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Breakthrough

The need for spiritual breakthrough compels GNPI.

We pray that the teams, training, and tools going out from our network will help believers to share their faith effectively with others, so the Good News can break through hardened hearts with His powerful love.

With the benefits of media and technology on the side of passionate believers, many barriers that hinder our evangelism efforts are shattered.

National leaders, who are trained media professionals, staff multiple regional centers in strategic locations around the world and create culturally relevant content in their heart languages.

Please share some of your own examples of spiritual breakthroughs around the world.

Say It Forward Turns One

Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Manila, Philippines

Our team launched this practical series a year ago. The videos average six to eight minutes and are presented in a Christian TED Talk format. We have been pleased with the variety of programs and responses.

To date, we have completed 68 episodes from 10 speakers. One episode was shared 95 times, and we think this high number could be due to the topic that was discussed. The earlier episodes are on YouTube. We have not finished uploading them to Facebook where we get the biggest number of views. Filipinos are some of the highest users of social media in the world.

Here is one example of a recent program and our feedback:

On Being the 'Bad Guy' by Dan Andrew Cura

Have you ever experienced trying to do the right thing – and you come out the 'kontrabida' or the 'bad guy'? When you try to right a wrong, and people bash or condemn you for it? Our speaker, Dan Andrew Cura, understands how it feels to be criticized and misunderstood – especially since his motives and intentions were for the 'greater good'. Does that sound familiar to you? So, if you are going through this experience, Dan's talk may be the encouragement that you need today! Watch, learn and feel free to Share It Forward! 🙂

Posted by Say It Forward on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Have you ever tried to do the right thing and you came out as the “kontrabida” or bad guy? When you try to right a wrong, do people bash or condemn you for it?

Our speaker, Dan Andrew Cura, understands how it feels to be criticized and misunderstood, especially since his motives and intentions were for the greater good. Does that sound familiar to you?

 

Watch, learn, and feel free to Share It Forward!

One viewer said,
“I always listen because I learn lots of things. Thank you, Brother Andrew Cura. Continue teaching the Word of God. I’m also sharing this with my brothers and sisters in Christ and even with my children and grandchildren.”

We recently had over 700 views from Saudi Arabia of our episode on Dealing with Stress. This same episode had a very high viewership from males, 18-24 years old. Previous episodes of viewers had been men and women over 45 years old, with some in the 18-24 age bracket. For now, we think the topics chosen make a big difference.

Tremendous Opportunity

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Last week, I mentioned The RISE Project which stands for Refugee and International Student Engagement. I hope you checked out the free small group study, sermon outlines, and other resources available at theriseproject.com.

Sadly, 70% of international students are never invited into an American home. God is bringing the nations to us, and we have a tremendous opportunity to welcome the future leaders of the world to our country and into our homes.

GNPI is pleased to have a former international student on our staff, and I hope you’ll take a moment to watch Alan’s story.

Prayers & Praises

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
— 2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for March 6, 2017

Vision Night Events: Please pray for our Vision Night events starting this week. Pray that the focus will be on the Lord and that He will encourage and inspire each person who attends in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix.

An Intense Process: Ministry partner Sergio Alvarado and his family are getting settled in the city of Querétaro, Mexico, for church planting and work with Project Nomad. Sergio says, “Our team is working hard to develop training materials that will be beneficial, informative, and effective for equipping church planters to transform their communities. At our last team meetings we listed around eighty topics which we believe are necessary for church planters to learn. Developing written materials, as well as recording and editing video so training can be done remotely, is an intense process!”

A Special Blessing: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “It was a special blessing for me to meet Dimitry Grischuk, from Donetsk, the war zone in eastern Ukraine. He runs a ministry to help people overcome the consequences of war. He has been reading my apologetics resources since he was a boy, and these materials helped shape his worldview. What a great encouragement! Now we are developing plans for partnership. Isn’t that amazing? Praise the Lord!”

Proclaiming God’s Goodness: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, says, “Praise the Lord for our newest program! Movement Everywhere, episode 10, is a production with Pastor Chai Rach who shares about his commitment to preaching the Word and service as a mediator in the court system for accident victims. He considers himself blessed to proclaim God’s goodness and to have a positive impact on society.”

Grateful and Privileged: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for His wisdom and provision for us. God designed the family, and He is the One that puts us all together. This is true even for those who are not related to one another, yet whose hearts are bound by God’s love. I am grateful and privileged to be part of the GNPI family!”

Honest Confessions

Timothy P, regional director of GNPI-SE Asia

My friend and partner in sharing the Gospel sent this report of his trip to a rural village for training with tools from our regional center. He showed the life of Christ movie on his computer and taught some of the people about Christ. One of the men admitted he is struggling in his faith; he said,

I am one of elders in my village. There were no Christians in our village before this year. We had not even heard about Christianity.

When the teacher came to our village, he showed a film of the life of Christ to my wife and daughter, and he taught them about Jesus. They told me about Jesus, the true and unrivaled God. The teacher also told me about Jesus, then I understood the difference between Jesus and other gods. However, I did not care and pretended to know nothing because I am an elder of the village and the one who leads and manages religious matters. I closed my eyes and ears in order not to be persuaded.

The second time the teacher visited our village, he gave my daughter a book entitled The Owner of the Universe whom Everyone Shall Worship. After the teacher left, I read the book and saw some differences between our way of worship and theirs. The book says, since human beings are imperfect, we cannot observe all of the Five Precepts in Buddhism. If a person relies on his or her own effort, surely he or she will go to Hell. Thus, in order to be free from Hell, one must rely on God alone. While I was reading the book, I began to consider that I am not totally free from sin myself. Then I realized that Jesus Christ has overcome all of the Five Maras and revealed Himself as the true Savior of the world.

These are my confessions from the bottom of my heart. My wife and daughter believe in Jesus absolutely. I also want to accept Jesus Christ as God in my heart. For the time being, I cannot change. There are many hindrances for me, and I have to take some time to prepare. Please pray for me. Thank you.

Whatever Happens

Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

This Pase lo que Pase (Whatever Happens) video was filmed in New York under the direction of our coworker Pablo Perales.

Abe Mendoza, a Christian singer from Piedras Negras, Mexico, is featured in the video. He grew up in the Christian faith playing, singing, and writing his own songs for God. Abe has traveled through the United States, Mexico, and Central America sharing his music.

Abe’s father was a pastor for many years, but he died this year. At the end of the video, Abe dedicates this video and his ministry to his father.

 

Do Not Forget

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I served as the President of the International Conference On Missions (ICOM) last year. One of the special initiatives of the 2016 conference included the creation and launch of The Refugee and International Student Engagement (RISE) Project based on Hebrews 13:2 (NIV).

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers . . . for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

We have a sacred opportunity to welcome our neighbors from every corner of the globe to our communities in a way that reflects the welcoming, inclusive heart of God.

The RISE Project provides real life application to the culturally relevant work GNPI does overseas in our network. ICOM, RISE, and GNPI share a strong desire to equip and encourage our partners to engage with people in these two populations.

For more information, practical support, and a four part small group video series, visit theriseproject.com.

 

Prayers & Praises

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” — 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

Stabilization: Pray for protection, peace, and stabilization for our Project Nomad-Kadiolo, Mali, team amid insecurity in Mali. One ministry partner reported several recent kidnappings of expatriates in Mali.

Active Involvement: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! My recovery after four surgeries continues, and I am actively involved in teaching and training again. I’m teaching a Master’s level course for three groups of distance learning students and church leaders from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. It is a great joy to explore the role of apologetics in the biblical strategy of evangelism, importance of creation evangelism, historical veracity of the Scripture, and many other questions. One of their assignments was to go back to their homes and ministries and to share what they have learned. Please pray for these workers of the Lord!”

A Joyful Response: Timothy P., of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “A member of our team took one of our Solar Kits to a village and shared the Gospel. While the people were watching a video about the life of Christ, our coworker paused on certain sections and explained the story to them. The people responded with joy. They said this approach helped for them to understand the Bible and to convince their hearts of the Truth. They hadn’t understood through hearing or watching by themselves.”

The Karamojong Stories: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “This new 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. It has been a new language learning venture for our production team. Please pray this project will help many Ugandans to know the Lord for the first time or to know Him better.”

Sharing Truth Through Solar Kits: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “The Endorois people appreciate the chance to learn about Jesus. We visited this group of people a couple weeks ago and held a five day seminar. We showed The Global Gospel in Swahili on a Solar Kit and studied the Bible with them. Please pray for these new friends as they develop personal relationships with Christ.”

An Introvert Such as I Am

Sian Vines, GNPI Receptionist

Working as a receptionist is not the ideal job for an introvert such as I am.

After moving to Joplin, MO, one year ago, I became the receptionist for Good News Productions, International (GNPI). God positioned this past year of my life as an in-between year. A phase of life in-between two larger, seemingly more important times (though we never truly know how important events are in our life until God later reveals their purpose). Jacob worked seven plus seven years for his beautiful bride. It feels as if I’m doing the same. Five years ago I discovered my calling from God to be in Thailand, but He has continued to say, “Just a little longer,” giving me more steps or phases before He says, “Go.”

Each new day at GNPI brings new faces. As receptionist, I greet mailmen, visitors, and staff members as they come and go. I take calls from joyful givers and mournful supporters with news that a loved one has passed. This past year I’ve been at the forefront of the relationships GNPI has built over the years.

The common introvert such as I am would dread being a receptionist. The thought of small talk or trying to find something in common with others absolutely terrifies introverts! Imagine having to face that possibility at any given moment as receptionist!

I spent my childhood in New Zealand where my parents were missionaries, and I have a tattoo. It’s a Pikorua – a Maori (native New Zealander) symbol meaning the “interconnectedness of groups of people such as two cultures (or peoples).” The truth of this symbol has become more powerful this past year. Despite my fears, I have never struggled to have a conversation with anyone passing through GNPI. There is one thing I always find in common to talk about, which is prevalent throughout the Christian world. All cultures, evangelized and unreached alike, have at least one thing or one person in common. That is God. No matter who I meet at GNPI, we have God in common. People passing through GNPI share marvelous stories of how they see God moving in their part of the world. This leads to endless conversations about His mighty Kingdom. I, in turn, share the many ways I’ve also seen God work.

GNPI creates culturally relevant material. How important that is! Many times, those who have not received training in cultural relevance still effectively evangelize. How is this so? How can God speak through an African to reach an Australian, or an Asian to reach an American? God is already working, even in unreached people groups. There is a need for His grace, His salvation, His mercy, His love, and a relationship with Him in every culture. While cultural relevance aids in more accurately explaining and interpreting the Gospel, ultimately the only thing one needs to evangelize, or simply have a conversation, is God.

As I prepare to move to Thailand, there is no fear in me about making connections. I know that Thailand is a country in need of God. Every person is seeking. I joyfully carry the treasure to those looking for an answer to their troubles. I may be introverted, but God overrules it as He does in many other areas of my life.

Reference for Pikorua meaning: http://www.tuarangi.com/pikorua-the-maori-twist-design/

Sian Vines has served with our Joplin staff in a pleasant and professional way for the last year. We are thankful for her friendship and that the Lord allowed our paths to cross. May God bless her next steps.

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