by Nenette Pacoli, regional director of GNPI-Philippines
It is encouraging to see that the Lord is doing great things with our new projects as well as continuing to use our former ones. All Things New is a drama about how Christ transforms the lives of four street kids. Our mighty God continues to reveal that he is timeless. He continues to open doors for us at GNPI.
Last month, a church celebrating their anniversary showed All Things New during their evangelistic night. More than 80 young people attended, and half of them were non-Christians. After the showing, the pastor made an altar call and more than 40 young people made a decision for Christ! They related so much with the movie, and the pastor connected the altar call to the forgiveness shown in the movie.
In addition, we were invited to show All Things New to over 50 street kids being cared for by our government’s Social Welfare Department. A volunteer group helps feed the kids each month, and this group gave us the chance to share with the kids too.
Please join us in praying that God will continue to work in the hearts and lives of these young people. Praise God who continues to make all things new!
GNPI’s regional center in the Philippines is located in Manila on the island of Luzon. Only about 2,000 of the 7,107 Philippine Islands are inhabited. The island of Luzon is the 4th most populated island in the world and is home to about half of the country’s population (which is 107.6 million).
More than 80% of the people in the Philippines claim Catholicism as their religion and only 3% call themselves evangelical Christians.
It can be difficult to communicate the need in beautiful countries like the Philippines. It is relatively well developed and is growing economically. However, looks can be deceiving.
So why pray for the Philippines?
- Poverty exists everywhere – almost 50% of people live on less than $2 a day.
- Human Trafficking victims:
- 300,000 – 400,000 are women
- 60,000 – 100,000 are children
- There are more than 100,000 children who live on the streets
- Natural disasters, such as the recent typhoon that killed more than 6,000 people last November and displaced more than 4 million people
Let your heart be touched. allow your spirit be stirred as you watch this video and pray along.
video used with permission from www.prayercast.com
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” — Isaiah 26:3-4
Like a Healing Touch!
Robert of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “Last Saturday, GNPI staff members packed our bags and went to a lepers’ colony to preach through our Solar Kits. Life seemed to spring back into people as we entered the colony. We carried in some children’s Bible stories and even showed The Passion of the Christ movie to the adults. We started with a short prayer asking God to restore their faith. The Passion of the Christ film was like a healing touch to them as they saw how Jesus was beaten, punished, and tortured for our iniquities. We reminded them of God’s love for us. Throughout the whole day, we recounted many occasions from the Bible where Jesus performed miracles by healing the sick, the lepers, and raising the dead. There were many who wanted to accept Jesus as their Master and Savior, and everyone was joyful at the promise of Jesus’ return.”
A New Live Show!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico says, “Please pray for a new, live show that will begin this month at the radio station. The program, Breath of Heaven, will be a program of reflection on the Psalms led by a local pastor, Raul Hernandez. Pray that this new program will help the audience know more about God and how he works. Also, we are launching the third edition of the short film No Return.”
Within a Few Months!
A missionary in eastern Europe writes, “Last week, we finalized some details to complete The Global Gospel. It was great! We have actors ready to start and the script already prepared. It should be done within a few months and ready to hit the airwaves!” Please pray this new version will change lives as people learn about the life of Christ.
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “Our main upcoming project is Tvorets (The Creator) Children’s Camp in June. We are not going to do it in a camping setting this year (due to safety issues). It will be a day camp at the church facilities. It will be a great evangelistic project as well, since we are inviting kids from the neighborhood. Not many of the kids will have opportunity to go somewhere this summer. People ask lots of good questions in times of trouble, and we can help them find the answers through their kids. Please pray with us for the camp preparation.”
A Newly Opened Door!
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “Last week was a great week. We worked on a project with Livingstone International University (LIU). Another company contacted us to say they love the work we did for LIU. They would like to work with us also. We thank God for this newly opened door.”
by Nenette Pacoli, regional director of GNPI-Philippines
My friend, Pastor NS, visited our office this morning to tell of his experience of showing WWJD to young people in a small but growing church north of Manila.
In February, he showed the WWJD episode of Courtship to more than 70 young people, more than half of whom were non-Christians. After the showing, he divided them into groups and gave them discussion questions. He then asked them to report on the discussions. Based on their answers, he saw that the video definitely made an impact on them.
The following week, he showed the Purity episode to more than 70 students again, some of whom had attended the previous week. After the showing, Pastor NS gave an altar call for forgiveness of whatever sexual sins there were.
More than 30 students came forward crying and hugging him or other leaders present and accepted the forgiveness and salvation from Jesus. PRAISE GOD! Many of these teenagers had heartbreaking stories of being abused by their fathers, uncles, or cousins. Some of the boys asked him how to stop their sinful, sexual behavior. A couple came forward too, to say they were inspired by the testimony of the couple featured in Purity, who stayed pure for 11 years before they finally married. They said, “If they were able to do that, we can do it too.”
Pastor NS said that most of the teens who had seen Courtship and Purity also attended their church’s Encounter Weekend. Pastor NS feels this is a clear indication that the young people are seriously pursuing a deep relationship with Jesus Christ.
Another pastor in that same area heard about the experience Pastor NS had and showed the videos at their Youth Convergence.
I am personally overwhelmed by the news from Pastor NS and greatly humbled to learn of all the transformation happening among these young people. When we began producing WWJD, we planned to just show it on television, where the only feedback we could get was the all-powerful ratings. And knowing how television works, we can only estimate how many people may have watched. We can’t even be sure if they actually finished the whole episode.
Yet, with this “small-time” video showing at a church, we are able to see the impact on our audience and even see God changing lives right before our eyes.
How could that ever compare to ratings? My cup runneth over!
(P.S. Of the original 30 young people who came forward that night, 18 have stayed in the church, and seven are now in serious discipleship programs/cells. Yes, they have all been baptized too!)
With two-thirds of the world still seeking Christ, the challenge of every kingdom worker is huge. At GNPI, we’ve established key strategic goals to outline our path forward in doing the work we feel God has given us. I’ve shared them with you during the past several weeks, but in review, GNPI will:
Develop a network-wide mobile App delivery system.
Create discipleship Apps for Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims.
Produce The Global Gospel in the world’s top 25 languages.
Identify, train, and equip NOMaD teams for maximum productivity.
Expand regional center impact.
Grow and develop the GNPI Board of Directors.
To accomplish these goals, we’ve had to increase our annual budget significantly, which brings us to our last strategic goal:
7. Increase the annual revenue by 48%!
As you can read from the title of this article, this year alone, we are seeking a 48% increase in our budget! That’s crazy!
Frankly, we know it can’t be done unless God does it. How will he do it? He’ll use faithful friends like you and brand new supporters. He’ll use all those who can offer prayer, finances, and a willingness to share what God is doing through GNPI with friends who are capable of doing the same.
We have earnestly committed ourselves afresh to the Lord, our supporters, and to a waiting and watching world. Will it take a God-sized move to make it happen? You bet! Yet, we’d rather God do this than us, and we’ll leave it to him to provide as only he can.
We look forward to watching the Lord continue to work as we accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.
Some countries in SE Asia are not receptive to the Gospel, as Buddhism is the number one religion in that region of the world. But truly, not a week goes by that we don’t receive word from our co-workers there telling us of people coming to know the Lord and “taking baptism.”
The countries in SE Asia need our prayers. GNPI has three regional centers in Asia, and the resources they produce spill over into many different countries and people groups.
Please take just a few minutes to watch this video and pray for one of those countries.
video used with permission from www.prayercast.com
by Gustavo Velázquez, regional director of GNPI-Mexico
The recent presentation of the short film, Desatado por Sangre (Raziel’s story), was a great blessing. The film is about how God can transform the life of a down-and-out addict. The auditorium was packed. More than 330 people attended the presentation. Raziel preached the Gospel after the film. Raziel invited people to come closer to God and experience the change God can make in their lives. Over 20 young people accepted Raziel’s invitation to give their lives to Christ and have reconciliation with God!
Over 20 young people accepted Raziel’s invitation to give their lives to Christ and have reconciliation with God!
Raziel and his wife were very moved and excited by the film. At the end of the program, Pastor Alberto Ramirez (friend and counselor of Raziel) spoke about what God has done in Raziel’s life and how he has seen the transformation process. It was a very emotional time. Raziel’s wife commented that the short film reflects the powerful change that God made in her husband and is convinced that the video will touch the hearts of many people.
Raziel was happy to share what God had done in his life. He acknowledged the work of the production and said that many people will be shocked to see the change in his life. We are very pleased with what God did in this presentation.
“Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” — Psalm 130:2
A Big Success!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya writes, “The Distant Boat, the movie we co-produced, has been a big success! We’ve had nominations in some of the festivals we entered, and we are also getting invitations to showcase our project in festivals where we didn’t even apply. The primary target of this movie was Kenya, then Africa. Yet, we are getting requests from people overseas to translate the movie in their native languages as they see its relevancy. We are currently in the planning process of dubbing it into Swahili and French. Thanks for your continued support!”
Finding New Connections!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “I am involved with helping our partners and part-time workers who left Crimea to find connections in the mainland Ukraine for future life and ministry. Please pray for the thousands of Crimeans who have left their homes. Please pray for peace in Ukraine. God is on his throne! Our confidence is in the Almighty, not in horses and chariots or in human governors.”
Ready to Serve!
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand says they have had some challenges with establishing a routine and keeping household items working. Jeff shares, “We pray for God’s guidance, discernment, comfort, and peace in all areas! Please pray that we can find a language tutor soon, one that will be the best fit for us. We pray we can be a light to her and she can be helpful to us as well. We are thankful, uplifted, and ready to serve the Lord!”
One Step Forward!
A Christian worker in South Sudan writes, “I have never felt so much sad connection with the phrase, ‘One step forward, two steps back,’ as now. Several months ago, a coup shook up South Sudan. Over the period of a month or so, attacks displaced 800,000 people and killed another 10,000. Our town alone has over 30,000 displaced people added to its numbers. At this point, some are returning to their homes. While the coup was stopped, the country has years to become stable again. Is it any wonder that our team had been praying about how to contact the unreached people groups throughout the country? Please join us in prayer that those from the unreached tribes would find the Lord and return to take the Good News back to their groups.” Please pray for safety and wisdom for these GNPI partners as they use media and technology to share Christ in this chaotic time.
Important Church Partners!
We, at GNPI, could not do our work without generous partners who give practical and prayerful support to us each month. One mission team member in eastern Missouri writes, “Thank you for your faithfulness in kingdom work! We are so grateful for the work being accomplished for God throughout the nations by GNPI!”
As I sat in his office and explained GNPI’s new strategic plan, the missions pastor was careful to hear each of GNPI’s seven goals.
After I finished he commented, “So many non-profit ministries overlook the importance of an effective and robust board. I’m glad to hear that GNPI has a priority of growing and developing your board.”
Growing and nurturing our Board of Directors at GNPI is key to our future as a ministry seeking to play a role in building God’s Kingdom. The seven current board members of GNPI range in experience from being an original director in 1976 to one member that was just added less than a year ago! We’re in conversations currently with more people who can help build on our forty-year legacy.
Each board member brings specific talents and experiences to the ministry. They help us stay true to the principles upon which GNPI was built while meeting exciting opportunities that lay before us. Their professional experiences range from being a history teacher, farmer, agricultural consultant for a US congressman, college professor, church planter, non-profit director, and retired music teacher.
These men and women need your prayers. They hold the future of GNPI in their hands.
We hope you’ll join with us as we pray God adds to their number. A stronger board means increasing our collective wisdom and experience and a ministry better prepared to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.
Everett Forkner, Richards, MO
Gary Johnson, Richards, MO