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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.

 

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?

 

The True Buddha

Our coworkers in some regional centers share the Gospel from a very different cultural perspective. Their language may be new to partners in our global network, but it is completely relevant to the cultures where they are working.

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

Many Buddhists worship Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. His teachings about the True Buddha points people to Jesus Christ.

I want to help people to understand the real meaning of the word “Buddha” because Buddhists think Gautama is Buddha. In reality, Buddha means “God” in the Magadha (Pali) language. Pali was the language Gautama spoke. Historically and literally, it does not refer to Gautama, who people worship today.

We should not interchange the names Gautama and Buddha because Buddha is God, and Gautama is a human being.
 Gautama himself wanted to be like Buddha (God) and prayed to Buddha (God). When Buddhists understand the difference between Buddha and Gautama, they realize who the true Buddha is.

Jesus Christ is the first and the last God. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is love, the greatest, and the Almighty God. He is the Savior and the Creator. He is the Messiah (Matthias), who descended from Heaven to the earth. Jesus Christ is the Truth. The Truth makes people free (John 8:32). Knowing Him is amazing and wonderful (Revelation 22:13, Hebrew 13:8, Philippians 2:10-11, Matthew 1:18-21, John 1:1-14, John 4:25-26).

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.

Nate Visits Nairobi

Nathaniel Murphy, Intern from Johnson University

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This summer I had the opportunity to work as an intern with GNPI in Nairobi, Kenya. I was happy to see all of the work being done at this regional center. I was able to be part of producing a couple of public service announcements and a music video. I was very impressed by the preparation put into the productions as well as the quality.

I had some fear going into the internship. This was my first time flying internationally by myself. I had never been to Africa before, and I have heard some pretty horrific stories from my friends about past internships. Yet, I felt God opened a lot of doors and smoothed out the process of the internship for me from initially getting connected initially with GNPI to raising funds. I am so glad I was able to trust God to go to Nairobi this summer.

From the first day I arrived at GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, I felt very welcome. Everyone on the team was very excited to meet me and to tell me about his or her role in the center. I was also very happy to be trusted with work to do. I heard reports from friends who did internships and said they were never trusted to do any real work and were always given tasks just to keep them busy. My first assignment with the team was to write a script for a Public Service Announcement. Later, towards the end of my internship, I was able to co-direct this same script with the team. We were able to create a story that will impact many people’s lives.

I was not only a part of the team in the work that I was trusted to complete, but also because of the friendships I made. I am typically a pretty shy person, but if I become comfortable around people, then I can be my natural goofy self. In less than a week, the team was able to break me out of my shell, and I had so much fun spending time with everyone! The team really cared about me and my growth while I was at the center, and they even threw a surprise party for me before I left! We shared cake and every person on the team lavished me with compliments (which I did not deserve) and thanked me for spending my summer with them. It was so backwards to me because they had invested in me and taught me so much over the summer, and then they thanked me for letting them do so! Think of Peter’s initial reaction when Jesus began to wash his feet. This is the best way that I can describe how I felt.

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There were several ways I saw God working in Kenya. One of my favorite parts about being there was visiting a school called the Liberty Visions Learning Center. This was a school built in one of the slums in Nairobi to provide free Christian education to children from low-income families. The school also provides books, uniforms, food, etc. for the children. Being able to spend time with these kids and see how much the teachers cared about them filled my heart with joy.

Another way that I saw God working was through the doors He was opening for GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya. Because of the quality of work they produce and their new partnerships, they are gaining publicity fast. There is a lot GNPI can do to make a positive impact, and ultimately, share Christ in Nairobi and other places where their media is seen or heard. The team never missed an opportunity to share. When we were casting for a new shoot, we discussed how we should represent Christ because some of these actors didn’t believe in Him. During travel or breaks, on the days we filmed, the team talked with the actors and got to know them. Often they asked what the actors thought of the film we were producing, and it led to really deep conversations. One of the actors I talked to during the shoot was a Christian, and he told me he wants to write books in Kenya. He said the books available about how to live like a Christian are mostly from Western authors who write from the perspective of how to live like a Christian in America. His dream is to be able to write books that could be understood culturally in Kenya and to impact people’s lives in that way.

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Overall, my experience as an intern in Kenya with GNPI was incredible. I had the chance to see and experience how God was working in some really cool, non-traditional ways, and I felt l included by the team in making a difference.

 

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: Winter 2016 Prayer Report

(This “Highlights of the Year” blog was originally posted on November 25, 2016. It is a blessing to reflect on the ways God has worked through the GNPI network to share the Gospel around the world.)


Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for His answers to our prayers 
season after season.

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”— Psalm 62:8 (NIV)

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Americas

Sharing the Gospel in Sign Language: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “Pablo and I travelled to the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, along the border of Brownsville, Texas, to begin production on three projects with the cooperation of With My Hands ministry led by Jesus and Michelle Zuniga. God is using this couple to give hope in Christ and a better way of life to the deaf people in Matamoros. We started with recordings of 15 lessons from The Global Gospel in sign language. It is impressive to see how excited the deaf people were to participate in this project. One of them told us she was very happy because she wants to help other deaf people to know God’s love through these videos.”

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Moved to Action: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We finished a new video about a ministry partner in Nicaragua who works with women who have survived human trafficking. It is an inspirational video to motivate action in service to our God, and it is the first video in our new series From Words to Deeds.

Africa

National Security: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Praise the Lord! The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the Kenya Faith-Based Media Group, which is comprised of 42 broadcasters nationwide, had three successful live broadcasts from our studio during the month of September. We had a panel of reputable leaders in the government and clergy, as well as other faiths, speak about issues dealing with security of the nation from a faith-based perspective. An article about the broadcasts was published in one of the leading newspapers in the country.”

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Fifty Decisions for Christ: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Thank you for sending the two Solar Kits and spare pieces of equipment we requested. We tested them, and the new speakers are very good. These will greatly improve our efforts in the field where evangelists report at least 50 people have accepted Christ in the last two months.”

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Asia

Understanding the Gospel Clearly: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia shares the testimony of a man who was helped by GNPI resources. The villager said, “I am thirty-nine years old. I am a Buddhist. I regarded Christianity as a false religion until this evangelist visited our village and shared about the true and living God. After I heard the Message from this evangelist, I realized what I have heard about Christianity was totally wrong. I came to understand clearly that the only true God is Jesus Christ, and Jesus gave His own life in order to pay for our sins and rose again.”

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Producing New Lessons: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We are excited to release our latest Say It Forward lessons. In this new episode Dr. Joanne Gallardo continues her amazing love story. Pray these lessons will greatly impact godly relationships in our culture.”

Improving Distribution: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, says, “Pray we know how to distribute all of the wonderful materials our team has created. They are available on a YouTube page. We may try a Facebook page. Pray for me as I readjust to life in Thailand. Thank you for your prayers.”

Europe

A joyful retreat: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We took a trip and held a retreat with a couple of displaced families. We visited other displaced families on our way sharing books, clothing, love, comfort, hope, and encouragement. Please pray with us for those in Ukraine who left their homes, as well as for the end of the war and restored justice! Pray for us as we share the Message of the Lord’s ultimate justice! We believe the Lord will use every situation for His glory. We just have to keep listening to Him with faith and patience.”

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India

A Passion for Evangelism: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Our staff has been busy recording a sermon series from a preacher who is working in the small house churches of Jabalpur villages with nearly 1,400 people. He has a passion for evangelism and requested our help. We have also been working on a cable TV program with several other preachers. Pray that God will use these messages to strengthen believers to share the Truth with others.”

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Creativity: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “We are busy working on assembling about 40 Solar Kits. Please pray for our staff to have creativity for all our projects.”

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Project Nomad Updates

Last Piece of the Puzzle: Praise the Lord! Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen reports that 24 Christian workers participated in the regional 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.”

 

Home from Hong Kong: Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen provided a regional training in Hong Kong this fall. Please pray for the Lord to help these Christian workers to communicate clearly and to multiply their efforts to share the Gospel as they use what they learned.

Overall Ministry

International Director: Please join us in praying that God would send the right person to serve as our international director and work closely with our growing network of regional centers and Project Nomad teams.

Communicating Well: A Christian worker in South Sudan writes, “I lead a team of 10 adults working to plant churches among the unreached Laarim people of South Sudan. This is a relatively small people group of approximately 11,000. Currently, there are only a handful of Laarim believers, most of whom live elsewhere, and no churches. We use the Solar Kit with adults and children. It communicates well with our Laarim audience. Thanks for your support in spreading the Gospel in South Sudan!”

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Remote Access: Bob and Pam Hudson of Mexico Medical Missions write, “We work with a mission hospital in the Sierra Madres of Mexico. Last year, we met two GNPI team members. While we were talking about our ministry in very remote villages to the Tarahumara Indians, the GNPI staff offered to give us the Solar Kit they had with them. We took it with us and gave it to a missionary friend who lives in a village off the main road two hours by car (traveling at a speed of about 8 mph) and then another two hours on foot. Obviously, there is no electricity or any other kind of convenience. This friend loves the Solar Kit and is able to tell Bible stories like never before. Thank you so much for you help.”

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The GNPI App: Praise the Lord for new resources to help believers tell the Gospel story effectively! Download The GNPI App to see how the Good News is shared throughout the world. It is available from The Apple Store or Google Play Store.

The Global Gospel Update: We praise the Lord for the 26 completed language versions of The Global Gospel, which can be viewed online. There are 11 additional versions in progress. We recently divided the 88 stories into 107, so some of the longer segments could be more easily adapted for various applications on mobile devices. To date, more than 16,000 people have completed plans and tracks incorporating the videos from The Global Gospel on their favorite app.

 

A Favorite Highlight: The Incredible Ukrainian Tour

(This “Highlights of the Year” blog was originally posted on September 8, 2016. It represents one of the 10 locations and some of the 143 people who participated in Project Nomad training this year.)

Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen and Regional Director Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia visited Kharkiv in northern Ukraine for their second training.

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Be sure to watch what what happened during their first stop in Mark Allen Visits Kiev.

 

 

National Security

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the Kenya Faith-Based Media Group, which is comprised of 45 broadcasters nationwide, had three successful live broadcasts from our studio during the month of September. We had a panel of reputable leaders in the government and clergy, as well as other faiths, speak about issues dealing with the security of our nation from a faith-based perspective. An article about the broadcasts was published in one of the leading newspapers in the country. We praise the Lord for the opportunities we have to be salt and light in our culture.

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