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Ringfinger Confessionals – Will I Make It? (Episode 3)

  • Posted On January 30, 2014
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Charles Righa is first a Christian, second a musical artist, and third, an African. He came to GNPI-Kenya for help with an idea for a series of 3 short videos that address the topic of abstinence until marriage.

It’s a topic that needs to be discussed, but is often kept quiet.

“My love for music began with hip hop but has since grown into a more eclectic and versatile appreciation that cuts across a variety of genres. I believe music creates a platform to share a message or ideas and I hope to use my music to say whatever God places on my heart.

 

The Apostle Paul in Philippians 2 paints a picture of the children of God “shining like stars in the midst of a crooked and depraved generation as they boldly hold out the word of truth.” That’s what I wanna achieve for myself and for the people I interact with. I pray that God uses my life and music to inspire others to shine and live life in and on purpose.”  ~ Charles Righa

Also check out Episode 1 I’m a Virgin, So What? and Episode 2 Why Wait?

Ringfinger Confessionals – Episode 2 “Why Wait?”

  • Posted On January 22, 2014
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As promised, here is the second video in the Ringfinger Confessionals series, produced by GNPI-Kenya. This series is included in Video Loop IV. The artists name is Charles Righa, but he’s known as Rigga. He’s a young man who is using music to be very transparent about a subject that frankly, many of us would rather not talk about. Sex. It is obvious through the lyrics, that he and God have discussed this at great length. You have to respect this young man.

If you missed the first video, click here. (And stay tuned, there will be one more next week!)

Ringfinger Confessionals – “I’m a Virgin, So What?” (Episode 1)

  • Posted On January 21, 2014
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written by GNPI and Isaac Masiga, GNPI-Kenya’s Regional Director

A LOT of communication happens between the Joplin office and the regional centers, as you can imagine. Isaac, regional director in Kenya, had sent 3 short music videos that are included on Video Loop IV to Joplin for us to see. We watched the videos and were blown away.

We asked Isaac about how the concept came about and more about the artist. Here is Isaac’s response:

Well, the story behind them is, ironically, the stigma one gets because one is a virgin. Charles Rigga, the featured local artist came up with the idea and came to us for help in developing the story and executing it. We did it all in house. During an interview with Rigga, we asked him what inspired him. Here is what he said:

My love for music began with hip hop, but has since grown into a more eclectic and versatile appreciation that cuts across a variety of genres. I believe music creates a platform to share a message or ideas and I hope to use my music to say whatever God places on my heart.

I’m a young man trying to live for God in the context of a highly sexualized world. My hormones and my flesh want one thing while God calls me to a different standard. The song is not about me being preachy to everyone else, but it’s about my journey…me speaking to God on behalf of myself, in the hope that others would be encouraged to trust God to keep themselves pure before marriage.

Stay tuned, the other two videos in the series will be posted over the next two weeks.

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Meet Liam and Ruby

  • Posted On January 17, 2014
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Liam and Ruby are going to spend a week with their grandparents who have recently moved back to the US after being missionaries. Oh, the things they will learn!

Ruby is the silly, energetic, little sister with LOTS of questions and ideas. Liam, her big brother, is grounded and sensible. Together they will learn a lot from grandma and grandpa’s house, but also discover their heart for missions.

These six episodes, each under five minutes, would be great supplement for your upcoming Vacation Bible School, missions moment, or children’s church program.

Best of all, it’s free! Pre-order today and we will send your DVD in time for Summer VBS programs.

 

Training to Go!

  • Posted On January 15, 2014
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Coffee. Pizza. Value meals. We get a lot of things to go, don’t we?

At GNPI we’re on the go around the world, and now we’ve developed “training to go.” Literally, we’ve taken what we’ve learned from project NOMaD during the last few years and are now multiplying our impact through what we’re calling Level 1 Training.

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Simply, through Level 1 Training we’re inviting locally emerging ministries in various parts of the world, who want to use media to expand their efforts and advance the Gospel, to learn the basics of video production. The photo above shows Jason Miller (NOMaD Coordinator) in Donetsk, Ukraine where we recently tested this model. After two weeks of training, the teams had significant projects to share the Gospel. Just last week, Jason was in Damoh, India training 3 potential teams. Here’s Jason describing the Level 1 training kits:

With your help, we will be sending these around the world in the months and years to come. Just think: scores of new ministries producing culturally relevant, Biblically based media on the go so they can fulfill Christ’s command to GO!

Each training kit costs about $2,000 to assemble and send. Help us help others “go” today with a gift of any amount for the expanding efforts of project NOMaD.

 

 

It’s Not What You Think

  • Posted On January 9, 2014
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Imagine your car breaks down and up ahead, you see this group. What would you think?

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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?

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An Old Song Made New

  • Posted On January 8, 2014
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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.

LenaLena, 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.

A Thriving NOMaD Team

  • Posted On January 6, 2014
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Pachuca Team Sergioby 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.

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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!

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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.

Our Digital World

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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director

“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.
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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.

Mary Did You Know?

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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.

MaryThe 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.

So have a Merry Christmas with God!

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