By definition, a nomad is someone who wanders from place to place, usually in search of food or water to provide for their livestock. At GNPI, our version of a nomad is a bit different.
The vision for project NOMaD was sparked about five years ago. NOMaD is an acronym for National Outreach using Media and Discipleship. As the world goes digital, there is increasing demand and opportunity to use media as a digital classroom and even as a digital pulpit!
In addition to the increased demand for digital content, producing material this way has never been more of a reality for ministries throughout the world. Today’s video equipment is more advanced, lightweight, cheaper, and easier to use. In other words, more people than ever are in a prime position to use media and technology to accelerate global evangelism!
At our regional office in Damoh, India, we recently taught a group of young motorcyclists how to create a safety video about the importance of wearing helmets. The result: they learned to write the script, shoot the video, and edit for a finished product – all on their cell phones!
NOMaD exemplifies one of GNPI’s core values, being culturally relevant. What better way to remain sensitive and open to a specific culture than to train nationals to use the latest equipment for evangelism, whether in India or another part of the world. For example, it’s expensive to send Americans to Africa. It’s far better to train and equip African nationals to use today’s equipment for their needs. Of the people, for the people, and by the people — that’s project NOMaD!
God has put the pieces into place in the five years since the vision was cast. NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller works with GNPI’s nine regional centers throughout the world to train potential “people of media,” individuals who are passionate about using technology to accelerate global evangelism.
Various levels of training and equipping are taking place. Currently, seven NOMaD teams function in places like Pachuca, Mexico; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Kigali, Rwanda. More opportunities and possibilities emerge all the time.
The world needs Christian content to address current issues in Biblical ways. NOMaD team members are trained and equipped to do just that around the ever-expanding global network of GNPI.