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Late Night Opportunities

While Timothy was visiting the U.S. a few months ago this meeting took place.

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

While my wife and I were in Texas, a group from our area of SE Asia invited me to share with them about the true Buddha.

 

One of the men I met was a 36 year old Buddhist man. His wife is a Christian. She wanted him to see Jesus as the true God, but she did not know how to explain her faith to him, so the men met together for two nights from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am. I also met with the women at a different time to talk about Jesus.

 

After our meetings, this man’s wife came to thank us because her husband told her he was convinced by our late night visits.

He also said, “I should tell my mother and my brothers who live in SE Asia about the true Buddha. My mom does not know Him. She said she wants to meet you, sir.” I agreed to meet with the man’s mother when I got back home.

The next day the man told me, “I have three Buddhist friends near my house. I would like to tell them this Message. I want them to hear about the true God.”

 

The Timothy Project

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

Our team works to help Buddhists know the true God, and we have an ambitious plan to train leaders in each region of SE Asia with disciple making resources.

We can work together to train all believers. When we come together, God will work wonderfully through us, and He will change SE Asia.

Reconnecting

Nearly 20 people representing the countries of Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Chile, and U.S. joined in a video conference call led by International Consultant Bob Gurwell and Director of Operations Tom Nutt. The group prayed together and reported on their projects and progress since they met last year in Nicaragua.

One group is working on a short play in Ecuador and plans to get members of their church involved. Another group has made several short films for youth and is using a Solar Kit from GNPI to help share the Gospel in some remote areas of Mexico. Another is getting settled in the city of Queretaro, Mexico. Sergio Alvarado says, “We want to teach others what we have been doing to plant churches. We see media as the backbone, the suture which allows us to reach, teach, and disciple people in other cities with the Gospel. Media is important to us.”

Jacob Sanchez in Nicaragua says, “One year ago you planted a seed. We didn’t have any idea how to start. We took those ideas and used them in our churches, now we have a special audio visual room in our church. Thank you for the equipment you sent us. We have been using it. We have plans to do more projects and to train others. You encouraged us to start. We are working on music, documentaries, and movies. You are like a light in our lives for these matters.”

Valeria Lopez says, “We work in a ministry which is helping to fight sex trafficking. The videos help us to communicate the severity of the problem. We need to wake up and realize we must do something about it. To preach the Gospel, we have to be concerned with how our children are suffering right now.”

Eneyda Sanchez of Nicaragua says, “We are also working with Valeria on a series about human trafficking called In Reverse. It begins with the consequences of a bad choice and works backward to help viewers consider where some choices may lead them.”

Norka Stover is originally from Venezuela, worked in Mexico, and presently works with Hispanics in the U.S. She has helped some of the groups with script writing and says, “It’s a joy to help in anyway that I can.”

John Reece of Puerto Rico says they have created three dramas and two musicals for the radio, which were a big hit. We used them in the local church along with several GNPI videos. John says they are using a Solar Kit and may begin using it in the neighboring country of Haiti as well. He is pleased with what he’s been able to do with media and is pushing forward.

Habacuc Diaz from Chile says, “We invested our time in Christian worship music for our churches by working with local artists. We also produced micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations helping homeless people in our city. In addition, we created materials to help teach the Bible in area churches. We are praying for God to send more people for our team.”

Luis Escutia, works in Mexico City, made the following videos with his cell phone since the Nicaragua meeting.

Now he has a Nomad Kit from GNPI.

Tom Nutt said, “Thank you for letting us be part of the work you are doing to share God’s salvation with the world. Let’s continue to share what we are learning. I look forward to the day we can stand before God and worship and glorify Him for what He has allowed us to do on earth.”

Executive Director Mike Schrage said, “We’ve prayed for open doors in Central and South America, and God is answering that prayer.”

Faces of GNPI

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I would like to introduce you to a new page on our website that will connect you with our growing global network. Notice the diversity of faces from around the world working to create media to share the Gospel with the next generation.

As you look over the names, faces, and locations of these coworkers, I encourage you to lift them up in prayer. They are your ministry partners in world evangelism.

Click any image above or visit www.gnpi.org/faces to see the rest. We hope to continually update this page, so come back and visit the Faces of GNPI regularly.

Jesus in Our Church

Project Nomad-Chennai, India, produced this thought provoking video. Timothy Jai Kumar leads this team of students from Lakeview Bible College & Seminary (LBCS). They have worked on The Global Gospel in two languages as well as produced videos on social issues, a teaching series on the caste system, and the missions in media curriculum for LBCS.

Is Jesus welcome in your local church?

A Mountain Top Experience

Our team was invited to see the ministry outreach of one congregation. We helped deliver physical and spiritual resources to a mountain village. We notice that as we work on stories for others, the Lord allows us to become part of the story.

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our production team traveled four hours to the western edge of Thailand to do a story about Tong-tip, the pastor of a congregation in the border town of Mae Sariang. He is small in stature but mighty in his passion to serve. He and the outreach team from his church make trips to remote villages in the area to share the Gospel. The finished video of this trip is Movement Everywhere episode #10.

Our team was allowed to go with them to Koon-Wong-Nua, a tribal village with no electricity. The trip included a one-hour drive up a rough, rutted mountain road.


Only one out of 80 families in the village is a Christian family. The husband previously lived in Mae Sariang and attended Pastor Tong-tip’s church.

Equipped with a generator and plenty of lights, the outreach team kept the curious group entertained with Christian songs and stories for three hours on a frigid evening. We were able to pass out coats, blankets, and candy to the grateful group. 

We also took two Solar Kits with us. Our son, Jeff Silkwood, designed a version of these kits using a small flat screen TV, solar panel, and battery pack that fits into a portable aluminum box. Thumb drives make it simple to show videos on the TV anywhere, even without electricity.

Pastor Tong-tip was happy to receive two of these kits. He will take one back to KoonWong-Nua and the other kit to another village that his outreach team will visit. We included The Global Gospel in Thai on the thumb drives along with Bible teachings by Thai pastors and testimonies.

It is incredible to see how Lord is working in the lives of people all around Thailand to proclaim His truth and love.

Vision Night 2017 Highlights

We are grateful to everyone who joined us for our Vision Night events in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. In total, 351 people attended and generously gave $78,751 to further accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

We are excited to see what breakthrough is coming next!

 

A Proven Tool

Tom Nutt received this report from a pastor in Missouri who helps with outreach in Africa.

Greetings from Ntungamo, Uganda!

The Solar Kit has more than proven itself here. The way the productions are put together opens the floor quickly to questions that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is readily able to answer. This Solar Kit will be used mainly in rural Uganda as well as in Tanzania and Rwanda. Thank you for blessing this country with this amazing machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The names of the two men in the picture are Ronald Ezra and Lauben Nydagamba.

“The Global Gospel” on Free Bible images

The Global Gospel (TGG) is available in 27 languages with another 11 to be completed this year. Recently, Free Bible images asked if they could use the TGG images on their website. They started with photos and stories about the Resurrection in the spring of 2016. Paul Thompson of Free Bible images writes,

“Thanks for allowing us to go ahead and publish the six sets of images from your videos on the Easter story. We managed to get these live just before Easter and in the first five days leading up to Good Friday we had 6,330 GNPI presentation files downloaded (an average of 1,266 a day). Those viewing the GNPI sets in StoryView to tell the story on a mobile device were 6,819 (1,363 a day).

Our users were delighted with the quality of the artwork and as the videos follow the Bible narration, they found them to be excellent visuals for explaining the events of Easter. Each story on our web pages has a Video link to the GNPI Vimeo channel showing all 20 translations of that Bible video. Your contributor’s section can be viewed by clicking the icon below:

We have kept the branding of the files the same as on the GNPI site and have used the same file names, story tags and numbering as per your videos. This is to make the correlation between our files and your videos easy for people. We hope there were many who visited your Vimeo channel via the link on our site.

Our joy is in freely resourcing those teaching the Bible.”

Free Bible images then expanded to the rest of the the photos and videos about TGG. Their end of the year report stated:

“In 2016 we had 48,674 sets of GNPI images downloaded in Powerpoint, PDF, or Keynote formats for teaching. On the conservative estimate that each set was used to teach between 5 and 10 people we estimate that between a quarter of a million to half a million people were taught Bible passages using the GNPI images around the world.

Users on our site can also view any set of GNPI stories in our StoryView that runs a slideshow of the images with the Bible text from the Net Bible. We had 214,987 GNPI stories read online in StoryView in 2016, and we expect this figure to keep rising. These views and downloads took place in 160 different countries.”

TGG is useful globally, but could just as easily be used here to help the construction foreman, the IT specialist, the restaurant owner, or the refugee here in the U.S. Your gifts and prayers put these resources just clicks away from online seekers.

 

The Global Gospel Surprise

Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India

A pastor from the Gujarat region visited our office to conduct a survey for a future video production in the Bundelkhandi dialect to reach out to the villagers of the region. We gave him a tour of our office. When he saw The Global Gospel (TGG) in Gujarati, he was surprised to know that we produced it. Someone had given him a copy of the Hindi version, and he told us what a benefit it has been to use the videos to teach the 1,100 members of his congregation. He also told us he showed one of the video clips at a big event last Christmas.

He was happy to get the Gujarati version, and he plans to distribute 400 copies to various evangelists he knows in Gujarat.

“What surprises have come into your life that show you God is working behind the scenes?”

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