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Prayers & Praises

“. . . ‘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)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for August 1, 2016

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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“But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
— 2 Timothy 4:5 (NIV)

Revealing Truth in a Proper Way: Pongdang of GNPI-SE Asia shares the words of one ministry partner, “I had the chance to teach 70 people about God in the middle part of our country. I used some of the resources from GNPI as a tool. When I teach using these tools, people accept my words easily. I understand that the way we communicate must be familiar and must be revealed in a proper way to help people see Jesus as Savior in their context. I believe that if every Christian could speak with their neighbors using these tools, the people of SE Asia would be changed very soon, and we would have a great harvest for the Kingdom. Please remember us in your prayers.”

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:

  • “This [Promise of Love film] is a beautiful story. God made 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.”
  • Unleashed by Blood is a short film about the redemption and transformation of the life of an addict named Raziel. “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!”
  • Music Videos of Jochy D & Band – “Excellent job, GNPI! Thank you for sharing these videos. They are very good; I recommend them. May God keep using them.”

Seeking God’s Protection: Ministry partner Bob Sartoris is conducting Project Nomad training in Salatiga, Indonesia. Bob says, “We’ve had 27 students plus a few faculty members joining us as their schedules allow. Satan is working hard to discourage us! We thank God for bringing us this far and ask for His protection in the days ahead!”

Special Camps: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia reports that some of his coworkers just returned from a 10 day family camp at the retreat center with nearly 45 people. They will also host two photography camps at the same location this summer. Please pray for their safety in the region and for their godly influence on the campers.

Summer Travel: Irene Nyagah of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Please pray for several of our staff members as they travel to the central western part of the country. The Endorois trip will involve delivering food to the church community, showing our videos with the Solar Kit, and explaining the Gospel.”

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