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Prayer and Information are Interconnected

  • Posted On June 23, 2014
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Recently at GNPI, we have been more intentionally engaged in prayer. I would like to share a few great insights from Chris Maynard, who is associated with Operation World, about how information fuels prayer.

“Prayer is fueled by information about the world as well as by the Bible and the Holy Spirit within us. It was when Nehemiah heard the news from Jerusalem that he wept and prayed (Nehemiah 1). It was when Jesus saw the crowds that he was moved with compassion (Matthew 9:36). It was in response to information from Peter and John that the Jerusalem believers prayed that most powerful prayer of Acts 4:23-31.

And it works the other way too. If prayer is fueled by information, information is empowered by prayer.   Nehemiah’s prayers gave him the right way to present his information to the king (Nehemiah 2:1-8), which led to the king’s favour (Nehemiah 2:8). It was the prayer of the Jerusalem believers that led to wider information sharing (Acts 4:31)

How can we work in mission information and not pray? There are so many things that need to come together if our work is to be powerful and effective. Do you think you can get them all right without God’s sovereign intervention? Who is praying with you for the right use of the information that you share?

We carry a serious responsibility on our shoulders. We are influencing people with our information. (If not, why not? Are you just producing reports to look good on a shelf?) I believe that puts us in the position of teachers. And we know that teachers will be judged with greater strictness (James 3:1). Let us not be casual about our work, but fear God, obey him carefully, and pray for his favour on all that we do.

Information work may be a matter of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). Information is very difficult to get right (James 3:2). We are even responsible for what we don’t communicate (Ezekiel 33:6).

Information can easily become misinformation. Is our information true? Is it convincing? Is it getting to the right people? How do we expect to get all those things right without God’s help? As in heaven, Father, so let it be in and through our mission information work – for Your name’s sanctification, for Your kingdom’s arrival, for Your will’s accomplishment here on earth!”

Yes, we want to share more and more information with you, our readers and partners, not just to increase your knowledge but to allow that knowledge to birth more prayer. For that reason – I thought you would like to KNOW! 

Pray for South Africa


Violent crimes are commonplace and the murder rate is seven times that of the USA.

There are 1,200 victims buried each day due to the AIDS epidemic.

Until 1994, the country was known for apartheid – white-minority rule. South Africa’s remarkable ability to put centuries of racial hatred behind it in favor of reconciliation was widely considered a social miracle, inspiring similar peace efforts in Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and elsewhere.

We, at GNPI, have been reviewing places that are strategic points of ministry for the past several weeks. We will continue to highlight areas where our NOMaD teams (grassroots media production teams) are working throughout the world to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

Please watch this video and intercede for this nation to know true reconciliation through Jesus Christ.

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

Prayers & Praises

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory because of your love and faithfulness.” — Psalm 115:1

 

A New Coup!
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “We are fine. The coup that took place has not affected life in Chiang Mai for the most part. The military has placed a curfew for all people to be indoors after 10:00 p.m. This is not an uncommon occurrence in Thailand. The last coup took place in 2006. There is a rumor that communications could be shut down, but for now the Internet is still up and running. It is assumed that the coup will be resolved relatively quickly. Most issues will tend to be far south in the capital, Bangkok. We do not expect to have any problems in our area. Still we ask for your prayers in the matter.”

Good Progress!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller reports, “We can continue to pray for the safety of our team in Donetsk, Ukraine, with all the turmoil. Also, Habacuc, from our team in Chile, is in the US traveling to raise support. Pray for him and his family as they travel. Most of our other teams continue to make good progress on projects this quarter, so we can pray that they are able to keep it up.”

Joint School Initiative!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “The possibilities for teaching trips are pretty limited in this current situation. However, the new office in the central part of the country provides new opportunities. After discussing the needs with some ministries and church leaders, we have decided to start a Joint School of Christian Apologetics and Creation Evangelism. The joint school could serve various colleges, seminaries, and churches in the city and beyond. It could also be a place where leading apologists of the former Soviet Union could share their wisdom, experience, and vision with young leaders according to the 2 Timothy 2:2 approach. We are going to share an infrastructure with other partner ministries. We hope to have the first cohort for modular training by the end of the fall. Please pray with us for this exciting initiative.”

Doing Great!
Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “In the studio, Robert and Sujit have been busy with recording sermons and songs. They have even been recording pictures and stories for the kids to show in our VBS. They are doing great.”

Recognized For Their Excellence!
International Director Bob Sartoris reports,“We can praise God that the Crown Awards has sent our 2 projects to the next level (the top 5). The projects sent were the Proverbs series from GNPI-Uganda and one episode of WWJD from GNPI-Philippines. In addition, Isaac Magisa of GNPI-Kenya has been invited to represent the producers at the Zanzibar Film Festival in Tanzania for helping produce The Distant Boat feature film. It is encouraging to see these projects be recognized for their excellence.”

Widows’ Mites Become Mighty Gifts

  • Posted On June 17, 2014
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Compiled by Dee Ann Miller, GNPI staff

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In Luke 21, Jesus noticed the offerings of the widow who brought her coins to the temple. The ministry of GNPI is also blessed by widows who trust the Lord to work through GNPI in spreading the Gospel around the world.

Joyce writes, “What an amazing, God-glorifying ministry! Please use this small gift in some way to spread the precious news of Jesus.”

Saundra says, “Enclosed is my check for what I can give at this time. My budget is real close, so I cannot give every month. Yet, I have a list of missions I’m interested in and give to as I’m blessed. God has been so good to me, especially these past 23 years as a widow. I’ve always had enough.”

Joy says, “I have decided to increase my giving to $50 a month. The ministry is doing exciting things, and I want to be a bigger part of it.”

Ruth shares, “Thanks for the exciting work you are doing worldwide. Your recent newsletters showed much enthusiasm and great ideas. I’m praying for our workers in the Ukraine and their huge building project.”

Evelyn sends her gift and writes, “It sounds like GNPI is really spreading God’s Word well. I pray that God will continue to be with you.”

Thank you, ladies! Your gifts are making a difference. We are so grateful for your generosity, example, and prayers to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

Calling

  • Posted On June 16, 2014
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I recently had the privilege of interviewing a young woman for a new position in GNPI’s Joplin office. She’s a successful single person, so I asked her why she would consider taking a pay cut and moving 300 miles from home. She said, “Because I think this is what God wants me to do.”

 Wow, that’s faith! That is a calling!

For almost three years now, I have had the privilege of learning the stories of an increasing number of the 80 or so people in our global network. You’d find faith similar to the young woman I mentioned above as a hallmark of our teams around the world. This army of media-producing servants includes professionals who were formerly a geophysicist, an electrical engineer, a pastor, a stay-at-home mom, a school teacher, a missionary, and a musician. Amazingly, this is just the leadership from our regional centers. They, in turn, are shepherding staff members who have come with a calling similar to theirs.

Why is this significant? When we welcome inside our walls these men and women of incredible agility, creativity, determination, and faith who have a calling, it’s a game changer. A calling takes things we design, like strategic plans, metrics, and outcomes, and transforms them into the tools that God uses to accomplish building his kingdom!

Now that is a call worth answering!

 

Summer and Joy

  • Posted On June 14, 2014
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by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Designer, GNPI

This is one of my all-time favorite photos that I have archived. It makes me think of innocence, summer, and childhood. The pops of color, smiles, and laughter warm the heart. I hope this puts a smile on your face this day.

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New Showings of All Things New

  • Posted On June 12, 2014
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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.

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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.

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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!

 

Pray for the Philippines

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

Prayers & Praises

“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.

Camp Preparation!
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.”

My Cup Runneth Over!

  • Posted On June 10, 2014
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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.

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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.

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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!)

 

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