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A Changed Identity

Gayle Silkwood, Office Manager of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Amp was abandoned by her parents at a young age. She became quiet and withdrawn with only a few friends. She grew up feeling unloved and unneeded. Watch the following testimony to see how Jesus changed her life.

As an adult Amp has an important position with Upland Holistic Development Project, a foundation in Southeast Asia. Her job is to reach out to hill tribe people in northern Thailand. She markets and provides a means for them to sell their handicrafts. In her free time, she visits orphanages, plays the guitar, and brings food to a Christian care group for people with disabilities. The Lord is using this woman who had never before known love to give her love to others.

How has the love of Christ changed your life?

Two Levels of Communication

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

The following video is a good representation of the work the Nairobi office is doing on a personal and community level.

We are excited about the growing opportunities we have to share biblical principles in various ways in homes, schools, churches, and at community events. Thank you for your valuable partnership!

Answer to Prayer

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia is a man with a vision to reach his entire country. He is an inspiring person. When he first started sharing the Gospel, he traveled on foot or by bicycle to talk with the individuals in his country about the Good News of Jesus. Then he asked God to show him a faster way to reach the nation. Timothy found media to be one of the answers to his prayer and now uses it as a tool to boldly share Christ with Buddhist leaders.

 

A Dream and A Mission

Gayle Silkwood, Office Manager of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our team traveled to the northern border of Thailand to interview Pastor Uti-jack for our testimonial program. He had been a highly educated Buddhist monk when he met Jesus through a neighbor who invited him to a Bible study. Watch his story of conversion.

Years later, after his dramatic change from Buddhism to follow Jesus, he had a dream that further inspired him to step out in faith.

In his dream the Lord showed him a tiny house and made him aware that he was to build a large church behind this small house. After he woke up he drove around the area and found that tiny house. Behind it was a very large lot for sale. He prayed for funds to start this massive project, and in a short time, his bank account showed two large deposits that more than covered the cost. He still does not know who deposited this money.

It is pastor Uti-jack’s routine to wake up at 3:00 in his little home every morning to pray. Members of his congregation start arriving at 4:00 am to walk past his little house to the prayer room at the church. Every day people come to pray before they go to work and then stop by the pastor’s home to visit. Some bring him vegetables, fruit, and meat. Some need counsel and encouragement. Pastor Uti-jack says his church membership continues to grow, and all are very diligent prayer warriors. What an inspiration for us all to listen to God and step out in faith!

 

Pressing On

Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Manila, Philippines

The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

As we pause to reflect on our ministry, the Lord has encouraged us to press on in several ways.

Our staff has several exciting announcements about Faith Matters, too! Great Commission TV, the only full-time Christian television station in the Philippines, has offered to broadcast episodes of our short devotional series twice a day during the week and once a day on the weekends at no charge. The series will air in October.

We are receiving positive feedback about our outreach through Faith Matters, too! The following comments really motivate us to keep working.

“The videos have become a daily moment of reflection and are enriching me spiritually.”

“The series is an important source of inspiration and wisdom; it completes my day.”

“Thank you so much for sharing this message with us. When I watch and listen to your message, I feel like God is talking to me.”

The 29-year-old executive of a local Christian merchandise business which markets products to young people, told us that he wakes up at 6:00 every morning to listen to and share Faith Matters, too! In their devotions at the office, they sometimes discuss Faith Matters, too! content for the day, and the businessman says he and his staff often ask themselves, “Is God talking to me?”  

A few weeks after the executive started sharing the posts, he told us, “We’d like to offer support or help.” This company now provides the shirts for our host, Kuya Caloy. The company has a Facebook page with over 700,000 followers, and they share the videos on their page, sometimes twice a day. This led to a spike in our viewership. We have reached 20,000 followers for Faith Matters, too!

We have also reached 200 episodes, and earlier this month we initiated Saturday episodes where Caloy answers questions sent in by viewers who have reached out to us for help. May the Lord continue to speak to Filipinos through this series.

We are making plans for an additional series to branch off from Faith Matters, too! and the host we wanted has agreed. The host has a more street-smart style, and will be speaking more in Tagalog to connect with even more Filipinos. We hope to launch it in early January.

Finally, our Say It Forward series is also going well after nearly two years. The videos average six to eight minutes and are presented in a Christian TED Talk format. To date, we have completed 88 episodes with 15 speakers. Some of the talks have sparked discussions on the issues, and some schools in the provinces have used these videos to teach their students: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Integrity, and Love and Courtship.

We are currently running a series by a dentist through the middle of October:


We have so many reasons to praise God!

OneTribe Peace Project

Stephen Muturi, Operations Manager of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda

Our team in Uganda is working on a progressive and highly interactive peace project for refugees. The project includes intentional, yet simple radio dramas on practical ways to work through conflict and build peace. Ministry partners believe that making this material available in local languages will be a game changer!

We had a group of nine young people from South Sudan and some LivingStone International University students helping us translate the OneTribe Peace Project from English to Juba Arabic. They finished translations and recorded around 20 episodes for the first phase. We are editing and working to complete the project as we adjust to the new schedules of the students who returned to school. We plan to work on the remaining 20 episodes after we receive the scripts from our ministry partner.

It’s an honor to serve God through media and these new opportunities.

Join us in praying for God’s grace and favor to impact young Africans and their families.

Lasting Impressions

Gayle Silkwood, Office Manager of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Lord is using our programs to make lasting impressions!

Local believers share about two of their favorite Thai programs, Changed and Movement Everywhere. Both programs tell real-life stories of people whose experiences with God have made an impact on their own lives and the lives of others around them. Two believers explain how God strengthened their faith and moved them to pray for others as they watched the programs.

Your giving is supplying media that allows Thai people to visualize life in Christ in their own culture.

Incredible Potential

Manee Massey, Regional Director of Damoh, India

The Global Gospel (TGG) is making a great impact in India. As we look at the numbers of people who speak these languages, we estimate 877 million people could hear the Gospel in the ten languages we have prepared: Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, and Urdu.

For those who are unfamiliar with this resource, The Global Gospel is a series of short videos which present the life and teachings of Jesus using colorful illustrations and dramatic Bible readings.

We have replicated and distributed nearly 3,000 DVDs in the Hindi language and almost 1,000 DVDs in each of the other languages. We have also distributed approximately 3,000 digital copies of each TGG language on USB drives, the Internet, SD cards, and through the Solar Kits.

Besides India, these languages are spoken in Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. We have worked to make sure TGG is available in all the languages in our region. We see such incredible potential!

Click here to access all the available languages on the GNPI website, or download The GNPI App on your Apple or Android device. Discussion questions are being added to each language as well.

A Conversation with Dasha

Dasha, a student from Ukraine, shares about her personal faith. She explains some of the things she has learned about video production from GNPI and her view of the GNPI ministry.

Dasha says, “Even though cultural barriers are difficult to overcome, we must take the Gospel to other countries. We won’t be separated by national boundaries in Heaven.”

Seeds of Faith

Gayle Silkwood, Office Manager of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

As with the sower in Jesus’ parable, those of us who create media materials have an opportunity to spread seeds of faith. In Thailand, we do this with the Internet, on mobile devices, and anywhere media can be taken.

We hope that in sowing our inspirational programs some will fall on good soil (those who are ready to hear). We sow seeds of faith in the form of testimonials, Bible lessons, and community outreach stories waiting for the Lord of the Harvest to bring about the yield.

Thank you for helping us share the Good News in this way.

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