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NOMaD Team Opens Amazing Doors in South Africa!

An exciting update on the work of the NOMaD team in South Africa by Jeff Kenee, Minister at Warrensburg Church of Christ and 
Evangelist with Reaching and Teaching South Africa Ministries

God continues to bless us under trying circumstances. Life in any country brings with it her own share of trying circumstances. Satan and his helpers use every opportunity they can to thwart the efforts of God’s people to reveal the hope there is in Jesus. South Africa has her share of general issues, as well as the struggles of an emerging country that has to deal with an epidemic of HIV and AIDS (workers estimate 53% of the community we work in is infected), a huge influx of people fleeing from poverty and political/tribal unrest, a growing unemployment (social workers in our areas of ministry estimate more than 70% are unemployed), and a poverty crisis of their own. It is in this environment that God has revealed his incredible power and influence.

Amazing Doors

Our leadership development continues successfully on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Maybe the sacrifice of time and effort, for hours in difficult and overcrowded situations, gives additional desire to make the commute worthwhile. Men and women come from several different areas to be a part of spiritual development classes. It is from these classes that we have seen God’s powerful hand at work. Even with our inability to document everything that has happened within our ministry, we know there is far more than one conversion every day taking place because of these leadership classes.

The NOMaD team that works with us is finally being seen as such a critical part of this expanding ministry. They have produced some very powerful videos on AIDS (like the one below) and some social choice issues.

Recently they finished two major projects. They filmed, edited, and produced with teaching aids, lessons on Inductive Bible Study and Growing in Spiritual Maturity (for leaders). These two lessons were produced together and became the first of a series. This first DVD resource has already been distributed to several hundred church leaders. We praise God for the vision and skill of our NOMaD team and for GNPI, for the vision God has given this ministry.

We are excited about other outreach opportunities also. Three of our leadership students have been accepted into a federal prison as teachers/chaplains; a responsibility that is extremely difficult to obtain in South African overcrowded prisons. Due to the class growth, the warden has made an allowance to make a larger hall available to the teachers. Our NOMaD team is planning to work with the New Life Behavior team. New Life Behavior is a series of lessons specifically developed by the church for inmates and people struggling with addiction. This series has been accepted by the prisons in South Africa as the official religious material to be used in prisons. We are planning to utilize the New Life Behavior team to present training to all of our leadership students and produce it as a future training DVD.

Our NOMaD team is opening amazing doors for us to expand our ministry to reach all sorts of people in all stages and places of life. By working together, we are reaching and teaching South Africa. www.reachingandteachingSA.com

Meet Habacuc

By Greg Fish, Creative Media Designer

Project NOMaD-Chile

I was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. That’s just one reason why it’s exciting for me to work with Habacuc Diaz, our point person on a Chilean NOMaD team. In fact, I used to go to school at Santiago Christian Academy where Habacuc’s wife, Liz, now teaches. So, let me have the honor of introducing you to our friend.

A supporter of Habacuc’s ministry once gave him an old DSLR camera which piqued his interest in photography. As you’ll see in the short video below, he started taking pictures of skaters to build relationships with these young people. He later learned about GNPI, specifically project NOMaD, from a old college buddy of his, Sergio Alvarado. Sergio leads the NOMaD team in Pachuca, Mexico. The rest is history, which is still in the making.

IndignoHe’s calling the team “Indigno,” which means “Unworthy,” a name meant to create a dialogue about what Christ did for us. He hopes to create many resources—tools for the entire church community to use in order to have a greater impact in their ministries.

The team in Chile is working on some new projects, including a series called Sabías Que? (Did You Know?), which will educate youth regarding abortion. This will feature interviews with doctors, as well as real testimonies. A teaching series of premarital counseling material and one on biblical principles of finances is also in the works.

Take a few minutes to watch the video and see the world through Habacuc’s eyes!

 

Thanks for the Upgrade!

So many of you participated in the Beyond Ourselves campaign, and for that we are truly grateful. To date, we’ve collected 93 percent of all pledges made toward the campaign – a wonderful testimony to your generosity and faithfulness to the legacy of GNPI. Eighty-five percent of churches who made a pledge have fulfilled their commitments.

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You’ve helped continue a nearly 40-year legacy of ministry through the creation of NOMaD teams, helping complete projects like The Global Gospel, and upgrading the production capability of our regional centers.

Bob Sartoris, GNPI’s international director, recently traveled to Mexico to deliver some new equipment to the team there. They wanted to say “Thank you” for your generosity, so they shot this short video.

 

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.

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