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Prayers & Praises

“. . . pray for each other . . . “ — James 5:16 (NIV)

Leading the Ministry: Pray for the GNPI Board of Directors to have God’s wisdom in leading the ministry as they gather to pray and make decisions this week.

Helping Philippine Pastors: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Our pastor, some Korean missionaries, my husband Bert, and I travelled to Real, Quezon, earlier this month to present the ministry of GNPI to nearly 25 pastors. Pray for this new opportunity to provide more Christian workers with encouragement and new resources to share the Gospel.”

Promoting Peace: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “The team of young people from South Sudan is helping us with the peace project translation to Juba Arabic. We hope to finish all 52 episodes in four weeks. We will begin recording after the translation is done. Please pray these programs will be helpful for teaching young people in areas where there is so much unrest.”

Developing New Curriculum: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, Despite all the limitations and restrictions we face, our children’s summer programs have started successfully! We are developing and field testing our Six Days curriculum for camps and Sunday schools and sharing them with churches and ministries at no charge. Please pray with us for these children, the staff’s safety and wisdom, the Lord’s guidance, and the greater glory for Him.”

Encouraging House Churches: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes,”Praise the Lord! Our ministry partner Pastor Eric continues to share his sermon videos, which our production team helped him to record, among 1,400 people in the house churches of the Jabalpur villages. In addition, our staff is almost finished updating The Global Gospel in Punjabi.”

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New Platforms for the Gospel

Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia

The Lord keeps providing new opportunities for our ministry even with the current conditions. We started a new partnership with the Life Club Morning Show on Channel 5 television. The program is broadcast nationally and then made available online. The episode on the historical veracity of the Resurrection of Jesus received more than 38,500 views!

I am delighted to share another online platform for The Global Gospel (TGG) in Russian. We used the Everlasting Gospel translation for this TGG version, and the translation ministry is really excited. They posted it on their own website with a comment that it is the best visual presentation of the Gospel they know of so far. They provided links to GNPI and the Christian Center for Science and Apologetics as well.

The Lord gave us a commandment in Matthew 10:27,What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” Praise His name for technologies that provide us with the opportunity to carry out this commandment effectively!

 

Why Pray?

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

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. — Luke 18:1 (NLT)

Our team took an honest look at some of the common internal struggles we have with prayer, such as our posture, our words, and even our reasons for talking to God.

One of the most important things to remember is to never give up.

What are some other questions and accusations you face during prayer?

An Unfolding Backstory

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Sometimes life unfolds like a newspaper whose headlines strike you. This story dates back thirty years.

Meet Eko, a Christian media entrepreneur from Indonesia. Years ago he was close to graduating from college in the U.S. and still directionless, so he went to Joplin, Missouri, to check out a ministry called Good News Productions, International. Eko went with nothing to lose and everything to gain. As he listened in rapt attention to GNPI founder Ziden Nutt, Eko discovered a clear calling in his own soul to use media for the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, an American printer turned missionary was working in Indonesia. Frank Preston pursued a doctorate in his spare time focusing on how fundamental Islam is propagated by its followers through media strategies. He studied, learned, and began the Kingdom journey of sharing this knowledge with GNPI and others willing to listen.

Another ten years passed. A missions pastor, Danny, asked Shawn, a former missionary, how much money it would take to fund 10,000 copies of a children’s book series Shawn had written? Providentially, that conversation took place in Mbale, Uganda.

The estimated cost for 10 stories with 1,000 copies of each one was $100,000. Within 24 hours Danny made a call and had the money! Jerry, a member of Danny’s congregation, was dying and had lost his wife recently. They had no children, and Jerry wanted to bless ministries which reach children. Jerry loved the children’s book idea and agreed to provide the funds.

The children’s stories were a “new angle” on familiar Bible stories. Imagine, for example, a child listening to her grandfather Jairus tell her how Jesus raised their mother from the dead. Several artists were invited to do the illustration work, but nothing seemed to work out. We wondered, “Why are there delays? Why is this vision to reach the next generation through children’s stories stalled again? Why, God?”

Then new questions were considered: What if the books were animated and included a social media strategy? What if a place outside of the U.S. could do the work for a lower cost? What if the project design was under the expert eyes of Frank, the former missionary in Indonesia and well-educated mentor in media design? What if there were 10 stories from the New Testament and 10 stories from the Old Testament? Since the project would be launched in a challenging Muslim audience, why not start with the stories the Muslim audience identifies as true prophets, men like Abraham, Moses and David?

Meanwhile, GNPI was invited by another missionary serving with a different organization in Indonesia to visit a Disney-like media ministry. Hidden behind the vegetation on the edge of the city was an economically-sound media company and the skillful workers were willing to help with creation of relevant Christian media for their country, the most populous Muslim nation in the world. On the back patio of the office was a small globe, which looked very similar to the one outside of GNPI’s office in Joplin. Eko had built the globe in recognition of the ministry that had changed the trajectory of his life so many years ago.

God brought GNPI and Eko back together at the perfect time, and Eko made another generous contribution to the project. When he heard that the project cost was three times the designated amount, he matched the generosity of Jerry with a gift in kind. The largest project in the history of GNPI history was half funded by two families before the contract was even signed! Not to mention the fact that it turned out Frank and Eko’s wives knew each other from the time Frank’s family was in Indonesia.

Only God could weave together so many details and people, and He is finally unrolling the newspaper in order to let us see His purposes tucked in the headlines of Good News in the New Angle Media Project!

 

Prayers & Praises

“. . . we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. . . . We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us.” — 2 Corinthians 1:9-11 (NLT)

Sharing the Gospel: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “In the last five months, 803 people from villages throughout our country have seen a presentation of the Gospel on a Solar Kit. Please pray God will touch hearts and change lives as the evangelists use these tools.”

Knowledge and Wisdom: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “God is continually leading us in His service. Pray for our hearts to be focused on our Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Ask Him to give us knowledge and wisdom to produce more effective tools for believers and nonbelievers.”

Helping Church Planters: Ministry partner Sergio Alvarado writes, “Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico, team members help produce a video of the sermon for a brand new church plant to use every week. The parent church also sends teachers for the children’s classes each week and a preacher monthly (rather than a video sermon). We are thankful to work together to plant churches.”

Songs of Praise: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Praise the Lord! We have completed several new Christian music videos. We post them on YouTube and share them through WhatsApp with youth groups in our local churches. The youth are enjoying the videos and sharing them with friends. The music videos will be used by small house groups and for personal one-to-one sharing. Click here to see one of them.”

Science and Bible Courses: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “It was a special blessing to present a two-week Science and Bible course to a group of young Christian leaders who will be passing on the Message to the next generations. This group was very open to lively discussions, and we enriched one another greatly. Please pray with us for these young men, their love of God, and their desire to communicate His Word to the fallen world!”

Two As One Couples

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

We are pleased to release a new set of lessons on marriage. These programs examine many of the issues husbands and wives face. We pray this series will encourage many families in a practical way.

The episodes on marriage are part of our Redefining the Church teaching series started earlier this year. This series is designed for mature Christians. It includes, but is not limited to, sports, marriage, industry, commerce, media, and entertainment.

We’ve already completed the following lessons on biblical marriage. Kindly take a look.

Genesis of Marriage

Headship

The Attack 1

The Attack 2

The Fall 1

Life Outside the Garden

Patterns of Marriage

The Journey Begins

He Who Finds

Can God Choose a Husband for You

Role of a Man

 

Multiplying Impact

  • Posted On July 5, 2017
  • Categorized In Videos
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Have you found it challenging to summarize the worldwide ministry of GNPI? Maybe this video will help to explain the way we are multiplying the impact of Christian workers around the world.

GNPI passionately accelerates evangelism by filling media voids throughout the globe with culturally relevant, biblical content. By pursuing evolving technologies like mobile apps and Solar Kits, GNPI provides people, even in remote or hard-to-reach places, with the Message of Christ in their own language. GNPI multiplies its impact by equipping people and ministries around the world to use media and technology as a tool to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Playing by the Rules

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Many people believe that we, as humans, are innately good. On the plane ride to Uganda, I read something that would bring this belief into sharp dispute. Did you know that the rule book for Major League Baseball is 250 pages? If people are innately good and always do the right thing, why do we need 250 pages of guidelines for “America’s Game?”

The truth is everyone struggles with sin. Thank God for His grace and the way to overcome sin through Jesus Christ. Our regional centers around the world produce media to show people who’ve relied on rules and pleasing gods who can’t save them that there’s a bridge for them built by a cross.

God’s Word affirms this in Romans 3 when stating, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” or “there is no one without sin; not even one.” Thank God the verse doesn’t end there! This passage goes on to remind us of our marvelous salvation through trusting Jesus.

This reality drives me as an individual and GNPI as an organization. We want to show people of many cultures and worldviews that while no rule book will save them or give them enduring happiness, a relationship with Jesus Christ can teach us how to live and find wonderful peace.

 

Prayers & Praises

“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” — Psalm 145:18 (NIV)

Excellent Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finished our month-long leadership training. We had 10 trainees, and it was excellent. The president of a Bible school attended the training and said these lessons should be taught among preachers. He plans to teach these lessons at his school, so students will become more effective in reaching others for Christ.”

Godly Inspiration: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “Every week we publish two short Gospel messages, and we recently produced a popular music video. We were pleased with the response as the music video received 1,000 views online in one day! In addition, the recordings of Sadhu teaching continue to go well; pray for him to have godly inspiration for his vignettes.”

Varied Opportunities: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, says, “Praise the Lord for the varied opportunities we have to share the Gospel. Our team has been working on the Empowering the Church series, the Two As One Couples series on marriage, Humanitarian Leadership Academy projects, youth programs, and outreach programs. On July 13 and July 20, we will help with special events when churches unite to pray. The GNPI team will be covering the events and live streaming them on social media.”

Changed Lives: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Praise the Lord for His work in the life of this young lady. You can watch Jumm’s testimony with English subtitles by clicking here to find out how she changed from a rebellious, lost girl to a beautiful, talented young woman who freely shares her Christian faith through the elegant art of Thai dancing. Interestingly, after we released Jumm’s testimony, her story became known on YouTube. She received an invitation to go on tour in May with a Thai dancing troupe. They performed at eleven venues in eight countries throughout Europe. Jumm was also our program host several months ago when our team traveled to Laos for a story about a Christian deaf ministry. Click here to watch it.”

Training Media Professionals: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We provided video coverage of the third LivingStone International University (LIU) graduation last month. Mike Schrage, executive director of GNPI, commissioned these graduates to go and serve as mature and empowered Kingdom workers. LIU continues to train students in different specialities, but our team is thankful to partner with them in training the next generation of media professionals who are ethical, empowered, and employable in every sector of society.”

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