The short length of each gospel story allows them to be shared easily on multiple devices and platforms. Any device that can play MP4 files and has the ability to accept and share files via Bluetooth, WiFi, or an SD card can be used to view The Global Gospel. GNPI and our ministry partners began distributing videos through YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and other social media platforms.
Missionaries all over the world began sharing these videos on social media and using them for sermon illustrations and Bible lessons. They had huge potential in teaching contexts, especially in non-literate cultures. Christians working in closed countries also began using The Global Gospel videos as discussion starters on social media platforms to identify people who were curious about Jesus.
Then, doors opened for The Global Gospel to join YouVersion, the world’s most popular Bible app. Through YouVersion, people all over the world now have access to The Global Gospel’s illustrated stories through their mobile devices and can hear or read those stories in their own languages. To date, more than 572,678 users have downloaded The Global Gospel images and over 71,478 have completed one of the accompanying reading plans. Through the YouVersion app, The Global Gospel has reached people in 215 different countries and territories.
In addition to social media and mobile platforms, we’re always learning about new ways The Global Gospel is being used. One partner in north Africa has taken the Arabic translation of these stories and woven them into a series of videos broadcast over SAT-7 KIDS. Muslim children are hearing and seeing the story of Jesus for the first time, in a language they understand, paired with vibrant illustrations. We also regularly hear from different regions of the world where internet and satellite radio stations are broadcasting the audio recordings of The Global Gospel in local languages to people who’ve never heard the good news.
Solar Kits - another tool GNPI uses for strategic evangelism - have also been an effective medium for sharing The Global Gospel. These solar-powered projectors are used by missionaries in places where electricity is scarce. Most of the people living in these areas are non-literate or prefer to learn orally. The Global Gospel is a way for us to share the good news with them through a medium that is meaningful and relevant.
Statistics tell us that the vast majority of The Global Gospel videos are being viewed on mobile platforms. Whether they’re distributed on a mobile device, computer, tablet, or Solar Kit, we’re thrilled that the Word of God is being preached all over the world. From remote villages to urban coffee shops to living room sofas - The Global Gospel has become a valuable resource for missionaries and church workers in a wide variety of cultures and settings.
Please help us! GNPI received an urgent request to produce this tool for outreach to 14 million people in Somalia and an additional one million Somalis who have fled their homeland. We’ve been asked to create it multiple times in the last few years by multiple ministries. GNPI is partnering with another missions organization, three churches, and two Christian workers who can’t be named due to security concerns, to complete this project in the Somali language.
Regional Director Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya will oversee the project. He and his team estimate a completion in December 2019. They plan to distribute these resources through thumb drives and by providing online access to the TGG episodes. The cost to produce each new language is approximately $7,000.
The Global Gospel (TGG) has been completed in 36 languages so far, with several others in various stages of the production process. It recently reached a milestone on YouTube of one million completed views. The average length of each of the 107 stories is three minutes; that means, at a minimum, people around the world have seen three million minutes of pure, visualized narrative about the life of Jesus Christ. The Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, and Norwegian versions of TGG have been used in another GNPI production called Jesus Story, which is a 13-part television series for families in the Middle East and North Africa region. An estimated five million children have watched Jesus Story via local satellite broadcast. It was so successful that it is being rebroadcast with an intentional social media follow-up strategy.