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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.

Digital Delivery

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Remember the days when going out to the mailbox was exciting? Now, for many, only junk mail and the occasional Amazon order arrives in the mailbox. This change indicates the news, entertainment, bills, and more are delivered digitally which has changed the way we communicate. The mailbox, printed newspaper, AM/FM radio, telephone on the wall, or free-to-air broadcast TV stations are not as common. Everything has changed!

Today, GNPI can deliver life-changing words from God to a Buddhist gardener, a Spanish teacher, or Indian technician to answer real questions in this tumultuous world. Scriptural teaching delivered in the language people speak at the times they need is why media is so critical.  

Think of those times when you find yourself awake at 2:00 am as insomnia strikes again. People around the world share this struggle. Are you overwhelmed at the state of our nation, facing a loss in your family, or looking for positive messages to help you cope? Believers and seekers need the same help during a government coup or in the days following the funeral of a good friend.

Free messages, delivered at just the right time through the guidance of the Holy Spirit can make all the difference, and you never know where they’ll hit exactly the right mark. Media recently produced by staff in Ukraine was downloaded by people in Saudi Arabia. A video on teenage temptations produced in Manila was watched in New York City. Life of Christ stories in Cyprus are going to people in Tunisia.

 

Prayers & Praises

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” — Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)

Praying for Permission: The Global Gospel (TGG) is currently available in 27 languages. Pray for us to be able to receive final permission from the United Bible Society to produce TGG in Creole and to find the right people to record the audio, so Christian workers in Haiti can use this ministry tool.

Investing in Leaders: GNPI is preparing to participate in a special media training event in the Middle East. Please pray that the investment in key leaders will help them to plant or grow 22 churches in Arab speaking nations.

Gospel Presentations: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise God for new opportunities to encourage believers. This week I am teaching about the Kingdom of God, specific topics for church leaders, and techniques for presenting the true and living God to others.”

New Training: Timothy Jai Kumar of Chennai, India, will provide Project Nomad training for 20 members of a ministry in northern India from May 12-16. Please pray God will use this training to multiply ministry in this region.

Sharing in Schools: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Pray for us as we go into local schools to share our short films. These films address the subjects of drug addiction, eating disorders, and the dangers of social media.”

“Las Seven”

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

Our team is excited about our new live radio show, Las 7 con Pepe (The Seven with Pepe). This dynamic and entertaining program is broadcast every Friday at 7 pm for one hour. Pepe Corche, the main announcer, is a student at the local Bible college.

Each week the program revolves around the number seven and includes comments made by the audience during the week. Listeners wrote to us from several states in Mexico and countries like Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Honduras.

We are grateful to God because we have increased contact with the audience. They share their spiritual needs, and we pray for them.

“I am Samuel”

Timothy Jai Kumar, Team Leader, Project Nomad-Chennai, India

This program is the result of accusations the Christians in India face on a daily basis. The words of the lead actor in the freeze motion express what Christians wish to reply to their accusers. Most of the time we just walk away quietly, so we won’t create any friction.

This project is very close to our hearts, because each of the included incidents are based on true events.


We chose to do the project in Hindi instead of Tamil because two-thirds of the people in India speak Hindi. This is our first project in Hindi.

Prayers & Praises

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” — 1 John 5:14 (NIV)

Welcome to the Family: GNPI is pleased to welcome our new International Director Mark Johnson. The International Director plays a key role in equipping our global teams with vision, insights, strategies, and professional expertise that allows them to create effective, culturally relevant media for the communities they serve. Thank you for praying with us for a person to fill this position, and please pray for Mark and his wife Lynette during their transition to Joplin.

Does God Exist?: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are developing new resources, including a book and a training seminar entitled Does God Exist? Our goal is to equip believers to demolish atheistic worldview strongholds in this postcommunist part of the world. Please pray with us for this project and for complete healing of my kidney problem.”

Signs of Inspiration: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We finished the second Del Dicho Al Hecho (From Words to Deeds) video series. It’s goal is to encourage faith in action and made possible by our partner for deaf people With My Hands. The series is inspiring people. Now we are working to complete The Global Gospel in sign language. Please pray it will help many to know Jesus.”

Worship Song: Timothy Jai Kumar of Project Nomad-Chennai, India, writes, “This is our first original song on video. We call it Yeshu. One of our team members wrote and composed the song in Burmese, and the other team members translated it into English, Tamil, and Hindi. The music is original and also done by our team members. We did not hire any professionals to do this project, instead, we took it as a challenge to do on our own. It is been well received by all who have watched it.”

Praying for Vision: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We get lots of comments from viewers who have been encouraged by our online devotional series Faith Matters, too! It is a blessing to have some of them invest in the ministry in practical ways. We have also been getting comments from cult members who just like to provoke arguments. Pray that as they watch, their eyes would be opened too.”

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