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The Boundless Message of Jesus

Is media good or bad? Positive or negative? The answer is yes. It’s both, and it depends solely on the message behind the media. More often than not, in a fallen world, the numerous messages bombarding us through media are negative influences working toward destruction. Yet, GNPI is all about redeeming the powerful medium of media and using it for the good of the world. We accomplish this great feat because our Message is Jesus, and his power is boundless.

This video contrasts the “bad” media with the “good” and God-honoring media of GNPI being distributed all over the world. We hope you’ll share this video with your friends, so they, too, can see how GNPI is redeeming the times through media and technology!

We also have created a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this video. You can watch the short featurette here.

Introducing The Global Gospel App!

GNPI is very pleased to announce the release of the Android version of The Global Gospel App!

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The Global Gospel App contains a series of 88 short videos that present the life and teachings of Jesus Christ using colorful illustrations and dramatic Bible readings. These simple stories, completed in multiple languages, allow users around the world to see and hear what Jesus taught in this engaging, easy-to-use smartphone App.

Users can make a selection based on geographic regions or language preference.

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The videos contained in this series cannot be downloaded through this player App. However, all of the language versions are available for downloading by going to our Internet site where different quality and sizes are available at no cost. The URL for the site is: www.vimeo.com/gnpiusa.

Watch for the iOS version coming soon!

 

Easter Resources to Share

GNPI has some resources to share as you celebrate the resurrection of Christ.

TGG GlobeThe Global Gospel (TGG) is a series of short videos that present the life and teachings of Jesus Christ using colorful illustrations and dramatic readings of the Scriptures.

These simple stories, completed in multiple languages, allow users all around the world to watch and experience the biblical account of what Jesus said and taught. So far, thousands of TGG videos have been distributed and downloaded. In fact, TGG has been downloaded in more than 160 nations!

GNPI is in the process of completing TGG in the world’s top 25 spoken languages. An estimated 3.6 billion people speak one of these languages and will have access to TGG, for free, when complete.

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

Click here to see other available languages.

A Global Effort

By Bob Sartoris, International Director

At a recent conference focused on outreach to the Muslim world, it was exciting to be able to launch the distribution of two new versions of The Global Gospel produced in the Arabic language. One was based on an earlier version of the Scripture, known as the Smith & Van Dyke translation, and the other was based on a more recent translation, referred to as the Ketab El Hayat, or Book of Life version.

The backstories reveal just how much of a global effort goes into this series.

The Book of Life version was originally recorded by a Venezuelan national, using a vocal actor from Tunisia. Part of the recordings actually took place in France, thanks to an English engineer working with an American radio ministry there. The final editing for this version was done by a Palestinian working at a studio in Uganda, and it was then forwarded on to Joplin for final mastering.

Meanwhile, work on the Smith & Van Dyke version was coordinated by an Egyptian, who worked with an Arabic vocal actor in Canada, using a studio in Cairo for the audio recording, and it was ultimately edited at a production center in Cyprus. Once again, the files were sent to a Palestinian lady who proofread the titles before forwarding the work along to the Joplin office for final mastering.

Only God knows how many countries will be impacted by this global effort to produce two new Arabic versions of The Global Gospel. Scripture tells us that God’s Word will not return void, so we are praying that God will use this visual life of Christ series in powerful ways as it goes out throughout the Muslim world!

 

Karl Wendt on The Global Gospel

Karl Wendt has wonderful vocal talent! He does a tremendous job every time he comes into the studio to do a voiceover. He makes it look easy. However, several years ago, when he did the English narration of The Global Gospel, he admitted that it was a challenge for him. Here he is in a clip from an older video describing what it was like to make Scripture come alive in this project.

 

New Friend From Finland

She stopped by our booth one evening to learn about The Global Gospel. I explained the purpose of the 88 stories from the Life of Christ, and that they were free to take. She was humbled by the gift.

Then she looked at the Solar Kit on the other end of the table and asked what it did. I explained it was a solar-powered projector with speakers to play teaching materials like The Global Gospel. She asked, “But how much does it cost?”

I learned that she works with refugee children and could envision the program and the Solar Kit helping greatly. As I insisted that she could have both free of charge, she caught herself choking up, began to shed a tear, and walked away.

I assured her it was true, and that I just needed her business card so we could stay in contact. She said, “I’ll come back, this is just too much to take in, because you insist this is all free. You see, after coming out of a camp where everything comes at a cost, I just need to think about it.”

It reminded me that if I would have totally appreciated the gift of grace Jesus gave to me one winter day in 1976, I too might have been overwhelmed. Like this woman, I might have walked away wondering if it was too good to be true.

We don’t have to wonder. It was true then, and it is true today.

It’s also true that you help us offer free-of-charge programs and tools that make a difference. You are making a difference not only to the listeners in refugee camps, but also to the worker from Finland serving those refugees.

A Gratifying Moment

It is a blessing to be able to hear directly from our coworkers around the world.

By Jesca Naavah of GNPI-Uganda

It is a gratifying moment to come to work in the office and serve God in his kingdom. God has been good to us! Here in Mbale, we worked with our long time ministry partners, as well as some new community partners, to achieve most of our goals. We have been able to see God’s wonderful work in the lives of people here in Uganda. Our production team had the privilege of visiting some villages and showing The Global Gospel. Watch what happened in one of the villages.

We believe God has a lot in store for us and the people we serve this new year. It is our prayer that we can pay attention to those details and how he wants us to reach out to his people.

The Solar Kit program has been a very favorable means for spreading the Gospel. With the help of Messiah Theological Institute (MTI), through qualified evangelists who we also train on how to use the Solar Kits, we have been able to witness how the program changed many people’s lives and even broke down religious boundaries. On some occasions, we have had Muslims and non-Christians accepting Christ.

The production team helped Livingstone International University (LIU) with some audio and video advertisements, which assisted LIU in the recruitment of new students. We were so happy to be part of such an evolution and development of the community through our services. There was also the Messiah Theological Institute graduation ceremony, which we  took part in covering the ceremony and witnessing the impact of these courses on the local pastors. In addition, the Digital African Studies by Extension (DASE) program, Life of Christ, by Pastor Dennis Okoth is now in the editing process.

We are looking forward to having a beautiful year filled with God’s grace.

Looking Back and Moving Forward

GNPI is a ministry on the move. In this short video, Mike Schrage, our executive director, takes a look back at what God accomplished through GNPI and her partners in 2014. It’s an impressive list, and looking back gives us great expectations for what’s to come. With God as our guide and you as our partners, it is with eager anticipation we charge ahead into 2015!

A New Friend

Her pleasant smile made her look younger than she really is. Duan is a Chinese national who works at Johnson University teaching English to Chinese-speaking students and Mandarin to English-speaking students. Her dream is to one day start a Christian school in China.

While visiting the university, I showed her a newly-completed version of The Global Gospel in Mandarin, her heart language. I asked her to review the 88 stories and provide feedback about the content. She intently listened to the first story and said, “Oh my!” When I mentioned an additional three hours of biblical content remained, she said again in her soft English, “Oh my!”

We exchanged business cards and I left for my next appointment. It so happened that an hour later I passed by her table in the cafeteria. Duan stopped me and said, “I had to stop everything and listen to five more lessons. Oh my, they are so good!”

My new friend asked me later if she could share the video stories with her friends or anyone else she thought might be interested in hearing the stories of Jesus. She had caught the exact vision we hoped she would. There are 960 million Mandarin Chinese speakers in the world.

“Yes, Duan, you can share them with anyone!”

960 million. Oh my!

 

A New Journey

By Jason Miller, NOMaD Coordinator

GNPI has recently partnered with ServAsia to equip ministries in India.

ServAsia has three separate divisions:

  1. Lakeview Bible College and Seminary
  2. Sigma (Church-planting)
  3. Xpressions – the media arm

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We are excited about the future and all that God has entrusted to us for his kingdom’s growth and glory. Please pray that we will be faithful to him – from whom all things flow.

God makes all things beautiful in his time. He is taking us on a journey that we didn’t expect to begin so soon. We started Xpressions, the media unit under ServAsia, with the help of Good News Productions, International (GNPI) to produce media, particularly focused on evangelism and discipleship.

Journey2We are overwhelmed by the responses we have received from individuals and organizations who have approached us to help them produce media resources. In the past year, we have made changes to our teaching methodology in college by adding more media tools as part of our classes. This year we added Media and Missions as one of the major streams for our Masters of Divinity program. We feel that this course will enable our students to take big steps in making ministry and missions more contemporary and relevant to the present generation. We have plans to further train our students, the next generation of leaders, to produce media resources, so they will know how to make optimum use of technology for the glory of God.

Journey4We held a project-based media training by Good News Productions, International (GNPI) from September 30 – October 6 on the Lakeview campus. The purpose was to train our alumni and representatives from different missions to start NOMaD Apprentice Teams to produce media resources in their areas of influence.

Some of the projects that we have currently undertaken are:

  1. The Global Gospel (The life and teachings of Jesus Christ come alive in a beautifully illustrated video storybook which follows the dramatic narration found in the Gospels. The project template was produced by GNPI. We are producing it in the Tamil language.)
  1. The Global Gospel – Telugu
  2. Social Issues and the Church (challenging the church to stand up against crimes against women, poverty, and the caste system)
  3. A play portraying creation, the fall, the consequences of the fall, and redemption by the blood of Jesus in five different languages (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, English, and Malayalam).

Journey5The training in Chennai went very well! I believe this is the start of a great relationship between the two works in Chennai and in Damoh. We have had several good group talks about the training, how to follow up with teams, and even a basic introduction to a video training App.

The trainees have been working from morning through the evening to get projects done, but none have complained. Two young men told us they have been enjoying learning and working with the equipment, so the long hours haven’t been a problem for them.

In all, we have trained about 65 on this trip to India, 80 if you include the trip last January. We expect many of them to advance beyond this initial training to put what they’ve learned to work, making a substantial impact!

 

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