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GNPI Breakthroughs

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Our ministry partners have built a network of production partners armed with a passion to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

Four years ago, key GNPI leaders met in Manila and asked God to open doors for GNPI into Central and South America and China. We asked God for breakthroughs into the religions of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. We also wanted to explore the world of smartphone apps.

Last month, we gathered again, this time in Damoh, India. There were 25 of us, which included our regional directors and their next generation of leaders as well as several of us from Joplin along with Barb Sachtleben and Chris DeWelt from the GNPI board of directors. We met for a time of reporting, prayer, fellowship, and to measure how successful we had been since our last meeting in Manila. It was really exciting!

The regional directors shared numerous and specific stories of influence, impact, and fruitfulness. Breakthroughs in disciples being made, churches started, and seeds sown became apparent. I wish you could have been there to have some curry and chai and hear the news first hand!

More than one hundred new Nomad candidates were screened last year alone! Key media training events were held in Indonesia (the country with the largest population of Muslims in the world), as well as China (the most populous country in the world), Ghana, Togo, and a few other places.

Plans are underway for more Nomad teams in Mexico and Central America. At last year’s Nicaragua gathering that Tom Nutt and Bob Gurwell organized, crucial groundwork was laid for outreach into four Central American countries, Chile, and Mexico. Last month on February 17 we held a one year anniversary video conference call.

It was thrilling to hear how the seeds of media ministry planted the previous year have exploded! They are addressing social issues like anorexia and human trafficking, as well as church planting needs and making the Scriptures available to the deaf. These were just some of the projects mentioned, and they are only a few of the breakthroughs we had prayed for in that area of the world!

A few short years ago, The Global Gospel (TGG) was a dream. Today, it’s in a newly improved version with 27 languages and another 11 to be completed this year. Recently, Free Bible Images, one of the top websites in the world, asked if they could use the TGG images on their web site. Their end of the year report stated:


“In 2016 we had 48,674 sets of GNPI images downloaded in Powerpoint, PDF, or Keynote formats for teaching. On the conservative estimate that each set was used to teach between 5 and 10 people we estimate that between a quarter of a million to half a million people were taught Bible passages using the GNPI images around the world.

Users on our site can also view any set of GNPI stories in our StoryView that runs a slideshow of the images with the Bible text from the Net Bible. We had 214,987 GNPI stories read online in StoryView in 2016 and we expect this figure to keep rising. These views and downloads took place in 160 different countries.”

TGG is useful globally, but could just as easily be used here to help the construction foreman, the IT specialist, the restaurant owner, or the refugee here in the U.S. Your gifts and prayers put these resources just clicks away from online seekers.

In January we had the opportunity to personally deliver, through a friend of GNPI, 500 thumbdrives with all kinds of GNPI materials to 500 Chinese house church pastors including The Global Gospel. They were distributed secretly as they strategically met in a neighboring country. Thousands will see and hundreds will copy and share with thousands more, and so goes the media – missionary cycle!

In the specific case of The Global Gospel, a GNPI sponsor paid for the original TGG template, another GNPI sponsor paid for the language recording, and yet another GNPI sponsor paid for the duplication and delivery. It required true teamwork to achieve such a breakthrough, and it happened!

Speaking of all things digital, you can download our new tool, The GNPI App, right now to learn more. With the app you have in your hand, free of charge, tools like The Global Gospel which are readily accessible for your next visit with an international student, refugee, or mission trip. The app is also a great tool to use as you are sharing with others what GNPI is all about.

What breakthroughs are we anticipating?

A serialization of The Global Gospel in Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu for television and social media use is being produced in Cypress by one of our new partners for Muslim and Hindu children.

The development of regional Nomad trainers like our first one, Timothy Jai Kumar, in South India, is the wave of the future for our ever-expanding Project Nomad. Nomad teams are growing the footprint of GNPI with next-generation media disciples. This underscores our core belief that nationals know best and are the most suitable to train and mentor others in their cultures to produce relevant media.


We have a growing relationship with YouVersion, the number one Bible app in the world, as a content provider. In just 18 months, we have submitted Bible study plans in several languages with 21,000 plan completions. YouVersion is so impressed with the quality of GNPI material and audience connections that they are exploring new content options with GNPI in addition to the plans we currently have that feature The Global Gospel.

Let’s listen now to Jessica Pennick, YouVersion Content Partnership Manager, as she shares her perspective on our collaboration.

Meanwhile, new countries like Indonesia, China, Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Tanzania all had citizens receive Level 1 Nomad video production training last year. Now, not only will we shepherd and coach these new partners with additional training, we plan to train new media disciples in Egypt and Outer Mongolia in 2017. This is our flock, our church if you will, of media disciples spread out globally and trained strategically.

We will intentionally partner with church planting networks in Indonesia, the Philippines, Kenya, Mexico, and SE Asia to help their workers know how to use media to help seekers to become followers as they increase their fruitfulness in disciple making.

Our regional director in SE Asia is a recognized leader in understanding the Buddhist worldview and contextually leading them to Christ, the one true Buddha! This brother has been effective in leading monks to Christ and has a national vision for culturally specific training to equip 14 key leaders in each of the 14 states in his country as evangelists. We call it “The Timothy Project.” Each leader will eventually have his own Nomad team for outreach – talk about a potential breakthrough for an entire country where the major religion is Buddhism!

Finally, one of the most highly researched and complex projects ever undertaken by GNPI is beginning to develop in Indonesia. Remember, I started the evening stating that we asked the Lord for breakthroughs in the Islamic world? Well, they are happening!

Last year I mentioned a former missionary, friend, and colleague, Shawn Tyler, had written 10 stories for children. Well, due to additional research that number has been increased to 20. The twist in the storytelling is that they are told from a first-person perspective of someone who actually encountered God or Jesus and their mighty acts as described in the Bible. Then decades later they are telling their children and grandchildren about these events as bedtime stories!

This is a “new angle” on an old story, and therefore, the name New Angle Media Project.
The New Angle Media Project implements the most comprehensive media strategy using research, social media, video production, and personal follow-up ever. The goal is to identify Muslim parents who are seekers and lead them to become disciples along with their children. This is being developed, tested, and launched in the most populous Muslim country in the world!

We believe if we can get our strategy to work in that difficult country, it can be replicated to work anywhere in the world for GNPI. It is a “template strategy” similar to our development of The Global Gospel. Several groups and several of our teams are anxiously awaiting the results! This vision will continue to grow and change, but the impact could affect millions in a country where missionaries, especially American missionaries, are not welcome!

I’d like to close with this two-part story. Manee (who spoke at our very first Vision Night events three years ago) caught the vision of making media disciples through Nomad training, so he and his team traveled 50 hours by train to the very northern tip of India to train two groups on how to produce relevant media for their church’s needs.

They went during their holiday break and used some of their own money for the trip. They birthed not one, but two emerging Nomad teams in an area few Americans will ever reach. Productions have been made and lives have been changed.

Isaac shared how their team, along with their full production responsibilities during the week, volunteered to reach out to a marginalized, forgotten people group known as the Endorois. The Endorois people are only 300,000 in number and forgotten by many, but not by GNPI.

That’s the sacrifice exemplified by our teams; the determination they have for breakthroughs that will take the Good News to places we will never go.

Prayers & Praises

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” — Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Answered Prayer in Progress: Twenty people representing seven countries (Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Chile) joined an online reunion led by International Consultant Bob Gurwell and DIrector of Operations Tom Nutt. It was a follow-up to last year’s meeting in Nicaragua. Tom thanked the group for what they are doing to serve the Lord. Executive Director Mike Schrage said, “We’ve prayed for open doors in Central and South America, and God is answering that prayer.”

I Am Samuel: Praise the Lord! This project is about the identity struggle of a young Indian Christian and has reached 500 views in the first week. The team recently received some advanced training from Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen and is also learning how to reach their target audience more effectively.

Challenging and Equipping: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are resuming the online Reliable Foundations Apologetics Club after a two month break. It is amazing to see how some projects lead to unexpected outcomes. For instance, the online club is impacting our publishing work. Once a book print run is published no changes or revisions can be made until a new edition is released. However, all the books we wrote and published following our recent Reliable Foundations club seasons included the questions and clarifications discussed during the season, so we consider any new book as a somewhat “revised edition” already. Please pray with us for the effective use of these books to challenge skeptics and to equip God’s people to proclaim His Truth effectively!”

Expanding Outreach: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord! We counted all the episodes for Say It Forward; there are 68 episodes from 10 speakers. The highest number of shares is 95, and we think this could be due to the topic of the day. The earlier episodes are on YouTube. We have not finished uploading them on Facebook where we get a bigger number of views. We had over 700 views from Saudi Arabia for our episode on Dealing with Stress. This episode also had a very high viewership from males, 18-24 years old, which is different from our audience thus far of men and women over 45.”

Resurrection Project: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Our team is finalizing our resurrection project this month. We are also working to equip evangelists with our media resources about the true Buddha. Please pray the Lord will use it to multiply His disciples in our region.”

Breakthrough

The need for spiritual breakthrough compels GNPI.

We pray that the teams, training, and tools going out from our network will help believers to share their faith effectively with others, so the Good News can break through hardened hearts with His powerful love.

With the benefits of media and technology on the side of passionate believers, many barriers that hinder our evangelism efforts are shattered.

National leaders, who are trained media professionals, staff multiple regional centers in strategic locations around the world and create culturally relevant content in their heart languages.

Please share some of your own examples of spiritual breakthroughs around the world.

Say It Forward Turns One

Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Manila, Philippines

Our team launched this practical series a year ago. The videos average six to eight minutes and are presented in a Christian TED Talk format. We have been pleased with the variety of programs and responses.

To date, we have completed 68 episodes from 10 speakers. One episode was shared 95 times, and we think this high number could be due to the topic that was discussed. The earlier episodes are on YouTube. We have not finished uploading them to Facebook where we get the biggest number of views. Filipinos are some of the highest users of social media in the world.

Here is one example of a recent program and our feedback:

On Being the 'Bad Guy' by Dan Andrew Cura

Have you ever experienced trying to do the right thing – and you come out the 'kontrabida' or the 'bad guy'? When you try to right a wrong, and people bash or condemn you for it? Our speaker, Dan Andrew Cura, understands how it feels to be criticized and misunderstood – especially since his motives and intentions were for the 'greater good'. Does that sound familiar to you? So, if you are going through this experience, Dan's talk may be the encouragement that you need today! Watch, learn and feel free to Share It Forward! 🙂

Posted by Say It Forward on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Have you ever tried to do the right thing and you came out as the “kontrabida” or bad guy? When you try to right a wrong, do people bash or condemn you for it?

Our speaker, Dan Andrew Cura, understands how it feels to be criticized and misunderstood, especially since his motives and intentions were for the greater good. Does that sound familiar to you?

 

Watch, learn, and feel free to Share It Forward!

One viewer said,
“I always listen because I learn lots of things. Thank you, Brother Andrew Cura. Continue teaching the Word of God. I’m also sharing this with my brothers and sisters in Christ and even with my children and grandchildren.”

We recently had over 700 views from Saudi Arabia of our episode on Dealing with Stress. This same episode had a very high viewership from males, 18-24 years old. Previous episodes of viewers had been men and women over 45 years old, with some in the 18-24 age bracket. For now, we think the topics chosen make a big difference.

Tremendous Opportunity

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Last week, I mentioned The RISE Project which stands for Refugee and International Student Engagement. I hope you checked out the free small group study, sermon outlines, and other resources available at theriseproject.com.

Sadly, 70% of international students are never invited into an American home. God is bringing the nations to us, and we have a tremendous opportunity to welcome the future leaders of the world to our country and into our homes.

GNPI is pleased to have a former international student on our staff, and I hope you’ll take a moment to watch Alan’s story.

Prayers & Praises

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
— 2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for March 6, 2017

Vision Night Events: Please pray for our Vision Night events starting this week. Pray that the focus will be on the Lord and that He will encourage and inspire each person who attends in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix.

An Intense Process: Ministry partner Sergio Alvarado and his family are getting settled in the city of Querétaro, Mexico, for church planting and work with Project Nomad. Sergio says, “Our team is working hard to develop training materials that will be beneficial, informative, and effective for equipping church planters to transform their communities. At our last team meetings we listed around eighty topics which we believe are necessary for church planters to learn. Developing written materials, as well as recording and editing video so training can be done remotely, is an intense process!”

A Special Blessing: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “It was a special blessing for me to meet Dimitry Grischuk, from Donetsk, the war zone in eastern Ukraine. He runs a ministry to help people overcome the consequences of war. He has been reading my apologetics resources since he was a boy, and these materials helped shape his worldview. What a great encouragement! Now we are developing plans for partnership. Isn’t that amazing? Praise the Lord!”

Proclaiming God’s Goodness: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, says, “Praise the Lord for our newest program! Movement Everywhere, episode 10, is a production with Pastor Chai Rach who shares about his commitment to preaching the Word and service as a mediator in the court system for accident victims. He considers himself blessed to proclaim God’s goodness and to have a positive impact on society.”

Grateful and Privileged: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for His wisdom and provision for us. God designed the family, and He is the One that puts us all together. This is true even for those who are not related to one another, yet whose hearts are bound by God’s love. I am grateful and privileged to be part of the GNPI family!”

Whatever Happens

Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

This Pase lo que Pase (Whatever Happens) video was filmed in New York under the direction of our coworker Pablo Perales.

Abe Mendoza, a Christian singer from Piedras Negras, Mexico, is featured in the video. He grew up in the Christian faith playing, singing, and writing his own songs for God. Abe has traveled through the United States, Mexico, and Central America sharing his music.

Abe’s father was a pastor for many years, but he died this year. At the end of the video, Abe dedicates this video and his ministry to his father.

 

Do Not Forget

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I served as the President of the International Conference On Missions (ICOM) last year. One of the special initiatives of the 2016 conference included the creation and launch of The Refugee and International Student Engagement (RISE) Project based on Hebrews 13:2 (NIV).

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers . . . for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

We have a sacred opportunity to welcome our neighbors from every corner of the globe to our communities in a way that reflects the welcoming, inclusive heart of God.

The RISE Project provides real life application to the culturally relevant work GNPI does overseas in our network. ICOM, RISE, and GNPI share a strong desire to equip and encourage our partners to engage with people in these two populations.

For more information, practical support, and a four part small group video series, visit theriseproject.com.

 

You Pick Two

It can be challenging to provide a quick overview of the vast ministry of GNPI. More teams, tools, and trainings are developed every year to accelerate global evangelism.

There are several ways to introduce GNPI to others. Here are some of the newest options. We encourage you to pick two and share them with two people.

Thank you for your partnership with GNPI. Contact us at www.gnpi.org if you or your ministry partners have questions about any of our projects.

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