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Prayers & Praises

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
— 2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)

GNPI Praises and Prayer Requests for March 6, 2017

Vision Night Events: Please pray for our Vision Night events starting this week. Pray that the focus will be on the Lord and that He will encourage and inspire each person who attends in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix.

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

A Special Blessing: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “It was a special blessing for me to meet Dimitry Grischuk, from Donetsk, the war zone in eastern Ukraine. He runs a ministry to help people overcome the consequences of war. He has been reading my apologetics resources since he was a boy, and these materials helped shape his worldview. What a great encouragement! Now we are developing plans for partnership. Isn’t that amazing? Praise the Lord!”

Proclaiming God’s Goodness: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, says, “Praise the Lord for our newest program! Movement Everywhere, episode 10, is a production with Pastor Chai Rach who shares about his commitment to preaching the Word and service as a mediator in the court system for accident victims. He considers himself blessed to proclaim God’s goodness and to have a positive impact on society.”

Grateful and Privileged: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for His wisdom and provision for us. God designed the family, and He is the One that puts us all together. This is true even for those who are not related to one another, yet whose hearts are bound by God’s love. I am grateful and privileged to be part of the GNPI family!”

Whatever Happens

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

This Pase lo que Pase (Whatever Happens) video was filmed in New York under the direction of our coworker Pablo Perales.

Abe Mendoza, a Christian singer from Piedras Negras, Mexico, is featured in the video. He grew up in the Christian faith playing, singing, and writing his own songs for God. Abe has traveled through the United States, Mexico, and Central America sharing his music.

Abe’s father was a pastor for many years, but he died this year. At the end of the video, Abe dedicates this video and his ministry to his father.

 

Do Not Forget

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I served as the President of the International Conference On Missions (ICOM) last year. One of the special initiatives of the 2016 conference included the creation and launch of The Refugee and International Student Engagement (RISE) Project based on Hebrews 13:2 (NIV).

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers . . . for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

We have a sacred opportunity to welcome our neighbors from every corner of the globe to our communities in a way that reflects the welcoming, inclusive heart of God.

The RISE Project provides real life application to the culturally relevant work GNPI does overseas in our network. ICOM, RISE, and GNPI share a strong desire to equip and encourage our partners to engage with people in these two populations.

For more information, practical support, and a four part small group video series, visit theriseproject.com.

 

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:

Mapping Out GNPI

A Key for Reaching People

Meet the Kenees: Project Nomad Endorsement

An Amazing Help

Solar Kits Help Plant Churches

Hong Kong 2016 Nomad Training

Why I Recommend Project Nomad

 

 

Compelled by Love

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

GNPI partnered with ICOM in 2016 to create and launch these testimonies from Christians working throughout the world to share the Gospel. We hope these brief messages will inspire and encourage many congregations as they give, serve, and take the Gospel each day.

Timothy P., regional director of GNPI-SE Asia:

Sergei Golovin, regional director of GNPI-Eurasia

Dennis Okoth who works with GNPI- Mbale, Uganda

Yassir E.

Duane Jenks

Traci Harrod & Yvette Mujawayuhi

Scott Young

May we follow their courageous examples as they follow Christ in proclaiming the Truth.

 

Changed: Healed to Help Others

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

We love sharing the stories of how God changes lives. When people see these amazing testimonies, they are often encouraged in their personal walk or drawn to find out how they can have the same peace and joy.

Our production team traveled to northern Thailand to interview Pastor Mao. He shared his inspiring testimony as one who prayed and dedicated his life to Christ. The Lord spared him from the debilitating results of a brain tumor and gave him a growing ministry in his village.

Raised in a Christian home in Bangkok, Thailand, Mao remembers worship services and prayer times at church, but admits he was a nominal Christian back then. Church was something his family did, but he had little interest. His parents sent him to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand when he was nine years old where he lived in a Christian dormitory and did his studies. Still he had no inner spiritual understanding of the Savior Jesus. He got involved in a lifestyle of drugs and gangs.

By God’s grace and despite poor choices, God never abandoned him. He was given many opportunities to commit his life to God. It eventually occurred to him that God’s love for him was real. He made the decision to attend Bible college, got his Masters in Biblical studies, and became a pastor.

After years of working in the church, he began to have severe migraines. He was on several different medications, then one doctor did a more thorough check-up and discovered an egg-sized tumor in his brain near the base of his skull. There were few options in this case. If they did nothing, Pastor Mao would surely die, or there was a risky surgery that would most likely cause major disabilities if he even survived.

In his despair and pain, Pastor Mao cried out to the Lord for help. Gradually, his anxiety, stress, and fear were replaced with peace, hope, and strength. He became resolved to accept death if it was God’s will for him. At the same time, he prayed that if he must remain on earth he would be healed with no handicaps, so he could continue to serve. He realized he was asking for a miracle, but knew his God was capable of the impossible. Surgery was performed and to the surprise of the surgeon, the hole left by the large tumor instantly closed up. Pastor Mao had a complete recovery and continues to encourage others to put their trust in the only living God who saves.

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.

 

An Invitation

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

I’d like to extend my personal invitation for Vision Night 2017 to you. It will be a blessing to hear from our special guest, Isaac Masiga from GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya.

Please join us at the venue that is the most convenient for you. You can register on our website at www.gnpi.org/visionnight or on The GNPI App.

I know many who attended our events last year have great memories of Nenette Pacoli from GNPI-Manila, Philippines.

Please come and bring some friends who would enjoy a great meal and an update about the amazing ways God is helping us to “Breakthrough” the many challenges of sharing the Gospel around the world.

Striving to Contribute

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

This is the latest promotional video about the work of our team.

We endeavor to address the needs of our communities by sharing God’s Word through media.

Our team is one part of a worldwide network with eight regional centers. Our goal is to produce content for different cultures in different languages to prompt positive change in the rural and urban areas around us. We partner with other like-minded organizations to produce cutting edge media materials. We use every possible distribution channel to convey our messages. Our office also uses Yunami, our smartphone app, and Solar Kits designed specifically for Africa.

We strive to contribute to the building of communities, so Africans have access to information that transforms their lives.

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