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“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” — Luke 5:16 (NIV)

Good Responses: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “Praise the Lord! Our 2017 Easter program showed three times on national television resulting in 500 calls from 20 states. Our staff appreciates the good responses and opportunities to pray with people, mostly non- Christians, in our follow-up.”

Training Others: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia forwarded this testimony from a coworker, “I have always desired to spread the Good News of Christ. Your method of sharing the Gospel helped me and others to understand more about Jesus and how much Jesus wants to reach out to the people. I never connected the teachings of Gautama and Jesus. Jesus overcame death. That is a very special lesson for me to reach the unreached people in this culture. Now I use this method when I speak to non-Christians. No human being is free from sin. Therefore, everyone needs a helper to get away from sinful life. I have shared this Good News with more than 20 people. They accepted it, so I want to spread the Gospel even more.”

New Nomad Training: Please pray for Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen as he leads the Nomad training event at Dallas Christian College in Texas, this week and then leaves for two training events in the Philippines.

Ripple Effect: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Interactions with our former students is a great blessing. For the last couple of years we’ve given them reading and writing assignments as well as practical ones to share their faith with others. Then they have to share what have they learned and write a report evaluating their plans and expectations while comparing them with the outcome. What a joy to receive messages like this: ‘Thank you so much! Without your assignment I would not have dared to start doing this!’ Please pray with us for a ripple effect in the Kingdom!”

Empowering Others: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Our team is working with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to create culturally relevant learning materials that other organizations can use to impact the communities where they serve. We are thankful for the opportunity to meet these needs and to translate resources into other indigenous languages to educate and empower.”

Prayers & Praises

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” — Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)

Praying for Permission: The Global Gospel (TGG) is currently available in 27 languages. Pray for us to be able to receive final permission from the United Bible Society to produce TGG in Creole and to find the right people to record the audio, so Christian workers in Haiti can use this ministry tool.

Investing in Leaders: GNPI is preparing to participate in a special media training event in the Middle East. Please pray that the investment in key leaders will help them to plant or grow 22 churches in Arab speaking nations.

Gospel Presentations: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise God for new opportunities to encourage believers. This week I am teaching about the Kingdom of God, specific topics for church leaders, and techniques for presenting the true and living God to others.”

New Training: Timothy Jai Kumar of Chennai, India, will provide Project Nomad training for 20 members of a ministry in northern India from May 12-16. Please pray God will use this training to multiply ministry in this region.

Sharing in Schools: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Pray for us as we go into local schools to share our short films. These films address the subjects of drug addiction, eating disorders, and the dangers of social media.”

Prayers & Praises

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” — 1 John 5:14 (NIV)

Welcome to the Family: GNPI is pleased to welcome our new International Director Mark Johnson. The International Director plays a key role in equipping our global teams with vision, insights, strategies, and professional expertise that allows them to create effective, culturally relevant media for the communities they serve. Thank you for praying with us for a person to fill this position, and please pray for Mark and his wife Lynette during their transition to Joplin.

Does God Exist?: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are developing new resources, including a book and a training seminar entitled Does God Exist? Our goal is to equip believers to demolish atheistic worldview strongholds in this postcommunist part of the world. Please pray with us for this project and for complete healing of my kidney problem.”

Signs of Inspiration: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We finished the second Del Dicho Al Hecho (From Words to Deeds) video series. It’s goal is to encourage faith in action and made possible by our partner for deaf people With My Hands. The series is inspiring people. Now we are working to complete The Global Gospel in sign language. Please pray it will help many to know Jesus.”

Worship Song: Timothy Jai Kumar of Project Nomad-Chennai, India, writes, “This is our first original song on video. We call it Yeshu. One of our team members wrote and composed the song in Burmese, and the other team members translated it into English, Tamil, and Hindi. The music is original and also done by our team members. We did not hire any professionals to do this project, instead, we took it as a challenge to do on our own. It is been well received by all who have watched it.”

Praying for Vision: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We get lots of comments from viewers who have been encouraged by our online devotional series Faith Matters, too! It is a blessing to have some of them invest in the ministry in practical ways. We have also been getting comments from cult members who just like to provoke arguments. Pray that as they watch, their eyes would be opened too.”

Prayers & Praises

“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” — Psalm 145:18 (NIV)

Sharing Good News: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Praise God for the opportunity to broadcast our Easter program on three stations in two languages. We used three billboards in town, social media, Facebook ads, as well as our musicians and cast to promote the program to more viewers. We also did lots of brainstorming to improve our strategies for follow-up with all those who have questions or want more information about the Good News of Christ.”

Arabic Serialization: The Global Gospel is now complete in a serialized Arabic version for children! It is scheduled for broadcast in September. Our ministry partner in Cyprus says the workers at the satellite station are excited to have this biblically based resource. Please pray this series will help a new generation to know and love Jesus.

Amazing Results: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia, writes, “We use various Internet sites, platforms, and social networks to spread the Message of Christ to areas of the former Soviet Union. It is hard to estimate how far it reaches. However, after finalizing the upload of all our resources to a new content management program, the results have amazed us! During the month of March we had visitors from 40 countries, and some of them are pretty surprising, like Saudi Arabia and Mongolia. May the Lord be praised!”

Invitation to Australia: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “During our national holiday, a group of believers invited me to visit Australia for the second consecutive year. I plan to preach at a church dedication service and to teach in seminars for six days. I look forward to sharing with the church leaders and offering training for everyone about how to present the true God to nonbelievers. I need your prayers.”

Fulfilling Requests: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, writes, “Pray for us as we develop a new project which has been a highly requested item in our conversations with many churches and ministries in our area. The RECURSOS CREATIVOS (Creative Resources) tool box is a project dedicated to encourage, empower, and equip creative media development in the local church. Our team is connected to a large network of churches in this metropolitan area, and we are making original resources for Sunday gatherings, youth meetings, and other ministry events.”

Spring 2017 Prayer Update

Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for the way He is working through our network.


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

Africa

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 of 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.”

A Living Example: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, writes, “Six years ago while showing Christian films at Tiling’wa village in East Pokot district, a cattle rustler named Mudang happened to be among the viewers. The Lord used the film to change Mudang, and it was a turning point in his life. We prayed for him and led him to Christ Jesus. He was baptized and became a regular member of a local church. Since then Mudang has been instrumental in helping us with evangelism in the whole East Pokot region. We have seen Mudang grow from a terrorist to a humble, caring, and loving disciple of Jesus Christ. He is now a living example to many Pokots. Praise Jesus!”

Protus is pictured on the left with Mudang.

Working Together: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says, “Praise the Lord! The office is running well with the team working together towards our mission. Now that the Marriage for Life series is finally complete, we are developing DVDs and loading the content onto Solar Kits for distribution. We are excited about inquiries from people who have been following the project updates on Facebook. We are also working in partnership with LivingStone International University students to develop a film project on HIV/AIDS.”

Americas

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 is a student at the local Bible college. Each week the program revolves around the number seven and includes comments made by the audience during the week. Listeners wrote from several states in Mexico and 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.”

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

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.”

Exciting Progress: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, says, “I’m excited about what God is doing. We are investing our time in worship music for churches and working with local artists. We also produce micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations who are helping the homeless people in our city. In addition, we create resources to help teach the Bible in area congregations.”

Asia

One Hundredth Episode: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us to complete the 100th episode of Faith Matters, too! The scriptwriter has received lots of good feedback from individuals, churches, and colleges, including the head of the Asia Theological Seminary. These three-minute devotionals designed to bring the Word of God straight to mobile phones for busy commutes or end of the day reflections. Topics range from the importance of personal reflection, family relationships, conflict, camaraderie, and the importance of Sabbath rest.”

A Joyful Response: Timothy P., of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “A team member took one of our Solar Kits to a village and shared the Gospel. As the people watched 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 them to understand the Bible and to convince their hearts of the Truth. They hadn’t understood by hearing or watching themselves.”

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 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. After sharing the video on his Facebook page, two people let him know they had accepted Jesus as their Savior after watching the program. Click here to watch the 11-minute video with English subtitles.”

India

Hope For Hindus: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Our new series with Sadhu Nityanand, a former Brahmin priest, 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 on the series with us. Thirty-three messages have been recorded. Pray for God to use this project to help many Hindus know His love and purpose for their lives.”

I Am Samuel: Praise the Lord! The Project Nomad-Chennai, India, team completed the I Am Samuel project and published it on social media platforms. 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.

Europe

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

Working Hard: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! We are working hard on a few projects simultaneously. Our team is recording the Creation Moments audio series, and we are producing the God’s Scientists series as well as the Why God? series with stock footage. We planned out music videos, wrote drafts for the scripts, and are now recording the music at the studio. While preparing for a music video, we decided to shoot a testimony of the featured artist. Den, the singer, had a long and hard walk before becoming a follower of Christ and a worship leader at a local church.”

Overall Ministry

Mission Accomplished: A Christian worker who requested GNPI resources for a 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.”

Prayers & Praises

My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. — Psalm 62:7 (NIV)

A Great Family: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “The focus of my personal involvement has changed due to medical issues. My inability to teach and travel has made me even more appreciative of the great community of coworkers, partners, volunteers, and prayer warriors who are involved through teaching, preaching, content production, children ministry, publishing, writing, social networks, developing Internet resources, and in all of the other aspects of our ministry. We work together introducing the Truth to skeptics, strengthening the confidence of the saints in the Truth, and equipping God’s people to proclaim God’s Word effectively. What a great family we are! May the Lord be praised!”

Equipping Youth: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Thank you for your prayers. The Lord provided the opportunity for me to go to a youth conference with 1,200 young people to teach them about the true God. Our goal is to teach all students from high schools, colleges, universities, as well as government employees to use our resources to share about the true and living God, so I am working with church leaders for that purpose. If we can teach and equip all of these people, God will surely change SE Asia.”

Corridor of Hope: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Corridor of Hope is a support group for cancer patients at St. Luke’s Hospital. The patients used to wait for appointments in the corridor, and the mood was somber until one Christian lady began to encourage everyone by sharing Jesus with the other patients. She facilitated a support group which has continued even after the death of the founder. The group started at the main branch, but when the hospital opened another branch in Global City, the Corridor of Hope was also established there. This group at the branch has a Facebook page, and they are sharing our Faith Matters, too! programs on their page! I am deeply honored by this. Praise the Lord!”

Student Involvement: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We plan to visit area schools to share our short films designed for youth. Pray that God will prepare the hearts of those in the schools and for us to make the most of this opportunity to encourage the students in making careful decisions.”

Answered Prayer: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “March was a month of answered prayer. We finally got the last certificate for our updated registration with the government, and we are currently working on the transition of our finances. Our hope is that everything will be ready by end of April. We were blessed to have several successful village and secondary school ministry outings over the last month.”

Prayers & Praises

“O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.”  — Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)

An Influential Opportunity: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, and his team are working on the next Resurrection Day broadcast with a message from Ajai Lall and worship songs. It’s an influential opportunity. They expect the program to air on three different stations to an audience of 40 million, and they plan to follow-up with viewers who call with questions. Pray for God to be glorified by this program and for it to grow the faith of many new disciples.

Full of Peace: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Recently six people accepted Christ as the true God and their Savior. They said, ‘We never heard about Christ, and we never realized we should search for the true God. Now we know Him. After being baptized, our hearts are full of peace and our heavy feelings disappeared.’ Praise the Lord for working through our GNPI resources to help more people know the truth.”

Tremendous Inspiration: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “I am sharing how tremendously inspired I was by the International Meeting in India earlier this year with my teammates. The things I learned are already coming alive in our day-to-day production work. Such fantastically productive meetings are hard to underestimate.”

One Hundredth Episode: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us to complete the 100th episode of Faith Matters, too! last month. The scriptwriter has received lots of good feedback from individuals, churches, and colleges, including the head of the Asia Theological Seminary.”

Distribution Opportunities: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says there are some good opportunities to distribute resources. He says, “After visiting the Namwela Community Church to minister to youth through our short films, a member of our staff traveled to the Mityana Church of Christ and recorded the experiences of the people as they watched films on a Solar Kit. We are also making progress in our efforts to reach secondary school youth in secondary schools around Eastern Uganda. We plan to join with our ministry partners in the Scripture Union team on different school visits this month.”

Prayers & Praises

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” — Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)

A Living Example: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, writes, “Six years ago while showing Christian films at Tiling’wa village in East Pokot district, Mudang, a cattle rustler, happened to be among the viewers. The Lord used the film to change Mudang, and this was a turning point in his life. We prayed for him and led him to Christ Jesus. He was baptized and became a regular member of a local church. Since then Mudang has been instrumental in helping us with evangelism in the whole region of East Pokot. We have seen Mudang grow from a terrorist to a humble, caring, and loving disciple of Jesus Christ. He is now a living example to many Pokots. Praise Jesus!”

Working Hard: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! We are working hard on a few projects simultaneously! Our team is recording the Creation Moments audio series. We are producing the God’s Scientists series as well as the Why God? series with stock footage. We planned out music videos, wrote drafts for the scripts, and are now recording the music at the studio. While preparing for a music video, we decided to shoot a testimony of the featured artist. Den, the singer, had a long and hard walk before becoming a follower of Christ and a worship leader at a local church.”

Working Together: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, “Praise the Lord! The office is running well with the team working together towards our mission. Now that the Marriage for Life is finally complete, we are developing DVDs and loading the content onto Solar Kits for distribution. We are excited by inquiries from people who have been following the project updates on Facebook. We are also working in partnership with Livingstone International University students to develop a film project on HIV/AIDS.”

Vision Night: Thank you for praying with us for our Vision Night events in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. In total, 351 people attended and generously gave $78,751 to further accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

Quiet Times: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Our Faith Matters, too! episodes are three-minute devotionals designed to bring the Word of God straight to mobile phones for busy commutes or end of the day reflections, creating opportunities for the quiet times people so desperately need. Topics range from the importance of personal reflection, family relationships, conflict, camaraderie, and the importance of Sabbath rest. Please pray that the Lord will use these programs to give hope and wisdom to Filipinos.”

Prayers & Praises

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” — Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

Redefining the Church: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Redefining the Church is a teaching series we started this year which covers various topics. We’ve already completed 13 lessons on biblical marriage. One of the programs is Life Outside the Garden. Please pray this series will encourage many families in a practical way.”

Exciting Progress: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, says, “I’m excited about what God is doing. We are investing our time in worship music for churches by working with local artists. We also produce micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations who are helping homeless people in our city. In addition, we create resources to help teach the Bible in area congregations.”

Updating Schedules: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! After the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary discovered that our new course on Biblical Foundations for Anthropology is ready, they changed their schedule to teach it this semester instead of waiting until fall. The faculty wanted to make sure the students who are leaving the school this year won’t miss it.”

Touching Hearts: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, recently received this message. “I stumbled upon your Faith Matters, too! video here on Facebook. I was touched and blessed by your video regarding guilty pleasures. I needed to hear and to know this, so thank you for your clear message from God’s Word.”

Living for Jesus: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia shares a testimony from an evangelist who used GNPI materials to explain the Gospel. A woman from a village writes, “My husband and I learned about the true and living God. After listening to a teacher who visited our village, I realized that abandoning Jesus when I got married was wrong. The true God must be the one worthy of worship by all human beings. I realized that Jesus Christ is uncomparable with other gods. I repented from the wrong way I have been living as a Buddhist. I decided to be baptized and to follow Jesus until the last breath of my life. I am full of happiness and peace. All my children are different as well. They do not want to worship idols as others do.”

Prayers & Praises

“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!”

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