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HOPE

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

When considering the meaning of the word hope, I like this acronym:

He Offers People Eternity.

At GNPI, we work with partners around the world to communicate effectively in heart languages that Jesus is the source of eternal hope.

Yes, “He offers people eternity – with God!” That is the best HOPE of all!

 

Prayers & Praises

“O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.”  — Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)

An Influential Opportunity: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, and his team are working on the next Resurrection Day broadcast with a message from Ajai Lall and worship songs. It’s an influential opportunity. They expect the program to air on three different stations to an audience of 40 million, and they plan to follow-up with viewers who call with questions. Pray for God to be glorified by this program and for it to grow the faith of many new disciples.

Full of Peace: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Recently six people accepted Christ as the true God and their Savior. They said, ‘We never heard about Christ, and we never realized we should search for the true God. Now we know Him. After being baptized, our hearts are full of peace and our heavy feelings disappeared.’ Praise the Lord for working through our GNPI resources to help more people know the truth.”

Tremendous Inspiration: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “I am sharing how tremendously inspired I was by the International Meeting in India earlier this year with my teammates. The things I learned are already coming alive in our day-to-day production work. Such fantastically productive meetings are hard to underestimate.”

One Hundredth Episode: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us to complete the 100th episode of Faith Matters, too! last month. The scriptwriter has received lots of good feedback from individuals, churches, and colleges, including the head of the Asia Theological Seminary.”

Distribution Opportunities: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says there are some good opportunities to distribute resources. He says, “After visiting the Namwela Community Church to minister to youth through our short films, a member of our staff traveled to the Mityana Church of Christ and recorded the experiences of the people as they watched films on a Solar Kit. We are also making progress in our efforts to reach secondary school youth in secondary schools around Eastern Uganda. We plan to join with our ministry partners in the Scripture Union team on different school visits this month.”

Going Forward

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our team produces three series for Thai speakers, and we distribute them in various ways. These Christian resources are very important for this country which is 95 percent Buddhist. The following video explains our ministry and concludes with some personal reflections on my new role during the last year.

Thank you for continuing to encourage and pray for the Silkwood family since Tom went to his eternal home on March 26th last year. It has been a day-by-day journey, but my family and I are experiencing how God provides strength and direction for this difficult transition.  

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29

 

Broadcasting the Good News

Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India

We are working on our Easter broadcast for national television later this month. Our focus is on making disciples and being good stewards of these opportunities. The video summary below shows the follow-up from our Christmas broadcast. We connected with our viewers through a missed call survey. Viewers in India used the missed call survey to communicate their desires for more information or materials.

Easter Resources 2017

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

As we celebrate Resurrection Day, I am reminded of the words of Jesus in John 10:14-16, “I am the good shepherd.” He does not stop with this declaration, but instead He shares openly about His true and upcoming mission via the cross. “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”

Remember the Good Shepherd lives! Please enjoy these free resources from GNPI as you celebrate or point your friends toward this great day.

Prayers & Praises

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” — Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)

A Living Example: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, writes, “Six years ago while showing Christian films at Tiling’wa village in East Pokot district, Mudang, a cattle rustler, happened to be among the viewers. The Lord used the film to change Mudang, and this was a turning point in his life. We prayed for him and led him to Christ Jesus. He was baptized and became a regular member of a local church. Since then Mudang has been instrumental in helping us with evangelism in the whole region of East Pokot. We have seen Mudang grow from a terrorist to a humble, caring, and loving disciple of Jesus Christ. He is now a living example to many Pokots. Praise Jesus!”

Working Hard: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! We are working hard on a few projects simultaneously! Our team is recording the Creation Moments audio series. We are producing the God’s Scientists series as well as the Why God? series with stock footage. We planned out music videos, wrote drafts for the scripts, and are now recording the music at the studio. While preparing for a music video, we decided to shoot a testimony of the featured artist. Den, the singer, had a long and hard walk before becoming a follower of Christ and a worship leader at a local church.”

Working Together: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, “Praise the Lord! The office is running well with the team working together towards our mission. Now that the Marriage for Life is finally complete, we are developing DVDs and loading the content onto Solar Kits for distribution. We are excited by inquiries from people who have been following the project updates on Facebook. We are also working in partnership with Livingstone International University students to develop a film project on HIV/AIDS.”

Vision Night: Thank you for praying with us for our Vision Night events in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. In total, 351 people attended and generously gave $78,751 to further accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

Quiet Times: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Our Faith Matters, too! episodes are three-minute devotionals designed to bring the Word of God straight to mobile phones for busy commutes or end of the day reflections, creating opportunities for the quiet times people so desperately need. Topics range from the importance of personal reflection, family relationships, conflict, camaraderie, and the importance of Sabbath rest. Please pray that the Lord will use these programs to give hope and wisdom to Filipinos.”

Late Night Opportunities

While Timothy was visiting the U.S. a few months ago this meeting took place.

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

While my wife and I were in Texas, a group from our area of SE Asia invited me to share with them about the true Buddha.

 

One of the men I met was a 36 year old Buddhist man. His wife is a Christian. She wanted him to see Jesus as the true God, but she did not know how to explain her faith to him, so the men met together for two nights from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am. I also met with the women at a different time to talk about Jesus.

 

After our meetings, this man’s wife came to thank us because her husband told her he was convinced by our late night visits.

He also said, “I should tell my mother and my brothers who live in SE Asia about the true Buddha. My mom does not know Him. She said she wants to meet you, sir.” I agreed to meet with the man’s mother when I got back home.

The next day the man told me, “I have three Buddhist friends near my house. I would like to tell them this Message. I want them to hear about the true God.”

 

The Timothy Project

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

Our team works to help Buddhists know the true God, and we have an ambitious plan to train leaders in each region of SE Asia with disciple making resources.

We can work together to train all believers. When we come together, God will work wonderfully through us, and He will change SE Asia.

Reconnecting

Nearly 20 people representing the countries of Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Chile, and U.S. joined in a video conference call led by International Consultant Bob Gurwell and Director of Operations Tom Nutt. The group prayed together and reported on their projects and progress since they met last year in Nicaragua.

One group is working on a short play in Ecuador and plans to get members of their church involved. Another group has made several short films for youth and is using a Solar Kit from GNPI to help share the Gospel in some remote areas of Mexico. Another is getting settled in the city of Queretaro, Mexico. Sergio Alvarado says, “We want to teach others what we have been doing to plant churches. We see media as the backbone, the suture which allows us to reach, teach, and disciple people in other cities with the Gospel. Media is important to us.”

Jacob Sanchez in Nicaragua says, “One year ago you planted a seed. We didn’t have any idea how to start. We took those ideas and used them in our churches, now we have a special audio visual room in our church. Thank you for the equipment you sent us. We have been using it. We have plans to do more projects and to train others. You encouraged us to start. We are working on music, documentaries, and movies. You are like a light in our lives for these matters.”

Valeria Lopez says, “We work in a ministry which is helping to fight sex trafficking. The videos help us to communicate the severity of the problem. We need to wake up and realize we must do something about it. To preach the Gospel, we have to be concerned with how our children are suffering right now.”

Eneyda Sanchez of Nicaragua says, “We are also working with Valeria on a series about human trafficking called In Reverse. It begins with the consequences of a bad choice and works backward to help viewers consider where some choices may lead them.”

Norka Stover is originally from Venezuela, worked in Mexico, and presently works with Hispanics in the U.S. She has helped some of the groups with script writing and says, “It’s a joy to help in anyway that I can.”

John Reece of Puerto Rico says they have created three dramas and two musicals for the radio, which were a big hit. We used them in the local church along with several GNPI videos. John says they are using a Solar Kit and may begin using it in the neighboring country of Haiti as well. He is pleased with what he’s been able to do with media and is pushing forward.

Habacuc Diaz from Chile says, “We invested our time in Christian worship music for our churches by working with local artists. We also produced micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations helping homeless people in our city. In addition, we created materials to help teach the Bible in area churches. We are praying for God to send more people for our team.”

Luis Escutia, works in Mexico City, made the following videos with his cell phone since the Nicaragua meeting.

Now he has a Nomad Kit from GNPI.

Tom Nutt said, “Thank you for letting us be part of the work you are doing to share God’s salvation with the world. Let’s continue to share what we are learning. I look forward to the day we can stand before God and worship and glorify Him for what He has allowed us to do on earth.”

Executive Director Mike Schrage said, “We’ve prayed for open doors in Central and South America, and God is answering that prayer.”

Faces of GNPI

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I would like to introduce you to a new page on our website that will connect you with our growing global network. Notice the diversity of faces from around the world working to create media to share the Gospel with the next generation.

As you look over the names, faces, and locations of these coworkers, I encourage you to lift them up in prayer. They are your ministry partners in world evangelism.

Click any image above or visit www.gnpi.org/faces to see the rest. We hope to continually update this page, so come back and visit the Faces of GNPI regularly.

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