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Opportunity of a Lifetime

A ministry partner who provided Project Nomad training in Inner Mongolia.

Thank you on behalf of these dear brothers and sisters in Inner Mongolia. You’ve given them a skill they’ve desired for a long time. Fifteen people were trained in basic production.

These are some of their comments:

God has given me this opportunity through GNPI and through the Nomad training.

I’m going to treasure this time.

I’m going to use the gift God has given me.

I’m going to use this training for His Kingdom.

Reflections on Prayer

  • Posted On October 31, 2017
  • Categorized In Projects
  • Written By

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I visited Korntal, Germany, recently. Click here if you are interested in learning more about the deep Moravian history of this quaint village. This group of people prayed more effectively than most and sent more missionaries per capita than most. They knew how to ask! They proved through a century of practice that prayer and global evangelism are directly linked and can change the world.

Haven’t we all had this experience sometime in our lives? We prayed to God, but because we didn’t see any difference we thought He didn’t care or didn’t act. When we pray and nothing seems to happen, it causes us to lose desire and determination. We say to ourselves, “What’s the use?”

That’s not true, though, is it? Think about prayer with one of your children. When my son asks, I hear. Because he is my son, I pay close attention and have my mind fixed on what he’s asking. Though he may come back to me again with his request, he really doesn’t have to repeat it. I’ve got it.

Nor does he have to do anything special to make the request. If he’s dirty, he doesn’t need to get cleaned up. He doesn’t have to wait until I’m rested. No, he feels the freedom to ask when he wants.

Just as he feels the freedom to ask when he wants, as his father I choose to respond when it’s best. In my time. My time may not be the same as his. My answer may not be the one he would want. That doesn’t diminish the importance of the ask, though. I can’t read what’s in his mind; he has to make it known to me.

God’s not like that. He knows what’s in my heart. We don’t approach God in prayer for the purpose of informing Him of anything. We approach God with our heart’s desires because in asking, faith is exercised, love is shown, hope is expressed, and relationship is developed with the One who knows best.

Prayer exposes our desires and intentions. In response our Abba Father kindly shows how well our own intentions align with His own.

Amazing, isn’t it!

Jesus said it best in John 16:24, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

What do you think about this verse? What do you need? Have you taken the time to open your heart and directly ask the Father while remembering that He is God and the source of everything?

Prayer’s impact is not dependent on the piety or passion of the one praying but on the preference and power of the One listening.

That is good news!

Prayers & Praises

“Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!” — Psalm 66:5 (NIV)

New YouVersion Releases: Praise the Lord for our growing relationship as a content provider with YouVersion. In the last couple of years, we have submitted Bible study plans in seven languages. The newest plans are in Chinese and Thai. To date, more than 31,425 plans have been completed on the Bible app which incorporate videos from The Global Gospel.

Visiting Villages: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “One of our coworkers had an opportunity to visit a village with more than 320 Buddhist families to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. By the grace of God, this coworker was able to meet the oldest and most influential monk and spend time with him. Please pray for the seeds of God’s Word to grow in this village.”

Planning for More Impact: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Our staff is working on plans for our Christmas 2017 program and discussing how we can be more impactful and productive in engaging more people than last year. Please pray we can make the most of this opportunity to broadcast the Gospel on national television.

Impacting a New Generation: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “The first conference of the academic year at the Genesis Institute (an association of Christian professors from secular universities) discussed our book, Does God Exist? The presentation of another one of our books,The Physics of God’s Creation, raised great excitement as well. We are exploring the best way to incorporate Christian resources into education on every level from preschool to the graduate level. Please pray with us to make a great impact on the minds of a new generation through the post-communist system of education!”

Political Unrest: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Please pray for the leadership of our country. The opposition leader doesn’t want to participate in the elections and is calling for reforms in the electoral commission that oversees elections. He has asked his followers to demonstrate daily, and most of them loot and damage in the process.”

A Changed Identity

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

Amp was abandoned by her parents at a young age. She became quiet and withdrawn with only a few friends. She grew up feeling unloved and unneeded. Watch the following testimony to see how Jesus changed her life.

As an adult Amp has an important position with Upland Holistic Development Project, a foundation in Southeast Asia. Her job is to reach out to hill tribe people in northern Thailand. She markets and provides a means for them to sell their handicrafts. In her free time, she visits orphanages, plays the guitar, and brings food to a Christian care group for people with disabilities. The Lord is using this woman who had never before known love to give her love to others.

How has the love of Christ changed your life?

Two Levels of Communication

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

The following video is a good representation of the work the Nairobi office is doing on a personal and community level.

We are excited about the growing opportunities we have to share biblical principles in various ways in homes, schools, churches, and at community events. Thank you for your valuable partnership!

Answer to Prayer

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia is a man with a vision to reach his entire country. He is an inspiring person. When he first started sharing the Gospel, he traveled on foot or by bicycle to talk with the individuals in his country about the Good News of Jesus. Then he asked God to show him a faster way to reach the nation. Timothy found media to be one of the answers to his prayer and now uses it as a tool to boldly share Christ with Buddhist leaders.

 

Prayers & Praises

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. — Isaiah 55:6 (NIV)

A New Opportunity: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Please join us in prayer about an opportunity to connect with a new people group in north India. We met a Christian worker who is an excellent preacher in the Hindi and Urdu languages. He preaches in a compelling and unique way for both the Hindi and Urdu audiences. We are talking with him about creating a set of five to seven videos with biblical messages and a YouTube channel for him. Web series are becoming more popular in our social media network. We are also brainstorming about the follow-up mechanism and audience connectivity.”

Positive Feedback: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda writes, “PTL! We received some positive feedback from the Karamojong project we did earlier this year. This project starts with stories in Genesis and goes all the way to the New Testament. The stories are grouped in different sections: Jacob the Deceiver, Jacob’s Dream, Jacob and Laban, Jacob in Prison, Mighty Men of God, Servants of God, Jesus the Teacher, Jesus Lord and Saviour, and Jesus’ Death and Resurrection. Each story has a picture book and guide to go along with the audio recordings. We have had several people stop by our office to ask for copies of the project. We are trying to make contacts from the area where most of the Karamojong-speaking community members live.”

Leading Others: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes,“Last month was a joyful time as the new academic year began. It started with the graduation ceremony at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary, the school where we help future ministers gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills for ministry and for edifying the body of Christ. Please pray for these workers of Christ who are starting their walk of leading others.”

Seeking His Guidance: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “It has been one year since I took over the media ministry after Tom’s passing. (I arrived back in Thailand last fall with Angela Morse.) Please pray for the Lord’s guidance in my decisions for the future.”

Offering Hope: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Our team is updating how we use social media. We have created a new Facebook account, Sharing the Truth in Burmese. Is Jesus the Lord God? is a resource with questions which received 201,082 views in the last couple of years. We pray that these individuals will seek Christ as their Savior!”

A Dream and A Mission

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

Our team traveled to the northern border of Thailand to interview Pastor Uti-jack for our testimonial program. He had been a highly educated Buddhist monk when he met Jesus through a neighbor who invited him to a Bible study. Watch his story of conversion.

Years later, after his dramatic change from Buddhism to follow Jesus, he had a dream that further inspired him to step out in faith.

In his dream the Lord showed him a tiny house and made him aware that he was to build a large church behind this small house. After he woke up he drove around the area and found that tiny house. Behind it was a very large lot for sale. He prayed for funds to start this massive project, and in a short time, his bank account showed two large deposits that more than covered the cost. He still does not know who deposited this money.

It is pastor Uti-jack’s routine to wake up at 3:00 in his little home every morning to pray. Members of his congregation start arriving at 4:00 am to walk past his little house to the prayer room at the church. Every day people come to pray before they go to work and then stop by the pastor’s home to visit. Some bring him vegetables, fruit, and meat. Some need counsel and encouragement. Pastor Uti-jack says his church membership continues to grow, and all are very diligent prayer warriors. What an inspiration for us all to listen to God and step out in faith!

 

More Kingdom Benefits

View highlights of Project Nomad trainings in Kenya, Togo, North Africa, Eurasia, and the Philippines.

“We’re leaving this place with students who know how to use technology to share the Gospel.”
— Ministry partner from New Missions Systems International

Kingdom Benefits

Meet some of the recent participants from Togo, Hong Kong, Eurasia, and the Philippines as they explain the value of Project Nomad training.

“Project Nomad is empowering an entire generation to reach out to more people.” —  Andrew Orocay from Manila, Philippines

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