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Hannah’s Transformation

Hannah lives in the Philippines, and her transformation story comes to us from Nenette Pacoli, regional director of GNPI-Philippines.

Hannah is a young lady who had been deeply hurt by the actions of her father. Her family had been torn apart. She awoke every morning asking, “Why are we a broken family?”

Hannah was in so much pain that she turned to worldly comforts with terrible consequences. She even attempted suicide. However, in March (2014) she saw All Things New, a movie produced by GNPI-Philippines, and her world shifted.

Nenette writes:
Hannah came to our church three years ago and I actually saw the transformation in her!  We showed All Things New, but she didn’t tell me her reaction until the following day—that she had actually “been thinking about” or “considering” or “I’ll get around to” forgiving her father. It was All Things New that gave that necessary push…the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. There were tears in her eyes as she recalled parts of the movie that touched her deeply.

We have such an awesome God! Although I know of stories of video materials touching people, I am still amazed at how God uses this medium to get his message across.

When Hannah asked her dad if it was ok to use the video publicly, he said, “Okay, if it will bless other people, push it.” The good thing about it is that Hannah’s dad no longer feels shame and guilt that he has to hide. Instead, he has experienced God’s grace and forgiveness so he can talk about his past, both with regret and joy! Even her mom has seen the video and hopes it will bless others too.

Here is Hannah’s story in her own words:

Pray for an End to Ebola

As tensions run high concerning the threat of the Ebola virus in the United States, let’s be faithful to pray for the countries in West Africa who have long been suffering from the effects of this devastating illness.

The Prayercast Website is a great place to find help in praying for countries around the world and other unique situations. (www.prayercast.com)

A Virtual Prayer Walk

by Marsha Bacon, Communications Coordinator, GNPI

At the end of the day, do you sometimes find that your good intentions of spending that needed quiet time with God got lost in the hustle and bustle? I know for me, I long to spend time with God, reading his word, listening to his voice, and seeing his hand at work in my life, but I’m so easily distracted by the world outside my door.

Here is a beautiful video—an opportunity to take three minutes to quiet your mind and listen to God’s Word.

This prayer walk is located on the GNPI campus in Joplin, MO. If you live in the area, or are traveling through, we invite you to come and spend some time walking and praying.

Free Countdown Video

I run the computer at the church I attend and I am always looking for new countdowns to use before the services. We made this video into a 5-minute countdown. It’s free for you to download at http://vimeo.com/108380751. (It does not include the scriptures.)

Thanks from Togo!

by Kpowbie Daniel, Christian worker in Togo, West Africa

We have been very busy in the past days as we had a team of 17 people from the Lexington Christian Academy visit us for almost a month. We did a lot of evangelism, and two new churches were started in two different locations. Later we went back to the two new churches and found they had grown. There were 111 people attending the first church and 102 attending the second one.

The Solar Kit was so useful in achieving this.

 

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In this picture, we were visiting three weeks later with some gifts for the kids. We still have a lot of programs in the next couple of months.
My partners, to whom I gave one Solar Kit, are very busy working among the Muslims in the central region. Keep praying for us.

Director of Operations Tom Nutt responded to Kpowbie, “Thank you for the report. May God’s name be glorified through the starting of the two new churches. We will indeed pray for both of these churches and those who have accepted Jesus and have been immersed in Christian baptism. What a blessing to hear and what a blessing to know that a Solar Kit, provided by friends in the US, helped make a kingdom impact in your beautiful part of the world. May God continue to use you to help his kingdom grow!”

Dreams and Visions

The early church began in what is now known as the Middle East and north Africa, but that region has had little or no access to the Gospel for centuries. Today, four out of five Muslims have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. Some estimates say that only one to ten percent of all missionaries are working among Muslims! This translates to roughly one missionary for every million Muslims. However, more Muslims have become followers of Jesus in the last 25 years than in the previous 1,250 years!*

Dreams and Visions

Many Muslims who become followers of Jesus report having had dreams about Jesus. In the dreams, Jesus tells them of his love for them personally and he reveals how his death on the cross translates into eternal life for them!

Sarah, (not her real name) is a Muslim seeker. One team of Christian workers have been studying with her for some time. During a Bible study, Sarah surprised the group when she said that she didn’t understand why anyone would have a hard time understanding that Jesus is God’s son. She said that she had believed the Truth from their second meeting and that she had been sharing what they study and what she reads on her own with her grandparents. Sarah’s grandfather, a devout Muslim, confessed that he is enjoying what she is reading to him from God’s Word to the point that he would rather hear her read the Bible than watch TV or anything else, yet he remains true to Islam. Someone suggested she should ask him if he had ever had a dream of a man in white, Jesus.

Sarah then told the group that her husband’s grandfather told of a dream that he had repeatedly throughout his life, a dream of a man in white (Jesus) offering him water from a well. The grandfather looked for this man and never found him. The grandfather died looking for him.

Friends, we need to remember to ask God for this nation that came from Ishmael. Even though few missionaries are working among Muslims, God is speaking to Muslims through their dreams just as he spoke to Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Peter, John on while on the island of Patmos, and many others in the Bible.

Please pray for more dreams and visions, and pray for more Christian workers to answer the call to work among Muslim people.

 

*Information gathered from www.prayercast.com

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!’ ”

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