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Coach Pao: A Modern-Day Paul

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Thai media team was surprised they were actually admitted into the Chiang Mai Prison even after all the paperwork and letters had been approved. Other organizations, like CBN, who requested permission to interview this particular prisoner were declined. Coach Pao had been an inmate for the past three years, and his story of conversion and obedience was worth all the red-tape!

Coach Pao has been an avid soccer player all his life and knew many high-profile people in the sports industry. He admits he was self-confident and stubborn, which is what got him into trouble. Money and drugs led him down the wrong path.

In 2003, he was arrested and then released on bail to await his trial. During this time something happened that changed his life forever. He met Jesus Christ. As a new Christian, he became convinced he could help young teens learn discipline and life skills through playing soccer that could also potentially save them from a life of drugs. He established the Christ Football Club (CFC) for underprivileged teens. Ten years passed before his trial for the crime from his previous life. After being sentenced to prison, he saw an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of his fellow inmates. He coached a soccer league, preached at church services, and encouraged others who were also incarcerated.

As for the CFC, another pastor picked up Coach Pao’s work with the young teens continuing to teach them on the soccer field and influence them for Christ.

Recently, after our team had visited him in prison, Coach Pao was granted pardon on the King’s birthday (an annual Thai tradition for well-behaved prisoners). Whether inside the prison walls or outside in the world, Coach Pao knows his calling is to follow Jesus and change lives.

Introducing Our Brand New App

  • Posted On October 13, 2016
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Are you looking for resources to help Christian workers tell the Gospel story effectively? Download The GNPI App to see how the Good News is shared throughout the world.

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The GNPI App will keep you connected to the exciting ways media and technology accelerate global evangelism. You will find:

  • Releases of Evangelistic Media Tools
  • Training Events in Media Production and Strategy
  • Global Media Team Developments
  • Ministry Announcements
  • Project Updates
  • Prayer Requests
  • Special Events and More!

At GNPI we believe God’s Church, equipped with culturally relevant media strategies, can move seekers to become disciples of Jesus.

We want more people to have an opportunity to know Christ in a way they can easily understand. Call us at 417-782-0060, or visit www.gnpi.org to learn more.

Be one of the first to download it today! Download it on your favorite Apple iOS or Android device right now.

Facing the Dangers of Pornography

Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya

It was a blessing to travel to Nairobi during the summer for the Project Nomad regional training.

We are excited to produce more videos for the people of the Pokot tribe in their own language, so biblical teaching is easier for them to understand. The videos we’ve produced for this people group are not only watched, but the Lord uses the videos to inspire change in the hearts of those who watch them.

Our newest project is a 25-minute video on the dangers of pornography.

We are also working on a series for youth based on 1 Timothy 4:12 to address the issues of faith, love, purity, and speech. Pray these resources will challenge people to walk more closely with the Lord.

Dedicating a New Studio

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

Our team is looking ahead to the ways God will use us in the future. We have dedicated a new studio in the northern part of our region. This outpost will reduce our expenses and supply resources for the tribal people as we produce materials in Rawang and other languages. The first audio projects are the Miracles of Jesus and worship music.

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My wife and I felt burdened to do more to share Christ in the area where we grew up. We felt the Lord led us to purchase the land and donate it to the churches, so they could have a studio. Another Christian family made a donation to help us make this facility possible. We were able to move some of our older equipment from our main studio to the new studio.  

This new studio, along with the new training center in our capital city, reminds us that God answers our prayers and accomplishes His will to make disciples in SE Asia.

Five Reasons

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

We will officially launch The GNPI App at ICOM. I’d like to give our ministry partners a chance to see it first. Here are five reasons it brings value to your GNPI experience:

#5 You can almost effortlessly pass on what God is doing through GNPI with your friends through convenient “share” buttons.

#4 You can donate to specific projects instantly as we communicate about them.

#3 You can keep a pulse on news affecting Christian workers throughout the world.

#2 You can access culturally and biblically accurate materials to offer to a missionary or use on your next mission trip.

#1 You can receive timely notifications of specific prayer requests for GNPI.

Download it today on your preferred mobile platform.

Apple iOS

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-gnpi-app/id1149007709?ls=1&mt=8

Andriod

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bluebridgechurches.goodnewsproductions&hl=en

Please conect The GNPI App with a friend, relative, church missions leader, and others in your congregation.

 

Prayers & Praises

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”— John 6:68-69 (NIV)

Last Piece of the Puzzle: Praise the Lord! Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen reports that 24 Christian workers participated in the regional media training in Togo. Kpowbie Daniel, a ministry partner from Community Health Education and organizer of the event said, “I think this training is going to bring a tremendous change in the way we have been working for the Lord. I think everyone was waiting for this. It was like the last piece of the puzzle.”

New Radio Programs: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We want to add another live program before the end of the year. Pray for our new live radio program ‘Good Evening with Gustavo’ as well. Our goal is to build relationships with the audience and interact with them more meaningfully. We think these live programs will help a lot.”

A Warm Welcome: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “A couple of our coworkers travelled seven hours to survey the needs and culture of the Endorois people, a minority group in western Kenya. We want to learn the best ways to share the Gospel with them. The poverty these people face doesn’t diminish their welcoming hospitality. Please pray we can continue to build good relationships with this group.”

Making Our Resources Available: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Until the situation changes (and it will change eventually), the Crimean team is doing their best to use human resources, equipment, and facilities to provide media production and Internet resources. The mainland team (scattered in four cities) focuses on content development, teaching, training, publishing, and distribution of our resources. We have increased the number of Internet platforms for our resources to make them available in even the most restricted areas.”

Nuggets of Wisdom: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, says, “We are starting a new ‘Career or Calling’ segment in our Say It Forward series with Mr. Caloy Magsakay Diño. Pray that Filipinos of all ages will find a nugget of godly wisdom from his words about the purpose of life.”

A Stitch in Time

Stephen Muturi, Operations Manager of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda

Blessings from Mbale, Uganda! The Lord is growing the ministry here.

This map represents the location of our Solar Kits currently. The requests from evangelists for more Solar Kits are increasing.

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The Kampala Church of Christ leadership has expressed interest in our proposal to use their church as a DVD distribution point. This is a good starting place for our plans.

We produced this video to help some ministry partners celebrate the dedication of a new facility.

We are excited to report that all seven episodes of the Life Of Christ (LOC) series is on their vimeo channel as well.

It is our hope to reach more people, far and wide, as we accomplish our mission of accelerating global evangelism through media and technology.

From a Drug Addict to a Christian Teacher

Our ministry partners at GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, have released a new testimony about a life transformed by the love of Christ.

A Thai man shares how God gave him hope, value, and help in overcoming a drug addiction. He encourages others saying, “Believe me! God can change your life if you will accept Him and submit to Him.”

 

Seeds Planted

Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia

The purpose of our ministry is tri-fold: introducing the Truth to skeptics, strengthening the saints’ confidence in the Truth, and equipping God’s people to proclaim God’s Word effectively.

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Our resources on creation evangelism and the biblical foundations for civil society are in high demand.

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More and more schools and churches are also asking for resources on logical thinking. Teaching Bible and logics courses at the Joint School of Christian Apologetics caused a ripple effect, and we have scheduled several more opportunities to teach and train. The course at Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary served church leaders from Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus. Please join us in praying for the seeds planted.

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Seminars for a student club have also prepared the soil. It was very exciting! There were three days of seminars on science, Bible, and creation evangelism attended by leaders from the region, as well as those from the city of Ternopil. We did not have any network presence there before this seminar.

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Another exciting project is the Daniel School. Its purpose is to train select teenagers to be church and society leaders. The program includes studies of Scripture, apologetics, logic, rhetoric, sports, camping, hiking, rafting, and teamwork. We are going to provide academic content for this program. All the sessions are broadcast online.

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I was especially touched by the young people who followed us online from the war zone. A group of seven even followed us online from a basement in one the hottest spots of our country’s confrontation. They were listening to both the Creation Evangelism seminar and shell bursts. May the Lord keep them safe and protected! Please pray for this great project and for these devoted young people. They are the future of the Church and the nation.

The Lord is opening a lot of opportunities in Ukraine to impact believers and prepare them to always give an answer about the reason for our hope. These baptism pictures were taken near Kiev.

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