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Honest Confessions

Timothy P, regional director of GNPI-SE Asia

My friend and partner in sharing the Gospel sent this report of his trip to a rural village for training with tools from our regional center. He showed the life of Christ movie on his computer and taught some of the people about Christ. One of the men admitted he is struggling in his faith; he said,

I am one of elders in my village. There were no Christians in our village before this year. We had not even heard about Christianity.

When the teacher came to our village, he showed a film of the life of Christ to my wife and daughter, and he taught them about Jesus. They told me about Jesus, the true and unrivaled God. The teacher also told me about Jesus, then I understood the difference between Jesus and other gods. However, I did not care and pretended to know nothing because I am an elder of the village and the one who leads and manages religious matters. I closed my eyes and ears in order not to be persuaded.

The second time the teacher visited our village, he gave my daughter a book entitled The Owner of the Universe whom Everyone Shall Worship. After the teacher left, I read the book and saw some differences between our way of worship and theirs. The book says, since human beings are imperfect, we cannot observe all of the Five Precepts in Buddhism. If a person relies on his or her own effort, surely he or she will go to Hell. Thus, in order to be free from Hell, one must rely on God alone. While I was reading the book, I began to consider that I am not totally free from sin myself. Then I realized that Jesus Christ has overcome all of the Five Maras and revealed Himself as the true Savior of the world.

These are my confessions from the bottom of my heart. My wife and daughter believe in Jesus absolutely. I also want to accept Jesus Christ as God in my heart. For the time being, I cannot change. There are many hindrances for me, and I have to take some time to prepare. Please pray for me. Thank you.

Whatever Happens

Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

This Pase lo que Pase (Whatever Happens) video was filmed in New York under the direction of our coworker Pablo Perales.

Abe Mendoza, a Christian singer from Piedras Negras, Mexico, is featured in the video. He grew up in the Christian faith playing, singing, and writing his own songs for God. Abe has traveled through the United States, Mexico, and Central America sharing his music.

Abe’s father was a pastor for many years, but he died this year. At the end of the video, Abe dedicates this video and his ministry to his father.

 

Do Not Forget

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I served as the President of the International Conference On Missions (ICOM) last year. One of the special initiatives of the 2016 conference included the creation and launch of The Refugee and International Student Engagement (RISE) Project based on Hebrews 13:2 (NIV).

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers . . . for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

We have a sacred opportunity to welcome our neighbors from every corner of the globe to our communities in a way that reflects the welcoming, inclusive heart of God.

The RISE Project provides real life application to the culturally relevant work GNPI does overseas in our network. ICOM, RISE, and GNPI share a strong desire to equip and encourage our partners to engage with people in these two populations.

For more information, practical support, and a four part small group video series, visit theriseproject.com.

 

An Introvert Such as I Am

Sian Vines, GNPI Receptionist

Working as a receptionist is not the ideal job for an introvert such as I am.

After moving to Joplin, MO, one year ago, I became the receptionist for Good News Productions, International (GNPI). God positioned this past year of my life as an in-between year. A phase of life in-between two larger, seemingly more important times (though we never truly know how important events are in our life until God later reveals their purpose). Jacob worked seven plus seven years for his beautiful bride. It feels as if I’m doing the same. Five years ago I discovered my calling from God to be in Thailand, but He has continued to say, “Just a little longer,” giving me more steps or phases before He says, “Go.”

Each new day at GNPI brings new faces. As receptionist, I greet mailmen, visitors, and staff members as they come and go. I take calls from joyful givers and mournful supporters with news that a loved one has passed. This past year I’ve been at the forefront of the relationships GNPI has built over the years.

The common introvert such as I am would dread being a receptionist. The thought of small talk or trying to find something in common with others absolutely terrifies introverts! Imagine having to face that possibility at any given moment as receptionist!

I spent my childhood in New Zealand where my parents were missionaries, and I have a tattoo. It’s a Pikorua – a Maori (native New Zealander) symbol meaning the “interconnectedness of groups of people such as two cultures (or peoples).” The truth of this symbol has become more powerful this past year. Despite my fears, I have never struggled to have a conversation with anyone passing through GNPI. There is one thing I always find in common to talk about, which is prevalent throughout the Christian world. All cultures, evangelized and unreached alike, have at least one thing or one person in common. That is God. No matter who I meet at GNPI, we have God in common. People passing through GNPI share marvelous stories of how they see God moving in their part of the world. This leads to endless conversations about His mighty Kingdom. I, in turn, share the many ways I’ve also seen God work.

GNPI creates culturally relevant material. How important that is! Many times, those who have not received training in cultural relevance still effectively evangelize. How is this so? How can God speak through an African to reach an Australian, or an Asian to reach an American? God is already working, even in unreached people groups. There is a need for His grace, His salvation, His mercy, His love, and a relationship with Him in every culture. While cultural relevance aids in more accurately explaining and interpreting the Gospel, ultimately the only thing one needs to evangelize, or simply have a conversation, is God.

As I prepare to move to Thailand, there is no fear in me about making connections. I know that Thailand is a country in need of God. Every person is seeking. I joyfully carry the treasure to those looking for an answer to their troubles. I may be introverted, but God overrules it as He does in many other areas of my life.

Reference for Pikorua meaning: http://www.tuarangi.com/pikorua-the-maori-twist-design/

Sian Vines has served with our Joplin staff in a pleasant and professional way for the last year. We are thankful for her friendship and that the Lord allowed our paths to cross. May God bless her next steps.

An Easier Journey

John Khauka, Bulambuli District of Uganda

I have been a Christian for over 20 years. One of the reasons I became an evangelist was to reach out to as many people as possible. The Great Commission is dear to my heart, and I have kept the faith, committing myself to mission work even with the financial, social, and other challenges of full-time ministry.

I was introduced to GNPI in 2010 when they opened the office in Uganda. By then I was actively involved in evangelism in my village, Bikhonge. Having the Solar Kits has been more than a blessing.

I cannot thank God enough for what He has achieved through the kits. I never imagined I would travel to places outside my village, but the number of people the films attract inspire me. I have reached many people; it’s something I never would have done without the use of this portable technology.

The defining moment in my evangelism efforts occurred when we visited Buvuma Island on Lake Victoria. I can testify that God is never limited by anything. He can reach people in the farthest places. I am humbled to be His vessel of ministry. GNPI makes the journey easier, and I am glad for the partnership.

Contact GNPI at www.gnpi.org/solarkits if you would like to help make the journey easier for another Christian worker.

 

You Pick Two

It can be challenging to provide a quick overview of the vast ministry of GNPI. More teams, tools, and trainings are developed every year to accelerate global evangelism.

There are several ways to introduce GNPI to others. Here are some of the newest options. We encourage you to pick two and share them with two people.

Thank you for your partnership with GNPI. Contact us at www.gnpi.org if you or your ministry partners have questions about any of our projects.

Other videos to consider:

Mapping Out GNPI

A Key for Reaching People

Meet the Kenees: Project Nomad Endorsement

An Amazing Help

Solar Kits Help Plant Churches

Hong Kong 2016 Nomad Training

Why I Recommend Project Nomad

 

 

Compelled by Love

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

GNPI partnered with ICOM in 2016 to create and launch these testimonies from Christians working throughout the world to share the Gospel. We hope these brief messages will inspire and encourage many congregations as they give, serve, and take the Gospel each day.

Timothy P., regional director of GNPI-SE Asia:

Sergei Golovin, regional director of GNPI-Eurasia

Dennis Okoth who works with GNPI- Mbale, Uganda

Yassir E.

Duane Jenks

Traci Harrod & Yvette Mujawayuhi

Scott Young

May we follow their courageous examples as they follow Christ in proclaiming the Truth.

 

Young Visitors

Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

Students from two local schools visited our office, a group of fifth graders and college students. Both groups came to the radio station and participated with Abi in the live morning program Resplandece (Shine). Click here to listen to Buenas Nuevas Radio.

At the end of the program, we gave them some of our materials and explained the purpose of our regional center and overall ministry. They were very happy to be with us and were impressed by what we are doing to share the Message of God’s Word.

It’s our pleasure to show hospitality to this new generation as they learn to follow Christ.

 

Changed: Healed to Help Others

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

We love sharing the stories of how God changes lives. When people see these amazing testimonies, they are often encouraged in their personal walk or drawn to find out how they can have the same peace and joy.

Our production team traveled to northern Thailand to interview Pastor Mao. He shared his inspiring testimony as one who prayed and dedicated his life to Christ. The Lord spared him from the debilitating results of a brain tumor and gave him a growing ministry in his village.

Raised in a Christian home in Bangkok, Thailand, Mao remembers worship services and prayer times at church, but admits he was a nominal Christian back then. Church was something his family did, but he had little interest. His parents sent him to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand when he was nine years old where he lived in a Christian dormitory and did his studies. Still he had no inner spiritual understanding of the Savior Jesus. He got involved in a lifestyle of drugs and gangs.

By God’s grace and despite poor choices, God never abandoned him. He was given many opportunities to commit his life to God. It eventually occurred to him that God’s love for him was real. He made the decision to attend Bible college, got his Masters in Biblical studies, and became a pastor.

After years of working in the church, he began to have severe migraines. He was on several different medications, then one doctor did a more thorough check-up and discovered an egg-sized tumor in his brain near the base of his skull. There were few options in this case. If they did nothing, Pastor Mao would surely die, or there was a risky surgery that would most likely cause major disabilities if he even survived.

In his despair and pain, Pastor Mao cried out to the Lord for help. Gradually, his anxiety, stress, and fear were replaced with peace, hope, and strength. He became resolved to accept death if it was God’s will for him. At the same time, he prayed that if he must remain on earth he would be healed with no handicaps, so he could continue to serve. He realized he was asking for a miracle, but knew his God was capable of the impossible. Surgery was performed and to the surprise of the surgeon, the hole left by the large tumor instantly closed up. Pastor Mao had a complete recovery and continues to encourage others to put their trust in the only living God who saves.

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