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Last month we enjoyed our first International Hour of Prayer. We affectionately called it IHOP. We connected both audibly and visually with staff among our nine regional centers around the globe. Three other GNPI staff members joined us from locations in the US. We spent an hour in prayer for each other.

Some prayed in English, some in their native language. It was truly a “sweet hour of prayer.”

GNPI Board Chairman. Don Lucietta, and long time friend of the ministry, Boyce Mouton, were both with us for the event. We were all immeasurably blessed by the Holy Spirit as He united our hearts, even in cyberspace, using technology.

Here is what Boyce had to say. Click here to read Don’s thoughts on the morning and to watch a video of that first IHOP.

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Prayers Heard Around the World
By Boyce Mouton, long time friend of GNPI

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote the “Concord Hymn” in 1837. In that famous poem he remarked that when the revolutionary forces fired on the British at North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, they fired a shot “heard ‘round the world.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, I was privileged to be at a prayer meeting where prayers were literally heard around the world. Using the latest technology, GNPI in Joplin linked together people all over the world.

We could see them and they could see us. We could hear them and they could hear us.

Most important of all, however, is the wonderful truth that God could see and hear us too! Thanks GNPI for being on the cutting edge!

Prayers & Praises

Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. – Psalm 27:7 (NIV)

The Eurasian Dream is Coming True!
Praise God that the $100,000 goal has been reached for the Multi-Purpose Resource Center, and Sergei has received his first reservation for the retreat center. Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “The Retreat House is about to be roofed, and the inside finishing work is started. At the same time we are leveling the decking to pour the concrete slab for the second level of the Conference Center if the weather allows. Please keep praying for our ministry, for all our projects, for our team, for our families, and for God’s guidance in everything we do.”

A Special Visitor!
Timothy of GNPI-S.E. Asia reports that a Christian worker from Thailand recently came to see him about some Christian resources. Timothy gave the man 12 copies of the Handbook for Evangelism. Timothy says, “More than 10 preachers gathered together, and we prayed for God to use the Handbook for Evangelism to inspire and to bless people through this opportunity in Thailand.”

Vince of GNPI-Uganda talks about the Next program on Vimeo.
Vince says, “We at GNPI are interested in partnering with organizations like Livingstone International University to help train the next generation of leaders so they can take the Christian message out into their culture. We’re excited to join LIU in their vision and ministry to train African leaders from every sector of society making them employable, ethical, and empowered.”

A New Strategy of Outreach to Youth!
Siriki Sekongo of the NOMaD team in Mali writes, “It is a real joy for the drama team to participate in The Global Gospel in French. Through this project, we want to start a new strategy of evangelization for children and youth. To date, we have recorded about a third of the 88 episodes of The Global Gospel series. The videos will then be compressed into small mp4 format for playback on mobile phones and other smartphones. We invite you to pray with us for the success of the evangelistic ministry among children and youth.”

Spanish Surveying and Editing Continues
International Director Bob Sartoris shares, “Continue to pray for the GNPI-Mexico team as they work on the short film of Raziel’s story of redemption and for Bob Gurwell as he conducts survey work in the Hispanic culture.”

Fallen One

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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

A week ago today I received word that one of our own, Deepak Dhingra, went to be with the Lord. He was 53. Deepak’s death has to be tremendously difficult for his beloved wife and four children. It’s hard for me to be thousands of miles away, unable to comfort the family or console his (and our) colleagues in person.

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I have to wonder what occurred that day in the spiritual realm. Just months earlier we as an organization unanimously said we must do more to “be” and to “take” the Good News to the people of India. Ephesians 6:10-12 describes the reality of the challenge; actually, Paul calls it war. Deepak was recently making plans to become even more effective than he already was, to go further with the battle.

So was Deepak’s death a simple medical reality or was there more? I don’t pretend to have it figured out because I know and believe the truth “that He who is in me is great than he who is in the world” and yet the Bible is clear that Satan revolted in heaven. Satan negotiated with God about torturing Job. Satan “fell from heaven” and Jesus was there. Satan delayed the arrival of angels that God had deployed. So bottom line, I see through a mirror dimly. As C.S. Lewis says, “this life is our ‘shadow lands’ imitating on earth what is being played out in the spiritual realm.”

Yes, one of our own has fallen. However, Deepak, like a growing number of us through the centuries, have pledged our allegiance to the only “Fallen One” to rise again, Jesus. That is Good News and gives hope even in times of grief.

Pray for the Philippines

There is no doubt that praying for your family or friends is very personal. Praying for an entire country can feel very different, way less personal. Maybe it all depends on our perspective?

In Psalm 2:8 we are told, “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”

In their song, You Said, Hillsong sings, “Ask and I’ll give the nations to you. Oh, Lord, that’s the cry of my heart. Distant shores and the islands will see Your light as it rises on us.”

Do you have a desire to pray for nations, but feel like you need some help? Here is a great website: www.prayercast.com. This site features videos like the one above and also provides prayer points and summaries of featured countries.

God, very specifically, asks the nations to come to Him. Until every tongue, tribe, and nation has heard the Good News of Jesus, let’s not shy away from asking God for the nations!

Prayers & Praises

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)

With Sadness of Heart
Executive Director Mike Schrage writes, “It is with sadness of heart that I notify each of you of the untimely passing of our friend and colleague Deepak Dhingra, regional director of GNPI-Chandigarh, India. Deepak suffered a short illness. He leaves a wife and four children. Deepak and his wife Simi have an incredible story of transformation from Hinduism to being followers of Christ Jesus. They lived that transformation daily as they honored Him.”

Team Training!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller asks, “Please pray for our coworkers at GNPI-Damoh, India, to be able to coordinate schedules and conduct Level 1 training for NOMaD teams soon.”

Inspired!
Lena of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “We are translating the most popular Christian hymns into Russian to encourage the Church in our region. Inspired by the award we received last month, our team is making two more music videos. We have already composed the music and recorded one of the songs.”

Praying for Prompting
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya, Africa, shares, “Please pray for our work with the Eldoret NOMaD team. In addition, pray for the Kitale Children’s Home promo to be very successful in its purpose of prompting more people to sponsor the children at the home.”

Exciting Progress on New Projects!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico asks that we continue to pray for the short film of Raziel’s story of redemption. He says, “We had some technical problems, but those are resolved. Editing the short film began last week. In addition, we began the first live radio show from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on our Internet radio station www.buenasnuevasradio.com . Thanks for your prayers for these new projects.”

Accident or Providence?

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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

Every once in a while God raises His voice from more than a whisper; today was one of those days!

I had set up a 30-minute meeting with a representative from the Betenbough Foundation in Lubbock, Texas. This visit came as a result of going through some of our former ministry partners with my colleague Matt Brock, who suggested we make contact.

As I shared about the ministry of GNPI, the foundation representative became more and more excited about the connection. After the first half-hour she offered another half-hour and called in a few more people, including an IT specialist and one of the principals of the foundation.
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I shared about GNPI’s 37 years of ministry. I mentioned our passion of partnering with nationals and seeking other engaging partnerships. Later, I talked about our goal to have an element of sustainable growth in each of our regional centers as a part of our strategic plan. I listed projects that address evangelism and leadership training, two primary elements of any financial partnership with Betenbough.

God had gone before to arrange the time, to enable a principal to be available and present, and for the incredible connections to occur. Accident or providence? I’m leaning towards the second and I’m excited to see God at work!

David Langford, senior minister at Quaker Avenue Church of Christ, friend of GNPI said, “We supplied the heart and He (God) supplied the money!”

December 17 Update – GNPI was privileged to receive a check for $13,500 from the Betenbough Foundation. Praise God that the Betenbough Foundation decided to provide the requested grant, and with their gift, the ultimate goal of $100,000 for the Multi-Purpose Resource Center in Ukraine was reached!

Muslim Man Endorses The Global Gospel

As you may know, GNPI-Damoh in India has been on a roll producing The Global Gospel in ten languages to reach the people in that nation and beyond. Because of the number of people they would reach, Hindi and Urdu were two of the first completed languages.

Many of the 163.5 million Muslims in India speak Urdu. A local school teacher recently received a copy of The Global Gospel in his native language. Watch this short video to hear, in his own words, why he’s happy about that.

Prayers & Praises

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34

A special blessing for GNPI this month was our first International Hour of Prayer a couple weeks ago. Using the Internet and some video conferencing software, we connected each of the nine regional centers, our Joplin staff, and a few other staff members scattered throughout the U.S. Each center prayed for the needs of another. We did have trouble with a couple of the connections, but we look forward to trying again and prioritizing ministry-wide prayer time every six months.

Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “It was such a great opportunity to pray together as a big GNPI Family. At this point, I have to appreciate technology because I was able to see most of the GNPI family members as well as workmates. Wow! I was so grateful and am looking forward to the next time we will do this.”

Lena of GNPI-Ukraine says, “It was a wonderful time of unity and care. Some of my staff, who do not really get in touch with GNPI very often, were so excited about the prayer. They realized how hard the restrictions are on evangelism in some parts of the world after having the real face-to-face fellowship time. Thank you so very much! It was truly encouraging and unifying!”

Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “THAT WAS SO AWESOME! THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. It made it doubly special because my churchmates stayed up to the very end. We were all so encouraged by it.”
T.P. of GNPI-S.E. Asia writes, “We, 6 people, prayed together, one after another. The video was not working well. We were sorry for that. Thank you for this prayer time. We were so encouraged by it. This prayer time was excellent. We would like to do it 4 times per year if it is not a burden for other centers.”

Manee of GNPI-Damoh, India, was traveling that day but writes, ”I really missed the great opportunity. Even though we were not able to log in, Ukraine was in our prayers. We got good feedback from our Damoh Staff as they really enjoyed this prayer time. Hope to connect for the next one.”

Former Advisory Council Member Boyce Mouton wrote, “Thanks for allowing me to be there this morning for the teleconference. Here’s a thought about communicating from a distance that I jotted down after coming back to the office: Let’s make certain that, like Paul, we use ‘all possible means’ to save those who are lost!”

Board Chairman Don Lucietta said of the prayer conference, “It was such a great blessing to me to be able to be there.”

We also want to thank each of you prayer partners for playing such an important part in this ministry throughout the entire year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Out of the Darkness

  • Posted On November 20, 2013
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I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
– Psalm 116.1

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
– Psalm 40.2


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Raziel’s story is shared by many. Since childhood, the strain of a dysfunctional family embroiled constantly in conflict had led him to a life of drugs and alcohol. Immersed for so long in this dark world, Raziel felt like he had lost all hope. In fact, he was hopeless.

In the midst of his despair, Raziel cried out to God. He wanted to finally be lifted out of the pit he’d fallen into, and he wanted God to show him that He was real.

Raziel’s cry was heard. God met Raziel in the darkness with a transforming Light.

Drugs and alcohol no longer have a hold on Raziel. What grips him now is the powerful, personal testimony given him by the redeeming and transforming power of Christ.

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GNPI-Mexico is producing a short film to tell this amazing story. Raziel’s testimony, the second in a series of short dramas (La Red was the first), shows how God answers our cries for help.

Perhaps as much an evidence of God’s power in Raziel’s life is the story of how the film came about. Click here to read Trading His Pain, the “story behind this story.”

Stories like Raziel’s and La Red are essential to today’s Latin culture. Because so many struggle with addiction, culturally relevant productions like these from GNPI-Mexico address everyday needs in powerful ways.

Thank God for willing hearts like Raziel. The LORD didn’t just lift Raziel out of a dark pit. He has placed him firmly on The Rock as a light for many to see.

Prayers & Praises

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”
– Romans 11:33 (NIV)

“A Long Road Ahead!”
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines writes that the team is safe in Manila, but the recent typhoon caused great destruction and devastation. Thousands of people are injured, missing, or feared dead. Nenette writes, “Thanks for your prayers. We need them as it will be a long road ahead.”

Checking Out Tumaini Hotel
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya shares, “Tumaini Hotel is a compilation of great stories targeting the young and the young at heart here in Africa. The 10 episodes cover 10 different topics. This year we have shot two episodes, Environment and Purity, and the final two are Idleness and Love Your Neighbor.” Isaac Masiga asked, “Please continue praying for our families and for the unity of the staff. We REALLY appreciate your willingness to lift us up in prayer.”

“Christian programming all over Thailand”
International Director Bob Sartoris writes, “Pray for the continued production of both the Biblical Extension Courses (BEC) and the Movement Everywhere television series. Also pray that the CVTV distribution network will grow and prosper to allow for the broadcast of more Christian programming all over Thailand.” Please intercede for Tom and Gayle Silkwood as they prepare to return to Thailand at the end of the month.

Managing in Mbale
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “Here in Mbale we are doing well. We are almost ready to do the recording for The Global Gospel in the Luganda language. However, two of our security dogs died this week after being attacked by an unknown wild animal. Please keep praying for us to manage without Vince here.”

“God is being proclaimed!”
A ministry partner from Indiana writes, “It is so encouraging to get your newsletter. When I know more of what to thank God for and what to pray for, I feel so encouraged knowing God is being proclaimed throughout the world. Global evangelism is a BIG job and God is certainly using your people in a big way to help get the job done for Him. Thank you all so much.”

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