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A Good Platform among Muslims

Your giving is influencing young students for Christ in Tanzania through a Solar Kit.

Christian workers in Tanzania write, “Praise the Lord! We are grateful for the Solar Kit which has been instrumental in proclaiming the Gospel in a Muslim dominated school.”

The school has 431 pupils and only six pupils are Christians. The headmaster allows the Christian workers to show films to the pupils. The entire school turns out on Wednesday and Friday afternoons to watch the Old Testament movies. This provides a good platform to share with these children without resistance. After the films, the Christian workers give a conclusion and explain where those biblical principles are found in Scripture.

These Christian workers are encouraged and excited. They said, “We believe the Word of God is being sown in these young souls, and we expect to obtain a great harvest in the future. We also believe God will give us favor in other schools and open more doors to reach out to those who don’t know Christ.”

Tom Ommemo of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, is working directly with the Christian workers in Tanzania on your behalf to deliver these evangelistic tools. Tom validates their experience with his own when sharing the Gospel in African villages.

 

Eleven Ways You Are Making a Global Impact

 

  1. You are promoting peace in Kenya.

GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, often provides media coverage at national events. Most recently the team served at Kenya’s National Day of Prayer live broadcast which unified churches throughout the nation. More than 50,000 people gathered to pray.

  1. You are reaching out to refugees in Uganda.

GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, is creating a project to reach refugees in response to the one million South Sudanese people have fled to refugee camps in Uganda. This team is working with another ministry to help transform communities with God-centered peace. They also supplied believers with a Solar Kit and Christian resources.

3. You are sharing the hope of Christ on national television in India.

GNPI-Damoh, India, broadcasts on Christmas and Easter to an audience of more than 40 million viewers. The team has engaged in dialogue with 1,200 families this year to offer the viewers more Christian resources and to connect them with believers in their areas. Their Youtube channels have over 5,000 new subscribers and 650,000 views, including active discussions with 550 viewers.

  1. You are making disciples and training leaders in SE Asia.

GNPI-SE Asia shared the Gospel with 688 people via seminars and Solar Kits this year. The team has also initiated a movement for Christ in this Buddhist stronghold by hosting three month-long intensive trainings to equip 35 leaders from various regions to share the Gospel in Buddhist villages.

  1. You are ministering to persecuted and scattered Christians across Eurasia.

GNPI-Eurasia ministers to displaced people across Europe following a government invasion. Regional Director Sergei Golovin participates regularly on a national television program about Christian issues. The online episode about the accuracy of the Resurrection of Jesus received 40,000 views. Their online productions are viewed by as many as 40 nations monthly, including Saudi Arabia and Mongolia.

  1. You are inspiring people in Thailand with testimonies of how Christ transforms lives.

GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, reports that viewership of their three key productions, Changed, Movement Everywhere, and Biblical Extension Courses, increased by 42 percent this year.

Noi and her husband (pictured above) have been working together to share God’s Word in Thailand for over 30 years. Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Everywhere Noi goes she is constantly telling her story of how God loved a poor orphan girl like herself, sparing her life so she could give testimony to His greatness.”

  1. You are ministering to an unreached people group of 32 million in Latin America.

GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, is finalizing The Global Gospel in sign language. There are virtually no other media resources available for these 32 million people in Latin America.

  1. You are meeting people where they are in the Philippines.

GNPI-Manila, Philippines, offers practical principles from God’s Word. There are 22,000 subscribers to their Faith Matters, too! devotional series on Facebook. These followers have the series delivered to their favorite devices daily.

  1. You are sharing God’s Word with visual learners.

The Global Gospel is now complete in 28 language versions. Soon the 13 in progress will be available online. These programs are included in personalized study plans on the most popular Bible app in the world, YouVersion. To date, more than 32,846 plans have been completed.

  1. You are providing effective tools to share the Gospel in areas with little or no access to electricity.

GNPI has supplied Solar Kits to help share the Gospel since 1981. Since then the ministry has deployed more than 600 Solar Kits to nearly 50 nations.

  1. You are training people in difficult areas to use media to advance their ministries.

Project Nomad has courageously moved forward with trainings in difficult areas, like Egypt and Inner Mongolia. Another training event is scheduled for January in Damoh, India. Our eight regional centers are helping to oversee the increasing numbers of developing and established Nomad teams as Project Nomad continues to grow.

Visit www.gnpi.org/news for more exciting details about each regional center and Nomad team.

It was perfect!

 

Dr. Ricardo and Chiquita Lemus from Joplin, Missouri, traveled with a group of dentists from Mississippi to provide a dental clinic for orphans in Matamoros, Mexico, in September. They took a Solar Kit from GNPI with them. Dr. Lemus said, “It was awesome!”

 

Several months before his trip Dr. Lemus had the chance to meet GNPI’s Matt Brock at a community event, and he came by our office for a tour. Dr. Lemus was impressed with the Solar Kit and made sure to connect GNPI with one of his friends preparing to go to Africa to do mission work. Dr. Lemus said God worked out the details so that he and his wife were able to take one of the Solar Kits on their trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Lemus said,

The Solar Kit was effective and very easy to use. We used it in the waiting room, so the orphans and the neighbors could watch it. The kids were so attentive. I watched their faces as they saw the scene of Jesus being beaten before he was crucified. The kids didn’t know Jesus suffered this way. It was powerful for them to see. I found that the Solar Kit made the conversations about Jesus easier because of what they had watched.

I’d like to take the Solar Kit again next year. I thought it was perfect!

Thank you for helping these young people in Mexico to learn what Jesus did for them on the cross. Your gifts made it possible for Dr. Ricardo to take a Solar Kit loaded with biblical Spanish resources on his mission trip.   

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

GNPI Makes the Journey Easier

Stephen Muturi, Operations Manager of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, shares the following testimony of a minister who has been using a Solar Kit from GNPI.

My name is Michael Simbwa. I am a minister at the Mityana Church of Christ in the central region of the country. I have been a Christian for over 20 years.  My parents are of the Catholic faith. I decided to take a different path in school when I gave my life to Christ. The call to evangelize has been full of challenges, but Jesus prepared us.

One of the reasons I became an evangelist was to reach as many people as possible. The great commission is dear to my heart. It is with this that I have kept the faith, committed myself to mission work even with financial and social among other challenges facing people who go into full time ministry.

I was introduced to GNPI in 2010 soon after they opened the office in Uganda. By then I was actively involved in evangelism and ministry in my village, Bikhonge, Bulambuli district. Having the Solar Kits has been more than a blessing to my call. When preaching to people, every pastor hopes to get many people’s attention. This can be hard when people are very busy trying to make a living.

I cannot thank God enough for what He has achieved through the Solar Kits. I never imagined I would travel to places outside my village but the numbers the films attract inspire me. I have reached so many people, something that I would never have done without the use of this portable technology.

I testify that God is never limited by anything. He can reach people in the farthest of places. I am humbled to be His vessel of ministry. GNPI makes the journey easier.
I am glad for the partnership.

Listen to these young people in Busiu, Uganda, the south central part of the country, who were also grateful for the chance to learn from GNPI videos on the Solar Kit earlier this year.

 

My Turning Point

Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, shares this powerful testimony of how God used a simple GNPI filmstrip shown on a Solar Kit to convict George’s heart and transform his life.

George from the Church of Christ in the Bulambuli District of Eastern Uganda

I chose to follow Christ because of what I had seen Him do in my wife’s life. My marriage was a sad one. After years in the army, I was fired. Emptiness descended on my life, and I needed something to fill that gap.

What followed were many nights away drinking, quarrels at home, and total neglect of 
my children. This went on for a few years. During all of this, my wife gave her life to Jesus. Of course, this did not sit well with me. Even with my determination to make her miserable, deep down I started asking questions of myself. In contrast to my misery, her life seemed purposeful. She would say good things, pray for me, and always invite me to join her in church.

Her persistence touched my heart. I decided to give the church a try. It so happened that the pastor was speaking about marriage when I first attended. Later, they showed a Swahili film, Ndume Halisi (Real Man), on marriage. This was my turning point. I made more visits to church, and the pastors spoke with me. The film convicted my heart. I could see myself in the main character.

This is my fifth year as a Christian; my life is changed for the better. My commitment to Christ and the church is strong. I am grateful to God for the blessing of a wife who has ministered to me. She is my rock, and thanks to the film I watched, our relationship has never been better.

 

From Cattle Rustler to Christ’s Ambassador

Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya  

Six years ago, Mudang was well known and feared by his fellow villagers because he was their leader. Mudang was mostly a negative influence. He recruited and trained young men who were involved in cattle rustling as well as shedding innocent blood in neighboring communities.

One day while showing Christian films in the Tiling’wa village in the East Pokot district, Mudang happened to be among the viewers. That day we showed the Shida Ya Samweli film. Mudang was touched, and it was a turning point in his life. He confessed his wrongdoing and asked for amnesty as he was a wanted man from the Rift Valley provincial administration. We prayed for him, and pointed him to Christ Jesus. He was baptized and became a regular member of Chebelion Church of Christ.

Since then, Mudang has continued to love the Word of God and the church. He has been instrumental in helping us with evangelism in the whole region of East Pokot. We have seen Mudang grow from a terrorist to a humble, caring, and loving disciple of Jesus Christ. Indeed, God has continued to restore hope in Mudang’s life. He is now a living example to many Pokots. Praise Jesus!

The local church initiated some small projects for the reformed cattle rustlers, including Mudang. They have purchased 20 goats, and Mudang was given 10 goats to raise. Through this project, Mudang has improved in his walk with the Lord. They intend to do more as God enables them with resources. When I visited Mudang recently, his goats have increased to 15 in number, and he is so grateful to God.

 

The Magic Box

Tom Ommemo of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

Tom Ommemo helps assemble and distribute Solar Kits in Africa. He explains how these small boxes equip pastors with technology, so it is easy to present the Word of God in a different way. Many of the dramas shown on the Solar Kits are taken directly from the Bible to help people understand and apply the Scriptures.

The Solar Kit is a very important tool for us.

Visit www.gnpi.org/solarkits if you would like to purchase a Solar Kit for yourself or another Christian worker.

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

 

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