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Light

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

A recent visit of a regional director to the U.S. reminded me of this simple truth: light is light regardless of where it’s shining!

Shining a flashlight at noon won’t be noticed very much, but the same flashlight along a country road on cloud-covered night can be a lifesaver! The light isn’t any stronger; it’s just easier to see when it’s pitch-black all around.

Our GNPI regional directors share their light everywhere they go. In most cases they serve in places of great spiritual darkness where the light of the Gospel is easy to see. When this light shines on people, it may expose them to danger. We are constantly in prayer as they make the way clear in these places.

Sometimes our regional directors leave their homelands to shine their light in the U.S. While there are many more shining around them here, their beams of spiritual light impact us greatly. They brighten our spirits. We are enlightened by their wisdom and perseverance. In fact, they impact non-believers for Christ while they are visiting!

Join us in asking God to continue to allow our regional directors to shine the light of Christ, wherever they are. Let’s pray for each of us to be the same kind of transforming light for Christ in 2017.

Prayers & Praises

“I have come into the world as a light . . .” — John 12:46 (NIV)

An Open Door: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Usually Christians distribute resources telling about the birth of Jesus the Savior. This year I realized we needed to produce a special Christmas DVD and pamphlet for nonbelievers. We also had the opportunity to attend a Christmas celebration among a new people group. It was the first time for them to hear the Gospel. God opened the door for 30-40 adults to listen to us. A new convert led the event, and he invited me to speak to the group. Praise the Lord for this open door!”

Testimonies of New Believers: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Our staff is working on various testimonies and video recordings of people born into the Brahman family (the high caste of Hindus) who are now following Christ. These new believers are leading their spouses and kids to Christ. Pray for our staff as we travel to record some of the testimonies and B-roll footage.”

Border Control: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel back and forth across borders. Sometimes we are detained for hours. The list of things we can bring in and out of countries is being revised constantly.”

Leadership Conference: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We conducted a conference for church leaders and shared materials and strategies with them about how to extend Christ’s love to Muslims. We plan to host a series of these training workshops.”

Your Prayers Are Appreciated: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “I am blessed to be working with a group of talented, dedicated people. I’ve been told the first year after the death of a spouse is the hardest. I have to say so far this seems to be true, but some good friends are walking this path along with me. The Thai production staff members have pulled me in and have made this transition much easier. I still feel like I’m on a roller coaster ride from day-to-day, but sitting there beside me is Jesus, my friends, and family. Your prayers are so appreciated!”

 

Connect with GNPI

Do you want to help GNPI to achieve breakthroughs in our efforts to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology? Join thousands of others who support us as we offer the hope of Christ around the world through culturally relevant, biblically based resources. Our goal is to move seekers to become disciples of Jesus. Here’s how you can help:

Now there’s one more way you can connect with GNPI. It’s another “I” word in addition to Alan’s list from the video. Install The GNPI App. This new app will give you up-to-the-minute details about the ministry of GNPI, notify you of special events or projects needing prayer and support, and provide you with evangelistic resources. It is available at www.gnpi.org/app.

 

A Closer Look at Suffering

Andrew Goryainov from Lutsk, Ukraine, produced this video to provide an inside look at the humanitarian crisis. There are nearly two million internally displaced people in the country. The host of the video visits a shelter and views some of the housing available in eastern Ukraine. Christian people have joined together to help supply some basic needs for these families, especially the children.

Andrew is a friend and coworker with Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia. Andrew was a student at the Project Nomad training in Kiev, and this video is the fruit of the experience. He is eager to learn more about media and the possibility of starting a Nomad team.

Answering Questions About Marriage

The Marriage Series from GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, is new and easily accessible on Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook.

Fielden and Janet Allison, who are experienced Christian workers in Uganda, say the purpose of this series is to bless marriages. It is designed to be used by couples or small groups.

The first lesson is: How does a husband show his wife that he loves her?

The other lessons are:

How does a wife show respect to her husband?

What does it mean to keep our marriage beds pure?

Is it a sin for a wife to refuse to have sex with her husband?

Is sex the original sin?

Is polygamy a sin?

Have I married the wrong person?

Should a couple have separate bank accounts?

 

Connection

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Our world is interconnected in many ways:

  • A hurricane warning comes a week in advance of the storm hitting the shore.
  • News from China hits Facebook within minutes.
  • Presidential tweets send the stock market into a buzz.

Technology and education connect us to each other.

In fact, fifty percent of today’s world leaders studied at some point in the United States. Global leadership is connected with U.S.-based education. Look at this photo of the Iranian cabinet and where they studied. We are connected!

We go to a waiting world as missionaries, workers, and short-term visitors, yet today, the world is coming to us as never before. Over one million come as international students annually. Imagine the friendship many of us could freely offer as we welcome international students who want to practice their English skills and learn about American culture.

Faith is rolled into our culture and what better way to share our faith and ensure as neighbors we continue to honor, love, and respect one another through building bridges of international friendship. GNPI partnered with ICOM in 2016 to create and launch The RISE Project (www.theriseproject.com).

Take a look at the resources on the website and then initiate a conversation with an international student near you. You, our guests, and our world will benefit!

 

Prayers & Praises

“From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” — John 1:16 (NLT)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for January 9, 2017

Faith Matters, too! Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Faith Matters, too! is the new series we launched last month. Please pray it will go beyond our expected reach and for this material to really minister to people.”

Eastern European Leadership Forum: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “A few months ago, I planned to be in charge of the apologetics section of the Eastern European Leadership Forum with lectures, seminars, and round table discussions, but the Lord had a different plan. Instead I experienced four surgeries in five weeks. Our years of ministry delivered fruit as a cohort of young national apologists were ready to help. For every spot on the schedule, someone was able to replace me. Not one event was skipped! May the Lord be praised!”

Time of Transition: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Please continue to keep our staff in prayer during this time of transition since Tom’s death. We are a close-knit team and work together well. As we consider a new director, we want to be cautious and wise in this important decision.”

Expanding the Ministry: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Pray for Pablo Perales who relocated to help establish a new work and ministry in Queretaro, Mexico, for GNPI along with Sergio Alvarado. May God continue to expand the ministry of GNPI and guide our coworkers.”

Opportunities for Impact: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We finished our social media strategy for this next year, and we are actively implementing it. Thank God for the opportunity to impact 450,000 people who have engaged with our content.”

 

The Impact of Project Nomad

Patrick Kenee, Christian Worker in South Africa

The Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, team records, edits, and prepares teaching materials from leadership training conferences. I have a friend who shares these Bible correspondence materials at every opportunity.  I’ve seen the positive impact of the course in the rural villages. Project Nomad empowers people to share the Gospel.

 

The True Buddha

Our coworkers in some regional centers share the Gospel from a very different cultural perspective. Their language may be new to partners in our global network, but it is completely relevant to the cultures where they are working.

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

Many Buddhists worship Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. His teachings about the True Buddha points people to Jesus Christ.

I want to help people to understand the real meaning of the word “Buddha” because Buddhists think Gautama is Buddha. In reality, Buddha means “God” in the Magadha (Pali) language. Pali was the language Gautama spoke. Historically and literally, it does not refer to Gautama, who people worship today.

We should not interchange the names Gautama and Buddha because Buddha is God, and Gautama is a human being.
 Gautama himself wanted to be like Buddha (God) and prayed to Buddha (God). When Buddhists understand the difference between Buddha and Gautama, they realize who the true Buddha is.

Jesus Christ is the first and the last God. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is love, the greatest, and the Almighty God. He is the Savior and the Creator. He is the Messiah (Matthias), who descended from Heaven to the earth. Jesus Christ is the Truth. The Truth makes people free (John 8:32). Knowing Him is amazing and wonderful (Revelation 22:13, Hebrew 13:8, Philippians 2:10-11, Matthew 1:18-21, John 1:1-14, John 4:25-26).

Transformation

Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

Raziel Nuñez, the lead actor in a couple of our recent films, shares how his family and ministry were impacted by the documentary on addictions and the short film Freed by Blood.

I see myself in the short film and relive those difficult times. However, I know that what we are living at this moment is evidence of a transformation from God in our lives.

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