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Prayers & Praises

“. . .  encourage one another and build each other up . . .” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for February 20, 2017

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

Handbook for Evangelism: Timothy P, of GNPI-SE Asia, received this message recently, “Thank you very much for producing the Handbook for Evangelism. I am serving the Lord as a church planter among Buddhists. Your book helps me to explain the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Please pray we can continue to create materials for evangelists in SE Asia.

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

Solar Kit Outreach: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We are keeping track of the evangelists who use our Solar Kits to share the Gospel throughout our country. The kits are being used in 14 areas. Our goal is to help them to reach more people in eastern and northern Uganda by end of 2017.”

Interactive Radio Ministry: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Praise the Lord! We have increased our interactive radio ministry programs and engage with nearly 2,000 people per month.”

 

Prayers & Praises

“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.” — Job 12:13 (NIV)

Scattering God’s Word: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Over the past few days, I was asking the Lord if we were going the right way to reach people with our new series Faith Matters, too!. Then our host, Pastor Caloy, received some positive feedback. Several people contacted him to thank him for the inspirational messages which they are sharing with the young adults in their lives. I believe God is doing His share of the work by scattering His Word. Please pray that we can take our viewers deeper into the Word.”

God’s Face: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finished a project called God’s Face in the Rawang language. This DVD was done in cooperation with some young people in the north. We made 1,500 copies. We produced another DVD with several ladies in the same region, and we plan to finish a Burmese traditional Gospel music DVD as well.”

Praying for Open Doors: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We are working on the promotion and distribution plans of the short film The Shadow of the Flowers. Pray that God will open doors in schools and other institutions to help people with anorexia and bulimia.”

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

Specifically for Men: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Our next project will be specifically for men. Ask God to use it to encourage men to be good leaders in their families and communities. We plan to give the project a name which means a gathering place for men in Swahili.”

 

Prayers & Praises

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

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

God Opened the Door: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord for the opportunity to visit the southwest part of our region where there are very strong Buddhists. One of the men who became a Christian a few years ago wanted his people to hear about Jesus. The man blocked the road in front of his house and set up chairs. I presented Jesus to them, saying He came to the earth 2,000 years ago to be with humans and to save them from sin. Everyone listened very quietly. A couple of men in the audience came with questions afterwards and were baptized.”

Good News Radio: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Please continue to pray for our radio station (Good News Radio). We have a lot of interaction with listeners, and they express their needs for prayer. Pray for us as we try to encourage them with prayer each week for their spiritual and physical concerns.”

Youth in Uganda: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We are making progress on our distribution efforts. We had an opportunity to show our films to youth attending a three day seminar in Busiu in partnership with LivingStone International University. There was a lot of excitement from these young people.”

Music Ministry in Chile: Habacuc Diaz, Team Leader of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, writes, “We are working on a new music video. Our plans are for this to be the first of six songs on a new worship DVD. Praise the Lord! We are learning so much and reaching Chilean youth who love music, art, and videos!”

Prayers & Praises

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” — Psalm 51:10-12 (NLT)

Strategic Meeting: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Please pray for God to direct our time together at the International meeting this week, for unified hearts, and safe travel for each ministry partner.”

Special Delivery: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Our team delivered two Solar Kits to a pastor in a remote area. Pastor Tong-tip was happy to receive two of these tools, which included The Global Gospel in Thai, Bible teachings by Thai pastors, and testimonies of Thai believers. Pray for God’s Word to change lives all over Thailand.”

A Big Influence: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, “Pray for opportunities for ministry in rural areas through Solar Kits and in secondary schools. We are establishing contact with the Scripture Union, a big influence on Ugandan secondary schools.”

Increased Viewership: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Please pray for increased viewership of our online series and for wisdom as we try new ways to promote biblical teaching through our videos on all social media platforms.”

From Preschool to Academia: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord for the opportunities we had in 2016 to speak, teach, and strengthen the faith of people from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Central Asia. We applied our strategy at all levels from preschool to academia.”

Prayers & Praises

“. . . Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” — 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

God’s Guidance and Favor: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finally obtained the updated registration from the government. Thank you for your prayers throughout this process.”

Discipleship Tool: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “Pray for The Global Gospel videos in sign language. We have advanced the recordings and will start editing soon. Our ministry partners are looking forward to this discipleship tool for the deaf.”

Opportunity for Impact: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Our materials are being delivered nationwide through our partnership with 47 faith-based radio and TV broadcasters in Kenya. We thank God for the opportunity to impact 450,000 people who have actively engaged with our content.”

New Books: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! In 2016, we published 14 books, including 11 new titles and three updated editions and reprints, despite the dispersal of our team and unstable infrastructure due to the war.“

Say It Forward: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Thank the Lord for the Say It Forward series. We have enough talks to last until February 2017, but please pray for us to find the next batch of good speakers.”

Prayers & Praises

“I have come into the world as a light . . .” — John 12:46 (NIV)

An Open Door: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Usually Christians distribute resources telling about the birth of Jesus the Savior. This year I realized we needed to produce a special Christmas DVD and pamphlet for nonbelievers. We also had the opportunity to attend a Christmas celebration among a new people group. It was the first time for them to hear the Gospel. God opened the door for 30-40 adults to listen to us. A new convert led the event, and he invited me to speak to the group. Praise the Lord for this open door!”

Testimonies of New Believers: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Our staff is working on various testimonies and video recordings of people born into the Brahman family (the high caste of Hindus) who are now following Christ. These new believers are leading their spouses and kids to Christ. Pray for our staff as we travel to record some of the testimonies and B-roll footage.”

Border Control: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel back and forth across borders. Sometimes we are detained for hours. The list of things we can bring in and out of countries is being revised constantly.”

Leadership Conference: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We conducted a conference for church leaders and shared materials and strategies with them about how to extend Christ’s love to Muslims. We plan to host a series of these training workshops.”

Your Prayers Are Appreciated: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “I am blessed to be working with a group of talented, dedicated people. I’ve been told the first year after the death of a spouse is the hardest. I have to say so far this seems to be true, but some good friends are walking this path along with me. The Thai production staff members have pulled me in and have made this transition much easier. I still feel like I’m on a roller coaster ride from day-to-day, but sitting there beside me is Jesus, my friends, and family. Your prayers are so appreciated!”

 

Prayers & Praises

“From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” — John 1:16 (NLT)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for January 9, 2017

Faith Matters, too! Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Faith Matters, too! is the new series we launched last month. Please pray it will go beyond our expected reach and for this material to really minister to people.”

Eastern European Leadership Forum: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “A few months ago, I planned to be in charge of the apologetics section of the Eastern European Leadership Forum with lectures, seminars, and round table discussions, but the Lord had a different plan. Instead I experienced four surgeries in five weeks. Our years of ministry delivered fruit as a cohort of young national apologists were ready to help. For every spot on the schedule, someone was able to replace me. Not one event was skipped! May the Lord be praised!”

Time of Transition: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Please continue to keep our staff in prayer during this time of transition since Tom’s death. We are a close-knit team and work together well. As we consider a new director, we want to be cautious and wise in this important decision.”

Expanding the Ministry: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Pray for Pablo Perales who relocated to help establish a new work and ministry in Queretaro, Mexico, for GNPI along with Sergio Alvarado. May God continue to expand the ministry of GNPI and guide our coworkers.”

Opportunities for Impact: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We finished our social media strategy for this next year, and we are actively implementing it. Thank God for the opportunity to impact 450,000 people who have engaged with our content.”

 

Prayers & Praises

“You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.” — Acts 10:36 (NIV)

Breakthroughs: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines writes, “Thank the Lord for breakthroughs in the personal and professional lives of our staff. The Lord has answered our prayers in very surprising and unexpected ways. We also give thanks for our newly finished studio, and we look forward to many hours of working here.”

Leadership: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Our new king took the throne in Thailand last month. Pray for grace, favor, and goodwill towards all religions in Thailand and for Christians to remain free from persecution.”

Evangelism: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We are planning a week of evangelism to the Endorois community using the newly updated Swahili version of The Global Gospel. Pray it goes well.”

Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Please pray we will be able to start trainings for trainers and new believers this month.”

Good Strategies: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Praise the Lord for our Christmas production on national television. Pray for us to have good strategies for our follow-up.”

 

A Favorite Highlight: Winter 2016 Prayer Report

(This “Highlights of the Year” blog was originally posted on November 25, 2016. It is a blessing to reflect on the ways God has worked through the GNPI network to share the Gospel around the world.)


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

Sharing the Gospel in Sign Language: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “Pablo and I travelled to the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, along the border of Brownsville, Texas, to begin production on three projects with the cooperation of With My Hands ministry led by Jesus and Michelle Zuniga. God is using this couple to give hope in Christ and a better way of life to the deaf people in Matamoros. We started with recordings of 15 lessons from The Global Gospel in sign language. It is impressive to see how excited the deaf people were to participate in this project. One of them told us she was very happy because she wants to help other deaf people to know God’s love through these videos.”

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Moved to Action: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We finished a new video about a ministry partner in Nicaragua who works with women who have survived 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.

Africa

National Security: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Praise the Lord! The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the Kenya Faith-Based Media Group, which is comprised of 42 broadcasters nationwide, had three successful live broadcasts from our studio during the month of September. We had a panel of reputable leaders in the government and clergy, as well as other faiths, speak about issues dealing with security of the nation from a faith-based perspective. An article about the broadcasts was published in one of the leading newspapers in the country.”

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Fifty Decisions for Christ: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Thank you for sending the two Solar Kits and spare pieces of equipment we requested. We tested them, and the new speakers are very good. These will greatly improve our efforts in the field where evangelists report at least 50 people have accepted Christ in the last two months.”

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Asia

Understanding the Gospel Clearly: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia shares the testimony of a man who was helped by GNPI resources. The villager said, “I am thirty-nine years old. I am a Buddhist. I regarded Christianity as a false religion until this evangelist visited our village and shared about the true and living God. After I heard the Message from this evangelist, I realized what I have heard about Christianity was totally wrong. I came to understand clearly that the only true God is Jesus Christ, and Jesus gave His own life in order to pay for our sins and rose again.”

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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.”

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. We may try a Facebook page. Pray for me as I readjust to life in Thailand. Thank you for your prayers.”

Europe

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.”

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India

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.”

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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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Project Nomad Updates

Last Piece of the Puzzle: Praise the Lord! Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen reports that 24 Christian workers participated in the regional 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.”

 

Home from Hong Kong: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen provided a regional training in Hong Kong this fall. Please pray for the Lord to help these Christian workers to communicate clearly and to multiply their efforts to share the Gospel as they use what they learned.

Overall Ministry

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.

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 audience. Thanks for your support in spreading the Gospel in South Sudan!”

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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 of 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.”

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The GNPI App: Praise the Lord for new resources to help believers tell the Gospel story effectively! Download The GNPI App to see how the Good News is shared throughout the world. It is available from The Apple Store or Google Play Store.

The Global Gospel Update: We praise the Lord for the 26 completed language versions of The Global Gospel, which can be viewed online. There are 11 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, more than 16,000 people have completed plans and tracks incorporating the videos from The Global Gospel on their favorite app.

 

Prayers & Praises

“. . . let them shout from the mountaintops. Let them give glory to the Lord . . .”  — Isaiah 42:11-12 (NIV)

New Devotional Series: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes,We give thanks for the host of our new devotional series and for the finished episodes for Faith Matters, too! Please pray God will use this online series for His glory as we launch it on December 19.”

Encouragement and Biblical Teaching: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We have made 1,000 copies of our Christmas programs from the previous five years, which were broadcast on national TV. Preachers all over India will be receiving this DVD to view the programs in house groups, churches, and local cable channels in their regions. We plan to track how many people download the videos as well. Pray for us as we offer encouragement and biblical teaching to churches all over India!”

Safety and Fruitfulness: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Ask the Lord to guide our two campuses. Pray for interaction that provides both safety and fruitfulness. In addition, pray for the efficient rescheduling of commitments due to my health concerns.”

Developing Relationships: Bob Gurwell of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Please keep various places, such as Mexico City; Guayaquil, Ecuador; and Managua, Nicaragua, in your prayers as we develop informal relationships with groups interested in perfecting skills and making disciples with media.”

Effective Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Pray that we can offer effective training, supervised by 14 teachers, in each of the areas around our country. It is so important for SE Asia to learn to worship the one true God.”

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