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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.

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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.

 

Six Days

Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia

Six Days is the theme of our summer children’s programs, which have taken place carefully in the format of day camps, family camps, and playgrounds. Our team focuses on building the faith of people of all ages, and building a Christian worldview in youth is our top priority. The nations of the former Soviet Union have experienced a great exodus from the Egypt of communism to the desert of secular democracy. Our goal is to do everything we can for the next generation to enter the promised land of the Kingdom.

The following video features some of the highlights with these young people.

Please join us in prayer for these children who learned how God created the world in six days, for staff safety, for the Lord’s guidance, and for His greater glory in this region.

Update from Eldoret, Kenya

Project Nomad teammates Protus, Luka, and Festus talk about their passion to produce media that addresses the real issues affecting people in their society.

They said, “We thank God for the ministry we have. What we are doing is creating an impact and transforming many lives!”

If you would like to invest in the effective work of this team, contact us at www.gnpi.org/donate.

Inspiring Faith

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I am excited to announce the Venture in Faith podcast is now available.

The series features inspiring testimonies from Christians of all ages. The interviews were originally filmed in the GNPI studios in Joplin, Missouri, from the 1980s through the 2000s. The stories of the ways God worked in these individuals continue to show God’s power and relevance today.

We hope these stories of faith in action will encourage a new generation. Besides the GNPI website, you can also listen to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher radio.

 

Prayers & Praises

“I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.” — Psalm 77:1 (NIV)

A Trip to China: GNPI prepared 30 flash drives with culturally appropriate resources, including The Global Gospel in Chinese, Unveiling the Mystery, and Source of Love for a Christian worker who will lead Project Nomad training in China next month. Please pray for the multiplication of disciples and for the safety of this Christian worker.

What’sApp in India: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “Praise the Lord! Our ministry partner Sadhu is very focused in his outreach for Christ. Sadhu talks to Hindu people about timely subjects and points them to the words of Jesus as the Lord of lords. Things are going well as we record his short messages for What’s App, a popular app in India.”

A Great Adventure: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “A special treat was a meeting with the translation and editorial team of the Ukrainian science textbooks in the city of Rivne. A three-year long marathon is close to its completion. The last of twelve textbooks is in the final editing stage now, and the next to the last one is at the press already. It was a great adventure, and we can see how much these resources are needed! Please pray for God’s blessings on everyone involved in the project! Right now, we are exploring the possibility of joining the program of supplying all national libraries with these textbooks. This will require some specific efforts and paperwork, but we will do our best to make it happen! Please pray with us!”

A Vibrant Group: Timothy Jai Kumar of GNPI-Chennai, India, says, “In June, I had the privilege of training 15 delegates from a community service ministry in Varanasi, India. This ministry group brought delegates from four different regional offices in east India to be trained in media production. They were very enthusiastic and quick to learn the concepts and incorporate them in their projects. This group is vibrant; without a doubt they will complete great videos to be used for evangelism and discipleship to impact their community.”

A New Believer: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia shares the conversion testimony of a fifteen-year-old who talked to an evangelist and studied about Jesus with GNPI resources. The teenager said, “The Scripture teaches us to worship only God, but we, Buddhists, don’t realize what we are doing in Buddhism. When I learned about Jesus Christ as the true One who descended from heaven to the earth, I accepted Him as the true God and decided to be baptized in Christ. My heart is now at peace.”

An Honor

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

Our team had the honor to stream a live broadcast for the national day of prayer in Kenya last month.

We had a turnout of nearly 50,000 people who came to pray for the country.

The event was a prayer rally named National Peace and Destiny of Kenya, and it unified churches from all denominations in Kenya.


The following video shows the entire two hour event.

Please continue to pray for our nation after last week’s elections.

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