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Prayers & Praises

“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life . . .” — Psalm 23:6 (NLT)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for May 2, 2016

Our Joy: Paul Thompson of FreeBibleimages writes, “Thanks for allowing us to publish the six sets of images from your videos on the Easter story. We managed to get these live just before Easter. In the first five days leading up to Good Friday, we had 6,330 GNPI presentation files downloaded (an average of 1,266 a day). Those viewing the GNPI sets in StoryView to tell the story on a mobile device were 6,819 (1,363 a day). We would love to put online all of The Global Gospel videos as sets of still images along with the text of the Bible commentary from the videos. We estimate that with all the sets online we could have over one million GNPI presentations downloaded each year. Our joy is in freely resourcing those teaching the Bible.”

Women’s Ministry Workshop: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “We concluded the women’s ministry workshop in March at three churches. The theme was, “You are a blessing.” At each workshop there were 300 to 350 ladies present. Pray for the women who gave their hearts to the Lord and accepted Him as their Savior. Pray they will remain firm in their belief and can be baptized soon.”

A Good Connection: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen said, “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. Now I am preparing for the next training event in Tamale, Ghana, May 7-15.”

God’s Favor: Pray for GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, to have God’s favor with government officials as they seek approval of the registration papers of this regional office.

We Are Excited: Abi Flores of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We are excited about the opportunity to use The Global Gospel in Spanish on our radio station and to share it with other stations. Pray God will move in the hearts of those who hear His Word.”

Prayers & Praises

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. — Psalm 105:4 (NIV)

Thankful: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We are thankful from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers during this hard time. We rejoice that more than 300 Hindu people heard the Message of salvation at my mother’s funeral.”

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.”

Like No Other: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “My ministry partner, Aungshine, shared about the true and living God in the middle part of the country. Here’s the testimony of one of the attendees. ‘This training is very good. I learned so much that I needed to know. I learned that Jesus is not like other gods. There is no god to compare with Him. If unbelievers hear about what I heard today, I very sure that they will accept Jesus as the powerful God, who is worthy to be worshipped by all human beings.’ ”

Projecting Success: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “We did a pre-launch of the two completed series, Tumaini Hotel and Timothy, in Eldoret, Kenya, at the church where the production took place. We had 150 people in attendance. The following day we met with Daystar TV. They told us they would broadcast the Tumaini Hotel immediately during prime time, and they are willing to partner with us in approaching local investors to sponsor the episodes. We thank the Lord for this encouragement and project a big success with this series.”

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 videos together. The guests in Say It Forward are really ordinary people with extraordinary gifts and experiences. Watch for their episodes very soon. Thank you for praying for us.”

Prayers & Praises

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” — John 11:25 (NLT)

Ready for Evangelism: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, says, “Praise the Lord! We have a new Solar Kit prototype for Africa. It is ready to hit the road for some evangelism. It’s not as sophisticated as those assembled in other regional centers, but it will do the job for now. We’ve planned a road trip to an area near us called Mathare, then to the highlands of Eldoret, and finally to the Pokot area.”

Lift Us in Prayer: Pongdang of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “We are working on the audio recording of the Miracles of Jesus and trying to finish the scheduled projects for this month. The Global Gospel in Burmese is almost done. Please continually lift us in prayer, so these projects can help people apply God’s Word to their lives.”

Praising God: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “The music video recorded in Chicago by Jochy Tu Voluntad can be viewed on Vimeo, YouTube, and our main website at www.buenasnuevasradio.com. We pray our work will reach more people for Christ and encourage others in their faith.”

Following God’s Leading: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, says, “Please pray for us because we always want to be in tune to what God wants. Pray for the speakers we need to get, the people we should put on our programs, or even the issues we need to tackle. We want to be sensitive to God’s leading.”

Celebrating a Life Well Lived: Tom Nutt, director of operations, writes, “More than 200 people came to the visitation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to honor Gayle and pay tribute to Tom Silkwood’s life. They sang, read Scripture, and gave testimonies about Tom’s faith and service. There was laughter as they shared stories about Tom’s fun personality and sense of humor. We also had a memorial service to put to rest his earthly body and celebrate a life well lived! Please continue to pray for comfort and wisdom for Tom’s family and staff.”

Prayers & Praises

“. . . Love each other deeply with all your heart.” — 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT)

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!”

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.”

Distributing Songs of Victory: Abi Flores of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We have been working to publicize and distribute the new “Songs of Victory” CD produced with musician Danny Salazar. The material is now available on social networks for free. Go to www.dannysalazar.net to download this album. Please pray for the overall project to be a blessing to many people.”

Something Better: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, says, “Mr. Archie de la Cruz chose to believe in God’s promise to prepare something better for him and his family as he persevered against the hardships of life. Praise the Lord for this testimony in the new Say It Forward episode, Being Faithful Because God is Faithful. Watch, learn, and say it forward!”

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.”

Prayers & Praises

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” — Psalm 34:18 (NLT)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for April 4, 2016

A Sudden Loss: We learned that our coworker Tom Silkwood, regional director of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, passed away suddenly on March 25, 2016. He will be greatly missed. Tom served in Thailand for nearly 30 years. He leaves behind his wife, Gayle, three adult children and their spouses, and five grandchildren. Tom was very proud of his Thai staff. Please pray for comfort for his family and staff during this difficult time.

A Significant Impact: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “Josue Morales, the accordion player in the Psalm 117 Music Video, visited our office and gave us a reason to praise the Lord. I offered to give him some of the materials we have produced. When Josue saw the films, he was surprised that we had produced the film La Ultima Oracion (Last Prayer). He had seen the film in an evangelistic campaign where he was singing with his band. Josue said the film made a significant impact on him, and many people accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior on the day they saw the film. He asked the pastor leading the meeting to show this film to other people because it helped win many souls to Christ.”

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.”

Advanced Training: Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen is in Johannesburg, South Africa, for advanced training with our Project Nomad team. Please pray for Mark Allen and Mark and Lynette Johnson from Avalon Church of Christ in Virginia as they encourage and teach this ambitious team.

Who Am I? Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “This season our Reliable Foundations online apologetics club is called “Who Am I?” with a focus on the foundational issues of human origin, nature, purpose, and destiny. The first session was very interesting, and this season promises to be very exciting as well. We plan to develop a training course, a book, and other resources on the issue like we did last season. Please pray God would transform and strengthen many people!”

Prayers & Praises

“. . . Love each other deeply with all your heart.” – 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT)

Thrilled: Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “We are thrilled when we see our productions being used and enjoyed. Imagine our surprise when we drove into a village north of Chiang Mai, and the people recognized the ministry logo on our truck. The people at the Mae Ai Christian Church pulled out the DVDs, which contained the same logo. Nearly all the villagers have viewed our movie, Path of Decision, as well as many of the testimonial DVDs and Biblical Extension Course DVDs. We gave their pastor the DVDs last summer at the Thai Christian Convention in Bangkok. Please keep the church in prayer as they bring the Message of hope to their community, and pray our video materials continue to be useful and helpful.”

A Grateful Partner: A Christian worker in eastern Europe, who helped produce The Global Gospel in the language of his country, shared statistics about two of the videos from this series. The team advertised on Facebook a couple weeks ago. There were 185,353 views on the videos and 75,026 views from start to finish. Praise the Lord for this opportunity to share the Gospel in a Muslim country.

Excited: Bryce Powell of Aurora, MO, writes, “The children at Elm Branch Christian Church raised over $1,200 during five nights of VBS offerings last summer! A Solar Kit went to help a Christian worker in India. The children were incredibly excited to make such an impact for the Kingdom of Christ. There is still a need for these Solar Kits. If 50 kids can raise funds for a Solar Kit in five evenings, then I know it is possible for others to step up and sponsor more of these Solar Kits! God bless you, GNPI, for your work, and thank you for partnering with our church to help spread the Gospel of Christ!”

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. 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.

Rejoice With Us: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We want you to rejoice with us about the renovation of our control room and recording room with new ceiling, insulated walls, carpets, LED lights, repaired furniture, two new air conditioners, and soundproofing. Thanks once again to GNPI for your partnership and prayers, so we can make difference here in India.”

Prayers & Praises

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” — Ephesians 3:16 (NIV)

Reaching Out to Muslims: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya says, “We are working with the I2 ministry on a project to reach out to Muslims. We have 10 episodes ready, and we will put them on DVDs for distribution. Please pray this project will draw people into a right relationship with Jesus.”

The Most Amazing Time: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! I am extremely glad to share the joy and encouragement we received while visiting New Life Church (NLC) in downtown Kiev. NLC is a very special place where many missions and ministries meet continuously. Fellowship between the services was amazing because many people were coming to tell us how much they appreciate the resources we publish and share through the Internet and in our Reliable Foundations online club, seminars, and trainings. They said our resources help their ministries and with their personal growth in Jesus!”

Solar Kit Partnership: Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “A pastor from the U.S. came by with a national pastor to ask how they could use solar power in the villages of SE Asia. They wanted to show videos, so I gave them one of our Solar Kits with the condition that they report how it is used and how effective it was in sharing the Message. Please pray the people in the villages will understand God’s love and truth and accept Jesus as their Savior.”

Easter Broadcast: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We have been busy. Our Easter program has been recorded, edited, and submitted to the network. We expect approval of the telecast very soon. Please pray God will use the program for His glory and purposes.”

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.”

Prayers & Praises

“But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear . . .” — 2 Timothy 4:17(NLT)

God Is in Charge: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “Thank you for your prayers for northern India. The rioting is now under control. We are busy preparing for ladies seminars in different areas of our region as well as for our Easter meetings. In some areas, the authorities required us to seek permission to hold the group meetings. We have not received approval from them. We know that whatever God does is best for us, and He is in charge.”

New Christians: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “After a seminar about the true and living God, 12 people decided to be baptized! One of the men I trained is already sharing the Gospel with others. Praise the Lord for what He is doing through this man.”

We Were Shocked: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We met with a law professor who shared how useful our Biblical Foundations for Civil Society resources (including a book, videos, and presentations) are and how she incorporates them into her lectures. We were shocked! When she first introduced herself, we were expecting a professional critique. However, we were wrong. The wisdom of God’s Word still shines light in the minds of experts just like it did when Jesus explained the Law of Moses to the scribes and teachers in His day. May His name be praised!

An Opportunity to Influence:
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya says, “We have had requests for more public service announcements (PSAs). The PSAs often deal with difficult subjects, but they provide an opportunity to influence people with biblical values. Pray for us as we work on our newest PSAs about the topics of abortion and being too busy for God.”

The Ideal Solution: Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “Praise the Lord! We are making progress on the Solar Kit workshop building. I have construction quotes from a local company and the counsel of a missionary who oversees many construction projects. The building will be quite large with a front porch that adds another two meters to the front. The building modules will be delivered on a truck with a crane, and the final assembly will be on our grounds. It seems we have found the ideal solution.”

Prayers & Praises

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” — Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)

State of Chaos: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, shares, “We pray the riots will die down and for people to recover from the damage and loss of life. Right now hospitals cannot access or transport victims. Protestors have shut down seven primary water plants. This forces the cities to use emergency reserves amidst a limited water supply. Work has ceased and resulted in a loss of more than five billion dollars over the past few days. Railway tracks have been blocked. Airports have hiked their rates by 300%. Commuters are stranded. Members from some of our churches are upset because they are unable to travel to work. Pray for the peace of Christ in this state of chaos.”

A Grand Slam: Eighteen people from eight different Latin American countries gathered for a two-day meeting in Nicaragua last month to create a synergy of like-minded workers and to build relationships. International Consultant Bob Gurwell said, “This meeting was not just a home run, it was a grand slam. May God receive all the glory.” Thank you for praying for this regional meeting.

Easter Sunday Broadcasts: Manee Masey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We are preparing the music for our Easter broadcast. We received a very good time slot for our program. Plans are being finalized, and we may have the opportunity to broadcast on three different national TV networks on Easter Sunday at three different times. I am blessed to work with a really strong team. Please keep our staff in prayer and for our program preparation, broadcasting, and follow-up.”

Shining in the Darkness: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “Last year we published eight books (three new books from national authors, two were translations into Russian, and three were translations into Ukrainian). Our newest book, “The Bible and Politics: Foundations for Civil Society” is even in use by secular NGOs as a manual for training public activists! Praise the Lord! The truth of the God’s Word is shining in the darkness.”

Miracles of Jesus: Pongdang of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Thank you very much for your prayers. We are working on the scripts for the Miracles of Jesus in Burmese and preparing to record the audio. Then we plan to create visuals, including a combination of actors and animation.”

Prayers & Praises

“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” — Psalm 1:1-3 (NLT)

A Global Forum: Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand writes, “Our team worked at the World Without Orphans Global Forum earlier this month. We recorded video for the conference. A team from Ukraine uploaded the video to stream it on the Internet and within minutes comments came in from around the world. Five hundred people attended from 70 countries. God is moving, and it’s a wonderful blessing to have a small part in it. Thanks to all of you who have given us the chance to serve.”

Rioting: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, shares an update from her son, Suraj, and their coworkers. Suraj reports, “​We were caught in the middle of a heated rally. We were traveling home after a short filming trip when we saw barricades on both sides of the road. There were police and military vehicles stationed along with police officers and soldiers keeping things in check. Thousands of protestors and civilians were on the road and near the road. We eventually got back to Chandigarh by taking a highway through the eastern mountain range. God was with us. We are praying for these riots to die down, so things can return to normal.”

Sharing the Love of Christ: Abi Flores of GNPI-Mexico writes, “We are working on the cover design for a music DVD and preparing The Global Gospel audio for use on the radio. Please join us in praying for these projects to be a blessing in the lives of many people and to help them to understand and share the love of Christ.”

Presidential Elections: Pray for our coworkers at GNPI-Uganda to have God’s wisdom as they return to work after the national and local elections. Pray for peace in Uganda.

Project Nomad Training in South Africa: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen says, “Praise the Lord! Plans are being finalized for the advanced training in Johannesburg with Project Nomad-South Africa. I am going over the training materials with a couple from Avalon Church of Christ in Virginia as they prepare to join me for the trip in May.”

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