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Seeds of Faith

Gayle Silkwood, Office Manager of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

As with the sower in Jesus’ parable, those of us who create media materials have an opportunity to spread seeds of faith. In Thailand, we do this with the Internet, on mobile devices, and anywhere media can be taken.

We hope that in sowing our inspirational programs some will fall on good soil (those who are ready to hear). We sow seeds of faith in the form of testimonials, Bible lessons, and community outreach stories waiting for the Lord of the Harvest to bring about the yield.

Thank you for helping us share the Good News in this way.

A Brief Summary of GNPI Impact

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I’d like to offer an overview of our ministry. After observing the massive global need and the world of difference within cultures, GNPI tries to meet these needs through teams, training, and tools. Thank you for your partnership and prayers. The following video shows some of the work God has accomplished over the last year.

You are welcome to share this 10 minute presentation as an update for your congregation or missions committee.

Prayers & Praises

“But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, ‘You are my God!’” — Psalm 31:14 (NLT)

Progress and Provision: Ministry partner Bob Sartoris says, “The app and website for the New Angle Media Project are on track, but the video editing is several months behind schedule. We’re reviewing the options with our production partner in Indonesia. We will need more funds in order to finish. Pray for progress and provision.”

Proclaiming God’s Glory: Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, writes, “We are in the final stages of editing and distribution for the next 10 videos for the 42 Day Discipleship Guide. Besides this, we still have our Talents and Testimonies series, and we are preparing a roster of speakers who bear good fruit and exemplify Christ to the lost youth of South Africa. We continue to seek out opportunities for our team to proclaim God’s glory so that His Name will be made great among the nations.”

Peace and Assurance: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia sent this testimony from a ministry partner who used GNPI materials to share the Gospel. The new believer said, “I am 34 years old. With the help of these resources, I learned about the origin of man and the end of man. The explanations of the evangelist convinced me about the true God. I began to understand that we, Buddhists, are on the wrong path. I was baptized after I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior. Now I have peace in my heart. I am in Jesus Christ as a child of God, and I have found assurance for my next life.”

Great, Innovative People: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “My Thai staff are a group of great, innovative people. They will get the job done no matter what it takes, and they will protect me with all the energy they have. I feel so humbled.”

Enhancing Communication: Evangelist Collins Prempeh of Tamale, Ghana, writes, “The equipment GNPI provided will facilitate our Bible teachings and enhance our communications in sign language. We are grateful and look forward to more opportunities.” This evangelist and other ministry partners are working on a translation for the book of Luke and making videos in sign language following their Nomad training in 2016 from Mark Allen.

New Features for “The Global Gospel”

Dasha, a ministry partner from Ukraine, explains how to find discussion questions for the different language versions of The Global Gospel. We are excited about this new feature.

Download The GNPI App and use it to share the Gospel with your friends from other countries or when you go on a mission trip.

Click here to watch behind the scenes of this video.

Desert Storm

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I recently visited Cairo, Egypt. It’s a city of 18 million people situated in a desert. The bombing of a school bus killed more than a 100 innocent children a few weeks before our arrival. This tragedy caused an international uproar and local security nightmare. The chaos adversely affected the social media advertising of our ministry partners as they launched their event in this city. As a result, news and invitations could only be shared by word-of-mouth. The result was only a 25 percent attendance of their goal. All the international guests arrived safely, and we were ushered to a highly secure and secluded location. Only trusted drivers were used, and I enjoyed getting to know one of them pretty well.

As we were leaving Cairo, we saw a dozen camouflaged vehicles with gunners ready at the top of each of their turrets and speeding down the highway. We learned later in the day about an attack by an internal fundamental Muslim group who tried to destabilize the government. In Egypt every man is required to serve in the military, the tenth largest military in the world.

When our young Christian driver heard of the incident and the casualties, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, open their eyes.” It was a powerful prayer statement from this strapping young follower of Jesus. He later asked me why Christians do not have more unity to combat the troubles in his part of the world? I knew some of the answers were pride, independence, and Satan, but those all seemed inadequate in light of these events.

As we neared the end of our trip, he asked, “Mike, pray for me that I will die to my will so that God can do His will through me.”  Wow, what a second godly request by a young man with a meager salary. His only significant possession is a 20-year-old beat-up car, a tool he’s using effectively to allow God’s Spirit to work through him.

He also has a passion for video editing. He says media is “the language of the Middle East.” He would love to have a wife and family, but times are too hard. He was volunteering after his work hours to help launch this event. I was honored to meet him and to pray for him.

I was humbled by his seasoned faith and his Christ-like prayer. It reminded me of the request by Solomon early in his kingly reign for God to help him have wisdom to lead God’s people in this very part of the world.

Would you join me in praying for this young man and his country? God, “Would you use this spiritual warrior in mighty ways and raise up more servants like him?”

In the middle of a stormy time in the desert, I had the privilege to appreciate and continue to pray for this man as he served us and his King.

 

Prayers & Praises

Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.— Psalm 80:3 (NIV)

Another Month of Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Because of God’s guidance and His leading, we are completing our second month-long training for eleven Christian leaders to become trainers. Seven teachers are taking turns with the teaching. Evening sessions include time for practicing how to share the Gospel with others. Thank you for your prayers. God bless you.”

One Tribe Peace Project: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “It’s an honor for the opportunity to continue serving God through media and other related new ways. We had a team of nine youths from South Sudan and some LivingStone International University students helping us translate the One Tribe Peace project from English to Juba Arabic. They finished translations and have recorded around 20 episodes for the first phase. They will be finishing this month followed by editing. We will start working on the remaining 20 episodes after the scripts are sent to us. Join us in praying for God’s grace and favor as we try to make an impact on the lives of youths in the area.”

Source of Inspiration and Wisdom: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Thank you for praying for our outreach through our newest devotional series, Faith Matters, too! We are receiving positive feedback. The following comments really motivate us to keep working. ‘The videos have become a daily moment of reflection and are enriching me spiritually. The series is an important source of inspiration and wisdom; it completes my day. Thank you so much for sharing this message with us. When I watch and listen to your message, I feel like God is talking to me.’ May the Lord continue to speak to Filipinos through this series.”

Transformation: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Our Movement Everywhere #11 is a fascinating story of a man who had a cruel heart, but God changed him overnight. He now spends his time doing good things for others, especially for orphans. Please pray that God will continue to bless and unite people from this series of video travel logs.”

Serving Internally Displaced Persons: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Another facet of our ministry is a partnership with missions serving internally displaced persons (IDPs). More than 1.6 million Ukrainians from Donbas and Crimea are registered as IDPs officially. This is a huge number for the country with the population of 45 million, more than one in every 30 people! Many churches are helping them by providing food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. Meeting these people’s felt needs became a great vehicle for sharing the love of God and the Word of God with them. God opens their hearts, and several congregations of mostly new converts are growing. ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’ ”

 

GNPI Makes the Journey Easier

Stephen Muturi, Operations Manager of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, shares the following testimony of a minister who has been using a Solar Kit from GNPI.

My name is Michael Simbwa. I am a minister at the Mityana Church of Christ in the central region of the country. I have been a Christian for over 20 years.  My parents are of the Catholic faith. I decided to take a different path in school when I gave my life to Christ. The call to evangelize has been full of challenges, but Jesus prepared us.

One of the reasons I became an evangelist was to reach as many people as possible. The great commission is dear to my heart. It is with this that I have kept the faith, committed myself to mission work even with financial and social among other challenges facing people who go into full time ministry.

I was introduced to GNPI in 2010 soon after they opened the office in Uganda. By then I was actively involved in evangelism and ministry in my village, Bikhonge, Bulambuli district. Having the Solar Kits has been more than a blessing to my call. When preaching to people, every pastor hopes to get many people’s attention. This can be hard when people are very busy trying to make a living.

I cannot thank God enough for what He has achieved through the Solar Kits. I never imagined I would travel to places outside my village but the numbers the films attract inspire me. I have reached so many people, something that I would never have done without the use of this portable technology.

I testify that God is never limited by anything. He can reach people in the farthest of places. I am humbled to be His vessel of ministry. GNPI makes the journey easier.
I am glad for the partnership.

Listen to these young people in Busiu, Uganda, the south central part of the country, who were also grateful for the chance to learn from GNPI videos on the Solar Kit earlier this year.

 

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