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Pray for the Philippines

There is no doubt that praying for your family or friends is very personal. Praying for an entire country can feel very different, way less personal. Maybe it all depends on our perspective?

In Psalm 2:8 we are told, “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”

In their song, You Said, Hillsong sings, “Ask and I’ll give the nations to you. Oh, Lord, that’s the cry of my heart. Distant shores and the islands will see Your light as it rises on us.”

Do you have a desire to pray for nations, but feel like you need some help? Here is a great website: www.prayercast.com. This site features videos like the one above and also provides prayer points and summaries of featured countries.

God, very specifically, asks the nations to come to Him. Until every tongue, tribe, and nation has heard the Good News of Jesus, let’s not shy away from asking God for the nations!

Prayers & Praises

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)

With Sadness of Heart
Executive Director Mike Schrage writes, “It is with sadness of heart that I notify each of you of the untimely passing of our friend and colleague Deepak Dhingra, regional director of GNPI-Chandigarh, India. Deepak suffered a short illness. He leaves a wife and four children. Deepak and his wife Simi have an incredible story of transformation from Hinduism to being followers of Christ Jesus. They lived that transformation daily as they honored Him.”

Team Training!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller asks, “Please pray for our coworkers at GNPI-Damoh, India, to be able to coordinate schedules and conduct Level 1 training for NOMaD teams soon.”

Inspired!
Lena of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “We are translating the most popular Christian hymns into Russian to encourage the Church in our region. Inspired by the award we received last month, our team is making two more music videos. We have already composed the music and recorded one of the songs.”

Praying for Prompting
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya, Africa, shares, “Please pray for our work with the Eldoret NOMaD team. In addition, pray for the Kitale Children’s Home promo to be very successful in its purpose of prompting more people to sponsor the children at the home.”

Exciting Progress on New Projects!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico asks that we continue to pray for the short film of Raziel’s story of redemption. He says, “We had some technical problems, but those are resolved. Editing the short film began last week. In addition, we began the first live radio show from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on our Internet radio station www.buenasnuevasradio.com . Thanks for your prayers for these new projects.”

Prayers & Praises

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34

A special blessing for GNPI this month was our first International Hour of Prayer a couple weeks ago. Using the Internet and some video conferencing software, we connected each of the nine regional centers, our Joplin staff, and a few other staff members scattered throughout the U.S. Each center prayed for the needs of another. We did have trouble with a couple of the connections, but we look forward to trying again and prioritizing ministry-wide prayer time every six months.

Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “It was such a great opportunity to pray together as a big GNPI Family. At this point, I have to appreciate technology because I was able to see most of the GNPI family members as well as workmates. Wow! I was so grateful and am looking forward to the next time we will do this.”

Lena of GNPI-Ukraine says, “It was a wonderful time of unity and care. Some of my staff, who do not really get in touch with GNPI very often, were so excited about the prayer. They realized how hard the restrictions are on evangelism in some parts of the world after having the real face-to-face fellowship time. Thank you so very much! It was truly encouraging and unifying!”

Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “THAT WAS SO AWESOME! THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. It made it doubly special because my churchmates stayed up to the very end. We were all so encouraged by it.”
T.P. of GNPI-S.E. Asia writes, “We, 6 people, prayed together, one after another. The video was not working well. We were sorry for that. Thank you for this prayer time. We were so encouraged by it. This prayer time was excellent. We would like to do it 4 times per year if it is not a burden for other centers.”

Manee of GNPI-Damoh, India, was traveling that day but writes, ”I really missed the great opportunity. Even though we were not able to log in, Ukraine was in our prayers. We got good feedback from our Damoh Staff as they really enjoyed this prayer time. Hope to connect for the next one.”

Former Advisory Council Member Boyce Mouton wrote, “Thanks for allowing me to be there this morning for the teleconference. Here’s a thought about communicating from a distance that I jotted down after coming back to the office: Let’s make certain that, like Paul, we use ‘all possible means’ to save those who are lost!”

Board Chairman Don Lucietta said of the prayer conference, “It was such a great blessing to me to be able to be there.”

We also want to thank each of you prayer partners for playing such an important part in this ministry throughout the entire year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Prayers & Praises

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”
– Romans 11:33 (NIV)

“A Long Road Ahead!”
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines writes that the team is safe in Manila, but the recent typhoon caused great destruction and devastation. Thousands of people are injured, missing, or feared dead. Nenette writes, “Thanks for your prayers. We need them as it will be a long road ahead.”

Checking Out Tumaini Hotel
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya shares, “Tumaini Hotel is a compilation of great stories targeting the young and the young at heart here in Africa. The 10 episodes cover 10 different topics. This year we have shot two episodes, Environment and Purity, and the final two are Idleness and Love Your Neighbor.” Isaac Masiga asked, “Please continue praying for our families and for the unity of the staff. We REALLY appreciate your willingness to lift us up in prayer.”

“Christian programming all over Thailand”
International Director Bob Sartoris writes, “Pray for the continued production of both the Biblical Extension Courses (BEC) and the Movement Everywhere television series. Also pray that the CVTV distribution network will grow and prosper to allow for the broadcast of more Christian programming all over Thailand.” Please intercede for Tom and Gayle Silkwood as they prepare to return to Thailand at the end of the month.

Managing in Mbale
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “Here in Mbale we are doing well. We are almost ready to do the recording for The Global Gospel in the Luganda language. However, two of our security dogs died this week after being attacked by an unknown wild animal. Please keep praying for us to manage without Vince here.”

“God is being proclaimed!”
A ministry partner from Indiana writes, “It is so encouraging to get your newsletter. When I know more of what to thank God for and what to pray for, I feel so encouraged knowing God is being proclaimed throughout the world. Global evangelism is a BIG job and God is certainly using your people in a big way to help get the job done for Him. Thank you all so much.”

Prayers & Praises

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all . . . that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NIV)

“A Great Reception”
Eddie Gonzalez, a Christian worker in northeast Africa writes, “Our team has acquired a Solar Kit from GNPI-Uganda. This allows us to show the Jesus Film and other short films that address tough issues in this culture to be shown where there is no electricity. They’re currently being shown twice each week, and there has been great reception and requests for more films to be shown. We have shown the films in three different villages so far.” Click here to watch the video.

“A great venture is completed!”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “The last two volumes of God’s Design for Science textbooks, a great venture of our ministry in the last two years, is completed! Praised be the Lord! More than 1,500 people representing various children’s ministries have attended a recent book fair and were very much interested in the resources we produce. All teachers who came received some books and videos as a gift. May these resources bring abundant fruit for His greater glory in the next generations!”

Producing Messages for Thanksgiving!
T.P. of GNPI-S.E. Asia shares, “During these days, we are replacing old lighting in the studio with LED lighting and also producing evangelistic messages in two languages for Thanksgiving.” Please pray for T.P.’s health to be restored. He has been ill for two weeks.

Surveying Spanish Speakers
International Director Bob Sartoris writes, “Pray for our coworker Bob Gurwell of GNPI-Mexico as he continues to survey the needs of churches in the Hispanic world, specifically in Puerto Rico where he traveled last month to meet with church leaders.”

Making International Connections!
Deepak Dhingra of GNPI- Chandigarh, India, has arrived safely in the U.S. for some important meetings in Ohio and also to take part in the International Conference on Missions (ICOM) in Kansas City, MO. Please pray that God will help Deepak make the best use of his time.

Prayers & Praises

“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus.” – 1 Corinthians 1:4 (NKJV)

“We just understood about Jesus!”
T.P. of GNPI-S.E. Asia shares about a coworker using GNPI materials in the area of J. since 2011. The coworker has used the publication, Is Jesus Christ the Lord God? to explain the Gospel. The coworker listed the names and villages of many families who gave a testimony like this one, “We just understood about Jesus Christ. We have accepted Him as the true and living God. Please teach our son also.” These families said they wanted to be baptized. Praise God for these new believers in Asia!

A Testimony of a Changed Life!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico says their team is now editing a short film based on the true-life testimony of Raziel, who was caught in drug addiction, spent time in rehab, and then became a youth minister. Please pray for the team to have wisdom in their decisions about this project, so it will clearly communicate the hope of Christ to viewers.

“The Best That God Has Put Aside”
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya, Africa, asked that we pray for the successful completion of the last two episodes of Tumaini Hotel, the Life Challenge Assistance Project, and a cooperative movie with On-Field Media, A Distant Boat. Isaac said, “We are almost done with the sound design stage for A Distant Boat. In addition, please pray for the Swahili version of The Global Gospel . We are conducting auditions soon. We pray that we get the best that God has put aside for using in this project. Continue praying for Nelly’s uncle who’s still in Intensive Care from the Westgate attack. His bill has also accumulated to a huge amount.”

“A Fresh, Gentle Wind”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “ I would like to share some exciting feedback we received from a Christian couple who are professors in several top level national universities in Siberia. Gennady Sidorov, Ph.D. (Biology) and Olga Shustova, Ph.D. (Philosophy) write, ‘Thank you so much for your wonderful resources! They are a fresh, gentle wind that helps to lead our young people in learning both the design of God’s creation and His holy will.’ May the Lord be praised!”

“Pray that the Lord will touch hearts.”
Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand shares, “Please pray that the Lord will touch hearts in Thailand in response to those spreading the Gospel. Please pray that our efforts to raise the needed $2,000 per month to increase staff will be fruitful.” Tom and his wife, Gayle, have been ministering in Thailand for 32 years. They plan to finish their furlough and return to Thailand at the end of November.

Prayers & Praises

“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.” – Psalm 96:3-4

“An Excellent Assistance!”
A brother in India writes, “The Solar Kit provides an excellent assistance while preaching the Gospel. People comprehend better with live demonstrations and illustrations. Especially the children tend to be eager to unfold what the team has in store for them. In one meeting, an entire family accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and wanted to be baptized. Despite of all odds, the team is relentless to go ahead each day to preach to different people to hasten the Kingdom of God. Thank you for your love, concern, and support to carry on The Great Commission that Jesus has commanded us to carry forward.”

“Our Journey of Media!”
T.P. of GNPI-S.E. Asia writes about his coworker who was traveling in August and September, “G.P. trained 12 people for more than a month for six hours a day. Now these people are gathering footage from the fields, and G.P. is back home. We just started to train young people to work with us to cover the next generations in seven divisions and seven states of this country by the Word of God. It is the starting point of our journey of media. Next year we will train some in another state.”

“I thank the Lord!”
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “Every day, I thank the Lord for the good health I continue to enjoy, which enables me to scramble this way and that. That is a big thanksgiving for me. I get a lot of teasing in church about my cooking skills, or the utter lack of them, but I really thank the Lord, too, for all the other gifts that I have. That goes for the rest of the team here. Technically, there are just three of us on a full-time basis, but that will be increasing to four if the scriptwriter delivers as expected. I thank the Lord for each one of them, for their dedication, commitment, and creativity.”

Making Connections!
Vince Vigil of GNPI-Uganda writes, “We are starting auditions for the Luganda version of The Global Gospel. Please be praying for God to be in this process and for us to find the right person.” Pray for Vince and Joy and their two young children in preparation for their trip to the U.S. this week for their furlough.

“An important part of God’s work!”
One of our prayer partners from Indiana writes, “Thank you so much for keeping me on the prayer list. It is so great to feel like I am a part of the work by praying for all the needs around the world. As an older and less physically able person, I do what I can, but knowing I can always pray lets me know I am still an important part of God’s work. May God bless all the efforts of GNPI and all those associated with this great work.”

Prayers & Praises

“Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.” – John 11:41

Surpassing the Solar Kit Goal!
A friend of the ministry from Kansas sent this note with her recent gift, “This is for a Solar Kit! We have wanted to do this for a long time. We are praying for the people who will use this and the people who will see the movies!” Thanks to individuals like this one, GNPI has reached the goal! We have received funds for 111 Solar Kits already this year. Thank you to everyone who helped us. The Solar Kits are going out to help Christian workers all over the world.

“Thank you for praying!”
International Director Bob Sartoris shares an answer to prayer. Bob says, “We finally received the paperwork yesterday to finalize an agreement with Biblica for the use of four translations of the Bible for The Global Gospel . This one contract will allow us to move forward with the Arabic, Kiswahili, Thai, and Tagalog versions for north Africa, east Africa, Thailand, and the Philippines. Now join in praying that these versions will go out with power and impact in the world as the story of Christ is shared through this project!”

“Truly Exciting News!”
Lena of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “The music video, All Creatures of Our God and King (Click here to watch), won second place in the “Best Music Video” category! Our ministry was invited to take part in the first international Christian film festival The Light that took place in Kiev in the last few days of September. The festival brought together representatives from more than 30 Christian video production studios from Ukraine, Russia, Belorussia, Iraq, Iran, and the United States. Local TV channels will broadcast the awarded projects. Praised be the Lord!”

Suitcases for the Silkwoods!
Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “We are doing well. Right now Gayle and I are in Wyoming and getting ready to show our film, The Bridge, tonight. Then we are off to Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri. My blood pressure is much better and I’m feeling pretty good. Our houses are being shown back east. We pray that they will sell. Please continue to pray for good contacts and for good partnerships for ministry. Thanks for your prayers.”

Deepak Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, communicated to Director of Operations Tom Nutt, “Thanks for connecting me with this young man, M. At first I was very hesitant to meet him. After some of our GNPI staff met and prayed with him, it looks like there might be some doors opening for us to share the Gospel through DVD using the The Global Gospel through this young man into the most dangerous area of India.” These days we are very careful and don’t want a terrorist to come and sneak into our church, as we live in a dangerous zone. Recently there was an attack in a church on the Pakistan side where hundreds of Christians were killed. Continue to pray for me and our staff to have God’s wisdom and His leading to help this young man in his relationship with Christ.”

Permission Requested, Permission Granted

b_PermissionGrantedTo continue producing The Global Gospel in the world’s top 25 languages by 2015, we are constantly praying that permission for the “next” language will be granted.

Producing a new language is not as simple as just raising the funds to pay an actor and doing the recording and required editing and post-production work. Since each version of The Global Gospel comes straight from Scripture, we must get copyright permission to use the particular Bible version and translation required for each language.

Some have come easily and some, well, let’s just say the Lord has taught us that patience is a virtue. In October, after a long period of waiting, we received paperwork to finalize an agreement with Biblica, a worldwide publisher that holds the copyright for many language translations of the Bible.

GNPI is thankful for its partnership with Biblica, which conducts its ministry through partnerships in 71 countries. Biblica is currently working on 35 translations projects in 34 countries.

The contract with Biblica will allow GNPI to move forward with four key languages for The Global Gospel: the Arabic, Kiswahili, Thai and Tagalog versions for North Africa, East Africa, Thailand and the Philippines. These languages alone will allow GNPI to reach more than 370 million people with the life of Christ.

Thank you for praying for the continued spread of The Global Gospel. Pray that these and future productions will go out with POWER to IMPACT the world through the story of Christ!

Prayers & Praises

“Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.” – Psalm 38:15

“Relevant Work in Kenya!”
A minister in Rockford, IL, responds to GNPI’s special prayer requests for Kenya last week, “How relevant the work of God’s people is through GNPI in Kenya today. We pray for that nation and especially for Christians there who have become the targets of hateful action. Keep up the good work!” Thank you for praying and partnering with us to reach the world for Christ.

“An Incredible Trip!”
David Lall of GNPI-Damoh, India, spoke to the staff in Joplin by Facetime a couple weeks ago. David said, “We are having a wonderful time, very productive, good meetings. It is really a blessing to be around the same table. Thank you very much for sending Executive Director Mike Schrage and International Director Bob Sartoris.” After returning Mike Schrage reported, “Bob and I had an incredible trip. It was helpful and fruitful in many ways for strategic planning and outreach to India. In doing a checklist with David, I noted 16 items of progress.”

“My heart fills with joy and praises!”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine shares, “The Multi-Purpose Resource Center construction is going on according to the plan so far. Every time I visit the construction site my heart fills with joy and praises! This is very exciting to see the changes! We are about to raise pillars of the third floor of the retreat house. Our goal is to complete that part of the complex by the end of the year. Nevertheless, we have also poured the first floor straining beams for the conference building. This will allow us to go ahead with its construction without returning to the ground level work as soon as the funds are available. Please join our praises to the One who has provided the opportunity to start this great project, and pray that He will carry it on to completion for the glory of Christ Jesus!”

A Key Project!
T.P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Pray the team can complete the audio and print for the Ten Key Facts of Knowing the True and Living God as soon as possible. It is a very important project for the Buddhist world, and we have found a new narrator for it.”

Raziel’s Story of Redemption!
The staff members at GNPI-Mexico are working on a new short film about the way God can redeem and transform the life of a down-and-out addict. Raziel’s powerful testimony will demonstrate the dangers, attitudes, circumstances, and consequences of such a life. Regional Director Gustavo Velázquez says, “Our prayer is that it will help others with similar stories.”

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