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Prayers & Praises

“Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” — Psalm 130:2

 

A Big Success!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya writes, “The Distant Boat, the movie we co-produced, has been a big success! We’ve had nominations in some of the festivals we entered, and we are also getting invitations to showcase our project in festivals where we didn’t even apply. The primary target of this movie was Kenya, then Africa. Yet, we are getting requests from people overseas to translate the movie in their native languages as they see its relevancy. We are currently in the planning process of dubbing it into Swahili and French. Thanks for your continued support!”

Finding New Connections!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “I am involved with helping our partners and part-time workers who left Crimea to find connections in the mainland Ukraine for future life and ministry. Please pray for the thousands of Crimeans who have left their homes. Please pray for peace in Ukraine. God is on his throne! Our confidence is in the Almighty, not in horses and chariots or in human governors.”

Ready to Serve!
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand says they have had some challenges with establishing a routine and keeping household items working. Jeff shares, “We pray for God’s guidance, discernment, comfort, and peace in all areas! Please pray that we can find a language tutor soon, one that will be the best fit for us. We pray we can be a light to her and she can be helpful to us as well. We are thankful, uplifted, and ready to serve the Lord!”

One Step Forward!
A Christian worker in South Sudan writes, “I have never felt so much sad connection with the phrase, ‘One step forward, two steps back,’ as now. Several months ago, a coup shook up South Sudan. Over the period of a month or so, attacks displaced 800,000 people and killed another 10,000. Our town alone has over 30,000 displaced people added to its numbers. At this point, some are returning to their homes. While the coup was stopped, the country has years to become stable again. Is it any wonder that our team had been praying about how to contact the unreached people groups throughout the country? Please join us in prayer that those from the unreached tribes would find the Lord and return to take the Good News back to their groups.” Please pray for safety and wisdom for these GNPI partners as they use media and technology to share Christ in this chaotic time.

Important Church Partners!
We, at GNPI, could not do our work without generous partners who give practical and prayerful support to us each month. One mission team member in eastern Missouri writes, “Thank you for your faithfulness in kingdom work! We are so grateful for the work being accomplished for God throughout the nations by GNPI!”

Grow and Develop the GNPI Board of Directors!

As I sat in his office and explained GNPI’s new strategic plan, the missions pastor was careful to hear each of GNPI’s seven goals.

After I finished he commented, “So many non-profit ministries overlook the importance of an effective and robust board. I’m glad to hear that GNPI has a priority of growing and developing your board.”

Growing and nurturing our Board of Directors at GNPI is key to our future as a ministry seeking to play a role in building God’s Kingdom. The seven current board members of GNPI range in experience from being an original director in 1976 to one member that was just added less than a year ago! We’re in conversations currently with more people who can help build on our forty-year legacy.

Each board member brings specific talents and experiences to the ministry. They help us stay true to the principles upon which GNPI was built while meeting exciting opportunities that lay before us. Their professional experiences range from being a history teacher, farmer, agricultural consultant for a US congressman, college professor, church planter, non-profit director, and retired music teacher.

These men and women need your prayers. They hold the future of GNPI in their hands.

We hope you’ll join with us as we pray God adds to their number. A stronger board means increasing our collective wisdom and experience and a ministry better prepared to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

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Everett Forkner, Richards, MO
(Farmer)

 

 

1Dr. Chris DeWelt, Joplin, MO
(Director of Missions at
Ozark Christian College
Chairman, Board of Directors,
Literature and Teaching Ministries)

 

 

 

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Gary Johnson, Richards, MO
(Retired Teacher)

 

4Victor Knowles, Joplin, MO
(Director of Peace on Earth Ministries, Author, Preacher)

 

 

 

 

 

5Don Lucietta, Lamar, MO
(Farmer and Agriculture / Agri-Business
Specialist for MO Congressman Roy Blunt)

 

6Barbara Sachtleben, Springfield, IL
(Teacher)

 

 

 

 

 

7Nick Parsons, San Francisco, CA
(Church Planter)

 

Wars and Rumors of Wars

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.” You know the verse. We can find it in Matthew as well as in Mark. There have been wars and rumors of wars throughout time, and it’s always scary. It’s especially scary when it’s close to you, or someone you love.

There are wars between countries or tribes, civil wars within countries, drug wars, the war on terrorism, the war on Christian values, Spiritual warfare, and even wars within our homes.

To warn you, there are some graphic images in this video. Many times we look away and forget or ignore the fact that this is real life for someone. We hope you will use this powerful video as a reminder to pray for peace, and to pray for countries and regions experiencing violence.

Our God still reigns.
Nothing surprises him.
Nothing will knock him off his throne.
Nothing will stop his plans for you.
Nothing will separate you from his love.

Together let’s ask him to bring peace and healing into our world, into our homes, and into our hearts.

 

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

Prayers & Praises

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” — Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)


It Is a Marvel!
David Lall of GNPI-Damoh, India, shares an email from Pastor Nishi Barde. He has a church of about 2,000 members. Pastor Barde writes, “I want to thank you personally for providing us with the Solar Kit, which is equipped with all the electronic devices to show The Global Gospel to the unreached people of our area. Dear brother, I feel that you are a man of innovation. How wonderfully you’ve assembled every component into one case for the extension of his kingdom. It is a marvel! Yesterday, we introduced this device in our church and prayed for your ministry. Thank you, once again, for helping us in our ministry.”

Under Attack!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya writes, “Please remember us in prayer. As a country, we are under attack by terrorists, suspected to be the Al-Shabaab militant group. Recently, a bomb detonated in a public transport vehicle that had occupants. Several people lost their lives and many were wounded. In a span of four weeks, there have been several similar attacks around the country. Your prayers are highly valued.”

“God Has Used You!”
Regional Director Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico shares, “One viewer contacted us after seeing our latest release of the short film, Unleashed by Blood. The viewer writes, ‘Raziel, God bless you. God has used you by this film. I was speechless. I did mourn. I remembered my past life and how I was transformed by the mighty power of Jesus Christ. I am sure this film will help many people right now with lives just as we were.’ ” Thank you for praying and giving so that our coworkers at GNPI-Mexico can produce media that shows Spanish speakers how Jesus Christ can relate to them in practical ways.

Changed!
A new project has been completed by a GNPI partner, Freedom Films, in Thailand. It is Seksan Jaima’s testimony. Jaima says in the video, “I used to think that money is everything in life . . . The purpose of our lives is to know God and have a relationship with him . . . I am now happy and feel fulfilled . . . Jesus changed my life.”

Holding Us Together!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines says, “A couple of our staff members are learning to assemble and edit simple one-minute videos to generate more interest in both Asin at Ilaw and WWJD. We are also preparing to shoot more episodes of WWJD. Knowing that you are holding us up in prayer definitely holds us all together here. Thanks so much.” 

Pray for Kenya

Kenya is a beautiful country, rich in colors, music, and history. Kenyans are strong and have endured much. More than 1.6 million people are living with HIV/AIDS and more than 60% of the population is 25 years old or younger.

The regional center in Kenya produces material that is culturally relevant and much of it is geared toward young people. Their music videos are even being used in the school system through a partnership with Kenya Institute of Education, who have been a backbone in Kenya’s education for many years.

This video will allow you a look at some of the beautiful people of this country and help you pray for this nation.

 

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

Speechless

Jeff Silkwood has joined his father, Tom Silkwood, regional director of the GNPI regional center in Thailand. Part of Jeff’s responsibility will be to assemble and distribute Solar Kits.

by Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand

Jeff Silkwood Family

We can see how God is already working here in Chiang Mai, and we are amazed that we were led to meet a pastor and his family. The pastor has several of our same interests and passions. One goal of the church where this pastor serves is to reach out to the community and also to villages in the mountains. They invited me to come along and see the villages throughout Thailand. Some of these villages are Christian and some are non-Christian. We are speechless to see how God is moving as we just arrived here, and we were not even looking for this ministry opportunity.

The pastor also told us they have had a hard time doing some of their mission work in the mountains because they can’t take their projector and play the songs and other materials for the kids without electricity. I told them about the Solar Kit project, and they were amazed. They thought this would be a wonderful benefit and tool to spread the Gospel in the villages of Thailand. The pastor asked me if I would have time to go with him to the mountains. Why wouldn’t I have time? This is why I came to Thailand!

We have no idea what direction this opportunity could take us, but we are excited to see how it blends with all of our goals.We didn’t know where to start our ministry with GNPI.We didn’t know where we would take or use the Solar Kits after they were made.We didn’t know where to look for the needs in Thailand, where to evangelize after we get more language skills or even how to dive into learning the Thai culture. This is an open door with the possibility to begin answering all these questions. We are praying that God leads us in the way he wants us to go and gives us the discernment about what to do in every situation. It is good to be speechless, so we can listen for God’s leading.

Prayers & Praises

“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” — Psalm 130:5 (NIV)


“The Global Gospel Preaches!”

Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “Last Sunday, Mbale Church of Christ started using The Global Gospel in the Luganda version in the main services for preaching purposes. They will be using it until September. For these five months, they are teaching about the life of Christ. We are also making preparations for our first music video.”

My Cup Runneth Over!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines writes about a visit from a local pastor to let her know that approximately 30 young people made decisions for Christ after watching two WWJD programs. Nenette shares, “I am personally overwhelmed and greatly humbled to learn of the transformation happening among these young people. We had planned only for television, where the only feedback we could get was the ‘all-powerful’ ratings, the be-all and end-all of television programs. Yet, with this ‘small-time’ video showing at a church, it is a big bonus that we are able to see the impact on our audience and even see God changing lives right before our eyes. How could that ever compare to ratings? Praise the Lord! My cup runneth over!”

“This Steadfast Hope!”
Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “What a blessed hope we Christians have in Christ to live with him for eternity. It is truly a privilege to worship a mighty and living God who is our Saviour. As we tread on life’s journey, let this steadfast hope lead us to that great awakening when our Master returns. We pray for God’s mercy and guidance of the Holy Spirit to enable us with his strength and wisdom.”

Serving at Summer Camp!
New staff member, Pong Dang, of GNPI-SE Asia shares, “We recently had our national holiday for the water festival. Most of our team went to a summer youth camp and had a good time participating in various ways. We saw that God was working there wonderfully. Six young people accepted Jesus Christ and were baptized on the last day. Then we handed them over to the members of a local church to care for them. Now we are back in the office and working on The Global Gospel.”

Barricades!
One of the members of the NOMaD team in Donetsk writes, “In Kramatorsk (our home town), terrorists are barricading the main streets. They block the streets with public transportation and cars seized from civilians. Downtown is all one barricade. Thus, they expect to stop the Ukrainian special forces. There are shootings and explosions on the outskirts of the city. Please pray for the safety of our church and family members.”

Pray for Thailand

Thailand is a country of vast beauty and extreme spiritual darkness.

Glorious beaches, rich green landscapes, and colorful costumes lend their beauty to this country. However, there is another side to this nation, a dark side that includes human trafficking and forced labor.

Ninety-four percent of the people there are Buddhists.

Tom Silkwood, regional director for GNPI-Thailand, says that in the many years he has worked in Chiang Mai as a missionary, he has never seen God moving as he is seeing today. Because of what he is seeing, Tom and his staff are producing a series called, Movement Everywhere. The first few episodes have been shown on a cable TV station and were recently featured on a college campus during the morning sessions of a conference held there. More than 2,000 students, staff, and visitors saw and heard about God’s active involvement in churches and organizations.

Please pray for Thailand. Pray that the people there will seek the one true God, because we know that God says, “seek and ye shall find.”

 

 

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

Prayers & Praises

. . . “Lord, what do You want me to do?” — Acts 9:6 (NKJV)

“Wonderful Stories on the Life of Jesus!”
David Lall of GNPI-Damoh, India, shares an email from Pastor Nishi Barde. Pastor Barde writes, “I just want to extend my appreciation and thanks to you and your mission for providing us the wonderful DVDs on the life of Jesus, called The Global Gospel, in different languages. (We distributed Marathi, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, and English at the Delhi conference in April.) These are really wonderful stories on the life of Jesus to be shown to the people who do not know Christ in our country. If you could send more DVDs in Hindi, it would be helpful to us for village evangelism.”

Team Transition!
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “Please pray for GNPI-Uganda to keep doing what we do in the kingdom of God, even when Vince Vigil is transitioning back to his country. Also pray that the Ugandan team will be able to work well with the new person who will be coming in to leading us.”

“Walking the Way!”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine shares, “There are lots of questions about the situation and how God wants us to use it for his greater glory. We are pleading for answers and keep walking the way, one step a time.”

Many Opportunities!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “A new church invited me to attend their opening ceremony at the end of April. This is good news for us. During these days, I am preparing evangelic charts. My coworker is mixing the audio for Gospel songs. In addition, we are revising The Ten Keys for Evangelizing. I also attended the Rawang Bible Committee meeting, and I thank God for my safe trip.”

“No Dark Corners!”
Christian workers in eastern Europe are excited to partner with GNPI for a new ministry resource. C says, “The Global Gospel is well on the way! We have partnered with someone who has connections with a studio and with actors who will audition for the voices of those in the project! As we see tools come into the hands of workers who will reach far and wide, pray for open hearts! We are praying that there would be no dark corners of this country where the Gospel has not reached!”

Pray for India

India has a population of more than 1 billion people, more than 4,600 people groups who speak more than 1,600 languages. The main religion in India is Hinduism, with Islam coming in second.

The two regional centers and the brand new NOMaD teams in India have their work cut out for them. In less than two years, they have produced The Global Gospel in 6 languages. They have distributed The Global Gospel DVD’s in 17 states reaching over 60,000 people.

By the end of 2014, they anticipate that they will be able to reach almost 1 million people as they produce more languages and expand from DVD to include social media and mobile App distribution.

Please pray for the country of India to be receptive to the Gospel.

 

 

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

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