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New Platforms for the Gospel

Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia

The Lord keeps providing new opportunities for our ministry even with the current conditions. We started a new partnership with the Life Club Morning Show on Channel 5 television. The program is broadcast nationally and then made available online. The episode on the historical veracity of the Resurrection of Jesus received more than 38,500 views!

I am delighted to share another online platform for The Global Gospel (TGG) in Russian. We 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 links to GNPI and the Christian Center for Science and Apologetics as well.

The Lord gave us a commandment in Matthew 10:27,What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” Praise His name for technologies that provide us with the opportunity to carry out this commandment effectively!

 

Our Team in Action

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

The following video provides a short overview of the work we do from Piedras Negras. Our current projects include interacting with people through our growing radio ministry, distributing our resources at conferences or through our Mas Vida app, producing short films, and completing The Global Gospel in sign language.

Visit www.pbnihispano.org/ for more details about all of the exciting things going on in Mexico.

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.

“The Global Gospel” on Free Bible images

The Global Gospel (TGG) is available in 27 languages with another 11 to be completed this year. Recently, 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,

“Thanks for allowing us to go ahead and publish the six sets of images from your videos on the Easter story. We managed to get these live just before Easter and in the first five days leading up to Good Friday we had 6,330 GNPI presentation files downloaded (an average of 1,266 a day). Those viewing the GNPI sets in StoryView to tell the story on a mobile device were 6,819 (1,363 a day).

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. Your contributor’s section can be viewed by clicking the icon below:

We have kept the branding of the files the same as on the GNPI site and have used the same file names, story tags and numbering as per your videos. This is to make the correlation between our files and your videos easy for people. We hope there were many who visited your Vimeo channel via the link on our site.

Our joy is in freely resourcing those teaching the Bible.”

Free Bible images then expanded to the rest of the 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. On the conservative estimate that each set was used to teach between 5 and 10 people we estimate that between a quarter of a million to half a million people were taught Bible passages using the GNPI images around the world.

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.”

TGG is useful globally, but could just as easily be used here to help the construction foreman, the IT specialist, the restaurant owner, or the refugee here in the U.S. Your gifts and prayers put these resources just clicks away from online seekers.

 

The Global Gospel Surprise

Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India

A pastor from the Gujarat region visited our office to conduct a survey for a future video production in the Bundelkhandi dialect to reach out to the villagers of the region. We gave him a tour of our office. When he saw The Global Gospel (TGG) in Gujarati, he was surprised to know that we produced it. Someone had given him a copy of the Hindi version, and he told us what a benefit it has been to use the videos to teach the 1,100 members of his congregation. He also told us he showed one of the video clips at a big event last Christmas.

He was happy to get the Gujarati version, and he plans to distribute 400 copies to various evangelists he knows in Gujarat.

“What surprises have come into your life that show you God is working behind the scenes?”

Breakthrough

The need for spiritual breakthrough compels GNPI.

We pray that the teams, training, and tools going out from our network will help believers to share their faith effectively with others, so the Good News can break through hardened hearts with His powerful love.

With the benefits of media and technology on the side of passionate believers, many barriers that hinder our evangelism efforts are shattered.

National leaders, who are trained media professionals, staff multiple regional centers in strategic locations around the world and create culturally relevant content in their heart languages.

Please share some of your own examples of spiritual breakthroughs around the world.

Update from Chennai

Timothy Jai Kumar, Team Leader of Project Nomad-Chennai,India

Our team is doing great and working on several different projects. We would like to share a video that we created for graduation at Lakeview Bible College & Seminary to let people know a little more about our media team.

These are some of our highlights from the last year:

  • The Global Gospel in Tamil and Telugu were released.
  • We trained a team in West Bengal. They have completed nine projects in the Nepali language so far.
  • We trained a team of 17 people in Darjeeling.
  • Our Chennai team is completing new projects every month. We have 22 projects in English, two in Tamil, two in Hindi, and one in Malayalam.
  • We are planning to form two new teams, one in Andhra Pradesh (Kakinada) and one in Kerala (Cochin).

We receive young students with great talent each year who contribute to our work.

 

The Global Gospel in 2017

We start the year with exciting news for those who use discipleship resources in other languages. Two of the newest languages completed are Sindhi (India and Pakistan) and Swahili (Kenya and Tanzania). The Turkish and Burmese versions are the next ones we plan to finish.

For anyone who may be new to our ministry, The Global Gospel is a series of short videos which present the life and teachings of Jesus using colorful illustrations and dramatic Bible readings. The English template has been produced in the world’s top languages.

Click here to access all the available languages on the GNPI website, or download The GNPI App on your Apple or Android device.

 

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: “The Global Gospel” Update

(This “Highlights of the Year” blog was originally posted on May 19, 2016. It’s exciting to see some of the new and creative ways this series is being used. 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 have several exciting developments to report.

For those who may be new to our ministry, The Global Gospel is a series of short videos which present the life and teachings of Jesus using colorful illustrations and dramatic Bible readings. The English template has been produced in the world’s top languages.

Recently GNPI staff members learned that an internet radio station is broadcasting The Global Gospel in the Urdu language. They have been using it for the last four (now 11) months.

Khuram Gill of Gospel Radio said, “I started using this program in January 2016. These are very blessed, short messages. I love them. Please keep it up. You and your team are doing a great job for His Kingdom.”

In a follow-up message three months later, Khuram said, “People are getting blessings with The Global Gospel in Urdu. I personally like it and broadcast it randomly. Our prayers are with you and all your team. 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.”

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Another wonderful opportunity is from FreeBibleimages. Paul Thompson writes, “Thanks for allowing us to publish the six sets of images from your videos on the Easter story. We managed to get these live just before Easter. In the first five days leading up to Good Friday, we had 6,330 GNPI presentation files downloaded (an average of 1,266 a day). Those viewing the GNPI sets in StoryView to tell the story on a mobile device were 6,819 (1,363 a day). We would love to put online all of The Global Gospel videos as sets of still images along with the text of the Bible commentary from the videos. We estimate that with all the sets online we could have over one million GNPI presentations downloaded each year. Our joy is in freely resourcing those teaching the Bible.”

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To date, more than 9,700 (now 17,500) people have completed plans and tracks incorporating the videos from The Global Gospel on their favorite app.


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We will continue working to complete additional languages and let you know about the new avenues opening for The Global Gospel. People around the world are hearing the Word of God because of your generous gifts and language sponsorship.

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