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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

Journey3GNPI recently held a training for ServAsia. Our coworkers there write:

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!

 

An Important Summit!

I recently sat with 20 vernacular media consultants at an annual summit of media use by minority people groups around the world through Wycliffe Bible Translators.

They concluded that more production of digital media was desperately needed to speed up the translation process, to help them spread God’s Word further, reaching more listeners more economically. They said:

Visual media actually helps people understand Biblical truths!

I shared three components of GNPI: The Global Gospel, project NOMaD, and Solar Kit distribution. Being Bible translators, they were elated that there was a resource so biblically strong like The Global Gospel. Their desire to train more nationals to produce video easily connected with project NOMaD. Finally, their viewing a Solar Kit in action whet their appetites for kits among their people groups. I actually left the Solar Kit I used to demonstrate with a worker, whom I cannot name, so it could be used to share the Gospel with a persecuted people group in SE Asia!  

I wish every friend of GNPI could have sat at that table. One international consultant present at the meeting said, “Mike, after your presentation of GNPI, I wanted to join GNPI!” The intent was not to recruit staff but to recruit partnerships, and I look forward to watching the Holy Spirit will connect the dots!

 

Producing The Global Gospel in the World’s Top 25 Languages

Of the billions who are potential disciples of Jesus Christ, millions cannot read. Millions cannot afford a Bible in their own language. Millions do not have access to a Bible. Either it still needs to be translated into their dialect, or they live in a country antagonistic to the causes of Christ.

The Global Gospel is a potential solution.

A digital survey of the life and teachings of Jesus synthesized from the Gospels, these 88 visual stories are being produced in languages they can understand. The short stories are free to download from the Internet on any desktop computer or mobile device. The visual stories can be used to teach children, engage Sunday school classes, or illustrate sermons on the life of Jesus every week for over a year! The Global Gospel is currently available for download in seven languages, with many more to be released soon. GNPI’s phase one goal is to produce The Global Gospel in the world’s 25 most widely spoken languages by the end of 2015. Meanwhile, more than 50 other languages are at various phases of the production process.

The vision is becoming reality. To learn more go to www.theglobalgospel.org.

Muslim Man Endorses The Global Gospel

As you may know, GNPI-Damoh in India has been on a roll producing The Global Gospel in ten languages to reach the people in that nation and beyond. Because of the number of people they would reach, Hindi and Urdu were two of the first completed languages.

Many of the 163.5 million Muslims in India speak Urdu. A local school teacher recently received a copy of The Global Gospel in his native language. Watch this short video to hear, in his own words, why he’s happy about that.

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.

TGGIndia

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!

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