Have you ever felt a disconnect with a peer, struggled to appreciate a new style of music, or disliked the latest hair style? All of these indicate a dissonance, a temporary shift in taste and culture. Now imagine being asked to use another language like Chinese to chat with your peer, to appreciate Indian-style music for supper, or adapt to an Arabic hairstyle donned by your uncle!
Those are just three of the 73 ways human beings are different from one another. When the Bible says that Jesus became man, He (as God) became a Jewish man in all 73 ways as He walked among those people. He wasn’t a Roman, a Greek, or an Indian because the Father wanted Him to minister among His chosen people in Israel. This was the miracle of the incarnation.
The supporters of GNPI have believed strongly in this incarnation principle, or being culturally relevant, for more than 40 years. Without it, conversations about Jesus are, well, awkward.
Does it work? It certainly does; up to 43 people around the world are touched with every dollar you invest in GNPI.
This Christmas we will again remember the miracle of the incarnation. It reminds us how passionate God is in communicating heart to heart and soul to soul.
By the way, I’m still thinking about that new haircut too!
Your prayers for GNPI are making an impact around the world.
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.” – Luke 1:68 (NIV)
Here Comes the Bride in Thailand: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “The Thai team is writing a script for a short film. The production will address the subject of marriage as it relates to Jesus and His bride. We see that short five-minute videos have quite an impact if the story is compelling and relevant. Pray for creativity on the part of the scriptwriters to tell a good story and for talented actors to portray it properly.”
Three Christmas Broadcasts in India: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We have completed and submitted the Christmas production to the channel broadcast office for final approval. The program will air on Sony TV (National TV) on the 24th at 7:00am. In the afternoon it will air again on the Subhdandesh Channel (National Christian Channel), and it will broadcast a third time on DD Punjabi which is a National Regional Channel (Punjabi).”
Giving Back in Ukraine: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “It was a special blessing to teach the Bible-based Basics of Logics course at the University of Nations to the class of Western missionaries currently serving in Ukraine. This is a way we can give back to thousands of ministries, missionaries, churches, and individuals who have been sacrificing their time, efforts, money, resources, and even their lives through all these years to spread the light of the Good News in the darkness of atheism and communist ideology imposed on many generations in our part of the world!”
Proclaiming the Gospel in Mexico: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “This month our team will be traveling to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to continue recording The Global Gospel in sign language and the Life of a Deaf Person documentary. Pray for us to be able to have a safe trip and to fulfill the purpose of our work.”
Praying for Recovery in Kenya: Isaac Masiga from GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Our country has been destabilized economically by a long and unending election process. Pray for this process to end and for Kenyans to recover economically and politically.”
Welcome to our new series, Around The Network! Your first episode features GNPI coworkers in Damoh, India, and their opportunity to share the Gospel with Hindus in an upcoming national Christmas broadcast.
Your prayers and giving are helping to make disciples throughout the world!
P.S. – You are welcome to download this video on Vimeo to encourage your congregation or missions committee.
You know how tough it is to focus on the most important things during Christmas. Well, that’s not only an American problem, it happens wherever Christmas is celebrated.
Take heart, though. You are helping people in Latin America to prioritize Jesus this Christmas. The Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, team has released the first video in a series for the month of December.
The following video explains how the Christmas season brings special memories, decorations, time with family, and presents. Somehow the story of Christ is almost forgotten by many with the busyness of this season.
It’s tempting to get caught in the trap of acquiring toys and all kinds of material things to show our love this season. The real story of Christmas is love, faith, and hope. The coming of Jesus has changed the world, and it can change us as individuals too.
Your gifts make this timely series possible and creates a lasting impact. Thank you!
The team gathered for delicious pork sandwiches, jalapeños, pork rinds, and jowls. The conversation was lively and spirited with the history, outcomes, and dreams of our team at GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico.
You have built this team over the last 40 years when a Bible college student who was born in Mexico became intrigued with the vision of cultural relevancy in media to make an impact in Latin America. This was the beginning of the friendship of Robert Gurwell and GNPI Founder Ziden Nutt. They had no idea how the Lord would build on the foundation of their relationship for years to come.
Of all the projects the team discussed, the one that stood out was recording The Global Gospel (TGG) with deaf people. The biggest challenge was in coaching a deaf person to actually sign the 107 TGG stories. Yet the ministry partners insisted on doing so because a hearing person signing was not the same as one of their own. The decision included many more hours of preparation, work, and expense to make the production. However, the impact has already been felt as people who viewed themselves as rejected and unimportant realized they were valued and esteemed.
Tom Nutt, director of operations, complimented these coworkers on their ingenuity and relayed how he’d recently met another deaf person visiting Joplin from Ghana. The visitor discovered the same truth when stories about Jesus were recorded and shown to deaf people in Ghana. With tears streaming down his cheeks the visitor said, “Now our people can really understand the Good News.”
Media processes were shared, and a common theme emerged in Mexico. Cultural relevance is not just about the food, culture, or speech of any country. It is all of this and more residing deeply in the soul. The results are best revealed when a person is able to internalize the powerful words of Jesus.
Your prayers for GNPI are making an impact around the world.
“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.” — Psalm 89:15 (NIV)
Sharing the Gospel in China: A ministry partner shares this exciting news from one of the Chinese trainees in our 2016 Project Nomad training in Hong Kong. The trainee said, “Praise God! We have used what we learned to make 12 short documentary videos and reached over 2,000 people. There have been more than 1,600 views each time we broadcast the videos on social media platforms. Praise God our labor is not in vain!”
Training 2,000 Prison Officers in Kenya: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “One of our ministry partners asked for prayer and saw God work to change hearts as she ministered to approximately 2,000 officers using one of our productions, Dume Halisi, in a training college for prison staff. Dume Halisi is a film about a group of men who mistreat women and neglect their children but later change after going through counseling and training sessions.”
New Disciples in SE Asia: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia says, “Thank you for your prayers. Three evangelists asked me to help them with a one-day seminar at our training center. Ten of the 12 attendees were unbelievers. These attendees told me they want to be baptized. Another man and a preacher taught some unbelievers and seven of them accepted Christ and were baptized. Praise the Lord for the way He is working in this region.”
Declaring the Authority of Scripture in Eurasia: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We had a chance to share about the Biblical foundations for the role of family at a retreat in the town of Obuhov. People should be set free from the communist mentality that the government is responsible for them, their families, and their children! God created humans and family long before any government came into existence. Please pray for us to make the authority of the Scripture clear!”
Growing Church Plants in Mexico: Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico, is strategically engaging people with short videos through social media. The team has seen a growth in attendance in the newest church plants in central Mexico.
GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, often provides media coverage at national events. Most recently the team served at Kenya’s National Day of Prayer live broadcast which unified churches throughout the nation. More than 50,000 people gathered to pray.
You are reaching out to refugees in Uganda.
GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, is creating a projectto reach refugees in response to the one million South Sudanese people have fled to refugee camps in Uganda. This team is working with another ministry to help transform communities with God-centered peace. They also supplied believers with a Solar Kit and Christian resources.
3. You are sharing the hope of Christ on national television in India.
GNPI-Damoh, India, broadcasts on Christmas and Easter to an audience of more than40 million viewers. The team has engaged in dialogue with 1,200 families this year to offer the viewers more Christian resources and to connect them with believers in their areas. Their Youtube channels have over 5,000 new subscribers and 650,000 views, including active discussions with 550 viewers.
You are making disciples and training leaders in SE Asia.
GNPI-SE Asia shared the Gospel with 688 people via seminars and Solar Kits this year. The team has also initiated a movement for Christ in this Buddhist stronghold by hosting three month-long intensive trainings to equip 35 leaders from various regions to share the Gospel in Buddhist villages.
You are ministering to persecuted and scattered Christians across Eurasia.
GNPI-Eurasia ministers to displaced people across Europe following a government invasion. Regional Director Sergei Golovinparticipates regularly on a national television program about Christian issues. The online episode about the accuracy of the Resurrection of Jesus received 40,000 views. Their online productions are viewed by as many as 40 nations monthly, including Saudi Arabia and Mongolia.
You are inspiring people in Thailand with testimonies of how Christ transforms lives.
GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, reports that viewership of their three key productions, Changed, Movement Everywhere, and Biblical Extension Courses, increased by 42 percent this year.
Noi and her husband (pictured above) have been working together to share God’s Word in Thailand for over 30 years. Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Everywhere Noi goes she is constantly telling her story of how God loved a poor orphan girl like herself, sparing her life so she could give testimony to His greatness.”
You are ministering to an unreached people group of 32 million in Latin America.
GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico,is finalizing The Global Gospel in sign language. There are virtually no other media resources available for these 32 million people in Latin America.
You are meeting people where they are in the Philippines.
GNPI-Manila, Philippines, offers practical principles from God’s Word. There are 22,000 subscribers to their Faith Matters, too! devotional series on Facebook. These followers have the series delivered to their favorite devices daily.
You are sharing God’s Word with visual learners.
The Global Gospelis now complete in 28 language versions. Soon the 13 in progress will be available online. These programs are included in personalized study plans on the most popular Bible app in the world, YouVersion. To date, more than32,846 plans have been completed.
You are providing effective tools to share the Gospel in areas with little or no access to electricity.
GNPI has supplied Solar Kits to help share the Gospel since 1981. Since then the ministry has deployed more than 600 Solar Kits to nearly 50 nations.
You are training people in difficult areas to use media to advance their ministries.
Project Nomad has courageously moved forward with trainings in difficult areas, like Egypt and Inner Mongolia. Another training event is scheduled for January in Damoh, India. Our eight regional centers are helping to oversee the increasing numbers of developing and established Nomad teams as Project Nomad continues to grow.
Visit www.gnpi.org/news for more exciting details about each regional center and Nomad team.
Special family relationships are often on our minds during the holidays. With your help GNPI has been blessed to work alongside Dr. Ajai Lall and his family to share the Gospel in culturally relevant ways throughout India for nearly 30 years.
Dr. Ajai Lall, Founder and Executive Director of Central India Christian Mission
Only eternity will reveal the results of the ministry of GNPI. What a privilege to partner in spreading the name and fame of Jesus Christ!
One truth in Kingdom work is that the more effort and vision are extended to reach people, the more the evil one strives to discourage and destroy.
As our Piedras Negras team gathered to discuss their future productions and people they hoped to reach, they were not ignorant of Satan’s schemes. They dreamed about reaching cities such as Pachuca and Querétaro, as well as the countries of Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Chile.
As some of these exciting plans began to take shape over the last year, a key staff person made the difficult decision to move his family to Querétaro for the benefit of his special needs son.
The news of Pablo’s leaving devastated the team in Piedras Negras, yet a part-time staff member Ali stepped up to help fill the gap.
Pablo is still working with the Piedras Negras team part of the time, and his son is steadily improving with the special training and attention available in Querétaro. In addition, God is using Pablo as the web designer, videographer, graphics designer, and trainer to help launch an exciting new church planting effort called Impacto Network.
Gustavo Velázquez, regional director of GNPI-Piedras Negras said, “Satan had plans to reduce and discourage us. After seeing Pablo, his family, and his work, I know that they are well, and so are we. What Satan tried to do has failed.”
Amen! What Satan tried to do at Calvary failed too, and that is Good News!
Thank you for joining the GNPI prayer team to impact the world.
“He must become greater; I must become less.”— John 3:30 (NIV)
A Good Platform among Muslims: Christian workers in Tanzania write, “Praise the Lord! We are grateful for the Solar Kit which has been instrumental in proclaiming the Gospel in a Muslim dominated school. The school has 431 pupils and only six pupils are Christians. The headmaster allows us to show films to the pupils. The entire school has been turning out on Wednesday and Friday afternoons to watch the Old Testament movies. This has given us a good platform to share with these children without resistance. After the films, we give our conclusion and explain where those biblical principles are found in Scripture. We believe the Word of God is being sown in these young souls, and we expect to obtain a great harvest in the future. We also believe God will give us favor in other schools and open more doors to reach out to those who don’t know Christ.”
National Television Broadcast in India: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Pray for the Lord to make our national Christmas broadcast as impactful as possible. The program will include a Gospel presentation and two music videos which include children and young adults. We will follow up with the viewers to share more Christian materials, answer their questions, and connect them with believers in their areas.”
Resources from Occupied Territories: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! The delivery of the first of two loads of books shipped to the mainland Ukraine was one of the month’s most exciting highlights. After many years of publishing, we had about three tons of the books stored in the occupied territories. We are sending them to Russia and to other countries of the former Soviet Union. A portion of this shipment was our personal library containing a great variety of best books on apologetics, creation science, exegesis, homiletics, and Christian leadership, which I had collected in almost 30 years of the ministry. With great joy we have decided to donate them all to the library of Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary. Thus, the books will be put to the best use for the Kingdom’s sake! Please join our prayers for the students who will have access to them now!”
Signs of Bible Translation in Ghana: Project Nomad is a multifaceted tool reaching souls and changing lives around the world. The team in Tamale, Ghana, is using their training as they translate the Bible and create a sign language for the people of Ghana. Pray for them to have God’s wisdom in this important task for the 260,000 hearing impaired people in the country.
Offering Hope to Filipinos in 2018: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, says, “We have moved the taping for the new Hope Matters, too! series to January. We will launch it in February to coincide with the most popular topic of all time, love and love relationships. This also gives us breathing room to prepare more episodes for Faith Matters, too! Thanks for all your prayers!”