(This “Highlights of the Year” blog was originally posted on May 1, 2015. It represents many grateful and joyful expressions for the GNPI Solar Kits being used in nearly 50 countries around the world.)
This is a special note of appreciation sent to Director of Operations Tom Nutt, who coordinates all the requests and assembles all the Solar Kits at GNPI in the Joplin office. Tom wanted to share it with all of you who make this ministry possible.
Tom Brane, of Christian Missionary Fellowship serving in Burkina Faso, West Africa
It’s been several months since we received the Solar Kit from you all at GNPI. The kit was first used to help project worship songs for a monthly worship service for other missionary families here in Burkina Faso. However, there has been much more of an interest as of late to show Jesus films, and other films like this, as a means of evangelism. One of my friends started a church in their courtyard. He had heard through another friend that we had a way to project the Jesus film, so he approached me about it. Last night I went out to his neighborhood, and we set up the Solar Kit.
When it became dark there were about 30 kids present, and Mark, my African friend, started singing songs with the kids. Then we started the film and people started coming out of the woodwork, from everywhere in the neighborhood. My friend said to me, “I believe there are 100-150 people here.” After thirty minutes into the film, he said, “I believe there are more than 250 people here now.” Most of them stood for over two hours with their eyes glued to the movie, projected on a white sheet, nailed to the mud-bricked wall. When the part came where Jesus had risen, everyone cheered.
Sitting on a bench near me was a Muslim lady, with her head covered. As I looked up at the stars, while the movie was playing, I couldn’t help but rejoice that the Good News was being proclaimed (thanks to you) here in Bobo-Dioulasso. The God of the universe is at work in people’s hearts and minds, and who knows the impact? Who knows whose hearts will turn towards him? Whose minds will begin to ask questions, based on what they saw last night?
I want you to know how privileged I felt last night to be able to set up the Solar Kit for showing the film, and how grateful I was for GNPI as well. Thank you again.