Take a look at our crazy team setting up for this video with our ministry partner and guest from Ukraine.
Check back tomorrow to see the finished video!
Take a look at our crazy team setting up for this video with our ministry partner and guest from Ukraine.
Check back tomorrow to see the finished video!
Mike Schrage, Executive Director
Cairo is a mega city on the northern tip of Africa. Her people are a unique mixture of both Middle Eastern and African cultures. In the land of pyramids and pharaohs, situated in the middle of a desert, rises a bustling and dynamic city, rich in heritage and new in context. Everyone has a smartphone, and with Google Maps available, businesses like Uber allow thousands to move about without a car or mass transit system.
Media has also become sophisticated there, as it is around the world. As one new GNPI partner explained, “Mike, I am asking the Lord to help me understand media, because it is the language of my people.”
A conference has launched a complex media and discipleship-making effort (and ultimately successful church planting) in this region of the world. Another group meets regarding the follow-up print and social media strategies for the serialization of The Global Gospel for the five to eight million children in the region.
Finally, networking takes place in another North African country where workers have developed an effective online prayer movement which has been powering a media strategy over the last few years. Second and third-generation church plants comprise the beginning of a movement.
As birds sing in the calmness of the cool morning to begin what will be another hot, busy summer day in Cairo, may we too sing praises to God. He is doing marvelous things here and all around the world.
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico
Our team is finishing the first part of The Global Gospel in sign language. We were inspired by the commitment of our ministry partners to share the Gospel. We were also impressed to see the excitement of the deaf students who participated in this project.
In September we plan to travel to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to record the second and last part of this project.
Mike Schrage, Executive Director
Nicosia is a quiet city of 250,000 in Cyprus. As time marches on, it is a strategic city for business as well as Gospel proclamation. Turkey is in the distance, and the airport in Larnaca, Lebanon, is only a half-hour flight away while Cairo is an hour-long flight away.
Cyprus is in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region of the world. A member of the EU (European Community), it is essentially neutral just as Switzerland is for many countries farther to the west.
GNPI has been seeking new partnerships in this region, and the Lord has provided. A recent trip revealed the thrilling news that The Global Gospel has been well received in the Arabic and Farsi languages, and these versions have been reworked and scripted for television for children.
The program director of a major broadcaster told me that these Jesus Stories were the best biblical content they have ever broadcast. He asked not only for Arabic, but also for the Farsi and Turkish editions of this made-for-kids television series of 13 half-hour episodes.
Contrary to the general news reports, God is working, and it is a joy to be a small part of that story.
Interested in helping us produce the Turkish version? Head to www.gnpi.org/donate and write “Turkish” in the comments box when you make your gift.
Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for the way He is working through our network.
“He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.” — 2 Timothy 1:10 (NLT)
Varied Opportunities: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, says, “Praise the Lord for the varied opportunities we have to share the Gospel. Our team has been working on the Empowering the Church series, the Two as One series on marriage, Humanitarian Leadership Academy projects, youth programs, and outreach programs. Last month we helped with special events when churches united to pray. The GNPI team covered the events and streamed them on social media.”
Addressing Real Issues: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, says, “Our team recently completed a series of short films for youth, teaching them to conduct themselves in a proper manner based on 1 Timothy 4:12. Pray for God to use this series to connect with people and address the real issues affecting our society.”
Why: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “The Why project was released. It’s a three-minute video about sexual purity and is also available on WhatsApp. We are receiving a lot of encouraging feedback on social media. This video will be included on our Solar Kits going forward.”
Creating Impactful Content: Charlene Winfield of Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, says, “We are currently working on our first short film that touches on God’s provision for His people. Another project is a teaching series encouraging people to get deeper into the Word. The third project is about pastors in rural areas which will create awareness of sound biblical teaching. Pray we can grow together as a team, create content that’s impactful and God-led, and see God working in our country and families.”
Signs of Inspiration: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We finished the second Del Dicho Al Hecho (From Words to Deeds) video series. It’s goal is to encourage faith in action and was made possible by our partner for deaf people With My Hands. The series is inspiring people. Now we are working to complete The Global Gospel in sign language. Please pray it will help many to know Jesus.”
Helping Church Planters: Ministry partner Sergio Alvarado writes, “Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico, team members help produce a video of the sermon for a brand new church plant to use every week. The parent church also sends teachers for the children’s classes each week and a preacher monthly (rather than a video sermon). We are thankful to work together to plant churches.”
Exciting Progress: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, says, “I’m excited about what God is doing. We are investing our time in worship music for churches and working with local artists. We also produce micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations who are helping the homeless people in our city. In addition, we create resources to help teach the Bible in area congregations.”
One Hundredth Episode: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us to complete the 100th episode of Faith Matters, too! The scriptwriter has received lots of good feedback from individuals, churches, and colleges, including the head of the Asia Theological Seminary. These three-minute devotionals designed to bring the Word of God straight to mobile phones for busy commutes or end of the day reflections. Topics range from the importance of personal reflection, family relationships, conflict, camaraderie, to the importance of Sabbath rest.”
Excellent Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finished our month-long leadership training. We had 10 trainees, and it was excellent. The president of a Bible school attended the training and said these lessons should be taught among preachers. He plans to teach these lessons at his school so students will become more effective in reaching others for Christ.”
Changed Lives: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Praise the Lord for His work in the life of this young lady. You can watch Jumm’s testimony with English subtitles by clicking here to find out how she changed from a rebellious, lost girl to a beautiful, talented young woman who freely shares her Christian faith through the elegant art of Thai dancing. Interestingly, after we released Jumm’s testimony, her story became known on YouTube. She received an invitation to go on tour in May with a Thai dancing troupe. They performed at eleven venues in eight countries throughout Europe. Jumm was also our program host several months ago when our team traveled to Laos for a story about a Christian deaf ministry. Click here to watch it.
Godly Inspiration: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “Every week we publish two short Gospel messages, and we recently produced a popular music video. We were pleased with the response as the music video received 1,000 views online in one day! In addition, the recordings of Sadhu teaching continue to go well; pray for him to have godly inspiration for his vignettes.”
The Father’s Love: Timothy Jai Kumar of Project Nomad-Chennai, India, says, “We are currently working on a project called The Father’s Love. The script was written by one of our team members about the universal truth of the true love of God shown in Jesus. It’s a powerful script to use as a hook to get people to talk about meaning of the whole Message.”
Does God Exist?: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are developing new resources, including a book and a training seminar entitled Does God Exist? Our goal is to equip believers to demolish atheistic worldview strongholds in this postcommunist part of the world. Please pray with us for this project and for complete healing of my kidney problem.”
Life Club Morning Show: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “The Lord keeps providing new opportunities for the ministry within our current conditions. We have started a new partnership with the Life Club Morning Show on Channel 5 television. The program is broadcast nationally and then made available online. The episode on the historical veracity of the Resurrection of Jesus received more than 38,500 views! The Lord gave us a commandment in Matthew 10:27, ‘What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.’ Praise His name for technologies that provide the opportunity to carry out this commandment effectively!”
Welcome to the Family: GNPI is pleased to welcome our new International Director Mark Johnson. The International Director plays a key role in equipping our global teams with vision, insights, strategies, and professional expertise that allows them to create effective, culturally relevant media for the communities they serve. Thank you for praying with us for a person to fill this position, and please pray for Mark and his wife Lynette during their transition to Joplin.
Investing in Leaders: GNPI participated in a special media training event in the Middle East. Please pray that the investment in key leaders will help them to plant or grow 22 churches in Arab speaking nations.
Praying for Permission: The Global Gospel (TGG) is currently available in 27 languages. Pray for us to be able to receive final permission from the United Bible Society to produce TGG in Creole and to find the right people to record the audio, so Christian workers in Haiti can use this ministry tool.
New Angle Media Momentum: Work on the New Angle Media Project is progressing. Pray for the animation team to work efficiently and creatively on the remaining 19 stories. Pray for the app team as they improve the user interface and app navigation, as well as the data collection components. Pray this project will please God and produce great fruit!
A Tragic Loss: Mark Allen, our dear friend, colleague, and Project Nomad Coordinator, passed away June 17 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Texas. He was on his way to visit his parents in Arizona for Father’s Day. Mark has been a great asset to the ministry for the last two years with his professional expertise and joyful spirit. Please join us in praying for Mark’s wife, Lorri, his parents, the eight Nomad teams, and hundreds of trainees Mark was mentoring.
Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia
The Lord keeps providing new opportunities for our ministry even with the current conditions. We started a new partnership with the Life Club Morning Show on Channel 5 television. The program is broadcast nationally and then made available online. The episode on the historical veracity of the Resurrection of Jesus received more than 38,500 views!
I am delighted to share another online platform for The Global Gospel (TGG) in Russian. We used the Everlasting Gospel translation for this TGG version, and the translation ministry is really excited. They posted it on their own website with a comment that it is the best visual presentation of the Gospel they know of so far. They provided links to GNPI and the Christian Center for Science and Apologetics as well.
The Lord gave us a commandment in Matthew 10:27, “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” Praise His name for technologies that provide us with the opportunity to carry out this commandment effectively!
Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico
The following video provides a short overview of the work we do from Piedras Negras. Our current projects include interacting with people through our growing radio ministry, distributing our resources at conferences or through our Mas Vida app, producing short films, and completing The Global Gospel in sign language.
Visit www.pbnihispano.org/ for more details about all of the exciting things going on in Mexico.
Our team was invited to see the ministry outreach of one congregation. We helped deliver physical and spiritual resources to a mountain village. We notice that as we work on stories for others, the Lord allows us to become part of the story.
Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand
Our production team traveled four hours to the western edge of Thailand to do a story about Tong-tip, the pastor of a congregation in the border town of Mae Sariang. He is small in stature but mighty in his passion to serve. He and the outreach team from his church make trips to remote villages in the area to share the Gospel. The finished video of this trip is Movement Everywhere episode #10.
Our team was allowed to go with them to Koon-Wong-Nua, a tribal village with no electricity. The trip included a one-hour drive up a rough, rutted mountain road.
Equipped with a generator and plenty of lights, the outreach team kept the curious group entertained with Christian songs and stories for three hours on a frigid evening. We were able to pass out coats, blankets, and candy to the grateful group.
We also took two Solar Kits with us. Our son, Jeff Silkwood, designed a version of these kits using a small flat screen TV, solar panel, and battery pack that fits into a portable aluminum box. Thumb drives make it simple to show videos on the TV anywhere, even without electricity.
Pastor Tong-tip was happy to receive two of these kits. He will take one back to KoonWong-Nua and the other kit to another village that his outreach team will visit. We included The Global Gospel in Thai on the thumb drives along with Bible teachings by Thai pastors and testimonies.
It is incredible to see how Lord is working in the lives of people all around Thailand to proclaim His truth and love.
The Global Gospel (TGG) is available in 27 languages with another 11 to be completed this year. Recently, Free Bible images asked if they could use the TGG images on their website. They started with photos and stories about the Resurrection in the spring of 2016. Paul Thompson of Free Bible images writes,
“Thanks for allowing us to go ahead and publish the six sets of images from your videos on the Easter story. We managed to get these live just before Easter and in the first five days leading up to Good Friday we had 6,330 GNPI presentation files downloaded (an average of 1,266 a day). Those viewing the GNPI sets in StoryView to tell the story on a mobile device were 6,819 (1,363 a day).
Our users were delighted with the quality of the artwork and as the videos follow the Bible narration, they found them to be excellent visuals for explaining the events of Easter. Each story on our web pages has a Video link to the GNPI Vimeo channel showing all 20 translations of that Bible video. Your contributor’s section can be viewed by clicking the icon below:
We have kept the branding of the files the same as on the GNPI site and have used the same file names, story tags and numbering as per your videos. This is to make the correlation between our files and your videos easy for people. We hope there were many who visited your Vimeo channel via the link on our site.
Our joy is in freely resourcing those teaching the Bible.”
Free Bible images then expanded to the rest of the the photos and videos about TGG. Their end of the year report stated:
“In 2016 we had 48,674 sets of GNPI images downloaded in Powerpoint, PDF, or Keynote formats for teaching. On the conservative estimate that each set was used to teach between 5 and 10 people we estimate that between a quarter of a million to half a million people were taught Bible passages using the GNPI images around the world.
Users on our site can also view any set of GNPI stories in our StoryView that runs a slideshow of the images with the Bible text from the Net Bible. We had 214,987 GNPI stories read online in StoryView in 2016, and we expect this figure to keep rising. These views and downloads took place in 160 different countries.”
TGG is useful globally, but could just as easily be used here to help the construction foreman, the IT specialist, the restaurant owner, or the refugee here in the U.S. Your gifts and prayers put these resources just clicks away from online seekers.
Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India
A pastor from the Gujarat region visited our office to conduct a survey for a future video production in the Bundelkhandi dialect to reach out to the villagers of the region. We gave him a tour of our office. When he saw The Global Gospel (TGG) in Gujarati, he was surprised to know that we produced it. Someone had given him a copy of the Hindi version, and he told us what a benefit it has been to use the videos to teach the 1,100 members of his congregation. He also told us he showed one of the video clips at a big event last Christmas.
He was happy to get the Gujarati version, and he plans to distribute 400 copies to various evangelists he knows in Gujarat.
“What surprises have come into your life that show you God is working behind the scenes?”