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A Musical Interlude in Damoh

Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India

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Our office is working on a music video with a former Hindu. We are excited to produce something very different. It is important for us to do this for evangelism and a big opportunity.

Sadhu Nityanand is a Christian from the Brahman caste of Hinduism. He uses his background in the Hindu culture to reach out to Hindus. He compares the Hindu book with the teachings of the Bible. Sadhu influences hundreds of thousands of people.

We plan to record 400 short messages from him in different locations. We also plan to use these for an app later.

In addition, we recently completed 12 music videos in regional languages with a group of 15 people and several local instruments.

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We recorded live video by using iPhones and an iPad as a live switcher.

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The videos are being used in local meetings and with our target audiences in remote villages.

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We have been busy with a lot of other work as well. Twelve more scripts are ready as we prepare for the family series. The newest one is about respecting elders.

Solar Kits are being distributed. We assembled several Solar Kits while our office was closed for summer break and sent out a total of 38 last year.

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We continue to stay in communication with our recently trained Project Nomad students in Shillong, India.

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One of our goals was to unite the churches in the northeast area with this training and investment in their young people.

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The following video shows what the students learned from the training.

Finally, we have completed the follow-up from our Easter broadcast.

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We had 600 people contact us from all over India. We sent out 56 customized sets of DVDs to these callers based on their needs including Bible teaching, music videos, children’s programs, resources to build relationships, and testimonies. Most callers were Hindus. It is encouraging to have lots of non-Christians watching the program. It was a good success.

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Hungry for God’s Word?

GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, has completed another Biblical Extension Course (BEC). This is the first lesson to be completed since the March 26th death of Regional Director Tom Silkwood.

Tom and his wife, Gayle, explained the series this way.

“Hong-krua-pra-kham” is roughly translated “Kitchen of God’s Word.” It is a series of Bible teachings by Thai pastors and teachers. The idea is that Bible teachers use their own style (the spices) and teach the Bible (the meat) in a way that the Thai listener can ingest it. You can see several of the topics that were produced over the past year below.  

They also have produced BEC for the Lisu tribal people. Their newest staff member, Mr. Udom, is a young Lisu man and college graduate. He is learning to produce teaching videos for his own people, and Mr. Udom’s program is called “Seeds of Life.”  Lisu pastors are asked to preach or teach biblical truths so they can be uploaded to YouTube or distributed to the Lisu tribal villages. Mr. Udom’s dad, Pastor Leoshu, taught the first program. This and other Lisu sermon videos are available here.

 

Jesus, the God of the Universe

Timothy P., regional director of GNPI-SE Asia, equips local evangelists with resources to share the hope of Christ with Buddhists. This testimony from a new sister outlines his effective approach of starting where Buddhists are and then building on that foundation.

Jesus is the God of the universe. He is not only the western God, but he is the God of all creatures. Unless we accept Jesus as our personal Savior, there is no hope for the future.

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I was a Buddhist, but I was touched by this teaching about Jesus at a seminar in my village last year. I went home and talked to my children about what I had heard. The children were surprised by my interest in following Christ.

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They said, “We have our own god. Why are you going to accept the Christian God?”

I kept quiet. I didn’t know enough to explain it to them, but in my heart I wanted to know more about Jesus.

One day the evangelist came to my house and explained to me about the true God and the five maras (evils). I could see that there is no one else who could pass the evils except Jesus Christ. Several years ago, I had a chance to watch a movie about Christ. Through this movie and the teacher’s explanations, I began to see the reality of Christ.

1)   Kilesa mara (craving, sexual desire) — Jesus Christ was free from sexual desire because He was conceived through the power of God not by relation of man.

2)   Missu mara (death) – Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day.

3)   Kanda mara (physical body decay) – Jesus was raised from the dead and His body did not decay. He showed Himself to His disciples after resurrection.

4)   Shivabuddha mara (power over spirits and demons) — Jesus Christ can drive out demons and has power over spirits.

5)   Abithinkhara mara (nature) — Jesus can control nature by calming the storm.

Jesus is the only One who could overcome all five maras. I think it will be effective to keep showing this movie about Christ before the lessons. The lesson after the movie is very beneficial.

I have come to realize Jesus Christ saves me from sin and eternal punishment. I believe in Jesus Christ. I will surely throw away all idols and shrines I worshipped before and get baptized. I surrender myself to Jesus. I will slowly explain this to my children. I will not leave Jesus.

 

Mapping Out the GNPI Network

Take this opportunity to consider the widespread influence of this growing ministry.

  • Nine regional centers are producing biblical resources for each of their cultures.
  • Eight small production teams are training under the leadership of Project Nomad.
  • Six hundred Solar Kits have been mobilized to areas without electricity.

Thank you for your partnership in equipping Christian leaders throughout the world to communicate the hope of the Gospel through media to people in their heart languages and cultures.

Behind the Scenes of Mapping Out GNPI

GNPI staff members welcomed David Velázquez, our summer intern from Mexico. David brought a fresh perspective to the ministry and he worked with Creative Media Designer Greg Fish and Creative Team Assistant Jubilee Mehrens to create this new video.

We look forward to seeing how the Lord will work through GNPI to reach and strengthen His Church in the next generation.

 

Building Bridges

Irene Nyagah of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

Our office is cooperating with another ministry to reach out to Muslims with the i2 Ministries project. It is a series of teachings on Christian apologetics. The series currently has 19 episodes, and we plan to make more. Joshua Lingel, the speaker, highlights key issues found in Islam.

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The target audience for this series is preachers, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and missionaries who have a passion to share Christ with the Islamic world.

Our office is dubbing these lessons into Swahili. We are finalizing our plans for the launch and distribution, including a conference for pastors. Pray for our newest project to be an effective bridge for sharing the Gospel of Christ.

Music, Meetings, and Mentoring in Mexico

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

Our staff completed two new music videos. The first is Tu Voluntad (Your Will)

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and the second is Laberinto (Labyrinth).

These videos were recorded in Chicago by Jochy D. & Band. They can be viewed on Vimeo, YouTube, and our main website at www.buenasnuevasradio.com.

We have also been involved in several significant meetings and mentoring opportunities. First, our coworker, Pablo, made a short tutorial on How to Create a Production with Mobile Equipment. We have shared this tutorial with our network created after a regional meeting in Nicaragua and on social media. 

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Next I’ll be doing a video tutorial about basic graphic design, and my son also created a tutorial on camera angles during his internship in Joplin this summer.

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We are moving forward with plans for a sign language version of
The Global Gospel (TGG) in cooperation with a local ministry to deaf people. The audio for TGG is available on our website, so the audience can listen and download it. We have also created a channel exclusively for TGG videos on YouTube, and the audio is accessible to download from this channel as well. 

A few weeks ago I was invited to participate in a Youth Summit in Monterrey, Mexico, and had the chance to talk about the + Vida app with more than 300 young people. I shared the benefits of the app and how it can help them in their spiritual growth. We made a promotional video of the app to share at the event and on social networks. 

Another project we are working on is a series of lessons on marriage with Pecos and Linda Inchaustegui.

We pray our work will reach more people for Christ and encourage others in their faith.

 

An Effective Ministry Tool

Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India

Pastor Rodhan Thapa works in Darjeeling, India, and is grateful to have a Solar Kit for his ministry. He says it helps him to introduce people to Jesus and His teachings.

Thank you for working with us to encourage Christian workers around the world with effective ministry tools. Click here to apply for a Solar Kit or to supply funds for a Solar Kit for one of your ministry partners or for others in need.

Our Latest Productions in Manila

Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Manila, Philippines

Our office is currently working on the series WWJD and Say It Forward.

WWJD is now in the third season of looking at the biblical view of current issues in our culture. The series is popular with young adults. We are brainstorming about how to do the next episode of WWJD on respecting authority. It seems especially important now that we have a new president.  

This episode is about Voter Education.

I received a note recently from a 14 year old girl who watched one of the WWJD programs about dating, “I really liked the video; it made me understand more about courtship and the opinions of other people on courtship. Thanks for making that documentary!”

That gladdens the heart, doesn’t it?

Say It Forward is a series of short programs hosted by different Christian professionals who relate their experiences and perspectives from the tough situations they’ve encountered. It is patterned after Ted-Talks. We are working on another taping of Say It Forward this month. We hope to become the source of good talks and topics, the “go-to” website for inspirational and educational videos.

The speakers themselves are using these for their own Bible studies or small groups. I am excited that we are consistently increasing likes to our pages, and shares of the videos. From less than 20 shares early in our series, we’ve increased to 40+. One episode has gone up to 64 shares and counting. That may seem puny if we consider a million shares or views on YouTube, but great things come from small beginnings.  We will just continue doing our very best and let God do the rest.  Say It Forward’s time will come.

This episode shows how the Lord is working in the life of this dentist and how He is shaping her faith!

Finally, our Board members are working hard to prepare for our first Project Nomad training. We see so many opportunities to use media to share the Gospel and to inject godly principles into the lives of Filipino people who are seeking answers to the social issues they encounter every day.

A Great Joy


GNPI has a behind the scenes story about the making of our Psalm 117: Global Music Video. Besides the background of the overall video, you can see The Accordion Man in Mexico story here.

Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia

Lena is pictured on the right in the photo at the top of the collage.

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Our team loved the idea of being part of the Psalm 117 music video from the first time we heard about it. I wrote to our coworkers in Joplin, “The idea is truly awesome, and we are definitely in!”

We chose to include the domra, our national instrument, to praise the Lord from our region of the world. It’s a four stringed, mandolin type of instrument which we played in the studio and on a scenic overlook.

Unfortunately, I had to ask for extra time to complete the project. We didn’t get started on time due to problems with the power supply, but we really did want to participate! We found a musician for the national instrument, and we knew we could complete at least a simple part of the project. Then I had another delay because I had to take medical treatments on my throat. I told my coworkers in Joplin, “The day I can sing again, we will record the voice part. I am so sorry to ask for an extension like this, but we would highly appreciate it if you granted it to us.”

Despite the challenges, we met the deadline without the extension. I felt like the Lord gave me my voice for a two day window. My throat is much better now. Overall, we are very happy with how our part turned out. It is always a great joy for us to take part in projects that need creativity!

 

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