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God Opened the Door

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

God opened a new door for His Word. Several evangelists went to a minority group, and more than 10,000 people converted to Christianity a few years ago. However, there was not an opportunity to share Christ with the majority group in that area. This majority group has stronger Buddhists than any other group in our region. In the past several years, a few people from this majority group have accepted Christ as their Savior and the one true God.

During the Christmas season I was invited to the area by a Christian man from the majority group by one of the preachers in the capital city. He wanted his people to hear about Jesus. I went to visit this man and joined several other preachers for a Christmas celebration in the village. It was impossible to preach about Christ publically in this area a few years back, but this man blocked the road in front of his house and set up chairs for many people.

About 30 adults gathered to hear the Gospel. The host told me that the chief of police and a few police officers were in the audience. The police chief bought a whole package of soft drinks, but I only had a chance to shake hands with him because he had to leave right away. I also saw a monk listening from the distance. I presented Jesus who came to the earth 2,000 years ago to be with human beings and to save them from sin. I began with the creation of the universe. Then I continued on to the birth of Jesus Christ and how he sacrificed His life to save us from the condemnation of Hell. Everyone listened very quietly.

According to our tradition, I bought a pig and a nice meal was served after the preaching. The monk who had been listening to the Word mingled with the people, but I did not have a chance to meet him personally.

After a few days I received a call from the preacher who told me that the people were touched by two words: Creator and Messiah.

God, the Creator, gave life to humans. God made a human being and breathed life into him. Now they understand that the life they have is from God. They also realized the Messiah, whom they were waiting for, had come and died on the cross to save them from eternal punishment. Two men were baptized a few days after the gathering.

I praise God for hope through Christ, opening doors into new areas, giving His children a burden to share the Good News with others, and the way He transforms lives!

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.

 

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.

 

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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