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Reconnecting

Nearly 20 people representing the countries of Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Chile, and U.S. joined in a video conference call led by International Consultant Bob Gurwell and Director of Operations Tom Nutt. The group prayed together and reported on their projects and progress since they met last year in Nicaragua.

One group is working on a short play in Ecuador and plans to get members of their church involved. Another group has made several short films for youth and is using a Solar Kit from GNPI to help share the Gospel in some remote areas of Mexico. Another is getting settled in the city of Queretaro, Mexico. Sergio Alvarado says, “We want to teach others what we have been doing to plant churches. We see media as the backbone, the suture which allows us to reach, teach, and disciple people in other cities with the Gospel. Media is important to us.”

Jacob Sanchez in Nicaragua says, “One year ago you planted a seed. We didn’t have any idea how to start. We took those ideas and used them in our churches, now we have a special audio visual room in our church. Thank you for the equipment you sent us. We have been using it. We have plans to do more projects and to train others. You encouraged us to start. We are working on music, documentaries, and movies. You are like a light in our lives for these matters.”

Valeria Lopez says, “We work in a ministry which is helping to fight sex trafficking. The videos help us to communicate the severity of the problem. We need to wake up and realize we must do something about it. To preach the Gospel, we have to be concerned with how our children are suffering right now.”

Eneyda Sanchez of Nicaragua says, “We are also working with Valeria on a series about human trafficking called In Reverse. It begins with the consequences of a bad choice and works backward to help viewers consider where some choices may lead them.”

Norka Stover is originally from Venezuela, worked in Mexico, and presently works with Hispanics in the U.S. She has helped some of the groups with script writing and says, “It’s a joy to help in anyway that I can.”

John Reece of Puerto Rico says they have created three dramas and two musicals for the radio, which were a big hit. We used them in the local church along with several GNPI videos. John says they are using a Solar Kit and may begin using it in the neighboring country of Haiti as well. He is pleased with what he’s been able to do with media and is pushing forward.

Habacuc Diaz from Chile says, “We invested our time in Christian worship music for our churches by working with local artists. We also produced micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations helping homeless people in our city. In addition, we created materials to help teach the Bible in area churches. We are praying for God to send more people for our team.”

Luis Escutia, works in Mexico City, made the following videos with his cell phone since the Nicaragua meeting.

Now he has a Nomad Kit from GNPI.

Tom Nutt said, “Thank you for letting us be part of the work you are doing to share God’s salvation with the world. Let’s continue to share what we are learning. I look forward to the day we can stand before God and worship and glorify Him for what He has allowed us to do on earth.”

Executive Director Mike Schrage said, “We’ve prayed for open doors in Central and South America, and God is answering that prayer.”

Jesus in Our Church

Project Nomad-Chennai, India, produced this thought provoking video. Timothy Jai Kumar leads this team of students from Lakeview Bible College & Seminary (LBCS). They have worked on The Global Gospel in two languages as well as produced videos on social issues, a teaching series on the caste system, and the missions in media curriculum for LBCS.

Is Jesus welcome in your local church?

Vision Night 2017 Highlights

We are grateful to everyone who joined us for our Vision Night events in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. In total, 351 people attended and generously gave $78,751 to further accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

We are excited to see what breakthrough is coming next!

 

The Global Gospel Surprise

Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India

A pastor from the Gujarat region visited our office to conduct a survey for a future video production in the Bundelkhandi dialect to reach out to the villagers of the region. We gave him a tour of our office. When he saw The Global Gospel (TGG) in Gujarati, he was surprised to know that we produced it. Someone had given him a copy of the Hindi version, and he told us what a benefit it has been to use the videos to teach the 1,100 members of his congregation. He also told us he showed one of the video clips at a big event last Christmas.

He was happy to get the Gujarati version, and he plans to distribute 400 copies to various evangelists he knows in Gujarat.

“What surprises have come into your life that show you God is working behind the scenes?”

Breakthrough

The need for spiritual breakthrough compels GNPI.

We pray that the teams, training, and tools going out from our network will help believers to share their faith effectively with others, so the Good News can break through hardened hearts with His powerful love.

With the benefits of media and technology on the side of passionate believers, many barriers that hinder our evangelism efforts are shattered.

National leaders, who are trained media professionals, staff multiple regional centers in strategic locations around the world and create culturally relevant content in their heart languages.

Please share some of your own examples of spiritual breakthroughs around the world.

Say It Forward Turns One

Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Manila, Philippines

Our team launched this practical series a year ago. The videos average six to eight minutes and are presented in a Christian TED Talk format. We have been pleased with the variety of programs and responses.

To date, we have completed 68 episodes from 10 speakers. One episode was shared 95 times, and we think this high number could be due to the topic that was discussed. The earlier episodes are on YouTube. We have not finished uploading them to Facebook where we get the biggest number of views. Filipinos are some of the highest users of social media in the world.

Here is one example of a recent program and our feedback:

On Being the 'Bad Guy' by Dan Andrew Cura

Have you ever experienced trying to do the right thing – and you come out the 'kontrabida' or the 'bad guy'? When you try to right a wrong, and people bash or condemn you for it? Our speaker, Dan Andrew Cura, understands how it feels to be criticized and misunderstood – especially since his motives and intentions were for the 'greater good'. Does that sound familiar to you? So, if you are going through this experience, Dan's talk may be the encouragement that you need today! Watch, learn and feel free to Share It Forward! 🙂

Posted by Say It Forward on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Have you ever tried to do the right thing and you came out as the “kontrabida” or bad guy? When you try to right a wrong, do people bash or condemn you for it?

Our speaker, Dan Andrew Cura, understands how it feels to be criticized and misunderstood, especially since his motives and intentions were for the greater good. Does that sound familiar to you?

 

Watch, learn, and feel free to Share It Forward!

One viewer said,
“I always listen because I learn lots of things. Thank you, Brother Andrew Cura. Continue teaching the Word of God. I’m also sharing this with my brothers and sisters in Christ and even with my children and grandchildren.”

We recently had over 700 views from Saudi Arabia of our episode on Dealing with Stress. This same episode had a very high viewership from males, 18-24 years old. Previous episodes of viewers had been men and women over 45 years old, with some in the 18-24 age bracket. For now, we think the topics chosen make a big difference.

Tremendous Opportunity

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Last week, I mentioned The RISE Project which stands for Refugee and International Student Engagement. I hope you checked out the free small group study, sermon outlines, and other resources available at theriseproject.com.

Sadly, 70% of international students are never invited into an American home. God is bringing the nations to us, and we have a tremendous opportunity to welcome the future leaders of the world to our country and into our homes.

GNPI is pleased to have a former international student on our staff, and I hope you’ll take a moment to watch Alan’s story.

Honest Confessions

Timothy P, regional director of GNPI-SE Asia

My friend and partner in sharing the Gospel sent this report of his trip to a rural village for training with tools from our regional center. He showed the life of Christ movie on his computer and taught some of the people about Christ. One of the men admitted he is struggling in his faith; he said,

I am one of elders in my village. There were no Christians in our village before this year. We had not even heard about Christianity.

When the teacher came to our village, he showed a film of the life of Christ to my wife and daughter, and he taught them about Jesus. They told me about Jesus, the true and unrivaled God. The teacher also told me about Jesus, then I understood the difference between Jesus and other gods. However, I did not care and pretended to know nothing because I am an elder of the village and the one who leads and manages religious matters. I closed my eyes and ears in order not to be persuaded.

The second time the teacher visited our village, he gave my daughter a book entitled The Owner of the Universe whom Everyone Shall Worship. After the teacher left, I read the book and saw some differences between our way of worship and theirs. The book says, since human beings are imperfect, we cannot observe all of the Five Precepts in Buddhism. If a person relies on his or her own effort, surely he or she will go to Hell. Thus, in order to be free from Hell, one must rely on God alone. While I was reading the book, I began to consider that I am not totally free from sin myself. Then I realized that Jesus Christ has overcome all of the Five Maras and revealed Himself as the true Savior of the world.

These are my confessions from the bottom of my heart. My wife and daughter believe in Jesus absolutely. I also want to accept Jesus Christ as God in my heart. For the time being, I cannot change. There are many hindrances for me, and I have to take some time to prepare. Please pray for me. Thank you.

Whatever Happens

Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

This Pase lo que Pase (Whatever Happens) video was filmed in New York under the direction of our coworker Pablo Perales.

Abe Mendoza, a Christian singer from Piedras Negras, Mexico, is featured in the video. He grew up in the Christian faith playing, singing, and writing his own songs for God. Abe has traveled through the United States, Mexico, and Central America sharing his music.

Abe’s father was a pastor for many years, but he died this year. At the end of the video, Abe dedicates this video and his ministry to his father.

 

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