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Freed By Blood

by guest blogger, Meredith Simmons

MeredithMeredith is a 16-year old high school student from Missouri who went to Mexico on a missions trip this past summer with her church. They helped with a few projects at the regional center in Piedras Negras. One of the things she says was most memorable to her was the day they went into a destitute, poverty-stricken area to hand out food. Here’s how Meredith tells the story:

“The people in the area we went to literally had nothing. Most of the houses were constructed of wooden pallets, scraps of plywood, torn tarps, and cardboard boxes put together to create shelters of sorts.

gif2When we first pulled into the area, we stopped and handed out a few packages of food, and moved on down the line of shacks. Before we had gone very far, people began to walk up to our vehicles and ask for food. They were desperate for it, and they just kept coming. It was so hard to have to turn people away when we ran out.

As we were driving away, an elderly lady hobbled out of her house and began calling to us. I couldn’t understand her Spanish words, but her meaning was crystal clear; she needed food. The lady looked like she could hardly walk, and as she gripped her cane with one hand, she held out her other hand to us, pleading for help. We had nothing left to give her. It was heartbreaking to see her and not be able to help. The image of that woman’s face will be ingrained in my memory for a long time to come.”

Meredith certainly paints a vivid picture with her words, doesn’t she?

Raising a family in this environment can leave people with wounds that may never heal unless they find the ultimate Healer. Raziel grew up in this kind of environment. The 20-minute video below, Desatado Por Sangre (Freed by Blood), is the condensed story of his life, produced by GNPI-Mexico. Raziel was freed from his life of darkness and addiction by the blood of Jesus and has gone on to become a Youth Minister—telling others about the Good News that he found!

Thank you Meredith, for sharing your story with us. (To read Meredith’s entire blog, click here.)

Prayers & Praises

“Peter and the other apostles replied, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’ ” —Acts 5:29


Indeed, God is Good!
Protus Sibukule of the NOMaD team in Eldoret, Kenya, writes, “Recently we took our evangelism to Busia, Uganda, at the invitation of our friend who had seen our Christian films. Indeed, God is good! A good number of people came to our meeting, which ran for two days. The impact was great, as many were touched and eventually invited Jesus in their lives.”

New Episodes of WWJD!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines writes, “We are working on some new episodes of WWJD. We are currently editing the Finding the Right One program, and we have one final interview for the one on Stress Management. Thanks for praying always.”

Evangelists Must Preach!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia shares these prayer requests: “Pray we would be able to start trainings for evangelists and to send them out with tools via media and the Internet. Unless there are evangelists to preach, many lives will end without hearing the Gospel of Christ.”

Finishing the Last Phase!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico shares, “We are very good, very busy. Please help us pray for the third short film, Sin Devolución (No Return). We are finishing the last phase. We hope to have it ready in two weeks.”

More Thai Lessons and Testimonies!
Noii, a GNPI Christian partner from Freedom Films in Thailand, writes, “We thank God for bringing us to serve him in Minnesota this month. Now we are shooting video for four Thai programs in the Biblical Extension Courses (BEC). Tomorrow we will record a testimony, and we are almost done with the biography of Dr. Vacharee Peterson. She is a Thai dentist who has a good testimony. Next month we will shoot two more BEC programs and three more testimony programs. Please pray for us to have wisdom from God.”

Things to Thank God For in SE Asia

Our center in SE Asia was established 10 years ago. TP works diligently to develop media tools to help Buddhists understand God’s plan.

By TP, Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

It is so wonderful working with GNPI. We thank God for your willingness to work together and your support for the team in SE Asia. My family and team members are fine as the Lord watches over us.

During these days, Charts of Evangelism, Hymns of Praise, The Owner of the Universe (10 keys facts) are in the process of printing. These will be available soon. The Armageddon News (DVD) is being produced in two languages. The first language will be finished in September. In September, we will record preaching for Thanksgiving and make new videos of Gospel songs.

This year has been quite a year. It has been wet this whole monsoon season. It was wet all over our apartment, but we thank God that the monsoon season will be over soon. In a month or so, we hope to move to a new place. It is an unfinished home, but we will complete it little by little.

One more thing I am grateful to God for is that I have nearly finished the evangelism tools. I have revised them many times as I use them to teach others. Every single person says it’s very clear. Many were baptized, and every week more new people accept Jesus as their Savior.

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I have trained four evangelists. They are working in different areas. The newest one is AS from our office. Now he and his wife are preaching in a small church which our family started. He is reliable in evangelism. He has traveled to his home village three times already since we started working together.

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MM was teaching guitar to youth in one of the districts until August 28th. PA is doing video editing. CA is recording music. He is also teaching guitar to a young man from the northern part of our area, near China’s border. He will teach youth in his village. He also wants to reach some young people from the other side of the border. Please pray for these young men to be able to serve the Lord continuously.


There are so many reasons I am thankful to God. To make it short, I thank God for Christian friends, my wife and four children, this GNPI studio and staff members, and I thank God for bringing new people into his family.

A Glimpse into SE Asia

In the days of Christ, the Pharisees were the religious elite. The way they dressed, spoke, and acted revealed their status. They were seen as having an inside track to a relationship with God. For much of his public ministry, Jesus challenged the Pharisees because they knew all the right things to do, but their hearts were in the wrong place.

This teaching angered some, but it was inviting to others. We see glimpses in Scripture of Pharisees who were touched and changed by one whose heart was always exactly where it needed to be.

Buddhist monks are the religious elite in SE Asia. Like the Pharisees of old, they are easy to identify; their orange cloaks stand out as if to shout, “Here rests religious insight.”  Their elaborate monasteries are well-populated and centers of highly prized knowledge.

Interestingly, though, in SE Asia, Buddhist monks have been found playing Christian worship music over their loudspeakers. To the objective observer this would seem odd. Why would songs espousing and illuminating tenants that are not from Buddha fill the air next to a temple filled with Buddha’s likeness?

The answer? GNPI works hard to share the Gospel through mediums that people can understand, in a way that is culturally relevant. Set new teachings to inviting native music and you have a powerful recipe for reaching people.

Music has such power to move us. It would be hard to find a medium that sparks greater emotion. Add the teachings of Jesus, and God will use music to do incredible things.

In SE Asia, it’s working to melt the heart of the religious elite as they hear and consider the challenges of a man who changed the world with the truest heart we’ve ever known.


I Was Worshipping False Gods

Ma Myit FamilyFrom time to time, we receive testimonies from or about people who have been touched by GNPI productions. Our prayer is that they’ll serve as an inspiration to you. Know that your support for GNPI is making an eternal difference in the lives of evangelists reaching people throughout the world!

By AS, Evangelist and Coworker at GNPI-SE Asia

I want to testify about a Buddhist family who became Christians. Last year, in 2013, I went back to my home village to teach in summer Bible school. I met a Christian woman named MM. She was a Buddhist before she knew Jesus. She had some kind of sickness, and she spent so much money for treatment. The medicines did not help her. Then she went to a shaman. The shaman could not help her either. One day she heard about a Christian woman who prayed for the sick, so she went to that village. She was baptized after hearing the Word of God. The Christian woman prayed for MM, and her sickness was gone.

Her husband was not happy about her becoming a Christian, and she did not know how to tell him about God. She did not know much about God. All she knew was that she believed in God the Creator, who healed her sickness. She sent her children to summer Bible School because she wanted her children to know about God. At that time I was teaching from TP’s book, Who Is the True God? TP had trained me how to teach non-Christians from his book for this summer Bible school. After a week of teaching, MM’s children decided to accept Jesus as their Savior and were baptized. They were old enough to make their own decisions.

However, the husband/father grew unhappy. He was always angry at them. The wife made a date and asked me to meet with her husband. When I visited their house there were many Buddhist images in their house. We talked about various things. He was a nice man. Then we came to the point that I could tell him about the true God. The husband asked me if there was a true God and if there were any false gods. I told him that there are many false gods. I compared the true God and the false gods. I left him a copy of Who Is the True God?

I went back to my village again the next summer in 2014, to teach in summer Bible school. I also went back to visit MM’s family. I was surprised that I did not see any statues this time. I asked UC, MM’s husband, what happened to the those images. He told me, “After reading Who Is the True God? I realized that I was worshipping false gods. False gods will not save me from the eternal punishment of hell. Now I am a believer.” When he was telling me all about it, I saw tears coming down from MM’s eyes. I was so happy that I thanked God from my heart. They are very happy to be Christians as a family. He told me he was already baptized on August 5, 2013, not long after I met him the first time.

This time we were able to talk about challenges to their faith. They are farmers. They make a living by growing rice. He told me after he became a Christian, all four of his buffalos died. People were saying that the gods were punishing his family. He struggled with the question of why God didn’t keep his buffalos from dying.

Then we discussed about the evil one, which always causes many unpleasant things for Christians and tempts Christians to fall away from worshipping the true God. We prayed together for God’s protection from the evil one. He understands now that they should stay close to God all the time.

This family wants to start a church in their own village, so they have tried to purchase a piece of property for the future church. However, the village authorities would not allow the family to buy the property because they do not allow any foreign religions into the village. I would like to request prayer for UC and MM’s family in this village. Pray they would stay strong in the Lord and have wisdom for their next steps.


Get Back to Your First Love

There are more than 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, and this is no accident.

languageIn Genesis 11:7, speaking about the tower of Babel, God says, “Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other (NIV).” Verse nine says that he then scattered the people all over the face of the earth. This scattering resulted in many things including cultural differences, from what we eat to who and how we worship.

God did this on purpose. He also knew that telling the whole world about Jesus would be a challenge because of the resulting cultural differences—the ways, concepts, emotions, and word meanings often get lost in translation.

Challenging? Yes.
Impossible? No!

This is why GNPI’s regional centers continue to work on projects like this music video from SE Asia. The title for this song translates to the English word, Essential. Written, arranged, and performed by local artists and staff from our SE Asia center, they are taking a bold stand for Christ in their country.

At GNPI, we create culturally relevant materials that speak to the hearts of people worldwide. Our regional center staff, lead by nationals in most cases, know the best way to do that.

The language of this song may not be your first language, but the message is pretty clear.

Essential is based on some hard-hitting truth found in Revelation 2:1-5 revealing how God feels about those who forsake their first love. It’s pretty obvious that it is essential to get back to our first love if we want to please God. We need to do whatever it takes to rekindle that spark we first had for Jesus.

Creator Camp 2014

By Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Ukraine

With great joy, I am glad to say that the most challenging project of the year has been completed! We successfully managed to arrange The Creator Children’s Camp at the occupied territory. The troubles of the world did not stop us. We just regrouped for new conditions. As usual, the camp was a testing field for new curriculum for camps, Sunday schools, and children’s programs.

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This year the theme of the curriculum was Creator of the Universe. It was focused on the design of the universe, the ways people study it, as well as God’s plan for it according to the Scriptures. Various games, sports activities, and experiments helped the kids have a lot of fun and learn the material effectively at the same time.

We had 20-30 children participate, and 10 percent of them were from non-Christian families. All of the media work at the camp was done by last year’s media training course graduates! The main difference this year was a day-camp format.

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Nevertheless, we made several field trips. We went to the seashore and also to the Multi-Purpose Resource Center training facilities for games and astronomical observations. We also took the campers to view the Space Center. At the end of the camp, the children gave a special performance at the church to share what they learned. This was a special occasion for them to bring their parents and friends who don’t usually go to church. The guests received some of our books as a gift.

Now, after some revisions and editing, the curriculum will be available online for other churches and ministries alongside the ones we have issued in previous years. Please pray with us for the seeds planted, both at the camp and after it!

Here is a video trailer about the camp.

Prayers & Praises

“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” – Psalm 147:11


The response was marvelous!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya says, “We praise God for success in the Solar Kit ministry. The Ogiek community wants us back again and is organizing seminars. Please pray for financial resources to reach out more to this isolated community. The strategy for us is to empower the local missionaries with resources that they can use for the Ogiek people. We also sent a Solar Kit along to another remote part of Kenya called Teso. The minister who used it said that the response was marvelous.”

Joy in the Midst of Troubles!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine shares, “God definitely brings us joy in the midst of any troubles of the world! 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 in each of us by the grace of the Lord! As Paul put it, one plants, another waters; but God gives the increase! Troubles under heaven 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 became 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!”

New Disciples of Jesus!
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “About the Solar Kits, 1,120 people watched [GNPI video productions] Proverbs, Dume, and Promise of Love, and five people decided to give their lives to Jesus. The coordinators are now preparing them for baptism by teaching them about baptism and Christianity.”

Changing and Growing!
Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand reports that they have completed a new Biblical Extension Course (BEC) program on Christian unity with Mr. Boonsak Tongdee. Tom also said that our partners at Freedom Films have finished a new testimonial program in the Changed series featuring Mr. Boonsak. He grew up in a strict, Christian home. When he left for college, he abandoned his Christian life. Then, in his second year of college, Boonsak happened to move into a Christian dormitory.  From there he returned to faith in Jesus. Please pray that God would use these programs to teach and encourage many people.

Sent to Committee!
The Spanish version of The Global Gospel has been sent to a committee of the United Bible Society for final permission. Please pray for a timely decision, so this completed version can be released and used to help Spanish speakers learn about Jesus.

A Glimpse into Ukraine

Famous German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is famous for the quote, “God is dead.” In few places has the attempt to remove God from societal life been more prevalent than the nations of the communist former Soviet Union. Even now, the departure from God as the center of life has created the political and military unrest gripping Russia and Ukraine.

You and I know that God is certainly alive and well in our world. Yet, for people who have known nothing but life without God, the quest for truth can be an elusive search, full of struggle and uncertainty.

Dr. Sergei Golovin is the regional director for our center in Ukraine. However, he used to oppose God and his Word. A scientist by training, Sergei was looking to disprove the Bible while conducting research at an isolated location in Siberia. He was all alone. He came across a copy of God’s Word, so he started reading.

What he started out to disprove would eventually win him over. As he poured over the Scripture, he discovered science proved the Bible true, and that this Jesus, whom the Bible spoke of, was actually the author and keeper of all truth.

Dr. Sergei Golovin, a brilliant man and holder of several patents, was convinced from reading the Bible, and looking at the evidence of creation, that there had to be a creative designer.

He was right! This new passion for knowing God turned into a lifelong mission to bring others to know that they need the saving grace of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, to set them free from sin.

Today, nearly two decades after he met the God of the universe, Sergei and his team use science and apologetics to win the cultural wars inside his homeland of Ukraine and in Russia. Hundreds of books and tracts, now augmented with video, deliver a better way!

To learn more about the work of Sergei Golovin and GNPI-Ukraine, watch this video we produced in 2013 while helping to raise funds for a new training facility in Ukraine.

Pray for Sergei and Ukraine, particularly during these unsettling times.

Take My Life

By Marsha Bacon, Communications Coordinator, GNPI

Kiev BannerUkraine has been in the news lately, along with countless other regions where unrest and violence continues to escalate. Russia began her crusade to occupy Crimea (the location of one of GNPI’s regional centers) in March, and that was just about the time the music video embedded below was completed.

I am on staff at GNPI and had some surgery back in April. I was in the hospital when I received the communication from Lena, the office manager in Crimea, that their third music video, Take My Life, was complete. As I sat there in my hospital room, watching the video on my phone, I thought about what my Ukrainian friends were facing—ugly photos coming out of Kiev where Russian troops had already invaded, the threat of violence and war, the threat to their physical safety, so much uncertainty!

Yet, the music video is the exact opposite of that. It’s calm, assuring, and strikingly beautiful. Take My Life, an old hymn, is a song about trusting God and giving him our lives.

I messaged Lena and asked her, “How much of the footage in the video was shot during the conflict of the troops moving in?”

She answered me, “All of it, and the shots by the sea were actually shot during the invasion. In fact, we had to postpone the first studio shooting day because that very morning we were occupied.”

The reality of this reduced me to tears. As I watched the video again and prayed for their safety, God revealed to me that even in the most dangerous storms of our lives, he can calm us with his quiet, tender presence.

I find it remarkable that media has the ability to transcend the limitations of cultures and languages and deeply touch someone in a hospital room thousands miles away. So take my life, Lord. You are certainly more capable of doing something good with it than I am.