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I Want to be a Christian

Our coworker in SE Asia shares an opportunity he had to share Christ with a young Indian man who came to his house. The young man is now a brother in Christ. Read about what he saw in Christians that drew Him to Christ.

TP, Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

A Christian man, who is a family friend, showed up with a guest at 8:00 on a Sunday morning. We had two and a half hours before our church service. My friend brought MT to meet our family, and we welcomed him. MT is a bit shy. He is an Indian young man and an orphan with a Muslim background. MT lives with some friends his age.


MT said he was not happy. He met our friend in the market place and told our friend he wanted to become a Christian, so they came to our home. I asked MT why he wanted to become a Christian?

He said, “I feel like I need something in my life.” There are many things I need in my life. I don’t have parents. I need material things, but they are not what I really long for in my life. I feel like I need something to fill the emptiness in my heart.

I see and hear some people who are gathering in houses, singing, praying, laughing, and caring for each other. I see so much love among these people. So I told this man (pointing at our friend who bought him to me) that I want to be a member of those people.

As a Muslim, MT knew some parts the Old Testament. I explained the history of Islam. Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son. Muslims believe Abraham was asked to sacrifice Ishmael, so they still kill fat bulls. Actually, Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac, born to his wife, Sarah. Instead, God prepared a ram for Abraham. Then I explained the history of Christianity. I talked about Jesus Christ. He became the Savior, yet he was also the Creator God, and the One who will judge all living beings.

As we talked I said, “I will tell you why those Christian people you see are happy and caring for each other. It is because they have been freed from sin. They have been saved. They know one day they will go to heaven to live with the Creator and with the Savior forever. There will be no end, no sorrow, no sadness, no more tears. Jesus, whom you call Isa, has done everything for us. Jesus suffered on the cross, He died, and He was buried. Now He has risen. Now He is living in Heaven preparing the eternal home for us.

If you accept Jesus as your personal Savior, you will be saved. You will experience the happiness you never had before. You will see His love and care in your life. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus alone can give believers eternal life. Jesus also says, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

I read to him from John 14:6, Matthew 11:28, Philippians 2:10, Revelation 1:17-18, 20:15, 22:12-13.

Then I said, “It’s up to you to accept Jesus as your personal Savior. Do you want to wait to make decision, or will you accept Him today?”

MT said, “I accept Him to be my Savior right now.”


Then I taught MT about baptism. He was baptized the same day just before we started the worship service. He is happy now. Pray for MT to continue to grow in Christ.


There are so many people out there just like MT.

A Wonderful Device

Christian workers around the world share how Solar Kits help them in their ministries. They describe the Solar Kit as a very effective tool, a wonderful device, and a life changing tool for evangelism. GNPI assembles Solar Kits in the U.S. and India. We have plans to add Solar Kit workshops in Thailand and Kenya.

GNPI has nearly 400 Solar Kits in approximately 50 countries throughout the world. To sponsor or request a Solar Kit, visit

Gaston’s Dream for Rwanda

Gaston Gakuba first began working with Africa Transformation Network (ATN) in 2008. ATN worked alongside Xtra Mile Ministries to reach out to survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Gaston connected with GNPI and became the leader of one of our Nomad Teams in 2011.

Since then Gaston has worked with ATN’s ministries to produce stories highlighting the redemptive work God is doing in Rwanda. Among these are two films that have played on Rwandan national television. Several other short films are also being used among ATN’s networks abroad.

Gaston’s passion is to use media in order to ask hard questions and uncover the Truth of the Good News.

Reflections from Bob Sartoris

International Director Bob Sartoris shares highlights from his 20 year ministry at GNPI, including some exciting future projects. We appreciate Bob’s heart for missions and pray God richly blesses Bob and his family. May God give them 20 more years in media ministry.

Thank you, Bob, for your diligent work and godly example!

Great Quotes of the Great Commission

Global Mapping International (GMI) created this inspirational compilation, Great Quotes of the Great Commission. “GMI is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering God’s mission in the world through research, mapping and information technology services.” Click on the graphic to enlarge it.

The Gathering Place

Matt_Brock_GNPIDirector of Development Matt Brock recently visited Africa with International Director Bob Sartoris. This was Matt’s first trip to Africa. He visited Nairobi, Eldoret, and Pokot, Kenya and Mbale, Uganda. Matt will share his trip reflections in a four-part blog series. The first blog was Getting Where We Need to Go. Watch for the next articles coming soon (Food for the Soul, and Dressed for Success).


Matt Brock, GNPI Director of Development

I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful for the place I call my church home. Yes, I’m thankful for the people, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m grateful for the physical location where I meet with other believers in Jesus. The Church isn’t a building, but it’s certainly a wonderful provision of God to have attractive, climate-controlled spaces to use for His Glory.

We probably know it’s not like that everywhere in the world. How often do we think about what it would mean for our walk with the Lord if we didn’t have such luxury in which to worship Him? Would our worship be the same? Would it mean more or less to us?

Recently in Africa I had the opportunity to experience two different worship services. The first was in an urban environment and the second in a rural setting. The experiences were each unique, but also similar to what I experience on a regular basis at home.

The first Sunday we traveled through the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, to a section of town that to you and me would look nothing like a place we’d want to worship. The buildings were dilapidated; the streets were dirt, and there was a fence around the facility. We think of church as a place where all are welcome, but it’s eye-opening to understand that in between service times the facility had to be protected from those who would invade or do it harm.



The building was big and beautiful on the outside, but it was unfinished on the inside. In fact, part of the morning’s service was devoted to outlining plans to raise funds for unfinished items in the construction process. While we wouldn’t be allowed in a comparable facility until it was finished in the U.S., they had been actively using the building to minister to each other and those who Christ will call for some time.



The second building in which I worshiped, a week later in Pokot, Kenya, was much less sophisticated. Rocks were secured together with mud to make a structure that held up a tin roof. It was an open-air facility; there were no panes of glass in the windows and no doors to close. It was a simple gathering place.

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Specific things happened in each facility, and hopefully these things happen in the place you gather with others to worship. Jesus was lifted up as the Messiah, our only way to God. Hearts were opened, and burdens were released. Songs of joy and hope were offered as sweet devotion to the Author and Sustainer of life.

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Things were very different, even between these two Kenyan churches, but they were very similar too. The environments and worship styles each had distinctive traits, but they were doing the same things my family would do eight hours later, almost 9,000 miles away.

These buildings didn’t make me despise the fact that we have nice facilities with air conditioning and ample parking lots. If anything, they made me thankful that God placed me where He did, when He did. I’m not sure it’s my place to say we shouldn’t have them while others do not. What I am saying is, no matter where we’re able to meet as believers, the same things should happen and are happening all around the world.

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Jesus is lifted up. Our hearts are opened and burdens released. Songs of joy and hope are offered as sweet devotion to the Author and Sustainer of life.

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In gathering places all around the world, you’ll find these things happening. It’s one of the sweetest things I know.


Seeing Growth in Kitale

I am sitting under a tin-roofed verandah in Kitale, Kenya. As I type, the birds are singing and roosters are crowing. The sights, sounds, and smells of Kitale bring very special memories to my mind.

My family used to live, and serve, here as missionaries as part of a church-planting team. My daughter, Kathryn, was born here. My daughter, Karissa, was baptized here! This little part of Africa has played a major role in our lives.

One of the things I remember being fond of is the wintertime weather. It’s not like the U.S. Highs reach into the 70s with evening lows in the 50s. Everything is green, and the corn is tasseling as it grows to nine feet tall! In a culture that lives from one harvest to the next, there is hope for a bountiful year.

However, with my senses alive to all that’s around me, I heard something new just now. The one o’clock “call to prayer” sounded just beyond the compound where we are staying. Muslims are observing Ramadan, their holy season. Seeing the influence of Islam in Kenya (supposedly a Christian nation) is sobering. Yes, the work of spreading the Good News is not done!

It’s a work that I started helping in the early 1990s. Our church planting team began accelerating its work with the help of a simple filmstrip series from GNPI. Intentional teaching, coupled with Sin in the Camp, helped grow a relatively small network of churches to more than 30, and later as momentum grew, to 120! Down the road, I’d gladly join GNPI to help build its regional center in Nairobi, Kenya.

As any father would, I look back fondly on the memories of my children as they spent part of their lives in Africa. I must admit, though, I have that same fatherly feeling as I think, perhaps, God used me and the work of GNPI, in some small way, to help His church grow in Africa.

Let’s continue working and praying together to finish the work God has given us to do around the world.

The Compassion of our Coworkers

Our regional directors are the pillars of GNPI’s ministry. They work day in and day out to share the Good News with their parts of the world using media. While they remain constant in their efforts, sometimes current events demand a change in the way they do ministry for a season.

I can think of several examples. Sergei Golovin, the director of GNPI-Ukraine, used to live in Crimea (now part of Russia), but due to political and military turmoil in his part of the world now lives in Kiev, Ukraine. In addition to the printing of massive numbers of books and other media efforts, his shift in location is allowing him to work with internally displaced children, prisoners, and soldiers.

International Consultant David Lall and Regional Director Manee Massey live in Damoh, India. An earthquake in Nepal demanded a response, so David’s son, Shawn, and a few staff members went with help. David also responds with compassion to the needs in his own country. The caste system in India is extremely challenging. When some key leaders from the low caste asked David for counsel, he responded with love, financial assistance, and free videos containing thousands of teaching material recordings.

TP, regional director in Southeast Asia is currently responding to the terrible floods that have impacted much of his country. In partnership with IDES, $10,000 of relief is headed to TP for him to share with some key villages that are in desperate need of benevolent assistance.

These are some recent examples, but I have seen this kind of compassion in all of our regional directors. The men and women who lead GNPI around the world are pillars of our work, but they are also pillars in God’s Kingdom as they “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) and “show their faith by their deeds” (James 2:18).

God’s Amazing Network

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. — Revelation 7.9 (NIV)

I’m sitting in a meeting about Project Nomad and watching God develop an amazing network with our regional directors and grassroots production teams. See if you can follow this …

A missionary from North Africa introduced us to a real estate professional (a former Muslim working in Indianapolis but from Morocco). Our new friend introduced us to his associate from Algeria who wants Nomad training. The training will possibly occur in Cyprus, and the teacher will likely be Egyptian.


This collection of God’s children will work with us – Americans. Only God could pull all this together with His love and power and grace! I’m so excited to see what He will do next.