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Telling the Story Simply

Thank you for helping us make great progress on The Global Gospel this summer. We have less than $50,000 remaining to reach our goal for funding this program. With your support, and God’s help, we will complete the world’s top 25 languages in the next five months. We are currently arranging for production partners to complete the following languages: German, Italian, Javanese, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Wu. You may download and use The Global Gospel App for free on your favorite device or learn more on our website at www.theglobalgospel.org.

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By Victor Knowles, GNPI Board Member and President of Peace on Earth Ministries in Joplin, Missouri

I’ve been pleased to serve on the board of directors for GNPI since 1990, including nine years as Chairman of the Board. I don’t know of any other ministry that gives such precision and detail to doing what GNPI has been accomplishing for nearly 40 years. It is truly a unique and classic ministry that has blessed multiplied millions around the globe.

Recently I spent two weeks in Hungary and Poland. Once again I was reminded of the pressing need to reach millions more with the saving Message of Jesus Christ before He  comes again. Not long ago Mike Schrage challenged the Board with some words from a recent book by David Platt, A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture. The author wrote,  “We care much about earthly suffering, but we care more about eternal suffering.” So does GNPI. We know that mankind’s greatest need is for the Good News of Jesus.

That’s why I’m sold on GNPI’s magnificent obsession, The Global Gospel. This intriguing project may be the best thing GNPI has ever come up with. While the world obsesses over the life warping 50 Shades of Grey, GNPI has produced a life-changing series of 88 stories, The Global Gospel. Who doesn’t like a story? We have the greatest story ever told – except that for far too many it is “the greatest story never told,” but not any more!

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In 88 short videos The Global Gospel presents the Message of Christ in the language of its audience in a culturally relevant way. GNPI is currently working to produce The Global Gospel in the world’s top 25 most widely spoken languages. When this project is complete, more than 3.6 billion people worldwide will have access to a Gospel presentation in their own language! Did you know that 80 percent of the unreached world cannot read or prefers visual learning? That’s why The Global Gospel is so powerful. It’s a visual storytelling of the life of Christ taken directly from Scripture.

In her timeless hymn “Tell Me the Old, Old Story,” Kate Hankey (1824­-1911) wrote,  “Tell me the story simply, as to a little child, / For I am weak and weary and helpless and defiled.” The Global Gospel does just that; it tells the story simply, and visually, as to a little child. Even adults are mesmerized as they see the story of Jesus unfold before their eyes, and the eye is the gateway to the heart. Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light” (Matthew 6:22).

YOU can be a big part of getting this “old, old story of Jesus and His love” to those who have never heard. As you pray for the spread of the Gospel, remember to send a generous gift to GNPI to hasten the day of salvation for the weak and weary one who cries, “Remember I’m the sinner / Whom Jesus came to save.”

Congratulations!

by Jessica Agler, GNPI research assistant

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I was pleased to receive this message recently:

“Your Bible Plan is now live in the Bible App! The YouVersion Team hopes it ministers to lots of people. Congratulations!

Thank you so much for partnering with us in our mission To Help People Fully Engage With The Bible.”

GNPI has created a seven day Bible Plan in Russian. It is now available on YouVersion’s Bible App. The “Teachings of Jesus” plan covers the Sermon on the Mount. Each day features videos from The Global Gospel and also includes a link to the Scripture and a discipleship question.

This is our first time to use the discipleship questions Mark Moore helped develop. He is currently a teaching pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Arizona. We are excited to see the earth filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as written in Habakkuk 2:14.

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!

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