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Hannah’s Transformation

Hannah lives in the Philippines, and her transformation story comes to us from Nenette Pacoli, regional director of GNPI-Philippines.

Hannah is a young lady who had been deeply hurt by the actions of her father. Her family had been torn apart. She awoke every morning asking, “Why are we a broken family?”

Hannah was in so much pain that she turned to worldly comforts with terrible consequences. She even attempted suicide. However, in March (2014) she saw All Things New, a movie produced by GNPI-Philippines, and her world shifted.

Nenette writes:
Hannah came to our church three years ago and I actually saw the transformation in her!  We showed All Things New, but she didn’t tell me her reaction until the following day—that she had actually “been thinking about” or “considering” or “I’ll get around to” forgiving her father. It was All Things New that gave that necessary push…the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. There were tears in her eyes as she recalled parts of the movie that touched her deeply.

We have such an awesome God! Although I know of stories of video materials touching people, I am still amazed at how God uses this medium to get his message across.

When Hannah asked her dad if it was ok to use the video publicly, he said, “Okay, if it will bless other people, push it.” The good thing about it is that Hannah’s dad no longer feels shame and guilt that he has to hide. Instead, he has experienced God’s grace and forgiveness so he can talk about his past, both with regret and joy! Even her mom has seen the video and hopes it will bless others too.

Here is Hannah’s story in her own words:

A New Journey

By Jason Miller, NOMaD Coordinator

GNPI has recently partnered with ServAsia to equip ministries in India.

ServAsia has three separate divisions:

  1. Lakeview Bible College and Seminary
  2. Sigma (Church-planting)
  3. Xpressions – the media arm

Journey3GNPI recently held a training for ServAsia. Our coworkers there write:

We are excited about the future and all that God has entrusted to us for his kingdom’s growth and glory. Please pray that we will be faithful to him – from whom all things flow.

God makes all things beautiful in his time. He is taking us on a journey that we didn’t expect to begin so soon. We started Xpressions, the media unit under ServAsia, with the help of Good News Productions, International (GNPI) to produce media, particularly focused on evangelism and discipleship.

Journey2We are overwhelmed by the responses we have received from individuals and organizations who have approached us to help them produce media resources. In the past year, we have made changes to our teaching methodology in college by adding more media tools as part of our classes. This year we added Media and Missions as one of the major streams for our Masters of Divinity program. We feel that this course will enable our students to take big steps in making ministry and missions more contemporary and relevant to the present generation. We have plans to further train our students, the next generation of leaders, to produce media resources, so they will know how to make optimum use of technology for the glory of God.

Journey4We held a project-based media training by Good News Productions, International (GNPI) from September 30 – October 6 on the Lakeview campus. The purpose was to train our alumni and representatives from different missions to start NOMaD Apprentice Teams to produce media resources in their areas of influence.

Some of the projects that we have currently undertaken are:

  1. The Global Gospel (The life and teachings of Jesus Christ come alive in a beautifully illustrated video storybook which follows the dramatic narration found in the Gospels. The project template was produced by GNPI. We are producing it in the Tamil language.)
  1. The Global Gospel – Telugu
  2. Social Issues and the Church (challenging the church to stand up against crimes against women, poverty, and the caste system)
  3. A play portraying creation, the fall, the consequences of the fall, and redemption by the blood of Jesus in five different languages (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, English, and Malayalam).

Journey5The training in Chennai went very well! I believe this is the start of a great relationship between the two works in Chennai and in Damoh. We have had several good group talks about the training, how to follow up with teams, and even a basic introduction to a video training App.

The trainees have been working from morning through the evening to get projects done, but none have complained. Two young men told us they have been enjoying learning and working with the equipment, so the long hours haven’t been a problem for them.

In all, we have trained about 65 on this trip to India, 80 if you include the trip last January. We expect many of them to advance beyond this initial training to put what they’ve learned to work, making a substantial impact!

 

Surprising Ministry Connections

By Matt Brock, GNPI Director of Development

Last spring GNPI mobilized a Solar Kit to help Made In the Streets (MITS), a ministry in Kenya. MITS is a nonprofit organization that rescues children from the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, and provides them with basic needs and skills for later in life.

The Solar Kit has been so effective for the work there that we’re in the process of sending another.

Jackton Omondi, of Made In the Streets ministry in Kenya writes, “Thank you very much, GNPI, for the donation of the God-given gift of the Solar Kit. We were able to use it on several different occasions and places.

We have used it with our students showing The Jesus Film and for leading worship at chapel. We are using it to show evangelistic videos to our graduates on their house wall. We also use it at our house to watch movies and Bible stories on the wall. The most interesting showing was when we used it with our Maasai guards. They were surprised to see such a small thing without electricity projecting on the wall. It takes the solar power charger to fully charge the battery in an hour. We are forced to take good care of it because it is tempting to all the people that have seen it. We have nicknamed it, Technology Matin, which means small technology.”

Then I received this message from Steve Sherman, missions professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Chairman of the missions team at Otter Creek Church of Christ.

Hi Matt,

I was in Kenya last week and found out that two of our graduates from Made in the Streets are working for GNPI! That was a wonderful discovery! I still have a hard time seeing these young people moving from children living on the streets to young, beautiful, Christian professionals!

We have been blessed with a some wonderful employees with strong ties to MITS. What a blessing to be able, in a small way, to return that blessing through your generosity and ultimately, Solar Kits.

It’s a blessing to see God working in many lives and ministries to grow his church around the world!

Have a great story to share about how God has impacted your life through GNPI? Email it to us at gnpi@gnpi.org.

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If you shop on Amazon, this message is for you!

Shop AmazonAmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) is a site operated by Amazon that offers the same selection of products and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. When you use AmazonSmile, and choose GNPI as the non-profit of your choice, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the eligible purchases you make, which in most cases is everything you buy, to GNPI.

For one person, this may not be a whole lot. However, when multiple people use AmazonSmile, and choose GNPI, this can really add up!

It’s EASY to get started:

  • Click on this link: smile.amazon.com
  • If you already have an account with Amazon, you don’t have to create a separate login; use the same login and password you would use for your Amazon account.
  • When you’ve registered, the top of the page should read, “Supporting: Good News Productions, International.”

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It’s that easy. AND, you only have to register once! The website remembers your selected organization!

As Christmas approaches, we may all be doing a bit more shopping. When you shop AmazonSmile, know that part of your purchase helped accelerate global evangelism through media and technology!

Thanks, happy shopping, and spread the word!

 

 

What A Great Day!

The campus where GNPI and several other ministries are located in Joplin, Missouri, was on the receiving end of great acts of kindness this past Sunday. A church in Joplin, College Heights Christian Church, and a few others in the area hold an annual event they call the Great Day of Service. They go out into the community as the Church and lend a helping hand to individuals and organizations wherever needed.

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A group came to GNPI to help do whatever needed doing. As you can see, one of the things they did was chop wood. There are several acres of woods on the campus, and some trees had died and needed to be cut down.

What a Great Day BannerThank you, CHCC, for your help each year. We appreciate you!!!

Thanks from Togo!

by Kpowbie Daniel, Christian worker in Togo, West Africa

We have been very busy in the past days as we had a team of 17 people from the Lexington Christian Academy visit us for almost a month. We did a lot of evangelism, and two new churches were started in two different locations. Later we went back to the two new churches and found they had grown. There were 111 people attending the first church and 102 attending the second one.

The Solar Kit was so useful in achieving this.

 

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In this picture, we were visiting three weeks later with some gifts for the kids. We still have a lot of programs in the next couple of months.
My partners, to whom I gave one Solar Kit, are very busy working among the Muslims in the central region. Keep praying for us.

Director of Operations Tom Nutt responded to Kpowbie, “Thank you for the report. May God’s name be glorified through the starting of the two new churches. We will indeed pray for both of these churches and those who have accepted Jesus and have been immersed in Christian baptism. What a blessing to hear and what a blessing to know that a Solar Kit, provided by friends in the US, helped make a kingdom impact in your beautiful part of the world. May God continue to use you to help his kingdom grow!”

A Glimpse into Uganda

While visiting Uganda, Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s prime minister during World War II, dubbed it the “Pearl of Africa!” There was no mistaking why. The beautiful landscape and fertile soil along the base of the mountains and along the great Nile River was inviting to many Western farmers relocating to start new coffee and tea plantations.

Uganda was thriving in many ways. In fact, at one time, the majority of African doctors practicing on the continent were educated in Uganda! After independence from Britain in 1962, decades of corrupt leadership caused Uganda to sink economically, socially, and spiritually.

Today, that tide is turning as Christianity once again gains a prominent place within the culture. In 2009, missionaries in Mbale, Uganda, invited GNPI to build a production center to aid in multiplying their church planting efforts.

The result? The number of church plants has grown from 200 to around 1000. These wise missionaries understood the truth that media can accelerate global evangelism!

Today, GNPI-Uganda in Mbale produces and distributes Christian audio and video content. It is also a training center for communications students at another bright spot in Uganda, the up-and-coming LivingStone International University.

Isn’t that encouraging? GNPI-Uganda is strategically located in a city with a growing Christian university in a country that is being revived!

Pray for continued revival in Uganda!

 

Solar Kits in South Sudan

We talk a lot about Solar Kits here at GNPI. That is because this little invention has been a game changer for many missionaries and national Christian workers. In places like Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, India, and the Philippines, a Solar Kit will draw a crowd just because of its ability to show “moving pictures” on a bed sheet, or the side of a hut! Once people settle in to watch the “show,” they hear the message of the Gospel, and hearts are impacted.

Eddie Gonzalez is a missionary in South Sudan who received two Solar Kits from GNPI. In this short video produced by GNPI-Uganda, Eddie shares about the impact those Solar Kits are having.

Moving and Changing to Share Christ’s Message

By Tom Silkwood, Regional Director of GNPI-Thailand

We have completed a new Biblical Extension Course (BEC) program on Christian unity with Mr. Boonsak Tongdee. In addition, our partners at Freedom Films have finished a new testimonial program in the Changed series featuring Mr. Boonsak.

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Moving and Changing 4201206_THA_Training_0026Mr Boonsak grew up in a strict, Christian home. When he left for college, he abandoned his Christian life. Then, in his second year of college, Boonsak happened to move into a Christian dormitory. From there he returned to faith in Jesus. Please pray that God would use these programs to teach and encourage many people.

Moving and Changing 3One of our most recent Changed programs features Panida Thongdi. She shares her testimony of how she went from being angry toward her father to a person who works in church ministry and now cares for her aging parents. She became angry with her father because he considered selling her to buy a house. She left her village and stayed with friends in Bangkok. Then she studied God’s Word, and she let God change her heart towards her parents. She lives a life of surrender, forgiveness, and freedom in Christ.

Several weeks ago, we uploaded Movement Everywhere #5. This episode is about how Pastor Nattapong is using his coffee plantation and coffee factory to influence people for Christ in his area. The fascinating art of coffee production is opening doors to share the Good News.

All these programs can be viewed on YouTube. (www.youtube.com/Ffpthailand)

My team is in the USA to visit an Asian church in Minnesota. This is a huge step for my coworkers, and hopefully, a potential new partner for our ministry. Our team is there at the church’s request, and the church is funding a majority of the trip.

My son, Jeff, and his family are doing well. However, Jeff has been shocked at what it takes to live here and the stress of it all. My daughter, Kari, and her husband, Dustin, now live here as well. Dustin and Kari are looking for new employment and have some opportunities that are very interesting. They are praying and trusting the Lord for their future.

All in all we are doing well and trust the Lord will provide, guide, and bless us as we trust him.

A Glimpse into Thailand

Good things come to those who wait, right? Do you remember the advertising campaign for Heinz Ketchup in the late 1980s? Apparently this particular condiment was so good, you’d be willing to tip the bottle and wait a few hours to add it to your burger as it finally came out of the bottle.

Well, if good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who faithfully plan, execute, make necessary adjustments, and then expectantly watch as growth and change occur.

I’m deeply convinced of this as I watch our friends at GNPI-Thailand. Thailand has always been a strategic point for missionaries reaching tribal people groups, like the Lisu and Lahu, as well as the main Buddhist populations of Thailand. Just as important, Thailand also serves as a gateway to more difficult-to-reach places, like Myanmar and even China.

GNPI-Thailand is a collaborative approach to using media and technology to accelerate evangelism, including a long-time partnership with missionary Tom Silkwood and Freedom Films. Tom’s faithful work in Chiang Mai has been building steadily over many years and is now bearing great fruit.

Exciting opportunities continue to emerge as Tom and his team produce videos in the national Thai language and leadership training materials like the Biblical Extension Courses (BEC) in other local vernaculars.

Yes, good things come to those who wait. Yet, reaching Buddhists for Christ takes decades. Better things are coming for the people of Thailand because of the patient presence and media productions of Tom Silkwood and GNPI-Thailand.

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