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Creating “A Cool Tool”

Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at our newest video for children.

In the first six episodes of Liam & Ruby we used Adobe After Effects for the animation. On this new episode, we used new software called Character Animator; it does animation performances using a webcam. Methods improve and change, but the Message stays the same. This is true at all levels of the ministry, even in the equipment used by Project Nomad teams and in our studios.

Our work on this new episode was highlighted in Adobe’s tutorial series for their new software. They liked the way we mixed live action (a real person) with the cartoon characters. You can see our project in the community spotlight here:

“A Cool Tool” is the latest episode of the Liam & Ruby series and a great free supplement for your upcoming Vacation Bible School, missions moment, or children’s church program.

“A Cool Tool”

Do you remember the curious and quirky characters Liam and Ruby? In the new seventh episode, these animated siblings are excited to meet Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen and to learn how Nomad Production Kits create media for sharing about Jesus all over the world.

Liam and Ruby explore and discover topics like missionaries, cultural relevance, and more as they work to raise money for GNPI tools to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology!

In the first six episodes, Liam and Ruby spend a week with their grandparents who have recently moved back to the U.S. after being missionaries. They learn how Solar Kits help to tell others about Jesus.

The Liam & Ruby series would be a great supplement for your upcoming Vacation Bible School, missions moment, or children’s church program. Each episode is around five minutes long. Best of all, it’s free!

Visit https://vimeo.com/album/3115479 and download all seven episodes as well as trailers and behind the scenes videos.

Our Team in Action

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

The following video provides a short overview of the work we do from Piedras Negras. Our current projects include interacting with people through our growing radio ministry, distributing our resources at conferences or through our Mas Vida app, producing short films, and completing The Global Gospel in sign language.

Visit www.pbnihispano.org/ for more details about all of the exciting things going on in Mexico.

Going Forward

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our team produces three series for Thai speakers, and we distribute them in various ways. These Christian resources are very important for this country which is 95 percent Buddhist. The following video explains our ministry and concludes with some personal reflections on my new role during the last year.

Thank you for continuing to encourage and pray for the Silkwood family since Tom went to his eternal home on March 26th last year. It has been a day-by-day journey, but my family and I are experiencing how God provides strength and direction for this difficult transition.  

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29

 

Broadcasting the Good News

Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India

We are working on our Easter broadcast for national television later this month. Our focus is on making disciples and being good stewards of these opportunities. The video summary below shows the follow-up from our Christmas broadcast. We connected with our viewers through a missed call survey. Viewers in India used the missed call survey to communicate their desires for more information or materials.

The Timothy Project

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

Our team works to help Buddhists know the true God, and we have an ambitious plan to train leaders in each region of SE Asia with disciple making resources.

We can work together to train all believers. When we come together, God will work wonderfully through us, and He will change SE Asia.

Reconnecting

Nearly 20 people representing the countries of Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Chile, and U.S. joined in a video conference call led by International Consultant Bob Gurwell and Director of Operations Tom Nutt. The group prayed together and reported on their projects and progress since they met last year in Nicaragua.

One group is working on a short play in Ecuador and plans to get members of their church involved. Another group has made several short films for youth and is using a Solar Kit from GNPI to help share the Gospel in some remote areas of Mexico. Another is getting settled in the city of Queretaro, Mexico. Sergio Alvarado says, “We want to teach others what we have been doing to plant churches. We see media as the backbone, the suture which allows us to reach, teach, and disciple people in other cities with the Gospel. Media is important to us.”

Jacob Sanchez in Nicaragua says, “One year ago you planted a seed. We didn’t have any idea how to start. We took those ideas and used them in our churches, now we have a special audio visual room in our church. Thank you for the equipment you sent us. We have been using it. We have plans to do more projects and to train others. You encouraged us to start. We are working on music, documentaries, and movies. You are like a light in our lives for these matters.”

Valeria Lopez says, “We work in a ministry which is helping to fight sex trafficking. The videos help us to communicate the severity of the problem. We need to wake up and realize we must do something about it. To preach the Gospel, we have to be concerned with how our children are suffering right now.”

Eneyda Sanchez of Nicaragua says, “We are also working with Valeria on a series about human trafficking called In Reverse. It begins with the consequences of a bad choice and works backward to help viewers consider where some choices may lead them.”

Norka Stover is originally from Venezuela, worked in Mexico, and presently works with Hispanics in the U.S. She has helped some of the groups with script writing and says, “It’s a joy to help in anyway that I can.”

John Reece of Puerto Rico says they have created three dramas and two musicals for the radio, which were a big hit. We used them in the local church along with several GNPI videos. John says they are using a Solar Kit and may begin using it in the neighboring country of Haiti as well. He is pleased with what he’s been able to do with media and is pushing forward.

Habacuc Diaz from Chile says, “We invested our time in Christian worship music for our churches by working with local artists. We also produced micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations helping homeless people in our city. In addition, we created materials to help teach the Bible in area churches. We are praying for God to send more people for our team.”

Luis Escutia, works in Mexico City, made the following videos with his cell phone since the Nicaragua meeting.

Now he has a Nomad Kit from GNPI.

Tom Nutt said, “Thank you for letting us be part of the work you are doing to share God’s salvation with the world. Let’s continue to share what we are learning. I look forward to the day we can stand before God and worship and glorify Him for what He has allowed us to do on earth.”

Executive Director Mike Schrage said, “We’ve prayed for open doors in Central and South America, and God is answering that prayer.”

Prayers & Praises

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” — Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

Redefining the Church: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Redefining the Church is a teaching series we started this year which covers various topics. We’ve already completed 13 lessons on biblical marriage. One of the programs is Life Outside the Garden. Please pray this series will encourage many families in a practical way.”

Exciting Progress: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, says, “I’m excited about what God is doing. We are investing our time in worship music for churches by working with local artists. We also produce micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations who are helping homeless people in our city. In addition, we create resources to help teach the Bible in area congregations.”

Updating Schedules: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! After the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary discovered that our new course on Biblical Foundations for Anthropology is ready, they changed their schedule to teach it this semester instead of waiting until fall. The faculty wanted to make sure the students who are leaving the school this year won’t miss it.”

Touching Hearts: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, recently received this message. “I stumbled upon your Faith Matters, too! video here on Facebook. I was touched and blessed by your video regarding guilty pleasures. I needed to hear and to know this, so thank you for your clear message from God’s Word.”

Living for Jesus: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia shares a testimony from an evangelist who used GNPI materials to explain the Gospel. A woman from a village writes, “My husband and I learned about the true and living God. After listening to a teacher who visited our village, I realized that abandoning Jesus when I got married was wrong. The true God must be the one worthy of worship by all human beings. I realized that Jesus Christ is uncomparable with other gods. I repented from the wrong way I have been living as a Buddhist. I decided to be baptized and to follow Jesus until the last breath of my life. I am full of happiness and peace. All my children are different as well. They do not want to worship idols as others do.”

Jesus in Our Church

Project Nomad-Chennai, India, produced this thought provoking video. Timothy Jai Kumar leads this team of students from Lakeview Bible College & Seminary (LBCS). They have worked on The Global Gospel in two languages as well as produced videos on social issues, a teaching series on the caste system, and the missions in media curriculum for LBCS.

Is Jesus welcome in your local church?

A Mountain Top Experience

Our team was invited to see the ministry outreach of one congregation. We helped deliver physical and spiritual resources to a mountain village. We notice that as we work on stories for others, the Lord allows us to become part of the story.

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our production team traveled four hours to the western edge of Thailand to do a story about Tong-tip, the pastor of a congregation in the border town of Mae Sariang. He is small in stature but mighty in his passion to serve. He and the outreach team from his church make trips to remote villages in the area to share the Gospel. The finished video of this trip is Movement Everywhere episode #10.

Our team was allowed to go with them to Koon-Wong-Nua, a tribal village with no electricity. The trip included a one-hour drive up a rough, rutted mountain road.


Only one out of 80 families in the village is a Christian family. The husband previously lived in Mae Sariang and attended Pastor Tong-tip’s church.

Equipped with a generator and plenty of lights, the outreach team kept the curious group entertained with Christian songs and stories for three hours on a frigid evening. We were able to pass out coats, blankets, and candy to the grateful group. 

We also took two Solar Kits with us. Our son, Jeff Silkwood, designed a version of these kits using a small flat screen TV, solar panel, and battery pack that fits into a portable aluminum box. Thumb drives make it simple to show videos on the TV anywhere, even without electricity.

Pastor Tong-tip was happy to receive two of these kits. He will take one back to KoonWong-Nua and the other kit to another village that his outreach team will visit. We included The Global Gospel in Thai on the thumb drives along with Bible teachings by Thai pastors and testimonies.

It is incredible to see how Lord is working in the lives of people all around Thailand to proclaim His truth and love.

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