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From Angry Outbursts to Joyful Chords

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

In our newest Changed program, Akkarin Puri shares how his sister’s steady influence and God’s love has transformed him from an angry prisoner to a joyful guitar maker.

Akkarin says as a teen he was in and out of detention centers where he developed even more bad habits and a drug addiction, then he went to prison.

Akkarin’s sister was desperate to help her brother and turned to the Lord. She prayed for her brother and told him about Christ. Akkarin surrendered to Christ and prayed to be released from prison for a new start. The Lord answered Akkarin’s prayer in a miraculous way.

The Christian Prison Ministry Foundation provided vocational and biblical training for Akkarin during a critical time in his life. He developed new habits and received training as a guitar technician.

Akkarin wants to help others who are seeking God. He says, “I assure you that God is 100% true and real. I can’t keep it to myself. I have to tell everyone and give hope to all who are searching for Him.”

Are you praying for the transformation of a loved one who is incarcerated? Let us know and our staff will join you in prayer.

Above It All

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

Our team has produced a new music video with Rigga. He is a Christian rapper, singer, songwriter, and recording artist from Nairobi, Kenya.

God over everything,
My God is the God over everything.
My God is the God over everything.

For You are Eternal King.
It’s in you that we live and have our being.

I want everyone to hear, don’t care what they think of me.
If you know that you know that you know that He reigns,
Join the heavenly symphony.

You are, You are.
Yes, You are, Papa, Father,
Papa, You are, Papa, Father,
Papa, You are.

God over everything,
My God is the God over everything.
Everything seen, everything not,
My God is the God over everything.
All of the money, the power, the fame in the world,
He still would remain the King.

He created it all.
So what could I ever bring to show my appreciation?
Who am I to even have this conversation?

I’m thankful that I can give this to you,
Praise that is true.
My heart was just glad that You are the most high.

You are, You are.
Yes, You are Papa, Father,
Papa, You are, Papa, Father,
Papa, You are.

My God is the God over everything.
My God is the God over everything.

You are, You are.
Yes, You are Papa, Father,
Papa, You are, Papa, Father,
Papa, You are.

Yes, You are Lord!

Making a Difference

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

Our government is asking for more public service announcements (PSAs) for a 3-year campaign on family, health, and security concerns. We have about 58 broadcasters involved. I was invited to the office of our nation’s president to discuss this new partnership with the Kenya Faith-Based Media Group.

The group identifies with the relevance of the PSAs we were already working on and wants to partner with us to produce content between September 2016 and Feb 2019. The focus is on a national security/cohesion campaign theme, Sitanyamaza, I will not be silent.

We pray for God’s grace. We want to use this opportunity strategically. We need wisdom, power, and creativity. It’s an opportunity to speak to people of all faiths.

One of the PSAs we completed was about the detriments of electronic gadgets on family time. A PSA on the sanctity of life will be launched in two weeks. The next one we have planned cautions against being too busy for God. The strategy was already part of the Make A Difference campaign (www.makeadif.com). Please pray that God will lead us to make an impact in Africa.

Our other PSAs are on cleanliness, drug abuse, and perseverance. Pray for us to have wisdom in writing more scripts.

 

Coach Pao: A Modern-Day Paul

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Thai media team was surprised they were actually admitted into the Chiang Mai Prison even after all the paperwork and letters had been approved. Other organizations, like CBN, who requested permission to interview this particular prisoner were declined. Coach Pao had been an inmate for the past three years, and his story of conversion and obedience was worth all the red-tape!

Coach Pao has been an avid soccer player all his life and knew many high-profile people in the sports industry. He admits he was self-confident and stubborn, which is what got him into trouble. Money and drugs led him down the wrong path.

In 2003, he was arrested and then released on bail to await his trial. During this time something happened that changed his life forever. He met Jesus Christ. As a new Christian, he became convinced he could help young teens learn discipline and life skills through playing soccer that could also potentially save them from a life of drugs. He established the Christ Football Club (CFC) for underprivileged teens. Ten years passed before his trial for the crime from his previous life. After being sentenced to prison, he saw an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of his fellow inmates. He coached a soccer league, preached at church services, and encouraged others who were also incarcerated.

As for the CFC, another pastor picked up Coach Pao’s work with the young teens continuing to teach them on the soccer field and influence them for Christ.

Recently, after our team had visited him in prison, Coach Pao was granted pardon on the King’s birthday (an annual Thai tradition for well-behaved prisoners). Whether inside the prison walls or outside in the world, Coach Pao knows his calling is to follow Jesus and change lives.

Young Evangelists in Training

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

Our ministry partner traveled to the central part of our region for leadership training with GNPI materials over the summer. Two young people who attended the meeting responded with these testimonies.

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I am seventeen and a student in my first year of college. This summer I had the great privilege to attend Bible training. I now have a strong faith in Jesus through the lesson of the true God which the evangelist taught, and I also have a strong commitment to serve in His ministry.

After attending the training, I wanted to stop my college education and go to Bible college instead. I asked permission from my parents. They suggested I finish the secular education first and then go to Bible college. Though I am not studying in Bible college yet, I am sharing about the true God with my friends. As I share the Gospel with them, they also accept Jesus as the true God whom every nation should worship. I will continue to share this Message as much as I can.

kyaw-htet-linI am a 9th grade student. After I pass the matriculation exam, I will go to Bible college and serve the Lord in His ministry. In the past, I had no thought of becoming a minister of the Lord. However, after hearing the lesson of the true God whom every nation must worship, my mind was changed. My faith in God has also increased. In the past, I didn’t think about sharing the Message of God with my friends. I did not know how to explain my faith to them even if I had wanted to talk to them. Now I am talking to my friends and elders, and I try to share about the true God at every opportunity I have.

When I talk about God, some are very interested and some are not. For those who do not want to listen to my Message, I wish they could meet the evangelist who taught me over the summer. When the evangelist came, I asked him more about God. When I told him of my desire to go to Bible college, he affirmed me. I will continue to study and to share about God with new confidence. I would like to acknowledge that I have a strong desire to serve in ministry as the outcome of this training.

Please join us in praying for these young people and others like them as we try to encourage and equip them to make disciples for Christ of the next generation in SE Asia.

Dedicating a New Studio

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

Our team is looking ahead to the ways God will use us in the future. We have dedicated a new studio in the northern part of our region. This outpost will reduce our expenses and supply resources for the tribal people as we produce materials in Rawang and other languages. The first audio projects are the Miracles of Jesus and worship music.

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My wife and I felt burdened to do more to share Christ in the area where we grew up. We felt the Lord led us to purchase the land and donate it to the churches, so they could have a studio. Another Christian family made a donation to help us make this facility possible. We were able to move some of our older equipment from our main studio to the new studio.  

This new studio, along with the new training center in our capital city, reminds us that God answers our prayers and accomplishes His will to make disciples in SE Asia.

A Stitch in Time

Stephen Muturi, Operations Manager of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda

Blessings from Mbale, Uganda! The Lord is growing the ministry here.

This map represents the location of our Solar Kits currently. The requests from evangelists for more Solar Kits are increasing.

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The Kampala Church of Christ leadership has expressed interest in our proposal to use their church as a DVD distribution point. This is a good starting place for our plans.

We produced this video to help some ministry partners celebrate the dedication of a new facility.

We are excited to report that all seven episodes of the Life Of Christ (LOC) series is on their vimeo channel as well.

It is our hope to reach more people, far and wide, as we accomplish our mission of accelerating global evangelism through media and technology.

Testimonies from Our Trainings

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

My coworker and I were invited to teach in the eastern part of our region several weeks ago. We had the privilege to share lessons about the True God and other lessons using our GNPI resources.  

This is the feedback from one of the pastors.

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Your lesson was very good, and we are encouraged. Your lessons are very clear for those who are not believers as well. For pastors and ministers, every part and section of your lesson is really helpful. As for me, I think the “Illustration of the False Way and the Right Way” will be very effective, and all the other facts are also useful to me.

Your lesson made Buddhism very clear and transparent. We did not teach like this before, but I will use this method from now on. It helps people to understand who is the true or false god, and they can choose what is right and true.

My advice is to teach and train all ministers and evangelists with this lesson as soon as possible.

My coworker also went to the upper middle part of SE Asia. Here is an encouraging testimony about how the Lord is working through his ministry.

I was invited to teach about the Gospel at a youth camp, and God sent many believers and nonbelievers to hear the Message. Seventeen people made decisions for Christ and were baptized.

When the camp was over, I had the privilege to visit four villages and fellowship with the people there who are under God’s leading. I give thanks to God for those villages because in the past there were no believers there. Yet this time I saw many people who believed in God and accepted Jesus Christ. The people from those villages talked about the camp and how they were encouraged. I was so pleased to hear that they will be trying to share the Message with those who don’t know about God yet. They also invited us to come back during the Christmas season to help share the Message in their villages.

The benefit for those attending the training camp is that they have learned things they did not know before. They know now that only Jesus is the true God and the Savior of the world.

I hope and pray for these areas that God will give blessings, bring more people to faith in Him, and have more disciples and workers.

 

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