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Learn From Me

The Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, team created this video to address the issue of teen pregnancy in South Africa. Many young girls become mothers at an early age, and some abandon their babies. The following video tells of a story of a young woman who chose a different route.

The team also provided local contact information for those who might need help with a pregnancy, baby, child, or have questions regarding their options.

Like a Hammer

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Steve White is the senior minister at Plainfield Christian Church, in Plainfield, Indiana. He offered these challenging words after attending Vision Night and hearing the inspiring presentation of Isaac Masiga, guest speaker and regional director from Nairobi, Kenya.

Jeremiah 23:29 says, “Is not my word . . . like a hammer . . .” GNPI wants to share the powerful Gospel with people around the world using media and technology.

Steve’s right when he said that media, like a hammer, is a tool that can be used for good or evil. We could not use the goodness of the tool of media effectively without the passionate provisions from congregations like Plainfield Christian Church and leaders like Steve White.

Prayers & Praises

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  — Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

New Angle Media Momentum: Work on the New Angle Media Project is progressing. Pray for the animation team to work efficiently and creatively on the remaining 19 stories. Pray for the app team as they improve the user interface and app navigation, as well as the data collection components. Pray this project will please God and produce great fruit!

Why: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “The Why project was released. It’s a three-minute video about sexual purity and is also available on WhatsApp. We are receiving a lot of encouraging feedback on social media. This video will be included on our Solar Kits going forward.”

New School: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Thank you so much for your faithful prayers for my health condition. I am practically back to normal and even enjoying teaching invitations if they don’t require a long periods of time or long travel distances.The most exciting news we heard recently was from a group of students in Moldova who completed our training have now started a missionary school in their own country. Praise the Lord! Please pray with us for the school’s development, growth, and expansion for the greater glory of the Kingdom!

One Hundred Episodes: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord with us! Over the last five months we have produced 100 episodes of Faith Matters, too! These three minute devotions are aimed at helping busy, young professionals to start, or end, their day with some much needed quiet time. Topics range from the importance of personal reflection, family relationships, conflict, camaraderie, the importance of Sabbath rest, and more. Click here to learn more about this series.”

Punjabi Update: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We have been encouraged by the responses to our nationally televised Easter broadcast. Now as people receive their requested copies of The Global Gospel (TGG), we pray the programs will speak to them about the life of Christ. We are also updating TGG in Punjabi for future distribution.”

Decisions for Christ

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

Our team member Aung recently shared the Gospel with some people in a western village. God is working in a wonderful way among the people of SE Asia. These are some of the people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

I am thirty-nine years old. I have been a Buddhist all my life. I’d never heard about Jesus Christ before Aung visited our village. Many Buddhists view Christianity as a perverted and false religion.

Aung shared about the true and living God. After I heard the Message, I realized what I had heard about Christianity before was totally wrong. I have come to understand clearly that the one true God is Jesus Christ. Jesus gave His own life in order to pay for our sins and came to life again.

When the teacher contrasted Scripture and the teachings of Buddhism using materials created by GNPI-SE Asia, I was convinced that my former way was wrong. I am so happy to hear this Message. I now believe that Jesus Christ is the true God who can save me out of sin. Not only me, I also want all of my relatives to know Jesus and accept Him as their Savior. I will try to share with them about this wonderful God. If my relatives hear this message presented the way I did, they will accept Jesus Christ too.

I was a Buddhist, and I also worshiped spirits. This young teacher visited our village and talked about Jesus Christ. I realized that my way of living is totally wrong because I was following false gods. I know that spirits deceived me. I now understand that Jesus Christ has power over all spirits, and He can cast out all evil spirits into Hell at the end of time. If I continually worship those spirits who will be thrown into Hell, I would surely go to Hell too. I’ve never known about these things before.

I have decided to throw all of the images of spirits out of my house because these things could not save me from sin. The only one who can save me is Jesus Christ alone. I feel assurance that if I believe in Jesus Christ, I don’t need to fear spirits because Jesus has power over them and rules them. I now worship Jesus Christ and pray to Him alone.

I am an elder of our village. I never heard about Jesus Christ, and I thought Christianity was something to fear. This young teacher told me about the unrivaled God whom Christians worship as the only true God. I could easily understand that Jesus is the overcomer from his explanation and teaching tools. I accept Jesus Christ as the true and living God whom everyone should worship.

 

Haciendo A Cristo Conocido (Making Christ Known)

Habacuc Diaz, Team Leader of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile

I’m excited about what God is doing. We are investing our time in worship music for churches by working with local artists. We also produce micro documentaries on social issues to assist groups who are helping homeless people in our city. In addition, we create resources to help teach the Bible in area congregations.

We are pleased to release another music video. The lyrics are very meaningful.

VERSE
In the forgotten villages, lost are still
Those who one day before the throne
They will love you
Unconscious and blind of eternity
Live dead, separated captives are

CHORUS
Making Christ known in every people and nation
They are millions who do not know of your great love
And You call us to the fields where no one heard of You
Raise us, Lord, to your mission

INTERLUDE
You are the King of them too
Your death was also for them
They are your loved ones and they do not know it
May their lips confess the Lord

 

Pressing On

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

We have produced 27 language versions of The Global Gospel and 11 more are almost finished! Why do we invest so much time and effort in this project? Why don’t we go on to something new?

Here are ten reasons:

Three truths:

  1. We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word (spiritually alive and incredibly effective). The Global Gospel comes straight from the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
  2. We believe that God’s Word will change the hearts of people (eternally). There are countless stories of how, even during the production process, this project is transforming lives.
  3. We believe that God’s people are to help others receive and understand God’s Word (stewardship). More than three billion people speak the top 25 global languages.

These truths become even more significant when you consider these realities:

  1. Fifty percent of the world cannot read (print is not understood).
  2. Eighty percent of the world prefers visuals of new information (print is not preferable).   
  3. Eighty percent of the world only makes $10 a day (print is not affordable).*

The facts:

  1.  “More than half (58%) of all adults wish they read the Bible more often.” *
  2.  “…many people (39%) point to a difficult life experience that led them to search the Bible for direction or answers.” *
  3.  “…seeing how the Bible changed someone they knew for the better was an important motivating factor for some adults (30%).” *
  4. “…being asked by someone they know to read the Bible (20%).”

* State of the Bible 2017: Top Findings, Research Releases in Culture & Media April 4, 2017

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Prayers & Praises

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” — Luke 5:16 (NIV)

Good Responses: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “Praise the Lord! Our 2017 Easter program showed three times on national television resulting in 500 calls from 20 states. Our staff appreciates the good responses and opportunities to pray with people, mostly non- Christians, in our follow-up.”

Training Others: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia forwarded this testimony from a coworker, “I have always desired to spread the Good News of Christ. Your method of sharing the Gospel helped me and others to understand more about Jesus and how much Jesus wants to reach out to the people. I never connected the teachings of Gautama and Jesus. Jesus overcame death. That is a very special lesson for me to reach the unreached people in this culture. Now I use this method when I speak to non-Christians. No human being is free from sin. Therefore, everyone needs a helper to get away from sinful life. I have shared this Good News with more than 20 people. They accepted it, so I want to spread the Gospel even more.”

New Nomad Training: Please pray for Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen as he leads the Nomad training event at Dallas Christian College in Texas, this week and then leaves for two training events in the Philippines.

Ripple Effect: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Interactions with our former students is a great blessing. For the last couple of years we’ve given them reading and writing assignments as well as practical ones to share their faith with others. Then they have to share what have they learned and write a report evaluating their plans and expectations while comparing them with the outcome. What a joy to receive messages like this: ‘Thank you so much! Without your assignment I would not have dared to start doing this!’ Please pray with us for a ripple effect in the Kingdom!”

Empowering Others: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Our team is working with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to create culturally relevant learning materials that other organizations can use to impact the communities where they serve. We are thankful for the opportunity to meet these needs and to translate resources into other indigenous languages to educate and empower.”

Overcoming Adversity

Our Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico, team is producing a variety of practical teaching videos to offer encouragement and hope. The following video is one of their latest releases.

The video explains how important it is to be resilient through the problems of life. Job is used as an example because of the way he overcame harsh adversity in his own life. In order to grow we need to be able to resist, adapt, and recover after facing struggles of all kinds. God’s Word gives us the tools we need, and our relationship with Him provides hope for our souls.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
                                                — Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Sharing Jesus

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

Our office is a place of ministry, healing, and resources. We thank God for the opportunities we have at this time. I’d like to offer encouragement to the whole body of Christ. We need to wake up and realize we don’t have the luxury of time.

The Magic Box

Tom Ommemo of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

Tom Ommemo helps assemble and distribute Solar Kits in Africa. He explains how these small boxes equip pastors with technology, so it is easy to present the Word of God in a different way. Many of the dramas shown on the Solar Kits are taken directly from the Bible to help people understand and apply the Scriptures.

The Solar Kit is a very important tool for us.

Visit www.gnpi.org/solarkits if you would like to purchase a Solar Kit for yourself or another Christian worker.

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