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“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” — Romans 10:11-15

A Request from Rockville!
The Source of Love movie is scheduled to be shown on May 4 at a community event to celebrate Asian heritage in Rockville, MD. This film is about an Asian family that discovers hope. It was released in 2005. Praise God that this program is still being used and for this opportunity.

On the Border!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller says, “Pray for the safety of the NOMaD team in Donetsk, Ukraine. Donetsk is close to the Russian border, and it is one of the key cities right in the heart of all of the conflict.”

Cheater!
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda shares, “We have been helping the Livingstone International University (LIU) students with a short movie project for their class. The project is about a careless student who was expelled from the university. The title of the movie is Cheating Boyfriend.”

Seeking God’s Wisdom!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines asks for prayer for wisdom as she rewrites the WWJD script for the Sexual Identity episode. After some feedback, they are planning a second part for this program to make a clear stand. Nenette writes, “Thank you for your persistence in praying.”

Feedback from Puerto Rico!
Carlos Perez, campus minister of Puerto Rico Christian School, writes about some GNPI materials that he requested last year. He said, “We have finished the first series, How to Be a Better Leader. We have learned a lot with the spiritual content that Dr. Alan Ahlgrim presents in each lesson. The comments and participation of Board members made it even more interesting. Praise God! In addition, we used this series at the Vega Baja Church of Christ. The feedback by our brothers in Christ at Vega Baja has been good. We plan to start another series, How to Be an Effective Church Leader, by Sam Stone. I believe it will prove very helpful as there is much material to cover.”

The New Roman Road

  • Posted On April 28, 2014
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“Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.” 1 Chronicles 12.32

This scripture reminds me of the importance of having a plan for what’s next. Late last year, GNPI completed a new strategic plan. Over the next several weeks, I want to walk you through the major points of that plan, so you’ll know exactly where the ministry is headed.

Our first stop: continuing GNPI’s rich heritage of utilizing technology tools to spread the Gospel. GNPI is no stranger to using innovative technology to share the Good News. Remember our significant use of satellite uplink technology in the past?

Understanding the times means knowing how to use relevant technology to advance God’s Kingdom.

Because of the realities above I’ve shared with you, GNPI is looking at the next “new thing” as delivery of content over mobile devices. Mobile Apps allow for the viral spread of Christian media content.

We’re going to explore new ways to use mobile Apps to deliver the message of Christ to a world that needs him more than anything else.

Why mobile Apps? Mobile Apps have now spread across almost every culture. Look at these facts:

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This year, the total number of mobile phones ever produced will exceed the world’s population, which is slightly over 7 billion. The number of mobile accounts in existence is around 6.7 billion. While every minute there are 71 births, 406 people get a new mobile phone account.

In 2004, there were 100 million cameras of any type sold worldwide. In 2012, there were 1.5 billion phones with cameras inside.

There are more mobile phones in the world than toilets, and more people use a mobile phone than use a toothbrush. Additionally, by the end of 2014, the majority of Internet usage will be through mobile devices.

Is your head spinning yet?

While it can be overwhelming to think of the proliferation of mobile technology, look at some of the opportunities and reasons we must act now.

  • The percentage of Internet users accessing the Internet through mobile devices is greatest in developing countries. In developing countries, early adoption of mobile Apps is available to the Church, but those opportunities are disappearing quickly as commercial usage and government control increase.
  • Mobile Apps provide one of the most economically viable means for creation and distribution of Christian content.
  • Many times, mobile devices are present when believers come in contact with the lost, and these devices can be leveraged in those encounters.
  • Mobile devices provide a powerful way to reach vast numbers of those who are most difficult to reach (hidden, oral learners, women, and children).
  • Mobile devices provide one of the most powerful media platforms for 2-way communication and for the development of face-to-face relationships.
  • The mobile App is an individual’s most personal/intimate media device. When the Gospel is shared via this device, it is shared in one of the person’s most personal/intimate spaces. As a grandpa, I FaceTime with my grandchildren. When we say goodbye, we sometimes kiss each other goodbye on the phone. What other devices are we willing to kiss?

Jesus came “at just the right time” when language was common, and Roman roads were working to spread culture, education, and commerce. Today, the Gospel has yet another chance to spread like never before, because “at just the right time” the church seized the opportunity of technology – a new Roman road through Apps!

Pray for Mexico

Mexico is home to one GNPI regional center and one NOMaD team. These teams of dedicated Christians are working hard to create culturally relevant media that will bring the Good News of Jesus to their people.

GNPI-Mexico launched an Internet radio station last fall, and it is gaining traction. They have recently added a live, evangelistic program that airs from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are having such a good response and hope to add another day soon. If you would like to tune in online, here is a link: http://www.buenasnuevasradio.com/

Please feel free to share that link with your Spanish-speaking friends!

We want to offer this video to you to help you to pray for Mexico.

 

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

A Revolving Inspiration

  • Posted On April 22, 2014
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by Jason Miller, NOMaD Coordinator

In January I traveled more than 21,000 miles, stopping in Indonesia and a couple different locations in India. While I was in Indonesia, I did some training with the guys who will be working on the audio recording of The Global Gospel in the Indonesian language. It was a short, but very good time. We are so thankful for the way God wrote the rest of this story…

Jason Revolving Inspiration

A GNPI ministry partner took me to see a studio that had agreed to let them use their audio booth to do the audio recording for The Global Gospel. While at this studio, I had a pretty incredible meeting with a man named Eko.

I was expecting a small studio in a shop or house, but as we pulled through the gate I was shocked to see a building about the size of a basketball court in front of us. There were quite a few cars and a whole bunch of motorcycles parked outside. Inside I found some large studio space and several high-end 3-D animation sets and workstations set up. I felt like I was in a Disney Pixar studio!

As we were being shown around, we met Eko, the founder and owner of the business. He explained to us his passion and vision for creating Christian media. He has started two companies. One produces Christian material for area churches and ministries and the other creates television shows and series for the Indonesian television networks. These shows aren’t overtly Christian, but they do present positive Christian and family values.

As Eko continued to share I discovered that he has four studios in Indonesia and is producing an average of one TV episode every two days. (They have a number of children’s series, reality TV series, etc. on the national networks.) In the studio where we were, he had 150-200 staff working on productions, as well as 50 high school students learning the trade.

He feels passionate about what he is doing and is looking into ways to reproduce it in other parts of the world. Right now he is working on starting another studio in South Africa. I was completely blown away by what he is doing right there in Indonesia!

But that’s not the best part. When we met, he was very excited to see me. He and his wife shared with me their inspiration for the studio.

Dreamlight1They had attended college in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating more than 20 years ago, Eko was still unsure of what he wanted to do with his life. They ended up in Joplin for something and came to take a tour of GNPI. It was that tour of our facility in Joplin that gave Eko the vision to start his own media ministry!

As we finished up the tour, we walked out into a courtyard, and there, with the fountain and company logo, was a metal globe just like the one outside the office in Joplin. He patterned his after the place that gave him his inspiration!

Eko had many great things to share and seemed eager to help GNPI in any way he can. I saw some of the projects they are working on, and they are top notch! In fact, he has been working on projects for some of the top political officials and has even been interviewed by the New York Times.

 

Would you pray about this “chance” meeting? I believe he could be a tremendous resource! We are eager to see if God has more planned for Eko and GNPI.

Prayers & Praises

“In Christ, we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.” — 2 Corinthians 2:12-17

“We Are Speechless!”
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand says, “We can see how God is already working here in Chiang Mai, and we are amazed that we were led to meet a pastor with several of our same interests and passions. One goal for this church is to reach out to the community and villages in the mountains. This pastor wants to show us the villages throughout Thailand. Some of these villages are Christian and some are non-Christian. When he heard about the Solar Kit, the pastor thought it would be a wonderful benefit and tool for spreading the Gospel in the villages of Thailand. We are speechless to see how God is moving after only 5 days of being here!”

An Exciting Day!
Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Today was an exciting day. We invited a number of families from the local Christian community to have a discussion on the problems faced by families and married couples in India. Forty-eight people from different walks of life came from a variety of situations and participated in the two-hour discussion. During this time, they brainstormed and reflected on numerous problems facing families that they had observed and experienced. We have come up with a list of 33 problems that families face. The next step is to meet with a writer and create scripts for 13 episodes for future productions. Please pray that this meeting will lead us to develop some valuable new resources and partnerships.”

Opportunities to Share Christ!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia says, “We have completed a project on the resurrection of Christ. We have been sharing it this month. In addition, we received a request from the A people to produce The Global Gospel in their language, so we are working on the preliminary details. Thank you very much for your prayers.”

NOMaD Migration!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller says, “We have some NOMaD team members preparing for their furloughs. Habacuc Diaz and his family from our team in Chile and Jeff Frazee and his family from our team in Mali will be traveling soon. Please pray for their final preparations, safe travels, and God’s provision for them.”

Jesus, Greatest of All!
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda shares, “We have a new music project to record this month. The artist is Lead Atute. The song is called Jesus, Greatest of All. It is our prayer that God would open doors for more projects and for more people to come to know Christ.”

Manee Reflects on US Trip

  • Posted On April 21, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

We’ve shared with you over the past month a series of short videos illustrating how God is using GNPI throughout the world and what we feel is a God-given vision for the future. However, it’s not about us! It is about the many missionaries and nationals we serve throughout the world. That’s why we do what we do. Manee Massey is a perfect example of this. Manee is regional director for GNPI-Damoh, India, and recently was our special guest at GNPI’s three Vision Night events in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. By the way, generous donors like you contributed nearly $150,000 at these events to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology. People like Manee are our friends who make the vision for reaching the lost a reality. We pray you’ll continue to join us in that vision through your prayers and gifts.

 Before he returned to India, Manee shared some key insights into the work God has called him and his team to do in India – a country that is 2.5% Christian.

Listen to Manee. Pray for India. Pray for GNPI as we work globally to bring people to Jesus!

Christ is Risen!

  • Posted On April 19, 2014
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by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Assistant, GNPI

“6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”

Luke 24:6-7

Risen from the dead

With Easter being tomorrow, I wanted to share this beautiful sunrise taken from a plane.

 

Praying for Ishmael’s Tribe

Have you visited the Prayercast Website? If not, you should take some time and look around. The videos there are free to download and they would be a fantastic resource for your Sunday school class, mission team, or entire church.

This video is not linked to a specific country, but the “people group” who are the descendants of Ishmael. The prayercast Website page that is home for this video starts out with the following:

“Despite birthing many of the earliest Christian churches, the Middle East and North Africa have endured centuries with little or no access to the Gospel. Today, four of every five Muslims – 20% of the world’s population – have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ.  It is estimated that only 10% of missionaries are working among Muslims, with some estimates as low as 1%. This translates to roughly one missionary for every 1 million Muslims.  And yet despite all this, recent decades have seen an unprecedented Christian witness among the Arab world.  More Muslims have become followers of Jesus Christ in the last 25 years than in the previous 1250 years!”

Watch this prayer video, and then click here if you would like to read the rest of the information about the tribe of Ishmael.

 

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

See What You Gave These Kids…

  • Posted On April 16, 2014
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You may remember a story we shared in February about how GNPI mobilized Solar Kits at the International Conference on Missions in Kansas City. Among other places, ICOM allowed us to place these amazing tools in Liberia and Romania.

Eli Davidson, a missionary in Romania, sent this photo of one way they are using the Solar Kit.

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Eli said, “I wanted to send you another picture of how we are using the projector you donated to our ministry in Romania. It works so well. In this picture we are using the projector to teach a memory verse. The kids loved it and many were able to memorize the Scripture. Thanks so much.”

We told him any time he wants to send us photos of how they are able to use the Solar Kit, we’d LOVE to see them because we want to pass them on to YOU!

Your generosity makes these tools available. God is using you to help Romanian kids like these, and other children around the world, memorize Scripture! You are making a difference!!!!

Didn’t see the first blog about Eli? Read it here in the blog called Two Solar Kit Testimonies.

 

Click the link to the left if you would like to give a gift toward a Solar Kit to help another Christian worker.

 

Lord, There is None Like You!

The situation in Russia, Ukraine, and the now Russian occupied Crimea, is less and less in the news. That’s how it is with news; a new story comes along to take the place of  what WAS the hottest story, and we start to forget. For those in Crimea and Ukraine, it is still very much the main story.

Here are some photos taken in Kiev, Ukraine, that you probably didn’t see in the news. Imagine if this were the capital city of your home country.

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The regional center for GNPI is located in Simferopol, an 11-hour drive from Kiev. Simferopol is in Crimea, now part of Russia. So, in essence, the GNPI regional center is now in Russia. As for our staff there, they are not just okay, they are doing well! GNPI staff members in Joplin visited with the team via Skype call just last week. It was wonderful to see their faces and hear their faith as they explained their circumstances. They are cheerful and awaiting instructions as to how they can become legal citizens. In the midst of all this they continue to produce their latest music video called Take My Life and Let it Be. How appropriate.

In an email Sergei sent this week he said,

“The Nieuwenhuis (Novy Dom) Training Center construction is going on and we even have some booking applications from Russia already! Looks like God has a much more far reaching plan on reaching Russians through our ministry then we did.

“While a lot is uncertain, we do not neglect any opportunity to serve. It was a special blessing for me to have a conference on the topic of seeking God’s will in times of trouble with a group of young Christian professionals and to speak to a Christian youth club. What a great encouragement it is to see young people passionate for spreading the truth of God in the midst of the storms of life! The fields are white. Troubles in the world make people look for the hope beyond it. People are thirsty for the truth, and looks like God uses the situation powerfully.”

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Psalm 86:8-9 (NIV) says, “Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.”

Please pray for wisdom and continued safety for our co-workers in Russia. Pray for God’s power to be displayed among the nations!

 

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