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.
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.
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!
by Nenette Pacoli, regional director of GNPI-Philippines
My friend, Pastor NS, visited our office this morning to tell of his experience of showing WWJD to young people in a small but growing church north of Manila.
In February, he showed the WWJD episode of Courtship to more than 70 young people, more than half of whom were non-Christians. After the showing, he divided them into groups and gave them discussion questions. He then asked them to report on the discussions. Based on their answers, he saw that the video definitely made an impact on them.
The following week, he showed the Purity episode to more than 70 students again, some of whom had attended the previous week. After the showing, Pastor NS gave an altar call for forgiveness of whatever sexual sins there were.
More than 30 students came forward crying and hugging him or other leaders present and accepted the forgiveness and salvation from Jesus. PRAISE GOD! Many of these teenagers had heartbreaking stories of being abused by their fathers, uncles, or cousins. Some of the boys asked him how to stop their sinful, sexual behavior. A couple came forward too, to say they were inspired by the testimony of the couple featured in Purity, who stayed pure for 11 years before they finally married. They said, “If they were able to do that, we can do it too.”
Pastor NS said that most of the teens who had seen Courtship and Purity also attended their church’s Encounter Weekend. Pastor NS feels this is a clear indication that the young people are seriously pursuing a deep relationship with Jesus Christ.
Another pastor in that same area heard about the experience Pastor NS had and showed the videos at their Youth Convergence.
I am personally overwhelmed by the news from Pastor NS and greatly humbled to learn of all the transformation happening among these young people. When we began producing WWJD, we planned to just show it on television, where the only feedback we could get was the all-powerful ratings. And knowing how television works, we can only estimate how many people may have watched. We can’t even be sure if they actually finished the whole episode.
Yet, with this “small-time” video showing at a church, we are able to see the impact on our audience and even see God changing lives right before our eyes.
How could that ever compare to ratings? My cup runneth over!
(P.S. Of the original 30 young people who came forward that night, 18 have stayed in the church, and seven are now in serious discipleship programs/cells. Yes, they have all been baptized too!)
With two-thirds of the world still seeking Christ, the challenge of every kingdom worker is huge. At GNPI, we’ve established key strategic goals to outline our path forward in doing the work we feel God has given us. I’ve shared them with you during the past several weeks, but in review, GNPI will:
Develop a network-wide mobile App delivery system.
Create discipleship Apps for Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims.
Produce The Global Gospel in the world’s top 25 languages.
Identify, train, and equip NOMaD teams for maximum productivity.
Expand regional center impact.
Grow and develop the GNPI Board of Directors.
To accomplish these goals, we’ve had to increase our annual budget significantly, which brings us to our last strategic goal:
7. Increase the annual revenue by 48%!
As you can read from the title of this article, this year alone, we are seeking a 48% increase in our budget! That’s crazy!
Frankly, we know it can’t be done unless God does it. How will he do it? He’ll use faithful friends like you and brand new supporters. He’ll use all those who can offer prayer, finances, and a willingness to share what God is doing through GNPI with friends who are capable of doing the same.
We have earnestly committed ourselves afresh to the Lord, our supporters, and to a waiting and watching world. Will it take a God-sized move to make it happen? You bet! Yet, we’d rather God do this than us, and we’ll leave it to him to provide as only he can.
We look forward to watching the Lord continue to work as we accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.
by Gustavo Velázquez, regional director of GNPI-Mexico
The recent presentation of the short film, Desatado por Sangre (Raziel’s story), was a great blessing. The film is about how God can transform the life of a down-and-out addict. The auditorium was packed. More than 330 people attended the presentation. Raziel preached the Gospel after the film. Raziel invited people to come closer to God and experience the change God can make in their lives. Over 20 young people accepted Raziel’s invitation to give their lives to Christ and have reconciliation with God!
Over 20 young people accepted Raziel’s invitation to give their lives to Christ and have reconciliation with God!
Raziel and his wife were very moved and excited by the film. At the end of the program, Pastor Alberto Ramirez (friend and counselor of Raziel) spoke about what God has done in Raziel’s life and how he has seen the transformation process. It was a very emotional time. Raziel’s wife commented that the short film reflects the powerful change that God made in her husband and is convinced that the video will touch the hearts of many people.
Raziel was happy to share what God had done in his life. He acknowledged the work of the production and said that many people will be shocked to see the change in his life. We are very pleased with what God did in this presentation.
by guest blogger David Duncan, The Steward Partnership
It’s 2 out of 3! That’s how many adults generally plan to make a leisure trip between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
How about you? Will you be heading to the beach? The mountains? The lake? The cabin? The city? To see friends and relatives? Or to take a break from friends and relatives?
Before you go, you may want to change the oil, check the tires, the brakes, the fluids – and update your will.
What was that?
That’s right! Before you go on vacation is a great time to make sure your estate desires are reflected in your documents, property titles, and beneficiary arrangements.
Having these stewardship tools up to date makes that vacation more peaceful knowing your Christian values are reflected in your plans.
Let us know if we can help. Our services are without cost or obligation (won’t cut into the vacation fund) but can be very valuable. Call us at 417.782.0060, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or begin your research at www.gnpi.org/plannedgiving.
Have a great vacation!
by Tom Nutt, Director of Operations
Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Seeing the diversity and beauty that God has created is often breathtaking and part of what makes traveling so fun. Even more beautiful than the landscape and countryside in these vast and diverse countries are the people who live there. All very different, but all made in his image.
As I traveled to several of the different temples and observed the various ways in which people were worshiping, I was drawn to the sights and sounds of those praying. Why are they here? What are they praying? Who is listening to their prayers? What hope do they have? How do we reach these people with the Truth as we know it? As an observer, I could jump to many conclusions. Many of my conclusions would probably be wrong, but my mind was put at ease knowing that I didn’t need to have all of the answers to my questions. There are others who work and live there who do know. “Nationals know best,” as we at GNPI always say, and there is a group of nationals and missionaries whom I was there to visit. They do know these answers, and they have a well-thought-out plan on how to reach and teach their people.
Chiang Mai is home to one of the nine GNPI regional centers and home to a team of innovative thinkers and media savvy evangelists. I went there to encourage them in their work and to look for other ways that we could assist them, but I was the one who walked away encouraged! This creative team is involved in the ongoing process of producing several different series. One series is called BEC. This stands for Bible Extension Courses, which covers a variety of topics to teach people how to be effective Christians. This series is produced in both English and Lisu and distributed on DVD and via the Internet. Another series is People Everywhere, which is a testimonial program of individuals talking about how their lives changed after becoming believers. It demonstrates how they use their beliefs in everyday life. It is an interesting look into the lives of some pretty intriguing people.
While there in Chiang Mai, I also had the opportunity to demonstrate the Solar Kit to a group of missionaries who had gathered for some fellowship. One young lady waited her turn and then asked, “How can I get one of these?” I am not supposed to use her real name, so I will call her Ruth. Ruth was visiting from across the border in a large neighboring country. She couldn’t tell me many of the details of her work, but it was easy to see her compassion. Ruth works among some of the tribal groups living in mountains in this enormous country. She told me about a certain group of men she knows who focus their efforts on those with physical handicaps and those suffering with an array of mental illnesses and diseases. My ears perked up when Ruth started talking about those with special needs because of my younger sister, Lynda. Lynda lived her short life full of mental and physical challenges. Lynda had the best care that money can buy and kind, loving Christian parents to attend to her every need.
What Ruth said next still causes a lump in my throat and a tear to my eye every time I think of it. Many of the people in these villages, living with these challenges, have been abandoned. There is little or no help to enable them to have any quality of life as we know it. No one really knows or understands how to help, so most of them have very little interaction with others. Some of the more severe cases of those afflicted with mental illnesses are kept in handmade, wooden cages to try and protect them from hurting themselves or others. Can you imagine what that must be like? Ruth said, “I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when they are able to see The Global Gospel in their language for the first time.” I was at a loss for words! Wow!
As we study the Scriptures we read about people having an innate knowledge of Christ, even though they may have never had the opportunity to read or even be taught about the Messiah coming to earth. Somehow, they just know. I can’t help but pray that these people in wooden cages will have a knowledge that surpasses all understanding when they see the Message of Christ in their language on one of these simple Solar Kits. Your support and generosity has made The Global Gospel and these Solar Kits possible.
Thanks for allowing me to work for you and travel to these spectacular places and witness first hand what God is doing through you!
Since 1989, GNPI has strategically positioned nine regional centers throughout the world. Like a large family, where each child is unique, the same could be said for each regional center. Some have a staff of ten, others a staff of three. Some work only in video; others work in a host of media formats. Some produce media for youth, while others target science and apologetics as their “sweet spot” topic.
Each regional center director wants to grow by adding more staff and better production equipment to take on projects like:
A five-part video series over oppressive social issues in the Spanish youth culture
Books and video clips addressing the existence of God in Russia
Indigenous worship music for new believers with Buddhist backgrounds
All GNPI productions consider the needs of the culture, community, city, country, and the local churches serving them! We maintain that nationals know best, and that our work needs to reflect the heart language and understanding of those it touches.
Not only do local people know the language and customs, they’re connected to preachers, distribution networks, and broadcasting contacts. In addition, local people help us finish productions faster and with less expense.
Completing projects like those mentioned above will require increased budget support. Over the next few years, our regional centers will work hard to be more strategically and financially effective than ever before. We’ll provide training on new equipment. We’ll hire additional staff who can share impact stories created as a result of what God is using them to accomplish. With your help, these centers of production will impact the growth of God’s kingdom like never before!
With the emergence of project NOMaD as a training ground throughout the world for new men and women of media, there may soon be other “children” added to our regional center family. Thanks for being part of our growth and vision for the future!
By definition, a nomad is someone who wanders from place to place, usually in search of food or water to provide for their livestock. At GNPI, our version of a nomad is a bit different.
The vision for project NOMaD was sparked about five years ago. NOMaD is an acronym for National Outreach using Media and Discipleship. As the world goes digital, there is increasing demand and opportunity to use media as a digital classroom and even as a digital pulpit!
In addition to the increased demand for digital content, producing material this way has never been more of a reality for ministries throughout the world. Today’s video equipment is more advanced, lightweight, cheaper, and easier to use. In other words, more people than ever are in a prime position to use media and technology to accelerate global evangelism!
At our regional office in Damoh, India, we recently taught a group of young motorcyclists how to create a safety video about the importance of wearing helmets. The result: they learned to write the script, shoot the video, and edit for a finished product – all on their cell phones!
NOMaD exemplifies one of GNPI’s core values, being culturally relevant. What better way to remain sensitive and open to a specific culture than to train nationals to use the latest equipment for evangelism, whether in India or another part of the world. For example, it’s expensive to send Americans to Africa. It’s far better to train and equip African nationals to use today’s equipment for their needs. Of the people, for the people, and by the people — that’s project NOMaD!
God has put the pieces into place in the five years since the vision was cast. NOMaD Coordinator Jason Miller works with GNPI’s nine regional centers throughout the world to train potential “people of media,” individuals who are passionate about using technology to accelerate global evangelism.
Various levels of training and equipping are taking place. Currently, seven NOMaD teams function in places like Pachuca, Mexico; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Kigali, Rwanda. More opportunities and possibilities emerge all the time.
The world needs Christian content to address current issues in Biblical ways. NOMaD team members are trained and equipped to do just that around the ever-expanding global network of GNPI.