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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.

 

Appreciation from Anyway!

by Tom Nutt, Director of Operations

I was able to meet Anyway Mupesewa, a young man from Zimbabwe, at the North American Christian Convention last month. GNPI provided a Solar Kit for him to take back to his home country to use in sharing the Gospel there.

I think you’ll agree, he is a delightful young man. His response represents the appreciation we hear expressed from so many (Yet, we aren’t able to record most of them).

We agree with Anyway’s prayer for you, our ministry partners, “May God bless you and keep his face shining upon you. May he watch over your lives, your plans, and be with you all the time.”

 

 

A Smile in South Sudan!

by Bob Nunnally, IT Technician/App Coordinator

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The huge smile on Nora Gen’s face said it all. She had just been given a digital copy of an audio Bible and some GNPI videos she could now play on her new mobile phone. Sharing the audio Scripture with her invalid mother, who was unable to read, would allow her to hear the Gospel in her own Madi language. Nora Gen was also excited because she knew that in the evening, people sitting around their huts would enjoy watching the GNPI videos and other Christian videos that had just been loaded onto her phone. She was eager to use her new phone to share the Good News of Christ with her family and friends.

In my recent trip to South Sudan, I learned that Nora Gen’s story has the potential of being played out all around the world. Mobile phones are penetrating every corner of the globe and becoming prized possessions of people who live in areas with few paved roads, little electricity, and a scarcity of safe drinking water. Missionaries and nationals are taking advantage of this amazing technology to share the Gospel with people who have never heard or may not know how to read. By using their mobile phones, people with little or no education can watch, listen, and share the wonderful news of Jesus with those around them.

 

A Brand New Church

by TP, Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

Last week I visited a village for the grand opening of a new church. It encouraged me when I found they are growing in their faith in Christ, and want to be involved in evangelism and Christian ministries.

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One family asked me to pray for their children to pass an important educational test, which is equal to completing 12 grades with distinction. The head of that family said he is praying that he will be able support a Bible school student next year.

The church leaders requested that we come and teach them once a year and lead an annual Christmas celebration. We also talked about the possibilities of productions in the Kanpetlet chin language with two of the leaders.

These church leaders told us they are growing more and more in Christ through the tools we have produced. They trust our productions and want more. If possible, they want us to produce materials in their language. For this reason, we have talked with a preacher who can teach and preach the Word of God in their language.

If we can organize one tribe after another to influence the young generations by sound doctrine through media productions, God will be glorified. Please pray for us continually.

Not in Vain

by Vince Vigil, Regional Director of GNPI-Uganda

Some days people question why they do what they do, or if there is any benefit in continuing to struggle through with their work. Other days the fruits of the labor are evident, and there is no question that God is at work. We got to experience one in the latter category this month!

Three different ministries came together to serve. Each one of the ministries is absolutely incredible. Yet, when all three of them work together, it is a much richer experience.

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The ladies from our sewing ministry have been working hard to make clothes and cloth diapers for babies over the past few months. As a celebration of the end of the quarter, they took the time to give these gifts to some people in great need. We transported 30-40 women (in a van and pickup truck) to another local ministry called CURE Hospital. This ministry specifically serves as a neurosurgery hospital treating children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, among other things. Many of these children would not survive if this hospital were not serving the country. The women from our sewing ministry gave each mom a gift bag, sang songs of worship together, and then prayed over each of the children that were there.

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In the background of this scene, another ministry was also serving with their specific skill set. Two of our guys from GNPI came along to take video footage. Individually, the ministries make a positive impact, but when the skills are used together, the impact is huge.

I don’t know who went away more blessed today, but I know that every life was changed as a result of the day. I pray that God continues to encourage each of these people to share their skills to help each other.

Today was a reminder that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Click here to watch the video of these three ministries working together.

Acceptable Methods For All

by TP, Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

We are so thankful for your unceasing prayers. We have been busy preparing evangelistic charts, recording Gospel songs, and revising The Ten Keys for Evangelism.

Please pray for our trainings for evangelists. Without explanation, it is hard for people in SE Asia to understand clearly about the true God. Methods and strategy are essential. If people hear the message we share, God will surely be glorified, and we will see amazing things.

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A man who has a Buddhist background visited my office two days ago. He highly recommends the tools we have produced for evangelism. With the help of these tools, it is possible to convince the hearts of Myanmar people to see the true and living God easily.

The visitor said these methods are acceptable for all, even monks. He was so pleased with these productions that he invited my wife and me to his place to encourage his people. His place is 100 miles away from here.

Thank you very much. May God bless you.

 

 

 

A Tip for Short-Term Mission Trips

by Bob Nunnally, IT Technician/App Coordinator

A tip for short-term mission trips: Don’t leave home without a mobile phone.

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Did you know today there are more people who own a mobile phone than a toothbrush? Mobile phone subscriptions are now close to 7 billion and rising. Mobile devices are changing people’s lives in every corner of the world and provide a great opportunity to share the Gospel with every person on the planet.

In the past, we were often discouraged from using our phones on short-term mission trips. The phones could become a distraction from the work we were trying to accomplish. Today, we should encourage all teams going on a short-term mission trip to consider bringing their phones as a tool to reach out to the people they will meet. With the prevalence of mobile phones, it is now possible in many parts of the world to give someone an audio Bible in their heart language. We can share the Jesus Film or other Gospel material from any one of multiple languages. Not only can we show them this material on our phones, we can also leave a copy with them to share it with others after we are gone. There is the potential of eventually reaching hundreds or even thousands. What a great way to accelerate and multiply God’s Word!

For ideas on how to use your phone on a short-term trip and links to resources that you can download before you go, visit 7 Ways to Prepare Your Short-Term Team to Use Mobile at Mobile Ministry Forum.

As you pack your bags for that next mission trip, don’t leave home without first downloading Gospel material to your mobile phone, so you can share it with your hosts and others you meet.

New Challenges Bring New Opportunities!

by Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Ukraine

The news and events in our country remind us every day that we do not belong to this world. Our home is not here. The Savior prompted us: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6)

I have to confess that it is pretty hard to not be troubled when your life and family are impacted by those wars and rumors of wars directly. However, we always have our confidence, comfort, and assurance in Jesus. Reminded by him that the end is not yet, we are reaching forth unto those things which are before and pressing on toward the goal. We must work the works of him that sent us while it is day.

New challenges bring new opportunities, and the Lord provides the opportunities constantly. Our adjustments to a new ministry format are going on. Please pray with us for everything that the change to the two-campus approach involves – management, funds, networking, interaction, etc.

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The team in Crimea is focused, so far, on the ways modern technologies provide ministry. The team is expanding online outreach, producing and distributing resources, and offering media for free download (e-books, audio books, videos, etc.). We are developing a new content management system for our sites and making as many resources available online as possible. Two new audio books on the Biblical foundations of Christian faith were issued recently. We also continue to introduce worship heritage to Russian speaking countries not familiar with many classical Christian hymns. Here is our recent production – Take My Life.

Hard copies of many resources are very much in demand as well, especially children’s textbooks. Special restrictions are expected to be applied to the occupied territory. The lack of certainty is among the main challenges we face. Please keep this issue in your prayers.

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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 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. While we do not have enough time and people to start everything from the beginning (it took 20 years to develop the ministry and the team in Crimea to the current level), we are going to share an infrastructure with some 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.

Thank you for your prayers to help us see that new challenges bring new opportunities to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

The Part You’ve Played!

by Tom Nutt, Director of Operations

Mick O’Hanahan of Niños de México writes, “I wanted you to have a few pictures from the trip to Chilapa to deliver the Solar Kit to Jorge Martinez. He’s our pastor in the church there and is also helping with the work of the church plants. Many thanks to you for the part you’ve played in making this happen!”

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I get to assemble the Solar Kits and receive many words of appreciation from those who receive the kits. I responded to Mick, “Thank you so much for the pictures and report on where the kit will be used. We pray that it will be a blessing and help multiply the kingdom through the outreach that it can provide. It is such a privilege to be a part of a network of people working together to advance the kingdom.”

This Solar Kit was provided by our friends at Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

We would like to pass on these words of gratitude to those at Fairmount and to the many others who give generously to allow us to send Solar Kits around the world.

Many thanks to you for the part you’ve played in making this happen!

It Was Already Paid!

by Boyce Mouton, Minister, Author, GNPI ministry partner

Dr. Kim  has been a worker in SE Asia for twenty years. He has a small seminary, and his students are so poor that he must provide for all of their expenses. He has been using Bible-based teaching material produced by GNPI for some time, but his first visit to the studio in Joplin was on May 14, 2014. While in Joplin, he was given so much teaching material that we went to the Salvation Army to pick up a second-hand suitcase to carry it all.

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While at GNPI, Tom Nutt showed him a miniature projector that was ideal for his seminary. It is so versatile that it can be used with a wide variety of applications in developing countries. When I spoke to Tom about the cost, I was delighted to discover that it was already paid. Someone out there, who made a contribution to GNPI, had already picked up the tab. I don’t know who you are, but I felt compelled to say, “Thank you!” just the same. Dr. Kim will be leaving for Asia in three days, and your generosity will be bearing fruit for Christ before you read these words.

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