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Permission Requested, Permission Granted

b_PermissionGrantedTo continue producing The Global Gospel in the world’s top 25 languages by 2015, we are constantly praying that permission for the “next” language will be granted.

Producing a new language is not as simple as just raising the funds to pay an actor and doing the recording and required editing and post-production work. Since each version of The Global Gospel comes straight from Scripture, we must get copyright permission to use the particular Bible version and translation required for each language.

Some have come easily and some, well, let’s just say the Lord has taught us that patience is a virtue. In October, after a long period of waiting, we received paperwork to finalize an agreement with Biblica, a worldwide publisher that holds the copyright for many language translations of the Bible.

GNPI is thankful for its partnership with Biblica, which conducts its ministry through partnerships in 71 countries. Biblica is currently working on 35 translations projects in 34 countries.

The contract with Biblica will allow GNPI to move forward with four key languages for The Global Gospel: the Arabic, Kiswahili, Thai and Tagalog versions for North Africa, East Africa, Thailand and the Philippines. These languages alone will allow GNPI to reach more than 370 million people with the life of Christ.

Thank you for praying for the continued spread of The Global Gospel. Pray that these and future productions will go out with POWER to IMPACT the world through the story of Christ!

Prayers & Praises

“Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.” – Psalm 38:15

“Relevant Work in Kenya!”
A minister in Rockford, IL, responds to GNPI’s special prayer requests for Kenya last week, “How relevant the work of God’s people is through GNPI in Kenya today. We pray for that nation and especially for Christians there who have become the targets of hateful action. Keep up the good work!” Thank you for praying and partnering with us to reach the world for Christ.

“An Incredible Trip!”
David Lall of GNPI-Damoh, India, spoke to the staff in Joplin by Facetime a couple weeks ago. David said, “We are having a wonderful time, very productive, good meetings. It is really a blessing to be around the same table. Thank you very much for sending Executive Director Mike Schrage and International Director Bob Sartoris.” After returning Mike Schrage reported, “Bob and I had an incredible trip. It was helpful and fruitful in many ways for strategic planning and outreach to India. In doing a checklist with David, I noted 16 items of progress.”

“My heart fills with joy and praises!”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine shares, “The Multi-Purpose Resource Center construction is going on according to the plan so far. Every time I visit the construction site my heart fills with joy and praises! This is very exciting to see the changes! We are about to raise pillars of the third floor of the retreat house. Our goal is to complete that part of the complex by the end of the year. Nevertheless, we have also poured the first floor straining beams for the conference building. This will allow us to go ahead with its construction without returning to the ground level work as soon as the funds are available. Please join our praises to the One who has provided the opportunity to start this great project, and pray that He will carry it on to completion for the glory of Christ Jesus!”

A Key Project!
T.P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Pray the team can complete the audio and print for the Ten Key Facts of Knowing the True and Living God as soon as possible. It is a very important project for the Buddhist world, and we have found a new narrator for it.”

Raziel’s Story of Redemption!
The staff members at GNPI-Mexico are working on a new short film about the way God can redeem and transform the life of a down-and-out addict. Raziel’s powerful testimony will demonstrate the dangers, attitudes, circumstances, and consequences of such a life. Regional Director Gustavo Velázquez says, “Our prayer is that it will help others with similar stories.”

The Power of Ten

  • Posted On October 3, 2013
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director

In September, I visited our regional center in Damoh, India. These friends have been working diligently to make ten versions of The Global Gospel available throughout the entire nation—a billion people!

The 88 stories of Jesus presented through The Global Gospel are simply illustrated and straight from the New Testament.

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Guess what?

The simplicity and purity of these timeless stories are transforming lives even while in production. Numerous non-Christian actors, hired for their professional voice skills, have been so impressed after reading and speaking for hours about the life and teachings of Jesus that they wanted to study more!

That’s the impact God is making through your support of this effort!

What an amazing effort it is. Hundreds of hours are spent by these actors reading, line by line, from the Bible. They tirelessly record the audio so it has just the right inflection. When finished, their voices are masterfully mixed with music tracks to create a final arrangement for each story. Then, the entire work is prepared for distribution.

Is all of this work worth it? Without a doubt! Let me tell you why.

During my India visit I attended a conference with more than 1,000 Christians from around the nation. More than 1,460 copies of the Hindi language alone were distributed at this event. I wish you could visualize the impact! To date, more than 3,300 copies of The Global Gospel are finding their way to villages, house churches, ministries, and so many other people and places!

In a very short time, The Global Gospel has been produced in five Indian languages, and five more are in progress. Very soon, ten different languages will reach throughout India and even beyond the borders into Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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The Word is moving, and it’s moving through you.

The story of Christ is actively permeating the lives of thousands in India. Even as I write this we received a request from our regional center for funds to distribute thousands more copies.

Hindu and Muslim actors asking more questions about Jesus. Evangelists sharing copies with village neighbors…YES! It’s worth it, and it’s the eternal difference YOU are making when you support GNPI.

From Warrior to Worshiper

  • Posted On October 1, 2013
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WarriorWorshiperIn Pokot culture, once a boy is circumcised and wants to marry, he must steal cattle or goats from another tribe. No one understood this better than Mudang.

Mudang was fierce. Mudang was feared. Mudang was the ultimate warrior who taught young Pokot men the art of stealing, even if it meant killing another man.

Protus is a very different kind of warrior. As the leader of GNPI’s NOMaD team in Eldoret, Kenya, for more than 4 years Protus and his teammates have been battling Satan’s hold on the Pokot tribe.

Traveling four hours one way, the Eldoret team uses a Solar Kit to show videos they produce, and videos produced by GNPI-Kenya.

What happened when these warriors met?
Watch From Warrior to Worshiper to see the rest of the story.

Every GNPI NOMaD team is different, but their goal is the same: impacting communities by using media and discipleship to spread the Gospel.

Prayers & Praises

“Constant prayer was offered to God for [Peter] by the church.” – Psalm 38:15

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Monday Meetings With Momentum!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller reports, “I just completed the first session of virtual training with the team in Chile this morning. It went really well, and I’m looking forward to working through the new project-based program with them. We will be connecting every Monday morning from 8:00-10:00 a.m. (at least until the time changes).”

Repairs and Restoration!
Deepak Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, shares, “We have good news. One of the church buildings in the area has been repaired! It was badly damaged in the floods in June 2013. The labor was done totally by the local congregation. The mud is gone, building is repaired, painting is complete, and the worship area is restored.”

Cheerleaders for the Kingdom!
Friends of the ministry thank Executive Director Mike Schrage for his note of gratitude to them. This ministry partner says, “You people are so appreciative of every little bit we can send. Keep up the good work. Two of your cheerleaders in Indiana!” GNPI staff members are very grateful for each ministry partner who helps accelerate global evangelism through media.

Solar Kits to Sudan!
Eddie Gonzalez, serving as a missionary in southern Sudan received two Solar Kits from GNPI-Mbale recently. Eddie expressed his gratitude and excitement that God is using these Solar Kits to make an impact. Eddie says, “This has been a huge blessing for our ministry. Many people have been asking to have the films shown in their area. Thank you.”

Open Enrollment!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “We were glad to meet a young man who is highly interested in starting a creation evangelism ministry in a region that is new for us. We have invited the man to join the FD-222 project (FD stands for Faith Defender, 222 – for 2 Timothy 2:2). It is our most effective young leaders training program. We have decided to offer it every other year. Now we are starting the new applicant enrollment. Please pray the Lord will bring the right people.”

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