Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia
The Lord keeps providing new opportunities for our ministry even with the current conditions. We started a new partnership with the Life Club Morning Show on Channel 5 television. The program is broadcast nationally and then made available online. The episode on the historical veracity of the Resurrection of Jesus received more than 38,500 views!
I am delighted to share another online platform for The Global Gospel (TGG) in Russian. We 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 links to GNPI and the Christian Center for Science and Apologetics as well.
The Lord gave us a commandment in Matthew 10:27, “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” Praise His name for technologies that provide us with the opportunity to carry out this commandment effectively!
Timothy Jai Kumar, Team Leader of Project Nomad-Chennai, India
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. — Luke 18:1 (NLT)
Our team took an honest look at some of the common internal struggles we have with prayer, such as our posture, our words, and even our reasons for talking to God.
One of the most important things to remember is to never give up.
What are some other questions and accusations you face during prayer?
Mike Schrage, Executive Director
Sometimes life unfolds like a newspaper whose headlines strike you. This story dates back thirty years.
Meet Eko, a Christian media entrepreneur from Indonesia. Years ago he was close to graduating from college in the U.S. and still directionless, so he went to Joplin, Missouri, to check out a ministry called Good News Productions, International. Eko went with nothing to lose and everything to gain. As he listened in rapt attention to GNPI founder Ziden Nutt, Eko discovered a clear calling in his own soul to use media for the Kingdom.
Meanwhile, an American printer turned missionary was working in Indonesia. Frank Preston pursued a doctorate in his spare time focusing on how fundamental Islam is propagated by its followers through media strategies. He studied, learned, and began the Kingdom journey of sharing this knowledge with GNPI and others willing to listen.
Another ten years passed. A missions pastor, Danny, asked Shawn, a former missionary, how much money it would take to fund 10,000 copies of a children’s book series Shawn had written? Providentially, that conversation took place in Mbale, Uganda.
The estimated cost for 10 stories with 1,000 copies of each one was $100,000. Within 24 hours Danny made a call and had the money! Jerry, a member of Danny’s congregation, was dying and had lost his wife recently. They had no children, and Jerry wanted to bless ministries which reach children. Jerry loved the children’s book idea and agreed to provide the funds.
The children’s stories were a “new angle” on familiar Bible stories. Imagine, for example, a child listening to her grandfather Jairus tell her how Jesus raised their mother from the dead. Several artists were invited to do the illustration work, but nothing seemed to work out. We wondered, “Why are there delays? Why is this vision to reach the next generation through children’s stories stalled again? Why, God?”
Then new questions were considered: What if the books were animated and included a social media strategy? What if a place outside of the U.S. could do the work for a lower cost? What if the project design was under the expert eyes of Frank, the former missionary in Indonesia and well-educated mentor in media design? What if there were 10 stories from the New Testament and 10 stories from the Old Testament? Since the project would be launched in a challenging Muslim audience, why not start with the stories the Muslim audience identifies as true prophets, men like Abraham, Moses and David?
Meanwhile, GNPI was invited by another missionary serving with a different organization in Indonesia to visit a Disney-like media ministry. Hidden behind the vegetation on the edge of the city was an economically-sound media company and the skillful workers were willing to help with creation of relevant Christian media for their country, the most populous Muslim nation in the world. On the back patio of the office was a small globe, which looked very similar to the one outside of GNPI’s office in Joplin. Eko had built the globe in recognition of the ministry that had changed the trajectory of his life so many years ago.
God brought GNPI and Eko back together at the perfect time, and Eko made another generous contribution to the project. When he heard that the project cost was three times the designated amount, he matched the generosity of Jerry with a gift in kind. The largest project in the history of GNPI history was half funded by two families before the contract was even signed! Not to mention the fact that it turned out Frank and Eko’s wives knew each other from the time Frank’s family was in Indonesia.
Only God could weave together so many details and people, and He is finally unrolling the newspaper in order to let us see His purposes tucked in the headlines of Good News in the New Angle Media Project!
Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya
We are pleased to release a new set of lessons on marriage. These programs examine many of the issues husbands and wives face. We pray this series will encourage many families in a practical way.
The episodes on marriage are part of our Redefining the Church teaching series started earlier this year. This series is designed for mature Christians. It includes, but is not limited to, sports, marriage, industry, commerce, media, and entertainment.
We’ve already completed the following lessons on biblical marriage. Kindly take a look.
Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Manila, Philippines
Our staff is deeply honored by a support group for cancer patients who are using our Faith Matters, too! videos.
Patients in the cancer unit at St. Luke’s hospital usually wait in the corridor for medical appointments and treatments. A Christian lady noticed the somber and depressing mood of many people, and she wanted to encourage everyone by sharing Jesus. Eventually, the support group was born. It continues even though the founder herself died. The group started at the main branch and when the hospital opened another branch in Global City, the Corridor of Hope was established there.
The support group shares our Faith Matters, too! videos on their Facebook page: St. Luke’s Corridor of Hope GC. If you check out their page, most of the posts are about cancer, treatments, activities, and our GNPI videos. May the Lord work through this opportunity!
Visit https://www.facebook.com/faithmatterstoo/ to watch these messages of hope and encouragement.
The GNPI Impact Indicators from 2016 featured in the following video give us reasons to glorify God. They also remind us that not everything the Lord does can be measured.
What forms of media and technology have helped you to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus this year?
Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico
Who can intercede for us before God? This Nomad team continues to create a variety of discipleship resources in Spanish to offer the hope of Christ.
The team works in conjunction with IMPACTO Latino; Good News Productions, International (GNPI); and El Jubileo Christian Church, in Pachuca, Mexico.
They are an online community of technical and spiritual support serving the Hispanic church by providing useful and practical materials for the growth of the Kingdom of God.
Visit www.facebook.com/IglesiasCreativas/ for additional resources.
Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia
We are developing new resources, including a book and a training seminar entitled Does God Exist? Our goal is to equip believers to demolish atheistic worldview strongholds in this post-communist part of the world.
We use various Internet sites, platforms, and social networks to spread the Message of Christ to areas of the former Soviet Union. It is hard to estimate how far it reaches. However, after finalizing the upload of all our resources to a new content management program, the results have amazed us! During the month of March we had visitors from 40 countries, and some of them are pretty surprising, like Saudi Arabia and Mongolia.
We praise the Lord for His faithfulness in this summary of our projects to date.
I appreciate the great community of coworkers, partners, volunteers, and prayer warriors who are involved in our ministry through teaching, preaching, content production, childrens ministry, publishing, writing, social networks, developing Internet resources, and in all of the other aspects of our work. Together we introduce the Truth to skeptics, strengthen the confidence of the saints in the Truth, and equip God’s people to proclaim God’s Word effectively. What a great family we are! May the Lord be praised!
Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, shares this powerful testimony of how God used a simple GNPI filmstrip shown on a Solar Kit to convict George’s heart and transform his life.
George from the Church of Christ in the Bulambuli District of Eastern Uganda
I chose to follow Christ because of what I had seen Him do in my wife’s life. My marriage was a sad one. After years in the army, I was fired. Emptiness descended on my life, and I needed something to fill that gap.
What followed were many nights away drinking, quarrels at home, and total neglect of my children. This went on for a few years. During all of this, my wife gave her life to Jesus. Of course, this did not sit well with me. Even with my determination to make her miserable, deep down I started asking questions of myself. In contrast to my misery, her life seemed purposeful. She would say good things, pray for me, and always invite me to join her in church.
Her persistence touched my heart. I decided to give the church a try. It so happened that the pastor was speaking about marriage when I first attended. Later, they showed a Swahili film, Ndume Halisi (Real Man), on marriage. This was my turning point. I made more visits to church, and the pastors spoke with me. The film convicted my heart. I could see myself in the main character.
This is my fifth year as a Christian; my life is changed for the better. My commitment to Christ and the church is strong. I am grateful to God for the blessing of a wife who has ministered to me. She is my rock, and thanks to the film I watched, our relationship has never been better.