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Connections

  • Posted On May 1, 2014
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It’s interesting how God makes connections, and then sits back to watch us figure our what He’s done. Don’t you think he’s delighted when we are thrilled by what he does with our offerings?

KMT1Back in January we posted a blog about a recording session in our regional center in SE Asia, which lasted into the night because of a power outage. The man who had come to record the audio for that project has been an evangelist for many years. He recently sent TP this story about a village he was invited to, and upon his arrival, he found that some of the tracts and booklets that the regional center in SE Asia had produced had found their way into the hands of the people there.

We will call him KKM for security.

KKM said that he had been traveling and preaching the Gospel for many years. When TP asked him to come and record, he was honored. He said that through his participation in that recording, he learned something very important:

“It’s not that people don’t know God. It is that they do not know the right way to approach the One True God.” he shared with TP.

Connections2Last December KKM was invited by one of the neighboring countries to come and preach about the One True God. There are hundreds of people groups (tribes) in SE Asia, so KKM was excited that the tribe he was invited to speak to were his own people group! When he arrived, he saw that they were reading resources that had been produced by GNPI-SE Asia. They were very happy that KKM had come to explain more about “the God” they were reading about.

KKM described the rest of his visit like this: “We had a meeting. I spoke to them and explained to them who the living God is and why we should worship him. I explained what he did for us and what he is doing for us now in heaven.

Connections2Many people accepted Christ that day. We baptized 140 people in a swimming pool. They said, ‘Finding the living God is like finding a large pile of treasure.’”

How thrilling to find these resources have crossed a country border and are being used by a people group KKM belonged to. And how wonderful for KKM to see the connection God made between himself and this group of people in another country…and to get to baptize 140 of his own people into Christ!

Pray for Uganda

Even though Idi Amin’s dictatorship over Uganda ended in 1979, the pain and scars left by his rule run deep. This man is known in history as one of the most brutal and murderous rulers of all time. Uganda is healing, but this nation needs our prayers.

  • Only 4% of the population is over the age of 55.
  • 1.5 million people are living with HIV and AIDS.
  • 12 million people do not have access to a safe water source.
  • 18 million people have no sanitation services.

However, there is hope! The spiritual horizon is bursting with opportunities. GNPI opened a regional center in Mbale, Uganda, in 2010. In the four years that center has been operational, partnerships have been formed with a passionate team of missionaries, as well as with two local colleges. GNPI-Uganda is working side by side with these educational institutions to train and create resources for Ugandan Christians to use as they bring hope to their people.

Join us in praying for Uganda.

 

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

Discovering Their Creator

by Tom Nutt, Director of Operations

From time to time, I am privileged to travel to various places around the world. I’m blessed to see how others live and worship, and often how they struggle, persevere, and survive.

Discovering Their Creatora

Southeast Asia is no exception. While many there live under difficult circumstances and stressful conditions, a common thread you’ll find is an ongoing search for acceptance, love, and comfort in the belief in a higher being. Who and how we worship and the rituals we go through vary greatly, but the desire is the same.

Discovering Their Creatorb

At the core of Buddhism, the dominant religion in SE Asia, is the belief that there is one true god. I am not a Buddhism expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I am told that if you can journey through history to show the lineage of Jesus Christ, you will have no problem in helping Buddhists discover who the one true God really is!

Discovering Their Creator

It’s true, I am not the expert, but GNPI does have experts working hard to impact the lives of people living in these far corners of the world. Earlier this year I watched people worship and celebrate 10 years of success in producing over 100 different media projects. These projects reach into the lives and hearts of people in SE Asia to help them discover their Creator, the Instigator of grace. This discovery brings peace to those who accept it. There is a capable, vibrant team working hard on your behalf to reach young and old alike.

Discovering Their Creatord

Solar Kits are also taking materials to remote areas where there is no electricity. After demonstrating the Solar Kit to a group of leaders one day, a man approached me and said he had something to share. He explained that his tribe is in one of the most remote areas in the hills to the north. He traveled to the city 40 years earlier for education. While there, he learned about Jesus Christ and became his follower.

After finishing his studies, he taught in public schools and returned regularly to his tribe to share the Gospel. Often he would lie awake nights trying to figure out how to reach his people more effectively with the Message. He knows how to teach and knows the Scriptures, but went on to say, “Today you have made my dream come true! With this kit, I can take The Global Gospel and other materials to them in their language, and they can see for themselves the story of Christ! They will understand the message better!”

Discovering Their Creatore

The people of SE Asia are searching. Would you pray that they will discover their Creator?

Prayers & Praises

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” — Romans 10:11-15

A Request from Rockville!
The Source of Love movie is scheduled to be shown on May 4 at a community event to celebrate Asian heritage in Rockville, MD. This film is about an Asian family that discovers hope. It was released in 2005. Praise God that this program is still being used and for this opportunity.

On the Border!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller says, “Pray for the safety of the NOMaD team in Donetsk, Ukraine. Donetsk is close to the Russian border, and it is one of the key cities right in the heart of all of the conflict.”

Cheater!
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda shares, “We have been helping the Livingstone International University (LIU) students with a short movie project for their class. The project is about a careless student who was expelled from the university. The title of the movie is Cheating Boyfriend.”

Seeking God’s Wisdom!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines asks for prayer for wisdom as she rewrites the WWJD script for the Sexual Identity episode. After some feedback, they are planning a second part for this program to make a clear stand. Nenette writes, “Thank you for your persistence in praying.”

Feedback from Puerto Rico!
Carlos Perez, campus minister of Puerto Rico Christian School, writes about some GNPI materials that he requested last year. He said, “We have finished the first series, How to Be a Better Leader. We have learned a lot with the spiritual content that Dr. Alan Ahlgrim presents in each lesson. The comments and participation of Board members made it even more interesting. Praise God! In addition, we used this series at the Vega Baja Church of Christ. The feedback by our brothers in Christ at Vega Baja has been good. We plan to start another series, How to Be an Effective Church Leader, by Sam Stone. I believe it will prove very helpful as there is much material to cover.”

The New Roman Road

  • Posted On April 28, 2014
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“Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.” 1 Chronicles 12.32

This scripture reminds me of the importance of having a plan for what’s next. Late last year, GNPI completed a new strategic plan. Over the next several weeks, I want to walk you through the major points of that plan, so you’ll know exactly where the ministry is headed.

Our first stop: continuing GNPI’s rich heritage of utilizing technology tools to spread the Gospel. GNPI is no stranger to using innovative technology to share the Good News. Remember our significant use of satellite uplink technology in the past?

Understanding the times means knowing how to use relevant technology to advance God’s Kingdom.

Because of the realities above I’ve shared with you, GNPI is looking at the next “new thing” as delivery of content over mobile devices. Mobile Apps allow for the viral spread of Christian media content.

We’re going to explore new ways to use mobile Apps to deliver the message of Christ to a world that needs him more than anything else.

Why mobile Apps? Mobile Apps have now spread across almost every culture. Look at these facts:

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This year, the total number of mobile phones ever produced will exceed the world’s population, which is slightly over 7 billion. The number of mobile accounts in existence is around 6.7 billion. While every minute there are 71 births, 406 people get a new mobile phone account.

In 2004, there were 100 million cameras of any type sold worldwide. In 2012, there were 1.5 billion phones with cameras inside.

There are more mobile phones in the world than toilets, and more people use a mobile phone than use a toothbrush. Additionally, by the end of 2014, the majority of Internet usage will be through mobile devices.

Is your head spinning yet?

While it can be overwhelming to think of the proliferation of mobile technology, look at some of the opportunities and reasons we must act now.

  • The percentage of Internet users accessing the Internet through mobile devices is greatest in developing countries. In developing countries, early adoption of mobile Apps is available to the Church, but those opportunities are disappearing quickly as commercial usage and government control increase.
  • Mobile Apps provide one of the most economically viable means for creation and distribution of Christian content.
  • Many times, mobile devices are present when believers come in contact with the lost, and these devices can be leveraged in those encounters.
  • Mobile devices provide a powerful way to reach vast numbers of those who are most difficult to reach (hidden, oral learners, women, and children).
  • Mobile devices provide one of the most powerful media platforms for 2-way communication and for the development of face-to-face relationships.
  • The mobile App is an individual’s most personal/intimate media device. When the Gospel is shared via this device, it is shared in one of the person’s most personal/intimate spaces. As a grandpa, I FaceTime with my grandchildren. When we say goodbye, we sometimes kiss each other goodbye on the phone. What other devices are we willing to kiss?

Jesus came “at just the right time” when language was common, and Roman roads were working to spread culture, education, and commerce. Today, the Gospel has yet another chance to spread like never before, because “at just the right time” the church seized the opportunity of technology – a new Roman road through Apps!

Pray for Mexico

Mexico is home to one GNPI regional center and one NOMaD team. These teams of dedicated Christians are working hard to create culturally relevant media that will bring the Good News of Jesus to their people.

GNPI-Mexico launched an Internet radio station last fall, and it is gaining traction. They have recently added a live, evangelistic program that airs from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are having such a good response and hope to add another day soon. If you would like to tune in online, here is a link: http://www.buenasnuevasradio.com/

Please feel free to share that link with your Spanish-speaking friends!

We want to offer this video to you to help you to pray for Mexico.

 

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

A Revolving Inspiration

  • Posted On April 22, 2014
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by Jason Miller, NOMaD Coordinator

In January I traveled more than 21,000 miles, stopping in Indonesia and a couple different locations in India. While I was in Indonesia, I did some training with the guys who will be working on the audio recording of The Global Gospel in the Indonesian language. It was a short, but very good time. We are so thankful for the way God wrote the rest of this story…

Jason Revolving Inspiration

A GNPI ministry partner took me to see a studio that had agreed to let them use their audio booth to do the audio recording for The Global Gospel. While at this studio, I had a pretty incredible meeting with a man named Eko.

I was expecting a small studio in a shop or house, but as we pulled through the gate I was shocked to see a building about the size of a basketball court in front of us. There were quite a few cars and a whole bunch of motorcycles parked outside. Inside I found some large studio space and several high-end 3-D animation sets and workstations set up. I felt like I was in a Disney Pixar studio!

As we were being shown around, we met Eko, the founder and owner of the business. He explained to us his passion and vision for creating Christian media. He has started two companies. One produces Christian material for area churches and ministries and the other creates television shows and series for the Indonesian television networks. These shows aren’t overtly Christian, but they do present positive Christian and family values.

As Eko continued to share I discovered that he has four studios in Indonesia and is producing an average of one TV episode every two days. (They have a number of children’s series, reality TV series, etc. on the national networks.) In the studio where we were, he had 150-200 staff working on productions, as well as 50 high school students learning the trade.

He feels passionate about what he is doing and is looking into ways to reproduce it in other parts of the world. Right now he is working on starting another studio in South Africa. I was completely blown away by what he is doing right there in Indonesia!

But that’s not the best part. When we met, he was very excited to see me. He and his wife shared with me their inspiration for the studio.

Dreamlight1They had attended college in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating more than 20 years ago, Eko was still unsure of what he wanted to do with his life. They ended up in Joplin for something and came to take a tour of GNPI. It was that tour of our facility in Joplin that gave Eko the vision to start his own media ministry!

As we finished up the tour, we walked out into a courtyard, and there, with the fountain and company logo, was a metal globe just like the one outside the office in Joplin. He patterned his after the place that gave him his inspiration!

Eko had many great things to share and seemed eager to help GNPI in any way he can. I saw some of the projects they are working on, and they are top notch! In fact, he has been working on projects for some of the top political officials and has even been interviewed by the New York Times.

 

Would you pray about this “chance” meeting? I believe he could be a tremendous resource! We are eager to see if God has more planned for Eko and GNPI.

Prayers & Praises

“In Christ, we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.” — 2 Corinthians 2:12-17

“We Are Speechless!”
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand says, “We can see how God is already working here in Chiang Mai, and we are amazed that we were led to meet a pastor with several of our same interests and passions. One goal for this church is to reach out to the community and villages in the mountains. This pastor wants to show us the villages throughout Thailand. Some of these villages are Christian and some are non-Christian. When he heard about the Solar Kit, the pastor thought it would be a wonderful benefit and tool for spreading the Gospel in the villages of Thailand. We are speechless to see how God is moving after only 5 days of being here!”

An Exciting Day!
Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Today was an exciting day. We invited a number of families from the local Christian community to have a discussion on the problems faced by families and married couples in India. Forty-eight people from different walks of life came from a variety of situations and participated in the two-hour discussion. During this time, they brainstormed and reflected on numerous problems facing families that they had observed and experienced. We have come up with a list of 33 problems that families face. The next step is to meet with a writer and create scripts for 13 episodes for future productions. Please pray that this meeting will lead us to develop some valuable new resources and partnerships.”

Opportunities to Share Christ!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia says, “We have completed a project on the resurrection of Christ. We have been sharing it this month. In addition, we received a request from the A people to produce The Global Gospel in their language, so we are working on the preliminary details. Thank you very much for your prayers.”

NOMaD Migration!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller says, “We have some NOMaD team members preparing for their furloughs. Habacuc Diaz and his family from our team in Chile and Jeff Frazee and his family from our team in Mali will be traveling soon. Please pray for their final preparations, safe travels, and God’s provision for them.”

Jesus, Greatest of All!
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda shares, “We have a new music project to record this month. The artist is Lead Atute. The song is called Jesus, Greatest of All. It is our prayer that God would open doors for more projects and for more people to come to know Christ.”

Manee Reflects on US Trip

  • Posted On April 21, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

We’ve shared with you over the past month a series of short videos illustrating how God is using GNPI throughout the world and what we feel is a God-given vision for the future. However, it’s not about us! It is about the many missionaries and nationals we serve throughout the world. That’s why we do what we do. Manee Massey is a perfect example of this. Manee is regional director for GNPI-Damoh, India, and recently was our special guest at GNPI’s three Vision Night events in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. By the way, generous donors like you contributed nearly $150,000 at these events to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology. People like Manee are our friends who make the vision for reaching the lost a reality. We pray you’ll continue to join us in that vision through your prayers and gifts.

 Before he returned to India, Manee shared some key insights into the work God has called him and his team to do in India – a country that is 2.5% Christian.

Listen to Manee. Pray for India. Pray for GNPI as we work globally to bring people to Jesus!

Christ is Risen!

  • Posted On April 19, 2014
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by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Assistant, GNPI

“6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”

Luke 24:6-7

Risen from the dead

With Easter being tomorrow, I wanted to share this beautiful sunrise taken from a plane.

 

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