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2016 Highlights in Eurasia

Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia

What started 25 years ago as a small family ministry could now be considered a movement for effective evangelism training across all 10 time zones of the former Soviet Union countries.

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These are some of the highlights from the last year.

  • Eight of twelve Science textbooks in Ukrainian were published, and six were officially presented at the national book fair. We keep working to impact the post-communist education system!
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  • Investing in the next generation is the best thing we can do with our lives.
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  • We hosted and organized Project Nomad training events for 12 students in Kiev and for 16 students in Kharkiv.
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  • We presented the Bible and Civil Society course for pastors and ministry leaders from various parts of Ukraine.
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  • Our team provided academic content for the Daniel School. It’s a new program to train selected teenagers to be church and society leaders. The program involves studies of Scripture, apologetics, logic, rhetoric, as well as sports, camping, hiking, rafting, teamwork, etc. All sessions are broadcast online.
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  • I gave seminars at the Youth Mission School.
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  • We taught a course at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary, which provided training for church leaders from Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus.
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  • We led three days of seminars on Science, the Bible, and Creation Evangelism attended by leaders from the region. The trip included a retreat with the leaders of the Evangelical Students Fellowship. We spent time together discovering Scriptures on various issues of effective evangelism, civil society foundations, and personal growth in Christ. The most amazing experience from the meetings at the retreat was the fellowship with a self-proclaimed atheist who attended all the seminars to “figure out where we tried to trick him.”
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  • We enjoyed visiting the Science and the Bible Club for students at the biggest national university on the opposite side of the country in Lviv. About half of the audience were unbelievers, the rest were mostly new believers. It was a great opportunity to discuss foundational issues of faith and worldview.
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  • The new season at our Reliable Foundations open online apologetics club is called “Who Am I?” and the focus is on the foundational issues of human origin, nature, purpose, and destiny.
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  • Following the “Who am I?” season, we published a book in Russian titled, In the Image and Likeness: Origin, nature, and the purpose of man (humanity). This book is my Magnum Opus. It reflects 20 years of studies in the Bible (especially in Genesis and the the New Testament), philosophy, history, culture, and science. It represents a great milestone in our ministry. 
  • The open online apologetics club, Reliable Foundations, became a powerful tool for equipping disciples wherever they are. Our proactive strategy is finding, training, and equipping the faithful according to the 2 Timothy 2:2 model for impacting the worldview of people from post-communist countries at all levels from preschool to academia.
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  • We spent a week at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary doing lectures, seminars, workshops, and roundtable discussions for ministers from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Korea.
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  • Our team helped to start a new project called the Together Forever Family Club. Building Christian families according to the God’s design is always among our top priorities.
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  • We met with an Academy of Law professor who shared how useful our Biblical Foundations for Civil Society resources (book, videos, presentations) are and how she incorporates them into her lectures. 
  • We received a request for permission to use all of our resources from a nation-wide FM radio station, Emmanuel.
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  • My wife, Olga, and I visited the Central Asia Apologetics Society leaders. Christian meetings are prohibited in this area, so media is the only way to spread the Message effectively.
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  • We attended a conference on the biblical foundations of family for the Subcarpathian Roma (Gypsy) churches. This is a new region of opportunity for our ministry. transcapathia-conference-02
  • We taught a doctorate course on apologetics in relation to a biblical strategy for evangelism for ministers.
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  • We led a series of Genesis 1-3 based seminars on the foundations of a biblical worldview and its development among students for the International Association for the Development of Christian Education.
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  • Our team developed the “Q & A Christian Apologist Companion” mobile application for Android based smartphones and tablets that compiles data from various resources. Now we are developing a version that will operate on any operating system.
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  • The main issue we targeted this year was biblical anthropology: we developed Scripture-based courses, videos, presentations, and books on the issue of being human: our origins, nature, purpose, and destiny.

 

A Great Start

Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Manila, Philippines

Faith Matters, too!, our new series, is off to a great start. We tried to be creative with our launch by holding a “like and share” contest on Facebook last month.

Our goal was 1,000 likes in five days, but we got 10,000 likes in three! I am overwhelmed by the response. Now we average almost 6,000 views daily, and we pray God will touch all these people through the videos.

Recently, I read Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

We have scattered and continue to scatter videos in the wilderness of the internet, but the results are really in God’s hands.

May this video be an encouragement to you today!

 

Hands of Hope

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our team would like to introduce you to SoPhaPhone, a young woman whose ministry for the hearing impaired in Laos is called Hands of Hope. SoPhaPhone says, “I had a burden for those who couldn’t hear the Gospel and wanted them to know God. Now we have Bible study classes in sign language, fellowship meals, and worship together at a local church.”

SoPhaPhone also helps these deaf friends find ways to live useful and fruitful lives as self-sufficient and financially independent adults. Several young women have started a bakery and design jewelry to sell.

The Hands of Hope ministry began several months ago and has grown to 13 people. Enjoy meeting these new friends in Movement Everywhere #8.

Their jewelry is sold on the Hands of Hope or Handmadelao Facebook pages.

 

Connect with GNPI

Do you want to help GNPI to achieve breakthroughs in our efforts to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology? Join thousands of others who support us as we offer the hope of Christ around the world through culturally relevant, biblically based resources. Our goal is to move seekers to become disciples of Jesus. Here’s how you can help:

Now there’s one more way you can connect with GNPI. It’s another “I” word in addition to Alan’s list from the video. Install The GNPI App. This new app will give you up-to-the-minute details about the ministry of GNPI, notify you of special events or projects needing prayer and support, and provide you with evangelistic resources. It is available at www.gnpi.org/app.

 

A Closer Look at Suffering

Andrew Goryainov from Lutsk, Ukraine, produced this video to provide an inside look at the humanitarian crisis. There are nearly two million internally displaced people in the country. The host of the video visits a shelter and views some of the housing available in eastern Ukraine. Christian people have joined together to help supply some basic needs for these families, especially the children.

Andrew is a friend and coworker with Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia. Andrew was a student at the Project Nomad training in Kiev, and this video is the fruit of the experience. He is eager to learn more about media and the possibility of starting a Nomad team.

Answering Questions About Marriage

The Marriage Series from GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, is new and easily accessible on Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook.

Fielden and Janet Allison, who are experienced Christian workers in Uganda, say the purpose of this series is to bless marriages. It is designed to be used by couples or small groups.

The first lesson is: How does a husband show his wife that he loves her?

The other lessons are:

How does a wife show respect to her husband?

What does it mean to keep our marriage beds pure?

Is it a sin for a wife to refuse to have sex with her husband?

Is sex the original sin?

Is polygamy a sin?

Have I married the wrong person?

Should a couple have separate bank accounts?

 

Connection

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Our world is interconnected in many ways:

  • A hurricane warning comes a week in advance of the storm hitting the shore.
  • News from China hits Facebook within minutes.
  • Presidential tweets send the stock market into a buzz.

Technology and education connect us to each other.

In fact, fifty percent of today’s world leaders studied at some point in the United States. Global leadership is connected with U.S.-based education. Look at this photo of the Iranian cabinet and where they studied. We are connected!

We go to a waiting world as missionaries, workers, and short-term visitors, yet today, the world is coming to us as never before. Over one million come as international students annually. Imagine the friendship many of us could freely offer as we welcome international students who want to practice their English skills and learn about American culture.

Faith is rolled into our culture and what better way to share our faith and ensure as neighbors we continue to honor, love, and respect one another through building bridges of international friendship. GNPI partnered with ICOM in 2016 to create and launch The RISE Project (www.theriseproject.com).

Take a look at the resources on the website and then initiate a conversation with an international student near you. You, our guests, and our world will benefit!

 

The Impact of Project Nomad

Patrick Kenee, Christian Worker in South Africa

The Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, team records, edits, and prepares teaching materials from leadership training conferences. I have a friend who shares these Bible correspondence materials at every opportunity.  I’ve seen the positive impact of the course in the rural villages. Project Nomad empowers people to share the Gospel.

 

The True Buddha

Our coworkers in some regional centers share the Gospel from a very different cultural perspective. Their language may be new to partners in our global network, but it is completely relevant to the cultures where they are working.

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

Many Buddhists worship Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. His teachings about the True Buddha points people to Jesus Christ.

I want to help people to understand the real meaning of the word “Buddha” because Buddhists think Gautama is Buddha. In reality, Buddha means “God” in the Magadha (Pali) language. Pali was the language Gautama spoke. Historically and literally, it does not refer to Gautama, who people worship today.

We should not interchange the names Gautama and Buddha because Buddha is God, and Gautama is a human being.
 Gautama himself wanted to be like Buddha (God) and prayed to Buddha (God). When Buddhists understand the difference between Buddha and Gautama, they realize who the true Buddha is.

Jesus Christ is the first and the last God. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is love, the greatest, and the Almighty God. He is the Savior and the Creator. He is the Messiah (Matthias), who descended from Heaven to the earth. Jesus Christ is the Truth. The Truth makes people free (John 8:32). Knowing Him is amazing and wonderful (Revelation 22:13, Hebrew 13:8, Philippians 2:10-11, Matthew 1:18-21, John 1:1-14, John 4:25-26).

Transformation

Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

Raziel Nuñez, the lead actor in a couple of our recent films, shares how his family and ministry were impacted by the documentary on addictions and the short film Freed by Blood.

I see myself in the short film and relive those difficult times. However, I know that what we are living at this moment is evidence of a transformation from God in our lives.

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