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Surprising Ministry Connections

By Matt Brock, GNPI Director of Development

Last spring GNPI mobilized a Solar Kit to help Made In the Streets (MITS), a ministry in Kenya. MITS is a nonprofit organization that rescues children from the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, and provides them with basic needs and skills for later in life.

The Solar Kit has been so effective for the work there that we’re in the process of sending another.

Jackton Omondi, of Made In the Streets ministry in Kenya writes, “Thank you very much, GNPI, for the donation of the God-given gift of the Solar Kit. We were able to use it on several different occasions and places.

We have used it with our students showing The Jesus Film and for leading worship at chapel. We are using it to show evangelistic videos to our graduates on their house wall. We also use it at our house to watch movies and Bible stories on the wall. The most interesting showing was when we used it with our Maasai guards. They were surprised to see such a small thing without electricity projecting on the wall. It takes the solar power charger to fully charge the battery in an hour. We are forced to take good care of it because it is tempting to all the people that have seen it. We have nicknamed it, Technology Matin, which means small technology.”

Then I received this message from Steve Sherman, missions professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Chairman of the missions team at Otter Creek Church of Christ.

Hi Matt,

I was in Kenya last week and found out that two of our graduates from Made in the Streets are working for GNPI! That was a wonderful discovery! I still have a hard time seeing these young people moving from children living on the streets to young, beautiful, Christian professionals!

We have been blessed with a some wonderful employees with strong ties to MITS. What a blessing to be able, in a small way, to return that blessing through your generosity and ultimately, Solar Kits.

It’s a blessing to see God working in many lives and ministries to grow his church around the world!

Have a great story to share about how God has impacted your life through GNPI? Email it to us at gnpi@gnpi.org.

Prayers & Praises

“. . . open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” — John 4:35

 

Buddhist Leader Now Follows Christ! TP of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Kolay came to my office recently. He lives in another township 100 miles away. He wanted to tell me how our tools are helpful in convincing people to see the true God. He shared his own testimony of choosing to follow Christ after being the head of a monastery. Kolay has told many others of Christ. Thank you very much for your unceasing prayers. Because of your prayers, God is working wonderfully among the people in this region.”

“I’ll definitely use this training to do God’s work.” NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller has just finished a level one NOMaD training in Damoh, India. Jason says, “We had 15 trainees from five different states. We conducted the training in Hindi and English. I think some of the interviews and projects are the best I’ve seen in trainings so far. Some trainees had never touched a camera or computer. They’ve mastered it quickly and have come so far in a short time.” One trainee said, “I’ll definitely use this training to do God’s work. It’s helpful. I’m thankful.”

Increasing the Ministry! Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “The Lord is increasing the geography of the ministry. We are planning a conference for public school teachers, followed by a seminar for church ministers in the Zhitomir Oblast County. Please pray with us for these two events. Pray also for the School of Christian Apologetics and the Reliable Foundations Club. Continue to pray for peace in Ukraine.”

A Spectacular Evening! Director of Operations Tom Nutt receives messages from people all over the world who are using our Solar Kits. Tom Kilian of Mercy Partners writes,It is 11:00 pm, and I must share that we had a spectacular evening with a group while using the Solar Kit to show The Jesus Film in their language in South Sudan. There was quite a reaction of tears and screams and dropping to the floor as Jesus was nailed to the cross. A Muslim guard was sitting at their compound entrance to guard a government transmission tower. We’ve been told that he aggressively opposes the work of Christ Jesus. The group asked for us to worship right on their compound tomorrow, and we are very excited. We are working great as a team and enjoying this work as God is placing us before many who need the Message of victory.”

Connecting with Thai Coworkers! Two GNPI staff members recently traveled to MN to meet some Thai coworkers. Creative Project Coordinator Bryan Lawler writes, “I am very impressed by Woot, Nitt, and Ning and their servant hearts. One of the primary reasons for the Thai team to travel to America was to produce a documentary on the life and testimony of Dr. Vacharee Peterson. Dr. Peterson, through her success with her dental clinics in the US, has continued to support missionaries, pastors, and churches in Thailand. In addition, Dr. Peterson provides scholarships to students through the Thai Christian Fellowship.”

God’s Preparation for Ministry Transformation

By Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Ukraine

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A big danger in times of peace is to take God’s mercy for granted.

When troubles come, we can see how merciful God is and always was. No one could predict what was coming in Crimea and Ukraine (except those who planned the disaster). Yet, the Lord was preparing our ministry for the change, even though we had no clue about it. Praised be God’s name!

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I expected the ministry transformation period to take 6 months, if not a year, until the two-campus approach would work completely. However, at our recent team Skype conference, we concluded that we are pretty well adjusted to the change already. It went smoothly because of the ministry reorganization the Lord arranged a year ago by making our structure more flexible and the development of proper leadership for every ministry aspect.  We have kept our focus on teaching, training, and discipleship, and the Lord continues to provide many opportunities.

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God definitely brings us joy in the midst of any troubles of the world! As an oriental proverb puts it, “The dog keeps barking, but the caravan keeps going.” A church in Kiev, where I teach and do seminars from time to time, has invited me to share the Word of God at their baptism retreat. Despite all the turmoil, all the wars and the rumors of war, the Lord is adding to the church daily! Praised be his name! What a joy to see the fruit from each of us by the grace of the Lord! As Paul put it, one plants, another waters; but God gives the increase! Troubles under the heavens make people seek the answers from above. God is already using the current situation for spiritual awakening in Ukraine. I believe, in a few years, the church of Ukraine will become a much more powerful agent for delivering God’s truth to every corner of Russia, and Crimea will be a special door for it! May the Lord continue to lead us and guide us in spreading his glory!

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We are reviving our publishing ministry as well, and plan to a print couple new titles this fall. We are considering our options of printing the books in Crimea, in the mainland Ukraine, or doing some in both places. Printing in Crimea seems more reasonable at this time. We have a developed ministry infrastructure there, and it is completely preserved. Please join our prayers for the ministry field expansion!

I am really excited about the new projects in Kiev for the School of Christian Apologetics and for the Reliable Foundations Club that are progressing. Please continue to pray for them, as well as for peace in Ukraine. We highly desire peace to come. Even if it will not, we will continue to share the ultimate peace and hope in the person of Christ! Your prayers are what we need the most!

 

Adversity or Opportunity?

Not that it’s ever overly encouraging, but the nightly news has been extra discouraging as of late, hasn’t it? As you hear stories from the Middle East (Israel, Syria, Iraq) and see the devastation inflicted by Hamas and ISIS, it’s upsetting. However, it’s not just happening in the Middle East. Tension between Ukraine and Russia continues. It’s happening at home in Ferguson, Missouri also.

Sergei ShadowI don’t know about you, but I cannot recall a time in recent years that such a gruesome array of news reports have come our way through television and social media.

Yet, as Jesus encourages us from Scripture, “Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world!” Amen?

I’m inspired by our friends around the world who take this to heart. Sergei Golovin is our colleague and regional director of GNPI-Ukraine. He’s currently classified as an Internally Displaced Person (IDP). He had to flee his home and ministry shortly after the Olympics and Russian takeover of Crimea. Sergei, his wife, Olga, and youngest daughter hastily moved to Kiev, Ukraine. Then, Sergei’s daughter became very ill for a season, and his wife had a major surgery.

Despite the tremendous personal trauma they’ve experienced, they have not been discouraged, nor has the team that remained behind working at the GNPI office. As they had to leave behind Sergei’s mother, and their house, they also left behind a call to GNPI staff to accept a leadership mantle for our center in Crimea.

These Job-like experiences could have stopped their ministry plans altogether, but instead, Sergei and his family have an even STRONGER resolve. Now, they see that God is preparing the way for great fruitfulness in his kingdom.

Lord, help me NOT complain! Help me seek ways I can honor you during life’s toughest times!

Sergei recently wrote me and said this:

“Troubles under the heavens make people seek the answers from above. God is already using the current situation for spiritual awakening in Ukraine. I believe, in a few years, the church of Ukraine will become a much more powerful agent for delivering God’s truth to every corner of Russia, and Crimea will be a special door for it!”

What the world sees as adversity, God often uses to create the greatest opportunities! Join us in believing that God is preparing to do some of his best work during such a time as this!

 

Media Resources Move People to Repentance

With every evening news broadcast, our world seems more bleak and hopeless than the night before. But as you support GNPI, prayerfully and/or financially, you ARE making a difference. One example of how you are involved in changing lives comes from Protus Sibukule, from the NOMaD team in Eldoret, Kenya.

Media Resources 2 copy“Recently we took our evangelism to Busia District of Uganda after having been invited by our friend who had earlier seen our Christian films. Indeed God is good. A good number of people turned up to our meeting which ran for two days, and the impact was great as many were touched and eventually invited Jesus into their lives.”

Protus went on to mention several video resources they used during the two days they were in the Busia District. One GNPI-produced drama called Dume Halisi tells the story of a typical husband and wife, and the socially acceptable, domineering attitude of many African men toward their wives. This can include bullying, extra marital affairs, and physical abuse. Protus describe the impact Dume Halisi had on one couple. Media Resources 1 copyAfter watching it, they publicly admitted that this was exactly what was happening in their marriage. Then they repented and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior!

Protus said, “Praise Jesus! We prayed for them and gave them a Bible to guide them in their spiritual walk. We glorify God for the wonderful media tools that he has given us.”

Every time you make GNPI your choice to help reach the lost, it’s much more than just writing a check. You are partnering with a global network that is actively making the Gospel accessible to people who may not otherwise hear the name of Jesus.

Rest assured, you ARE making a difference.

 

Holiday Shopping with AmazonSmile

If you shop on Amazon, this message is for you!

Shop AmazonAmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) is a site operated by Amazon that offers the same selection of products and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. When you use AmazonSmile, and choose GNPI as the non-profit of your choice, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the eligible purchases you make, which in most cases is everything you buy, to GNPI.

For one person, this may not be a whole lot. However, when multiple people use AmazonSmile, and choose GNPI, this can really add up!

It’s EASY to get started:

  • Click on this link: smile.amazon.com
  • If you already have an account with Amazon, you don’t have to create a separate login; use the same login and password you would use for your Amazon account.
  • When you’ve registered, the top of the page should read, “Supporting: Good News Productions, International.”

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It’s that easy. AND, you only have to register once! The website remembers your selected organization!

As Christmas approaches, we may all be doing a bit more shopping. When you shop AmazonSmile, know that part of your purchase helped accelerate global evangelism through media and technology!

Thanks, happy shopping, and spread the word!

 

 

Prayers & Praises

. . . On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers . . .” — 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

An Eye Opener!
Praise God for new outreach opportunities to young people! Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya recently received this letter from Deputy Director Erastus Moturi Sorobi of Partners In Christ (PIC KENYA), “Thank you, GNPI-Kenya, for the kind support of a Solar Kit for a week. We are indeed thankful. We requested a Solar Kit in preparation for a mission trip to the Teso community near Uganda. We invited children for special film showings and found the Solar Kit was very handy. The numbers of kids increased on a daily basis as they shared information about what they watched. In the afternoons, we had a very big turn out of high school students. 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 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 for more films and more effective ministry.”

Insights for India!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller has just completed two different trainings in India. Please pray that those newly trained will have wisdom, creativity, and new insights to share the Gospel effectively.

A Project for Pakistan!
International Director Bob Sartoris reports, “Our partners in Pakistan have received the files and are ready to begin work on the recording of the Sindhi version of The Global Gospel soon. These new partners are very excited about this project and look forward to having it in their ministry arsenal!” Please pray this project will be a great tool for evangelism in Pakistan.

Proven Transformation!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico shares this validating testimony about Freed by Blood (Raziel). The viewer writes, “This man is called Raziel, and I have known him very well since childhood. Everything that happens in this video is true. I saw when it started to come together with the greatest people in the neighborhood. It gives me great pleasure to see that Raziel has changed. Now he is respected, and I feel great admiration for him as he has proven his transformation shamelessly through this film. I want you to share this video so others can see and share it too.”

Sharing Truth!
Simmi Dhingra of Chandigarh, India, writes, “We continue to ask for your prayers for God’s guidance, protection, and good health for all our workers as the fall programs begin. This is a busy season, and we are excited about all the ways God is opening doors for us to share his truth with more and more people. Thank you for partnering with us as we teach Christ.”

Strategic Praying

We often build a lot of strategy into executing plans that we’ve made. Often these strategies are well-thought-out responses to the convergence of where we want to go, and the factors all around us that influence us getting there. What if we made prayer and concern for those who are outside of Jesus, even those persecuting his people, one of the areas of our lives in which we got really strategic?

Strategic PrayingThink about these facts:

  • Jesus asks us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us as followers of his. (Matthew 5:44)

  • Jesus used an audible voice, blinding lights, and a miraculous healing to get the attention of one of the most dangerous and feared opposers of the early church – Saul of Damascus. (Acts 9:1-19)

  • Jesus said, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)

Imagine if we prayed to Jesus for the ten Muslim leaders listed in the document linked below who, like Saul, are threatening the church. Imagine if Jesus would visit them, get their attention, and eventually their allegiance. Imagine if Jesus stepped in and caused one, five, or all of them to convert, like Saul did to Paul. Just imagine!

It may sound like it’s beyond possible, but consider this last fact:

  • Nothing is impossible with God! (Luke 18:27)

Pray that God brings a harvest among even those who are persecuting his people!

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Please look at this intriguing document:
10 Muslim Leaders you need to know (Joshua Project:IncontextMinistries).pdf

What A Great Day!

The campus where GNPI and several other ministries are located in Joplin, Missouri, was on the receiving end of great acts of kindness this past Sunday. A church in Joplin, College Heights Christian Church, and a few others in the area hold an annual event they call the Great Day of Service. They go out into the community as the Church and lend a helping hand to individuals and organizations wherever needed.

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A group came to GNPI to help do whatever needed doing. As you can see, one of the things they did was chop wood. There are several acres of woods on the campus, and some trees had died and needed to be cut down.

What a Great Day BannerThank you, CHCC, for your help each year. We appreciate you!!!

Thanks from Togo!

by Kpowbie Daniel, Christian worker in Togo, West Africa

We have been very busy in the past days as we had a team of 17 people from the Lexington Christian Academy visit us for almost a month. We did a lot of evangelism, and two new churches were started in two different locations. Later we went back to the two new churches and found they had grown. There were 111 people attending the first church and 102 attending the second one.

The Solar Kit was so useful in achieving this.

 

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In this picture, we were visiting three weeks later with some gifts for the kids. We still have a lot of programs in the next couple of months.
My partners, to whom I gave one Solar Kit, are very busy working among the Muslims in the central region. Keep praying for us.

Director of Operations Tom Nutt responded to Kpowbie, “Thank you for the report. May God’s name be glorified through the starting of the two new churches. We will indeed pray for both of these churches and those who have accepted Jesus and have been immersed in Christian baptism. What a blessing to hear and what a blessing to know that a Solar Kit, provided by friends in the US, helped make a kingdom impact in your beautiful part of the world. May God continue to use you to help his kingdom grow!”

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