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Young Visitors

Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

Students from two local schools visited our office, a group of fifth graders and college students. Both groups came to the radio station and participated with Abi in the live morning program Resplandece (Shine). Click here to listen to Buenas Nuevas Radio.

At the end of the program, we gave them some of our materials and explained the purpose of our regional center and overall ministry. They were very happy to be with us and were impressed by what we are doing to share the Message of God’s Word.

It’s our pleasure to show hospitality to this new generation as they learn to follow Christ.

 

Changed: Healed to Help Others

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

We love sharing the stories of how God changes lives. When people see these amazing testimonies, they are often encouraged in their personal walk or drawn to find out how they can have the same peace and joy.

Our production team traveled to northern Thailand to interview Pastor Mao. He shared his inspiring testimony as one who prayed and dedicated his life to Christ. The Lord spared him from the debilitating results of a brain tumor and gave him a growing ministry in his village.

Raised in a Christian home in Bangkok, Thailand, Mao remembers worship services and prayer times at church, but admits he was a nominal Christian back then. Church was something his family did, but he had little interest. His parents sent him to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand when he was nine years old where he lived in a Christian dormitory and did his studies. Still he had no inner spiritual understanding of the Savior Jesus. He got involved in a lifestyle of drugs and gangs.

By God’s grace and despite poor choices, God never abandoned him. He was given many opportunities to commit his life to God. It eventually occurred to him that God’s love for him was real. He made the decision to attend Bible college, got his Masters in Biblical studies, and became a pastor.

After years of working in the church, he began to have severe migraines. He was on several different medications, then one doctor did a more thorough check-up and discovered an egg-sized tumor in his brain near the base of his skull. There were few options in this case. If they did nothing, Pastor Mao would surely die, or there was a risky surgery that would most likely cause major disabilities if he even survived.

In his despair and pain, Pastor Mao cried out to the Lord for help. Gradually, his anxiety, stress, and fear were replaced with peace, hope, and strength. He became resolved to accept death if it was God’s will for him. At the same time, he prayed that if he must remain on earth he would be healed with no handicaps, so he could continue to serve. He realized he was asking for a miracle, but knew his God was capable of the impossible. Surgery was performed and to the surprise of the surgeon, the hole left by the large tumor instantly closed up. Pastor Mao had a complete recovery and continues to encourage others to put their trust in the only living God who saves.

Update from Chennai

Timothy Jai Kumar, Team Leader of Project Nomad-Chennai,India

Our team is doing great and working on several different projects. We would like to share a video that we created for graduation at Lakeview Bible College & Seminary to let people know a little more about our media team.

These are some of our highlights from the last year:

  • The Global Gospel in Tamil and Telugu were released.
  • We trained a team in West Bengal. They have completed nine projects in the Nepali language so far.
  • We trained a team of 17 people in Darjeeling.
  • Our Chennai team is completing new projects every month. We have 22 projects in English, two in Tamil, two in Hindi, and one in Malayalam.
  • We are planning to form two new teams, one in Andhra Pradesh (Kakinada) and one in Kerala (Cochin).

We receive young students with great talent each year who contribute to our work.

 

An Invitation

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I’d like to extend my personal invitation for Vision Night 2017 to you. It will be a blessing to hear from our special guest, Isaac Masiga from GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya.

Please join us at the venue that is the most convenient for you. You can register on our website at www.gnpi.org/visionnight or on The GNPI App.

I know many who attended our events last year have great memories of Nenette Pacoli from GNPI-Manila, Philippines.

Please come and bring some friends who would enjoy a great meal and an update about the amazing ways God is helping us to “Breakthrough” the many challenges of sharing the Gospel around the world.

Striving to Contribute

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

This is the latest promotional video about the work of our team.

We endeavor to address the needs of our communities by sharing God’s Word through media.

Our team is one part of a worldwide network with eight regional centers. Our goal is to produce content for different cultures in different languages to prompt positive change in the rural and urban areas around us. We partner with other like-minded organizations to produce cutting edge media materials. We use every possible distribution channel to convey our messages. Our office also uses Yunami, our smartphone app, and Solar Kits designed specifically for Africa.

We strive to contribute to the building of communities, so Africans have access to information that transforms their lives.

ICOM Highlights

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Our team at GNPI enjoyed serving at the International Conference On Missions (ICOM) last fall.
We have many good memories as we watch these highlights. Our African friend and ministry partner, Dennis Okoth, is featured in the following video.

Our team at GNPI considers ICOM a great opportunity to connect with the Church in reaching out with the Gospel.

Solar Kit: The Huge Blessing

A Christian Worker in China

Thank you for the huge blessing of a Solar Kit for me and several friends in ministry to use in a variety of ways to share the Gospel for the last 18 months.

The Solar Kit has been a tremendous help to me in my ministry to a formerly unengaged, still unreached, minority ethnic group in the remote mountainous areas of Southern China. While the group has no written language, a short, evangelistic video is available with their cultural context and mother tongue. We’ve shown small groups of people in many different villages the hope of the Gospel using this video and other evangelistic videos in Mandarin Chinese. The response has been very encouraging. They are so excited to see a video in their own language and request more.

Other ministries in my city have been blessed by the Solar Kit as well. One ministry team who works with skateboarders has competitions where they share their testimonies with the entire group. They record their testimonies on video to make them more accessible and shareable, then they use the Solar Kit to show them to a wider audience. Multiple commitments to Christ have been made by the sharing these testimonies, and small discipleship groups have been established to help these new believers grow.

Another national Christian brother who felt led by God to open a gym used the Solar Kit to paint Scripture in both Chinese and English on the walls of his gym. This makes the love of God clear to all who walk through the gym doors.

I look forward to continued to use of the Solar Kit in the villages and hope it can be used in the future for discipleship.

Paul Bacon, a friend of GNPI from a supporting congregation in Indiana, connected us with this Christian worker. Contact us at www.gnpi.org/solarkits if someone from your church could benefit from this tool. GNPI has been using Solar Kits to help share the Gospel since 1981. Since then the ministry has sent more than 600 Solar Kits to nearly 50 nations.

Good Evening

Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

Our live Tuesday and Thursday morning program, Resplandece (Shine) with Abi Flores, is geared towards young people who are looking for practical and simple solutions as they deal with current issues.

The format has been so popular that I began hosting another live program, Buenas Tardes (Good Evening), every Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm. Buenas Tardes has a varied and dynamic content with reflective anecdotes, health issues, and a Message from the Word of God. It is very good to have interaction with the audience and to offer them this biblical encouragement.

Recently a student from a Bible College in Piedras Negras visited the hospital to pray for the patients and to share Christ with them. The student met a young man named Armando Lopez who gave his life to Jesus. He’d heard our first Buenas Tardes show and was excited when we greeted him over the radio. The theme of the program that day was “Jesus, teach us to pray, and Armando was very happy to learn more about prayer. ”

Tell your Spanish-speaking friends to tune in at www.pbnihispano.org/.

 

Captain

Habacuc Diaz, Team Leader of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile

We would like to present a new music video. We plan for this to be the first of six songs on a new worship DVD.

We are learning so much, as we reach Chilean youth who love music, art, and videos!

Through waters uncharted my soul will embark
I’ll follow Your voice straight into the dark
And if from the course You intend
I depart
Speak to the sails of my wandering heart

Like the wind
You’ll guide
Clear the skies before me
And I’ll glide this open sea

Like the stars
Your Word
Will align my voyage
And remind me where I’ve been
And where I am going

Lost in the shallows amidst fear and fog
Your truth is the compass that points me back north
Jesus
My Captain
My soul’s trusted Lord
All my allegiance is rightfully Yours

Like the wind
You’ll guide
Clear the skies before me
And I’ll glide this open sea

Like the stars
Your Word
Will align my voyage
And remind me where I’ve been
And where I am going

Like the wind
You’ll guide
Clear the skies before me
And I’ll glide this open sea

Like the stars
Your Word
Will align my voyage
And remind me where I’ve been
And where I am going

Jesus
My Captain
My soul’s trusted Lord
All my allegiance is rightfully Yours

 

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