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“The Lord will work out his plans for my life — for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” — Psalm 138:8 (NLT)

Our Feature Presentation: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Last month we invited about 40 pastors and church leaders to our office. We had a good time of fellowship, worship, and meditation on the Word of God. Our first presentation was of the short film Shadow of Flowers. Praise the Lord! The group members gave us positive reviews and expressed their desire to share this film with their congregations. At the end of the meeting we gave each guest a package with some of our productions.”

Heading to Hong Kong: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen is providing a regional training in Hong Kong this month. Please pray for the Lord to help these Christian workers to communicate clearly and to multiply their efforts to share the Gospel.

Reaching Out: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We are excited to report that all seven episodes of the Life Of Christ (LOC) series is on our Vimeo channel now. We hope to reach more people, far and wide, as we accomplish our mission of accelerating global evangelism through media and technology.”

A Gift of Praise: Pongdang of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! Under His guidance, we have produced our first praise and worship album in the Rawang language. We plan to share an album with each local church as a gift. Thank you very much for your unceasing prayer.”

Finalizing Scripts: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Please continue to pray for us as we complete the scripts for our new family series. It is a 13-part series, and each lesson is 30 minutes long. Pray for funding for this series as well.”

 

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Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”— John 6:68-69 (NIV)

Last Piece of the Puzzle: Praise the Lord! Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen reports that 24 Christian workers participated in the regional media training in Togo. Kpowbie Daniel, a ministry partner from Community Health Education and organizer of the event said, “I think this training is going to bring a tremendous change in the way we have been working for the Lord. I think everyone was waiting for this. It was like the last piece of the puzzle.”

New Radio Programs: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We want to add another live program before the end of the year. Pray for our new live radio program ‘Good Evening with Gustavo’ as well. Our goal is to build relationships with the audience and interact with them more meaningfully. We think these live programs will help a lot.”

A Warm Welcome: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “A couple of our coworkers travelled seven hours to survey the needs and culture of the Endorois people, a minority group in western Kenya. We want to learn the best ways to share the Gospel with them. The poverty these people face doesn’t diminish their welcoming hospitality. Please pray we can continue to build good relationships with this group.”

Making Our Resources Available: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Until the situation changes (and it will change eventually), the Crimean team is doing their best to use human resources, equipment, and facilities to provide media production and Internet resources. The mainland team (scattered in four cities) focuses on content development, teaching, training, publishing, and distribution of our resources. We have increased the number of Internet platforms for our resources to make them available in even the most restricted areas.”

Nuggets of Wisdom: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, says, “We are starting a new ‘Career or Calling’ segment in our Say It Forward series with Mr. Caloy Magsakay Diño. Pray that Filipinos of all ages will find a nugget of godly wisdom from his words about the purpose of life.”

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“He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” — Matthew 14:23 (NIV)

A joyful retreat: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We took a trip and held a retreat with a couple of displaced families. We visited other displaced families on our way sharing books, clothing, love, comfort, hope, and encouragement. Please pray with us for those in Ukraine who left their homes, as well as for the end of the war and restored justice! Pray for us as we share the Message of the Lord’s ultimate justice! We believe the Lord will use every situation for His glory. We just have to keep listening to Him with faith and patience.”

Improving Distribution: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, says, “Pray we know how to distribute all of the wonderful materials our team has created. They are available on a YouTube page. Pray we can get distribution going in a better way. We may try a Facebook page. Pray for me as I readjust to life in Thailand. Thank you for your prayers.”

Remote Access: Bob and Pam Hudson of Mexico Medical Missions write, “We work with a mission hospital in the Sierra Madres of Mexico. Last year, we met two GNPI team members. While we were talking about our ministry in very remote villages to the Tarahumara Indians, the GNPI staff offered to give us the Solar Kit they had with them. We took it with us and gave it to a missionary friend who lives in a village off the main road two hours by car (traveling at a speed about 8 mph) and then another two hours on foot. Obviously, there is no electricity or any other kind of convenience. This friend loves the Solar Kit and is able to tell Bible stories like never before. Thank you so much for you help.”

International Director: Please continue to join us in praying for God to guide us to an international director by the end of the year. This person will work closely with our growing network of regional centers and Project Nomad teams.

Creativity: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We are busy working on assembling about 40 Solar Kits. Please pray for our staff to have creativity for all our projects.”

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“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” — 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV)

Moved to Action: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We finished a new video about a ministry in Nicaragua working with women who have faced human trafficking. It is an inspirational video to motivate action in service to our God, and it is the first video in our new series From Words to Deeds.

A Passion for Evangelism: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Our staff has been busy recording a sermon series from a preacher who is working in the small house churches of Jabalpur villages with nearly 1,400 people. He has a passion for evangelism and requested our help. We have also been working on a cable TV program with several other preachers. Pray that God will use these messages to strengthen believers to share the Truth with others.”

Making Adjustments: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, says, “Pray for our team to make wise decisions, work together well, and adjust to my new leadership role. Pray we can learn to be a good team as we welcome our new coworker, Angela.”

Training in Togo: Pray for Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen this week as he travels and teaches at a regional training in Togo, West Africa, The countries of Togo, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, and Guinea are represented.

Communicating Well: A Christian worker in South Sudan writes, “I lead a team of 10 adults working to plant churches among the unreached Laarim people of South Sudan. This is a relatively small people group of approximately 11,000. Currently there are only a handful of Laarim believers, most of whom live elsewhere, and no churches. We use the Solar Kit with adults and children. It communicates well with our Laarim observers. Thanks for your support in spreading the Gospel in South Sudan!”

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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” — Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

Finishing a New Film: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We are working hard to finish The Shadow of Flowers short film. We have had some serious setbacks, but we are thankful God has helped us to overcome them. We plan to present the short film to some local pastors. Please pray that we can finish it without any mishaps.”

Praying for God’s Leading: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We are working to improve our distribution. We sent another batch of DVDs to the Kampala Church of Christ, and we are looking forward to the national churches conference in Jinja this month. It will be a good opportunity to showcase what we do and to distribute our projects. Please continue to pray that God will go ahead of us as we take the next steps in renewing the registration of our office with the government.”

Producing New Lessons: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We are excited to release our latest Say It Forward lessons. In this new episode Dr. Joanne Gallardo continues her amazing love story. Pray these lessons will greatly impact godly relationships in our culture.”

New Partnerships: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Thank God for the successful completion of the Christian apologetics series we did in partnership with i2 Ministries. Pray for us as we organize a conference with pastors and church workers, and the opportunity they will have to use this tool to reach out to their Muslim friends.”

Sending the Word: It is a joy to partner with our friends at Halltown Christian Church in Missouri who sent these words of affirmation, “You are such a blessing to us as you go where we cannot go and send the Word farther than we can imagine. Thank you for your years of service and dedication to help further His Kingdom! We pray that more people will come to know the love of God with each Message sent through every method.”

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“. . . be patient, bearing with one another in love.” — Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)

Solar Kits in the Field: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “All our Solar Kits are in the field except for two. We are in contact with the evangelists who are using them and thankful to hear that a lot of people are learning about Christ through the videos. One interesting testimony came from a couple in Bulambuli, in northern Mbale. They said they learned a lot from the Swahili film, Ndume Halisi, about family leadership. It is exciting to receive stories from people whose marriages are being transformed by watching this project from our coworkers in Nairobi as we work to finalize our Marriage for Life series. Please keep us in your prayers as we work together for the glory of His name.”

A Blessed Dedication: Timothy Pungsar of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “God helped us complete the dedication successfully. It usually rains every day during this season. We prayed it would not rain, and it did not rain at our location during the dedication time. We praise the Lord for this reason. We expected 15-300 people, but nearly 400 people attended. It is difficult to travel here because there is no bus line, and it is 30 miles away from downtown. Yet God sent people to pray for us. I met with all the heads of the villages and served them dinner later in the afternoon. Then I explained the purpose of this center and building.”

Reaching Out to Displaced People: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are contacting internally displaced persons (IDPs), bringing them together, and creating materials for them. Many are open to the Message. Pray for us to reach them.”

Making the Message Loud and Clear: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “The Thai team recently traveled to the country of Laos where they interviewed a Christian woman, Sopaporn, who works with a group of about 20 deaf people. In this Communist country she has found a way to minister by helping them to support themselves. They create craft items and are learning to bake. We praise the Lord for His influence around the world. Our team wants to encourage and inspire the Church to keep working together to show Christ’s love wherever we are.”

Trusting the Lord in Transition: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Pray for us as we experience various transitions in our office. We want to continue to accelerate the Gospel and to trust the Lord these coming changes.”

Fall 2016 Prayer Report

Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for His answers to our prayers season after season.

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”— Psalm 62:8 (NIV)

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Americas

A Defining Moment: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Praise the Lord! We have received a lot of positive feedback on social networks regarding our various productions.

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Here are some examples: “This [Promise of Love] film is a beautiful story. God brought me come to a defining moment in my life as I watched it.”

“Thanks for the Addictions documentary; it is very useful to me. I’m in Cortazar as a family counselor at a rehabilitation center for alcoholism and drug addiction.”

“Raziel, may Jesus Christ our Lord bless your life and keep using you as a living tool to preach His Gospel among those most in need. What an excellent video testimony!” Unleashed by Blood is a short film about the redemption and transformation of the life of an addict named Raziel.

“Excellent job, GNPI! Thank you for sharing these music videos of Jochy D & Band. They are very good; I recommend them. May God keep using them.”

Africa

I Will Not Be Silent: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Pray for wisdom in the initial stages of a new partnership with the Kenya Faith-Based Media Group. It consists of faith-based broadcasters including Islamic networks. The group identifies with the relevance of our Public Service Announcements (PSA) and wants to partner with us to produce content between September 2016 and Feb 2019. The focus is on a national security/cohesion campaign theme, Sinyamazi, or I will not be silent. We have already re-edited one of our PSAs to fit into their campaign strategy.”

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Impressive Response: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We were invited by a Christian high school teacher to visit one of the biggest Christian Union fellowships in Mbale. For two days we showed Tough Choices, Promise of Love, and Unshackled, which are videos about drugs, peer pressure, and sexual purity. The response was impressive. Over 200 students came for these two days. Two girls responded to a call to give their lives to Jesus. The pastor was so impressed by the videos that he asked us to work out a plan for similar partnerships in the future. We are praying God will use this opportunity to reach hundreds of youth.”

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Asia

New Training Center: Praise the Lord for his faithfulness and the cooperation of several ministries to reach this goal. Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia helped dedicate a new training center this month. We look forward to watching how the Lord will use this facility to prepare many effective leaders to reach SE Asia with the Gospel.

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Working, Brainstorming, and Praying: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We are preparing for another taping of Say It Forward. We are also brainstorming about the best way to present the next episode of WWJD on respecting authority. It seems especially important now that we have a new president. Please pray God would refresh our minds with bright ideas for WWJD. Our board members are making initial preparations for a Nomad training event in our country as well.”

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Hard at Work: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand says, “Please pray for the Thai team. While I’ve been visiting family and renewing my visa, they have been hard at work gathering testimonials, stories of God’s work, and Bible teachings from three different areas surrounding the northern Thailand office base. They traveled to the country of Laos to the east, a mountain tribal children’s home in the north, and the large metropolis of Bangkok to the south.”

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Europe

Daniel School: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We have joined a very exciting project called Daniel School. Its purpose is to train selected teenagers to be strong leaders. The program involves studies of Scripture, apologetics, logic, rhetoric, sports, camping, hiking, rafting, and teamwork. Our part is to provide academic content for the program. All sessions are broadcast online. I was especially touched by a group of seven young people who followed us online from the war zones in this region. May the Lord keep them safe and protected! Please pray for this project and for these devoted youth. They are the future of the Church and of this nation.”

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Networking With A New Generation: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “This summer we are digitizing our resources and updating our website. This month we plan to help with two photo camps at the retreat center as we work alongside photo and video specialists. Join us in praying that we will be able to build ministry partnerships and network with the young people who are coming to the photo camps.”

India

Sharing the Message with New Voices: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Praise the Lord for giving us the chance to share the Gospel through new avenues. Our staff is editing several messages and songs by a former Hindu high priest. The staff is also meeting to discuss the scripts for a series on family since we’ve hired a professional scriptwriter. We hope to broadcast the series on several TV networks.”

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Project Nomad Updates

Inspiring Visit: Mark Allen conducted Project Nomad training in two cities in Ukraine this month. Mark says, “It is inspiring to see how the country has come together after the sacrifices of those who died in the 2014 protests. The result has allowed the Gospel to be shared without being monitored or repressed for the last couple of years.”

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Pressing On in Pachuca: The team in Pachuca has launched a new website and Facebook page. Both sites are gaining momentum as the team members work hard to create new videos. Team leader Sergio Alvarado attended an advanced Nomad training in Indianapolis, Indiana, with another Nomad team leader, Habacuc Diaz, from our team in Chile. The Lord worked it out for the two of them (and a couple others) to meet for training with Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen.

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Thanks for praying with us about the electricity for the church building where the team has an office. Praise the Lord as the electricity issue has been resolved.

Overall Ministry

We praise the Lord for the 24 completed language versions of The Global Gospel, which can be viewed online. There are 18 additional versions in progress. We recently divided the 88 stories into 107, so some of the longer segments could be more easily adapted for various applications on mobile devices. To date, nearly 12,000 people have completed plans and tracks incorporating the videos from The Global Gospel on their favorite app. Click on the icons to view the discipleship plans.

     

An Amazing Help: Joshua V., a Christian worker in India, says, “Praise the Lord! The Solar Kit has been an amazing help in our ministry. It is hard to communicate the Message to the tribal people of India unless you visualize it. Visualization greatly increases the level of understanding for the audience. It makes a huge impact when people see video clips of the crucifixion and how Christ suffered for our sins.”

International Director: Please join us in praying that God would send the right person to serve as our international director and work closely with our growing network of regional centers and Project Nomad teams.

 

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“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” — Psalm 121:2 (NIV)

Message Multiplication: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We had a blessed week of teaching our Bible and Civil Society course for pastors and ministry leaders from various parts of Ukraine. It was an opportunity to tell people about God’s way to live in this secular world and impact it for the sake of the Kingdom. Please pray with us for Message multiplication through this group of God’s servants! Pray for peace in our region as tensions mount along our borders as well.”

Above it All: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We are working on several exciting projects. One is a Public Service Announcement on perseverance, Going Against All Odds. The second is called Zaza Divas, a show to inspire women leaders. The third is the Above it All music video. Righa is the artist, and Above it All is a message for the urban youth reminding them that Jesus is above it all. The content will be used in our app, Yunami.”

Meeting Courageous Christians: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “I was blessed to meet a courageous brother in Christ. An evangelist came to my house and shared his testimony. He used to live in a village with many strong Buddhists. They told him he couldn’t live in their village because he was a Christian. They directed him to live near the cemetery. He said God had used GNPI materials to strengthen his faith in Christ eight years ago. He told me what he considered to be the most effective parts of the materials he had received at a conference. He said he is 61 years old and is using the resources to share the Gospel in the southern part of our region.”

Sharing Life Lessons: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We have released another Say It Forward. Mr. Rolly Paraiso shares about adapting, improvising, and overcoming in the fifth installment of our Bloom Where You Are Planted series. God is not finished with us yet! These lessons in life apply to all ages.”

Coordinating for Impactful Videos: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Pray for our staff as we coordinate with the newly trained Shillong Nomad trainees by phone. Pray they will produce impactful videos for their communities and churches.”

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“. . . ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20 (NIV)

Impressive Response: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We were invited by a Christian high school teacher to visit one of the biggest Christian Union fellowships in Mbale. For two days we showed Tough Choices, Promise of Love, and Unshackled, which are videos about drugs, peer pressure, and sexual purity. The response was impressive. Over 200 students came for these two days. Two girls responded to a call to give their lives to Jesus. The pastor was so impressed by the videos that he asked us to work out a plan for similar partnerships in the future. We are praying God will use this opportunity to reach hundreds of youth.”

Incredible Change: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Our team recently finished a new testimony from a former drug addict. He thought his life was hopeless and meaningless until he met Jesus in a rehab center, and his life was changed forever. Click here to watch his story with English subtitles.

Infused with Courage: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “An evangelist came to my house and told me he was 61 years old. He was working with a mission in the southern part of our region. The leaders of the strong Buddhists village told the man that he was not allowed to live in their village since he was a Christian. He was forced to live near the cemetery. The man also told me that he had been blessed to receive some printed materials GNPI distributed at a pastors’ conference eight years ago. The man studied the materials carefully. He told me what he considered to be the most effective parts. Praise the Lord for courageous people who have been helped by our resources.”

Inspiring Visit: Mark Allen is conducting Project Nomad training in two cities in Ukraine this month. Mark says, “It is inspiring to see how the country has come together after the sacrifices of those who died in the 2014 protests. The result has allowed the Gospel to be shared without being monitored or repressed.”

International Director: Please join us in praying that God would send the right person to serve as our international director and work closely with our growing network of regional centers and Project Nomad teams.

Prayers & Praises

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. — Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV)

New Training Center: Praise the Lord for his faithfulness and the cooperation of several ministries to reach this goal. Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia will dedicate a new training center on Wednesday, August 17. We look forward to watching how the Lord will use this facility to train many effective leaders to reach SE Asia with the Gospel.

Exciting News: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We have completed the first full-scale training project at the Nieuwenhuis Training Center! We were doing only regional events at the facilities for equipping the Church in Crimea. Our goal was to reconcile the restrictions of Russian law and its specifics with our security, work, and resources. Prior to the event we had a very fruitful meeting as coworkers to evaluate, plan, and develop our work both in Crimea and on the mainland. This month we hosted the first event for visitors from Russia!”

A New Project for Families: Please pray for God’s guidance and creativity as we work with several ministry partners to create the template for a new project for children and parents. It will include 20 interactive stories with 10 from the New Testament and 10 from the Old Testament.

I Will Not Be Silent: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Pray for wisdom in the initial stages of a new partnership with the Kenya Faith-Based Media Group. It consists of faith-based broadcasters including Islamic networks. The group identifies with the relevance of our Public Service Announcements (PSA) and wants to partner with us to produce content between September 2016 and Feb 2019. The focus is on a national security/cohesion campaign theme, Sinyamazi, I will not be silent. We have already re-edited one of our PSAs to fit into their campaign strategy.”

Family Friendly: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Our staff is working on the opening titles, graphics, and a promotional video for our family series. Please pray for this project to encourage many people in their relationships and for us as we try to raise funds for the series.”

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