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Spring 2017 Prayer Update

Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for the way He is working through our network.


“He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.” — 2 Timothy 1:10 (NLT)

Africa

Sharing Truth Through Solar Kits: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “The Endorois people appreciate the chance to learn about Jesus. We visited this group of people a couple of weeks ago and held a five day seminar. We showed The Global Gospel in Swahili on a Solar Kit and studied the Bible with them. Please pray for these new friends as they develop personal relationships with Christ.”

A Living Example: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, writes, “Six years ago while showing Christian films at Tiling’wa village in East Pokot district, a cattle rustler named Mudang happened to be among the viewers. The Lord used the film to change Mudang, and it was a turning point in his life. We prayed for him and led him to Christ Jesus. He was baptized and became a regular member of a local church. Since then Mudang has been instrumental in helping us with evangelism in the whole East Pokot region. We have seen Mudang grow from a terrorist to a humble, caring, and loving disciple of Jesus Christ. He is now a living example to many Pokots. Praise Jesus!”

Protus is pictured on the left with Mudang.

Working Together: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says, “Praise the Lord! The office is running well with the team working together towards our mission. Now that the Marriage for Life series is finally complete, we are developing DVDs and loading the content onto Solar Kits for distribution. We are excited about inquiries from people who have been following the project updates on Facebook. We are also working in partnership with LivingStone International University students to develop a film project on HIV/AIDS.”

Americas

A Dynamic and Entertaining Program: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We are very excited about the new live radio show, Las 7 con Pepe (The Seven with Pepe). This program is broadcast every Friday at 7 p.m. for one hour. Pepe Corche is the main announcer and is a student at the local Bible college. Each week the program revolves around the number seven and includes comments made by the audience during the week. Listeners wrote from several states in Mexico and countries like Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Honduras. We are grateful to God because we have more contact with the audience. They share their spiritual needs, and we pray for those needs.”

An Intense Process: Ministry partner Sergio Alvarado and his family are getting settled in Querétaro, Mexico, for church planting and Project Nomad work. Sergio says, “Our team is working hard to develop training materials that will be beneficial, informative, and effective in equipping church planters to transform their communities. At our last team meetings we listed around eighty topics which we believe are necessary to prepare church planters. Developing written materials, as well as recording and editing video, so training can be done remotely, is an intense process!”

Answered Prayer in Progress: Twenty people representing seven countries (Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Chile) joined an online reunion led by International Consultant Bob Gurwell and DIrector of Operations Tom Nutt. It was a follow-up to last year’s meeting in Nicaragua. Tom thanked the group for what they are doing to serve the Lord. Executive Director Mike Schrage said, “We’ve prayed for open doors in Central and South America, and God is answering that prayer.”

Exciting Progress: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, says, “I’m excited about what God is doing. We are investing our time in worship music for churches and working with local artists. We also produce micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations who are helping the homeless people in our city. In addition, we create resources to help teach the Bible in area congregations.”

Asia

One Hundredth Episode: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us to complete the 100th episode of Faith Matters, too! The scriptwriter has received lots of good feedback from individuals, churches, and colleges, including the head of the Asia Theological Seminary. These three-minute devotionals designed to bring the Word of God straight to mobile phones for busy commutes or end of the day reflections. Topics range from the importance of personal reflection, family relationships, conflict, camaraderie, and the importance of Sabbath rest.”

A Joyful Response: Timothy P., of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “A team member took one of our Solar Kits to a village and shared the Gospel. As the people watched a video about the life of Christ, our coworker paused on certain sections and explained the story to them. The people responded with joy. They said this approach helped them to understand the Bible and to convince their hearts of the Truth. They hadn’t understood by hearing or watching themselves.”

Two Souls Saved: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Do you remember the Changed program about Akkarin Puri, the guitar maker? He was a hardened criminal and gangster spending years in prison for his crimes. When he gave his life to Jesus Christ, his life changed dramatically. We recorded his testimony a few months ago and uploaded it to YouTube. Recently, Akkarin contacted us. After sharing the video on his Facebook page, two people let him know they had accepted Jesus as their Savior after watching the program. Click here to watch the 11-minute video with English subtitles.”

India

Hope For Hindus: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Our new series with Sadhu Nityanand, a former Brahmin priest, is coming along well, and we gave Sadhu two Solar Kits to use in his ministry to remote villages. One of our first Project Nomad students is working on the series with us. Thirty-three messages have been recorded. Pray for God to use this project to help many Hindus know His love and purpose for their lives.”

I Am Samuel: Praise the Lord! The Project Nomad-Chennai, India, team completed the I Am Samuel project and published it on social media platforms. This project is about the identity struggle of a young Indian Christian and has reached 500 views in the first week. The team recently received some advanced training from Project Nomad Coordinator Mark Allen and is also learning how to reach their target audience more effectively.

Europe

Quite a Milestone: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “My presentation of the book In the Image and Likeness: Origin, Nature and Purpose of Man is quite a milestone. It’s the fruit of more than 20 years of study in the Bible, apologetics, science, and logic. Praise the Lord!”

Working Hard: Lena L. of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! We are working hard on a few projects simultaneously. Our team is recording the Creation Moments audio series, and we are producing the God’s Scientists series as well as the Why God? series with stock footage. We planned out music videos, wrote drafts for the scripts, and are now recording the music at the studio. While preparing for a music video, we decided to shoot a testimony of the featured artist. Den, the singer, had a long and hard walk before becoming a follower of Christ and a worship leader at a local church.”

Overall Ministry

Mission Accomplished: A Christian worker who requested GNPI resources for a conference writes that 500 flash drives were successfully distributed to 500 house church leaders in China. “We will never know the impact of these flash drives until we are in heaven. One thing I know, if just 10 percent of these leaders share the materials, there will be hundreds of thousands viewing and using the resources we gave them.”

Update from Uganda

Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda

Over the past year we have enjoyed working on short films, promotional videos for area ministries, teaching series on the topics of marriage and the book of Proverbs, and lending Solar Kits loaded with culturally relevant media to traveling evangelists.

We are also working on projects for young people. After visiting four schools recently, we pray God will use our projects to make a difference in the lives of these young people. Twenty-eight students from the nearby LivingStone International University are working with us to create additional programs to supplement our materials for the schools.

We are excited about the possibility of a new project called Sister Reflect, including short radio programs about peace. We may use the programs to make videos or for teaching young people in South Sudan where there is so much unrest.

 

Going Forward

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our team produces three series for Thai speakers, and we distribute them in various ways. These Christian resources are very important for this country which is 95 percent Buddhist. The following video explains our ministry and concludes with some personal reflections on my new role during the last year.

Thank you for continuing to encourage and pray for the Silkwood family since Tom went to his eternal home on March 26th last year. It has been a day-by-day journey, but my family and I are experiencing how God provides strength and direction for this difficult transition.  

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29

 

A Mountain Top Experience

Our team was invited to see the ministry outreach of one congregation. We helped deliver physical and spiritual resources to a mountain village. We notice that as we work on stories for others, the Lord allows us to become part of the story.

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our production team traveled four hours to the western edge of Thailand to do a story about Tong-tip, the pastor of a congregation in the border town of Mae Sariang. He is small in stature but mighty in his passion to serve. He and the outreach team from his church make trips to remote villages in the area to share the Gospel. The finished video of this trip is Movement Everywhere episode #10.

Our team was allowed to go with them to Koon-Wong-Nua, a tribal village with no electricity. The trip included a one-hour drive up a rough, rutted mountain road.


Only one out of 80 families in the village is a Christian family. The husband previously lived in Mae Sariang and attended Pastor Tong-tip’s church.

Equipped with a generator and plenty of lights, the outreach team kept the curious group entertained with Christian songs and stories for three hours on a frigid evening. We were able to pass out coats, blankets, and candy to the grateful group. 

We also took two Solar Kits with us. Our son, Jeff Silkwood, designed a version of these kits using a small flat screen TV, solar panel, and battery pack that fits into a portable aluminum box. Thumb drives make it simple to show videos on the TV anywhere, even without electricity.

Pastor Tong-tip was happy to receive two of these kits. He will take one back to KoonWong-Nua and the other kit to another village that his outreach team will visit. We included The Global Gospel in Thai on the thumb drives along with Bible teachings by Thai pastors and testimonies.

It is incredible to see how Lord is working in the lives of people all around Thailand to proclaim His truth and love.

A Proven Tool

Tom Nutt received this report from a pastor in Missouri who helps with outreach in Africa.

Greetings from Ntungamo, Uganda!

The Solar Kit has more than proven itself here. The way the productions are put together opens the floor quickly to questions that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is readily able to answer. This Solar Kit will be used mainly in rural Uganda as well as in Tanzania and Rwanda. Thank you for blessing this country with this amazing machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The names of the two men in the picture are Ronald Ezra and Lauben Nydagamba.

An Easier Journey

John Khauka, Bulambuli District of Uganda

I have been a Christian for over 20 years. One of the reasons I became an evangelist was to reach out to as many people as possible. The Great Commission is dear to my heart, and I have kept the faith, committing myself to mission work even with the financial, social, and other challenges of full-time ministry.

I was introduced to GNPI in 2010 when they opened the office in Uganda. By then I was actively involved in evangelism in my village, Bikhonge. Having the Solar Kits has been more than a blessing.

I cannot thank God enough for what He has achieved through the kits. I never imagined I would travel to places outside my village, but the number of people the films attract inspire me. I have reached many people; it’s something I never would have done without the use of this portable technology.

The defining moment in my evangelism efforts occurred when we visited Buvuma Island on Lake Victoria. I can testify that God is never limited by anything. He can reach people in the farthest places. I am humbled to be His vessel of ministry. GNPI makes the journey easier, and I am glad for the partnership.

Contact GNPI at www.gnpi.org/solarkits if you would like to help make the journey easier for another Christian worker.

 

You Pick Two

It can be challenging to provide a quick overview of the vast ministry of GNPI. More teams, tools, and trainings are developed every year to accelerate global evangelism.

There are several ways to introduce GNPI to others. Here are some of the newest options. We encourage you to pick two and share them with two people.

Thank you for your partnership with GNPI. Contact us at www.gnpi.org if you or your ministry partners have questions about any of our projects.

Other videos to consider:

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A Key for Reaching People

Meet the Kenees: Project Nomad Endorsement

An Amazing Help

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Hong Kong 2016 Nomad Training

Why I Recommend Project Nomad

 

 

Solar Kit: The Huge Blessing

A Christian Worker in China

Thank you for the huge blessing of a Solar Kit for me and several friends in ministry to use in a variety of ways to share the Gospel for the last 18 months.

The Solar Kit has been a tremendous help to me in my ministry to a formerly unengaged, still unreached, minority ethnic group in the remote mountainous areas of Southern China. While the group has no written language, a short, evangelistic video is available with their cultural context and mother tongue. We’ve shown small groups of people in many different villages the hope of the Gospel using this video and other evangelistic videos in Mandarin Chinese. The response has been very encouraging. They are so excited to see a video in their own language and request more.

Other ministries in my city have been blessed by the Solar Kit as well. One ministry team who works with skateboarders has competitions where they share their testimonies with the entire group. They record their testimonies on video to make them more accessible and shareable, then they use the Solar Kit to show them to a wider audience. Multiple commitments to Christ have been made by the sharing these testimonies, and small discipleship groups have been established to help these new believers grow.

Another national Christian brother who felt led by God to open a gym used the Solar Kit to paint Scripture in both Chinese and English on the walls of his gym. This makes the love of God clear to all who walk through the gym doors.

I look forward to continued to use of the Solar Kit in the villages and hope it can be used in the future for discipleship.

Paul Bacon, a friend of GNPI from a supporting congregation in Indiana, connected us with this Christian worker. Contact us at www.gnpi.org/solarkits if someone from your church could benefit from this tool. GNPI has been using Solar Kits to help share the Gospel since 1981. Since then the ministry has sent more than 600 Solar Kits to nearly 50 nations.

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: An Amazing Help

(This “Highlights of the Year” blog was originally posted on August 17, 2016. It represents many who are grateful for the GNPI Solar Kits, which are being used in nearly 50 countries around the world.)

Joshua V. stopped by the GNPI Joplin office to let us know how thrilled he is to use our Solar Kits in his ministry.

Joshua V., Christian Worker in India

Our network of 450 churches shares five Solar Kits. Each week we set aside one day for film ministry in the villages. The Solar Kit saves us so much time and effort.

It is hard to communicate the Message to the tribal people of India unless you visualize it. Visualization greatly increases the level of understanding for the audience. It makes a huge impact when people see video clips of the crucifixion and how Christ suffered for our sins.”

Many of the people have seen idol worship, and they are searching for Truth. When the Gospel is visualized for them, they often make the decision right then to follow Christ.

The Solar Kit has been an amazing help in our ministry.

 

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