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“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” — Mark 14:38 (NIV)

A Dynamic and Entertaining Program: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We are very excited about the new live radio show, Las 7 con Pepe (The Seven with Pepe). This program is broadcast every Friday at 7 p.m. for one hour. Pepe Corche is the main announcer, and he is a student from the local Bible college. The program each week revolves around the number seven and includes the comments of the audience during the week. Listeners wrote to us from several states in Mexico and from countries like Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Honduras. We are grateful to God because we have more contact with the audience. They share their spiritual needs, and we pray for those needs.”

New Disciples: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “One of the evangelists who partners with us and uses our media sent me a report of several people who accepted Christ as the true and living God and their Savior and were baptized. We praise God.”

Woman of Worth: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “It’s women’s month! We are celebrating women with a new series of talks on Woman of Worth. Our speaker, Hazel Paras, writes for magazines and has her own blog. She also loves sports, dancing, acting, and has a collection of the best makeup and dresses that would make any lady’s heart go pitter-patter! Hazel lives a purposeful, meaningful life, and is equally happy and content in simple jeans and a t-shirt. She shares her journeys: the questions she had as a teen, the perks she enjoyed as a writer for a glossy magazine, and the lessons she learned from her own father. We proudly present, Hazel Paras, who is truly a Woman of Worth.”

From Seed to Fruit: Jacob Sanchez, a Christian worker in Nicaragua reports, “One year ago, GNPI planted a seed. We didn’t have any idea how to start, but we took those ideas from the gathering and used them in our churches. Now we have a special place in our church for an audio visual room. Thank you for the equipment you sent us. We have been using it. We plan to do more projects in Nicaragua and to train others. You encouraged us to start. You will see in the course of this year our productions of music, documentaries, and movies.”

A Great Opportunity: Sergei Golvin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Our visit at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary was a blessed period of teaching, preaching, and fellowship with students and faculty. The most exciting event was a round table discussion, where students were free to ask any questions about faith, personal experiences, or life issues. The time on campus was a great opportunity for mutual encouragement and growing in Jesus together! Please pray for these Christian workers from Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, and Belarus who are going to spread the Message in their regions through their ministries!”

Prayers & Praises

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” — Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Answered Prayer in Progress: Twenty people representing seven countries (Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Chile) joined an online reunion led by International Consultant Bob Gurwell and DIrector of Operations Tom Nutt. It was a follow-up to last year’s meeting in Nicaragua. Tom thanked the group for what they are doing to serve the Lord. Executive Director Mike Schrage said, “We’ve prayed for open doors in Central and South America, and God is answering that prayer.”

I Am Samuel: Praise the Lord! This project is about the identity struggle of a young Indian Christian and has reached 500 views in the first week. The team recently received some advanced training from Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen and is also learning how to reach their target audience more effectively.

Challenging and Equipping: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are resuming the online Reliable Foundations Apologetics Club after a two month break. It is amazing to see how some projects lead to unexpected outcomes. For instance, the online club is impacting our publishing work. Once a book print run is published no changes or revisions can be made until a new edition is released. However, all the books we wrote and published following our recent Reliable Foundations club seasons included the questions and clarifications discussed during the season, so we consider any new book as a somewhat “revised edition” already. Please pray with us for the effective use of these books to challenge skeptics and to equip God’s people to proclaim His Truth effectively!”

Expanding Outreach: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord! We counted all the episodes for Say It Forward; there are 68 episodes from 10 speakers. The highest number of shares is 95, and we think this could be due to the topic of the day. The earlier episodes are on YouTube. We have not finished uploading them on Facebook where we get a bigger number of views. We had over 700 views from Saudi Arabia for our episode on Dealing with Stress. This episode also had a very high viewership from males, 18-24 years old, which is different from our audience thus far of men and women over 45.”

Resurrection Project: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Our team is finalizing our resurrection project this month. We are also working to equip evangelists with our media resources about the true Buddha. Please pray the Lord will use it to multiply His disciples in our region.”

Prayers & Praises

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
— 2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for March 6, 2017

Vision Night Events: Please pray for our Vision Night events starting this week. Pray that the focus will be on the Lord and that He will encourage and inspire each person who attends in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix.

An Intense Process: Ministry partner Sergio Alvarado and his family are getting settled in the city of Querétaro, Mexico, for church planting and work with Project Nomad. Sergio says, “Our team is working hard to develop training materials that will be beneficial, informative, and effective for equipping church planters to transform their communities. At our last team meetings we listed around eighty topics which we believe are necessary for church planters to learn. Developing written materials, as well as recording and editing video so training can be done remotely, is an intense process!”

A Special Blessing: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “It was a special blessing for me to meet Dimitry Grischuk, from Donetsk, the war zone in eastern Ukraine. He runs a ministry to help people overcome the consequences of war. He has been reading my apologetics resources since he was a boy, and these materials helped shape his worldview. What a great encouragement! Now we are developing plans for partnership. Isn’t that amazing? Praise the Lord!”

Proclaiming God’s Goodness: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, says, “Praise the Lord for our newest program! Movement Everywhere, episode 10, is a production with Pastor Chai Rach who shares about his commitment to preaching the Word and service as a mediator in the court system for accident victims. He considers himself blessed to proclaim God’s goodness and to have a positive impact on society.”

Grateful and Privileged: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for His wisdom and provision for us. God designed the family, and He is the One that puts us all together. This is true even for those who are not related to one another, yet whose hearts are bound by God’s love. I am grateful and privileged to be part of the GNPI family!”

Prayers & Praises

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” — 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

Stabilization: Pray for protection, peace, and stabilization for our Project Nomad-Kadiolo, Mali, team amid insecurity in Mali. One ministry partner reported several recent kidnappings of expatriates in Mali.

Active Involvement: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! My recovery after four surgeries continues, and I am actively involved in teaching and training again. I’m teaching a Master’s level course for three groups of distance learning students and church leaders from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. It is a great joy to explore the role of apologetics in the biblical strategy of evangelism, importance of creation evangelism, historical veracity of the Scripture, and many other questions. One of their assignments was to go back to their homes and ministries and to share what they have learned. Please pray for these workers of the Lord!”

A Joyful Response: Timothy P., of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “A member of our team took one of our Solar Kits to a village and shared the Gospel. While the people were watching a video about the life of Christ, our coworker paused on certain sections and explained the story to them. The people responded with joy. They said this approach helped for them to understand the Bible and to convince their hearts of the Truth. They hadn’t understood through hearing or watching by themselves.”

The Karamojong Stories: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “This new project starts with stories in Genesis and goes all the way to the New Testament. The stories are grouped in different sections: Jacob the Deceiver, Jacob’s Dream, Jacob and Laban, Jacob in Prison, Mighty Men of God, Servants of God, Jesus the Teacher, Jesus Lord and Saviour, and Jesus’ Death and Resurrection. Each story has a picture book and guide to go along with the audio recordings. It has been a new language learning venture for our production team. Please pray this project will help many Ugandans to know the Lord for the first time or to know Him better.”

Sharing Truth Through Solar Kits: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “The Endorois people appreciate the chance to learn about Jesus. We visited this group of people a couple weeks ago and held a five day seminar. We showed The Global Gospel in Swahili on a Solar Kit and studied the Bible with them. Please pray for these new friends as they develop personal relationships with Christ.”

Prayers & Praises

“. . .  encourage one another and build each other up . . .” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for February 20, 2017

Two Souls Saved: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Do you remember the Changed program about Akkarin Puri, the guitar maker? He was a hardened criminal and gangster who was spending years in prison for his crimes. When he gave his life to Jesus Christ, his life changed dramatically. We recorded his testimony a few months ago and uploaded it to YouTube. Recently, Akkarin contacted us. He had shared the video on his Facebook page, and two people let him know they accepted Jesus as their Savior after watching the program. Click here to watch the 11-minute video with English subtitles.”

Handbook for Evangelism: Timothy P, of GNPI-SE Asia, received this message recently, “Thank you very much for producing the Handbook for Evangelism. I am serving the Lord as a church planter among Buddhists. Your book helps me to explain the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Please pray we can continue to create materials for evangelists in SE Asia.

Hope For Hindus: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Our new series with Sadhu Nityanand is coming along well, and we gave Sadhu two Solar Kits to use in his ministry to remote villages. One of our first Project Nomad students is working with us on the series. Thirty-three messages have been recorded. Pray God will use this project to help many Hindus to know His love and purpose for their lives.”

Solar Kit Outreach: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We are keeping track of the evangelists who use our Solar Kits to share the Gospel throughout our country. The kits are being used in 14 areas. Our goal is to help them to reach more people in eastern and northern Uganda by end of 2017.”

Interactive Radio Ministry: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Praise the Lord! We have increased our interactive radio ministry programs and engage with nearly 2,000 people per month.”

 

Prayers & Praises

“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.” — Job 12:13 (NIV)

Scattering God’s Word: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Over the past few days, I was asking the Lord if we were going the right way to reach people with our new series Faith Matters, too!. Then our host, Pastor Caloy, received some positive feedback. Several people contacted him to thank him for the inspirational messages which they are sharing with the young adults in their lives. I believe God is doing His share of the work by scattering His Word. Please pray that we can take our viewers deeper into the Word.”

God’s Face: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finished a project called God’s Face in the Rawang language. This DVD was done in cooperation with some young people in the north. We made 1,500 copies. We produced another DVD with several ladies in the same region, and we plan to finish a Burmese traditional Gospel music DVD as well.”

Praying for Open Doors: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We are working on the promotion and distribution plans of the short film The Shadow of the Flowers. Pray that God will open doors in schools and other institutions to help people with anorexia and bulimia.”

Quite a Milestone: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Presentation of the book In the Image and Likeness: Origin, Nature and Purpose of Man is quite a milestone for me. It’s the fruit of more than 20 years of studies in the Bible, apologetics, science, and logic. Praise the Lord!”

Specifically for Men: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Our next project will be specifically for men. Ask God to use it to encourage men to be good leaders in their families and communities. We plan to give the project a name which means a gathering place for men in Swahili.”

 

Prayers & Praises

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

Mission Accomplished: A Christian worker who requested GNPI resources for a pastor’s conference writes that 500 flash drives were successfully distributed to 500 house church leaders in China. “We will never know the impact of these flash drives until we are in heaven. One thing I know, if just 10 percent of these leaders share the materials, there will be hundreds of thousands viewing and using the resources we gave them.”

God Opened the Door: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord for the opportunity to visit the southwest part of our region where there are very strong Buddhists. One of the men who became a Christian a few years ago wanted his people to hear about Jesus. The man blocked the road in front of his house and set up chairs. I presented Jesus to them, saying He came to the earth 2,000 years ago to be with humans and to save them from sin. Everyone listened very quietly. A couple of men in the audience came with questions afterwards and were baptized.”

Good News Radio: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Please continue to pray for our radio station (Good News Radio). We have a lot of interaction with listeners, and they express their needs for prayer. Pray for us as we try to encourage them with prayer each week for their spiritual and physical concerns.”

Youth in Uganda: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We are making progress on our distribution efforts. We had an opportunity to show our films to youth attending a three day seminar in Busiu in partnership with LivingStone International University. There was a lot of excitement from these young people.”

Music Ministry in Chile: Habacuc Diaz, Team Leader of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, writes, “We are working on a new music video. Our plans are for this to be the first of six songs on a new worship DVD. Praise the Lord! We are learning so much and reaching Chilean youth who love music, art, and videos!”

Prayers & Praises

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” — Psalm 51:10-12 (NLT)

Strategic Meeting: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Please pray for God to direct our time together at the International meeting this week, for unified hearts, and safe travel for each ministry partner.”

Special Delivery: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Our team delivered two Solar Kits to a pastor in a remote area. Pastor Tong-tip was happy to receive two of these tools, which included The Global Gospel in Thai, Bible teachings by Thai pastors, and testimonies of Thai believers. Pray for God’s Word to change lives all over Thailand.”

A Big Influence: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, “Pray for opportunities for ministry in rural areas through Solar Kits and in secondary schools. We are establishing contact with the Scripture Union, a big influence on Ugandan secondary schools.”

Increased Viewership: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Please pray for increased viewership of our online series and for wisdom as we try new ways to promote biblical teaching through our videos on all social media platforms.”

From Preschool to Academia: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord for the opportunities we had in 2016 to speak, teach, and strengthen the faith of people from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Central Asia. We applied our strategy at all levels from preschool to academia.”

Prayers & Praises

“. . . Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” — 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

God’s Guidance and Favor: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finally obtained the updated registration from the government. Thank you for your prayers throughout this process.”

Discipleship Tool: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “Pray for The Global Gospel videos in sign language. We have advanced the recordings and will start editing soon. Our ministry partners are looking forward to this discipleship tool for the deaf.”

Opportunity for Impact: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Our materials are being delivered nationwide through our partnership with 47 faith-based radio and TV broadcasters in Kenya. We thank God for the opportunity to impact 450,000 people who have actively engaged with our content.”

New Books: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! In 2016, we published 14 books, including 11 new titles and three updated editions and reprints, despite the dispersal of our team and unstable infrastructure due to the war.“

Say It Forward: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Thank the Lord for the Say It Forward series. We have enough talks to last until February 2017, but please pray for us to find the next batch of good speakers.”

Prayers & Praises

“I have come into the world as a light . . .” — John 12:46 (NIV)

An Open Door: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Usually Christians distribute resources telling about the birth of Jesus the Savior. This year I realized we needed to produce a special Christmas DVD and pamphlet for nonbelievers. We also had the opportunity to attend a Christmas celebration among a new people group. It was the first time for them to hear the Gospel. God opened the door for 30-40 adults to listen to us. A new convert led the event, and he invited me to speak to the group. Praise the Lord for this open door!”

Testimonies of New Believers: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Our staff is working on various testimonies and video recordings of people born into the Brahman family (the high caste of Hindus) who are now following Christ. These new believers are leading their spouses and kids to Christ. Pray for our staff as we travel to record some of the testimonies and B-roll footage.”

Border Control: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel back and forth across borders. Sometimes we are detained for hours. The list of things we can bring in and out of countries is being revised constantly.”

Leadership Conference: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We conducted a conference for church leaders and shared materials and strategies with them about how to extend Christ’s love to Muslims. We plan to host a series of these training workshops.”

Your Prayers Are Appreciated: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “I am blessed to be working with a group of talented, dedicated people. I’ve been told the first year after the death of a spouse is the hardest. I have to say so far this seems to be true, but some good friends are walking this path along with me. The Thai production staff members have pulled me in and have made this transition much easier. I still feel like I’m on a roller coaster ride from day-to-day, but sitting there beside me is Jesus, my friends, and family. Your prayers are so appreciated!”

 

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