February 2018 Prayer Update
Your prayers for GNPI are making an impact around the world. Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for the way He is working through our network.
“. . . my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” — John 16:23-24 (NIV)
Training 2,000 Prison Officers in Kenya: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Praise the Lord! One of our ministry partners saw God change hearts as she ministered to approximately 2,000 officers using one of our productions, Dume Halisi, in a training college for prison staff. Dume Halisi is a film about a group of men who mistreat women and neglect their children but later change after going through counseling and training sessions.”
Investing in Youth: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Praise the Lord! Our team provided media coverage for the graduation ceremony at the nearby Messiah Theological Institute (MTI). We also invited the students to the office for a tour and gave them a send-off package with our DVDs. MTI continues to be a major partner in our Solar Kit ministry. One of the MTI students led a discipleship course and used a Solar Kit in a nearby village. He was encouraged by the number of people who came to watch the Christian movie he showed.”
A Good Platform among Muslims: Christian workers in Tanzania write, “Praise the Lord! We are grateful for the Solar Kit which has been instrumental in proclaiming the Gospel in a Muslim- dominated school. The school has 431 pupils and only six pupils are Christians. The headmaster allows us to show films to the pupils. The entire school has been turning out on Wednesday and Friday afternoons to watch the Old Testament movies. This has given us a good platform to share with these children without resistance. After the films, we give our conclusion and explain where those biblical principles are found in Scripture. We believe the Word of God is being sown in these young souls, and we expect to obtain a great harvest in the future. We also believe God will give us favor in other schools and open more doors to reach out to those who don’t know Christ.”
Making Disciples in South Africa: The Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, team has released a new series, 42-Day Discipleship Plan. Pray the Lord will use it to reach youth in this multicultural country with 13 national languages and a declining educational system.
Marriage Enrichment: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Pray for the lessons about marriage. We have started the editing, and we want to finish it on schedule. Pray for God to use these programs to help many marriages.”
Working Together: Sergio Alvarado of IMPACTO Latino writes, “Many things in life are better when shared with other people. Ministry is one of those things. GNPI has been a long time partner with the IMPACTO Latino team. They have supported the IMPACTO network project with multimedia equipment that is being used to develop resources for recruitment and training. Pablo Perales, who serves with GNPI from Querétaro, is assisting us in the area of multimedia and design. We are so grateful for these organizations that willingly share their resources so that together we are able to reach more people than we could on our own.”
Standing on the Scriptures: The Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, team is working on a Bible study series in partnership with the Christian Restoration Bible Seminary. The study is designed to help answer questions about what some view as biblical discrepancies. Pray for those who watch it to see how the Spirit of God was inspiring and controlling the development of the Scriptures.
Looking Forward in the Philippines: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us complete 275 episodes in our first year of the devotional series, Faith Matters, too! In addition we have submitted our first devotional plan for YouVersion. We look forward to more episodes, more avenues for broadcast, more people to be encouraged and pointed towards God.”
Kuya Caloy, host of Faith Matters, too!
Excellent Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finished another month-long leadership training. We had 10 trainees, and it was excellent. The president of a Bible school attended one of the the training events and said these lessons should be taught among preachers. He plans to teach these lessons at his school so students will become more effective in reaching others for Christ.”
Reaching Thai Speakers: Praise the Lord for using GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, to reach Thai speakers throughout the world. Viewership of their three key productions, Changed, Movement Everywhere, and Biblical Extension Courses in Thai and Lisu, increased by 42 percent this year!
National Television Broadcast in India: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Pray for the Lord to continue to make our national Christmas broadcast as impactful as possible. The program included a Gospel presentation and two music videos with children and young adults. We are following up with the viewers to share more Christian materials, answer their questions, and connect them with believers in their areas.”
Project Nomad Training in India: The year started with a training for trainers in Damoh, India, where Project Nomad team members from India and Thailand discussed effective ways to lead and encourage new Nomad teams as well as the established teams in the field. While in India, Executive Director Mike Schrage and International Director Mark Johnson also visited teams in Shillong, Varanasi, and Chennai. Other teams met together during this trip to identify new avenues to share the hope of Christ with their regions of the massive country of India. Pray for these teams as they work on new productions and reach out to their neighbors with the power of video storytelling.
Mark Johnson: Live update from team in Shillong India
Posted by Good News Productions, International on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Disciples Multiply: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are still experiencing the same blessing the first church in Jerusalem received through persecutions and dispersion. Rather than declining in numbers, the movement multiplies through the partners and volunteers who spread the Message everywhere they flee. As a result, I am mostly involved in training and coaching. I enjoy seeing former students and partners growing in faith and leading new disciples. May the Lord be praised!”
A Great Platform: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “One of the most important events of 2017 was the Eastern European Leadership Forum (EELF) where I coordinated the apologetics section. EELF is becoming a great platform for developing national Christian leaders from the countries of the former Soviet Union. Praise the Lord!”
Jesus Story Broadcast: Praise the Lord! A ministry partner in Cyprus has produced The Global Gospel (TGG) as a new series called, Jesus Story, which is a televised program for kids and includes an introduction, several stories, and a closing about the main theme in 13 half-hour episodes. The Jesus Story series began airing last month on SAT-7 KIDS with nearly five million youth from the ages of 6-13 viewing the programs in the Arabic language alone! Christian workers are following up with Jesus Story viewers on two different Facebook groups and distributing children’s books as a supplement to the series. A SAT-7 program director says the project is the most biblically based content he’s ever aired.
New Angle Media Project Multiplies: The Lord is opening doors in areas where people are persecuted for their faith. The New Angle Media Project began as a simple idea for children’s stories and grew into a strategic plan to reach more people by putting the stories on a free app, adding questions for interaction, and working with internationals to illustrate and animate the project for multicultural appeal. Pray for the completion of this project which is currently being tested in Indonesia among their population of 95 million Muslims. It includes interactive children’s stories from both the Old and New Testament.
International Travel: Praise the Lord for safe trips and fruitful meetings. Executive Director Mike Schrage and International Director Mark Johnson recently visited coworkers in Mexico, India, and North Africa. You can keep up with Mark’s live updates on our Facebook page.