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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.

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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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“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” — Psalm 68:19 (NIV)

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.”

A Big Opportunity: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Pray for our strategic planning and preparation to record video messages for Hindus with Sadhu Nityanand. We are excited to produce something very different. It is a big opportunity for evangelism.”

Beyond the Border: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Pray for our safety. This request is due to the amount of traveling back and forth across the borders. It becomes more strict with every trip. The list of things we can bring in and out of the two countries is being revised constantly.”

Help Us Pray: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes,Please help us pray for wisdom, creativity, and fresh ideas for our Say It Forward and WWJD video series.”

Opportunities to Share: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes,Pray for Muslims in our community as we live together, and ask God to give us opportunities to share with them.”

 

 

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“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)

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A Fruitful Visit: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “One local church invited me to teach them how to know the true God and how to bring people to Christ. It was so fruitful. About 20 people came to that seminar. All were encouraged and inspired to tell their relatives and family members that Jesus Christ is the true God. Thank you very much for your prayers for us.”

Additional Interaction: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico writes, “Pray for our radio station (Good News Radio) as we begin another live program in August. We’ve had a lot of interaction with listeners, and they have expressed their needs for prayer. Pray for us as we try to encourage them by praying each week for their spiritual, physical, and financial needs.”

Project Nomad Double Duty: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen is in Ukraine for the next few weeks for two trainings. Please pray for Mark and the trainees to have stamina, safety, and quality time.

A Cable Connection: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We are preparing to air selected episodes of Asin at Ilaw (Salt and Light) on a Christian cable TV station. Pray that these programs continue to reach viewers who need God’s Word in their lives.”

Making Preparations: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! The Lord opens a lot of opportunities in mainland Ukraine. He also increases the impact of our ministry on believers in preparing them to give an answer to everyone who asks the reason for their hope.”

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 “. . . if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” — Matthew 18:19-20 (NIV)

First Christian in My Village: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia shares this testimony from a new believer, “I am a 63 year old, and I have been a Buddhist since I was a baby. A teacher who used media tools from GNPI-SE Asia came to my village, showed us the Scriptures on the life of Christ, and explained Him to us. I realized the way I was going was wrong. There are no other Christians in my village yet. We have 145 houses, and over 880 people live there. Pray I can learn more and share the Good News with others in my village.”

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 future of the Church and of this nation.”

Favor with the Government: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says, “Pray for our editing of the Marriage for Life series to go well and for God to use the programs to help many families. In addition, pray for God’s favor as we update the registration of our office with the government. We are still waiting on the last key recommendation of the security panel and commissioner from the Mbale district before we can submit the request to Kampala.”

VBS Outreach: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “Praise the Lord! VBS is a great opportunity to share the Gospel. The children are introduced to the Message of Christ. This gives the families of the church the opportunity to bring visitors. It also brings members out of their comfort zones and beyond the walls of their own churches to witness for Christ. We went ahead with our scheduled program even though we were short on VBS materials and resources this year. We shared the Gospel with the children through our Solar Kits and the programs created in our studio. Our church leaders often work in rural areas where there is no electricity.​​ These tools are very handy and important for them to preach the Gospel.”

Here Comes the Bride: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “We plan to produce a new series on marriage with a dynamic couple, Pecos and Lynda Inchaustegui, starting in August. Pray that God will use these lessons to help many relationships.

 

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I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. — Job 42:2 (NIV)

Restrictions in Russia: Christianity Today reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a package of anti-terrorism laws that usher in tighter restrictions on missionary activity and evangelism. Despite prayers and protests from religious leaders and human rights advocates, the Kremlin announced Putin’s approval yesterday. The amendments, including laws against sharing faith in homes, online, or anywhere but recognized church buildings, go into effect July 20.” Please pray for our GNPI coworkers in this region to have God’s wisdom in adjusting to these new restrictions.

A New Release: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We are thankful because we have started releasing the Life of Christ teaching series. Please pray for God’s favor in our distribution efforts to target secondary schools and a network of churches in the cities of Jinja and Kampala.”

Choices in the Philippines: Praise the Lord for this encouraging message sent to Executive Director Mike Schrage, “My family and I are currently serving the Lord in the Philippines. I met a lady involved in pro-life ministry who told me that they use the Choices video (produced by GNPI for this region). At one point the video was shown at a university, and 20,000 students were in attendance! We thank God for the things He is doing with this video.”

Regional Training in Kenya: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen says, “Thanks for praying for our training in Nairobi. It went very well. We had 16 people in class, and most of them were from Kenya. Two were from a church planting group in Tanzania, another was from our team in Rwanda, and the last one was a new staff member from our office in Mbale, Uganda.”

Summer Summation: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have completed The Global Gospel for our region. Our next projects will be a series on the Miracles of Jesus and a couple of worship songs. One worship series will be in Burmese and another series will be in Rawang. We are also planning a music project in cooperation with a local children’s center.”

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“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” — Psalm 113:3 (NIV)

Rash of Robberies: Please pray for our coworkers around the world. Several of our partners in the regional centers, Nomad teams, and even a Joplin staff member have experienced theft in the past few weeks. Please pray for God to give them peace and to provide for their needs.

Readiness Training: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “It was our great joy to attend a conference about Creation Evangelism and Worldview Genesis Foundations in the northeast corner of the country. By the Lord’s mercy, there is peace in the region now. However, two years of invasion threats cured apathy and caused many to ask deep questions about the meaning of life. Training God’s people to be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks the reason for their hope is urgent in all the groups where we interact.”

Reaching Out to Tribal Groups: Othaina Eid of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “The Lord is using our ministry in a mighty way and blessing it with new souls who accept Jesus as Savior. It is easier to reach tribal people with the Gospel when we use Solar Kits. Tribal people always like to watch films, and it is very useful because electricity is limited in these areas. Please continue to pray for us as we complete the registration process with the government.”

New Churches: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “We are very grateful to God for giving us a new opportunity to spread the Gospel through media and production. There is a second new church opening this month, and one of my ministry partners and I plan to attend the opening ceremony at their invitation. Thanks for your unceasing prayers. God is working in amazing ways in SE Asia.”

Using the Power of Media: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Thank you for praying for my trip to Shillong. I have no doubt that the 16 students we trained are the best. These Christian youth were very passionate about video productions, but they didn’t have anyone to teach them. They were all fast and creative learners, so dedicated that they didn’t even want to stop for meals or rest. They plan to make music videos, teaching videos, testimonies, short videos for social media, and documentaries about the history of the Church. Many more ideas are now developing as they see the power of media.”

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“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

Reaching New Villages: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! A military leader accepted Christ recently as the true and living God. Our team met and talked with him at the dedication of a new congregation. He said he has spent 28 years in the military. He told us about his home village with 400 houses. They have never heard about Christ, and they never see believers. He is the first believer from this village. Please pray this leader will be the first of many from his village to come to know Christ as Savior.”

Enhancing Evangelistic Efforts: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says there is often limited or no access to electricity. This impairs evangelists from enhancing their efforts with media resources. Wafana David is a Christian worker who uses a Solar Kit to preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wafana says, “When people watch the programs on the Solar Kits, they learn more about the Bible and are encouraged.”

Networking With A New Generation: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “This summer we are digitizing our resources and updating our website. In August 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.”

Working, Brainstorming, and Praying: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We are preparing for another taping of Say It Forward on July 15. 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 future Nomad training event in our country as well.”

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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