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Muslim Man Endorses The Global Gospel

As you may know, GNPI-Damoh in India has been on a roll producing The Global Gospel in ten languages to reach the people in that nation and beyond. Because of the number of people they would reach, Hindi and Urdu were two of the first completed languages.

Many of the 163.5 million Muslims in India speak Urdu. A local school teacher recently received a copy of The Global Gospel in his native language. Watch this short video to hear, in his own words, why he’s happy about that.

Prayers & Praises

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34

A special blessing for GNPI this month was our first International Hour of Prayer a couple weeks ago. Using the Internet and some video conferencing software, we connected each of the nine regional centers, our Joplin staff, and a few other staff members scattered throughout the U.S. Each center prayed for the needs of another. We did have trouble with a couple of the connections, but we look forward to trying again and prioritizing ministry-wide prayer time every six months.

Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “It was such a great opportunity to pray together as a big GNPI Family. At this point, I have to appreciate technology because I was able to see most of the GNPI family members as well as workmates. Wow! I was so grateful and am looking forward to the next time we will do this.”

Lena of GNPI-Ukraine says, “It was a wonderful time of unity and care. Some of my staff, who do not really get in touch with GNPI very often, were so excited about the prayer. They realized how hard the restrictions are on evangelism in some parts of the world after having the real face-to-face fellowship time. Thank you so very much! It was truly encouraging and unifying!”

Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “THAT WAS SO AWESOME! THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. It made it doubly special because my churchmates stayed up to the very end. We were all so encouraged by it.”
T.P. of GNPI-S.E. Asia writes, “We, 6 people, prayed together, one after another. The video was not working well. We were sorry for that. Thank you for this prayer time. We were so encouraged by it. This prayer time was excellent. We would like to do it 4 times per year if it is not a burden for other centers.”

Manee of GNPI-Damoh, India, was traveling that day but writes, ”I really missed the great opportunity. Even though we were not able to log in, Ukraine was in our prayers. We got good feedback from our Damoh Staff as they really enjoyed this prayer time. Hope to connect for the next one.”

Former Advisory Council Member Boyce Mouton wrote, “Thanks for allowing me to be there this morning for the teleconference. Here’s a thought about communicating from a distance that I jotted down after coming back to the office: Let’s make certain that, like Paul, we use ‘all possible means’ to save those who are lost!”

Board Chairman Don Lucietta said of the prayer conference, “It was such a great blessing to me to be able to be there.”

We also want to thank each of you prayer partners for playing such an important part in this ministry throughout the entire year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Out of the Darkness

  • Posted On November 20, 2013
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I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
– Psalm 116.1

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
– Psalm 40.2


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Raziel’s story is shared by many. Since childhood, the strain of a dysfunctional family embroiled constantly in conflict had led him to a life of drugs and alcohol. Immersed for so long in this dark world, Raziel felt like he had lost all hope. In fact, he was hopeless.

In the midst of his despair, Raziel cried out to God. He wanted to finally be lifted out of the pit he’d fallen into, and he wanted God to show him that He was real.

Raziel’s cry was heard. God met Raziel in the darkness with a transforming Light.

Drugs and alcohol no longer have a hold on Raziel. What grips him now is the powerful, personal testimony given him by the redeeming and transforming power of Christ.

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GNPI-Mexico is producing a short film to tell this amazing story. Raziel’s testimony, the second in a series of short dramas (La Red was the first), shows how God answers our cries for help.

Perhaps as much an evidence of God’s power in Raziel’s life is the story of how the film came about. Click here to read Trading His Pain, the “story behind this story.”

Stories like Raziel’s and La Red are essential to today’s Latin culture. Because so many struggle with addiction, culturally relevant productions like these from GNPI-Mexico address everyday needs in powerful ways.

Thank God for willing hearts like Raziel. The LORD didn’t just lift Raziel out of a dark pit. He has placed him firmly on The Rock as a light for many to see.

Prayers & Praises

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”
– Romans 11:33 (NIV)

“A Long Road Ahead!”
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines writes that the team is safe in Manila, but the recent typhoon caused great destruction and devastation. Thousands of people are injured, missing, or feared dead. Nenette writes, “Thanks for your prayers. We need them as it will be a long road ahead.”

Checking Out Tumaini Hotel
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya shares, “Tumaini Hotel is a compilation of great stories targeting the young and the young at heart here in Africa. The 10 episodes cover 10 different topics. This year we have shot two episodes, Environment and Purity, and the final two are Idleness and Love Your Neighbor.” Isaac Masiga asked, “Please continue praying for our families and for the unity of the staff. We REALLY appreciate your willingness to lift us up in prayer.”

“Christian programming all over Thailand”
International Director Bob Sartoris writes, “Pray for the continued production of both the Biblical Extension Courses (BEC) and the Movement Everywhere television series. Also pray that the CVTV distribution network will grow and prosper to allow for the broadcast of more Christian programming all over Thailand.” Please intercede for Tom and Gayle Silkwood as they prepare to return to Thailand at the end of the month.

Managing in Mbale
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “Here in Mbale we are doing well. We are almost ready to do the recording for The Global Gospel in the Luganda language. However, two of our security dogs died this week after being attacked by an unknown wild animal. Please keep praying for us to manage without Vince here.”

“God is being proclaimed!”
A ministry partner from Indiana writes, “It is so encouraging to get your newsletter. When I know more of what to thank God for and what to pray for, I feel so encouraged knowing God is being proclaimed throughout the world. Global evangelism is a BIG job and God is certainly using your people in a big way to help get the job done for Him. Thank you all so much.”

GNPI-Ukraine Honored

  • Posted On November 13, 2013
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Every once in a while, it’s nice to be noticed.

GNPI-Ukraine produces mountains of materials and resources each year. Recently the center entered an original music video All Creatures of Our God and King in an international Christian film festival.

The festival, hosted in Kiev, Russia, brought together more than 30 production studios from around the world including Russia, Belorussia, Iraq, and Iran.

The video from GNPI-Ukraine won second place in the Best Music Video category and set the stage for Michael Bankovskiy to appear on Kiev’s leading cultural TV stations to talk about the ministry and the award-winning video.

Awards are nice, but the aim of the competition was something more.

“The goal of the event was to unite creative people who produce movies without violence,” said Elena Lubyanitskaya, office manager for GNPI-Ukraine. “(We want) to create a platform for helping to popularize moral, educational, and kind filmmaking in Ukraine and abroad.”

 

In addition to local TV stations broadcasting winning projects, GNPI-Ukraine was also invited to participate in the next festival, held in Cologne, Germany, in November of next year.

We’re honored to be part of a global network producing award-winning materials that not only promote Christian filmmaking, but produce eternal results.

Now that’s worth noticing.

Prayers & Praises

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all . . . that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NIV)

“A Great Reception”
Eddie Gonzalez, a Christian worker in northeast Africa writes, “Our team has acquired a Solar Kit from GNPI-Uganda. This allows us to show the Jesus Film and other short films that address tough issues in this culture to be shown where there is no electricity. They’re currently being shown twice each week, and there has been great reception and requests for more films to be shown. We have shown the films in three different villages so far.” Click here to watch the video.

“A great venture is completed!”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “The last two volumes of God’s Design for Science textbooks, a great venture of our ministry in the last two years, is completed! Praised be the Lord! More than 1,500 people representing various children’s ministries have attended a recent book fair and were very much interested in the resources we produce. All teachers who came received some books and videos as a gift. May these resources bring abundant fruit for His greater glory in the next generations!”

Producing Messages for Thanksgiving!
T.P. of GNPI-S.E. Asia shares, “During these days, we are replacing old lighting in the studio with LED lighting and also producing evangelistic messages in two languages for Thanksgiving.” Please pray for T.P.’s health to be restored. He has been ill for two weeks.

Surveying Spanish Speakers
International Director Bob Sartoris writes, “Pray for our coworker Bob Gurwell of GNPI-Mexico as he continues to survey the needs of churches in the Hispanic world, specifically in Puerto Rico where he traveled last month to meet with church leaders.”

Making International Connections!
Deepak Dhingra of GNPI- Chandigarh, India, has arrived safely in the U.S. for some important meetings in Ohio and also to take part in the International Conference on Missions (ICOM) in Kansas City, MO. Please pray that God will help Deepak make the best use of his time.

The Global Gospel in India

GNPI’s regional center in Damoh, India, is like a machine when it comes to cranking out new language productions of The Global Gospel! They have finished five languages in a little more than a year!

The thing is, after a new language is produced, it has to be duplicated and distributed before it reaches anyone, which costs about two dollars per copy.

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Here is a quick look at how many DVDs have recently been distributed by GNPI-Damoh. And, these numbers only represent three of five completed languages that are available right now for distribution:

1,460 copies in Hindi. These were given to Christian preachers, individuals, families, children’s homes, other ministries in India, NGOs, schools, and village leaders near Damoh.

800 copies in Urdu. One interesting piece of information about the Urdu language is that many Indian Muslims speak this language. Five hundred copies have gone to individuals including many Muslim leaders and families. Mr. B.—the Muslim narrator of The Global Gospel in Urdu–took 200 copies to give to his circle of friends!

1,050 copies of the Marathi language. A government employee who is a friend of the ministry asked for 1,000 copies! He also works with many Indian radio studios and reaches out to many Indian fishermen.

On top of this amazing success, the Bengali and Gujarati languages are ready for duplication. With five more languages in various stages of production, duplication means multiplication!

Go Damoh!

Trading His Pain

  • Posted On October 29, 2013
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Pain is never wasted when given to the Lord. God is so creative—you never know how He will use the pain we experience to bring Glory to Himself, and powerful testimony to others.

This type of useful pain is appearing in Mexico as a result to GNPI’s response to the growing drug culture. God is orchestrating redemption and the acceleration of his Message through the intersection of our work and people’s lives.

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Several years ago GNPI-Mexico produced a documentary about the effect of alcohol and drugs in Latin culture called Adicciones. As part of the production they interviewed law enforcement, families of addicts, families who had lost loved ones to addiction, and addicts themselves.

Raziel was in a rehab facility at the time and he agreed to be interviewed for Adicciones. Time passed, and no one at GNPI-Mexico knew Raziel eventually finished his rehab and successfully left the life of addiction to become a youth minister.

After he became a youth minister, Raziel was invited to speak at an event organized by Pastor Estrada. Pastor Estrada had previously attended a GNPI-Mexico sponsored event, and received a copy of the Adicciones DVD.

While Raziel was in town, Pastor Estrada invited him and two unbelievers to his home for a meal. Afterwards, they decided to watch the documentary. Imagine the surprise of everyone in the room when Raziel’s interview came on the screen.

The two unbelievers and Pastor Estrada turned to Raziel and in one voice said, “Is that you?”

Raziel replied, “Yes! I did not know the project was finished!”

The rest of the video, and seeing first-hand how Raziel’s life had changed, so impacted the two unbelievers they made the decision that evening to surrender their lives to the Lord.

God is Sovereign, and he brings together special people in specific places to do purposeful things. Every week GNPI productions like this are distributed around the world. And every week we receive affirmation that people who are thirsting for the Living Water are finding it in these productions!

Without you, though, GNPI-Mexico couldn’t reach people like Raziel. Thank you for being part of that story. We believe it will help many more people trade their pain for a powerful testimony!

Prayers & Praises

“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus.” – 1 Corinthians 1:4 (NKJV)

“We just understood about Jesus!”
T.P. of GNPI-S.E. Asia shares about a coworker using GNPI materials in the area of J. since 2011. The coworker has used the publication, Is Jesus Christ the Lord God? to explain the Gospel. The coworker listed the names and villages of many families who gave a testimony like this one, “We just understood about Jesus Christ. We have accepted Him as the true and living God. Please teach our son also.” These families said they wanted to be baptized. Praise God for these new believers in Asia!

A Testimony of a Changed Life!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico says their team is now editing a short film based on the true-life testimony of Raziel, who was caught in drug addiction, spent time in rehab, and then became a youth minister. Please pray for the team to have wisdom in their decisions about this project, so it will clearly communicate the hope of Christ to viewers.

“The Best That God Has Put Aside”
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya, Africa, asked that we pray for the successful completion of the last two episodes of Tumaini Hotel, the Life Challenge Assistance Project, and a cooperative movie with On-Field Media, A Distant Boat. Isaac said, “We are almost done with the sound design stage for A Distant Boat. In addition, please pray for the Swahili version of The Global Gospel . We are conducting auditions soon. We pray that we get the best that God has put aside for using in this project. Continue praying for Nelly’s uncle who’s still in Intensive Care from the Westgate attack. His bill has also accumulated to a huge amount.”

“A Fresh, Gentle Wind”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “ I would like to share some exciting feedback we received from a Christian couple who are professors in several top level national universities in Siberia. Gennady Sidorov, Ph.D. (Biology) and Olga Shustova, Ph.D. (Philosophy) write, ‘Thank you so much for your wonderful resources! They are a fresh, gentle wind that helps to lead our young people in learning both the design of God’s creation and His holy will.’ May the Lord be praised!”

“Pray that the Lord will touch hearts.”
Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand shares, “Please pray that the Lord will touch hearts in Thailand in response to those spreading the Gospel. Please pray that our efforts to raise the needed $2,000 per month to increase staff will be fruitful.” Tom and his wife, Gayle, have been ministering in Thailand for 32 years. They plan to finish their furlough and return to Thailand at the end of November.

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