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A Piece of India

by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Assistant, GNPI

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This photo is a treasure, so beautiful, and fun. It reminds me of the Bollywood films I grew up watching. The movies are a bit dramatic, but there are glimpses of the Indian culture in them. If you’re looking for an interesting movie night, I recommend watching a Bollywood Film!

Happy to Know!

by TP, regional director of GNPI-SE Asia

Several evangelists and I visit churches and individuals to preach the Word and make the most of every opportunity to share Christ. I am thrilled to share the following testimonies of two new sisters in Christ. These testimonies reveal how God is working through the materials produced here in SE Asia to strengthen churches and transform lives:

DNS

My name is DNS. My husband is a church elder in the Y Church. We have been happily married for many years. Yet, whenever my husband talked about baptism, I refused to listen to him because I was raised in a different church background. Then on Christmas Eve, Evangelist DJO preached about baptism. He preached that baptism is symbolic of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He preached about Jesus and his time on earth. After that I asked DJO more about baptism. He taught me from the little book called A Handbook for Evangelism. He showed me Scriptures and read them to me. From A Handbook for Evangelism, I read, “There is no denomination in Christ.” That phrase was just for me. Now I understand that the Church was established by Jesus. He bought it by his blood. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized. Now I am happy to know that Jesus is the only Savior and the only way to go to heaven. I feel like a new person. I am happy because my husband insisted that I go to that Christmas celebration. May God bless you!

DHY

 My name is DHY. My husband is a church elder in the N village. I recently became a believer. I was a Buddhist. My parents pressured me never to go to church or listen to my husband. But last Christmas, I went to a Christmas celebration with my uncle’s family. My uncle invited Evangelist DJO to explain more about the true, living God. From A Handbook for Evangelism, I now understand that there is only one God. The god my parents told me to worship was not the god that I needed to worship. I learned so much from this book about Gautama, who was nothing more than a human being. This book explains the five attributes of the true God who gives life and overcomes death. That is what I want. I thank God for giving me a chance to hear and learn about him. I am saved now. I am happy to know about the true, living God.

 Thank you for your prayers, and for your giving, so that more people can know Christ in SE Asia.

 

Partnerships Are Crucial

by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

PartnershipWhen you hear the words “Strategic Partnership,” it sounds very official, doesn’t it? As one of our core values, it’s not just an official sounding phrase, it’s part of the essence of who we are.  Here’s why: strategic partnerships are where synergy is forged.

Synergy is another one of those fancy words, but it’s an essential and Biblical concept. It’s defined as  “the interaction of multiple elements in a system of collaboration to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects.

From the start, GNPI has wanted to maximize the impact that national leaders, missionaries, and Christian organizations could make. How? We wanted to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology. Our heart was to come alongside existing ministries, adding Christ-centered content and delivery tools to multiply the effect their message had on people who heard, and with our help, saw it.

Do you see how synergy is created?

Without them, our content would be useless because it wouldn’t be shared with the millions who need to hear about Jesus.

Without our content and technology tools, like Solar Kits, opportunities to reach people who otherwise wouldn’t have heard about Jesus, might be missed.

Partnership is also a critical factor as we seek to have impact among diverse belief systems like Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism. Creating relevant media that can speak into a worldview completely different than ours demands strategic partnerships with local ministries. The combination is like salt on an icy sidewalk. The barrier melts away and a clear, safe path emerges, Good News to a Truth seeker.

Read our newsletters and you will see one example after another of how GNPI partners with national workers. Here’s a few examples that come to mind as I write:

  • In West Africa we’re mobilizing Solar Kits to help produce better evangelists.
  • In South Africa we partnered with MNET TV to show relevant, music videos during commercial breaks of World Cup soccer events.
  • In Pachuca, Mexico, we’re training hand-picked church leaders to use media to mature new disciples of Jesus through project NOMaD.
  • GNPI is working with other Christian organizations like Key Media to fund apps (theQuran.com) to reach Muslim audiences that we had no prior access to.

 The list goes on and on and on. And guess what, you’re our strategic partner too!  God has used your gifts and prayers to help strengthen and expand GNPI’s growing network for nearly four decades.

Strategic Partnership, it’s how Jesus builds his church. I’m so glad God is into strategic partnerships, aren’t you?

Partnership: An Anchor for Global Evangelism

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

GNPI founder, Ziden Nutt, drove an anchor in the sand when he founded the global media and technology ministry on the basis of this passage of Scripture.

The task cited above, to grow God’s kingdom throughout the world, not only causes us to seek partnerships, it DEMANDS them. GNPI constantly partners with local churches, national workers, missionaries, AND strategically aligned organizations. These organizations may be based along with the hundreds of churches and individuals in the United States who provide us support, or they could be in other countries where GNPI is present or looking to expand.

We could mention many partners: Compassion Canada, SIL International, the International Bible Society, Keymedia, and so many more. These partnerships are effective because they have the same goal: telling the stories of Christ in compelling, creative, and culturally relevant ways.

promo earthWhile we work with very well-known and respected partners, to us, those that are less know are equally important. The widow who gives $25 a month to GNPI or a global philanthropy who gives a $250,000 grant, our desire for inclusion and our responsibility for effective stewardship are the same.

The Godhead effectively illustrates the value, and results, of effective partnership. When the Bride of Christ (or the Church) appeared, that partnership became even more personal. Is there any greater image of partnership than godly marriage?

GNPI values partnership because God values partnership. Whatever our collaborations look like, we want them to involve the same thing: service from us, for the benefit of others, to impact God’s kingdom. As we further God’s glory from shore to shore in our global community, partnership is our anchor.

 

 

“You Are Free to Go, I Can No Longer Detain You”

an amazing story shared with GNPI by Tom Kilian, director of Mercy Partners

Tom Kilian, director of Mercy Partners, uses Solar Kits supplied by GNPI to share the Gospel in southern Sudan. He recently shared a story of how Christ was literally “magnified” to some customs agents. While we don’t have any photos of what happened, but photos probably could not have captured the moment as well as your imagination will.

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Tom was detained by customs while entering Sudan. Normally not good news, but God gets his point across however he chooses. Tom wrote:

“What started as an inquiry, quickly elevated to my passport being snatched and a fee assessment was about to be conducted. The contents of the Solar Kit were strewn out across the cluttered counter and I could tell that the equipment on display left a complete question mark on the examination officer’s mind as he took each piece, examined it, and asked repetitively what each item was.”

Instead of trying to explain each part of the Kit individually, Tom asked if he could assemble it, show them what it was, and how it worked.

They agreed.

“As soon as the projector came on, it projected Jesus, seven feet tall on the customs office wall,” Tom said. “The clerk became troubled with reverence and refused to document the customs citation. Then the senior officer commanded me, ‘Pack it up, you are free to go, I can no longer detain you.’”

Thank you Jesus, for the freedom you provide. Certainly you are King of Kings and make the way straight for your servant, your mouthpiece.

 

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