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Pray for Indonesia

Indonesian people are scattered across 6,000 islands and speak more than 700 languages.

The democratic government faces many problems after years of military dictatorship.

Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world.

Persecution is a reality for many believers in this country.

GNPI is working to develop NOMaD teams (grassroots media production teams) in this region of the world to accelerate global evangelism through media and discipleship.

Please watch and pray for Indonesia.

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Prayers & Praises

. . . On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” — 2 Corinthians 1:10-11


Multiplied for God’s Glory!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “God is in charge both in times of peace and in times of trouble. These days, while I am supervising the ministry in two areas, the Lord provides opportunities to coordinate, encourage, comfort, and support several other missionaries and co-workers who either had to leave occupied territories and battle areas or had to stay there. With things in Ukraine, I see various parallels with the book of Acts. The authorities of the world forced the disciples, who started churches and ministries in one place, to flee to other places. Satan probably tried to destroy the message this way. Instead, it was multiplied for the glory of the Lord. Praised be God’s name!”

A Roller Coaster!
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “What a ride we have been on since we arrived in Thailand a couple months ago. If any of you were wondering, moving a family of four half way around the world is hard work. However, although hard, we are told that this is a normal stage in moving a family across the globe. We are focusing on learning the Thai language. This is a big task. Thai is a hard language to learn. We have been taking lessons from a Christian Thai tutor. She is a great tutor and very flexible with us. Thanks for praying for our adjustment and for us to find a tutor.”

Trips and Transitions!
Vince Vigil of GNPI-Uganda says, “There are lots of trips and transitions over the summer for our coworkers. Please pray for safety. In addition, pray that God will provide for our upcoming expenses in transitioning back to the States.”

A Grand Opening!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia says, “Last week, I visited a village for the dedication of a new church. It encouraged me when I found they are growing in their faith in Christ, and they want to be involved in evangelism and Christian ministries. The church leaders asked about the possibilities of developing productions in their language. These church leaders told us they are growing more and more in Christ through the tools we have produced. They trust our productions and want more. If we can organize one tribe after another to influence the young generations by sound doctrine through media productions, God will be glorified. Please pray for us continually.”

“Many Thanks to You!”
Mick O’Hanahan of Niños de México helped deliver a Solar Kit to Chilapa, Mexico, to help with the church plants in that area. Mick wrote, “Many thanks to you for the part you’ve played in making this happen!” We, at GNPI, would like to pass on these words of gratitude to those at Fairmount Christian Church, who supplied the funds for this kit, and to the many others who give generously to allow us to send Solar Kits around the world.

Pray for South Africa

Violent crimes are commonplace and the murder rate is seven times that of the USA.

There are 1,200 victims buried each day due to the AIDS epidemic.

Until 1994, the country was known for apartheid – white-minority rule. South Africa’s remarkable ability to put centuries of racial hatred behind it in favor of reconciliation was widely considered a social miracle, inspiring similar peace efforts in Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and elsewhere.

We, at GNPI, have been reviewing places that are strategic points of ministry for the past several weeks. We will continue to highlight areas where our NOMaD teams (grassroots media production teams) are working throughout the world to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

Please watch this video and intercede for this nation to know true reconciliation through Jesus Christ.

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Prayers & Praises

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory because of your love and faithfulness.” — Psalm 115:1


A New Coup!
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “We are fine. The coup that took place has not affected life in Chiang Mai for the most part. The military has placed a curfew for all people to be indoors after 10:00 p.m. This is not an uncommon occurrence in Thailand. The last coup took place in 2006. There is a rumor that communications could be shut down, but for now the Internet is still up and running. It is assumed that the coup will be resolved relatively quickly. Most issues will tend to be far south in the capital, Bangkok. We do not expect to have any problems in our area. Still we ask for your prayers in the matter.”

Good Progress!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller reports, “We can continue to pray for the safety of our team in Donetsk, Ukraine, with all the turmoil. Also, Habacuc, from our team in Chile, is in the US traveling to raise support. Pray for him and his family as they travel. Most of our other teams continue to make good progress on projects this quarter, so we can pray that they are able to keep it up.”

Joint School Initiative!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “The possibilities for teaching trips are pretty limited in this current situation. However, the new office in the central part of the country provides new opportunities. After discussing the needs with some ministries and church leaders, we have decided to start a Joint School of Christian Apologetics and Creation Evangelism. The joint school could serve various colleges, seminaries, and churches in the city and beyond. It could also be a place where leading apologists of the former Soviet Union could share their wisdom, experience, and vision with young leaders according to the 2 Timothy 2:2 approach. We are going to share an infrastructure with other partner ministries. We hope to have the first cohort for modular training by the end of the fall. Please pray with us for this exciting initiative.”

Doing Great!
Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “In the studio, Robert and Sujit have been busy with recording sermons and songs. They have even been recording pictures and stories for the kids to show in our VBS. They are doing great.”

Recognized For Their Excellence!
International Director Bob Sartoris reports,“We can praise God that the Crown Awards has sent our 2 projects to the next level (the top 5). The projects sent were the Proverbs series from GNPI-Uganda and one episode of WWJD from GNPI-Philippines. In addition, Isaac Magisa of GNPI-Kenya has been invited to represent the producers at the Zanzibar Film Festival in Tanzania for helping produce The Distant Boat feature film. It is encouraging to see these projects be recognized for their excellence.”

Pray for the Philippines

GNPI’s regional center in the Philippines is located in Manila on the island of Luzon. Only about 2,000 of the 7,107 Philippine Islands are inhabited. The island of Luzon is the 4th most populated island in the world and is home to about half of the country’s population (which is 107.6 million).

More than 80% of the people in the Philippines claim Catholicism as their religion and only 3% call themselves evangelical Christians.

It can be difficult to communicate the need in beautiful countries like the Philippines. It is relatively well developed and is growing economically. However, looks can be deceiving.

So why pray for the Philippines?

  • Poverty exists everywhere – almost 50% of people live on less than $2 a day.
  • Human Trafficking victims:
    • 300,000 – 400,000 are women
    • 60,000 – 100,000 are children
  • There are more than 100,000 children who live on the streets
  • Natural disasters, such as the recent typhoon that killed more than 6,000 people last November and displaced more than 4 million people

Let your heart be touched. allow your spirit be stirred as you watch this video and pray along.

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Prayers & Praises

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” — Isaiah 26:3-4


Like a Healing Touch!
Robert of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “Last Saturday, GNPI staff members packed our bags and went to a lepers’ colony to preach through our Solar Kits. Life seemed to spring back into people as we entered the colony. We carried in some children’s Bible stories and even showed The Passion of the Christ movie to the adults. We started with a short prayer asking God to restore their faith. The Passion of the Christ film was like a healing touch to them as they saw how Jesus was beaten, punished, and tortured for our iniquities. We reminded them of God’s love for us. Throughout the whole day, we recounted many occasions from the Bible where Jesus performed miracles by healing the sick, the lepers, and raising the dead. There were many who wanted to accept Jesus as their Master and Savior, and everyone was joyful at the promise of Jesus’ return.”

A New Live Show!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico says, “Please pray for a new, live show that will begin this month at the radio station. The program, Breath of Heaven, will be a program of reflection on the Psalms led by a local pastor, Raul Hernandez. Pray that this new program will help the audience know more about God and how he works. Also, we are launching the third edition of the short film No Return.”

Within a Few Months!
A missionary in eastern Europe writes, “Last week, we finalized some details to complete The Global Gospel. It was great! We have actors ready to start and the script already prepared. It should be done within a few months and ready to hit the airwaves!” Please pray this new version will change lives as people learn about the life of Christ.

Camp Preparation!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “Our main upcoming project is Tvorets (The Creator) Children’s Camp in June. We are not going to do it in a camping setting this year (due to safety issues). It will be a day camp at the church facilities. It will be a great evangelistic project as well, since we are inviting kids from the neighborhood. Not many of the kids will have opportunity to go somewhere this summer. People ask lots of good questions in times of trouble, and we can help them find the answers through their kids. Please pray with us for the camp preparation.”

A Newly Opened Door!
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “Last week was a great week. We worked on a project with Livingstone International University (LIU). Another company contacted us to say they love the work we did for LIU. They would like to work with us also. We thank God for this newly opened door.”

Pray for SE Asia

Some countries in SE Asia are not receptive to the Gospel, as Buddhism is the number one religion in that region of the world. But truly, not a week goes by that we don’t receive word from our co-workers there telling us of people coming to know the Lord and “taking baptism.”

The countries in SE Asia need our prayers. GNPI has three regional centers in Asia, and the resources they produce spill over into many different countries and people groups.

Please take just a few minutes to watch this video and pray for one of those countries.


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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.


Everett Forkner, Richards, MO



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





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






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.


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