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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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“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  — Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

God Is Working: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “God is working amazingly in this country. Tools can work among the hearts of people in places where we cannot go. We are proud of what GNPI has been doing for the Lord. Yesterday, a group of evangelists working in the middle of the country came to our office. They told us our booklet “Is the Lord Jesus God?” is effective in their area. They requested this book and DVD, and we gave them these resources. To God be the Glory!”

A Desperate Need for Truth: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord for the opportunity to have a fruitful and safe trip to the Central Asian School of Apologetics where we met with the Apologetics Society coordinator and provided training. We led seminars at registered church facilities on the biblical foundations for life and marriage and spent an exciting time with key people. We discussed strategies and opportunities for training and developing national church leaders who will be able to train others. The people in this country need the Truth desperately. The workers are few, but they have great enthusiasm for the ministry. We went to encourage them, but we received even greater encouragement ourselves.”

Opening Doors for the Gospel: Lydia Barnes, a Christian worker in Mexico, writes, ”I just wanted to say how much we are enjoying using the Solar Kit. It has been very useful for my husband’s English classes, and I am gearing up to use the Spanish videos for my Sunday school class. The Solar Kit is being used a lot to open doors for the Gospel and to strengthen current church planting works. Thank you so much.”

Making a Difference: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We have completed another public service announcement (PSA) about the detriments of electronic gadgets on family time. A PSA on the sanctity of life is also in progress. The next one we have planned cautions against being too busy for God. The strategy is part of the Make A Difference campaign (www.makeadif.com). Please pray God will lead us to make an impact in Africa.”

Purposeful and Practical Resources: Suraj Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India writes, “We have the audio recordings of sermon messages, songs, and Bible passages done. We intend for these materials to be duplicated on CDs, so we can distribute them to villagers. The purpose of these recordings is to simply share the Gospel in a format for those who cannot read. They are practical and easy to access resources for pastors, mentors, students, and parents. So far, we have Gospel readings in Punjabi for James, John, and Psalms. We also have a series of messages in Punjabi on the fear of God and on prayer.”

Prayers & Praises

“Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (NLT)

Carrying Out His Mission: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “God is opening up new ways for the Gospel to be preached. We are blessed and fortunate to be chosen by God to carry out His mission in this part of India. We thank you for your prayers and for your support.”

Praying for God’s Movement: Pongdang of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Our team is working on several activities. We are capturing video for a traditional Burmese song album. The Global Gospel in Burmese is almost done. We are preparing to work on The Global Gospel in the Karen language next. Then we want to work on the Miracles of Jesus project starting with the Rawang language. Later it will be translated into other tribal languages too. Pray for God’s movement in SE Asia through churches and evangelists to reach our people with the Good News.”

Building Bridges for Christ: Irene Nyagah of GNPI-Nairobi, Africa, writes, “Pray for our newest project to be a bridge for sharing the Gospel of Christ with Muslims. The i2 Project has a total of 19 episodes. We are editing the last episode now.”

Putting God’s Love into Action: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We are excited about a new project with Adolfo Garcia, a young man who has a ministry called With the Hands of Jesus. Our goal is to encourage Christians to put God’s love into action and not just say we believe His Word. Pray for us in this project. We will make a series of 12 videos. In addition, Adolfo delivered some GNPI materials, along with some food and clothing, to one the most marginalized places of the region.”

Partnering in Ministry: Othaina Eid of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says, “We finished teaching two courses in video and audio production for LivingStone International University (LIU). It took a lot of time these last few months to coordinate the classes, but I managed. Our office partners with LIU to teach hands-on skills. We are actually planning to hire two of the graduating students this month. We will also be editing our marriage series soon.”

Prayers & Praises

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. — John 14:14 (NIV)

A Huge Impact: Joshua V., a Christian worker from India, stopped by the GNPI office in Joplin to pick up another Solar Kit. Joshua said, “We have nearly 30 different locations where our teams go and share the Gospel in one week. The Solar Kit goes to those 30 locations. It’s very easy to use. We are so glad to have this projector. The women are mostly using them in Sunday schools. We are also using some of the clips from the crucifixion of Christ. It has a huge impact. People see how Christ suffered for our sins.”

Sharing the Gospel with Urdu Speakers: Praise the Lord for the news of an Internet radio station broadcasting The Global Gospel in the Urdu language for the last five months. Khuram Gill of Gospel Radio said, “I started using this program in January 2016. These are very blessed, short messages. I love them. Please keep it up. You and your team doing a great job for His Kingdom.” In a follow-up message three months later, Khuram said, “People are getting blessings from The Global Gospel in Urdu. I personally like it and broadcast it randomly. Our prayers are with you and all your team. May God bless all of you abundantly and use you more and more for saving souls and for His glory. In Jesus Christ name we ask, amen.”

Sharing Christ this Summer: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We had a great follow-up training visit to the ministry base at Ukrainka as well as at the Youth Mission School to train and equip them in new seminars to share the Message. The students of the Youth Mission School are going to spend their summer break doing mission work in towns, villages, and camps. Please pray with us for these young devoted workers of the Lord!”

Permission to Distribute: Pongdang of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Our team visited the northern part of our region during our national holiday. We enjoyed meeting with the local people and the leader of the churches. We received permission to distribute our tools and products among the churches there. I am working on The Global Gospel, matching and interlacing the master video with the Burmese audio.”

Meeting with a Pastoral Association: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We will be meeting with about 50 Pastors in Pangasinan, a province about four hours north of Manila. A group from the church we attend in Manila started an outreach in Pangasinan a few years ago with a showing of the GNPI movie All Things New. After the film showing, our church did other activities, until a church was formally organized in 2013. Now, their pastor is part of the pastoral association in the province, which meets once a month. They have given us a time slot in June! Please pray for this opportunity to encourage these pastors as we share our ministry resources with them.”

Prayers & Praises

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” — Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

New Believers in Christ: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Our ministry partner used GNPI media to help explain the true and living God in one of our villages. As a result, nine young people were baptized in a water tank because they urgently wanted to obey God’s Word.”

Enormous Potential: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen says, “Thank you for your prayers for my trip to Ghana. It was a great week filled with training and getting to know nine students associated with two ministries in the area. The potential for a new team in Tamale is enormous. The area is open to hearing God’s Word and the Christian workers have an interest in production.”

Reaping the Benefits: Tynan Barnes, a Christian worker in Mexico, writes, “A class of indigenous students are reaping the benefits of the Solar Kit. I have used The Global Gospel in Spanish for my Sunday school class, and they love it. As tough and resistant areas open up, we are able to use the Solar Kit more often. GNPI is such a blessing to the indigenous students and to the people of Mexico.”

Official Registration: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We have been busy with the registration process, but we are making progress in gathering recommendations and other appropriate documents to list this regional center as a non-governmental organization (NGO). It seems like each government worker gives us a list of forms to sign and meetings to schedule. Pray with us that everything goes well.”

Summer and Fall Planning: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are planning several regional events this summer at the Nieuwenhuis Training Center in Crimea as well as exploring opportunities for outreach to Russia from there. We are also preparing an apologetics track for the annual meeting of the Eastern European Leadership Forum (EELF) this fall. Please pray with us as we make decisions and the best arrangements we can for these events.

Summer 2016 Prayer Report

We praise God for our ministry partners and for the way He answers our prayers season after season.

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

 

 

 

Americas

Youth Summit: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “A few weeks ago I was invited to participate in the Youth Summit in Monterrey, Mexico. I had the opportunity to talk about the + Vida app with more than 300 young people. My coworker, Abi, and I explained the benefits of the app and how it can help them in their spiritual growth. We also made a promotional video of the app to share at the event, on social networks, and on our website.”

Africa

Projecting Success: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We are delighted that the Tumaini Hotel project is done and has taken off well. The trailer is being used by Sayare and Daystar TV. We are still pursuing the request to the Kenya Institute of Education to adopt the project and books as well. We thank the Lord for this encouragement and project a big success with this series.”

Glad to Partner: Othaina Eid of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “We are glad to partner with LivingStone International University (LIU) every year to teach communications students different film production techniques. Pray for us as we finalize our new 11-part series, Marriage for Life.”

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Asia

People Coming to Christ: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Thank you very much for your prayers. God continues to answer them and bring people to Christ. Last week, our evangelists told me that 12 people accepted Christ in one location, nine people in another place, and 40 people in another. With the help of our media tools, people are able to understand and know the true God. Praise the Lord! Our ministry partner ZDK has established another new church along the border.”

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A Productive Day: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Yesterday was good but brutal. We taped 14 episodes of Say It Forward, and our GNPI board meeting went well! I work with the best people, and we are very proud of the videos we produce together. The guests in Say It Forward are really ordinary people with extraordinary gifts and experiences. Thank you for praying for us.”

Holding Up Our Family: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes about her husband Tom’s death on March 26, 2016, “It became apparent to us that the prayers of believers were keeping our family from collapsing under grief and stress. Thanks to all who held up our family in prayer over the last month of heartache and sorrow.”

 

“Please continue to pray for comfort and peace
in the daily lives of the family. Pray also for guidance
as I consider my role in the future of media ministry.”

 

Europe

An Amazing Experience: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We had a great retreat with the youth leaders of the Evangelical Student Fellowship. We spent time discovering the Scripture on various issues of effective evangelism, civil society foundations, and personal growth in Christ. Please pray for this cohort of devoted servants of the Lord! The most amazing experience was a visit with a self-proclaimed strong atheist who attended all the seminars to ‘figure out how we were trying to trick him.’ Please pray with us for this young man. He has a gift of asking good questions, and we pray he will find the right answers eventually.”

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India

Sustaining Prayers: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “When we started our evening worship in one of the villages, the local Sikh group complained about our music to their leader and asked him to make us stop the service. My son, Suraj, peacefully resolved the issue by offering to move the meeting elsewhere. Interestingly, as we agreed to relocate our services, the leader was very impressed with our humility and respect for them. In fact, he let us continue our service as long as we took steps to keep quiet. It was nice to see a little bit of his father in Suraj as he settled the issue and to know that God was with us. Your prayers sustain us, and we ask you to continue lifting us up. We need wisdom and protection.”

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Blessed: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We have been blessed to have good time slots on some of the top channels in India. We want to connect with more unbelievers who have questions about Christ. We have promoted the Easter program in a variety of ways. We will also send messages to our Christmas viewers who gave us permission to contact them about other programming. Please pray for our staff as we follow up on our Easter program and for my family as we grieve the loss of my mother.”

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Project Nomad Updates

Finished: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, says, “We finished our 25 minute video on the dangers of pornography. We are also working on a series for youth based on 1 Timothy 4:12 to address the issues of faith, love, purity, and speech.” Pray these resources will challenge people to walk more closely with the Lord. Protus is planning to travel to Nairobi in June for more training while Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen is there.

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Electrical Issues: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen says, “Our team in Pachuca, Mexico, is doing well. These team members have an office in a newly constructed church, but electricity is not consistent. Please pray this can be resolved soon as the local government authorities have assured them it will be. For now the team works from a nearby English institute.”

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A Great Asset: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen says “Thank you for praying for the trip to South Africa. It went really well. Mark and Lynette Johnson from the Avalon Church of Christ in Virginia were a great asset and made a good connection to the team in Johannesburg. We were able to go through some advanced training as well as review basic areas of production to clarify and streamline the process.”

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Mark Allen and Mark and Lynette Johnson are pictured
with the Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa team members.

Overall Ministry

Beyond Our Imagination: A Christian worker in eastern Europe who is sharing The Global Gospel through a website and Facebook page says, “Praise the Lord! People from all over this country and the world are seeing the Good News in their own homes, many for the first time! We are excited to see the impact this is having. It is far beyond what we could have imagined!”

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God Is Blessing Us: A ministry partner writes, “Praise the Lord! We started recording The Global Gospel in another major Asian language. God is blessing this project, and I am very pleased with how it is coming together. Our narrator escaped from North Korea more than 10 years ago, and he is very passionate about doing this project. One of the beautiful things about working with him is that he is using a North Korean accent for the recording. Words are pronounced so it will be clearly understood there. I am thankful he can also speak Mandarin; that’s how we communicate.”

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Amazing Instrument: Joshua V., a Christian worker from India, stopped by the GNPI office in Joplin to pick up another Solar Kit. Joshua said, “We use it to share Bible stories. It has been so effective. We used to carry a generator, a big screen, and a sound system. We needed two or three guys to set up the whole thing. The Solar Kit is so light to carry. It has been an amazing help and an amazing instrument.”

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A New Angle: The New Angle Media Project includes 12 children’s stories from the Gospels. The stories are written from the perspective of someone who recounts a personal experience with Jesus several years later. Pray for God’s guidance as we develop this global digital project in English templates and then produce it in multiple languages with interactive questions.

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“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ . . .”  — 2 Corinthians 1:21 (NIV)

People Coming to Christ: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Thank you very much for your prayers. God continues to answer them and bring people to Christ. Last week, our evangelists told me that 12 people accepted Christ in one location, nine people in another place, and 40 people in another. With the help of our media tools, people are able to understand and know the true God. Praise the Lord! Our ministry partner ZDK has established another new church along the border.”

The Global Gospel Upgrade: We have taken the 88 stories of The Global Gospel and divided them into 107 so that some of the longer segments can be more easily adapted for various applications on mobile devices. The Scriptures and content are exactly the same, but the music has changed slightly and the resolution has been enhanced for better clarity. All future recordings will be recorded into the 107 stories, and as time allows we will go back and divide the previously recorded versions. We have completed over 20 versions that can be viewed online, and there are around 15 additional versions in the progress. Please continue to pray with us that these simple stories can be used to touch the hearts of people around the globe.

A Big Hit: A Christian worker in Eastern Europe writes, “We opened the website this year and also use our Facebook page to get the Word out, and we’ve had excellent responses. The Global Gospel, and other Scripture, is being shared widely around this country through these pages. A post with a video (mostly clips of The Global Gospel) +$10 advertising reaches 60,000+ people, and 50 percent of them are engaged by watching, liking, or commenting on the post. The Global Gospel seems to be a hit. We are excited about the potential.

WWJD Exposure: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “As you know, we have a new host for WWJD this season, Noel Pabiona; he is the Country Director of Compassion International in the Philippines. They have released their newsletter, and GNPI is introduced on page four. They actually printed the entire transcripts of our first two episodes as well. This newsletter goes to their wide network of ministry partners and coworkers all over the Philippines. In addition, we saw a lot of comments about these programs on Voter Education on our Facebook page as viewers were rooting for their candidates. Pray for our new leaders following this month’s elections.”

Youth Summit: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “A few weeks ago I was invited to participate in the Youth Summit in Monterrey, Mexico. I had the opportunity to talk about the + Vida app with more than 300 young people. My coworker, Abi, and I explained the benefits of the app and how it can help them in their spiritual growth. We also made a promotional video of the app to share at the event, on social networks, and on our website.”

Prayers & Praises

“. . . You do not have because you do not ask God.” — James 4:2 (NIV) 

Delivering the Training: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, is traveling with his coworkers to Shillong in northeastern India. It will take 40 hours to travel there by car and train, and 55 hours to get back! They plan to train 30 students from six congregations at the request of the local leaders. The purpose of the event is to train and unite these congregations. Manee eventually hopes to merge this with Project Nomad training and follow-up in that region of India. Pray for them as they travel and work to help strengthen these churches.”

God Is Blessing Us: A ministry partner writes, “Praise the Lord! We started recording The Global Gospel in another major Asian language. God is blessing this project, and I am very pleased with how it is coming together. Our narrator escaped from North Korea more than 10 years ago, and he is very passionate about doing this project. One of the beautiful things about working with him is that he is using a North Korean accent for the recording. Words are pronounced so it will be clearly understood there. I am thankful he can also speak Mandarin; that’s how we communicate.”

Life of Christ Series Release: Othaina Eid of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says, “The Life of Christ series is currently being reviewed before we release it. Our plan is to release one episode each week for the next few weeks. I will also start making some connections for distribution to Messiah Theological Institute, area churches, and via Solar Kits.”

Amazing Instrument: Joshua V., a Christian worker from India, stopped by the GNPI office in Joplin to pick up another Solar Kit. Joshua said, “We use it to share Bible stories. It has been so effective. We used to carry a generator, a big screen, and a sound system. We needed two or three guys to set up the whole thing. The Solar Kit is so light to carry. It has been an amazing help and an amazing instrument.”

Finished: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, says, “We finished our 25 minute video on the dangers of pornography. We are also working on a series for youth based on 1 Timothy 4:12 to address the issues of faith, love, purity, and speech.” Pray these resources will challenge people to walk more closely with the Lord. Protus is planning to travel to Nairobi in June for more training while Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen is there.

Prayers & Praises

O Lord, you are my lamp. The Lord lights up my darkness.” — 2 Samuel 22:29 (NLT)

Traveling to Central Asia: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Please pray for our trip to Central Asia during May 10-17. Pray for safety, guidance, the training, and God’s protection over us as well as for us to be an encouragement to our co-workers in the field.”

Impacting Lives: Our friend Don Roberts took a Solar Kit to a ministry partner in Zimbabwe. Don says, “GNPI is impacting lives. We praise God for the tools to better serve Him, and we thank GNPI for providing them! Eighty people made decisions for Christ in Mhondoro, South Africa, in December. Thank you for your continued prayers and gifts that make events like this possible.”

Learning Together: Othaina Eid of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says, “Praise the Lord! The classes with LivingStone International University (LIU) have been going well. We are helping teach two courses this year: video production and audio production. We are using the services of an LIU student who is capable of working with the software and playing several instruments to help produce the songs for the Kampala Church of Christ. Their choir came in last year, but we will remix their songs when they return to Mbale.”

Standing Firm: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “Sumitra’s testimony is one of many inspiring testimonies shared during our women’s ministry workshop. Sumitra comes from a family of Hindu priests, but she began attending a prayer meeting in her neighborhood. Then she started meeting with Christians each week and received a Bible to read. She declares that she has personally accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, and no one can take her faith from her. Her family has warned her of dire consequences, but she is firm in her stand for the Lord. She wants to get baptized along with five other ladies who have accepted Jesus. Pray for Sumitra to be continually filled with strength in her decision for the Lord.”

Holding Up Our Family: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes about her husband Tom’s death on March 26, 2016, “It became apparent to us that the prayers of believers were keeping our family from collapsing under grief and stress. Thanks to all who held up our family in prayer over the last month of heartache and sorrow. Please continue to pray for comfort and peace in the daily lives of the family. Pray also for guidance as I consider my role in the future of media ministry.”

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