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“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!”

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“. . . 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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

Spring 2016 Prayer Report

We praise God for our ministry partners and the blessings He has given to our global network.

“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

Strategic Meetings in Nicaragua: Executive Director Mike Schrage says, “More than 20 people representing several nations gathered in Nicaragua to discuss what God has been doing through media in Central and South America as well as the possibility of future partnerships with GNPI. Please pray for wisdom for the outcomes.”

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Family Conferences: Abi Flores of GNPI-Mexico writes, “We traveled with Pecos and Lynda Inchaustegui to Monterrey, Mexico, in order to record a pilot for several family conferences this year. We hope this will become a 10-part video series about marriage. Pecos and Lynda have a broad range of knowledge. They are dynamic speakers who would be a great help to many families. We appreciate your prayers as we make plans for the conferences.”

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Africa

Music Ministry: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya writes, “We are still trying to reach youth through music videos. We filmed the popular Mwanga band. We are editing the video and working on graphic designs for the DVD cover. Please pray the Lord will use this music video to draw Kenyan teens into a personal relationship with Him.”

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Notable Impact: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Uganda says, “Christian workers tell us the GNPI videos showed on the Solar Kits are very helpful in the villages due to their power to attract interest as well as their emphasis on biblical teaching. The notable impact has been several conversions to Christ. Praise the Lord for the 21 people who were obedient to the Gospel in the Bulambuli area, north of Mbale and Jinja.”

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Asia

Things I Love: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines writes, “One of the things I love the most about my work is meeting a lot of interesting new people as well as renewing old friendships. For example, while the host of WWJD was getting ready, I enjoyed visiting with his lovely wife! Pray for this series as we discuss new ideas and other issues in the coming year.”

A Messiah Movement: Timothy P of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Pray for a Messiah movement to open the spiritual eyes of the people. They need to see the true and living God who came to the world as our Messiah. We will work towards this and believe God will surely accomplish it through us.”

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Praying for Wisdom: Tom Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand says, “Pray that we can find the best stories and the right people. My team is committed to featuring people who live godly lives. We need God’s wisdom to select faithful disciples.”

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Europe

The Wizard of Uz: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine reports, “We wish you could have been here for our meeting with Andrey from Uzbekistan, the leader of the Central Asia Apologetics ministry chapter. I have nicknamed him the Wizard of Uz. Media is the only way to spread the Message in his area. Digital book readers, cell phone apps, and online video and audio resources allow our team to work without breaking any laws against the Bible and Christian literature. Our years of experience help us to continue our ministry in the occupied territories where the limitations are very strict. Please keep this outreach in your prayers!”

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India

Persecuted for His Name: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “Here in northern India, preaching the Gospel is difficult with a new political party in power. We have to be on our guard every time we go out to preach or conduct mass meetings. Some people try to disturb us by throwing stones on our gatherings or cutting off the power. Our evangelists have been beaten for showing Bible clips on Solar Kits. The local administration has punished these criminals, but ensuring justice is an ongoing and difficult process. We are thankful to God for taking care of us as we face persecution for His Name.”

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Room Renovation: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Rejoice with us as we have completed of our much needed repairs to our control room and recording room. We are preparing an Easter production for national television.”

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Project Nomad Updates

Worship in Chile: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Chile says, “Praise the Lord! We finished six new worship videos. Churches in the area will use these for leading worship when no musicians are available. Two of them have been posted on YouTube already. We also made a CD of the songs. The local churches responded very positively. They are giving the CDs to first time visitors as a gift.”

Basic Training Online: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen is recording videos to supplement the other basic training materials. He is also working to complete an online curriculum. Please pray they will be useful and cost effective for many Christian workers who are using media to learn and then share the Gospel around the world.

Incredible Opportunity for China: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen says, “We confirmed dates in October for a training event in Hong Kong. Five teams of three will participate. Each team represents a province in China, which means the creation of active Nomad teams in five Chinese provinces potentially. Praise the Lord for this incredible opportunity!”

Prayers & Praises

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” — 1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)

God Is Working: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “By God’s grace the work is progressing. Ten people want to be baptized after completing their Bible studies. God is working in the lives of people in northern India as they surrender to Him. We are glad to be able to use the Solar Kits to teach. Pray for His Word to reach every soul in this area.”

Biblical Anthropology: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “Our strategy is a combination of reactive and proactive approaches. The political situation is still unpredictable in many ways. New challenges present new opportunities, and we are using them for the glory of the Kingdom. The main issue we will target this year is biblical anthropology. We are developing Scripture based courses, videos, presentations, and books to examine the biblical view of our origins, nature, purpose, and destiny. Please keep this in your prayers.”

Finishing Touches: Othaina Eid of GNPI-Uganda writes, “Thank you for praying for our work in Mbale. We are putting the finishing touches on some projects we did not complete last year. One of them is the Marriage for Life series. Please pray the series will help couples to understand the biblical perspective of marriage.”

Peace in the Storm: Abi Flores of GNPI-Mexico says, “Gonzalo García, a minister from Tepic, Mexico, shared a message about peace in the midst of the storm on our Resplandece radio program. Brother García is a well-known minister and church planter who founded the Pacific Bible Institute to produce preachers for Mexico. Brother García recorded his first music project in our studio as well. The album, The Lord Is With Me, includes a variety of music for all ages. Please pray for our radio program and for the music to be a blessing to our audience throughout Mexico, Portugal, U.S. and other Spanish speaking areas.”

Worship in Chile: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Chile says, “Praise the Lord! We finished six new worship videos. Churches will use these to lead worship when no musicians are available. Two of them are on YouTube already, and we also made a CD. The local churches have responded very positively. They are giving the CDs to first time visitors as a gift.”

Prayers & Praises

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” — Micah 7:7 (NIV)

Persecuted for His Name: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, writes, “Here in northern India, preaching the Gospel is difficult with a new political party in power. We have to be on our guard every time we go out to preach or conduct mass meetings. Some people try to disturb us by throwing stones on our gathering or cutting off the power. Our evangelists have been beaten for showing Bible clips on Solar Kits. The local administration has punished these criminals, but ensuring justice is an ongoing and difficult process. We are thankful to God for taking care of us as we face persecution for His Name.”

Thanks a Thousand Times: Allen Sappington, a Christian worker in Panama, writes, “Thanks a thousand times for helping us with the Solar Kit for our work on the San Blas Islands. We started using 16mm on reel to reel projectors in 1985. We carried them to jungle villages and islands on horseback or on our backs as well as in dugout canoes, small planes, and four wheel drive trucks. The Solar Kit is a miracle for our Floating Bible Schools ministry. As we share the Gospel, nearly 150 people have made decisions for Christ.”

Family Conferences: Abi Flores of GNPI-Mexico writes, “We traveled with Pecos and Lynda Inchaustegui to Monterrey, Mexico, to record a pilot for some family conferences. We hope this will become a 10-part video series about marriage. Pecos and Lynda have a broad range of knowledge. They are dynamic speakers who could be a great help to many families. We appreciate your prayers as we make plans for these conferences this year.”

It Is Amazing: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine writes, “Our former students displaced by political turmoil are scattered in various regions. They are starting ministries and developing disciples in new places. It is amazing how the Lord uses the troubles of the world for His greater glory. Please pray with us for the new opportunities He is providing.”

Basic Training Online: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen is recording videos in Joplin this week to supplement the other basic training materials. He plans to have online materials completed by April. Please pray these materials will be useful and cost effective for many Christian workers who are using media to share the Gospel around the world.

Prayers & Praises

“Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”
— Ephesians 4:24 (NLT)

Strategic Meetings in Nicaragua: Executive Director Mike Schrage says, “This week more than 20 people representing several nations plan to gather in Nicaragua to discuss what God has been doing through media in Central and South America as well as the possibility of future partnerships with GNPI. Please pray for safety in flights, funding for the gathering, and wisdom for the outcomes.”

The Global Gospel in Indonesia: The Christian Church Theological School of Indonesia (CCTSI) in Central Java has built a small recording studio so they can record three languages The Global Gospel. John Mulkey of CCTSI says, “We’re ready to begin the long awaited task of recording and editing the series. Pray for us as we move ahead.”

Such an Attraction: Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India, says, “The Solar Kit provides such an attraction. The children come first. They pay attention and ask so many questions. Then they invite the pastors to come to their homes to share about Christ. The children brought their parents to the churches at Christmas. God is blessing our work. Please pray that God would keep us strong and safe.”

The Wizard of Uz: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine reports, “We wish you could have been here for our meeting with Andrey from Uzbekistan, the leader of the Central Asia Apologetics ministry chapter. I have nicknamed him the Wizard of Uz. Media is the only way to spread the Message in his area. Digital book readers, cell phone apps, and online video and audio resources allow our team to work without breaking any laws against the Bible and Christian literature. Our years of experience help us continue our ministry in the occupied territories where limitations are very strict. Please keep this outreach in your prayers!”

A Messiah Movement: Timothy P of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Pray for a Messiah movement to open the spiritual eyes of the people. They need to see the true and living God who came to the world as our Messiah. We are ready to work towards this and believe God will surely accomplish it through us.”

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