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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.

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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:

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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.

 

Incredible Feedback from GNPI-Mexico

  • Posted On June 24, 2014
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by Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Mexico

I would like to share some comments people have written on YouTube and Vimeo about our videos.

La Ultima Oracion (Last Prayer)

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“I really enjoyed the lesson from this movie, and every time I watch I want to know our Creator God. Greetings and blessings to all.”

“I congratulate much to the creators of this film. Very beautiful, God bless you. Thank God for mothers who cry out to God for their children.”

“What a beautiful film! God sent me this movie, and I offer him many thanks. I loved the movie. God bless you.”

“Christ found me after nearly 13 years on drugs and alcohol. Oh, that blessed day on May 14, 2009. For the glory of God, I have never been the same. I really reflected on my life when I watched this movie. God bless those who made it. Jesus Christ is real!”

I really reflected on my life when I watched this movie.

Sin Alternativa (No Alternative)

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“No to abortion. If Christ is with me, who can be against me? God never abandons his children and gives us the strength and wisdom to deal with something that we could not. This movie has helped me make a wise decision. Many thanks to you.”

“I liked this film because it shows an example of what could happen to us if we had disobedience in our young lives . . . very inspiring.”

Promesa de Amor (Promise of Love)

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“I have asked God to continue to guide and bless all the men and women working on this production, to continue doing more film and stuff like that, which brings hope to the lonely. Blessings!”

“I am a single mother. I am currently married, but my marriage has faded. I am pregnant, and my husband just reminded me that he does not want to live, does not want to take responsibility, does not care, does not understand why he married me. May God help me raise my two children . . . . This movie has given me much hope. Now I know God is with me.”

This movie has given me much hope. Now I know God is with me.

“This movie is beautiful. I felt very reflective. Thanks for a great job. I am asking God to bless you immensely, so you can continue producing and carrying this message of hope to our people. Our Latin American women especially need to know Jesus. Thank you!”

“Beautiful movie! It made ​​me mourn. God bless you. I’m going to subscribe to your channel. I want to see more films like this.”

BUENAS NUEVAS RADIO (GNPI RADIO STATION)

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Comments on a song by Joel Garcia, “Bonanza” (production of PBNI):

“Joel Garcia’s life is very interesting. In it, you can see the grace and mercy of God. I think that’s why their songs to God are such a blessing to the listener” – Pastor Alfredo Valdez

“This song brought peace to my heart, thanks for sharing.” – Edith Castro

La Red (The Network) – A Short Film

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“Stunning and extraordinary … important to see … appealing to youth … shows intelligence, wisdom, prudence, and living according to God’s will. It’s ideal to view with family. It also serves as an example to parents.”

Destado por Sangre (A Short Film about Raziel)

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“It’s amazing how God can change people, and there are people so incredulous. Truly this video made ​​me think, and I cried.”

It’s amazing how God can change people!

“This testimony is a blessing. We pray that God will continue using you to lead lost youth to Christ. May the Lord use this film greatly.”

“Raziel, God bless you. God has used you by this film. I was speechless. I did mourn. I remembered my past life and how I was transformed by the mighty power of Jesus Christ. I am sure this film will help many people right now with lives just as we were.”

Thank you for praying and giving so that we at GNPI-Mexico can produce media that shows Spanish speakers how Jesus Christ can relate to them in practical ways.

Prayer and Information are Interconnected

  • Posted On June 23, 2014
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Recently at GNPI, we have been more intentionally engaged in prayer. I would like to share a few great insights from Chris Maynard, who is associated with Operation World, about how information fuels prayer.

“Prayer is fueled by information about the world as well as by the Bible and the Holy Spirit within us. It was when Nehemiah heard the news from Jerusalem that he wept and prayed (Nehemiah 1). It was when Jesus saw the crowds that he was moved with compassion (Matthew 9:36). It was in response to information from Peter and John that the Jerusalem believers prayed that most powerful prayer of Acts 4:23-31.

And it works the other way too. If prayer is fueled by information, information is empowered by prayer.   Nehemiah’s prayers gave him the right way to present his information to the king (Nehemiah 2:1-8), which led to the king’s favour (Nehemiah 2:8). It was the prayer of the Jerusalem believers that led to wider information sharing (Acts 4:31)

How can we work in mission information and not pray? There are so many things that need to come together if our work is to be powerful and effective. Do you think you can get them all right without God’s sovereign intervention? Who is praying with you for the right use of the information that you share?

We carry a serious responsibility on our shoulders. We are influencing people with our information. (If not, why not? Are you just producing reports to look good on a shelf?) I believe that puts us in the position of teachers. And we know that teachers will be judged with greater strictness (James 3:1). Let us not be casual about our work, but fear God, obey him carefully, and pray for his favour on all that we do.

Information work may be a matter of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). Information is very difficult to get right (James 3:2). We are even responsible for what we don’t communicate (Ezekiel 33:6).

Information can easily become misinformation. Is our information true? Is it convincing? Is it getting to the right people? How do we expect to get all those things right without God’s help? As in heaven, Father, so let it be in and through our mission information work – for Your name’s sanctification, for Your kingdom’s arrival, for Your will’s accomplishment here on earth!”

Yes, we want to share more and more information with you, our readers and partners, not just to increase your knowledge but to allow that knowledge to birth more prayer. For that reason – I thought you would like to KNOW! 

Widows’ Mites Become Mighty Gifts

  • Posted On June 17, 2014
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Compiled by Dee Ann Miller, GNPI staff

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In Luke 21, Jesus noticed the offerings of the widow who brought her coins to the temple. The ministry of GNPI is also blessed by widows who trust the Lord to work through GNPI in spreading the Gospel around the world.

Joyce writes, “What an amazing, God-glorifying ministry! Please use this small gift in some way to spread the precious news of Jesus.”

Saundra says, “Enclosed is my check for what I can give at this time. My budget is real close, so I cannot give every month. Yet, I have a list of missions I’m interested in and give to as I’m blessed. God has been so good to me, especially these past 23 years as a widow. I’ve always had enough.”

Joy says, “I have decided to increase my giving to $50 a month. The ministry is doing exciting things, and I want to be a bigger part of it.”

Ruth shares, “Thanks for the exciting work you are doing worldwide. Your recent newsletters showed much enthusiasm and great ideas. I’m praying for our workers in the Ukraine and their huge building project.”

Evelyn sends her gift and writes, “It sounds like GNPI is really spreading God’s Word well. I pray that God will continue to be with you.”

Thank you, ladies! Your gifts are making a difference. We are so grateful for your generosity, example, and prayers to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

Calling

  • Posted On June 16, 2014
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I recently had the privilege of interviewing a young woman for a new position in GNPI’s Joplin office. She’s a successful single person, so I asked her why she would consider taking a pay cut and moving 300 miles from home. She said, “Because I think this is what God wants me to do.”

 Wow, that’s faith! That is a calling!

For almost three years now, I have had the privilege of learning the stories of an increasing number of the 80 or so people in our global network. You’d find faith similar to the young woman I mentioned above as a hallmark of our teams around the world. This army of media-producing servants includes professionals who were formerly a geophysicist, an electrical engineer, a pastor, a stay-at-home mom, a school teacher, a missionary, and a musician. Amazingly, this is just the leadership from our regional centers. They, in turn, are shepherding staff members who have come with a calling similar to theirs.

Why is this significant? When we welcome inside our walls these men and women of incredible agility, creativity, determination, and faith who have a calling, it’s a game changer. A calling takes things we design, like strategic plans, metrics, and outcomes, and transforms them into the tools that God uses to accomplish building his kingdom!

Now that is a call worth answering!

 

Summer and Joy

  • Posted On June 14, 2014
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by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Designer, GNPI

This is one of my all-time favorite photos that I have archived. It makes me think of innocence, summer, and childhood. The pops of color, smiles, and laughter warm the heart. I hope this puts a smile on your face this day.

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New Showings of All Things New

  • Posted On June 12, 2014
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by Nenette Pacoli, regional director of GNPI-Philippines

It is encouraging to see that the Lord is doing great things with our new projects as well as continuing to use our former ones. All Things New is a drama about how Christ transforms the lives of four street kids. Our mighty God continues to reveal that he is timeless. He continues to open doors for us at GNPI.

Last month, a church celebrating their anniversary showed All Things New during their evangelistic night. More than 80 young people attended, and half of them were non-Christians. After the showing, the pastor made an altar call and more than 40 young people made a decision for Christ! They related so much with the movie, and the pastor connected the altar call to the forgiveness shown in the movie.

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In addition, we were invited to show All Things New to over 50 street kids being cared for by our government’s Social Welfare Department. A volunteer group helps feed the kids each month, and this group gave us the chance to share with the kids too.

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Please join us in praying that God will continue to work in the hearts and lives of these young people. Praise God who continues to make all things new!

 

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