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Praying for Ishmael’s Tribe

Have you visited the Prayercast Website? If not, you should take some time and look around. The videos there are free to download and they would be a fantastic resource for your Sunday school class, mission team, or entire church.

This video is not linked to a specific country, but the “people group” who are the descendants of Ishmael. The prayercast Website page that is home for this video starts out with the following:

“Despite birthing many of the earliest Christian churches, the Middle East and North Africa have endured centuries with little or no access to the Gospel. Today, four of every five Muslims – 20% of the world’s population – have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ.  It is estimated that only 10% of missionaries are working among Muslims, with some estimates as low as 1%. This translates to roughly one missionary for every 1 million Muslims.  And yet despite all this, recent decades have seen an unprecedented Christian witness among the Arab world.  More Muslims have become followers of Jesus Christ in the last 25 years than in the previous 1250 years!”

Watch this prayer video, and then click here if you would like to read the rest of the information about the tribe of Ishmael.

 

video used with permission from www.prayercast.com

Lord, There is None Like You!

The situation in Russia, Ukraine, and the now Russian occupied Crimea, is less and less in the news. That’s how it is with news; a new story comes along to take the place of  what WAS the hottest story, and we start to forget. For those in Crimea and Ukraine, it is still very much the main story.

Here are some photos taken in Kiev, Ukraine, that you probably didn’t see in the news. Imagine if this were the capital city of your home country.

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The regional center for GNPI is located in Simferopol, an 11-hour drive from Kiev. Simferopol is in Crimea, now part of Russia. So, in essence, the GNPI regional center is now in Russia. As for our staff there, they are not just okay, they are doing well! GNPI staff members in Joplin visited with the team via Skype call just last week. It was wonderful to see their faces and hear their faith as they explained their circumstances. They are cheerful and awaiting instructions as to how they can become legal citizens. In the midst of all this they continue to produce their latest music video called Take My Life and Let it Be. How appropriate.

In an email Sergei sent this week he said,

“The Nieuwenhuis (Novy Dom) Training Center construction is going on and we even have some booking applications from Russia already! Looks like God has a much more far reaching plan on reaching Russians through our ministry then we did.

“While a lot is uncertain, we do not neglect any opportunity to serve. It was a special blessing for me to have a conference on the topic of seeking God’s will in times of trouble with a group of young Christian professionals and to speak to a Christian youth club. What a great encouragement it is to see young people passionate for spreading the truth of God in the midst of the storms of life! The fields are white. Troubles in the world make people look for the hope beyond it. People are thirsty for the truth, and looks like God uses the situation powerfully.”

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Psalm 86:8-9 (NIV) says, “Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.”

Please pray for wisdom and continued safety for our co-workers in Russia. Pray for God’s power to be displayed among the nations!

 

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“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” — Titus 3:4-5

“I Want God to Use This!”
Communications Coordinator Marsha Bacon is undergoing surgery on April 16 for colon cancer. She is trusting in God’s plan and promises. Marsha says, “I want God to use this!” In addition, Karolyn Schrage, wife of Executive Director Mike Schrage, is having neck surgery on April 17. Please join our staff in praying for great peace and full recovery for Marsha and Karolyn.

Solar Kits Going Out From Mbale!
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda shares, “We received a new list of people who are willing to be coordinators for the Solar Kits. Our coworker, Stephen, trained them a couple weeks ago. The coordinators will start taking the Solar Kits starting this week. Please pray for hearts to be open to receive the Gospel.”

“Thirsty for the Truth!”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “While a lot is uncertain yet, we do not neglect any opportunity to serve. It was a special blessing for me to attend a conference on seeking God’s will in times of trouble with a group of young Christian professionals. What great encouragement it is to see young people passionate for spreading the truth of God in the midst of the storms of life! The fields are white. Troubles in the world make people look for the hope beyond it. In addition, I have spoken at the Christian Youth Club recently. There are a lot of questions to which only God can provide answers! People are thirsty for the truth, and God uses the situation powerfully. We definitely have work to do here. Please pray with us for the Lord’s vision and guidance during this transformation period.”

New Project in Pachuca!
NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller reports, “Sergio’s team in Pachuca, Mexico, is working on a project on the harmful effects of pornography that they hope to share at a big concert. Pray that they can get the project completed in time and that it can make a big impact at that event.”

“Ready With Easter Programming!”
Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “We are ready with Easter programming. We have used visuals from The Global Gospel and a message by Dr. Ajai Lall. It will be broadcast on a national television station near Easter to approximately 60-70 million people.” Praise God for this great outreach opportunity!

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“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” — Psalm 33:11

A Line of People Waiting to Get Baptized!
Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “Mr. I, a convert from Islam, shared his experience of how the Solar Kit enhanced the understanding and learning ability of his audience in the slum areas of K and B, where most of the people are uneducated. His members were from a Hindu background. His regular members who attended church every Sunday were 70 in total. As a result of the Gospel message shared through the Solar Kits, there is now a line of people waiting to get baptized.”

A New Release!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico says, “Next week the short film Raziel’s Story will be shown and distributed.” The film is a testimony of the way God can redeem and transform the life of a down-and-out addict. Raziel’s powerful testimony demonstrates the dangers, attitudes, circumstances, and consequences of such a life. Please pray that God will draw young people to this event, so they can see the lasting hope that Christ offers.

An Answered Prayer!
Director of Operations Tom Nutt had a chance to demonstrate the Solar Kit to a group of people in SE Asia. One man who works in the northern villages became very excited about this tool. He said, “Today, you’ve answered my prayer. My dream is to share Christ with my village. For all these years, I have been looking for a way to get into the northern villages where I grew up. I believe this is the tool that will make that possible.” Please pray that God will make himself known and work in the lives of the people in these northern villages.

Never in My Wildest Dreams!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “I never in my wildest dreams thought that we would be showing WWJD programs to ‘captive audiences’ in schools, colleges, and youth groups. On TV, we just rely on ratings and hope that people get the message, but now the Lord has given us front row seats on how he changes lives through our materials! At the university, I saw understanding in the students’ faces as they watched Purity. It was almost like they had been liberated! We thank God for opening these new doors for us. We hope to continue to go to colleges, schools, and churches to offer our materials for their use.”

 “A realistic way of getting the Word of God into their hands.”
Eddie, a Christian worker in South Sudan writes, “Even in the poorest places, you can normally find that many people have or share cell phones. People go to shops to load music onto their SD cards in their phones and pass it along using Bluetooth. Recently our team has loaded audio Bibles, Walking with Jesus films, GNPI films, and The Jesus Film in different languages onto SD cards in about 6 of the local languages, and there has been a great response! Money exchangers, police officers, border officials, teenagers, shopkeepers, taxi drivers, neighbors, and more have all been excited to receive the Word! Many have come back for more once they have listened to it and shared it! With an overall literacy rate of 27 percent, this audio form is a realistic way of getting the Word of God into their hands.”

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“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10

Entering Hard Times!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine shares, “We need God’s peace in this troubled world and his guidance in the constantly changing situation. We trust in him and have to be wise enough to be ready for any upcoming change. After 20 plus years with Jesus, we just started to learn to live according to his Word in Matthew 6:34, ‘Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.’ ”

Delays!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya says, “We are yet to start The Global Gospel in Swahili because of the delay from Biblica in sending us the right text. Pray with us for a faster solution to this issue.”

Ready to Begin!
David Lall of GNPI-Damoh, India, shares, “We are ready to begin work on The Global Gospel in Bhojpuri. It is the language spoken by 40 million people. It is one of the national languages of Nepal, Guyana, Fiji, and Suriname. The strange thing about Bhojpuri is that it is not only spoken in two states in India but also in many Caribbean islands. This language is so popular that many movies in Bollywood are made in Bhojpuri.”

 “Praying That Christ Shows Through Us!”
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand shares, “We are starting to get more comfortable with the culture of Thailand. We are blessed by all the prayers and encouragement from our family and friends. We are so thankful for the Lord and the comfort he has given our family. We pray that we are a light in this dark world. We pray that Christ is shown through us and that we can help more people come to know Jesus as Savior.” Jeff is the son of Regional Director Tom Silkwood. Jeff will serve as communication coordinator in Chiang Mai as well as being involved in Solar Kit assembly and distribution.

 A New Sister in Christ!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia shares the following testimony of how God is working through the materials produced in SE Asia to strengthen churches and transform lives. Mrs. D says, “The evangelist taught me from the little book called A Handbook for Evangelism. He showed me Scriptures and read them to me. Now I understand that the Church was established by Jesus. He bought it by his blood. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized. Now I am happy to know that Jesus is the only Savior and the only way to go to heaven. I feel like a new person.”

God’s Love Invading Thailand

More than once over the last few months, Tom Silkwood, regional director for GNPI-Thailand, has said, “God is on the move in Thailand like I’ve never seen before.”

Thai Christians are excited to share how they are experiencing God, and Tom and his staff are becoming more and more passionate about telling “His” story by producing true-story videos of how God is moving.

Along with continual production of BEC (Biblical Extension Courses), GNPI-Thailand is hard at work on two additional series, Movement Everywhere and Testimony. Testimony reveals how God is moving and working in the lives of individuals, and Movement Everywhere shows God’s active involvement in churches and organizations.

As you read, keep in mind that in Thailand:

Christians make up only 1.2% of the population
Buddhists make up 93.6%
Muslims make up almost 4.9%

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God is honoring the faithfulness of GNPI-Thailand. A request came from The Christian University of Thailand, which was looking for Christian video resources for a five-day conference on campus. GNPI-Thailand was thrilled to provide the needed materials, which included some of the Movement Everywhere and Testimony series.

Tom said, “The university used our Testimony programs every morning for their staff. During the morning sessions, our Testimony programs were seen on Facebook and were broadcast by the university’s television station. Overall, they were seen by over 2,000 students, professors, and staff. It is a Christian university, but many of the students aren’t Christians. Praise the Lord!”

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Will you pray with us for Thailand and our regional center staff there, especially in the light of the recent riots in Bangkok? Pray that Christians in Thailand will stand boldly for Christ and be the door through which his radical, irresistible love invades that nation.

 

 

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“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” — Romans 12:11

Oceans of Thanks!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Oceans of thanks for your unceasing prayers. I am sending you the names of 10 new believers who accepted Jesus Christ as the true God and were baptized. They range from ages 16-65. Please pray for them to be faithful in Christ.”

An Extra Push!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico asked for prayer as they edit and record all their projects. Pray for creativity and an extra push from God to make them relevant and usable. Gus says, “Lord willing, we will show the third short film, which is about suicide, in Monterrey, Mexico, this month.”

Reaching Out to the Neglected!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya says, “We are praying for wisdom on how to reach the neglected and forgotten Ogiek community of central Kenya. One of the biggest challenges is communication. Most of them do not know Swahili, English, or any other indigenous language apart from their own Ogiek mother tongue. We already have a contact person who is a local missionary among them. We want to start to reach them using Solar Kits. Thanks for your continual support and prayers.”

WWJD is going places!”
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “WWJD is going places, even without me or the team! One church recently used the Courtship and Purity programs. Now another church is planning to show the videos in their services this month. Thanks for all your prayers. They are being answered in ways that are amazing and awesome, in ways we didn’t even pray for!”

Powerful Prayers!
One ministry partner writes, “I pray for all of you mightily. I pray for God’s strength, wisdom, discernment, and patience as you serve him. I pray also for God to meet your needs. May God’s armor protect you!”

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“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” – Psalm 40:1

God Strengthened Us!
Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “Thank you all for praying for me and for the ministry here. I am so blessed to have a family like you that is praying, supporting, and keeping faith in us. Last week as our team met and shared about the work they did in the fields, there was a lot of joy as a result of the ways God is using our tools as a powerful means of evangelism. We have sent The Global Gospel in Punjabi to the team in Damoh. Thank God for this. God strengthened us to complete our part of the project.”

The Effective Spread of Biblical Truth!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine shares, “Despite weather and political troubles, our trainings are still going well, and our team has returned after a presentation in Orel, Russia, on using media for the effective spread of Biblical truth in modern society. For a week, ten students ranging in age from 13-30 mastered their production skills, discussed the best ways of developing media ministries in the area, and had a lot of fun producing their final projects. All of them are looking forward to initiating media production teams in their regions for effective evangelism as well as to help local ministries like foster families and orphan care, rehabilitation centers, and helping the homeless. Please join our prayers for these brothers and sisters to be able to pass on the momentum they gained at the course!”

An Exciting Season!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “I think it’s the season for ‘sowing and harvesting’ (showing and bringing people to Christ) while the previous years were for plowing and preparing (doing production work). Please pray for all the places where we are supposed to go and for wisdom and creativity as we prepare for the next cycle of materials that we need to do. I feel we need to be ready for the harvests and for strengthening and equipping new believers for mission work too. I don’t know, really, what the Lord has in store for all of us, but it is exciting.”

A New Ministry Partner from France!
Jeff Frazee of the NOMaD team in Mali writes, “Benjamin is a missionary from France, and he has been preparing to work among the Dioula people like we have. Benjamin and I really understand each other, and it was comforting and encouraging to talk with him. One result of our time together is that our team will be producing media materials (mostly radio and video dramas) that Benjamin can use to reach these Muslim people.”

The Final Stage!
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand says, “My family and I are in the final stage before we take off for Thailand this week. There are a couple of things that deserve mention. First, we sold our second car. Praise God! Second, our three-month visas have arrived, so we can get into Thailand. Thanks you so much for your prayers and support.” Jeff is the son of Regional Director Tom Silkwood. Jeff will serve as communication coordinator in Chiang Mai as well as being involved in Solar Kit assembly and distribution.

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“. . . I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.”– 1 Samuel 1:15

It’s Time!
GNPI Vision Nights begin this week! Events take place on March 13 in Joplin, March 18 in Indianapolis, and on March 28 in Phoenix. Please pray for God to be glorified as we share about our newest opportunities for accelerating global evangelism through media and technology.

A Movie and a Meal!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines asks, “Please pray for the showing this week of All Things New to approximately 50 street kids. A local youth group is also providing a free meal with the movie. The street kids are under the government’s social welfare program, and the youth group volunteers to feed them once a month. In addition, please pray for me as I write the script for the Sexual Identity episode of WWJD in the next few days. It is a touchy, sensitive topic with a lot of potholes to navigate.”

“Thank you for The Global Gospel in Malayalam!”
My name is Cindy from Kerala in south India. I am working with Kerala Christian Mission. This is to thank GNPl for opening doors for us to produce The Global Gospel in our regional language, Malayalam. We are truly blessed to be a part of this great ministry.”

Convincing the Hearts of People!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “The president of Kyaukdaw Bible School (KBS) just came to my office and told me that the Christian media tools, which we have produced, were very helpful in convincing the hearts of people. He is very excited about our tools, and he desires to use these materials to teach the students at KBS. I donated 10 sets each of The Handbook for Evangelism and Who Is the True God?”

Talking Through Transitions!
Vince Vigil of GNPI-Uganda writes, “You can be praying for Joy and me as we transition back into the culture and to work after our furlough. Also be praying for my staff as we continue to talk about God’s direction for the studio.”

Kids on Streets

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by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Assistant, GNPI

When I first saw this photo, the guy reminded me of a boy I once knew and a place I once lived.

At eleven, I was newly exposed to a world I didn’t know. My parents moved us from a small town to a big city. We didn’t know it at the time, but the neighborhood we moved into was known for its crime. We were in an odd situation where the houses across the street from us were newly built, small, beautiful, suburban-like homes with green grass and fenced backyards. On our side of the street were old, run down duplexes. We quickly learned why so many homes had fences around them. Our car plates were stolen, and in another situation a random stranger took a baseball bat to my mother’s car, leaving shattered glass on our driveway. Soon we built a fence around our home.

By the time, we left the city I knew more about the tough life of the kids I met. They were kids who had to grow up quickly. I remember the eleven year old girl who had two miscarriages and was pregnant for the third time, believing that a baby would love her.

A boy who lived three blocks down from my house was part of a group of young boys who beat a man to death. A different boy in my class shot and killed a man and was charged as an adult. So many incidents happened in our brief two and a half years in that city.

The fences we built kept us safe, but they also created a barrier between us and the world. I have wondered about the life of the guy in this photo. I imagine maybe he has to sell items on the street for a living. I wonder what his neighborhood is like and what struggles he has to deal with. Will you pray today for neighbors on your streets?

For me, this photo is a nice reminder for me to remember to pray for others even if I do not know their story.

 

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