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Facing the Dangers of Pornography

Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya

It was a blessing to travel to Nairobi during the summer for the Project Nomad regional training.

We are excited to produce more videos for the people of the Pokot tribe in their own language, so biblical teaching is easier for them to understand. The videos we’ve produced for this people group are not only watched, but the Lord uses the videos to inspire change in the hearts of those who watch them.

Our newest project is a 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.

The Path of Moses (Part Two)

Mark Allen met Musa at a Project Nomad training in Ghana over the summer. Musa was the eldest son of the Imam of the largest mosque in Tamale. Click here to read Part One of how Musa came to know the Lord, escaped death, and attended Bible college.

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Musa joined a church planting group after completing his missionary training in Accra. He discovered that his connection with the Muslim community gave him a unique perspective on planting churches. The Lord blessed him, and the organization asked him to lead a team that was headed to northern Ghana. The team would be based in his home city, Tamale.

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Facing his past head-on, Musa went to Tamale and saw the same success in reaching the Muslim community. He started a number of house churches in the area while being shunned by his father, who wouldn’t allow him to talk to his family.

One day the elders of his father’s mosque appeared at his door. His father was dead, and there was a problem. The status and power of Musa’s father in the community as the Imam of Tamale’s largest mosque put Musa’s father in the “untouchable” category. No one felt worthy to perform the Muslim burial ritual. They wanted Musa to perform the ritual without including any “Christian” beliefs.

Musa agreed. The next day he conducted the burial rites. He respectfully washed and dried  his father’s body, wrapped it in cloth, moved the body to an open casket, and loaded the casket onto the back of a truck. Mourners followed the truck to the cemetery where Musa alone lifted his father’s body and placed it in the prepared grave, carefully rolling the Imam’s body to face Mecca as part of the ritual.

Musa followed the burial rites to the letter, respecting the Muslim tradition and gaining the respect of the community. Some people came to Musa afterwards and said, “Tell us more about the Jesus you follow.” Many converted to Christianity soon after the burial of Musa’s father.

Musa continues to work at church planting and preaching. In addition, he is now the leader of Tamale’s developing Project Nomad team, which has started producing culturally relevant videos about the Gospel to be shared with communities in and around the area.

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He’s no longer known by the Arabic translation of his name. Instead he uses the English version, Pastor Moses.

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What an amazing path he’s taken to become a true disciple.

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The Path of Moses (Part One)

Mark Allen, Project Nomad Coordinator

The title of this story sounds like a sermon title or the latest faith-based blockbuster, doesn’t it? After conducting Project Nomad training in Tamale, Ghana, I learned the amazing story of one of the attendees that sounded like it could have come from a Hollywood movie.

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Musa was the eldest son of the Imam of the largest mosque in Tamale. When he was a boy, Musa would diligently make the call to prayer daily each of the five times, in Arabic, over the mosque’s loudspeaker system. His young voice reached thousands in his community. He assisted his father in leading the prayers while learning the duties of an Imam, and his father hoped that Musa would one day stand in his place.

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As he grew older Musa’s love of the technology in the mosque led to his job as a dance DJ at a local bar part of a large hotel in the same neighborhood. Musa enjoyed this lifestyle, occasionally “partying” with friends to the point of excess. Though his lifestyle didn’t conform to the Muslim way, his status as the Imam’s son gave him a pass among friends and others in the community.

Musa also worked in the hotel as a bellhop to make extra money. One day two Christian missionaries from Accra stayed in the hotel and befriended Musa. They visited him at the club and watched him DJ, and he talked with them during his breaks. When the time came for the missionaries to leave the hotel, Musa helped them with their bags, and they gave him a parting gift they weren’t sure he’d take, a new Bible. They suggested that he read the first four books of the New Testament.

Not long afterwards, Musa did read his gift, and he made a discovery when comparing the Bible to the Quran. The prophet Isa (Jesus) is mentioned 25 times in the Quran, while Mohammed was mentioned, by name, only 4 times. This changed his perception of Christianity. He continued to read and to study.

When his father, the Imam, saw his eldest son reading the Bible at home, he warned Musa to stop or to suffer the consequences of death. His father saw the reading of a Christian Bible as an affront to the Quran and Islam. Musa could not stop reading what he knew to be the truth. He continued to study, but only when he was at work or when his father was not around. Eventually, Musa made a commitment to Christ.

One day when Musa was studying in his room, his siblings began to shout a warning. His father was coming to kill him! Before Musa could leave his room, his father appeared at his door with a pistol in his hand. When the Imam pulled the trigger “something” made Musa lean out of the way, the bullet whizzed by and shattered the window behind him. Then the gun jammed. Before his father could clear the weapon and shoot again, Musa escaped by throwing himself through the broken window.

Musa left Tamale by hiding aboard a freight train bound for Accra that night with only the clothing on his back. He arrived early the next morning, found his way to the seminary school where his missionary friends were from, and slept on a bench outside the school’s closed gates.

When the school opened, Musa met with the headmaster and asked if he could attend the school to become a missionary like his friends. The headmaster said he would have to pay the tuition, but Musa had no money or even extra clothing. All he owned remained in his father’s house in Tamale. As a consolation the headmaster offered him breakfast.

The school had its own cafeteria. Musa felt obliged to help the elderly woman who ran the kitchen after his free meal. As he helped her clean up, he shared his story. The woman told Musa to return for the evening meal, and she would make sure he was fed. When he arrived that evening, the headmaster was waiting with the elderly lady and her husband, the cook. Musa thought he was in trouble, but in fact, he learned that God had a plan for him. The elderly couple wanted to fund Musa’s tuition, so he could become a missionary.

Click here to find out how the Lord used Musa in an incredible way in his own community.

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.

 

Taking Production to the Next Level

Habacuc Diaz, Team Leader of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile

Not everybody is ready or interested in reading the Bible, but we find that people are willing to watch a short video.

Media is helping us to share the Gospel with the seven million people in Santiago.

This is the reason why I am so eager to learn more about video production, which I had the opportunity to do this summer when I came to Indianapolis, Indiana, for some advanced training this summer.

Mapping Out the GNPI Network

Take this opportunity to consider the widespread influence of this growing ministry.

  • Nine regional centers are producing biblical resources for each of their cultures.
  • Eight small production teams are training under the leadership of Project Nomad.
  • Six hundred Solar Kits have been mobilized to areas without electricity.

Thank you for your partnership in equipping Christian leaders throughout the world to communicate the hope of the Gospel through media to people in their heart languages and cultures.

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