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Prayers & Praises

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him . . . .” — Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

A Strategic Tool: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “Our team worked with ministry partner Ajai Lall to create a video for the Day of Prayer on August 13 for the Evangelical Fellowship of India. We are thankful to be able to use media as a strategic tool to unite people across this nation.”

The Right Person: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says, “Please join us as we pray for the right person to be the regional director at this office. We have appreciated Dennis Okoth and his willingness to serve here in the interim.”

New Topics: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We are working on a new series of lessons for Faith Matters, too! The topics our host wants to cover are: Why Lord? (Why does He allow illnesses, and where is He in times of disasters?), Happy Dreams (The Filipino’s dream of a happy family and good career), Negative Emotions (Dealing with Jealousy, Backbiting, Bashing, and Prejudice), and Time for Everything (Teaching based on Ecclesiastes 3). Please pray the Lord will continue to use this series to help viewers grow closer to the Lord.”

Biblical Teaching: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Please pray for us as we complete the recordings for the marriage lessons with Pecos and Lynda Inchaustegui. We are thankful to work with these teachers and for the chance to encourage couples with biblical teaching.”

Deaf Ministry Resources: Jesus and Michelle Zuniga of Con Mis Manos (With My Hands Ministry) shared, “Our staff and students are so excited to work with the team at GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, on The Global Gospel in sign language. There are hardly any resources to share the Gospel with hearing impaired people in Latin America.”

Prayers & Praises

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
— Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

Good News in Guatemala: GNPI ministry partner Pablo Perales writes, “Criba, our production about a young man who is at the crossroads of several important life decisions aired on Channel 26 last weekend in Guatemala. Their programming schedule shows they have our other two films, Sin Alternativa and Promesa de Amor in the lineup for the week. This channel is one of the most important of the country with repeaters on various cable systems. Praise the Lord for these opportunities to share the Good News throughout Guatemala.”

National Peace Rally: Isaac Masiga and his team at GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, streamed a live broadcast for the national day of prayer in Kenya last month. Isaac says, “We had a turnout of nearly 50,000 people who came to pray for the country. The event was a prayer rally named National Peace and Destiny of Kenya, and it unified churches from all denominations in Kenya. Please continue to pray for our nation as we hold elections this week.”

God’s Blessing: Timothy Jai Kumar of Project Nomad-Chennai, India, writes, “The Lord blessed our training in the Middle East. We trained 17 young people, and met with a local Christian man who is willing to provide ongoing nurturing, mentoring, and supervision for the team as they work to create and distribute videos to reach the target audience.”

Finish Line: Please pray for the final editing and completion of the funding for the New Angle Media project. A portion of this interactive series for children and their parents launches this month. The finished series will include 10 stories from the Old Testament and 10 stories from the New Testament.

A Highlight: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Our ministry partners went to one of the Lake Victoria islands last month. A highlight of the trip was seeing one of the local evangelists share the Gospel with the help of a Solar Kit and then baptize three people during that time. We are glad to be a part of what God is doing through these evangelists.”

Fall 2017 Prayer Update

Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for the way He is working through our network.

“He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.” — 2 Timothy 1:10 (NLT)

Africa

Varied Opportunities: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, says, “Praise the Lord for the varied opportunities we have to share the Gospel. Our team has been working on the Empowering the Church series, the Two as One series on marriage, Humanitarian Leadership Academy projects, youth programs, and outreach programs. Last month we helped with special events when churches united to pray. The GNPI team covered the events and streamed them on social media.”

Addressing Real Issues: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, says, “Our team recently completed a series of short films for youth, teaching them to conduct themselves in a proper manner based on 1 Timothy 4:12. Pray for God to use this series to connect with people and address the real issues affecting our society.”

Why: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “The Why project was released. It’s a three-minute video about sexual purity and is also available on WhatsApp. We are receiving a lot of encouraging feedback on social media. This video will be included on our Solar Kits going forward.”

Creating Impactful Content: Charlene Winfield of Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, says, “We are currently working on our first short film that touches on God’s provision for His people. Another project is a teaching series encouraging people to get deeper into the Word. The third project is about pastors in rural areas which will create awareness of sound biblical teaching. Pray we can grow together as a team, create content that’s impactful and God-led, and see God working in our country and families.”

Americas

Signs of Inspiration: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We finished the second Del Dicho Al Hecho (From Words to Deeds) video series. It’s goal is to encourage faith in action and was made possible by our partner for deaf people With My Hands. The series is inspiring people. Now we are working to complete The Global Gospel in sign language. Please pray it will help many to know Jesus.”

Helping Church Planters: Ministry partner Sergio Alvarado writes, “Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico, team members help produce a video of the sermon for a brand new church plant to use every week. The parent church also sends teachers for the children’s classes each week and a preacher monthly (rather than a video sermon). We are thankful to work together to plant churches.”

Exciting Progress: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, says, “I’m excited about what God is doing. We are investing our time in worship music for churches and working with local artists. We also produce micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations who are helping the homeless people in our city. In addition, we create resources to help teach the Bible in area congregations.”

Asia

One Hundredth Episode: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us to complete the 100th episode of Faith Matters, too! The scriptwriter has received lots of good feedback from individuals, churches, and colleges, including the head of the Asia Theological Seminary. These three-minute devotionals designed to bring the Word of God straight to mobile phones for busy commutes or end of the day reflections. Topics range from the importance of personal reflection, family relationships, conflict, camaraderie, to the importance of Sabbath rest.”

Excellent Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finished our month-long leadership training. We had 10 trainees, and it was excellent. The president of a Bible school attended the training and said these lessons should be taught among preachers. He plans to teach these lessons at his school so students will become more effective in reaching others for Christ.”

Changed Lives: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Praise the Lord for His work in the life of this young lady. You can watch Jumm’s testimony with English subtitles by clicking here to find out how she changed from a rebellious, lost girl to a beautiful, talented young woman who freely shares her Christian faith through the elegant art of Thai dancing. Interestingly, after we released Jumm’s testimony, her story became known on YouTube. She received an invitation to go on tour in May with a Thai dancing troupe. They performed at eleven venues in eight countries throughout Europe. Jumm was also our program host several months ago when our team traveled to Laos for a story about a Christian deaf ministry. Click here to watch it.

India

Godly Inspiration: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “Every week we publish two short Gospel messages, and we recently produced a popular music video. We were pleased with the response as the music video received 1,000 views online in one day! In addition, the recordings of Sadhu teaching continue to go well; pray for him to have godly inspiration for his vignettes.”

The Father’s Love: Timothy Jai Kumar of Project Nomad-Chennai, India, says, “We are currently working on a project called The Father’s Love. The script was written by one of our team members about the universal truth of the true love of God shown in Jesus. It’s a powerful script to use as a hook to get people to talk about meaning of the whole Message.”

 

Europe

Does God Exist?: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are developing new resources, including a book and a training seminar entitled Does God Exist? Our goal is to equip believers to demolish atheistic worldview strongholds in this postcommunist part of the world. Please pray with us for this project and for complete healing of my kidney problem.”

Life Club Morning Show: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “The Lord keeps providing new opportunities for the ministry within our current conditions. We have started a new partnership with the Life Club Morning Show on Channel 5 television. The program is broadcast nationally and then made available online. The episode on the historical veracity of the Resurrection of Jesus received more than 38,500 views! The Lord gave us a commandment in Matthew 10:27,What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.’ Praise His name for technologies that provide the opportunity to carry out this commandment effectively!”

Overall Ministry

Welcome to the Family: GNPI is pleased to welcome our new International Director Mark Johnson. The International Director plays a key role in equipping our global teams with vision, insights, strategies, and professional expertise that allows them to create effective, culturally relevant media for the communities they serve. Thank you for praying with us for a person to fill this position, and please pray for Mark and his wife Lynette during their transition to Joplin.

Investing in Leaders: GNPI participated in a special media training event in the Middle East. Please pray that the investment in key leaders will help them to plant or grow 22 churches in Arab speaking nations.

Praying for Permission: The Global Gospel (TGG) is currently available in 27 languages. Pray for us to be able to receive final permission from the United Bible Society to produce TGG in Creole and to find the right people to record the audio, so Christian workers in Haiti can use this ministry tool.

New Angle Media Momentum: Work on the New Angle Media Project is progressing. Pray for the animation team to work efficiently and creatively on the remaining 19 stories. Pray for the app team as they improve the user interface and app navigation, as well as the data collection components. Pray this project will please God and produce great fruit!

A Tragic Loss: Mark Allen, our dear friend, colleague, and Project Nomad Coordinator, passed away June 17 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Texas. He was on his way to visit his parents in Arizona for Father’s Day. Mark has been a great asset to the ministry for the last two years with his professional expertise and joyful spirit. Please join us in praying for Mark’s wife, Lorri, his parents, the eight Nomad teams, and hundreds of trainees Mark was mentoring.

Prayers & Praises

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” — Psalm 139:22-23 (NIV)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for July 31, 2017

Jesus Stories: Praise the Lord for new opportunities to reach youth in the Middle East! A ministry partner in the area has created a serialized version of The Global Gospel for children in Arabic and Farsi. This version includes an introduction, several of the stories, and a closing about the main point into 13 half-hour episodes. It is scheduled to air on a satellite television station in September. The television manager is asking for a Turkish version of this series to be produced as well. These partners estimate that nearly five million youth from the ages of 6-13 will be able to view the programs in the Arabic language alone!

New Believers: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have a new brother in Christ, Perisan, who is 15 years old. Perisan accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior and asked us to baptize him. Please pray for God to continue to use our staff and the evangelists who use our materials and productions to bless the people of SE Asia.”

National Elections: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Please pray for God’s guidance and peace for our country as we elect leaders next month. In the past couple of elections, tensions have escalated and nearly caused a civil war. Our staff is part of a Faith Based Media Group which tries to promote unity.”

Biblical Teaching: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We have completed a new series of messages by evangelist Elec Robert. The lessons cover a variety of topics: ‘How to Solve Life’s Problems,’ ‘Who Is God?’ ‘Truth,’ ‘Knowing the Importance of Opportunity,’ ‘Unity,’ and ‘Obedience.’ Pray that the Lord would use these programs to draw people closer to Him.”

Interactive Radio Broadcasts: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, “Keep praying for the Gospel to transform lives through Good News Radio. We offer a variety of music, Bible teaching, and several live shows with varied and dynamic content. These live programs have brought us closer to our listeners as we interact with them.

Prayers & Praises

“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” — Habakkuk 3:2 (NIV)

A Tragic Loss: Mark Allen, our dear friend, colleague, and Project Nomad Coordinator, passed away June 17 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Texas. He was on his way to visit his parents in Arizona for Father’s Day. Mark has been a great asset to the ministry for the last two years with his professional expertise and joyful spirit. Please join us in praying for Mark’s wife, Lorri, his parents, the eight Nomad teams, and hundreds of trainees Mark was mentoring.

Seeing God Change Lives: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, says, “Praise the Lord for helping us meet lots of interesting followers of Jesus through the programs we produce. In Movement Everywhere #11 we met a man who was full of hate and planning to murder his wife, but God changed him overnight. Now he is a Christian who helps many people through subsistence farming.”

Sharing the Truth: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Ask God to send us His best servants to convince SE Asia of the Truth of the Gospel.” Timothy has completed the first month-long training of Christian leaders who will train others to make disciples in their own villages. He is preparing for the next training events in August and November of this year.

Sign Language Version: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “Pray for us as we finish the first part of The Global Gospel in sign language. In September we plan to travel to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to record the last part of this project. We are excited to see how the Lord will work to share the Word through this version of the ministry tool.”

Distributing Materials: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “I visited a rural church in Buwakoro, Manafwa District, where I spoke to the congregation about GNPI and distributed DVDs to six churches attending the combined fellowship. Pray for God’s favor as we gather the necessary documents for the release of a new piece of production equipment.”

Prayers & Praises

“. . . pray for each other . . . “ — James 5:16 (NIV)

Leading the Ministry: Pray for the GNPI Board of Directors to have God’s wisdom in leading the ministry as they gather to pray and make decisions this week.

Helping Philippine Pastors: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Our pastor, some Korean missionaries, my husband Bert, and I travelled to Real, Quezon, earlier this month to present the ministry of GNPI to nearly 25 pastors. Pray for this new opportunity to provide more Christian workers with encouragement and new resources to share the Gospel.”

Promoting Peace: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “The team of young people from South Sudan is helping us with the peace project translation to Juba Arabic. We hope to finish all 52 episodes in four weeks. We will begin recording after the translation is done. Please pray these programs will be helpful for teaching young people in areas where there is so much unrest.”

Developing New Curriculum: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, Despite all the limitations and restrictions we face, our children’s summer programs have started successfully! We are developing and field testing our Six Days curriculum for camps and Sunday schools and sharing them with churches and ministries at no charge. Please pray with us for these children, the staff’s safety and wisdom, the Lord’s guidance, and the greater glory for Him.”

Encouraging House Churches: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes,”Praise the Lord! Our ministry partner Pastor Eric continues to share his sermon videos, which our production team helped him to record, among 1,400 people in the house churches of the Jabalpur villages. In addition, our staff is almost finished updating The Global Gospel in Punjabi.”

Prayers & Praises

“. . . we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. . . . We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us.” — 2 Corinthians 1:9-11 (NLT)

Sharing the Gospel: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “In the last five months, 803 people from villages throughout our country have seen a presentation of the Gospel on a Solar Kit. Please pray God will touch hearts and change lives as the evangelists use these tools.”

Knowledge and Wisdom: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “God is continually leading us in His service. Pray for our hearts to be focused on our Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Ask Him to give us knowledge and wisdom to produce more effective tools for believers and nonbelievers.”

Helping Church Planters: Ministry partner Sergio Alvarado writes, “Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico, team members help produce a video of the sermon for a brand new church plant to use every week. The parent church also sends teachers for the children’s classes each week and a preacher monthly (rather than a video sermon). We are thankful to work together to plant churches.”

Songs of Praise: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Praise the Lord! We have completed several new Christian music videos. We post them on YouTube and share them through WhatsApp with youth groups in our local churches. The youth are enjoying the videos and sharing them with friends. The music videos will be used by small house groups and for personal one-to-one sharing. Click here to see one of them.”

Science and Bible Courses: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “It was a special blessing to present a two-week Science and Bible course to a group of young Christian leaders who will be passing on the Message to the next generations. This group was very open to lively discussions, and we enriched one another greatly. Please pray with us for these young men, their love of God, and their desire to communicate His Word to the fallen world!”

Prayers & Praises

“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” — Psalm 145:18 (NIV)

Excellent Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finished our month-long leadership training. We had 10 trainees, and it was excellent. The president of a Bible school attended the training and said these lessons should be taught among preachers. He plans to teach these lessons at his school, so students will become more effective in reaching others for Christ.”

Godly Inspiration: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “Every week we publish two short Gospel messages, and we recently produced a popular music video. We were pleased with the response as the music video received 1,000 views online in one day! In addition, the recordings of Sadhu teaching continue to go well; pray for him to have godly inspiration for his vignettes.”

Varied Opportunities: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, says, “Praise the Lord for the varied opportunities we have to share the Gospel. Our team has been working on the Empowering the Church series, the Two As One Couples series on marriage, Humanitarian Leadership Academy projects, youth programs, and outreach programs. On July 13 and July 20, we will help with special events when churches unite to pray. The GNPI team will be covering the events and live streaming them on social media.”

Changed Lives: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Praise the Lord for His work in the life of this young lady. You can watch Jumm’s testimony with English subtitles by clicking here to find out how she changed from a rebellious, lost girl to a beautiful, talented young woman who freely shares her Christian faith through the elegant art of Thai dancing. Interestingly, after we released Jumm’s testimony, her story became known on YouTube. She received an invitation to go on tour in May with a Thai dancing troupe. They performed at eleven venues in eight countries throughout Europe. Jumm was also our program host several months ago when our team traveled to Laos for a story about a Christian deaf ministry. Click here to watch it.”

Training Media Professionals: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We provided video coverage of the third LivingStone International University (LIU) graduation last month. Mike Schrage, executive director of GNPI, commissioned these graduates to go and serve as mature and empowered Kingdom workers. LIU continues to train students in different specialities, but our team is thankful to partner with them in training the next generation of media professionals who are ethical, empowered, and employable in every sector of society.”

Prayers & Praises

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
— Matthew 24:14 (NLT)

A New Online Platform: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “A new online platform makes The Global Gospel (TGG) in Russian available. We were allowed to use the Everlasting Gospel translation for it. The translation ministry is excited about TGG! They posted it on their own website with the comment that it is the best visual presentation of the Gospel they know of so far. They provided links to GNPI and the Christian Center for Science and Apologetics sites as well. May the Lord be praised!”

Summer Camp: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Praise the Lord! We had an opportunity to join the Scripture Union camp in Nabumali. It was an uplifting three-day camp where young people were inspired by watching our videos. Secondary schools have reopened, which means more opportunities to show our videos and make an impact on the lives of young people throughout the region.”

Moving Forward: The Farsi serialization of The Global Gospel is moving forward. Filming began last week with a female presenter. Pray this version will help many people in the Middle East to understand the love of Christ.

Intensive Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “The following testimony is from one of the men who came for our month long seminar at the Training Center. This visitor explains how much he is learning from God’s Word. He said, ‘I desire to spread the Good News of Christ, so I came to this training in evangelism. My friends and I discussed baptism, which is immersion in the water. I accepted it and decided to be baptized as mentioned in the Bible. I thank God for letting me come to this training school. I am 56 years old and have been in ministry for
36 years.’ ”

Train Up a Child: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Praise the Lord! Our team filmed a new program as part of the Biblical Extension Courses (BEC) in my home. A Bible teacher named Vanda was the speaker at this shoot. Vanda works with mothers and children in association with Compassion International. In her lesson, she emphasized the need to begin teaching our children Christian principles as early as possible. This video will soon be edited with English subtitles and uploaded to our YouTube channel where it can be accessed by Thai speakers around the world.”

 

Prayers & Praises

“For he is the living God and he endures forever . . .”  — Daniel 6:26 (NIV)

Satisfied: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “An evangelist who uses GNPI materials to share the Gospel brought back this encouraging testimony. ‘I am 70 years old and live in a Buddhist village. I knew nothing about Christianity or about Jesus. A group of evangelists came to my house and asked me if I wanted to hear about Jesus. They told me about Jesus in a way that I could understand. I was so happy. I wish I had heard about this years ago. Now I can rely on Jesus for my salvation. I am very satisfied.’ ”

Thirty New Books: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “It is amazing how kind God has been to us. He’s provided guidance and power to carry on with our ministry despite various obstacles, including the war and the scattering of people. It’s hard for me to believe, but we have published thirty books since the war started, and several new ones are in the pipeline. Please pray these powerful tools will help spread the Truth of the Scriptures among unbelievers, strengthen the church’s confidence in the Truth, and equip God’s people to proclaim His Word effectively!”

A Special Team: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Thank you for your prayers. This past year as the administrative manager, I’ve learned some things about teamwork. Although I’m no expert, I’ve found that communication is number one. Availability is close behind. If possible, it is good to add some vulnerability, humility, and lots of love. Of course drenching it all in prayer is critical. When each member of the team is willing to contribute these things to the best of their ability, a tight working relationship is formed. My husband Tom knew this years ago. He would say, ‘Our team is special. They fit together well and can fill in the gaps when they need to.’ I’m beginning to understand what he meant.”

Meeting Together: Steven Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Our board of directors is meeting today. Please pray for them to have wisdom in guiding our ministry to accelerate global evangelism in the most effective ways.”

Like Father Like Son: Abi Flores of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We are thankful to have David (the son of our regional director Gustavo Velázquez) with us in the office to work on his professional practices for his university studies. He will help GNPI for the next five months and is working on projects like The Global Gospel in sign language.”

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