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God’s Desires

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I read Amos 5:21–24 in The Message version recently. Actually, I read it several times. The harsh, convicting message from the Lord caught my attention.  

“I can’t stand your religious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals. I’m sick of your fundraising schemes, your public relations and image making. I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me? Do you know what I want? I want justice—oceans of it. I want fairness—rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want.”

Would you pray that the members of GNPI’s global network will be humble and pray as much as we plan? You have given us a charge and mandate to accelerate global evangelism.

We don’t want to get hung up on projects, goals, or anything we can do in and of ourselves. We need God’s presence and power to move the hearts of men and women closer to their Creator.

That’s your desire. It’s our desire. It’s what God wants, too!

Prayers & Praises

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 3:14 (NIV)

New Year Follow Up: Evangelist Ajai Lall shared a Message of hope on a program prepared by our team at GNPI-Damoh, India. Ajai writes, “Thank you so much for your prayers and support as 42 million people heard the Gospel in the Hindi language in many countries on Christmas 2017. Over 1,200 preachers are ready to follow up in the Hindi-speaking areas of Central and North India. May people come to know the way, the truth, and the life that is only possible in Him who is our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ.”

Drug User to Disciple Maker: Angela Morse of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Praise the Lord! Our Changed episode is about Alan Chuwit a man who was truly transformed by God. He grew up in a Christian home but walked away from the Lord as he built his career. Later in life he renewed his relationship with the Lord and was just beginning to see the blessings when he found out he had terminal cancer. His journey through the shadow of death is one of faith, hope, unexpected blessings, and God’s unfailing love! His message to everyone is: with Christ we have no reason to fear!”

The Global Gospel Moves Ahead: John Mulkey of the Christian Church Theological School of Indonesia (CCTSI) writes, “The Global Gospel in Indonesian is moving ahead after some long delays. We’re grateful to our dedicated team who is pressing ahead, and we pray for God to reveal His Son to the people of this country.”

The Privilege to Preach: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Happy New Year to you all. I recently had the privilege to preach at seven locations; two of them were mass gatherings. During Christmastime, 51 people accepted Christ and were baptized.”

A Great Platform: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “One of the most important events of 2017 was the Eastern European Leadership Forum (EELF) where I coordinated the apologetics section. EELF is becoming a great platform for developing national Christian leaders from the countries of the former Soviet Union. Praise the Lord!”

“Around The Network” – 90 Second Journey

Isn’t it encouraging to watch people who are learning to trust the Lord daily? For those not yet connected to a family of believers, media can be a vehicle to move people forward in faith. Learn how your gifts are touching individuals for Christ through GNPI coworkers in Mexico and Thailand.

Thank you for helping others to encounter Christ on this journey of life.

P.S. – You are welcome to download this video on Vimeo to encourage your congregation or missions committee.

Fully Convinced

Your support is transforming individual lives, sustaining marriages, and strengthening the Church in SE Asia.Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia shares this encouraging testimony:

A new believer writes, “An evangelist who uses GNPI resources came to our village and met with my husband. Then my husband wanted to accept Jesus Christ and be baptized. I was so upset and angry with him. I told him that if he chose to be baptized, we must divorce. My husband ignored what I said, and he explained to me that Jesus Christ is the true and living God. Last month his explanations touched my heart. Later he took me to the evangelist who taught me with the Christian media.

Finally I was fully convinced that Jesus Christ is the true God and Savior, so I chose to be baptized. Now I tell my friends about Jesus in the factory where I work.”

Thank you for helping people in SE Asia become fully convinced about the hope of Jesus.

A Providential Plan

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? Well, that’s what’s happening with each detail of the production of the Jesus Story in Turkish.

First, I was visiting with a family in Kansas to update them on GNPI projects, and I mentioned the Jesus Story in Arabic. I showed them a short video sample, and in astonishment they said that the presenter from Cyprus was in their church the previous Sunday! What are the odds?

The next day at breakfast they set a check on the table for the full amount of the production costs of the 13-episode series.

A month later the Turkish production began due to the cancellation of another project. However, the Lord orchestrated plans so the right production people were already in the country and ready to consider a different plan! The Turkish program presenter had moved to a different country, and yet she was actually available that week. The weather, which usually is not cooperative, was pleasant for outdoor shooting in the midst of a wintry situation! The most exciting part was that the project already has a waiting broadcaster (free of charge by the way) and a waiting audience of young Turkish people.

It is amazing to watch our God bring a plan together!

 

Prayers & Praises

“And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” — Romans 5:4 (NLT)

Twelve Languages: Praise the Lord! Jessica Penick of YouVersion writes, “Thanks for sending us content in these languages. I can’t stress enough how grateful we are that you are providing content in language groups whose plan selections aren’t as populated. Thanks for expanding our library so that users all over the world can learn God’s Word.”

Buddhist Relatives: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Pray for the entire staff. Many of our family members are still Buddhists without hope. With each production we finish, the team is hopeful that this will be the one that sparks an interest in our loved ones’ hearts. The team also continually prays that our work will impact more and more viewers.”

Marriage Enrichment: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Pray for the lessons about marriage. We have started the editing, and we want to finish it on schedule. Pray for God to use these programs to help many marriages.”

Sharing Jesus: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia is thrilled to share the news from one of the evangelists who shares the Gospel using GNPI resources. The 17-year-old man says, “I was a member of Anglican Church. I did not know much about Jesus Christ who is the true God. Fortunately, I was privileged to attend a two-day seminar at our hostel. I realized that I needed to be immersed in the name of Christ. I came to know about Jesus Christ as the true and living God and now dare to share Him with my Buddhist friends. Through this seminar, I understood clearly the most effective facts to explain to Buddhists.”

Investing in Youth: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Praise the Lord! Our team provided media coverage for the graduation ceremony at the nearby Messiah Theological Institute (MTI). We also invited the students to the office for a tour and gave them a send-off package with our DVDs. MTI continues to be a major partner in our Solar Kit ministry. One of the MTI students leading a discipleship course used a Solar Kit in a village overlooking Mbale. He was impressed by the number of people who came to watch the Jesus movie he showed.”

Building Faith

Are you burdened for those who have no hope? Are looking for creative ways to share the Gospel with young people? The Lord is opening doors in areas where people are persecuted for their faith. Your partnership enables GNPI to make the most of a new opportunity for children in Muslim cultures to learn about Bible characters and to build their faith in Jesus at an early age.

The New Angle Media Project is currently being tested in Indonesia among their population of 95 million Muslims and includes interactive children’s stories from both the Old and New Testament. Once complete this project will be replicated within some of the hardest-to-reach nations on earth. Our ministry partners even designed a follow-up system which includes a button for app users to delete the programs if they sense danger.

Studies indicate the audience with the greatest potential for growth on Facebook is Muslim women. Imagine these women using their phones to share the animated stories with their children. The potential is amazing.

Thank you for helping to share the Gospel in meaningful ways with people of all ages!

God Multiplied It

Has the Lord ever taken one of your dreams for sharing the Gospel beyond all you expected? Consider how your gifts are bringing Christian workers together to make new disciples and to expand the Church.

Author Shawn Tyler explains how the New Angle Media Project began as a simple idea for children’s stories and grew into a strategic plan to reach more people by putting the stories on a free app, adding questions for interaction, and working with internationals to illustrate and animate the project for multicultural appeal.

Shawn says, “GNPI has taken it and expanded it many times over. It’s so much bigger than I ever dreamed! It reminds me of the little boy who offered the five loaves and two fish to Jesus.”

Effective Evangelism

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Have you experienced the delight of watching others enjoy beloved people and places for the first time? This is one of the reasons I welcome others to accompany me when I travel internationally. It was a blessing to have Drs. Leif and Amy Ford, from High Lakes Christian Church in La Pine, Oregon, join me on a trip to Kenya and Uganda last summer! Leif is on staff at the church, and Amy is a university professor and a counselor.

The Fords taught a week-long course at Messiah Theological Institute to approximately 30 students in Mbale, Uganda. They also visited GNPI production teams in Uganda and Kenya.

Amy said, “A highlight of the trip was touring the GNPI regional centers in both Mbale, Uganda, and Nairobi, Kenya. The team of dedicated employees at both facilities have top-notch skills, have access to impressive levels of audiovisual and computer equipment, function with a clear vision within the local, national, and continental levels, and operate with a tremendous amount of influence and favor. After viewing how GNPI is using multimedia platforms to share Jesus with individuals and groups, plant community churches, and transform culture, I am led to believe that GNPI might be both the most effective and efficient means of evangelism to which I have ever been exposed.”

Thank you for your investment to make these teams in Africa what they are. Your partnership is making a difference for Christ!

Prayers & Praises

Your prayers for GNPI are making an impact around the world.

“. . . We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” — Colossians 1:9-10 (NIV)

Looking Forward in the Philippines: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us complete 275 episodes in our first year of the devotional series, Faith Matters, too! In addition we have submitted our first devotional plan for YouVersion. We look forward to more episodes, more avenues for broadcast, more people to be encouraged and pointed towards God.”

Following Up in India: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Pray for our staff to have wisdom as we follow up with people who have questions about Jesus after watching the Christmas program on national television.”

Interceding for Uganda: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Pray for Uganda, the presidential age limit discussions, and the stability of the East African region in general.

Training for Thailand: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Pray for our coworker Angela as she goes to India next month for training as a Project Nomad trainer.”

Praying for Protection in Occupied Territories: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Pray for our legal security, belongings, and everything the ministry has developed to remain safe under the Lord’s guidance and power.”

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