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“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”
– Matthew 4:16 (NKJV)

“The Global Gospel in 18 States of India!”
Manee Ross of GNPI-Damoh, India, shares, “We have distributed The Global Gospel in 18 States of India. Total viewership today is 51,200. We are praying for duplication funds to be raised soon, so we can produce 1,000 more DVD copies of each of the following languages: Hindi, English, Gujarati, and Bengali.”

Delivering the Digital Version of Video Loop IV!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya writes, “Video Loop IV e-book is scheduled to be live online by the second week of January. I have been meeting with a couple of guys including focus groups on how to effectively reach the youth using media. At the top of the list in the distribution strategy was switching to a digital format. Printing hard copies has become very expensive, as you know, so we will be printing a few copies on demand. A couple of schools and focus groups have expressed interest in getting more copies for distribution. These discussions provided lots of helpful information for the development of DETOX at the beginning of next year.

“A mighty work for the Lord!”
One friend of the ministry writes, “What a mighty work for the Lord Good News Productions, International is continually doing. We, as a church here, are (and have been for years) blessed to share in it, so that the world may know Christ. Thank you for the great updates.”

“A really talented person!”
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “We started the vocal recording of The Global Gospel in the Luganda language a couple weeks ago. Mark Muyanga is our voice talent. He is a born-again Christian who fellowships with the Kampala Church of Christ. He leads choir and does many other activities at the church. Mark is a student who is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree and doing his internship, as well as creating time to do this project. So far the recording is going well. Mark is a really talented person! We thank God for that.”

Picking Up the Pieces!
Please continue to pray for all those recovering from the recent devastating typhoon. Pray also that the staff at GNPI-Philippines can continue to produce media to help people apply God’s Word to everyday life.

Prayer has become such a prominent part of our ministry that we have some exciting news to share! In January, the weekly prayer updates you are used to receiving will be accompanied by additional GNPI news. This will help you understand how to pray for us even more specifically. And, our prayer ministry has an official name: Group 5•16 (a reference to James 5:16). Simply click on the Group 5•16 banner on the page of the weekly communication, and you’ll be ready to pray for God’s continued guidance and wisdom for GNPI’s efforts to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

Mary Did You Know?

Mike_Schrage_Blog_GNPIby Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Common folks who meet famous people often make human-like comments don’t they?

“Why, they are just a normal, typical family.” (like the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty) Or they say, “He puts his pants on one-leg-at-a-time just like you and me,” referring to a movie star or political leader’s commonality.

MaryThe crowd saw Jesus in a similar way. They said, “What can be so special about him? We know his parents and where he grew up. His siblings were our classmates in school. He’s just a carpenter’s son. How can he be this special ‘Son of Man’ or ‘Son of God’? How can he take away sins, be a miracle worker, and have the audacity to equate himself to God?” (Matthew 13:53-57)

To me, being completely human, it is remarkable that Jesus persevered through the pain and suffering on the cross. Equally astounding is that 33 years earlier he poured all the majesty, all the power, all the glory, all the honor, all the wisdom and yes, all the creative love, that the world has ever known into the eight-pound body of a baby!

I guess that’s why the song Mary Did You Know resonates with me so powerfully at this regal time of year.

“Mary did you know that when you kissed his face, that you kissed the face of God?”

God is as present with you and me now, today, as when we will live with him in eternity. The only difference is that in heaven, we will be more AWARE. That my friends, is what the miracle of Christmas can, and should, be all about, a heightened awareness of the incarnated Presence that we call Immanuel, God With Us.

So have a Merry Christmas with God!

Oh, What Times We Are Living In!

  • Posted On December 18, 2013
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Don LuciettaBy Don Lucietta, Chairman of the GNPI Board of Directors

After reading an email from Mike Schrage, an invitation to the very first International Hour of Prayer (IHOP) that was planned at the GNPI office in Joplin, I thought, “Wow that sounds interesting!” Then I calculated the time from Lamar to Joplin and decided, Hey I CAN be there.

When I arrived it was evident the various staff members, at GNPI, were busy preparing everything to work properly. So how do you coordinate a worldwide. live synchronized prayer meeting with the differences in worldwide time zones, video equipment, laptops, cameras, and microphones?

When walking into the room, I was handed the order of the prayer session: Joplin, Nairobi, Chandigarh, Mexico, Mbale, Damoh, Ukraine, Philippines, SE Asia, Thailand. Then I saw Tom Silkwood from Thailand on the big TV screen at the front of the conference room. Though he was not in Thailand, he was in Illinois helping his staff in Thailand with the technical aspects.

True blessings came when I could see my brothers and sisters from around the world smiling and greeting each other, the sincerity in their prayers for the “other GNPI locations” in the GNPI prayer chain, and the similar technology available to them as here in Joplin. Then it occurred to me that indeed, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14. What interesting times we live in; we must not tarry.

Prayers & Praises

“. . . I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10 (NIV

“One hand washes another one!”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine uses this common Russian phrase in reference to the corrupted parliament that refuses to remove corrupted government leaders. Sergei writes, ”Please pray for Ukraine. Pray for its people, for its rulers, for a peace and safety from bloodshed, for those protesting in frozen city squares against the next attempt to restore totalitarian control over our country.”

“Tremendous comfort!”
Martha Emmerson of North India Christian Mission writes about the death of Regional Director Deepak Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh. She writes, “All of your prayers and words of encouragement have tremendously comforted us in this time of suffering, and we have truly needed it. Christ has given us hope even in the death of our close ones because of his power. We recently had Deepak’s funeral at a cemetary in Chandigarh and more than eight hundred people attended. It’s difficult to contemplate the untimely passing of our great Kingdom worker, and we’re not quite sure about how long it will be before everyone gets adjusted to this situation. We know that we will not have to do it alone, though.”

“I am able to share in the spreading of the Good News!”
A friend of the ministry writes, “How thankful I am to be able to share in the spreading of the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ in many places. It is so exciting to read of where the Good News is being made available to millions. May God continue to lead you and give you wisdom! May His love for you and his mercies toward you all be of great encouragement.”

“More than 1,500,000 views!”
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico says, “Thanks be to God we did begin live programming on our Internet radio station! It has taken us some time because we have to prepare for each particular program. We are very happy because people are listening to us, and we have more contact with them. Another reason to thank God is that we have more than 1,500,000 views on Vimeo and YouTube, and we have more than 700 subscribers on YouTube!”

“What a privilege to do Kingdom work,” reflects Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand. “We still have houses and other effects for sale but trust that our Lord knows this. We are ready to be back in Thailand. I wish that we could take all of you with us!” Please pray for the Silkwoods’ safe travel and transition.

IHOP

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Last month we enjoyed our first International Hour of Prayer. We affectionately called it IHOP. We connected both audibly and visually with staff among our nine regional centers around the globe. Three other GNPI staff members joined us from locations in the US. We spent an hour in prayer for each other.

Some prayed in English, some in their native language. It was truly a “sweet hour of prayer.”

GNPI Board Chairman. Don Lucietta, and long time friend of the ministry, Boyce Mouton, were both with us for the event. We were all immeasurably blessed by the Holy Spirit as He united our hearts, even in cyberspace, using technology.

Here is what Boyce had to say. Click here to read Don’s thoughts on the morning and to watch a video of that first IHOP.

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Prayers Heard Around the World
By Boyce Mouton, long time friend of GNPI

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote the “Concord Hymn” in 1837. In that famous poem he remarked that when the revolutionary forces fired on the British at North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, they fired a shot “heard ‘round the world.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, I was privileged to be at a prayer meeting where prayers were literally heard around the world. Using the latest technology, GNPI in Joplin linked together people all over the world.

We could see them and they could see us. We could hear them and they could hear us.

Most important of all, however, is the wonderful truth that God could see and hear us too! Thanks GNPI for being on the cutting edge!

Prayers & Praises

Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. – Psalm 27:7 (NIV)

The Eurasian Dream is Coming True!
Praise God that the $100,000 goal has been reached for the Multi-Purpose Resource Center, and Sergei has received his first reservation for the retreat center. Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “The Retreat House is about to be roofed, and the inside finishing work is started. At the same time we are leveling the decking to pour the concrete slab for the second level of the Conference Center if the weather allows. Please keep praying for our ministry, for all our projects, for our team, for our families, and for God’s guidance in everything we do.”

A Special Visitor!
Timothy of GNPI-S.E. Asia reports that a Christian worker from Thailand recently came to see him about some Christian resources. Timothy gave the man 12 copies of the Handbook for Evangelism. Timothy says, “More than 10 preachers gathered together, and we prayed for God to use the Handbook for Evangelism to inspire and to bless people through this opportunity in Thailand.”

Vince of GNPI-Uganda talks about the Next program on Vimeo.
Vince says, “We at GNPI are interested in partnering with organizations like Livingstone International University to help train the next generation of leaders so they can take the Christian message out into their culture. We’re excited to join LIU in their vision and ministry to train African leaders from every sector of society making them employable, ethical, and empowered.”

A New Strategy of Outreach to Youth!
Siriki Sekongo of the NOMaD team in Mali writes, “It is a real joy for the drama team to participate in The Global Gospel in French. Through this project, we want to start a new strategy of evangelization for children and youth. To date, we have recorded about a third of the 88 episodes of The Global Gospel series. The videos will then be compressed into small mp4 format for playback on mobile phones and other smartphones. We invite you to pray with us for the success of the evangelistic ministry among children and youth.”

Spanish Surveying and Editing Continues
International Director Bob Sartoris shares, “Continue to pray for the GNPI-Mexico team as they work on the short film of Raziel’s story of redemption and for Bob Gurwell as he conducts survey work in the Hispanic culture.”

Fallen One

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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

A week ago today I received word that one of our own, Deepak Dhingra, went to be with the Lord. He was 53. Deepak’s death has to be tremendously difficult for his beloved wife and four children. It’s hard for me to be thousands of miles away, unable to comfort the family or console his (and our) colleagues in person.

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I have to wonder what occurred that day in the spiritual realm. Just months earlier we as an organization unanimously said we must do more to “be” and to “take” the Good News to the people of India. Ephesians 6:10-12 describes the reality of the challenge; actually, Paul calls it war. Deepak was recently making plans to become even more effective than he already was, to go further with the battle.

So was Deepak’s death a simple medical reality or was there more? I don’t pretend to have it figured out because I know and believe the truth “that He who is in me is great than he who is in the world” and yet the Bible is clear that Satan revolted in heaven. Satan negotiated with God about torturing Job. Satan “fell from heaven” and Jesus was there. Satan delayed the arrival of angels that God had deployed. So bottom line, I see through a mirror dimly. As C.S. Lewis says, “this life is our ‘shadow lands’ imitating on earth what is being played out in the spiritual realm.”

Yes, one of our own has fallen. However, Deepak, like a growing number of us through the centuries, have pledged our allegiance to the only “Fallen One” to rise again, Jesus. That is Good News and gives hope even in times of grief.

Pray for the Philippines

There is no doubt that praying for your family or friends is very personal. Praying for an entire country can feel very different, way less personal. Maybe it all depends on our perspective?

In Psalm 2:8 we are told, “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”

In their song, You Said, Hillsong sings, “Ask and I’ll give the nations to you. Oh, Lord, that’s the cry of my heart. Distant shores and the islands will see Your light as it rises on us.”

Do you have a desire to pray for nations, but feel like you need some help? Here is a great website: www.prayercast.com. This site features videos like the one above and also provides prayer points and summaries of featured countries.

God, very specifically, asks the nations to come to Him. Until every tongue, tribe, and nation has heard the Good News of Jesus, let’s not shy away from asking God for the nations!

Prayers & Praises

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)

With Sadness of Heart
Executive Director Mike Schrage writes, “It is with sadness of heart that I notify each of you of the untimely passing of our friend and colleague Deepak Dhingra, regional director of GNPI-Chandigarh, India. Deepak suffered a short illness. He leaves a wife and four children. Deepak and his wife Simi have an incredible story of transformation from Hinduism to being followers of Christ Jesus. They lived that transformation daily as they honored Him.”

Team Training!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller asks, “Please pray for our coworkers at GNPI-Damoh, India, to be able to coordinate schedules and conduct Level 1 training for NOMaD teams soon.”

Inspired!
Lena of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “We are translating the most popular Christian hymns into Russian to encourage the Church in our region. Inspired by the award we received last month, our team is making two more music videos. We have already composed the music and recorded one of the songs.”

Praying for Prompting
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya, Africa, shares, “Please pray for our work with the Eldoret NOMaD team. In addition, pray for the Kitale Children’s Home promo to be very successful in its purpose of prompting more people to sponsor the children at the home.”

Exciting Progress on New Projects!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico asks that we continue to pray for the short film of Raziel’s story of redemption. He says, “We had some technical problems, but those are resolved. Editing the short film began last week. In addition, we began the first live radio show from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on our Internet radio station www.buenasnuevasradio.com . Thanks for your prayers for these new projects.”

Accident or Providence?

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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

Every once in a while God raises His voice from more than a whisper; today was one of those days!

I had set up a 30-minute meeting with a representative from the Betenbough Foundation in Lubbock, Texas. This visit came as a result of going through some of our former ministry partners with my colleague Matt Brock, who suggested we make contact.

As I shared about the ministry of GNPI, the foundation representative became more and more excited about the connection. After the first half-hour she offered another half-hour and called in a few more people, including an IT specialist and one of the principals of the foundation.
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I shared about GNPI’s 37 years of ministry. I mentioned our passion of partnering with nationals and seeking other engaging partnerships. Later, I talked about our goal to have an element of sustainable growth in each of our regional centers as a part of our strategic plan. I listed projects that address evangelism and leadership training, two primary elements of any financial partnership with Betenbough.

God had gone before to arrange the time, to enable a principal to be available and present, and for the incredible connections to occur. Accident or providence? I’m leaning towards the second and I’m excited to see God at work!

David Langford, senior minister at Quaker Avenue Church of Christ, friend of GNPI said, “We supplied the heart and He (God) supplied the money!”

December 17 Update – GNPI was privileged to receive a check for $13,500 from the Betenbough Foundation. Praise God that the Betenbough Foundation decided to provide the requested grant, and with their gift, the ultimate goal of $100,000 for the Multi-Purpose Resource Center in Ukraine was reached!

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