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Prayers & Praises

“Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.” — Psalm 34:3

“They repented and accepted Jesus as Lord!”
Protus Sibukule of the NOMaD team in Eldoret, Kenya writes, “We were so encouraged when a couple openly confessed that the Dume Halisi film was showing just what was happening in their marriage. After confession, they repented, and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Praise Jesus! We prayed for them and gave them a Bible to guide them in their spiritual walk. We glorify God for the wonderful media tools that he has given us! We continue to thank God because of GNPI’s continued prayers and support.”

Outreach to Married Couples!
Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, shares about their next series. Manee says, “Zindagi Aaj is a 13-part series that is designed to explore problems facing married couples of different age groups and socio-economic settings in the cultural context of India. Some of the problems can be deemed cross-cultural, such as exploring issues of trust and fidelity. Other problems, such as the impact of extended families, can be deemed as specific to the cultural setting of India. The series is being filmed in Hindi, which is the primary language of India, and will be broadcast on cable TV as well as made available on our Website.” Please pray for God to provide all the resources for this project.

Juggling Schedules!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “Thank you for your prayers. We are done with the interviews for our WWJD episode on Stress Management, and we are now writing for the script for it. Our resource person, who postponed the interviews twice before because of illness, was healthy and bubbly. Please pray for our resource person for the Career or Calling episode also. It’s really been difficult to coordinate with her schedule.”

“Work steadily and keep focused!”
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “Praise God! Everything here in Mbale is going well. Episode two of The Life of Christ project is in the editing process. The Communication and Media class with LIU students is also in progress. In addition, we are working on our strategic plan for 2014-2015. Keep praying for us, that all these changes will not affect our ability to work steadily and keep focused for the kingdom of God. God bless you all.”

“Congratulations on this excellent film!”
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico received this positive feedback recently about No Alternative. One viewer wrote, “This is a very good film to raise awareness in our youth and parents too. We are always asking God to give us wisdom to counsel the children.” Another wrote, “I liked the movie. I did not know about murdering the fetus. This movie is educational, and it is very good to evangelize. Producers, God bless. Another viewer wrote, “Congratulations on this excellent film with a message for youth and parents. Move forward in the ministry that God has entrusted to you.”

Greater Impact

Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Kenya

We have been praying for wisdom about how to reach the neglected and forgotten Ogiek community of central Kenya. One of the biggest challenges is communication. Most of them do not know Swahili, English, or any other indigenous language apart from their own Ogiek mother tongue. We have a contact person who is a local missionary among them. We wanted to reach out to them using Solar Kits.

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God answered our prayers in a wonderful way.

We did go to the Ogiek community several weeks ago, and we were received warmly.

The Solar Kit empowers ministers who go to remote areas to have greater impact.

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One church leader told us that the Solar Kit had very important information. This leader said that by watching the film on the Solar Kit, the girls have learned how they can avoid being tricked into immoral habits and spoiling their futures. Another church leader from West Pokot County said, “It was a small box. One could not tell it could do great wonders. When they opened it and did the set up, I realized it was something important mostly for our pastors, but also for our county government leaders to use at church and to teach our children.”

Here is a small video report on the work we did with the Ogiek community using a Solar Kit.

Thanks for your continual support and prayers.

Solar Kits in South Sudan

We talk a lot about Solar Kits here at GNPI. That is because this little invention has been a game changer for many missionaries and national Christian workers. In places like Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, India, and the Philippines, a Solar Kit will draw a crowd just because of its ability to show “moving pictures” on a bed sheet, or the side of a hut! Once people settle in to watch the “show,” they hear the message of the Gospel, and hearts are impacted.

Eddie Gonzalez is a missionary in South Sudan who received two Solar Kits from GNPI. In this short video produced by GNPI-Uganda, Eddie shares about the impact those Solar Kits are having.

Moving and Changing to Share Christ’s Message

By Tom Silkwood, Regional Director of GNPI-Thailand

We have completed a new Biblical Extension Course (BEC) program on Christian unity with Mr. Boonsak Tongdee. In addition, our partners at Freedom Films have finished a new testimonial program in the Changed series featuring Mr. Boonsak.

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Moving and Changing 4201206_THA_Training_0026Mr Boonsak grew up in a strict, Christian home. When he left for college, he abandoned his Christian life. Then, in his second year of college, Boonsak happened to move into a Christian dormitory. From there he returned to faith in Jesus. Please pray that God would use these programs to teach and encourage many people.

Moving and Changing 3One of our most recent Changed programs features Panida Thongdi. She shares her testimony of how she went from being angry toward her father to a person who works in church ministry and now cares for her aging parents. She became angry with her father because he considered selling her to buy a house. She left her village and stayed with friends in Bangkok. Then she studied God’s Word, and she let God change her heart towards her parents. She lives a life of surrender, forgiveness, and freedom in Christ.

Several weeks ago, we uploaded Movement Everywhere #5. This episode is about how Pastor Nattapong is using his coffee plantation and coffee factory to influence people for Christ in his area. The fascinating art of coffee production is opening doors to share the Good News.

All these programs can be viewed on YouTube. (www.youtube.com/Ffpthailand)

My team is in the USA to visit an Asian church in Minnesota. This is a huge step for my coworkers, and hopefully, a potential new partner for our ministry. Our team is there at the church’s request, and the church is funding a majority of the trip.

My son, Jeff, and his family are doing well. However, Jeff has been shocked at what it takes to live here and the stress of it all. My daughter, Kari, and her husband, Dustin, now live here as well. Dustin and Kari are looking for new employment and have some opportunities that are very interesting. They are praying and trusting the Lord for their future.

All in all we are doing well and trust the Lord will provide, guide, and bless us as we trust him.

Prayers & Praises

“. . . Mary . . . sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.” — Luke 10:39 (NKJV)

“May the Lord be praised!”
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine says, “The Lord continues to provide reasons to rejoice in the midst of troubles. I got a chance to share the Word at the baptism service of a congregation that appreciates our ministry and uses our resources for proclaiming the Truth to the world effectively. I know there are many other churches, groups, and ministries we equip as well. In painful times like now, this is a very special privilege and encouragement to see at least some of the fruit of our work! May the Lord be praised!”

Exciting News!
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “I have exciting news. Hannah called me yesterday requesting to borrow All Things New. (She is the young lady whose life was transformed by this movie. God used it to help her forgive her father for the pain he caused her family.) She and her dad are arranging to show it to young people in their hometown this month. The hometown is about 20 miles from here, but they will provide their own equipment and venue, etc. It will be the first time that Ronnie, Hannah’s dad, will be seeing the video.  Please pray for the showing, so that other young people will get to know Jesus too. Thank you so much.”

Motivation to Work!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico says, “Here is some feedback from users on Vimeo and YouTube of The Last Prayer. ‘The message of this film helped me realize I need to change my life and accept Christ into my heart as my Lord and Savior.’ Another says, ‘I thank God for the creators of this Christian film. Pray that God will bless your ministry together with your families today and always.’ No doubt each of these comments motivates us to work with greater enthusiasm and commitment!”

 “We can’t wait!”
Jesca of GNPI-Uganda writes, “Stephen Muturi will be our new operations manager starting on Monday. Stephen is newly married. He was an administrative assistant at this office back in 2011 when he was doing his internship. Then he went back to Kenya to pursue his Master’s degree. We are happy to have him back, and we can’t wait to see what God will enable us achieve as a family of GNPI.”

“We extend our gratitude to you!” Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya says, “Mwanga is an urban Christian music band, one of whom we are partnering with to be part of the contributors to our new DETOX series. They were launching their music album this past Sunday and requested us to cover the event. The band sent us the following message: ‘From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to extend our gratitude to you, GNPI, for videotaping our album launch. From the very instant we agreed, you have been prompt and professional! Thank you for coming, and we look forward to the final product!’ ”

Throwback Thursday with Tom Silkwood

Here’s one from the archives! It’s fun to sometimes look back at some of the “old stuff on the shelf.”

We think this video is still very relevant, and Tom Silkwood does an excellent job of explaining how GNPI’s core values are at the heart of the resources each regional center creates. We hope you’ll have a few minutes to watch.

GNPI’s Core Values

 

God’s Word – Ensure all endeavors are Biblically based.
Cultural Relevance – Customize resources for specific world communities.
Strategic Partnerships – Create synergy through global networks.
Creativity – Infuse the ministry with imagination and innovation.
Excellence – Aspire to reflect God’s glory in all we do.
Integrity – Honor God in all relationships.

A Glimpse into Mexico

Picture, if you can, a shrine on the side of a dusty, Mexican road with a statue of Mary, flowers, a picture of a skull, and money offerings – modern day indulgences to gain supernatural favor.

The payee is none other than the leader of the cult Santa Muerte (Holy Death) – also a drug lord. He has hired people as priests to intercede for the group so their cartel would be more prosperous and dominate other gangs.

Drugs and deity may seem strange bedfellows, but that is the culture in Mexico today.

Bob Gurwell and Gustavo Velazquez, working for our regional center in Piedras Negras, Mexico, have written, directed, and produced Criba (The Sifting). In this real-life drama, a young man is drawn into the downward spiral of darkness, danger, and fear.

Thousands have watched with nodding heads, saying they can identify with such occurrences. The GNPI regional center in Piedras Negras is making a difference in addressing difficult issues in light of the truth of God’s Word.

You can watch Criba too (it’s in Spanish). Simply navigate your browser to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfTOqH66sQE and see how God is using GNPI-Mexico to create culturally relevant, media content addressing today’s issues.

God’s Sower in Latin America

Harland Cary was called to receive his eternal reward earlier this week. Tomorrow (Saturday, September 12, 2014) many will celebrate his life at his memorial service. Brother Cary has blessed hundreds, if not thousands, through his life of 97 years. GNPI is just one of many ministries that has been blessed beyond words. Bob Gurwell, GNPI international coordinator, was just one of those impacted.

As a young man, Bob considered becoming a medical doctor until one day Brother Cary suggested he instead consider becoming a “doctor of the soul.” That conversation set a new course for the young Mr. Gurwell. This so typifies the impact of this working warrior for Christ!

Not that long ago, GNPI’s regional center in Piedras Negras, Mexico, did a video tribute to Harland Cary that we would like to share with you. Please praise the Lord for this life well lived, and pray for the extended family at this time of loss.

Freed By Blood

by guest blogger, Meredith Simmons

MeredithMeredith is a 16-year old high school student from Missouri who went to Mexico on a missions trip this past summer with her church. They helped with a few projects at the regional center in Piedras Negras. One of the things she says was most memorable to her was the day they went into a destitute, poverty-stricken area to hand out food. Here’s how Meredith tells the story:

“The people in the area we went to literally had nothing. Most of the houses were constructed of wooden pallets, scraps of plywood, torn tarps, and cardboard boxes put together to create shelters of sorts.

gif2When we first pulled into the area, we stopped and handed out a few packages of food, and moved on down the line of shacks. Before we had gone very far, people began to walk up to our vehicles and ask for food. They were desperate for it, and they just kept coming. It was so hard to have to turn people away when we ran out.

As we were driving away, an elderly lady hobbled out of her house and began calling to us. I couldn’t understand her Spanish words, but her meaning was crystal clear; she needed food. The lady looked like she could hardly walk, and as she gripped her cane with one hand, she held out her other hand to us, pleading for help. We had nothing left to give her. It was heartbreaking to see her and not be able to help. The image of that woman’s face will be ingrained in my memory for a long time to come.”

Meredith certainly paints a vivid picture with her words, doesn’t she?

Raising a family in this environment can leave people with wounds that may never heal unless they find the ultimate Healer. Raziel grew up in this kind of environment. The 20-minute video below, Desatado Por Sangre (Freed by Blood), is the condensed story of his life, produced by GNPI-Mexico. Raziel was freed from his life of darkness and addiction by the blood of Jesus and has gone on to become a Youth Minister—telling others about the Good News that he found!

Thank you Meredith, for sharing your story with us. (To read Meredith’s entire blog, click here.)

Get Back to Your First Love

There are more than 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, and this is no accident.

languageIn Genesis 11:7, speaking about the tower of Babel, God says, “Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other (NIV).” Verse nine says that he then scattered the people all over the face of the earth. This scattering resulted in many things including cultural differences, from what we eat to who and how we worship.

God did this on purpose. He also knew that telling the whole world about Jesus would be a challenge because of the resulting cultural differences—the ways, concepts, emotions, and word meanings often get lost in translation.

Challenging? Yes.
Impossible? No!

This is why GNPI’s regional centers continue to work on projects like this music video from SE Asia. The title for this song translates to the English word, Essential. Written, arranged, and performed by local artists and staff from our SE Asia center, they are taking a bold stand for Christ in their country.

At GNPI, we create culturally relevant materials that speak to the hearts of people worldwide. Our regional center staff, lead by nationals in most cases, know the best way to do that.

The language of this song may not be your first language, but the message is pretty clear.

Essential is based on some hard-hitting truth found in Revelation 2:1-5 revealing how God feels about those who forsake their first love. It’s pretty obvious that it is essential to get back to our first love if we want to please God. We need to do whatever it takes to rekindle that spark we first had for Jesus.

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