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A Glimpse into Kenya

Last week I invited you to come with me for a journey around the world to visit some of the places GNPI works, to meet our regional directors, and to learn more about the cultures and worldviews in which we work. First stop: Kenya.

The drama was entitled Dini ya Ukweli or True Religion. It was not exceptionally written or phenomenally produced, but was extremely popular with Africans. Why? Because this GNPI Swahili drama hit at the heart of an issue – the issue of religious men with dishonest hearts.

In this video, a local preacher (and friend of GNPI) plays the part of a shyster (and does it well). He is someone who takes advantage of the good intentions and ignorance of others. He is one who mocks his own culture, one laced with ancestral worship for the sake of making easy money.

People could identify with the film’s main character because it amplified his hypocrisy, and in the process exposed disingenuous hearts. At the end of the day, the African audiences who personally experienced or saw such shenanigans in real life knew they were not seeing what Jesus would do. True Religion was not an indictment. Instead, it was a mirror helping them see into their African culture, and it worked!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our stop in Kenya. Stay with me as we continue our trip next week with a visit to India.

Glimpses into the Regional Centers

As a former missionary or cross-cultural worker in Kenya for almost 20 years, I made my living studying the habits, languages, and attitudes of others in order to connect with them. The connection was vital if I was to impart Biblical knowledge and, more importantly, instill a call of the Divine into the heart and lives of future African disciples of Jesus. To do this well, language learning and cultural adaptation are key.

Marketing expert Seth Godin writes, “Worldview has nothing to do with you or your mission… it’s the way a person acts without you in the room.”

For the next couple of weeks, I’d like to share interesting, personal notes about some of our regional directors, the countries where they serve, and highlight a project with impact that is connected to their specific worldview.

My hope is that through these glimpses you’ll not only learn more about our regional directors and the centers they help lead, but that you’ll get to know, just a little bit better, the cultures and worldviews that are part of the people we ask God to help us reach on a daily basis.

So, come with me around the world. Our first stop in next week’s blog is the place I spent so much time and holds a special place in my heart, Kenya.

Parable of the Orchard

 

As you enjoy the sweetness of your favorite fruit, do you ever wonder where it came from? Most likely, if it’s any number of fruits, it came from an orchard.

Just as trees in an orchard provide nourishment for your body, your estate can provide lasting resources for your family and the charities you love. Join GNPI’s estate and planned gift design provider, David Duncan, to watch a simple parable about the importance of protecting your assets. GNPI can help your estate, your orchard, produce fruit for decades to come.

See more videos and information on our Planned Giving page.

Not in Vain

by Vince Vigil, Regional Director of GNPI-Uganda

Some days people question why they do what they do, or if there is any benefit in continuing to struggle through with their work. Other days the fruits of the labor are evident, and there is no question that God is at work. We got to experience one in the latter category this month!

Three different ministries came together to serve. Each one of the ministries is absolutely incredible. Yet, when all three of them work together, it is a much richer experience.

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The ladies from our sewing ministry have been working hard to make clothes and cloth diapers for babies over the past few months. As a celebration of the end of the quarter, they took the time to give these gifts to some people in great need. We transported 30-40 women (in a van and pickup truck) to another local ministry called CURE Hospital. This ministry specifically serves as a neurosurgery hospital treating children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, among other things. Many of these children would not survive if this hospital were not serving the country. The women from our sewing ministry gave each mom a gift bag, sang songs of worship together, and then prayed over each of the children that were there.

sewing ministry visit 3

In the background of this scene, another ministry was also serving with their specific skill set. Two of our guys from GNPI came along to take video footage. Individually, the ministries make a positive impact, but when the skills are used together, the impact is huge.

I don’t know who went away more blessed today, but I know that every life was changed as a result of the day. I pray that God continues to encourage each of these people to share their skills to help each other.

Today was a reminder that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Click here to watch the video of these three ministries working together.

Acceptable Methods For All

by TP, Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

We are so thankful for your unceasing prayers. We have been busy preparing evangelistic charts, recording Gospel songs, and revising The Ten Keys for Evangelism.

Please pray for our trainings for evangelists. Without explanation, it is hard for people in SE Asia to understand clearly about the true God. Methods and strategy are essential. If people hear the message we share, God will surely be glorified, and we will see amazing things.

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A man who has a Buddhist background visited my office two days ago. He highly recommends the tools we have produced for evangelism. With the help of these tools, it is possible to convince the hearts of Myanmar people to see the true and living God easily.

The visitor said these methods are acceptable for all, even monks. He was so pleased with these productions that he invited my wife and me to his place to encourage his people. His place is 100 miles away from here.

Thank you very much. May God bless you.

 

 

 

New Challenges Bring New Opportunities!

by Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Ukraine

The news and events in our country remind us every day that we do not belong to this world. Our home is not here. The Savior prompted us: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6)

I have to confess that it is pretty hard to not be troubled when your life and family are impacted by those wars and rumors of wars directly. However, we always have our confidence, comfort, and assurance in Jesus. Reminded by him that the end is not yet, we are reaching forth unto those things which are before and pressing on toward the goal. We must work the works of him that sent us while it is day.

New challenges bring new opportunities, and the Lord provides the opportunities constantly. Our adjustments to a new ministry format are going on. Please pray with us for everything that the change to the two-campus approach involves – management, funds, networking, interaction, etc.

New Challenges Bring New Opportunities2

The team in Crimea is focused, so far, on the ways modern technologies provide ministry. The team is expanding online outreach, producing and distributing resources, and offering media for free download (e-books, audio books, videos, etc.). We are developing a new content management system for our sites and making as many resources available online as possible. Two new audio books on the Biblical foundations of Christian faith were issued recently. We also continue to introduce worship heritage to Russian speaking countries not familiar with many classical Christian hymns. Here is our recent production – Take My Life.

Hard copies of many resources are very much in demand as well, especially children’s textbooks. Special restrictions are expected to be applied to the occupied territory. The lack of certainty is among the main challenges we face. Please keep this issue in your prayers.

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The possibilities for teaching trips are pretty limited in this current situation. However, the new office in the central part of the country provides new opportunities. After discussing the needs with some ministries and church leaders, we have decided to start a Joint School of Christian Apologetics and Creation Evangelism. The school could serve various colleges, seminaries, and churches in the city and beyond. It could also be a place where leading apologists of the former Soviet Union could share their wisdom, experience, and vision with young leaders according to the 2 Timothy 2:2 approach. While we do not have enough time and people to start everything from the beginning (it took 20 years to develop the ministry and the team in Crimea to the current level), we are going to share an infrastructure with some other partner ministries. We hope to have the first cohort for modular training by the end of the fall. Please pray with us for this exciting initiative.

Thank you for your prayers to help us see that new challenges bring new opportunities to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

It Was Already Paid!

by Boyce Mouton, Minister, Author, GNPI ministry partner

Dr. Kim  has been a worker in SE Asia for twenty years. He has a small seminary, and his students are so poor that he must provide for all of their expenses. He has been using Bible-based teaching material produced by GNPI for some time, but his first visit to the studio in Joplin was on May 14, 2014. While in Joplin, he was given so much teaching material that we went to the Salvation Army to pick up a second-hand suitcase to carry it all.

Dr-Kim

While at GNPI, Tom Nutt showed him a miniature projector that was ideal for his seminary. It is so versatile that it can be used with a wide variety of applications in developing countries. When I spoke to Tom about the cost, I was delighted to discover that it was already paid. Someone out there, who made a contribution to GNPI, had already picked up the tab. I don’t know who you are, but I felt compelled to say, “Thank you!” just the same. Dr. Kim will be leaving for Asia in three days, and your generosity will be bearing fruit for Christ before you read these words.

An Important Summit!

I recently sat with 20 vernacular media consultants at an annual summit of media use by minority people groups around the world through Wycliffe Bible Translators.

They concluded that more production of digital media was desperately needed to speed up the translation process, to help them spread God’s Word further, reaching more listeners more economically. They said:

Visual media actually helps people understand Biblical truths!

I shared three components of GNPI: The Global Gospel, project NOMaD, and Solar Kit distribution. Being Bible translators, they were elated that there was a resource so biblically strong like The Global Gospel. Their desire to train more nationals to produce video easily connected with project NOMaD. Finally, their viewing a Solar Kit in action whet their appetites for kits among their people groups. I actually left the Solar Kit I used to demonstrate with a worker, whom I cannot name, so it could be used to share the Gospel with a persecuted people group in SE Asia!  

I wish every friend of GNPI could have sat at that table. One international consultant present at the meeting said, “Mike, after your presentation of GNPI, I wanted to join GNPI!” The intent was not to recruit staff but to recruit partnerships, and I look forward to watching the Holy Spirit will connect the dots!

 

Solar Kit in a Leper Colony!

by Simmi Dhingra of GNPI-Chandigarh, India

I recently received this report from our coworker, Robert, at the Chandigarh studio. Robert says,“GNPI not only produces programs but also lends its support in ministerial work. Last Saturday, GNPI staff members packed our bags and went to the leper colony to preach through our Solar Kits.SWS

 “Life seemed to spring back into people as we entered the colony. The children were eager to find out why GNPI was there. It was a long time since they last watched any videos. The children found no ends to their excitement and wanted everything to happen instantly. We carried in some children’s Bible stories and even showed The Passion of the Christ movie to the adults.  

 “As the children watched the videos, some of the adults wondered about our activities. Many asked us about our stories, and we were able to share with them about our faith. Moreover, many people teared up at the movie and the powerful message it conveyed to the hearts of these people.   

Prayer with lepers “We started with a short prayer asking God to restore their faith. The Passion of the Christ film was like a healing touch to them as they saw how Jesus was beaten, punished, and tortured for our iniquities. We reminded them of God’s love for us. Throughout the whole day, we recounted many occasions from the Bible where Jesus performed miracles by healing the sick, the lepers, and raising the dead. There were many who wanted to accept Jesus as their Master and Savior, and everyone was joyful at the promise of Jesus’ return.”

We praise God for this opportunity to use the Solar Kit to display a message of healing and hope in this leper colony in northern India.

Happy to Know!

by TP, regional director of GNPI-SE Asia

Several evangelists and I visit churches and individuals to preach the Word and make the most of every opportunity to share Christ. I am thrilled to share the following testimonies of two new sisters in Christ. These testimonies reveal how God is working through the materials produced here in SE Asia to strengthen churches and transform lives:

DNS

My name is DNS. My husband is a church elder in the Y Church. We have been happily married for many years. Yet, whenever my husband talked about baptism, I refused to listen to him because I was raised in a different church background. Then on Christmas Eve, Evangelist DJO preached about baptism. He preached that baptism is symbolic of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He preached about Jesus and his time on earth. After that I asked DJO more about baptism. He taught me from the little book called A Handbook for Evangelism. He showed me Scriptures and read them to me. From A Handbook for Evangelism, I read, “There is no denomination in Christ.” That phrase was just for me. Now I understand that the Church was established by Jesus. He bought it by his blood. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized. Now I am happy to know that Jesus is the only Savior and the only way to go to heaven. I feel like a new person. I am happy because my husband insisted that I go to that Christmas celebration. May God bless you!

DHY

 My name is DHY. My husband is a church elder in the N village. I recently became a believer. I was a Buddhist. My parents pressured me never to go to church or listen to my husband. But last Christmas, I went to a Christmas celebration with my uncle’s family. My uncle invited Evangelist DJO to explain more about the true, living God. From A Handbook for Evangelism, I now understand that there is only one God. The god my parents told me to worship was not the god that I needed to worship. I learned so much from this book about Gautama, who was nothing more than a human being. This book explains the five attributes of the true God who gives life and overcomes death. That is what I want. I thank God for giving me a chance to hear and learn about him. I am saved now. I am happy to know about the true, living God.

 Thank you for your prayers, and for your giving, so that more people can know Christ in SE Asia.

 

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