Praying for an entire country or an entire people group can seem daunting. Maybe you would like to pray for the country of Ukraine, but you aren’t really sure how to voice a prayer for such a seemingly hopeless situation.
If you have 2 minutes and 34 seconds, this video will lead you to the Father’s throne on behalf of that country.
God is never too busy.
He is always listening.
And nothing is too big for him – not even your prayer for an entire country.
By the way, the Prayercast Website has tons of prayer videos for countries. It’s really a great resource.
Have you ever moved into a new house? There are great memories to take with you from the place you used to live, and they help make the new memories you’ll create that much sweeter!
For more than 30 years, GNPI’s annual banquet was held on the campus of Ozark Christian College. It’s always been a great time of fellowship and seeing the hand of God at work in the ministry. We are so grateful for that long-standing partnership.
This year we’re moving the event into a new house. We bring with us to the Butcher’s Block in Joplin hearts full of memories of what God has done at GNPI during the last four decades. We’re also teeming with excitement for what he’s going to do in the days, months, and years ahead. We’re so excited about it that we’re taking things on the road with two additional venues in Indianapolis and Phoenix.
We pray you’ll join us this year at Vision Night—a new name for this long-standing yearly highlight for friends of GNPI. You can RSVP online or call 417-782-0060. http://gnpi.org/visionnight/
We’re hosting Manee Massey, regional director of our Damoh, India, center. He’s going to share what the Lord is doing to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology in that part of the world. And, we’re going to ask for investments in our new strategic plan – we need your help to make these God-given dreams a reality!
Oh, and just to remind you, multiply the regional center in Damoh times nine, add the transformations taking place through project NOMaD, and throw in the impact of more than 400 Solar Kits in 50 countries and you have a clearer picture of what we’re celebrating at Vision Night.
That’s what you’ve helped build through the years. That’s what you’re helping take to an even greater level of effectiveness through your financial partnership.
Until then, watch this video and get a taste for part of what you’ll experience March 13th in Joplin, March 18th in Indianapolis, and March 28th in Phoenix. Join us and catch the vision!
Here are two testimonies from Christian workers who have received Solar Kits. Since partners like you have made these possible, we thought you’d want to know!
What Can a Solar Kit do for a Pastor from Liberia, Africa?
Pastor Jala was at the ICOM in November last year where he was given a Solar Kit to aid him in his ministry. Listen as he tells you in his own words what this tool will mean for the people, especially kids, that he comes in contact with.
Eli and His Solar Kit in Romania
Eli Davidson, a missionary serving in Eastern Romania, also received a Solar Kit. He was thrilled and spent hours looking through the whole set-up. He immediately started using it so we asked him to send a little update and a picture. Here is his message:
“I want to thank you so much for the donation of the projector set. Our ministry is very mobile since we work in four different government orphanages and handicap centers. For a long time I have wanted to show pictures that tied in with the Bible study. Now because of your generous donation we have that ability. It is important for the kids and adults that we work with to have something visual because that is how they learn. I know that your simple act will reach many and enhance our ability to teach and study the Bible. I mentioned to one group that God has blessed them through Good News Productions and we should learn to bless others as well. Many many thanks.”
Would you like to help?
Any gift amount will empower Christian workers like Eli and Pastor Jala as they spread the Good News of Christ!
GNPI-Philippines has always had dreams. Sometimes, though, big dreams start out small, literally. For seventeen years, Nenette Pacoli and her team in the Philippines worked out of the basement of Nenette’s home. This small space, however, did not keep them from dreaming big for God. He truly honors simple obedience in the “little things.”
For 17 years they produced Asin at Ilaw (Salt and Light) from that basement space and it was broadcasted on cable TV. Then, God brought new office space and it seemed like the perfect time to revamp Asin at Ilaw. Much thought and prayer went into both transitions: new office space and a retooled show. Both would help them stay culturally relevant.
After much prayer, a new show was born. WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) was the next dream that Nenette wanted to make into reality.
WWJD has been in production barely 2 years, but God is taking it places no one could have dreamed. The show unabashedly tackles hot-button topics such as purity, homosexuality, integrity, and dignity. Carlos, the host, begins each episode of WWJD with “man on the street” interviews. As viewers begin to think, the focus is narrowed to guests who talk about the issue from a spiritual perspective.
The main viewing platform for WWJD is online, through Facebook and YouTube. The show has also been broadcasted on ETN, which reaches a potential audience of 91 million viewers in the Philippines. And while scores of people have the ability to see these thought-provoking episodes, we wanted to bring you this story that shows WWJD’s impact involving a local professor.
Last summer, for an episode on dignity, WWJD interviewed Professor Rowel, a sociology professor. When the show was ready for broadcast, out of appreciation for his participation in the episode, they gave him a copy. A few months ago, Nenette learned how the professor is using his copy of Dignity. We think you’ll be surprised what happened.
We asked Nenette to give you some more insight into WWJD and the surprise of finding out what God has done with their little dream.
Professor Rowell has made WWJD a “must watch,” then his classes discuss the episode. And, he has downloaded the Purity episode and is using it the same way. He said the response from the students borders on shock because no one else teaches them the right values about sex in such an open manner. To top it off, the college library has asked for their own copies so they can recommend WWJD to other professors.
Whatever your “little” dream is, give it to God and see what He will do. Will you join us in praying that young lives will be impacted for Christ through these WWJD episodes?
The journey of making this movie, called The Distant Boat, began in 2012. On Field Media (an arm of the African Inland Mission) approached GNPI-Kenya to partner with them in telling a story that would invite the African Church to embrace their unique opportunity to reach Africa’s unreached people. Both ministries saw a huge need and responded with the making of The Distant Boat.
We asked Isaac (pictured below) to tell us about the journey…
“In the past we have been blessed by the ministry of missionaries who have come from far and wide, left their families and comfort, to come to Africa and serve in the mission field. Despite their priceless efforts, we still have about 900 people groups in Africa who still don’t know about Jesus.
For this reason, we needed to be very strategic. We went beyond what we knew about Africa in our local African setting to engage others around Africa. We took time to research how the African Church thinks inside their belief systems and traditions. We needed extensive research because we wanted to reach not just Kenya where the movie was shot, but the entire African continent. Our story had to be very culturally rich because it had to be a true representation of a typical African setting.
As we thought about the best places to do the movie, we decided on two locations: Malindi (along the northern coast of Kenya) and Nairobi (Kenya’s capital city). This, we thought, was an ideal representation of an African setting where one is very rural and undeveloped, and the other is bustling with a lot of activities, kind of like the NYC of Kenya. We felt these were the best locations to depict a typical “mission field” scenario. Nairobi, the comfort zone that one would have to leave, and Malindi, far from home, remote, and undeveloped. Not many are willing to make the sacrifice to leave home to take the Good News of the Gospel to people who need it.
A commissioning service was held in September 2012 and God provided the right people to fill the right spots all along the way. Finding the right cast and crew was not hard and soon the cameras began to roll! We continued shooting for close to four months and took another 10 months editing the work.
All our hard work was put to the test when we premiered the movie last year, October 2013. The movie was well received in the theaters and is continuing to get a lot of attention. It is very popular in churches especially, based on its quality and content. Here’s a look at the trailer.
For now we are planning to translate the movie into other languages starting with Swahili and French. It is our prayer that this movie will continue to impact the African Church and challenge them to become a major force in the future by sending people to the mission field; for the harvest is plenty and the laborers are few.”
GNPI’s strong and steady foundation was built on some core values that have remained consistent through more than 3 decades. Technology has changed and the way we deliver the Message has changed, but THE MESSAGE has not changed and it never will.
The way we look, the colors we use, our logo—all those things have changed slightly over the years but the message is rock solid.
Charles Righa is first a Christian, second a musical artist, and third, an African. He came to GNPI-Kenya for help with an idea for a series of 3 short videos that address the topic of abstinence until marriage.
It’s a topic that needs to be discussed, but is often kept quiet.
“My love for music began with hip hop but has since grown into a more eclectic and versatile appreciation that cuts across a variety of genres. I believe music creates a platform to share a message or ideas and I hope to use my music to say whatever God places on my heart.
The Apostle Paul in Philippians 2 paints a picture of the children of God “shining like stars in the midst of a crooked and depraved generation as they boldly hold out the word of truth.” That’s what I wanna achieve for myself and for the people I interact with. I pray that God uses my life and music to inspire others to shine and live life in and on purpose.” ~ Charles Righa
As promised, here is the second video in the Ringfinger Confessionals series, produced by GNPI-Kenya. This series is included in Video Loop IV. The artists name is Charles Righa, but he’s known as Rigga. He’s a young man who is using music to be very transparent about a subject that frankly, many of us would rather not talk about. Sex. It is obvious through the lyrics, that he and God have discussed this at great length. You have to respect this young man.
If you missed the first video, click here. (And stay tuned, there will be one more next week!)
written by GNPI and Isaac Masiga, GNPI-Kenya’s Regional Director
A LOT of communication happens between the Joplin office and the regional centers, as you can imagine. Isaac, regional director in Kenya, had sent 3 short music videos that are included on Video Loop IV to Joplin for us to see. We watched the videos and were blown away.
We asked Isaac about how the concept came about and more about the artist. Here is Isaac’s response:
Well, the story behind them is, ironically, the stigma one gets because one is a virgin. Charles Rigga, the featured local artist came up with the idea and came to us for help in developing the story and executing it. We did it all in house. During an interview with Rigga, we asked him what inspired him. Here is what he said:
My love for music began with hip hop, but has since grown into a more eclectic and versatile appreciation that cuts across a variety of genres. I believe music creates a platform to share a message or ideas and I hope to use my music to say whatever God places on my heart.
I’m a young man trying to live for God in the context of a highly sexualized world. My hormones and my flesh want one thing while God calls me to a different standard. The song is not about me being preachy to everyone else, but it’s about my journey…me speaking to God on behalf of myself, in the hope that others would be encouraged to trust God to keep themselves pure before marriage.
Stay tuned, the other two videos in the series will be posted over the next two weeks.
Liam and Ruby are going to spend a week with their grandparents who have recently moved back to the US after being missionaries. Oh, the things they will learn!
Ruby is the silly, energetic, little sister with LOTS of questions and ideas. Liam, her big brother, is grounded and sensible. Together they will learn a lot from grandma and grandpa’s house, but also discover their heart for missions.
These six episodes, each under five minutes, would be great supplement for your upcoming Vacation Bible School, missions moment, or children’s church program.
Best of all, it’s free! Pre-order today and we will send your DVD in time for Summer VBS programs.