Vision Night in Joplin was a blessing. Here are a few highlights from our special guest, Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines. Nenette has been a valuable part of the ministry for 22 years.
I am so passionate about videos because they are so versatile; we can say a lot through them. Videos go where we can’t and can be in several different places at the same time. If God is in them, videos can begin to change a person’s mindset and heart.
From 1994 to 2011, we relied totally on television for the nearly 700 lessons of Asin at Ilaw and the 13 episodes of WWJD. In 2010, my husband, Bert, had a brilliant idea to start showing All Things New in other churches or outreaches. The results were amazing! The first night, 18 young people came forward to accept Jesus as their Savior. Today nine are active in the church, one is currently the worship pastor, and the others are youth leaders! We did one more showing that year in an outreach of our church, and the result was different but equally amazing. The church was revived, and they found new energy and passion. There was transformation there too!
When he had extra money in his budget, Bert bought his own projector, screen, and amplifier for what he termed his “video sharing ministry.” He said, “You have a lot of good materials, and we should be showing them to people!”
Between 2011 and 2014, as our church Missions Committee Chairman, Bert and I went to many, many showings of All Things New in different parts of the Philippines and to quite a few showings of WWJD in college campuses and church youth groups. Sometimes another member of the GNPI Board, Pastor Geoff Matias, and his wife would come with us climbing mountains, crossing seas, and riding boats loaded with fish. We’ve set up equipment in all sorts of places you can imagine including the middle of a street on an island crawling with cockroaches!
In January 2015, Bert took a leave from church leadership and made an official commitment to be the Marketing Officer for GNPI-Philippines. Through his involvement we have met over 100 new partner churches, ministers, and pastors. We have a huge potential clientele for our materials, and we’ve only just begun.
WWJD has gone online now. Young people are able to process issues more easily because of the videos. We try to reach them where they are and talk to them in a way they understand. In some of the forums we set up with students, the videos provided a very good stimulus for them to open up and ask questions they couldn’t ask anyone else about courtship, sex, marriage, and relationships.
Last year, we also launched Say It Forward (SIF), which is inspired by TED Talks. We feature men and women who share their life lessons, so others may be encouraged. While it is patterned after TED Talks, SIF adheres to biblical and conservative values.
We really want to be the go-to website site for spiritual nourishment and encouragement for Filipinos wherever they are in the world. There’s so much negative material online, let’s also flood it with “good vibes lang” as the young people say in the Philippines.