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Vision Night 2016 Recap

We are grateful to everyone who helped us celebrate our 40th anniversary at GNPI Vision Night events in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. In total 442 people attended and generously gave $84,905 to further accelerate global evangelism through media and technology. Watch the video and read some highlights from Executive Director Mike Schrage’s update about our activities.

At the heart of any organization are its founders, and we are deeply grateful for the servant hearts of Ziden and Helen Nutt. They would, however, be the first to say, that the GNPI Board of Directors over the years, has offered wisdom and stability to an ever-changing and growing ministry. Twenty-three people have served, or are currently serving, in this role during the past 40 years.

This year’s theme, Ignite, is taken from 2 Timothy 1:6 where Paul writes, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God.” For 40 years, God has been using the ministry of GNPI to fan into flame God’s influence on others throughout the world. GNPI does it by accelerating global evangelism through media and technology, igniting the knowledge of God and love for God in diverse and complicated cultures around the world.

This year our special guest, Nenette Pacoli, is part of the global network that is fanning into flame the Gospel of Jesus through her work in the Philippines. I have asked her to represent our global production network, which includes nine regional centers and eight Nomad teams, by sharing what she and her team in Manila are doing to ignite the knowledge and love of Jesus in her part of the world.

We believe God is going to continue to take our humble offerings and do amazing things with them. Would you like some examples? I’ve got a few.

The Global Gospel is complete in the world’s most widely spoken languages, and it will become even more widely available as more languages are included. In addition, it’s going to change shape. We’re responding to requests to prepare versions of these simple stories of Jesus for broadcast on television in places we never thought of and to move it via popular means like WhatsApp!

• App development will continue to grow this year. We’ll offer new app templates for our regional centers around the world and get content onto smartphones and tablets for people who are hungry to get the Word of God in their heart language. In addition, some key collaborators will use our content in their mobile projects too, taking our reach farther than we could have imagined two years ago when we unveiled our dreams about apps to you.

• Mark, our Nomad coordinator, has up to eight trainings scheduled this year with up to 150 trainees. With additional training, equipment, and production experience, these trainees will represent the next generation of media missionaries in places we’ve yet to establish a significant presence. Specifically, please pray for our growth in Latin America, North America, and China, where the fields are white unto harvest if we take advantage of the wonderful opportunities presented through media and technology. Recently, technology allowed us to prepare for the online delivery of our training! Whether they are trained in person or online, our national media missionaries are using iOgraphers (a mini iPad tablet), as an all-in-one camera and video editor for just $999! Two years ago, that process required both a camera and a computer, and it cost $2,500!

• We are in the development stages of another global digital project called New Angle Media. This is a series of 10 to 20 stories from the Gospels that are told from the first-person perspective by someone who encountered Jesus. Imagine Jairus and his daughter telling his grandchildren about what Jesus did one day in their village. We hope to create English templates and then produce it in digital form in multiple languages with interactive questions.

• Last month Tom Nutt and Bob Gurwell met in Nicaragua with 23 national church leaders and a few missionaries about new media opportunities in Central and South America. The encouragement and synergy was contagious.

ISIS effectively uses media to identify and recruit people for deeds of darkness, and they are doing an effective job. Shouldn’t the Church deputize technology for good instead of evil.

From filmstrips to digital graphics and projectors to iPhones, GNPI has seen a lot of change in 40 years. The world had 4.1 billion people when GNPI was founded in 1976. Today, that number has nearly doubled and two thirds of them do not know Him.

Friends, we must fan into flame and ignite in the heart of every believer the passion to use their talents, multiplied by technology, to accelerate the rate of disciple making among the peoples of the world. The animistic African farmer, the Buddhist mother, the Hindu teenager, and the Muslim child are waiting.

Easter Resources

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

As we celebrate Resurrection Day, thank God for bringing good things from the tragedy of Jesus’ death on the cross. Through His death and resurrection, we have eternal life! I hold this hope even more closely this year as my family continues to grieve after my Dad’s death in February.

My hope for the future gives my life purpose and entrusts me with a special Message to share. We want to help you share Jesus with your friends this Easter. Click on the link below to access special resources you may find to be personally enriching, and then you may want to use them to spread the Good News.

Because He lives!

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Ignite

GNPI is working to bring the light of Christ to a dark world in various ways.

Our special thanks to friends from our network in South Africa, Kenya, Mexico, SE Asia, and the U.S. for helping with the narration for this ministry update.

“. . . I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  — John 8:12 (NIV)

Easter Plans

Celebrate Christ’s resurrection as GNPI shares God’s Word in other languages.

We have two new languages for our Easter plans: Ukrainian and Tunisian Arabic.

Click on the following languages to find plans in Russian, Ukrainian, and Tunisian Arabic available on YouVersion, the world’s most popular Bible app. A plan will also be available in Spanish on March 18.

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Videos from The Global Gospel are included in these discipleship plans.

Please share this ministry tool with anyone who can use it.

For more information, call 417-782-0060 or email: info@theglobalgospel.org.

God Takes Care of Us

Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India

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Pray for courage and strength for the Christian workers in our area. We are editing the video testimony of a local church member who overcame a drug addiction, working on our website, and distributing The Global Gospel in Punjabi.

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The Punjabi version of The Global Gospel is a big hit with our church members. It is one example of the Christian materials we distribute in our native language. Pastor YP recently gave away 400 DVDs in two villages.

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There are still many people in need and many other villages asking to borrow the movie about Jesus Christ. In fact, due to the demand in one village, we will distribute Gospel songs and Messages to them as soon as we can.

We always look for ways to tell more people about Jesus and to share the love of God through various channels. We pray with people who don’t have hope. Solar Kits are one of the greatest tools we have to make communication easier, and they attract a crowd.

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The children come first. They watch the media and ask a lot of questions. Then they invite the pastors to come to their homes to share about Christ. Many of the children brought their parents to church at Christmas.

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We try to encourage the churches in our area. In the cities of northern India, preaching the Gospel is difficult with a new political party in power.

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We have to be on our guard every time we go out to preach or conduct mass meetings. Some people try to disturb us by throwing stones on our gathering or cutting off the power. Our evangelists have been beaten for showing Bible clips on Solar Kits. The local administration has punished these criminals, but ensuring justice is an ongoing and difficult process. We are thankful to God for taking care of us as we face persecution for His Name.

A Joy to Serve

Greg Fish, Creative Media Designer

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My son and I were part of a group of 21 people from six different churches who visited Reynosa, Mexico, for a week in December. We built a small house, conducted a VBS, held a medical clinic, planted a church, and visited various ministries to offer encouragement.

I also had the chance to personally deliver The Global Gospel in Spanish to some pastors in Mexico.

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It was a joy to serve in this way, and we pray it was also a blessing to the people we met.

Finally Rejoicing

(This “Highlights of the Year” blog was originally posted on October 1, 2015. It was a great answer to our many prayers for this specific language.)

The Global Gospel in Spanish was finally released earlier this year! After many long delays to get final permission for the Spanish translation of the Scriptures, it is our great joy to share this version.

GNPI’s International Consultant Bob Gurwell discusses with International Director Bob Sartoris why this version is so special.

You can view and share all 88 stories on social media via YouTube, watch and download the videos on Vimeo, or call and order the DVD from our office.

GNPI’s YouTube site

GNPI’s Vimeo site

GNPI phone number at Joplin office: 417-782-0060

Celebrating an Italian Blessing

Smithfield Christian Church in Carl Junction, Missouri, sponsored The Global Gospel in Italian. When they reached their goal, the church members threw a party to celebrate. They found several creative ways to track their progress over the last six months.

Their minister Robert Lewis summed up the experience by saying, “It’s a blessing to see how God works through people who are obedient to Him.”

 

An Enduring Gift

GNPI would like to offer this Christmas gift to our ministry partners.

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It’s the gift of God’s Word.

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Click on the languages to find Christmas plans in Russian, Hindi, and Spanish available on YouVersion, the world’s most popular Bible app.

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Videos from The Global Gospel are included in these discipleship plans.

Please share this ministry tool with anyone who can use it.

For more information, call 417-782-0060 or email: info@theglobalgospel.org.

 

 

 

 

God Is Our Sustenance

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Kenya

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We thank God for His sustenance. Abubakar Mwenda is a well-known actor in Kenya. His passion to do a voice for The Global Gospel in Swahili amazed us.

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He didn’t do it for money. We didn’t have much to pay him, but he was okay with helping anyway. He did the project during Islamic prayer times. We would see him sneak out to go pray when the time came, then he would come back into the studio and continue playing the part of Jesus.

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When the project was done, our project coordinator wanted to finalize his contract for payment. She asked Abubakar, “Which roles did you play in this project? Was it just Jesus or were there any other roles?” He answered, “Correction, it’s not just Jesus, it’s JESUS!” For him playing the role of Jesus was a big deal. We know God is working in his life through this project.

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We pray God will continue to make Himself known to many Swahili speakers through this project.

 

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