Imagine your car breaks down and up ahead, you see this group. What would you think?
Things are not always as they appear. These are the Damoh Riders (from Damoh, India). They are known around the area for doing motorcycle tricks.
Listen to David Lall, GNPI international consultant, and Mike Schrage, GNPI executive director, talking about how the staff in the Damoh regional center got connected with the Damoh Riders.
You can click here to watch the their first video. Both the Damoh Riders and the staff at GNPI-Damoh, India, hope to continue their relationship. Who knows what God has in store for this interesting partnership?
As I watched, they began to sing a new song before the throne…
– Revelation 14:3
Have you ever thought about what kind of music God likes? One thing we do know is that he likes new songs. Remember the old hymn, Come Thou Fount? Well it might be old to you, but to many around the world who have never before heard this classic offering of praise to God, it’s brand new.
Lena, Operations Manager at GNPI-Ukraine center, shared her team’s desire to produce music videos that are giving many in the former Soviet Union a first taste of powerful, spiritual nourishment that many in the U.S. have been feasting on for generations.
“Inspired by great creative musical works of GNPI-Kenya and the new equipment provided to us, we decided to start working on some music videos,” she said. “Our goal is to improve Christian musical culture in our part of the world by introducing the classic Christian hymns that are well-known in the West, but are not popular here.”
“The music videos we make encourage the Church greatly; we are often asked for CDs by people of older generations, and the younger, of course, watch and share them online,” Lena continued. “Inspired by the award we received last month, our team decided to cover three more Christian hymns by making more music videos.”
With the help of a harmonica, banjo, guitar, and cello, perhaps this old-time hymn will be made new for you too.
by Sergio Alvarado, NOMaD team leader in Pachuca, Mexico
God is blessing the team Sergio leads as they continue to learn more and use media in their ministry. Here are a few facts about Pachuca, Mexico.
Pachuca is the second fastest growing city in the country.
The population is about 1.5 million people and approximately 60% are under the age of 26.
Only 4.8% of the population are Christians. Even though Catholicism is the main religion of the country, many don’t accept Jesus Christ as their only Lord and Savior.
The Cult of Saint Death is growing fast. It is very dangerous and especially popular among the drug cartels and criminal organizations. They worship death and believe it will keep them safe from dying and prosper them.
We are a church planting team called IMPACTO Latino, and we are associated with New Missions Systems International and GNPI. We have planted three churches and the vision is to plant five churches in the city of Pachuca. These churches are very different from the traditional Mexican churches. We use the cell group system, and we have found that it really works for Mexicans since we are very relational.
Right now we have more than a thousand people worshiping in our three churches, and more are being added every week. Just last Sunday, we had eight more baptisms!
Media has been a big part of our vision and a tremendous tool to reach this young city, as you can imagine. We have been creating promotional videos to publicize our ministries, our cell group leader training materials, and our preaching series. We have also used media to help other ministries around the city of Pachuca and Mexico City to promote what they are doing.
For example, we developed a video series for Niños de Mexico to promote their ministry to children in churches in the US during VBS and church presentations. Also, we have made several music videos for local worship groups and promotional videos for their worship concerts. In addition, we are developing a Web community to share evangelistic, discipleship, and leadership training materials online for anyone to be able to use them.
We see media becoming a big part of the culture, and we want to be able to use this tool to reach more people for Christ. We see more and more cell phones and computers in Mexican homes, and we know the potential this represents. Also, we have identified the pornography crisis that our youth are confronting, and we are already working on awareness and discipleship materials dealing with this growing issue.
Media is helping us reach the people of Pachuca and Mexico for Christ.
“Digital” Alters Everything, Everywhere, for Everyone!
This headline, found in the Digital Evangelism Issue (12/17/2013), reminded me of the Maasai warrior in Kenya who slid his Nokia cell phone through the loop in his ear so that his hands would be free to shepherd his cattle! Or, the time I was in India and at an intersection I saw this young, nicely dressed, Sikh, businessman walking across the street just jabbering away with animated arms flying. I thought he might be a bit crazy until he turned and faced me at the crosswalk. I saw that he had his cell phone wedged between his jaw bone and his turban so that his hands were free to “talk!” It gives a whole new meaning to the term “hands-free device,” doesn’t it?
Digital technology archives everything from breaking news, to blogs, TV shows, to homemade videos, and it’s all at our fingertips. Mobile Apps allow us to mix business and pleasure easily and instantly.
Dave Raley said something that really struck me in his article The Mobile Revolution, in OUTCOMES magazine. Dave said that for every Christian organization the question is not, “Do we need a mobile strategy?” The question is “Now that the mobile revolution is upon us, at this stage in our development, how does our ministry need to respond?”
In 2014, we at GNPI will be talking with you about our strategy to use the mobile phone as the next BIG delivery system. Just like the uplink dish of the 80’s, the mobile phone is THE delivery system that alters everything, everywhere, for everyone.
I’d like to talk more about this with you, but three-year old granddaughter, Brynlee, wants to play with the painting App on my phone!
Happy New Year!
PS: Speaking of archived news, here’s a 2013 “year in review” video I found. I thought you might like it.
Common folks who meet famous people often make human-like comments don’t they?
“Why, they are just a normal, typical family.” (like the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty) Or they say, “He puts his pants on one-leg-at-a-time just like you and me,” referring to a movie star or political leader’s commonality.
The crowd saw Jesus in a similar way. They said, “What can be so special about him? We know his parents and where he grew up. His siblings were our classmates in school. He’s just a carpenter’s son. How can he be this special ‘Son of Man’ or ‘Son of God’? How can he take away sins, be a miracle worker, and have the audacity to equate himself to God?” (Matthew 13:53-57)
To me, being completely human, it is remarkable that Jesus persevered through the pain and suffering on the cross. Equally astounding is that 33 years earlier he poured all the majesty, all the power, all the glory, all the honor, all the wisdom and yes, all the creative love, that the world has ever known into the eight-pound body of a baby!
I guess that’s why the song Mary Did You Know resonates with me so powerfully at this regal time of year.
“Mary did you know that when you kissed his face, that you kissed the face of God?”
God is as present with you and me now, today, as when we will live with him in eternity. The only difference is that in heaven, we will be more AWARE. That my friends, is what the miracle of Christmas can, and should, be all about, a heightened awareness of the incarnated Presence that we call Immanuel, God With Us.
By Don Lucietta, Chairman of the GNPI Board of Directors
After reading an email from Mike Schrage, an invitation to the very first International Hour of Prayer (IHOP) that was planned at the GNPI office in Joplin, I thought, “Wow that sounds interesting!” Then I calculated the time from Lamar to Joplin and decided, Hey I CAN be there.
When I arrived it was evident the various staff members, at GNPI, were busy preparing everything to work properly. So how do you coordinate a worldwide. live synchronized prayer meeting with the differences in worldwide time zones, video equipment, laptops, cameras, and microphones?
When walking into the room, I was handed the order of the prayer session: Joplin, Nairobi, Chandigarh, Mexico, Mbale, Damoh, Ukraine, Philippines, SE Asia, Thailand. Then I saw Tom Silkwood from Thailand on the big TV screen at the front of the conference room. Though he was not in Thailand, he was in Illinois helping his staff in Thailand with the technical aspects.
True blessings came when I could see my brothers and sisters from around the world smiling and greeting each other, the sincerity in their prayers for the “other GNPI locations” in the GNPI prayer chain, and the similar technology available to them as here in Joplin. Then it occurred to me that indeed, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14. What interesting times we live in; we must not tarry.
There is no doubt that praying for your family or friends is very personal. Praying for an entire country can feel very different, way less personal. Maybe it all depends on our perspective?
In Psalm 2:8 we are told, “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”
In their song, You Said, Hillsong sings, “Ask and I’ll give the nations to you. Oh, Lord, that’s the cry of my heart. Distant shores and the islands will see Your light as it rises on us.”
Do you have a desire to pray for nations, but feel like you need some help? Here is a great website: www.prayercast.com. This site features videos like the one above and also provides prayer points and summaries of featured countries.
God, very specifically, asks the nations to come to Him. Until every tongue, tribe, and nation has heard the Good News of Jesus, let’s not shy away from asking God for the nations!
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.
GNPI-Ukraine produces mountains of materials and resources each year. Recently the center entered an original music video All Creatures of Our God and King in an international Christian film festival.
The festival, hosted in Kiev, Russia, brought together more than 30 production studios from around the world including Russia, Belorussia, Iraq, and Iran.
The video from GNPI-Ukraine won second place in the Best Music Video category and set the stage for Michael Bankovskiy to appear on Kiev’s leading cultural TV stations to talk about the ministry and the award-winning video.
Awards are nice, but the aim of the competition was something more.
“The goal of the event was to unite creative people who produce movies without violence,” said Elena Lubyanitskaya, office manager for GNPI-Ukraine. “(We want) to create a platform for helping to popularize moral, educational, and kind filmmaking in Ukraine and abroad.”
In addition to local TV stations broadcasting winning projects, GNPI-Ukraine was also invited to participate in the next festival, held in Cologne, Germany, in November of next year.
We’re honored to be part of a global network producing award-winning materials that not only promote Christian filmmaking, but produce eternal results.