Do you remember GNPI’s popular Venture in Faith series? These inspiring testimonies are now available for podcast listeners. The interviews were originally filmed in our Joplin studios over a span of 20 years starting in the 1980s. The stories from these individuals continue to show God’s power and relevance as they encourage a new generation.
Mike Schrage, Executive Director
I visited Korntal, Germany, recently. Click here if you are interested in learning more about the deep Moravian history of this quaint village. This group of people prayed more effectively than most and sent more missionaries per capita than most. They knew how to ask! They proved through a century of practice that prayer and global evangelism are directly linked and can change the world.
Haven’t we all had this experience sometime in our lives? We prayed to God, but because we didn’t see any difference we thought He didn’t care or didn’t act. When we pray and nothing seems to happen, it causes us to lose desire and determination. We say to ourselves, “What’s the use?”
That’s not true, though, is it? Think about prayer with one of your children. When my son asks, I hear. Because he is my son, I pay close attention and have my mind fixed on what he’s asking. Though he may come back to me again with his request, he really doesn’t have to repeat it. I’ve got it.
Nor does he have to do anything special to make the request. If he’s dirty, he doesn’t need to get cleaned up. He doesn’t have to wait until I’m rested. No, he feels the freedom to ask when he wants.
Just as he feels the freedom to ask when he wants, as his father I choose to respond when it’s best. In my time. My time may not be the same as his. My answer may not be the one he would want. That doesn’t diminish the importance of the ask, though. I can’t read what’s in his mind; he has to make it known to me.
God’s not like that. He knows what’s in my heart. We don’t approach God in prayer for the purpose of informing Him of anything. We approach God with our heart’s desires because in asking, faith is exercised, love is shown, hope is expressed, and relationship is developed with the One who knows best.
Prayer exposes our desires and intentions. In response our Abba Father kindly shows how well our own intentions align with His own.
Amazing, isn’t it!
Jesus said it best in John 16:24, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
What do you think about this verse? What do you need? Have you taken the time to open your heart and directly ask the Father while remembering that He is God and the source of everything?
Prayer’s impact is not dependent on the piety or passion of the one praying but on the preference and power of the One listening.
That is good news!
Gayle Silkwood, Office Manager of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand
Amp was abandoned by her parents at a young age. She became quiet and withdrawn with only a few friends. She grew up feeling unloved and unneeded. Watch the following testimony to see how Jesus changed her life.
As an adult Amp has an important position with Upland Holistic Development Project, a foundation in Southeast Asia. Her job is to reach out to hill tribe people in northern Thailand. She markets and provides a means for them to sell their handicrafts. In her free time, she visits orphanages, plays the guitar, and brings food to a Christian care group for people with disabilities. The Lord is using this woman who had never before known love to give her love to others.
How has the love of Christ changed your life?
Gayle Silkwood, Office Manager of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand
Our team traveled to the northern border of Thailand to interview Pastor Uti-jack for our testimonial program. He had been a highly educated Buddhist monk when he met Jesus through a neighbor who invited him to a Bible study. Watch his story of conversion.
Years later, after his dramatic change from Buddhism to follow Jesus, he had a dream that further inspired him to step out in faith.
In his dream the Lord showed him a tiny house and made him aware that he was to build a large church behind this small house. After he woke up he drove around the area and found that tiny house. Behind it was a very large lot for sale. He prayed for funds to start this massive project, and in a short time, his bank account showed two large deposits that more than covered the cost. He still does not know who deposited this money.
It is pastor Uti-jack’s routine to wake up at 3:00 in his little home every morning to pray. Members of his congregation start arriving at 4:00 am to walk past his little house to the prayer room at the church. Every day people come to pray before they go to work and then stop by the pastor’s home to visit. Some bring him vegetables, fruit, and meat. Some need counsel and encouragement. Pastor Uti-jack says his church membership continues to grow, and all are very diligent prayer warriors. What an inspiration for us all to listen to God and step out in faith!
Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Manila, Philippines
The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
As we pause to reflect on our ministry, the Lord has encouraged us to press on in several ways.
Our staff has several exciting announcements about Faith Matters, too! Great Commission TV, the only full-time Christian television station in the Philippines, has offered to broadcast episodes of our short devotional series twice a day during the week and once a day on the weekends at no charge. The series will air in October.
We are receiving positive feedback about our outreach through Faith Matters, too! The following comments really motivate us to keep working.
“The videos have become a daily moment of reflection and are enriching me spiritually.”
“The series is an important source of inspiration and wisdom; it completes my day.”
“Thank you so much for sharing this message with us. When I watch and listen to your message, I feel like God is talking to me.”
The 29-year-old executive of a local Christian merchandise business which markets products to young people, told us that he wakes up at 6:00 every morning to listen to and share Faith Matters, too! In their devotions at the office, they sometimes discuss Faith Matters, too! content for the day, and the businessman says he and his staff often ask themselves, “Is God talking to me?”
A few weeks after the executive started sharing the posts, he told us, “We’d like to offer support or help.” This company now provides the shirts for our host, Kuya Caloy. The company has a Facebook page with over 700,000 followers, and they share the videos on their page, sometimes twice a day. This led to a spike in our viewership. We have reached 20,000 followers for Faith Matters, too!
We have also reached 200 episodes, and earlier this month we initiated Saturday episodes where Caloy answers questions sent in by viewers who have reached out to us for help. May the Lord continue to speak to Filipinos through this series.
We are making plans for an additional series to branch off from Faith Matters, too! and the host we wanted has agreed. The host has a more street-smart style, and will be speaking more in Tagalog to connect with even more Filipinos. We hope to launch it in early January.
Finally, our Say It Forward series is also going well after nearly two years. The videos average six to eight minutes and are presented in a Christian TED Talk format. To date, we have completed 88 episodes with 15 speakers. Some of the talks have sparked discussions on the issues, and some schools in the provinces have used these videos to teach their students: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Integrity, and Love and Courtship.
We are currently running a series by a dentist through the middle of October:
We have so many reasons to praise God!
Stephen Muturi, Operations Manager of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda
Our team in Uganda is working on a progressive and highly interactive peace project for refugees. The project includes intentional, yet simple radio dramas on practical ways to work through conflict and build peace. Ministry partners believe that making this material available in local languages will be a game changer!
We had a group of nine young people from South Sudan and some LivingStone International University students helping us translate the OneTribe Peace Project from English to Juba Arabic. They finished translations and recorded around 20 episodes for the first phase. We are editing and working to complete the project as we adjust to the new schedules of the students who returned to school. We plan to work on the remaining 20 episodes after we receive the scripts from our ministry partner.
It’s an honor to serve God through media and these new opportunities.
Join us in praying for God’s grace and favor to impact young Africans and their families.
The Lord is using The Global Gospel (TGG) in new and tremendous ways. For those who are new to our ministry, TGG is a series of short videos which present the life and teachings of Jesus using colorful illustrations and dramatic Bible readings in the most widely spoken languages of the world.
One ministry partner has made a TGG version called Jesus Story. It is a television series for kids and is broadcasting this fall on Sat-7 in the Arabic and Farsi languages. This version includes an introduction, several of the stories, and a closing about the main point into 13 half-hour episodes. These ministry partners estimate that nearly five million youth from the ages of 6-13 will be able to view the programs in the Arabic language alone! GNPI regional centers around the world may consider using this template for their own Jesus Story productions.
Our team in Mexico is working on a sign language version of TGG. Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “We were inspired by the commitment of our ministry partners to share the Gospel. We were also impressed to see the excitement of the deaf students who participated in this project.
In September we traveled to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to record the last part of this project.
In January we had the opportunity to personally deliver, through a friend of GNPI, 500 thumbdrives with many GNPI materials, including The Global Gospel, to 500 Chinese house church pastors. The thumb drives were distributed secretly as the leaders strategically met in a neighboring country. GNPI recently prepared 30 more flash drives with TGG and other resources for this same ministry partner to take to a Project Nomad training in another part of Asia this fall.
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia shares another online platform for The Global Gospel (TGG) in Russian. This team used the Everlasting Gospel translation for this TGG version, and the translation ministry is really excited. They posted it on their own website with a comment that it is the best visual presentation of the Gospel they know of so far. They provided a link to the GNPI website as well.
GNPI is adding discussion questions to each version of TGG this year. There are three questions for each story on the YouTube and Vimeo sites. Study questions are now available for English, Chinese, Thai, Swahili, and Burmese.
Our team in Damoh has completed TGG in ten languages for India. New formats also include mp3 audio files for villages in India. An Internet radio station began broadcasting The Global Gospel in the Urdu language 18 months ago.
Khuram Gill of Gospel Radio said, “I am still using The Global Gospel in Urdu. I started using this program in January 2016 and continue to broadcast it randomly. These are very blessed, short messages. I love them. Please keep it up. You are doing great job for His kingdom. May God bless all of you abundantly and use you more and more for saving souls and for His glory, in Jesus Christ’s name we ask. Amen.”
To date, more than 31,425 people have completed plans and tracks incorporating the videos from The Global Gospel on their favorite app.
Last year representatives from Free Bible images asked if they could use the TGG images on their website. They started with photos and stories about the Resurrection in the spring of 2016. Paul Thompson of Free Bible images writes,
“Our users were delighted with the quality of the artwork and as the videos follow the Bible narration, they found them to be excellent visuals for explaining the events of Easter. Each story on our web pages has a Video link to the GNPI Vimeo channel showing all 20 translations of that Bible video.”
Free Bible images then expanded to the rest of the photos and videos about TGG. Their end of the year report stated:
“In 2016 we had 48,674 sets of GNPI images downloaded in PowerPoint, PDF, or Keynote formats for teaching. Users on our site can also view any set of GNPI stories in our StoryView that runs a slideshow of the images with the Bible text from the Net Bible. We had 214,987 GNPI stories read online in StoryView in 2016, and we expect this figure to keep rising. These views and downloads took place in 160 different countries.”
With The GNPI App, tools like TGG are readily accessible for your next visit with an international student, refugee, or someone you meet on a mission trip. As more languages of TGG are added and updated, Thailand, South Korea, and Tanzania have become some of the top regions consistently viewing TGG on YouTube. Our statistics reveal that viewers are watching mainly on mobile devices.
These numbers compare the first six months of this year with the first six months of last year:
- The amount of time watching TGG videos is 119,336 minutes compared to 64,288 (185% increase from last year).
- Total number of views of TGG videos is 103,418 compared to 46,373 (223% increase).
- The number of shares of TGG videos is 1,159 compared to 431 (274% increase).
- The most watched video in the first half of this year was the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Thai (#81). Last year it was The Lord’s Prayer in Hindi (#36)
As of September 2017, 28 languages are completed, and 13 are in progress or being pursued.
We praise the Lord for using TGG beyond what we asked or imagined!
Mike Schrage, Executive Director
I would like to introduce a fun new way to interact with our ministry. The following page shows some of the technology Christian workers have used through the years in sharing the Gospel. It combines new media tools with older ones to create an augmented reality.
Gayle Silkwood, Office Manager of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand
As with the sower in Jesus’ parable, those of us who create media materials have an opportunity to spread seeds of faith. In Thailand, we do this with the Internet, on mobile devices, and anywhere media can be taken.
We hope that in sowing our inspirational programs some will fall on good soil (those who are ready to hear). We sow seeds of faith in the form of testimonials, Bible lessons, and community outreach stories waiting for the Lord of the Harvest to bring about the yield.
Thank you for helping us share the Good News in this way.
Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia
Six Days is the theme of our summer children’s programs, which have taken place carefully in the format of day camps, family camps, and playgrounds. Our team focuses on building the faith of people of all ages, and building a Christian worldview in youth is our top priority. The nations of the former Soviet Union have experienced a great exodus from the Egypt of communism to the desert of secular democracy. Our goal is to do everything we can for the next generation to enter the promised land of the Kingdom.
The following video features some of the highlights with these young people.
Please join us in prayer for these children who learned how God created the world in six days, for staff safety, for the Lord’s guidance, and for His greater glory in this region.