerful experience. It pierces, comforts, exposes, and enlightens. It is God’s breath on us, his spirit, his very essence. Reading, memorizing, and listening to it is important, but our hearts and souls are immediately and eternally shaped by living it. GNPI has an unrelenting commitment to the living Word of God.

Let me tell you a story.

GNPI-Damoh, India, hired a Muslim actor last year to dramatize the New Testament stories of Jesus used to produce The Global Gospel. The man came, thinking he was simply doing a job: helping us share our message in the Urdu language.

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Little did he know how four days of pouring emotion into each verse and line of the 88 stories featured in The Global Gospel would change him. This Muslim actor knew little about Jesus when he started recording, but found himself weeping as the impact of Scripture resounded in his mind.

“I am honored that Allah chose my voice to be the voice of his great prophet Isa (Jesus),” he said, “But today, I am convinced he is more than just a prophet!”

I think Jesus would say to our Muslim friend what he said to the teacher of the law in Mark 12:34, “…you are not far from the Kingdom of God!”

You see, the Word stands alone.

God’s Word is full of integrity and grit. It can pierce all on its own when the soil is ready to receive the seed. No preaching, no apologetics, just the gentle, steady filling of the Word brought this Muslim man closer to being our brother in Christ.

That’s why we cherish the Word of God!

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.

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