I would like to introduce you to a new page on our website that will connect you with our growing global network. Notice the diversity of faces from around the world working to create media to share the Gospel with the next generation.
As you look over the names, faces, and locations of these coworkers, I encourage you to lift them up in prayer. They are your ministry partners in world evangelism.
Click any image above or visit www.gnpi.org/faces to see the rest. We hope to continually update this page, so come back and visit the Faces of GNPI regularly.
Our team was invited to see the ministry outreach of one congregation. We helped deliver physical and spiritual resources to a mountain village. We notice that as we work on stories for others, the Lord allows us to become part of the story.
Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand
Our production team traveled four hours to the western edge of Thailand to do a story about Tong-tip, the pastor of a congregation in the border town of Mae Sariang. He is small in stature but mighty in his passion to serve. He and the outreach team from his church make trips to remote villages in the area to share the Gospel. The finished video of this trip is Movement Everywhere episode #10.
Our team was allowed to go with them to Koon-Wong-Nua, a tribal village with no electricity. The trip included a one-hour drive up a rough, rutted mountain road.
Only one out of 80 families in the village is a Christian family. The husband previously lived in Mae Sariang and attended Pastor Tong-tip’s church.
Equipped with a generator and plenty of lights, the outreach team kept the curious group entertained with Christian songs and stories for three hours on a frigid evening. We were able to pass out coats, blankets, and candy to the grateful group.
We also took two Solar Kits with us. Our son, Jeff Silkwood, designed a version of these kits using a small flat screen TV, solar panel, and battery pack that fits into a portable aluminum box. Thumb drives make it simple to show videos on the TV anywhere, even without electricity.
Pastor Tong-tip was happy to receive two of these kits. He will take one back to KoonWong-Nua and the other kit to another village that his outreach team will visit. We included The Global Gospel in Thai on the thumb drives along with Bible teachings by Thai pastors and testimonies.
It is incredible to see how Lord is working in the lives of people all around Thailand to proclaim His truth and love.
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?”
Our special guest for Vision Night 2017, Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, shares a few highlights about what the Lord has done in his life and ministry.
I would like to share a little about our vision and approach for reaching the people of Africa with the Good News of Christ.
GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, strives to contribute to the building of communities whose individuals have access to and are touched by God’s Word daily. The transforming and saving power of God’s Word will result in societies with high moral values, integrity, hope, and prosperity.
We have a team of 17 people in Nairobi.
Some of our breakthroughs are:
After 22 years as a regional center, God continues to give us new ideas and opportunities to serve Him and the people of Africa by using media to share His Word.
Our next Vision Night events are on March 14 in Indianapolis, IN and March 17 in Phoenix, AZ. Register atwww.gnpi.org/visionnight.
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.
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.
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.
I have been a Christian for over 20 years. One of the reasons I became an evangelist was to reach out to as many people as possible. The Great Commission is dear to my heart, and I have kept the faith, committing myself to mission work even with the financial, social, and other challenges of full-time ministry.
I was introduced to GNPI in 2010 when they opened the office in Uganda. By then I was actively involved in evangelism in my village, Bikhonge. Having the Solar Kits has been more than a blessing.
I cannot thank God enough for what He has achieved through the kits. I never imagined I would travel to places outside my village, but the number of people the films attract inspire me. I have reached many people; it’s something I never would have done without the use of this portable technology.
The defining moment in my evangelism efforts occurred when we visited Buvuma Island on Lake Victoria. I can testify that God is never limited by anything. He can reach people in the farthest places. I am humbled to be His vessel of ministry. GNPI makes the journey easier, and I am glad for the partnership.
Contact GNPI at www.gnpi.org/solarkits if you would like to help make the journey easier for another Christian worker.