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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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Our Goal at GNPI

We must accelerate global evangelism while there is time. Ten out of 15 people do not follow Christ in this world of seven billion people.

People need to encounter Jesus in a language and culture they can understand. Our methods of connecting with the world are constantly changing along with technology, but our Message never does.

Media and technology don’t replace the Gospel or the need for human interaction. They are a vehicle to help deliver the Good News to people quickly, effectively, and on their terms.

GNPI creates media. Our teams make up a growing network in strategic locations, partnering with Christians to produce culturally relevant content and strategies to make disciples of all nations.

GNPI multiplies impact. Project Nomad provides training to equip more believers with the skills to produce and distribute biblically based projects. Our Nomad Production Kit is an innovative and cost-effective tool to get started with media production.

GNPI helps take ministry farther. Our tools range from global media initiatives that can be replicated quickly in almost any language to hands-on equipment.

We are passionate about multiplying the number of people using media to help fulfill the Great Commission.

The Shadow of Flowers

Gustavo Velázquez, Regional Director of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

We are pleased to announce the release of our newest short film! It’s the story of two families dealing with eating disorders and how their paths intersect. 

Forty area pastors and church leaders are using it in their churches. Our office is preparing copies of this film to take to schools in an effort to help young people with these issues. We have also visited some local television stations to publicize the short film.

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Our team experienced some serious setbacks in completing this project, but we praise the Lord for helping us to overcome each one.

Winter 2016 Prayer Report


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 27 completed language versions of The Global Gospel, which can be viewed online. There are 10 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, nearly 17,500 people have completed plans and tracks incorporating the videos from The Global Gospel on their favorite app.

Fitting into God’s Plan

Founder Ziden Nutt expresses thankfulness for God’s provision for GNPI in the first 40 years. Ziden recalls special highlights of how the Lord has worked to make the dream of reaching all people with Bible based, Christ centered media a reality.

How were you reached with the Gospel of Christ? Write your comments below.

An Eye Opening Trip

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

A couple of our coworkers made a seven hour trip to survey the Endorois, a Kenyan minority group. Their goal was to learn about the needs, culture, and social interactions of those in the area.

Our staff in Kenya created this video about their trip using a Nomad Production Kit.

According to Kenyan law when you visit a new area, your first task is to notify the local authority. The next task is to talk to the elders to get their blessings. Finally, our co-workers were permitted to visit some of the villages.

The area is hot, dry, and mosquito infested, with a few thickets of thorny acacia trees. The people live in small, unfinished grass huts, and they get their water from the hills. It is directed down to the villages through dykes and furrows. The Endorois people are goat herders and beekeepers by default.

The people welcomed us despite their level of poverty. Our staff met with a number of young people and shared the Word of God. The Endorois people asked our coworkers to expedite the next visit, so they can watch our films. There are only two main churches in the whole area, and our staff concluded the survey by visiting with the pastor of one of the churches.

The recommendation of our coworkers is to return quickly as promised, in order to keep the trust of the Endorois.

Meet Anay

GNPI wants all people, like Anay and his family, to hear and respond to the Good News.

GNPI equips Christian workers in India with culturally relevant materials and tools to help spread the Gospel in places where there is a great need, but it’s not just India. Our vast global network is committed to accelerating evangelism through media and technology.

How about you? Think about the first time you heard about Jesus. Now think about someone, near or far, who needs to hear the Gospel for the first time.

Visit www.gnpi.org/donate to help share Jesus with people who need him and to make tools, like Solar Kits and the stories of Jesus, available throughout the world.

 

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.

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