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Save the Date!

GNPI’s Vision Night events are coming soon in three cities. We look forward to seeing you!

RSVP now at www.gnpi.org/visionnight!

Sergei Golovin, regional director for GNPI-Ukraine, is coming as our special guest and keynote speaker. GNPI-Ukraine continues to press on toward having a great impact on Eurasia amid the violence that threatens that part of the world. You can hear Sergei share in person how God is using apparent adversity to bring about fantastic growth of God’s kingdom in places that previously seemed beyond reach. Don’t want you to miss out; mark your calendar now to attend one of the three events.

March 12, Joplin, Missouri

March 24, Indianapolis, Indiana

March 27, Phoenix, Arizona

Here’s a short recap of 2014’s Vision Night.

 

Feedback for Sergei

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Sergei Golovin, regional director of GNPI-­Ukraine, is a passionate teacher. His students share what they learned from two of his courses.

Feedback on the Biblical Strategy of Evangelism Video Course

“Thank you so much for the hope you have given us by teaching the course and presenting the video! I have been praying for such an opportunity for so long. As for the video, the true meaning of the parable of the sower was a revelation for me; I read the parable many times, but never understood it fully. I now have an idea of true evangelism and a passion to master my skills in it. I have become more caring towards the lost people. Thank you very much for giving me an opportunity to turn from a ‘hopping caterpillar’ into a ‘butterfly.’ ” — Tatyana

“I enjoyed the video course very much! Sergei himself is a very interesting and motivating speaker because he is well aware and deeply convinced in the subject he teaches. He moves forward in his ministry freely and naturally. This is what I am longing for as well. Such people are the most effective evangelists, who encourage others by being a model of freedom, confidence, and peace. The idea of demolishing the non­believers’ worldview strongholds is something I am truly fond of.” — Yelena

“Thank you so much for the course. The illustrations of caterpillars turning into butterflies and the roof making the foundation of the house are very effective.” — Tamara

“It was useful to understand that evangelism is the art of hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit, just like Philip did.” — Igor

“It was very important to learn that effective evangelism depends on listening and understanding people, understanding what holds someone back from accepting Jesus. Evangelism is an art that requires skills and needs to be studied.” — Galina

“I liked the illustration with the hopping caterpillar. It is very impressive.” — Valentina

“It was new for me to hear that evangelism is an art you need to learn. Thank you very much!” — David

“It was useful to learn that evangelism is the art of listening, not speaking, and it requires certain skills. It is important to give the right answers to non­believers.” — Yelena

“I liked the course very much. It is simple and easy to understand. Issues that trouble me were well illustrated. I received answers to my questions. Thank you.” — Anna

“The video helped me understand that evangelism means playing on foreign turf and requires work on preparing the soil.” — Lubov

“The video materials were very useful for me. I realized I am still an infant in Christ. I need to be fed well with spiritual food as a caterpillar, to build a strong foundation, to learn the art of listening, building bridges, and destroying strongholds.” — Yana

“It was important to learn that evangelism is a commission, not only for the chosen ones, but for every believer in Christ. Yet, evangelism requires certain learning. We should become friends with those we share the Good News with, giving them an opportunity to talk in order to share the Truth according to their mind set. Each person needs an individual approach, needs to be treated with love and patience. Our lives have to reflect the Truth for other people to see the change in us, to make them ask questions. Having asked the question they become “hostages” of our answer. We need to pray for the people God sends to us, pray for their relationships with God, and study the Scriptures constantly.”— Marina

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Feedback on the Biblical Foundations for Science Video Course

“I found out a lot of new facts. It was remarkable to learn that many scientists were theologians.”— Tamara

“I learned so much about science and became even more confident in everything I knew about the days of creation, as well as about Darwin. I found out that modern science originated from a Christian worldview, and that the more atheists try to prove God doesn’t exist, the more evidences they get for the opposite. I will use everything I learned for evangelism.”— Rada

“It was interesting to hear that Isaac Newton was a theologian, that science was considered a part of theology ,and it was founded by Christians. It is amazing that God created everything in six days.”— Nikita

“It was interesting to learn that modern science was founded by theologians and many scientists were clergymen. The discoveries of scientists prove the existence of God.”— Raya

“It was interesting to find out that Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton were theologians and devout believers in the first place. Videos like this help me discover the Creator through his creation. Darwinism teaches that death has always existed, but the biblical science claims that death did not exist initially and will not exist forever.”— Valentina

“All of my knowledge about science is now systematized and formed into strong beliefs.” — Tatyana

“Everything is formed into one logically constructed system in my head now. It sounded very new to me that science is based on faith. It was good to know that effective evangelism is based on one’s personal confidence in Truth.” — Yelena

“It was new to hear that God really created the world in six days, and that time periods like millions of years contradict the Scripture. It was interesting to find out that many scientists were theologians.” — Galina

“Exploring the world by means of such resources, I get to know God closer. I am discovering God and myself through his creation. Now I know that atheism is a superstition. I look forward to sharing that with others in evangelism and want to see their reaction.” — Khvon

“The video helped me learn a lot. I found out about Darwinism as a religion, and that it was used by the Bolsheviks to destroy faith in many. Science and religion are complementary to each other. I discover God by exploring the world.” — Lubov

“Thank you very much for the video course. I found out about apologetics. It helped me learn more about God, the purpose of his creation, and the proper way to evangelize.” — Ludmila

A Great Victory!

by Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Ukraine

GNPI maintains an emphasis on strategic partnership to carry out our work. In fact, it’s one of our core values. One of those fantastic partners is Literature and Teaching Ministries (LATM). In recent years, LATM has helped publish a dozen science textbooks in Russian for Sergei Golovin, who leads GNPI-Ukraine. These texts teach a creation curriculum, instead of evolution. GNPI-Ukraine produces video companions that help teach creationism. Praise God, the way is now being opened to use the materials in schools! We celebrate this triumph with Sergei and LATM.

The most painful and the most joyful news of the monthcame on the same day. In the morning I visited with Tatiana, headmaster of Gloria Christian School that used to be on the Donetsk Christian University campus. It was the first school to use our science textbooks in classes, incorporating them into public curriculum.

Warfare came to Donetsk just when the school had moved into a brand new building, and seemed to be on the way to its best times.

Then armed militants took over the campus and turned it into their barracks.

Tatiana’s story was full of pain and tears.

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However, the most joyful news came that afternoon. The Ukrainian Ministry of Education approved a concept that would release schools from many outdated rules from communist days, including the government’s monopoly on curricula and textbooks. What a great victory! Together, the work of dozens of enthusiasts like Tatiana, as well as our ministry and resources, made an impact for change that seemed impossible.

God provided us a wonderful confirmation: although Satan might win a battle in this world, he will never win the war! Yes, he will do everything possible to prevent introducing a Bible-based worldview to the next generation in this post-communist world, but God’s truth ultimately wins! May his name be praised!

 

The Answer to Our Puzzle

For the last three years in a row, you have helped us reach and exceed our goal to raise funds for 100 Solar Kits. In 2014, we received funds for 104 Solar Kits. We wanted to share a few written and video comments about the Solar Kits that were provided in 2014.

People describe their appreciation for Solar Kits in lots of ways — “this gift,” “the generous contribution,” “the answer to our puzzle.”

“I can’t begin to explain the excitement over this gift. Thanks for finding the Krio version of The Jesus Film. I’m sure you can imagine what they have been carrying from village to village to show videos.”  ~Bob from Sierra Leone

“Thank you for your generous contribution to the Raja Project. I was informed that you have given a Solar Kit for the purpose of showing God’s Story to the Raja people. We are overwhelmed by this gift in itself, and also by the timing. We have been so puzzled about what kind of device to use to show the film in small groups. Now the answer is on its way to Norway!”  ~A Christian worker from SE Asia

“These guys are in the middle of the biggest rain forest north of the equator, right in the middle of Nicaragua. There’s a lot of pastors, but some of them don’t seem to understand the basics of the Bible that they need to understand if they’re going to share the Gospel…One pastor turned to me and with tears in his eyes he said, ‘No one’s ever been able to show us anything like this before. And if we hadn’t had the Solar Kit, we couldn’t have shown them either.”  ~Nathan Durant, mission trip leader

Some folks were brave enough to go on video to talk about their experience using Solar Kits. Watch and enjoy people expressing their appreciation for your gifts!

Thank you for providing “the answer to their puzzle”…the resources, so that together we can accelerate global evangelism through media and technology. If you would like to provide a Solar Kit for a Christian worker somewhere in the world, click here. Be sure to type “Solar Kit” in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Through Samantha’s Eyes

by guest blogger, Samantha Allgood

Samantha just spent a few months in SE Asia. During her time there, she worked with a couple of ministries – one of which was GNPI. We asked her to write about her experience there, and she graciously sent us this beautifully written blog. Thanks Samantha, and thank you for your service to GNPI!

I’ve had the unique privilege of calling this beautiful country “home” for the past two months and have only begun to glimpse the ways in which the Lord is working here. Though the streets sparkle with pagodas and burn with incense, I believe God is beginning a great work in this Buddhist nation.

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The staff here at GNPI-SE Asia are working hard towards many goals which God has placed on their hearts, and many Buddhists are directly responding to their efforts.  Hearts are being changed for his glory.

SamanthaThe group of men here are talented and skillful workers with a sure call on their lives. They spend their days producing effective materials for evangelism through print and audio mediums. There are stacks of books, tracts, and booklets hot off the press for the next stages of training and distribution, and the faint beating of percussion and strumming of guitars is quite often heard from the audio room below as work continues on a new Christian CD. I am continually encouraged as I hear the stories of personal encounters where staff members have used these tools to share the Gospel with monks, taxi drivers, etc.

The staff here have a knowledge of their country and the Buddhist mindset, which is invaluable to the creation of these tools. The Spirit of God drives their efforts, and it is no surprise that many doors for evangelism are being opened. As each morning begins with a time of communal Scripture reading and prayer, I am blessed to see the strong and simple faith that these kingdom workers posses. They truly come before God with all of their needs and requests, and it is him alone who continues to sustain, continues to direct, and continues to provide. There is a thankfulness here for all God is doing, and a humility of service that continually drives me to my knees.

GNPI-SE Asia is thriving as the harvest continues for God’s glory.

Sweet Moments

by guest bloggers, Victor Knowles and Don Lucietta, GNPI Board Members

“Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”  1 Thessalonians 5:11

How often does one get to pray live with Christians from eight different nations?

That was my privilege and honor recently when I attended a well-planned, and smoothly executed, International Hour of Prayer at the home office of GNPI in Joplin, Missouri. It was a joy to “watch and pray” with leaders and teams from the nine regional centers of GNPI around the world. To see their faces, hear their voices, and sense their passion for the Lord as they prayed for one another was truly a beautiful thing.


I also was eager to be present for the “world-wide” International Hour of Prayer with my brothers and sisters at the many GNPI regional centers around the world. I live 45 minutes away from the GNPI office in Joplin, Missouri. Some would say “What? You drove 45 miles one way just to pray? Couldn’t you have prayed at home?”

Certainly God would hear my prayer, from my farm office in Barton County, as clearly as he could from Joplin, Missouri. However, the staff at GNPI had connected all of their regional centers with those of us in the conference room at GNPI live-linked in real time.

There were some incredibly sweet moments; one, particularly encouraging, came when each member of the team in SE Asia all prayed at once, out loud, in their heart language for the team in the Philippines. Another was when heartfelt smiles could be seen around the room as we were reminded of our dear brother Deepak, now at home with the Father.


Some day all our prayers will be nothing but praise when we meet around the throne of the Lamb, but for one brief hour—truly a “sweet hour of prayer” as Don DeWelt used to say—it was tremendously uplifting to join together in lifting up our hearts before the Lord.

Here’s a little taste of what it was like:

Thanks to all of you who prayed with us that hour. And thank you Victor and Don for sharing in that morning with us.

As the psalmist declared, “How good and pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).

Bobby

Bobby works with Care India, an NGO that has been working in India for over 60 years. They are part of the CARE International Confederation, working in 84 countries for a world where all people live in dignity and security. Through programs in health, education, livelihoods, and disaster preparedness and response, they focus on ending poverty and social injustice. Their overall goal is to empower women and girls, from poor and marginalised communities, to improve their lives and livelihoods.

Bobby was at this year’s ICOM a few weeks ago and he stopped by the GNPI booth. He attended NOMaD training in India. He wants to use this training…well, listen to him tell you.

Joined Through the Power of Technology

by guest blogger Scott Smith, Pastor of Wellspring Church, Webb City, MO

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”  Psalm 105:1

We live in a truly amazing time.  For the first time in all of history, technology has given us the opportunity to make known what the Lord has done to all nations. Good News Productions, International (GNPI) is leading the way in leveraging resources and technology for the sake of the Gospel throughout the world. Through their regional centers, GNPI is taking the timeless message of the Gospel to every corner of the globe through cutting-edge technology.

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Along with the staff at GNPI’s office in Joplin, Missouri, we were joined through the power of technology with every GNPI regional center for an hour of prayer. As we virtually made our way around the world, each regional center would intercede for the staff of another regional center based in another city, country, or even continent. The result was people from all around the globe, coming together to praise the name of the Lord and ask for his favor as they take the Gospel to people who desperately need to hear “what the Lord has done.”

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As a pastor, I regularly remind our church that our mission starts on Sunday morning when we are gathered; but it must not end there. We are commanded, as followers of Christ, to take the Gospel to the nations. One of the ways our church is doing just that is through our partnership with GNPI.

Invitation to GNPI’s International Hour of Prayer

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1 (NIV)

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Prayer has always been a crucial part of the ministry of GNPI, but for the last two years we have focused on it even more. That is because we believe we can do nothing without God’s guidance and help. Maybe we shouldn’t be so amazed when God answers our prayers in such tender, yet powerful ways, but over and over again…we have been amazed.

IHOP2Tomorrow, December 3, beginning at 8:00 am Central Time, the entire network of regional centers and their staff, plus those of us in Joplin, will join together via the Internet to pray for each other. We would like to invite you to join your prayers with ours during that time. At your desk, at your breakfast table, on your couch, in your car—wherever you might be during that time, would you lift your voice in harmony with ours to the Father on behalf of the ministry of GNPI?

We call it an International Hour Of Prayer – or IHOP. No, we don’t serve pancakes, but we come away just as full, full of the glory of God and full of thanksgiving for the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing around the world.

We will be posting live on Facebook, so you can join us there.

In November of last year, we held our first IHOP. We were so blessed, and we look forward to tomorrow with great anticipation! Thank you for partnering with us and joining us as we give thanks, boldly approaching the throne with our concerns and petitions.

If you would like to see a video recap of last year’s IHOP, watch the short video below.

The Spread of the Truth Continues

by Sergei Golovin, Regional Director, GNPI-Ukraine

I am amazed how many opportunities to praise the Lord that difficult times provide! Over and over again it reminds us of accounts from the book of Acts when the believers were dispersed by secular powers, resulting in the spreading of the kingdom instead of its destruction.

Three Strategic Advancements

Zhitomir 2September started with a great trip to Zhitomir, a region we had never visited before. A trip like this would be exciting even in usual circumstances, but in a given situation it was even more exciting, as well as a great encouragement for us. We were able to serve on three strategically important levels. First of all, there was a group of volunteers – passionate, national leaders who are using our materials for the development of creation/worldview evangelism in the region. It was also a great joy for them and for us to discuss ministry opportunities, develop the vision and strategy for their work as Eurasian Apologetics Society coordinators, as well as future partnership and training. Please keep this vanguard of the spreading of God’s Word in the region in your prayers.

Zhitomir 3On the next level there were seminars for believers about the urgent need of a biblical strategy for shaping the worldview of the next generation. It was attended by ministers, youth pastors, and group leaders of various churches of the region. The material was received with great interest and motivation. An elderly minister, who had spent two terms in communist camps for his faith, came forward at the end and shared how much they had missed out on this kind of training before the collapse of communism and how much easier it would have been to spread the Good News if they had had such resources available back then. We were all deeply touched! Please pray for the brethren of Zhitomir and for the spread of the Truth of God in the region.

School teachers 2Finally, the most exciting opportunity of the trip was an invitation by the city education department to address public (state) school humanities teachers on “a common foundation for public ethics.” This opened a door to speak openly about God’s nature and his plan as the only reliable foundation for any ethical system, as well as about Scripture as his revelation for us about creation and our role and purpose in it. Only one lady out of the entire audience was unhappy about us “presenting only one view and only one religion instead of all of them” (please pray for her – something in her heart is resistant to admit the truth). However, other teachers were very open for the message – times of trouble make people search for the truth and hope desperately, and we have an exciting opportunity to share it. Please pray for the seeds planted among school teachers – people who will have the greatest impact on the next generation!

Moving Forward, Even Without a Car

God's Preparation 4After Zhitomir, the next place we went to was Crimea. I would hesitate to share some details of the trip for security reasons, but it was, as a whole, successful and useful, all things considered. We had a great opportunity to see and encourage the team, to evaluate the situation and the challenges that it brings, and to retrieve some winter clothing. It was a great reunion with the staff there, challenges and opportunities, evaluation and strategic planning, as well as a possibility to comfort and encourage many friends.

A Home Away from Home

We agreed that in God’s providence the ministry had been well prepared for the move of the office to Kiev. According to our leadership development plan, we already had two offices, so one of them just moved to the mainland. The Crimean office will continue to ship books and disks (our warehouses are still there) as well as Website management and development. They are going to provide more training for the body of believers in that region, as well as exploring new opportunities of equipping the saints for using media in evangelism, as well as expanding the ministry to mainland Russia. We will put special emphasis on training believers for Internet ministries development – through blogging, podcasts, social networks, etc. Our goal will be to develop an army of online evangelists! Please pray for that development.

After the visit we returned to Kiev, where our part of the team (Olga, I, our daughters, and many volunteers) continued to provide the ministry coordination, supply both ministry needs and personal needs for the Crimean team, as well as going on with teaching and training in mainland Ukraine. I already have quite a full teaching schedule till the end of the year.

New Beginnings!

Reliable Foundations 2Another exciting piece of news: our brand new project, Reliable Foundations Club, has started! People from several churches came to the first meeting; some were accompanied by their unbelieving friends. Online podcast made the club session available to many more people despite borders and wars. Praised be the Lord for the gift of modern technologies that allow the spreading of the message so effectively! The issue of the club season, The Good Creator of an Evil World, touches everyone personally, especially in these days in our part of the world. That is why deep and intensive discussion followed the presentation. It allowed us to better show God’s initial plan for the world (as it is revealed in Genesis 1-2, fulfilled in Jesus, and reaching its complete fulfillment soon) as the only true foundation that provides a proper understanding of the issues of evil and suffering. The meeting continued late into the night, but people were not going home until almost an hour after that, and continued discussions in groups. They earnestly requested that the club should continue and promised to spread the message about it more widely. So, we are making preparations for the next session. Please pray with us for them.

There are still a lot of uncertainties. However, the spread of the Truth is continuing! May the name of the Lord be glorified!

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