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Touching Lives in India

Caste systems don’t show humanity’s brighter side. They combine racial, religious, and economic discrimination into one brutal package.This was never the plan of God.

His plan is what our staff in India has actively undertaken – India reaching out to those who are from the low caste. Others call them outcasts or untouchables. GNPI knows they are like the sick, dying, and marginalized people Jesus touched. Those who were banished and condemned by society were exactly the people Jesus embraced.

GNPI’s staff in India has a vision for kingdom unity that crosses man-made boundaries and touches all of humanity. The people they hire, the people in their neighborhoods, and the people who see their productions are people who, many times, are without hope or love.

Our staff in Damoh is also training others who share this vision. To see for yourself, be sure to see this week’s feature, The Generation Gap. It’s the first project of a young NOMaD team. Each of them converted from Hindu backgrounds. The topic of this video project is the generation gap in Indian families between young people and parents. The team come up with their own idea and script. We really appreciate their effort, production quality, and eagerness for further training.

Thank you for helping make a difference by touching lives for Christ in India!

Highlights from Our Special Guest at Vision Night 2015 in Joplin

Our special guest for Vision Night 2015, Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine, shares a few highlights about what the Lord has done in his life and ministry. We were blessed with a full-capacity crowd.

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For more than half of my life (until age 30), I did not know Christ and was not interested in the Bible. The Lord forced me to read it by sending me up to the North Pole alone with nothing to read but the Bible. Reading it revealed to me both the Truth and what were the obstacles that kept me from accepting it earlier. Since then, I have been working on removing those obstacles for other people in my part of the world.

Media always works as a great tool for accelerating evangelism, church edification, and leadership training. For many regions, media is the only way to do it. Those areas are regions where Christian gatherings, and/or Christian books, are prohibited (like Central Asian countries), or where traveling is limited (like remote areas and regions under siege). This experience of using media made us perfectly prepared for the drastic changes in our part of the world.

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The fighting has changed our country. Crimea is occupied, the East is under fire. Yet, we see a great change of mentality in the people. Ukraine is becoming a nation of free, responsible people who are able to recognize good from wrong and resist the oppression, even if a high price has to be paid. We are proud to say that our ministry made an impact on shaping the worldview of the nation through teaching the Church to take a strong stand in the Word of God and to be a prophetic voice to the nation and our leaders.

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Our next Vision Night events are on March 24 in Indianapolis, IN; and on March 27 in Phoenix, AZ. Register at www.gnpi.org/visionnight.

 

Holy Ground

We have so much in America: freedom of speech, freedom to travel, and freedom of worship. I forget that simply isn’t the case in much of the world. In more than 50 nations around the world, it’s not safe to wear the name of Christ.

I was reminded afresh of my “unalienable rights” recently while traveling internationally. The discussion, in a highly guarded room, turned to persecution.

Honestly, I was overwhelmed. I felt I needed to leave (and I did). The room’s polished wooden floor was suddenly host to the suffering church, sharing her trials, and I did not feel worthy to be present.

I do not know what they discussed, but I know now more than ever the importance of the task God has given GNPI. Media is one way the Message of God can go forth and touch hearts in places where freedom of speech is wishful thinking, the freedom to travel doesn’t exist, and worshipping Christ can cost you everything in this life.

In so many places around the world, following Christ is risky and requires counting the cost. As I studied the wooden floor and felt unworthy to be in the room, it felt like I was on holy ground.

A Changed Life

By Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Kenya, Africa

Joss was originally the subject of a video produced by GNPI-Kenya for Global Media Outreach (GMO), a ministry that uses technology to share the Gospel of Jesus all over the world.  Now, he’s using a GNPI Solar Kit to share Christ in Tanzania. Joss sent this report after seminars in several areas:

In Singida, 600 people came to watch the video and listen to the preaching.
In Manyara, 900 people attended one night, amazing!
In Mbulu, over 1,000 people came, the largest number ever and God did his part.

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unnamed-1editJoss said, “Many men from the Mangat tribe here in Tanzania saw the need to change their lives after watching Dume Halisi (Fatherhood) produced by GNPI in Nairobi, Kenya. Though the film focuses mainly on men, women too felt touched by the film and thus the need to humble themselves like the Bible teaches. 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’ own life has changed dramatically since he began reading his Bible and found the Message he really needed. He endured persecution, and then he began ministering to others. Joss was a Muslim man working as a chief electronics technician when he began hearing a voice about Jesus when he slept. Joss began reading his Bible in his spare time. Joss’ boss noticed his Bible and fired him. Joss felt devastated and became suicidal. Watch how God turned Joss’ life around in the video GNPI produced for GMO.

Joss mentions GodLife in the video. This refers to godlife.com and is a trademark of Global Media Outreach based on 1 John 5:11, “God has given us eternal life and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life.”

A Gratifying Moment

It is a blessing to be able to hear directly from our coworkers around the world.

By Jesca Naavah of GNPI-Uganda

It is a gratifying moment to come to work in the office and serve God in his kingdom. God has been good to us! Here in Mbale, we worked with our long time ministry partners, as well as some new community partners, to achieve most of our goals. We have been able to see God’s wonderful work in the lives of people here in Uganda. Our production team had the privilege of visiting some villages and showing The Global Gospel. Watch what happened in one of the villages.

We believe God has a lot in store for us and the people we serve this new year. It is our prayer that we can pay attention to those details and how he wants us to reach out to his people.

The Solar Kit program has been a very favorable means for spreading the Gospel. With the help of Messiah Theological Institute (MTI), through qualified evangelists who we also train on how to use the Solar Kits, we have been able to witness how the program changed many people’s lives and even broke down religious boundaries. On some occasions, we have had Muslims and non-Christians accepting Christ.

The production team helped Livingstone International University (LIU) with some audio and video advertisements, which assisted LIU in the recruitment of new students. We were so happy to be part of such an evolution and development of the community through our services. There was also the Messiah Theological Institute graduation ceremony, which we  took part in covering the ceremony and witnessing the impact of these courses on the local pastors. In addition, the Digital African Studies by Extension (DASE) program, Life of Christ, by Pastor Dennis Okoth is now in the editing process.

We are looking forward to having a beautiful year filled with God’s grace.

The Benefit We Are Receiving!

Executive Director Mike Schrage received this message from a friend who is working to share Christ in Kenya, Africa.

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By Guest Blogger, Ryan Hayes of Christian Missionary Fellowship (CMF)¹

I just wanted to send this photo your way (though I apologize that it isn’t very good quality) to show you (and the others at GNPI) how much benefit we are receiving from the Solar Kit you sent us. A friend that I work with in Zomba used the Solar Kit for an all-night vigil over Christmas to show The Jesus Film and many other Chichewa Gospel clips. Though the Kingdom isn’t about numbers alone, my friend saw two people come to Christ that night, and has three Muslim friends meeting regularly with him because of that night.

This just to say, thank you for your strong leadership at GNPI and for the unique ways that you are helping others to hear the Good News. I’m consistently privy to the truth that GNPI is continuing to allow many to hear the Gospel who wouldn’t otherwise hear it.

 

¹CMF International is a global missions team creating and growing Christ-centered communities, transforming lives in 20 different countries through God’s love and hope, justice and grace.

http://cmfi.org/wherewework/missionary/rjhayes

 

 

What Can I Do?

It’s mid-February now. How are those New Year’s commitments going? It is always a good time to make changes, renew commitments, and open new chapters in our lives. You may be looking to become more involved in missions. Any size gift toward the $1,000 price tag to make a Solar Kit available to a missionary, or national Christian worker, would be a great way to start.

Even if you aren’t looking to give a gift, we invite you to watch this video and say a prayer for Roger and Kpowbie. You won’t be sorry.

In the world of missions, partnerships are one of the most valuable resources. The GNPI network of partners is constantly expanding, allowing the impact of the Gospel to reach further and further. In this video, Roger Babik, president of Master Provisions, explains about his partnership with Kpowbie Daniel, an evangelist in Togo, West Africa, who is using GNPI Solar Kits to plant churches.

 

Remembering Marsha Bacon

 

Our Communications Coordinator Marsha Bacon passed away on Tuesday, February 3, after fighting colon cancer since last March. Marsha has worked at GNPI since 2004. She will be greatly missed.

Our dear friend, colleague, and fellow follower of Jesus, Marsha Bacon, was invited “Home”. . . She fought “the good fight” and finished well.
— Executive Director Mike Schrage

Lost a friend and co-worker today to a bout with cancer. Our loss is heaven’s gain! Her faith was strong ever since she was first diagnosed. She inspired many people near and far. Marsha Bacon loved everyone and it showed. This picture is from the closing shot of a video I did where we had just enjoyed a one hour prayer service via the Internet with all nine of GNPI’s regional centers around the globe (for which Marsha was the main point of contact and communication). In this shot, she had just wiped away a tear, right before settling into this smile of joy and peace. And today, Jesus himself wiped whatever tears she shed, and she is now in perfect peace and joy in his presence. You will be, and are, missed. Thanks, Marsha, for your life of service to the kingdom that was always done in excellence and love.
— Greg Fish, Creative Media Designer

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I thank the Lord for your dedication to his ministry, the excellent work that you did, and the joy you always brought into the room. I am more than grateful for your love and friendship, through the years, across the miles, and through cyberspace. I will miss ‘chatting’ and giggling with you, my dear dear friend. Love you, Marsha Bacon.
— Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Philippines

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GNPI-Mexico is saddened by this loss, but I know you are now at peace with the Lord. Thank God for your work and dedication to this ministry. No longer will I receive your messages of encouragement and observation of my work in this ministry.
— Abi Flores of GNPI-Mexico

Indeed, heaven has gained a great Warrior Bride for Jesus. No victories for Satan! I never got to meet her in person, yet God made a special connection between us. I’m so grateful and honored to have her as a friend and sister in Christ. Her courage, passion, and warmth was inspiring! She encouraged me greatly in my gift of art.
— Annah Masiga is the wife of Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Kenya, Africa

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This woman was one of a kind. I will miss our little talks and inside jokes. I am so glad I got to say goodbye.
— Pa See Caby, Creative Graphic Designer

Marsha’s friend and worship pastor, Phil Mehrens, shared this video testimony recorded last fall.

“He knows the way that I take, and when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
– Job 23:10

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