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My Reflections

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Our 2017 International Meeting in Damoh, India, was a special time to share personal struggles, victories, and lots of other information. It was a chance for the Lord to bring our vision for the future into sync, so we could return to our homelands not only to make media but more importantly, to make an impact.

A Tribute to Dr. Bare

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

A saint has gone home.

Dr. Garland Bare was called home to Heaven on April 2. His physical frame was slight, but Dr. Bare had a huge spiritual influence in the Kingdom. He continually defied the odds from his admittance to medical school when administrators said he was too old, to becoming a missionary when there was no support available, and surviving health issues over and over again to live decades longer than anyone thought possible.

Dr. Bare led a remarkable life but not an easy one. He influenced thousands, including me. I recall Dr. Bare speaking in the Williamson dorm while I was a student at Ozark Christian College in 1980. His passion for God and lost people convicted me, and as a result I became a missionary and I served in Kenya with my family for almost 20 years.

I have memories of prayer times with Garland at a local Arby’s restaurant where he loved to have a simple roast beef sandwich. I remember his kind words of encouragement, “Mike, I pray for you and GNPI every week.” I remember his presence in the halls of a missionary conference carrying a backpack in his 80s and moving with determination towards the next workshop to learn from others. I remember his confession of not being quite ready to “go home” because there was a book to finish, a seminar to teach, and a set of sermons to preach!

I received a short note just days before his passing that I will always cherish. As a veteran medical missionary doctor and even while under hospice care, his desire was to support others in global outreach like GNPI.

Thank you, Dr. Bare, for a legacy that illustrates, “through Christ, I can do all things.”

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We are thankful to share the following resources from Dr. Bare in our archives.

A Doctor Looks at the Crucifixion and Resurrection

Dr. Garland Bare presents an in-depth look at both the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. In his graphic explanation of both the scourging and the crucifixion, he shows how physical death must have taken place. Then he goes on to show that if Christ had somehow survived those agonies, death would have resulted from His burial.

Throughout both lessons, Dr. Bare emphasizes the importance of the resurrection to the Christian faith as a whole and to individual believers.

Listen or download the audio only version of A Doctor Looks at the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Spring 2017 Prayer Update

Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for the way He is working through our network.


“He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.” — 2 Timothy 1:10 (NLT)

Africa

Sharing Truth Through Solar Kits: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “The Endorois people appreciate the chance to learn about Jesus. We visited this group of people a couple of weeks ago and held a five day seminar. We showed The Global Gospel in Swahili on a Solar Kit and studied the Bible with them. Please pray for these new friends as they develop personal relationships with Christ.”

A Living Example: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, writes, “Six years ago while showing Christian films at Tiling’wa village in East Pokot district, a cattle rustler named Mudang happened to be among the viewers. The Lord used the film to change Mudang, and it was a turning point in his life. We prayed for him and led him to Christ Jesus. He was baptized and became a regular member of a local church. Since then Mudang has been instrumental in helping us with evangelism in the whole East Pokot region. We have seen Mudang grow from a terrorist to a humble, caring, and loving disciple of Jesus Christ. He is now a living example to many Pokots. Praise Jesus!”

Protus is pictured on the left with Mudang.

Working Together: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says, “Praise the Lord! The office is running well with the team working together towards our mission. Now that the Marriage for Life series is finally complete, we are developing DVDs and loading the content onto Solar Kits for distribution. We are excited about inquiries from people who have been following the project updates on Facebook. We are also working in partnership with LivingStone International University students to develop a film project on HIV/AIDS.”

Americas

A Dynamic and Entertaining Program: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We are very excited about the new live radio show, Las 7 con Pepe (The Seven with Pepe). This program is broadcast every Friday at 7 p.m. for one hour. Pepe Corche is the main announcer and is a student at the local Bible college. Each week the program revolves around the number seven and includes comments made by the audience during the week. Listeners wrote from several states in Mexico and countries like Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Honduras. We are grateful to God because we have more contact with the audience. They share their spiritual needs, and we pray for those needs.”

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

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.”

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 and working with local artists. We also produce micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations who are helping the homeless people in our city. In addition, we create resources to help teach the Bible in area congregations.”

Asia

One Hundredth Episode: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us to complete the 100th episode of Faith Matters, too! The scriptwriter has received lots of good feedback from individuals, churches, and colleges, including the head of the Asia Theological Seminary. These three-minute devotionals designed to bring the Word of God straight to mobile phones for busy commutes or end of the day reflections. Topics range from the importance of personal reflection, family relationships, conflict, camaraderie, and the importance of Sabbath rest.”

A Joyful Response: Timothy P., of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “A team member took one of our Solar Kits to a village and shared the Gospel. As the people watched a video about the life of Christ, our coworker paused on certain sections and explained the story to them. The people responded with joy. They said this approach helped them to understand the Bible and to convince their hearts of the Truth. They hadn’t understood by hearing or watching themselves.”

Two Souls Saved: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Do you remember the Changed program about Akkarin Puri, the guitar maker? He was a hardened criminal and gangster spending years in prison for his crimes. When he gave his life to Jesus Christ, his life changed dramatically. We recorded his testimony a few months ago and uploaded it to YouTube. Recently, Akkarin contacted us. After sharing the video on his Facebook page, two people let him know they had accepted Jesus as their Savior after watching the program. Click here to watch the 11-minute video with English subtitles.”

India

Hope For Hindus: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Our new series with Sadhu Nityanand, a former Brahmin priest, is coming along well, and we gave Sadhu two Solar Kits to use in his ministry to remote villages. One of our first Project Nomad students is working on the series with us. Thirty-three messages have been recorded. Pray for God to use this project to help many Hindus know His love and purpose for their lives.”

I Am Samuel: Praise the Lord! The Project Nomad-Chennai, India, team completed the I Am Samuel project and published it on social media platforms. 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.

Europe

Quite a Milestone: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “My presentation of the book In the Image and Likeness: Origin, Nature and Purpose of Man is quite a milestone. It’s the fruit of more than 20 years of study in the Bible, apologetics, science, and logic. Praise the Lord!”

Working Hard: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! We are working hard on a few projects simultaneously. Our team is recording the Creation Moments audio series, and we are producing the God’s Scientists series as well as the Why God? series with stock footage. We planned out music videos, wrote drafts for the scripts, and are now recording the music at the studio. While preparing for a music video, we decided to shoot a testimony of the featured artist. Den, the singer, had a long and hard walk before becoming a follower of Christ and a worship leader at a local church.”

Overall Ministry

Mission Accomplished: A Christian worker who requested GNPI resources for a conference writes that 500 flash drives were successfully distributed to 500 house church leaders in China. “We will never know the impact of these flash drives until we are in heaven. One thing I know, if just 10 percent of these leaders share the materials, there will be hundreds of thousands viewing and using the resources we gave them.”

Update from Uganda

Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda

Over the past year we have enjoyed working on short films, promotional videos for area ministries, teaching series on the topics of marriage and the book of Proverbs, and lending Solar Kits loaded with culturally relevant media to traveling evangelists.

We are also working on projects for young people. After visiting four schools recently, we pray God will use our projects to make a difference in the lives of these young people. Twenty-eight students from the nearby LivingStone International University are working with us to create additional programs to supplement our materials for the schools.

We are excited about the possibility of a new project called Sister Reflect, including short radio programs about peace. We may use the programs to make videos or for teaching young people in South Sudan where there is so much unrest.

 

A Growing Relationship

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

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 five 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 us in addition to the current plans that feature The Global Gospel.

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

 

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.

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