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“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” — Romans 15:5 (NIV)

Decisions for Christ: Pongdang of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Recently our team member Aung Shine shared the Gospel in some unreached villages, and we saw the wonderful work of God. Many people accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. One former Buddhist said, ‘This young teacher visited our village and talked about Jesus Christ. I realized that I was following false gods! The only One who can save me is Jesus Christ alone. I have decided that I will worship Jesus Christ.’ ”

A Strong Connection: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “The celebration and commencement at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary was a special blessing for us last month. I appreciate that the needs of the Church are the seminary’s top priority. These ministry partners are usually the first to incorporate our training courses into their curriculum! It was true of our recent courses on Practical Christian Ethics and The Bible and Politics. They have already scheduled the Biblical Anthropology course we are developing for this academic year. It provides a strong connection between nature and the purpose of humans with the biblical account of man’s origin. Please pray for this new course and for the servants of the Lord who are sharing what they have learned with others!”

Videos for Village Churches: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We sent the final sermon videos to an evangelist working among house churches in the Jabalpur villages. This preacher is using the recorded messages with about 1,400 people, and he is very thankful. We are also completing the assembly of 40 new Solar Kits. One pastor took a couple of the Solar Kits for his ministry in Nepal.”

Presenting Jesus: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “I’m thankful for this energetic group of coworkers who are capturing stories of faith, courage, love, and hope to present Jesus to the people of Thailand.”

Motivated: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “The Mbale team is motivated and working hard towards meeting our goals for this year. The Marriage Series is being released. The team is also finalizing projects with LivingStone International University (LIU) and other ministries. Part of our strategy for this year was to convert a few projects to sign language, and we met a lady who is willing to help us start with the short stories. Please remember us in your prayers, so we can accomplish God’s will in Uganda.”

 

 

 

 

 

Prayers & Praises

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

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for October 24, 2016

Responding with Joy: Pongdang of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “A member of the staff took a Solar Kit to a new village. The Christian worker showed some of our teaching resources about God, evil spirits, the origin of human beings, the life of Christ, and testimonies of Christians. While the villagers were watching the programs, he paused at certain sections and explained the story to them. The people responded with joy. They said the presentation was very helpful for them because they didn’t really understand the Bible by hearing alone or watching it themselves. However, with proper explanation of certain points helped convince their hearts.”

Thank you: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen received this encouraging message about the Nomad regional training in Togo several weeks ago. Pastor Marius from Côte d’Ivoire writes, “Thank you for the love you showed for us in the training. Our local church has scheduled a celebration next month to thank God before we work hard to implement what we have learned and win souls for the Kingdom of God.”

Teach Us to Pray: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “Our new live program Buenas Tardes (Good Evening) has started well. It is a very good way to interact with the audience and to offer encouragement from God’s Word. A student from the Bible college here in Piedras Negras visited the hospital to pray for people there and to share the Message of salvation. The student met a young man at the hospital named Armando Lopez who gave his life to Jesus Christ. Armando heard our first live show and was excited to hear us greet him on the radio. Armando also learned more about prayer, as the theme of the day was: Jesus, teach us to pray. ”

Wider Audience: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Asin at Ilaw (Salt and Light) is back on the air on a cable station for the next two months. Seventeen years worth of weekly programming is available from this series of real life testimonies about God’s power and presence. I am grateful that God’s Word truly endures!”

A Fruitful Meeting: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! We had a very fruitful meeting with the president and academic dean of Poltava Theological Seminary about starting a special program to train apologetics ministry leaders for local churches. The development of biblical foundations for both Christian and secular education is one of our strategic priorities.”

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No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4:12)

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 really good. These will greatly improve our efforts in the field where evangelists report around 50 people have accepted Christ in the last two months.”

National Security: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Praise the Lord that 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.”

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 of 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.”

Understanding the Gospel Clearly: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia shares the testimony given 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 that 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.”

Our First Experience: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Please pray for the conference this month on the foundations for life and family from Genesis for the Romani people group. This is our very first experience in this geographic region and with the ethnic group. Pray for Lord’s guidance, wisdom, and fruitfulness in this project.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall 2016 Prayer Report

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

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

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Americas

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

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

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

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

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

Africa

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

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

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Asia

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

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

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

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Europe

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

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

India

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

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Project Nomad Updates

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

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

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

Overall Ministry

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

     

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

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

 

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