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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.

Seasonal Plans

Do you ever feel like you are neglecting God’s Word? We’ve all heard the sermon that challenged us. We promised ourselves that we would go back and look up the verses in our Bibles or on our phones to study more, but the busyness of life hindered our plans.

The same human dilemma occurs whether we live in America, China, or Myanmar. Yet God is helping His people get into His Word with the phones in our pockets and purses. It’s easier than ever to access Scripture, and the completion numbers are proving that people who sign up for Bible plans in their heart languages are able to learn more about God and His Word.

These GNPI plans which you helped to fund are finding their way into the hearts of seekers in languages we will never learn and in countries we will never be allowed to visit. The GNPI network has provided content for discipleship plans on YouVersion in ten languages making the practical studies of God’s Word available to nearly 2.4 billion people!

The following plans focus on the birth of our Savior.

Burmese:

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/9195/

Cantonese:

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/9240/

 

 

 

Chinese:

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/9103/

 

Min Nan:

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/9304/

 

 

 

Thai:

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/9117/

Russian:

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2015-ru-gnpi-christmas

 

 

 

Hindi:

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2011-hi-gnpi-christmas

Spanish:

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2005-la-historia-navidena

 

 

Other plans and language versions highlight the life and resurrection of Christ.

Because of your partnership, more people have an opportunity to know Jesus Christ in a way they can easily understand.

Going Strong

The Lord is using The Global Gospel (TGG) in new and tremendous ways. For those who are new to our ministry, TGG is a series of short videos which present the life and teachings of Jesus using colorful illustrations and dramatic Bible readings in the most widely spoken languages of the world.

One ministry partner has made a TGG version called Jesus Story. It is a television series for kids and is broadcasting this fall on Sat-7 in the Arabic and Farsi languages. This version includes an introduction, several of the stories, and a closing about the main point into 13 half-hour episodes. These ministry partners estimate that nearly five million youth from the ages of 6-13 will be able to view the programs in the Arabic language alone! GNPI regional centers around the world may consider using this template for their own Jesus Story productions.


Our team in Mexico is working on a sign language version of TGG. Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “We were inspired by the commitment of our ministry partners to share the Gospel. We were also impressed to see the excitement of the deaf students who participated in this project.

In September we traveled to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to record the last part of this project.

In January we had the opportunity to personally deliver, through a friend of GNPI, 500 thumbdrives with many GNPI materials, including The Global Gospel, to 500 Chinese house church pastors. The thumb drives were distributed secretly as the leaders strategically met in a neighboring country. GNPI recently prepared 30 more flash drives with TGG and other resources for this same ministry partner to take to a Project Nomad training in another part of Asia this fall.

Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia shares another online platform for The Global Gospel (TGG) in Russian. This team used the Everlasting Gospel translation for this TGG version, and the translation ministry is really excited. They posted it on their own website with a comment that it is the best visual presentation of the Gospel they know of so far. They provided a link to the GNPI website as well.

GNPI is adding discussion questions to each version of TGG this year. There are three questions for each story on the YouTube and Vimeo sites. Study questions are now available for English, Chinese, Thai, Swahili, and Burmese.

Our team in Damoh has completed TGG in ten languages for India. New formats also include mp3 audio files for villages in India. An Internet radio station began broadcasting The Global Gospel in the Urdu language 18 months ago.

Khuram Gill of Gospel Radio said, “I am still using The Global Gospel in Urdu. I started using this program in January 2016 and continue to broadcast it randomly. These are very blessed, short messages. I love them. Please keep it up. You are doing great job for His kingdom. May God bless all of you abundantly and use you more and more for saving souls and for His glory, in Jesus Christ’s name we ask. Amen.”

To date, more than 31,425 people have completed plans and tracks incorporating the videos from The Global Gospel on their favorite app.

 

 

 

 

 

Last year representatives from Free Bible images asked if they could use the TGG images on their website. They started with photos and stories about the Resurrection in the spring of 2016. Paul Thompson of Free Bible images writes,

“Our users were delighted with the quality of the artwork and as the videos follow the Bible narration, they found them to be excellent visuals for explaining the events of Easter. Each story on our web pages has a Video link to the GNPI Vimeo channel showing all 20 translations of that Bible video.”

Free Bible images then expanded to the rest of the photos and videos about TGG. Their end of the year report stated:

“In 2016 we had 48,674 sets of GNPI images downloaded in PowerPoint, PDF, or Keynote formats for teaching. Users on our site can also view any set of GNPI stories in our StoryView that runs a slideshow of the images with the Bible text from the Net Bible. We had 214,987 GNPI stories read online in StoryView in 2016, and we expect this figure to keep rising. These views and downloads took place in 160 different countries.”

With The GNPI App, tools like TGG are readily accessible for your next visit with an international student, refugee, or someone you meet on a mission trip. As more languages of TGG are added and updated, Thailand, South Korea, and Tanzania have become some of the top regions consistently viewing TGG on YouTube. Our statistics reveal that viewers are watching mainly on mobile devices.

These numbers compare the first six months of this year with the first six months of last year:

  • The amount of time watching TGG videos is 119,336 minutes compared to 64,288 (185% increase from last year).
  • Total number of views of TGG videos is 103,418 compared to 46,373 (223% increase).
  • The number of shares of TGG videos is 1,159 compared to 431 (274% increase).
  • The most watched video in the first half of this year was the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Thai (#81). Last year it was The Lord’s Prayer in Hindi (#36)

As of September 2017, 28 languages are completed, and 13 are in progress or being pursued.

We praise the Lord for using TGG beyond what we asked or imagined!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Powerful Influence

It is amazing to see how the Lord can use our small efforts to make a lasting impact in the lives of others. As He multiplied the fish and loaves, He often takes individual offerings and uses them to meet the needs of others. Our powerful God may work through a few dollars or a quick click on a mobile device to start transforming lives.

Contact us at gnpi@gnpi.org to share your story of how God has used you or someone you know to influence others for His glory.

Incredible Potential

Manee Massey, Regional Director of Damoh, India

The Global Gospel (TGG) is making a great impact in India. As we look at the numbers of people who speak these languages, we estimate 877 million people could hear the Gospel in the ten languages we have prepared: Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, and Urdu.

For those who are unfamiliar with this resource, The Global Gospel is a series of short videos which present the life and teachings of Jesus using colorful illustrations and dramatic Bible readings.

We have replicated and distributed nearly 3,000 DVDs in the Hindi language and almost 1,000 DVDs in each of the other languages. We have also distributed approximately 3,000 digital copies of each TGG language on USB drives, the Internet, SD cards, and through the Solar Kits.

Besides India, these languages are spoken in Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. We have worked to make sure TGG is available in all the languages in our region. We see such incredible potential!

Click here to access all the available languages on the GNPI website, or download The GNPI App on your Apple or Android device. Discussion questions are being added to each language as well.

New Features for “The Global Gospel”

Dasha, a ministry partner from Ukraine, explains how to find discussion questions for the different language versions of The Global Gospel. We are excited about this new feature.

Download The GNPI App and use it to share the Gospel with your friends from other countries or when you go on a mission trip.

Click here to watch behind the scenes of this video.

Media: The Language of My People

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Cairo is a mega city on the northern tip of Africa. Her people are a unique mixture of both Middle Eastern and African cultures. In the land of pyramids and pharaohs, situated in the middle of a desert, rises a bustling and dynamic city, rich in heritage and new in context. Everyone has a smartphone, and with Google Maps available, businesses like Uber allow thousands to move about without a car or mass transit system.

Media has also become sophisticated there, as it is around the world. As one new GNPI partner explained, “Mike, I am asking the Lord to help me understand media, because it is the language of my people.”

A conference has launched a complex media and discipleship-making effort (and ultimately successful church planting) in this region of the world. Another group meets regarding the follow-up print and social media strategies for the serialization of The Global Gospel for the five to eight million children in the region.

Finally, networking takes place in another North African country where workers have developed an effective online prayer movement which has been powering a media strategy over the last few years. Second and third-generation church plants comprise the beginning of a movement.

As birds sing in the calmness of the cool morning to begin what will be another hot, busy summer day in Cairo, may we too sing praises to God. He is doing marvelous things here and all around the world.

 

Full Effort

Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

Our team is finishing the first part of The Global Gospel in sign language. We were inspired by the commitment of our ministry partners to share the Gospel. We were also impressed to see the excitement of the deaf students who participated in this project.

In September we plan to travel to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to record the second and last part of this project.

 

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