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Prayers & Praises

“By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you . . . For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.”—2 Corinthians 10:1-3

Serious Prayer Needed!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Every day we are praying three key prayers: we pray for the needs of the studio (our equipment, Website and Apps for smart phones, new equipment for music production to expand outreach to young people, and for the needs of our staff), that we can produce and train more evangelists, and for all the people of SE Asia to hear the message of Christ through evangelists and churches with the help of GNPI products. We seriously need your prayers.”

It is Imperative!
Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “It is important that our ministry serves its purpose, but it is imperative that it functions efficiently in reaching out with the Gospel to our targeted areas. Media is a venue that is gaining popularity amidst almost every demographic. Our ministry has been focusing on producing Christian material with songs and sermons that people can access. We are currently working on producing social awareness programs as well as Christian music programs that are designed to tell the Gospel to people of varying backgrounds. In the future, we are looking to serve children with Christian material suited to their Gospel needs.”

Dangerous Situation!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “Please pray with us for Donetsk Christian University. Russian commanders have occupied the campus and made their base at the dormitory a couple weeks ago. They did allow the staff to go and take all their documents and equipment. However, the situation is still pretty dangerous.”

Back to Work on WWJD!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines says, “Thanks so much for your prayers through all this time. We finally re-shot our Sexual Identity video with a closing that everyone is very happy with! We will be re-editing parts of it, and we hope to post it in two weeks. We’re also done with Finding the Right One shoots, and that is lined up for editing too. We enjoyed working with our new lights, and we tried the new camera and monitor.”

God Has Really Provided!
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “God has really provided for us over the past couple of weeks. Honestly, we know that he has provided every step of the way, but we are really seeing it this week. I asked for prayer about our computer and finding funding for a new one. I am happy to inform you that due to donations from dear friends we were able to purchase a new computer. We have also been able to find a new Thai language teacher. We even had a few special donations to help cover the cost of language studies. Thank you all so much. We are beginning to figure out what it means to be part of the body of Christ. Without the church body, we could not work here.”

Glimpses into the Regional Centers

As a former missionary or cross-cultural worker in Kenya for almost 20 years, I made my living studying the habits, languages, and attitudes of others in order to connect with them. The connection was vital if I was to impart Biblical knowledge and, more importantly, instill a call of the Divine into the heart and lives of future African disciples of Jesus. To do this well, language learning and cultural adaptation are key.

Marketing expert Seth Godin writes, “Worldview has nothing to do with you or your mission… it’s the way a person acts without you in the room.”

For the next couple of weeks, I’d like to share interesting, personal notes about some of our regional directors, the countries where they serve, and highlight a project with impact that is connected to their specific worldview.

My hope is that through these glimpses you’ll not only learn more about our regional directors and the centers they help lead, but that you’ll get to know, just a little bit better, the cultures and worldviews that are part of the people we ask God to help us reach on a daily basis.

So, come with me around the world. Our first stop in next week’s blog is the place I spent so much time and holds a special place in my heart, Kenya.

Parable of the Orchard

 

As you enjoy the sweetness of your favorite fruit, do you ever wonder where it came from? Most likely, if it’s any number of fruits, it came from an orchard.

Just as trees in an orchard provide nourishment for your body, your estate can provide lasting resources for your family and the charities you love. Join GNPI’s estate and planned gift design provider, David Duncan, to watch a simple parable about the importance of protecting your assets. GNPI can help your estate, your orchard, produce fruit for decades to come.

See more videos and information on our Planned Giving page.

Prayers & Praises

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. – Psalm 125:1

 

A Small Box of Great Wonders!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya shares feedback from a trip where they used Solar Kits to share the Gospel. A church leader from West Pokot County said, “It was a small box. One could not tell it could do great wonders. When they opened it and did the set up, I realized it was something important, mostly for our pastors, but also for our county government leaders to use at church and to teach our children.” We praise God for opening doors in new areas of Kenya. Click here to watch the video.

Keeping Focus!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “We are not losing focus on the main goal of our ministry. We keep working on preparation for opening a School of Christian Apologetics and starting a Reliable Foundations Club in the fall. Nevertheless, we would like also to go on with the FD-222 approach – to search for young, gifted, potential leaders who need training, support, and encouragement, and to mentor them in small groups or individually. The first attempt of a group meeting was pretty successful. Please pray for God’s guidance in this direction and for God to send the right people to work with us.”

A Brewing Interest!
Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand reports that our partners at Freedom Films have completed another episode of Movement Everywhere. Tom says, “The episode brings to light the fascinating art of coffee production and how Pastor Nattapong is using it to influence people for Christ in his area. It can be viewed at Ffpthailand.”

Expanding Influence!
One of our church partners, Fairview Christian Church in Missouri, shared that they felt they were missing opportunities to share spiritual food at their food pantry. They are making plans to have The Global Gospel playing as people shop for groceries. Praise God for new ways to partner and to expand the influence of this local ministry.

The Kingdom Impact of A Small Projector!
Christian worker Kpowbie Daniel writes from Ghana, “We did a lot of evangelism this past month with a visiting mission team, and two new churches were started in two different locations. Three weeks later, we went back to the two new churches and found they have grown. In one of them there were 111 attendants and in the second 102. The Solar Kit was so useful in achieving this. My partners, to whom I gave one Solar Kit, are very busy working among the Muslims in the Central Region. Director of Operations Tom Nutt responded to Kpowbie, “Thank you for the report. What a blessing to hear and what a blessing to know that a small projector provided by friends in the US has helped make a kingdom impact in your beautiful part of the world. May God continue to use you to help his kingdom grow!”

Not in Vain

by Vince Vigil, Regional Director of GNPI-Uganda

Some days people question why they do what they do, or if there is any benefit in continuing to struggle through with their work. Other days the fruits of the labor are evident, and there is no question that God is at work. We got to experience one in the latter category this month!

Three different ministries came together to serve. Each one of the ministries is absolutely incredible. Yet, when all three of them work together, it is a much richer experience.

sewing ministry visit 2

The ladies from our sewing ministry have been working hard to make clothes and cloth diapers for babies over the past few months. As a celebration of the end of the quarter, they took the time to give these gifts to some people in great need. We transported 30-40 women (in a van and pickup truck) to another local ministry called CURE Hospital. This ministry specifically serves as a neurosurgery hospital treating children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, among other things. Many of these children would not survive if this hospital were not serving the country. The women from our sewing ministry gave each mom a gift bag, sang songs of worship together, and then prayed over each of the children that were there.

sewing ministry visit 3

In the background of this scene, another ministry was also serving with their specific skill set. Two of our guys from GNPI came along to take video footage. Individually, the ministries make a positive impact, but when the skills are used together, the impact is huge.

I don’t know who went away more blessed today, but I know that every life was changed as a result of the day. I pray that God continues to encourage each of these people to share their skills to help each other.

Today was a reminder that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Click here to watch the video of these three ministries working together.

No Joke!

Recently, at the North American Christian Convention (NACC), I was listening to a speaker who told the story of Penn Jillette, an illusionist, comedian, and vocal atheist. Recounting an instance when he was moved by a Christian who kindly engaged him and gave him a Bible, he said, “You must really hate someone to not proselytize them.”

Take a moment to think about what this atheist said. There is a lot of truth to that, isn’t there?

If we really believe in the wonderful hope of God and Heaven, and if we really believe in the horrible reality of Satan and Hell, would we not want to do all we can to “proselytize” others?

“Others” refers to those who we commonly call “lost,” and rightly so, because that is indeed what they are without Christ. However, as another teacher at the NACC put it, they are not just lost, but “missing.” They are missing the influence of God, absent from the lineage of grace, and ultimately missing from Heaven’s roll call.

The reality that every day we encounter missing people is startling, isn’t it? Will the love we have within us rise up to shout a warning to others destined for eternity without God? Or, will we silently feast at the table of God while others are in a wasteland of darkness and spiritual famine?

Let us recommit to demonstrate genuine love for God’s creation as we walk with him daily – even if that path takes us through hardship or difficulty. Let’s recommit to seek out those with whom we can share the Good News of Jesus.

If an atheist comedian can see true love demonstrated through the life of someone who took a chance to reach him, let’s be encouraged that God’s Spirit is calling all kinds of people to his kingdom. It’s no joke or illusion. It’s God at work, using people like you and me to go, share, teach, and love, using all means possible to win people for his glory!

 

Acceptable Methods For All

by TP, Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

We are so thankful for your unceasing prayers. We have been busy preparing evangelistic charts, recording Gospel songs, and revising The Ten Keys for Evangelism.

Please pray for our trainings for evangelists. Without explanation, it is hard for people in SE Asia to understand clearly about the true God. Methods and strategy are essential. If people hear the message we share, God will surely be glorified, and we will see amazing things.

AKL

A man who has a Buddhist background visited my office two days ago. He highly recommends the tools we have produced for evangelism. With the help of these tools, it is possible to convince the hearts of Myanmar people to see the true and living God easily.

The visitor said these methods are acceptable for all, even monks. He was so pleased with these productions that he invited my wife and me to his place to encourage his people. His place is 100 miles away from here.

Thank you very much. May God bless you.

 

 

 

Pray for Rwanda

It has been 15 years since the genocide in Rwanda.

There are five million Rwandans under the age of 18. Many are hungry, homeless orphans who are victims of disease and exploitation.

Kigali, the capitol, was at the center of the horrible tragedy that took place in 1994. The genocide took the lives of 800,000 people and displaced many more within the span of a few months. Since 1994, Kigali has slowly been rebuilt. Tourism and numerous aid workers have revitalized the capital’s economy.

GNPI’s NOMaD team in Rwanda has produced a couple of documentaries about how the love of Christ has lead to forgiveness and healing in this country.

Please watch this video and pray for God’s healing to continue for the many still hurting there.

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

Prayers & Praises

“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” — Psalm 113:3

Praying for New Believers!
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “For the last three months, 1,479 people watched the Proverbs series, Promise of Love, and Tough Choices on the new Solar Kits, and 102 people gave their lives to Christ! These people are from different areas of Mbale. We are so grateful, and we pray that those people remain strong in the Lord.”

A Reliable Foundation!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “A new developing project is the Reliable Foundation Club, an apologetics and creation evangelism club. The club would be a place where people from various churches can share their insights and ask their questions, a place where they can be better rooted in the truth of the Scripture and encouraged to share it with others, and a place where they can bring friends who seek truth but hesitate coming to church. The idea was met with enthusiasm. We keep working on the details, and have already decided on the time and location. We plan to start weekly meetings in mid-September. Please pray with us about this new project! I believe it should be very fruitful!”

Eager to Work!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “We have replaced a transformer and made arrangements for other requirements in the studio. The power is in good condition now. We called a Burmese speaker for audio recording and tested his voice for The Global Gospel. Please pray for us. We are eager to work on this project in one of our languages.”

Practical Needs!
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “My family has now been in Thailand for about four months. Things are beginning to get a little more normal here. However, we have had a couple set backs. Please keep the health of our family in your prayers. Also, please be in prayer that we can get a new computer. We thank you for you continued prayers and interest.”

Increasing in India!
Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “The Chennai NOMaD team called us for direction in producing The Global Gospel in the Tamil language. We developed a step-by-step plan to help them finish this project. Our technical team is very happy to assist and see the progress of the Tamil and Telugu languages.” Praise the Lord for these opportunities to share his word in India!

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