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A Newfound Hope

TP, regional director in SE Asia, has an evangelistic friend who loves to use GNPI resources to share the hope of Christ with many people. Here are the testimonies of a couple of the people he met on a recent trip who now have the hope of heaven.

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I praise God for his Word. My name is KT, and I am 28 years old. I was born and raised in a Buddhist family. My parents were elders in a Buddhist monastery. My wife is a believer. She always told me to believe in Jesus, but I didn’t care what she said.  A few months ago, all the believers from my tribe had a big celebration.The elders appointed me to help cook lunch, so I went there. I met many new friends and old friends. I met a relative who was an evangelist. He explained things to me so that I could have hope in Jesus.

Now I know that Jesus is the only One who can save me from sin. I also learned that Jesus is the One for whom we have been waiting. There is no one else after Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the First and the Last.” I appreciate very much the teacher who wrote this Handbook for Evangelism and the teacher who taught us about the True God. The teachings of this book are very clear. I hope more people would hear about the True God.

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I thank God for something I have never heard in my life. My name is MM, and I am 24 years old. I worshipped the wrong god for many years. Because of the difficulties in my life, I went to live with my aunt’s family and help the family. My father died when I was away from home. I was very sad, angry, and confused.

At that time, a guest came to my aunt’s. He was an evangelist. He helped me understand the One True God. As a result, I have chosen to worship the God who has power to control everything, the God who made me. I am happy now that I know the True God. I lost my father before he knew God, but I want to be saved. I also want the rest of my family to be saved. I will serve God, who cares for me every minute of my life. I thank God that he loves me and cares for me since my physical father is gone. I love Jesus who made a way for me to go to heaven. I am happy that the great God whom we have waited for has already come and did all the great things, which no man can do. I am saved now.

Because of your partnership and prayers for GNPI, God is using people like TP and his team to share the Good News about Jesus.

 

Glow Necklaces and the Gospel

What started with five kids in front of a Solar Kit turned into a crowd of 200 people. They had all received glow necklaces. It was quite a sight. They were in the dark, wearing glow necklaces with their eyes glued to the moving picture.

Some of the people in the audience were seeing such images for the very first time. They forgot about the necklaces. They forgot about their day up to that point.

You could have heard a pin drop – there were no distractions as they watched in complete silence. As they watched Jesus on the cross, projected on the side of a hut in the bush of the Zambezi valley, the crowd was experiencing the scene as if it were in real time.

As they were caught up in that moment, the Lord began to do a powerful work in their lives.

Hear Bruce Cameron recount the event in his own words:

To see what Bruce and others are saying about Solar Kits, click on The Answer to Our Puzzle for a compilation of multiple Solar Kit testimonies.

 

Rejoicing and Reflecting on Vision Night 2015

GNPI welcomed a total of 465 people to our three Vision Night events. We had 325 people attend in Joplin, 95 people in Indianapolis, and 50 in Phoenix. It was a wonderful time of fellowship, encouragement, and sharing the vision of what God can do through the ministry of GNPI in the future.

Here are some highlights of Executive Director Mike Schrage’s update about the global ministry of GNPI before introducing our special guest, Sergei Golovin, regional director of GNPI-Ukraine.


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When you think of the word “boundless,” what comes to mind? I thought of a few things: oceans, galaxies, and God’s grace — these all have a sense of boundlessness! “His grace is new EVERY morning!” (Lamentations 3:22-23) That means boundless, limitless grace from a boundless, limitless God!

But four billion people have not accepted this offer of grace, and two billion have not even heard of this grace! They’ve not heard because they’re trapped by walls of religion. They’re bound — bound by the wall of Islam (1 billion), Hinduism (1 billion) and Buddhism (over half a billion), and other bounded systems of approaching God.

These are people Jesus died for who desperately need to hear about a boundless God who can obliterate any obstacle that stands between them and him. They need followers like you who believe in this remarkably boundless God to embrace ministries like GNPI to make a global difference.

Our staff of 16 full-time or part-time staff in Joplin support 84 full and part-time national workers. That does not count our eight NOMaD teams and their members! Today, GNPI has production taking place in 17 locations in well over 20 languages. The sun rarely sets on the humming production network of GNPI – she is becoming boundless in scope and impact!

As a perfect illustration of how God’s boundless majesty can overcome any obstacle we face, Dr. Sergei Golovin shares with us his testimony and tenacity.

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Here is the audio of what Sergei shared at Vision Night.

Thank you for your prayers and partnership to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

 

The Boundless Message of Jesus

Is media good or bad? Positive or negative? The answer is yes. It’s both, and it depends solely on the message behind the media. More often than not, in a fallen world, the numerous messages bombarding us through media are negative influences working toward destruction. Yet, GNPI is all about redeeming the powerful medium of media and using it for the good of the world. We accomplish this great feat because our Message is Jesus, and his power is boundless.

This video contrasts the “bad” media with the “good” and God-honoring media of GNPI being distributed all over the world. We hope you’ll share this video with your friends, so they, too, can see how GNPI is redeeming the times through media and technology!

We also have created a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this video. You can watch the short featurette here.

Connecting the Dots

Has God ever connected important dots for you? He did for me not long ago.

In 2002, before I left my time of service at GNPI-Kenya in Nairobi, GNPI International Director Bob Sartoris (then production manager at GNPI-Kenya) asked me an important question.

“Mike, before you leave Kenya and resettle in the States next year, what one message would you like to leave with the Kenyan Church?”

That question birthed the production of the Swahili film, Dume Halisi (Fatherhood).

The film stresses God’s desire for African men to tend to the physical and spiritual needs of their wives and children. “Of course,” you say, but in Africa, wives were viewed only as “assets” and a means to produce children. It was a far cry from God’s design.

This film, completed using local actors, was added to dozens of Swahili films produced through GNPI-Africa’s partnerships with missionaries and African evangelists over the past two decades. I hadn’t fully realized the impact possible from these films until just recently.

A few months ago we received word from Joss, a Tanzanian evangelist. Joss said,

“Many men from the Mangat tribe here in Tanzania saw the need to change their lives after watching Dume Halisi produced by GNPI in Nairobi, Kenya. Though the film focuses mainly on men, women too felt touched by the film.”

People were not just touched by the film; they were changed.

“In all, 17 people gave their lives to Christ that day. One girl, who had been raped by her father years ago, forgave him on that very day,” Joss said.

The impact of media resounds long after the last scene of a film is produced. Eleven years later, Dume Halisi is still proclaiming biblical and relevant teaching about marriage and family.

Christ-centered media is remembered. It knows no bounds and often travels hundreds of miles across national borders to touch the eternal destiny of people we’ll never meet.

 

Only God can connect such dots!

 

A Kingdom Shaker’s Journey (Part Two)

Samantha Allgood recently spent an extended time at GNPI-SE Asia where she helped with some English translation projects. Samantha gained some valuable insights into the culture. Regional Director TP explains how he started in ministry and why he began to partner with GNPI. Please click here to see A Kingdom Shaker’s Journey (Part One).

by Guest Blogger, Samantha Allgood, a student in British Columbia at the Canadian Institute of Linguistics.

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TP began his evangelism work in 1993. “I just shared what I knew,” he says in a simple, matter-of-fact way. At the time, he began his studies at a Bible Institute in SE Asia, while his wife and family of three years remained in one of the northern towns. Previously, TP studied at a regional college (1979-1981) and and a university (1982-1986), where he majored in zoology and was a top student and organization leader within his student body. To continue at the Bible college, he quit his current job as a state-appointed high school teacher and volunteer middle school teacher where he taught biology, science, and English. He was supported financially by another family and the help of a Christian ministry. This was a blessing since TP no longer had any income and spent the leisure time he had outside of school evangelizing surrounding villages on his bicycle, with the help of a few friends.  Within two years, thirty Buddhists had turned from their old ways to accept Christ as Lord and Savior through TP’s faithful witness.

However, TP wasn’t satisfied. He wanted new ways to reach more people more effectively.“Oh Lord, the way I’m evangelizing is impossible to influence this country,” he cried out. Quietly, in his heart, TP prayed for a way to evangelize more than 10,000 times what he was currently capable of with what he had. Some years later, after holding his own teaching posts at two colleges, then furthering his biblical study in Ohio at Cincinnati Christian University, God answered the prayer of his heart. The Lord opened a door for TP to partner with Good News Productions International (GNPI) in running the GNPI-SE Asia production studio where he had full access to the creation of the evangelism materials that would indeed reach 10,000 times the eyes and ears of his previous ministry.

TP first met the director of GNPI while crossing paths at a missions conference in Thailand. “I believe God chose me,” TP shares, as he reflected upon his gratitude to be selected by GNPI. They joined in the shared vision, and via GNPI, TP has since completed over 100 projects. Most are evangelism tools in Burmese – including charts, tracts, and published books – while others involve the testimonies and Gospel songs for 29 tribal languages within SE Asia.

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“That is the most effective way to spread the Gospel. Through this Gospel, this nation will transform,” TP explains of the material production and their distribution/training plans.  “Through this work, God will transform people. If people hear this personally, the Holy Spirit [will] start working effectively, and they will stop giving food to the monks, they will stop trusting monks … if SE Asia will transform, the other nations will see us.” TP references the fact that this region is the leader among the Theravada Buddhist countries.

Though, as in every work, “There are temptations,” TP notes. “God opened the door to move our family to the United States after 2000,” he reflects.  An opportunity most would jump at proved a difficult decision for TP. He was “praying and thinking, praying and thinking, should we move or not…?” He knew of the comforts and amazing opportunities that awaited in the States, even very fruitful opportunities for ministry, and he also knew of the benefits for his children. Yet it came down to the fact that God had entrusted him with the ministry he had prayed for in SE Asia, the one that had burned in his heart.  “My heart was [at] peace and convinced, we should not move,” he decided. He knew where he needed to stay.  

As TP continues the great harvest in SE Asia, he invites your prayers for continued revival, for provision for the necessary resources and funds for his studio work, and for more Christians to join in this task. “God listened to my prayers … God fulfilled my prayers,” TP reflects in gratitude. The great God we serve together as laborers in the harvest will surely delight in harkening unto your prayers too.

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And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. — 2 Timothy 2:2

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Though not her native tongue, Angela shared in perfect English her hopes and dreams as a new international student attending Bible college. It was memorable how she started addressing our staff by saying she thought her father was handsome on the cover of our newsletter, and she wanted to go to college in order to help her father in ministry!

This is not uncommon in our experience with GNPI’s international leaders. Many times their children “catch” their passion for media and naturally help reach others. These “family traditions” are building in Angela’s home in Southeast Asia, as well as in Ukraine, Kenya, Mexico, and Thailand.

 

God’s Word is true. The passage we find in 2 Timothy 2:2 is being played out in real time, with real families. It’s an exciting story about a new generation of “living letters,” and it is creating confidence in the next generation.

A Kingdom Shaker’s Journey (Part One)

Samantha Allgood recently spent an extended time at GNPI-SE Asia where she helped with some English translation projects. She interviewed Regional Director TP about why he changed his approach in sharing with Buddhists. Samantha gained some valuable insights into the culture.

by Guest Blogger, Samantha Allgood, a student in British Columbia at the Canadian Institute of Linguistics. 

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“Everyday, day and night, day and night, I am thinking this – only this,” says evangelist TP, regarding his mission to spread the Gospel to his fellow countrymen in Myanmar.  As regional director of GNPI-SE Asia, TP plays a key role in developing effective evangelistic tools and strategies to reach this Buddhist nation.

“Every Buddhist wants to worship the True God, but they don’t know what Gautama taught his followers. They don’t know how to worship the true God,” TP explains of Theravada Buddhists. Those who elevated Prince Siddhartha (Gautama) to the position of “Buddha,” the position of “god,” failed to grasp Gautama’s true message. “No, Gautama is not Buddha. Gautama himself [sought] the Buddha,” TP clarifies. TP believes that the key to Buddhist evangelism is leading one to question who the “true Buddha,” or the “true God,” may be, pointing one to correct worship.

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In Gautama’s seeking, he taught his followers five attributes that the “true Buddha” must possess: 1) The true Buddha must be free from sexual relationships, 2) He must have power over spirits, 3) He must overcome death, 4) His body must not decay, and 5) He must have power over nature. By these standards, a Christian would recognize that Jesus Christ perfectly meets these qualifications. 

During the early years of his ministry, TP recalls going village to village talking with the pagoda elders and the head of Buddhist monasteries.  “Do you hate Islam?” he asked. They said they did. “Do you hate Christians?”  he continued. They said no; they said Christians were good. To this, TP replied that he, himself, was a Christian and asked if he could share with them about Christ. They didn’t they want to hear of Christ that day because they said, “Christ is a western God, Christianity is a western religion…” “We have our own god – Buddha. We have our own religion.”

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However, when TP asked his next question: “Shall we discuss about the true Buddha?” The resounding answer was ‘yes!’ Everyone at one such monastery was interested and many accepted Christ that day. Even the monastery head was convinced.

Please read A Kingdom Shaker’s Journey (Part Two) now.

A Constant Memorial

By Robert Gurwell of GNPI-Mexico

This communion meditation was recorded on location in Mexico. It contrasts the mission, message, and method of Spanish influence of the ruins at the St. Bernard Mission to the constant memorial that our Lord Jesus left for us. The ruins will never again be raised up to welcome Spanish rule in Mexico and Latin America. However, the Lord’s Supper not only speaks of Jesus’ sacrifice, it also continues to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and points forward to our welcome into heaven.

 

 

Feel free to download and use this video in your church service. If you have need for a Spanish version, it is also available.

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