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2016 Highlights in Eurasia

Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia

What started 25 years ago as a small family ministry could now be considered a movement for effective evangelism training across all 10 time zones of the former Soviet Union countries.

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These are some of the highlights from the last year.

  • Eight of twelve Science textbooks in Ukrainian were published, and six were officially presented at the national book fair. We keep working to impact the post-communist education system!
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  • Investing in the next generation is the best thing we can do with our lives.
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  • We hosted and organized Project Nomad training events for 12 students in Kiev and for 16 students in Kharkiv.
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  • We presented the Bible and Civil Society course for pastors and ministry leaders from various parts of Ukraine.
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  • Our team provided academic content for the Daniel School. It’s a new program to train selected teenagers to be church and society leaders. The program involves studies of Scripture, apologetics, logic, rhetoric, as well as sports, camping, hiking, rafting, teamwork, etc. All sessions are broadcast online.
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  • I gave seminars at the Youth Mission School.
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  • We taught a course at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary, which provided training for church leaders from Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus.
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  • We led three days of seminars on Science, the Bible, and Creation Evangelism attended by leaders from the region. The trip included a retreat with the leaders of the Evangelical Students Fellowship. We spent time together discovering Scriptures on various issues of effective evangelism, civil society foundations, and personal growth in Christ. The most amazing experience from the meetings at the retreat was the fellowship with a self-proclaimed atheist who attended all the seminars to “figure out where we tried to trick him.”
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  • We enjoyed visiting the Science and the Bible Club for students at the biggest national university on the opposite side of the country in Lviv. About half of the audience were unbelievers, the rest were mostly new believers. It was a great opportunity to discuss foundational issues of faith and worldview.
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  • The new season at our Reliable Foundations open online apologetics club is called “Who Am I?” and the focus is on the foundational issues of human origin, nature, purpose, and destiny.
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  • Following the “Who am I?” season, we published a book in Russian titled, In the Image and Likeness: Origin, nature, and the purpose of man (humanity). This book is my Magnum Opus. It reflects 20 years of studies in the Bible (especially in Genesis and the the New Testament), philosophy, history, culture, and science. It represents a great milestone in our ministry. 
  • The open online apologetics club, Reliable Foundations, became a powerful tool for equipping disciples wherever they are. Our proactive strategy is finding, training, and equipping the faithful according to the 2 Timothy 2:2 model for impacting the worldview of people from post-communist countries at all levels from preschool to academia.
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  • We spent a week at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary doing lectures, seminars, workshops, and roundtable discussions for ministers from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Korea.
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  • Our team helped to start a new project called the Together Forever Family Club. Building Christian families according to the God’s design is always among our top priorities.
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  • We met with an Academy of Law professor who shared how useful our Biblical Foundations for Civil Society resources (book, videos, presentations) are and how she incorporates them into her lectures. 
  • We received a request for permission to use all of our resources from a nation-wide FM radio station, Emmanuel.
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  • My wife, Olga, and I visited the Central Asia Apologetics Society leaders. Christian meetings are prohibited in this area, so media is the only way to spread the Message effectively.
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  • We attended a conference on the biblical foundations of family for the Subcarpathian Roma (Gypsy) churches. This is a new region of opportunity for our ministry. transcapathia-conference-02
  • We taught a doctorate course on apologetics in relation to a biblical strategy for evangelism for ministers.
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  • We led a series of Genesis 1-3 based seminars on the foundations of a biblical worldview and its development among students for the International Association for the Development of Christian Education.
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  • Our team developed the “Q & A Christian Apologist Companion” mobile application for Android based smartphones and tablets that compiles data from various resources. Now we are developing a version that will operate on any operating system.
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  • The main issue we targeted this year was biblical anthropology: we developed Scripture-based courses, videos, presentations, and books on the issue of being human: our origins, nature, purpose, and destiny.

 

The Global Gospel in 2017

We start the year with exciting news for those who use discipleship resources in other languages. Two of the newest languages completed are Sindhi (India and Pakistan) and Swahili (Kenya and Tanzania). The Turkish and Burmese versions are the next ones we plan to finish.

For anyone who may be new to our ministry, The Global Gospel is a series of short videos which present the life and teachings of Jesus using colorful illustrations and dramatic Bible readings. The English template has been produced in the world’s top languages.

Click here to access all the available languages on the GNPI website, or download The GNPI App on your Apple or Android device.

 

A Great Start

Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Manila, Philippines

Faith Matters, too!, our new series, is off to a great start. We tried to be creative with our launch by holding a “like and share” contest on Facebook last month.

Our goal was 1,000 likes in five days, but we got 10,000 likes in three! I am overwhelmed by the response. Now we average almost 6,000 views daily, and we pray God will touch all these people through the videos.

Recently, I read Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

We have scattered and continue to scatter videos in the wilderness of the internet, but the results are really in God’s hands.

May this video be an encouragement to you today!

 

Hands of Hope

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our team would like to introduce you to SoPhaPhone, a young woman whose ministry for the hearing impaired in Laos is called Hands of Hope. SoPhaPhone says, “I had a burden for those who couldn’t hear the Gospel and wanted them to know God. Now we have Bible study classes in sign language, fellowship meals, and worship together at a local church.”

SoPhaPhone also helps these deaf friends find ways to live useful and fruitful lives as self-sufficient and financially independent adults. Several young women have started a bakery and design jewelry to sell.

The Hands of Hope ministry began several months ago and has grown to 13 people. Enjoy meeting these new friends in Movement Everywhere #8.

Their jewelry is sold on the Hands of Hope or Handmadelao Facebook pages.

 

A Closer Look at Suffering

Andrew Goryainov from Lutsk, Ukraine, produced this video to provide an inside look at the humanitarian crisis. There are nearly two million internally displaced people in the country. The host of the video visits a shelter and views some of the housing available in eastern Ukraine. Christian people have joined together to help supply some basic needs for these families, especially the children.

Andrew is a friend and coworker with Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia. Andrew was a student at the Project Nomad training in Kiev, and this video is the fruit of the experience. He is eager to learn more about media and the possibility of starting a Nomad team.

Answering Questions About Marriage

The Marriage Series from GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, is new and easily accessible on Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook.

Fielden and Janet Allison, who are experienced Christian workers in Uganda, say the purpose of this series is to bless marriages. It is designed to be used by couples or small groups.

The first lesson is: How does a husband show his wife that he loves her?

The other lessons are:

How does a wife show respect to her husband?

What does it mean to keep our marriage beds pure?

Is it a sin for a wife to refuse to have sex with her husband?

Is sex the original sin?

Is polygamy a sin?

Have I married the wrong person?

Should a couple have separate bank accounts?

 

Transformation

Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

Raziel Nuñez, the lead actor in a couple of our recent films, shares how his family and ministry were impacted by the documentary on addictions and the short film Freed by Blood.

I see myself in the short film and relive those difficult times. However, I know that what we are living at this moment is evidence of a transformation from God in our lives.

Great Joy and Privilege

Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia

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I am just one voice of the ministry. I share the fruit of a wonderful cohort of workers and volunteers who develop resources, produce media, provide technical support, monitor social networks, and provide various kinds of help and service. Some of them are scattered as displaced people in the cities and villages of central and western Ukraine. Some stay under the radar in occupied territories. Some emigrate, yet we are one family.

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Here is an update of GNPI-Eurasia’s presence through Internet and social media (not counting sites that repost our resources):

http://www.scienceandapologetics.org/ – primary content site

http://scienceandapologetics.com/ – updated primary content site

http://apolstore.com/ – online store

https://www.youtube.com/user/ApolCenter  – YouTube account

https://vimeo.com/user1455846 – Vimeo account

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1022125714496624/ – God’s Design for Science textbooks page

https://www.facebook.com/apologeticclub/ – Reliable Foundations online club

https://equalibra.org/category/apologetics/- our page at the online library Equalibra

https://www.facebook.com/sergei.golovin.967 – Sergei’s Facebook account

http://novydom.org/ – Nieuwenhuis Training Center page

http://sergei-golovin.livejournal.com/ – Sergei Golovin’s blog

https://wordpress.com/posts/sergeigolovinblog.wordpress.com – Another Sergei Golovin blog

https://www.facebook.com/velf.forum/ – East European Leadership Forum (Apologetics section)

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Please join me in my praise as the Lord has blessed us abundantly. We praise Him for this great joy and privilege!

A Great Opportunity

Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India

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Our Christmas program is 24 minutes long with two music videos and a Message about Jesus. The program will be broadcast on Sony TV, one of the top channels in India, to over 40 million viewers on the morning of December 24. This program is also going to be in Punjabi and will be broadcast on Punjabi National TV in India. Please pray for this great opportunity in our country where we can freely share the Gospel with the masses without any restriction.

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In addition, we have made 1,000 copies of our previous five years of Christmas programs, which were broadcast on national television. Preachers all over India will be receiving this DVD for viewing in house groups, churches, and local cable channels in their regions. We plan to track how many people download the video as well.

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We look forward to helping people to understand the true meaning of Christmas and to know Christ through our follow-up with those who contact us.

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A Favorite Highlight: Five Reasons

(This “Highlights of the Year” blog was originally posted on October 4, 2016. It was a milestone for us to release The GNPI App to improve communication with our ministry partners.)

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

We officially launched The GNPI App at the International Conference on Missions (ICOM).

Here are five reasons it brings value to your experience with GNPI:

#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.

 

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