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Prayers & Praises

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” — Jeremiah 29:11


“More are being added every week!” Sergio Alvarado of the NOMaD team in Pachuca, Mexico, shares, “Right now we have more than a thousand people worshipping in our three churches, and more are being added every week. Just last Sunday we had eight more baptisms!” Sergio also says, “Media has been a big part of our vision and a tremendous tool to reach this young city, as you can imagine. We have been creating promotional videos to promote our ministries, our cell group leader training materials, our preaching series, and we have also used media to help other ministries around the city of Pachuca and Mexico City to promote what they are doing.”

WWJD Growing in Popularity! Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines says, “Praise God that the WWJD Facebook page has surpassed 2,000 likes. With each new episode of WWJD that they upload to Facebook, it seems more and more people are viewing and sharing. The most recent episode is called Finding the Right One. It has been shared more than 100 times and has had more than 5000 views!”

Distributing 5,000 CDs! Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “We are planning to release one audio CD, Mahima, in the month of October. We’ll officially be distributing 5,000 CDs to area churches. Once again, we pray for funds so we can distribute these CDs. Our studio staff are translating the book of James in Punjabi, so that is almost ready. I am preparing my studio staff here, to make them understand the current situation and to cast a vision for the future. Please keep us in your prayers.”

The Gift of Modern Technologies! Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “Our brand new project, Reliable Foundations Club, has started! People from several churches came to the first meeting; some were accompanied by their unbelieving friends. Online podcast made the club session available to many more people despite borders and wars. Praise be the Lord for the gift of modern technologies that allow the spreading of the Message so effectively!

Building and Learning! Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “One of the hardest parts of moving to Thailand is perhaps the constant sickness that our family has endured. Every month, sometimes twice a month, our children get sick and run high temperatures too. There are a wide variety of germs here that do not live in the United States. We are learning it takes a long time to build up a resistance against them. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to learn the language. There are days we ask ourselves what are we doing, but we still believe that God has us here for a reason.”

Columbus Bound…Heading to ICOM


Each year thousands of people look forward to ICOM. (International Conference On Missions), and each year we are excited to pack up and head to whatever city the conference has chosen.

What happens at ICOM?

  • People commit to mission work.
  • Friends reunite.
  • People take advantage of great networking opportunities.
  • Missionaries learn about new technology and resources.
  • God moves in mighty ways!

Who attends ICOM?

  • Missionaries
  • Sending Organizations
  • People Considering Mission Work
  • Mission Organizations
  • People Who Support Mission Work
  • Families of Missionaries
  • People Serving on Mission Committees
  • Missions Ministers
  • College Students and Professors
  • High School Students

LOTS of folks come to ICOM!

Next Wednesday, we’ll be setting up our booth, looking forward to seeing YOU! We hope you’ll stop by booth #520 and say hello if you are going to be in Columbus, OH this year.

Is History Repeating Itself?

It’s been said that those who fail to read history are doomed to repeat it.

I received word this week from a colleague in Ukraine about a wonderful opportunity to share God’s Word in public schools there. Yes, you read correctly – in the public schools of atheistic, post-communist, eastern Europe! Here is some of what this colleague shared:

“…the most exciting opportunity of the trip was an invitation by the city education department to address public (state) school humanities teachers on ‘a common foundation for public ethics.’ This opened a door to speak openly about God’s nature and his plan as the only reliable foundation for any ethical system, about Scripture as his revelation for us, and about creation and our role and purpose in it. Only one lady out of the entire audience was unhappy about us ‘presenting only one view and only one religion instead of all of them.’ (Please pray for her – something in her heart is resistant to admit the truth.) History RepeatingHowever, other teachers were very open for the Message. Times of trouble make people search for the truth and hope desperately, and we have an exciting opportunity to share it. Please pray for the seeds planted among school teachers – people who will have the greatest impact on the next generation!”

Only a small percentage of American schools would welcome a strong presentation of God and his Scriptures as the plumb line for human ethics! Yet, only one teacher, in what we see as an environment highly resistant to God’s Word, had any objection. Yes, the tide is turning and some are asking, “Is history repeating itself?”

In the many US churches I visit, I often share about opportunities our centers throughout the world have to replicate what you’ve read above. In Ukrainian public schools, at Kenyan political rallies, on South African public television stations – God is opening doors for the spread of his Gospel.

People in the congregations hosting me often say, “Hey, we need to see productions like this in our schools – we need our politicians and television networks showing them!” Isn’t it ironic that 90 percent of GNPI’s financial and prayer support comes from the United States, yet we’re seeing the most impact through open doors in other nations – even atheistic, post communist Ukraine?

I’m so proud of each of you who support our global evangelism efforts!  You’re taking the blessings God is giving us here, in this nation, and using them to plant seeds in other parts of the world. Those seeds are growing into a bountiful harvest!


Thanks for the Upgrade!

So many of you participated in the Beyond Ourselves campaign, and for that we are truly grateful. To date, we’ve collected 93 percent of all pledges made toward the campaign – a wonderful testimony to your generosity and faithfulness to the legacy of GNPI. Eighty-five percent of churches who made a pledge have fulfilled their commitments.

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You’ve helped continue a nearly 40-year legacy of ministry through the creation of NOMaD teams, helping complete projects like The Global Gospel, and upgrading the production capability of our regional centers.

Bob Sartoris, GNPI’s international director, recently traveled to Mexico to deliver some new equipment to the team there. They wanted to say “Thank you” for your generosity, so they shot this short video.


An Eye-Opener

An Eye Opener!

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Kenya

I recently received this letter from Deputy Director Erastus Moturi Sorobi of Partners In Christ (PIC KENYA),

Amago 2 copy“Thank you, GNPI-Kenya, for the kind support of a Solar Kit for a week. We are indeed thankful. We had gathered a team of young Christians, who are current students and alumni of the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, with a mission of reaching the unreached in the interior parts in Kenya. We requested a Solar Kit in preparation for a mission trip to the Teso community in the Malaba-Amagoro Busia county, near Uganda.

We invited children for special film showings and found the Solar Kit was very handy. The kids had the opportunity to play games, sing songs, and learn the Word of God. The numbers of kids increased on a daily basis (from 20 to 50!) as they shared information about what they watched. In the afternoons, we had a very big turn out of high school students.

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They watched films like Tough Choices and Promise of Love, and afterwards they discussed the films. We had two days of watching films with the high school students and other youths who don’t go to school, and it was indeed very fruitful. By the end of that week, they wanted to watch more Christian films of that kind.

The Solar Kit became an eye opener to PIC, and we are looking forward to partnering with GNPI-Kenya again in December 2014 for more films and more effective ministry with the help of a Solar Kit.”


Hannah’s Transformation

Hannah lives in the Philippines, and her transformation story comes to us from Nenette Pacoli, regional director of GNPI-Philippines.

Hannah is a young lady who had been deeply hurt by the actions of her father. Her family had been torn apart. She awoke every morning asking, “Why are we a broken family?”

Hannah was in so much pain that she turned to worldly comforts with terrible consequences. She even attempted suicide. However, in March (2014) she saw All Things New, a movie produced by GNPI-Philippines, and her world shifted.

Nenette writes:
Hannah came to our church three years ago and I actually saw the transformation in her!  We showed All Things New, but she didn’t tell me her reaction until the following day—that she had actually “been thinking about” or “considering” or “I’ll get around to” forgiving her father. It was All Things New that gave that necessary push…the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. There were tears in her eyes as she recalled parts of the movie that touched her deeply.

We have such an awesome God! Although I know of stories of video materials touching people, I am still amazed at how God uses this medium to get his message across.

When Hannah asked her dad if it was ok to use the video publicly, he said, “Okay, if it will bless other people, push it.” The good thing about it is that Hannah’s dad no longer feels shame and guilt that he has to hide. Instead, he has experienced God’s grace and forgiveness so he can talk about his past, both with regret and joy! Even her mom has seen the video and hopes it will bless others too.

Here is Hannah’s story in her own words:

Prayers & Praises

“. . . I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” — Psalm 5:3


Sharing Christ in Northern India!
Simmi Dhingra of Chandigarh, India, writes,Thank you for your love and prayers for us. Our work is going really well. Last month we had 10 baptism services throughout different churches. We really thank God that he was able to use the GNPI studio, specifically through our Solar Kits, to reach people for Christ. The people who were baptized are mostly illiterate and do not know how to read or write. As we shared The Global Gospel through Solar Kits, many heard about the Good News, and many more gathered in huge numbers to see our testimony. Many street sweepers wondered about the commotion, and one of them, by the name of Balbinder, got connected with one of our churches. Through our Solar Kits, many children have come to Sunday school classes also.”

Scripting More Short Films for Mexico!
International Director Bob Sartoris has just returned from GNPI-Mexico. Bob delivered some new equipment to the staff. The team has completed three short films in a series of 10-12. They plan to produce three more short films next year. The next one will be about anorexia. Please pray for them to have creativity and wisdom as they prepare the script in a way that proclaims God’s Truth.

An Exciting Visit!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “September started with a great trip to Zhitomir, a region we never visited before. A trip like this would be exciting even in usual circumstances. However, in the given situation, it was even more exciting, as well as a great encouragement for us. We were able to serve on three strategically important levels. First of all, there was a group of volunteers – passionate, national leaders who are using our materials for the development of creation/worldview evangelism in the region. It was also a great joy for them and for us to discuss ministry opportunities. We developed the vision and strategy for their work as Eurasian Apologetics Society coordinators, as well as future partnership and training. Please keep this vanguard of the spreading of God’s Word in the region in your prayers.”

Thai Solar Kit Assembly!
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “The Solar Kit is still in the research stage. However, I am close to beginning to purchase the parts needed to assemble the kits. The new design will look different than the system I was shown in the US. I have to find parts here that will work and get the job done well. It looks like, rather than using a small video projector, I will be using a small LCD TV. Because of the lack of availability of micro video projectors in Thailand, the use of small LCD TVs is more practical.”

Praising God Together!
A ministry partner, Thelma, writes, “I’m praising God for what he is doing through all of your ministries. It’s encouraging to read your news each week.” We at GNPI praise God for churches and individuals who pray, give, and watch how God is working around the world.

Tools Versus Time!

“Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” — Jeremiah 23:29


Think about other highly effective tools through the centuries. The Roman road was a tool. The Gutenberg press was a tool. Evangelistic crusades and tent meetings were tools. All were relevant for their time and era, and all were used by God to achieve his purposes and expand his kingdom.

I recently read this from Seth Godin: “The public square is more public than ever, but minds are rarely changed in 140 character bursts and by selfies.”

Never was there a truer statement on the challenge of making disciples in today’s world! Disciple-making is not a turn-key formula or a spiritual microwave we invite someone to enter that heats to the right spiritual temperature. It is not something we can tweet or portray.

Creating followers of Jesus is a work the Holy Spirit does through us, requiring an investment of our most precious commodity, time. Here are some time investments you have to make to allow the Holy Spirit to create a disciple through you:

  • Tools2aTime on your knees

  • Time at the coffee shop or on the phone listening

  • Time sharing your own story and struggles

  • Time showing the way through God’s Word

Time; that’s what discipleship takes. How we invest time in others is paramount. Man can create a faster means of disseminating information through communication or travel. However, no one but God can create time! He can make the sun stand still! This God, who can do miracles, can take the time we invest and multiply it, pierce a heart, bring great comfort, or reveal a truth.

At GNPI, we’re investing in tools that maximize the use of time to share the Gospel of Jesus with as many people as possible. We’re working with nationals throughout the world to teach and train others about Jesus, using great media and technology tools.

One example of this is project NOMaD (National Outreach using Media and Discipleship). NOMaD teams harness the power of media to open hearts, garner attention, illustrate key truths, and present the Gospel in a way that can be easily remembered.

More than training nationals to maximize their ministry potential through great tools though, we’re teaching them to make the most of their time! Making disciples of all nations won’t happen through a tweet or post. However, it will happen as we pray and invite the Holy Spirit to lead us to create tools that he then will use to effectively chisel people throughout the world into the perfect image of the almighty God!

Pray for an End to Ebola

As tensions run high concerning the threat of the Ebola virus in the United States, let’s be faithful to pray for the countries in West Africa who have long been suffering from the effects of this devastating illness.

The Prayercast Website is a great place to find help in praying for countries around the world and other unique situations. (

A New Journey

By Jason Miller, NOMaD Coordinator

GNPI has recently partnered with ServAsia to equip ministries in India.

ServAsia has three separate divisions:

  1. Lakeview Bible College and Seminary
  2. Sigma (Church-planting)
  3. Xpressions – the media arm

Journey3GNPI recently held a training for ServAsia. Our coworkers there write:

We are excited about the future and all that God has entrusted to us for his kingdom’s growth and glory. Please pray that we will be faithful to him – from whom all things flow.

God makes all things beautiful in his time. He is taking us on a journey that we didn’t expect to begin so soon. We started Xpressions, the media unit under ServAsia, with the help of Good News Productions, International (GNPI) to produce media, particularly focused on evangelism and discipleship.

Journey2We are overwhelmed by the responses we have received from individuals and organizations who have approached us to help them produce media resources. In the past year, we have made changes to our teaching methodology in college by adding more media tools as part of our classes. This year we added Media and Missions as one of the major streams for our Masters of Divinity program. We feel that this course will enable our students to take big steps in making ministry and missions more contemporary and relevant to the present generation. We have plans to further train our students, the next generation of leaders, to produce media resources, so they will know how to make optimum use of technology for the glory of God.

Journey4We held a project-based media training by Good News Productions, International (GNPI) from September 30 – October 6 on the Lakeview campus. The purpose was to train our alumni and representatives from different missions to start NOMaD Apprentice Teams to produce media resources in their areas of influence.

Some of the projects that we have currently undertaken are:

  1. The Global Gospel (The life and teachings of Jesus Christ come alive in a beautifully illustrated video storybook which follows the dramatic narration found in the Gospels. The project template was produced by GNPI. We are producing it in the Tamil language.)
  1. The Global Gospel – Telugu
  2. Social Issues and the Church (challenging the church to stand up against crimes against women, poverty, and the caste system)
  3. A play portraying creation, the fall, the consequences of the fall, and redemption by the blood of Jesus in five different languages (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, English, and Malayalam).

Journey5The training in Chennai went very well! I believe this is the start of a great relationship between the two works in Chennai and in Damoh. We have had several good group talks about the training, how to follow up with teams, and even a basic introduction to a video training App.

The trainees have been working from morning through the evening to get projects done, but none have complained. Two young men told us they have been enjoying learning and working with the equipment, so the long hours haven’t been a problem for them.

In all, we have trained about 65 on this trip to India, 80 if you include the trip last January. We expect many of them to advance beyond this initial training to put what they’ve learned to work, making a substantial impact!