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WORLD-WIDE: Click for amazing Ten-Year story
We received this note from South
East Asia. "I had given God's
Story to this pastor on the MegaVoice solar
audio player in December. In his first
playing, 3 adults came to Christ while other current believers repented
for many things. He continues to use the MV each
week as people are still being encouraged and
growing through TGSP. Now, as you see, we gave him
the video and a projector to play God's Story for
Feedback from a Middle East Simply
The Story workshop...A participant from the Coptic
Orthodox Church, used the STS technique in his youth
group, and said, Since I started using this
method, the response has been amazing.
The pastor of an Amharic language congregation said,
STS changed my style of teaching Scripture to my
congregation. Another person said,
It has affected my daily meditation. Still
another said, I always found it difficult to
memorize Scripture. Now I learned how to remember the
exact words in a Bible story easily. One
innovative participant even shared a story in an online
chat room and 25 people joined in. Some of these amazing
pastors serve as exiles away from their homeland. Read
down to see why a pastor said..."Instead of leading
my mother to Christ, I wept and put her to sleep."
Out of our little "headquarters" so
far this year we have seen 12 new versions of God's
Story completed and 6 more were produced
and are waiting for final approval. On top of
that, our USA teams just led Simply The Story workshops
in 2 places in the Middle East, Cambodia, Hong Kong, two
locations in the Philippines, Guatemala, Peru and two
in USA. We leave for Louisiana tomorrow and a team
leaves in a few days for St.Lucia and another for UK,
Ireland, Scotland and Kosovo. In case you
(or someone you know) wants information on ongong Europe
workshops, contact Bryan firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I write this we are
praying for help in Europe since one of the main instructors just
emailed about a family emergency and told us to go
without him. Oh NO! On the 2nd of May the team
of 6 splits and goes in 3 directions by twos to separate
countries. One alone cannot do the training.
Hum??? Shall we say to our God, "You brought
us out into the wilderness to die." No! He
is able. Please pray for this situation. [update on this
request. Teh instructor's wife used a sotry ot
witness to the instigator of th eemergeny and he got
Overseas teams leave for Calcutta and
Bangladesh, while yet others are training now
in Zambia and then go on to DR of Congo. These
instructors need a lot of prayer as political and
religious upheavals are currently taking place in most of
these regions. Workshops continue to be run in
locations where STS is firmly planted. See www.SimplyTheStory.com for some of the workshops
coming up AND check the home page link for amazing video, "Dallas
Theological Seminary Graduate, PhD BIOLA, & career
missionary gives view on STS."
But what is
being accomplished? Besides all of us being
stretched spiritually and physically, here are
sample of responses to God's Word in God's Story
and Simply the Story training.
USA missionary led a man Senegalese man to the Lord. After
some discipleship, and more recently exposing the African
convert to the STS way of witnessing using Bible
stories, this happened. "...more details about
the new converts in Senegal. Three of them were Catholic
and two of them were Muslims. In the original e-mail, J P
mentioned 10 people, so I'm assuming the other 5 were
either animists or family members. Still, new
conversions are very rare among the Senegalese,
especially among the Muslims.
"J P told me that they used the stories of Jesus
walking on the water and Jesus turning the water into
wine--two of my favorites! I think I mentioned
these stories to him in advance. He said that when
the people heard these stories they realized that our God
is the true God."
"At the moment I am teaching a busy mum to use
storytelling to her young family of 4 to teach them the
Word of God. It has been amazing when I have used
STS how my group members have said they can't stop
thinking about the Bible story all week! How much more
will impressionable children learn God's word this
way. "We continue to distribute the G.S DVD/VCD
when ever possible. Even though the DVDs/VCD are
not going out in large numbers it is so encouraging to
have them going out in a steady trickle all over New
attendees from 7 countries were just trained, many of whom are
cell and house church leaders.] "Yoshi a
youth pastor from Japan shared the first day how the
Martha/Mary touched him. He said, "In Japanpeople
make group decisions, but it touched me that Martha
and Mary both made individual decisions."
the first day (from another story) that she was amazed at
the fact that even though the leper was unclean, Jesus
STILL had compassion. This sparked good discussion."
Laos: "i was asked to share
God's word in an international church and of course i
used sts about Martha and Mary, you know because we did
enjoy discussions and the spiritual treasures that we
discovered we didn't noticed that we talked almost two
hours and they don't want to stop!"
Muslim Country: A
17-year old girl from a remote tribal group came to
our STS workshop. She is the first believer among
her people. Shy at first, she soon became bold. "This
is for us! "I can understand the Bible
now and I can go back and share these stories and talk
about them. My people will listen."
USA: We showed God's Story
at MGC this Wednesday, with only 2 days of notice, and using
only flyers as advertising. We had 15 students and 5
adults attend, which I thought was very good for the
amount of advertising we had! They listened very
attentively and thanked us for showing it. No obvious results yet,
but the day after we showed it they were still thanking
USA: "All I can say is, I've been
spoiled for the ordinary following learning STS--I can't
help it! When I sit in a service now, I'm taking
the passage that's been read aloud and begun an internal
dialogue, asking questions and gleaning sweet morsels to
take home with me! I like it a lot!"
have always been taught that God only heals today if it
is for the furtherance of the Gospel. I listened to
the Story4All podcast [programs 45-46] and knew I
had to come learn about how to really listen to the Bible
and how to learn and tell a story. I heard the One
Leper story on th epod cast . Finly in the
workshop Irealied that Jesus had compassion on the leper
and touched him and then Jesus healed the leper and told
him NOT to tell anyone what had happened but to go tell
the priests. I saw that Jesus had
compassion and healed, and it was not for witnessing, so
I asked God to heal my back. I have had pain for 20
years and could not bend without pain. Look! I can
bend. I have no pain!" Keith Jackson
Zambia: "The overseer of the denomination called Glory
Tabernacle stood in front of the group with tears in His
eye. He said that he had been trying for three years to
talk to his mother, who is 89 years about Christ. It had
been practically impossible for him to even relate a
verse as concentration was very difficult for the aging
mother. "This time he went home after the third day
of training, and that was just after learning about the
story of Jonah. He went and just sat at the bed side of
the mother. He told the story slowly. After going half
way the story, and as he was trying to emphasize on Jonah
going to Tarshish, he looked at his mother and was
surprised at the face. She was following the story. When
he got to the end of the story, the mother said, so
going to TARSHISH IS RUNNING AWAY FROM GOD, I have run
away too. Can I come back?
"He said that instead of leading the mother to
Christ, he wept and put her to sleep. He asked us to pray
for courage as it was difficult for him to see such a
time he longed for the whole of his ministry to see his
mother come to Christ. He looked at me and said, WHERE
WERE YOU? MAY BE MY FATHER WOULD HAVE ALSO RECEIVED
CHRIST BEFORE DEATH. He whispered and said simply a
story He came back the following day with the news
that his mother received Christ."
Zambia: "The people were very moved by the
presentation that was made on this story, because the man
with a withered hand in the story was played by a real
man with a real withered hand. At the end of the story,
the man (with real withered hand who played the withered
hand in the story), stood up and said this will
remain true of my hand, I will do all I could not do with
this hand from now on. He then moved on and picked
a chair using the same hand and shouted it is
working, it is working. There were tears in the
hall. This is real in my head even as I write. Weve
just closed the meeting as am writing and the man is
reading what Im sending to you before I leave
tonight. I wanted him to know that other people have been
praying for the meeting. "
"I was resting in my room after
the training on Thursday, just after the story of the
withered hand. A pastor came into my room and said
sir do you have gifts of healing? I said why? He
said that man was healed during the story. I
said oh. Then he said should we be
picking people with real issues in the church to do
stories? I said NO. That man volunteered. I said,
storytelling is about the Bible stories, the bible is
alive, and God is still working, but please dont
use story telling for anything else other than just
bringing the truth out of the word of God. Leave
everything else to God.
Guatemala: After a workshop, students at a Bible
school gave their view of STS. "To study
thoroughly--- God's word is not boring---a
lot more than I knew before---how to tell a
story in Spanish and in my dialect [The Bible
school's professor said this last student comment
has been his prayer]....I learned how to
use the story first in application to my life.
The students wrote
how they plan to use what they learned---to help
others know what God did in those times---"to
help people who have not had the opportunity I have had (to
learn the Bible stories)---to tell those
unreached to Christ
gave me the opportunity this morning to tell a story to a
drunk where all the buses depart and even if he could not
appreciate it the lady serving the breakfast I bought him
and her other patrons heard it."
quickly went to the streets and the local hospital
to tell a story from the Bible. Some told family
back home over the phone. The school director said,
"I plan for the students to story God's word with
inductive questions in the daily chapel times."
Cambodia: Sue S., who has been in ministry in Kampong Thom
witnessed, use of some players [MegaVoice solar-powered
audio-players formatted with God's Story in
Khmer] "These were given in local
areas immediately around town. She said "it's the
most effective thing I've seen."
"My friends expressed that
they found it possible to share the gospel to superiors
with them, as they are too shy to speak to anyone older
than them (including especially their parents) in this
hierarchical culture, to any result. They said the MVs
were different, as people listened to those."
One person chronicling the MV use reported, "They
had tried taking it apart to use the solar panel for
something else, but after failing at that, decided it was
useful for what it was designed for. Actually, this was a
theme for all the ones Dave distributed so he started
making a joke about it, accusing people before they said
anything. In every case they admitted to it!"
"The most excited recipient of all. We
initially gave him two and he wore them out trying to
pass them around to about twelve different house churches.
He begged us for more, and we didn't have them yet so my
friend told him to pray for them. We eventually gave them
five more. "Man with MV wasn't home
when I went back to see him, but he arrived from working
in the fields shortly after I came. I asked him about the
megavoice player, and he pulled it out of his pocket! He'd
been listening to it while working. This was almost a
year after I gave it to him."
a national who ministers among Muslims.] "The 18
students that i am teaching on STS were so amaze of the
dynamics of the methods. infact i got more people
everyday to learn the skills. the 18 students are
preparing themselves to do cross cultural mission with in
last month there was a girl came with the problem of leg
pain ,her name is S kupta, not able to walk and her
parents took her to all the hospital at last they brought
to church. Praise God, God worked while I shared about
the story of the woman who had the problem of 12 years
she touched to Jesus cloth she healed. The story repeated
several time by asking question so she understood the
part of touch. She trusted to touch Jesus, Because of
that God Healed her. Praise the Lord share
the story, save the soul
Please pray for those who see and hear God's
Story that they will come to know Jesus, and
for the teams world wide producing new language versions
and that are training others in STS.
Thanks for your prayers, encouragement and support.
We are grateful to you. Ultimately we praise
and thank our God as He continues to honor the
use of His Word in God's Story and Simply
End of 08 Fire
Harvest! Report Just in From India!
"As our pastors and church planters are witnessing
previously they use to go to villages with carryin so
many Tracts, New Testaments, and other spiritual books to
distribute and share the Gospel by that time opposition
people come and persicute and burn tracts, books,and
then beat and send them out of the village they were not
able to win the single soul It was happened so many times.
"But now they are telling by using this story
telling method, step by step the Holy Spirit convincing
every ones heart of those who are hearing the story.This
story telling method is like fire, previousely religious
people use to burn Tracts and Spiritual books but now
time has been changed the method what we are using in the
story telling it is burning their evil hearts and purify
it not only that it will spread like fire in the forrest,
through out the village the story will spread and
convincing their hearts and now volunterly they are
comming to us for prayer. These testimonies i am getting
from all pastors and church planters."
ASIA: "... Already, 20 More
In Asia a group of church
planters works among a Muslim people group of 15 million
people. There are only 50 known believers. These planters
started with just eight solar players, and soon sent this
"Greetings! Three teams went out to three cities and
twenty villages doing community health work. While
ministering to health needs of people that came, they
played the audio of Gods Story and the Story of
Jesus. As a result over the past two months, already, 20
more Muslims from this unreached people group came to
Christ! Workers say, Solar players are a powerful
tool us. People listen to the audio messages, take in the
stories, and open their hearts for Christ. The
response to this Scripture in audio has led to the
planting of 4 new churches right there among these
Muslims in this region! These are results from just 8
players. They are asking for more."
VENEZUELA: "What I want! What I want."
"...today was first day
of clinics & evangelism, BUT have met the Pastor
Javier who has discipled all the men, who in turn have
started missions, then tiny churches. He is a humble,
gentle man, sick with kidney disease, yet never stops. I
told him 2 times that I had a gift for him. When I gave
him the solar powered audio player with Gods Story,
Jesus Film and New Testament on it in Spanish. The man
cried. He wants to teach others to use it. He is so
excited, "What I want! What I want!" He prayed
long to the Lord thanking Him for this precious gift.
"Javiers disciple, Pastor Erwin, who now has
own disciples, got a player too He was just THANKFUL that
is all I can say. He could not express himself enough as
to his thanks, saying "This is so useful. Thank you.
Thank you." He works 2 jobs...has a 2 yr old church
plant, 6 leaders, 3 are teens, he is so poor and the drug
lords are here. This gift from God through you and the
donors, is going to bring fruit. Love to you and all.
INDIA: "From 11 to 200"
Nepalese Church Planters (CP)
work among the 8-9 million Hindu Nepalese in India. Two
of our TGSP leaders trained 140 of them in STS. One of
the CP who attended the STS training had a congregation
of eleven after a long time of working in North India Six
months after the STS training he now has 200 attending
that one church. At last they understood Gods
"Everyone Started to
"Our Risen Lord is doing mighty works through out
India through TGSP; yesterday one pastor called me from
Punjab and told that 38 people came to the Lord after he
learned STS method in Punjab Bible College during
"All 40 students who graduated started to use this
method in their ministry, these all young and dynamic
servants are in the field and serving the Lord.
Supervisor of the college was sharing that every one
started to win more souls then before because it is very
simple and 100% Biblical. More than 200 people came to
the Lord through their ministry in Kashmir, Ludiyana,
Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Let all honor and glory to
Now I can sleep without tension"
After the Dec STS training
in Orissa, 4 pastors continued their prison ministry.
"Before learning to tell Bible stories STS way we
have little interest and few converts. Now we have 10
cell churches inside and from 400 prisoners, 200 come to
church. The Hindu warden told, the prisoners are
changed so now I sleep without tension."
LANGUAGE UPDATE for newly 66
recorded Bible stories for Timothy Church Planter
Training. Nepali, Kannada and Swahili are done! TCPT is
now being taught and more are set in 14 locations in 4
WEST AFRICA: "Amazing
Reports on Each Stop"
Bramuel, our TGSP East
Africa Director, returned from a 54-day, 4-country West
Africa journey. He arranged new language versions of
Gods Story. He went on the road for 30 days to lead
5 Simply the Story workshops but by Gods direction
stayed 24 more days and lead 10 workshops! Amazing
reports on each stop can be seen at www.gods-story-org/wafricasts.htm
Nigeria "...my flags would fill up the country."
"We have rural evangelists and high profile city
pastors. Theyre all amazed at the simplicity of
looking at the story and finding deep teachings without
hovering around the whole Bible to justify one point.
Pastors and Reverends (even some with PhDs) melted down
at this new STS revelation. By the end of the first day (yesterday),
we had to have some serious prayer time.
"I did the first Moses story to them [Exodus 17:1-6]
as an introduction to STS and we had to stop and pray (repentance
time). One pastor said, "if God was putting a Massah
and Meribah flag behind me like it happened for the
children of Israel, Nigerians would have to find another
country to go to because my flags would fill up the
country..." Another one said "..I think I would
have more than yours..." People started praying.
"God has really broken
people here am just amazed. One man with a PhD (his title
is Rev. Dr...), he's embraced it so well that he's
looking like a possible trainer. He said "now I know,
the secret is to lay aside what the methods I've been
holding on to and just look at the story as it is written."
"Another senior pastor overseeing several churches
said, "You have brought a challenge to Nigeria, I'm
going to gather all my pastors from all the branches and
tell them, 'am sorry we have been wrong in our approach
thats why we dont see significant maturity
amongst our members..."
AFRICA, EUROPE, SRI LANKA INDIA: "Call to Macedonia" While
Andrea Menkin our International Technical Director went
on a 30 day trip to Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa to
train new recordists and lead STS workshops, she
literally received the "call to Macedonia" (to
record Romani for gypsies). She ended up adding Amsterdam,
Macedonia, India and Sri Lanka to the trip as well and
was gone 45 days. She returned to face 30 new versions
waiting for production! Yes! She needs help at the studio!!!
INDIA: "Raise Up Next
Generation of Leaders"
While on an eight hour layover in Mumbai, Jacob & Eva
hosted Andrea. In 16 years this wonderful couple, highly
respected leaders in India, have planted over 1,100
churches in the slums of Mumbai (the largest slum in the
world holding over 9 million people!) Jacob wrote....
"The story's Andrea told us and the way she
articulates and develops each story is great and will
help us to raise up leaders which can effectively
disciple new believers and also raise up next generation
of leaders. Eva and I are fully convinced that we need to
train master trainers --who in turn will train in an
ongoing way new and upcoming leadership."
PRAISE : Religious Bondages Broken. Buddhists, Hindus,
Muslims & Cultural
Buddhists Believe --
Recently an incredible report from the use of just one
solar-powered audio-player came from a Buddhist dominated
country. An evangelist played God's Story for a Buddhist
monk in his mother tongue. The monk said, "I must
have this story." Surprisingly, the evangelist
handed over his precious tool to the monk. Later the monk
reported, "I played the
story over our PA system in the monastery. Afterwards 30
of our monks said, 'Now we don't want to worship before
which we worship, but now we want to worship a new God.'"
In this same country a visiting leader reported using a
DVD player. "All is going well. I used the "God
Story" today at a Bible College. Forty students sat
spell bound for an hour. It is very effective."
Hindus Respond -- For the
first time ever in Nepal, the national radio station
started allowing Christian programming. Already from this
one hour weekly broadcast, over 500 listeners have
written and asked for the "free VCD of the Bible."
One recipient of this free God's
Story, a former Hindu, wrote to the program director
in Nepali and this is the translation. "Today the
world is torched with sin injustice, and my area is not
also out of it. But as I heard 'Message of Hope,' new
hope birthed in my heart. Thinking whether the Lord Jesus
is watching this sin and injustice? If He is watching
maybe my area will be cleansed out of sin. We together
pray (in a group) for this. We are now committed to be
Please send us more books and VCDs in Nepali so that we
will form groups and go tell the villages about Jesus. (Our
group name is, 'Group that disseminate Jesus Gospel.')"
Muslims Eavesdrop--One man
in Bangladesh walks down the street with a solar player
in his pocket that is playing God's Story.
People follow him just to listen. Another man in a Muslim
country rides public transportation that has TV monitors.
When able he offers a free movie to the drivers.
Travelers are then able to sneak a peek at God's
Story as they commute.
Cultural Christians Converted
(Those who think they are Christians, but who have no
biblical idea of what makes one a believer.) Evangelists
in Zambia received donated audio players with Bemba,
Luvale and Tonga God's Story in them. They
reported, "Scores of people in one village came to
hear the NEWS and many of them accepted Jesus as the
Savior and made a commitment to live for him. Praise God
one of those in the Crown was a Church Elder of one
Protestant Church Organization. I was told the "Elder"
even confessed that he had been an "Elder" for
some years without knowing the true Gospel which saves.
He was now 'a new creation' for Jesus."
PRAYER NEEDED Each new God's
Story language comes from a sacrificial team that
translates and narrates their mother tongue. Each person,
each language has a fascinating story. From just these
newly completed versions, we expect millions to hear the
Gospel for the first time. We know that as people hear
these Bible stories in their mother tongues, the volume
of salvation responses among people in all kinds of
bondage is staggering! From the first temptation of
mankind in the Garden of Eden Satan has tried to fight
God's Word. He is still at it. The pressures and attacks
on the producers and users of God's Story are relentless.
Each new language team and the users need our prayer
PRAISE -WILD FIRE The
response to the expansions of God's Story (Simply the
Story and Timothy Church Planter Training) looks like a
wild fire set off by a spark.
Africa: The first TCPT ever
took place is Kenya. The Nepali co-instructor taught
Bible stories to illiterate villagers. "I taught
stories and asked questions of men who were wealthy if
they owned a pot, and they got it! I really see how God's
Word this way is for everyone."
India: "Praise God for
the Bible stories. Even though they do not know any thing
about Bible or about the Creator God but they understood
the each story and I have asked short questions so that
they can repeat the story which they have listened, many
of them told the story 80 to 90% perfect way (Hindus).
Praise God, there was a big group of people gathered to
listen and to participate in the Story telling session we
did not count the people who received Christ as their
personal Saviour. I pray and believe that more then 20
people received Christ. Let all honor and glory to Him
Three USA Pastors Just Discovered STS:
1. A church leader who attended STS workshop took the
concept back and demonstrated it to his Bible study class.
His pastor wrote him this note. "I want to tell you
how blessed and excited I am about Simply the Story. By
executive order (and approved by the elders) I am moving
that it become our 'teacher training' for all age groups.
I can envision all the classes being taught by regular
people right out of the Scriptures! It is simple and
revolutionary. So, I guess this means that you will have
to be ready to teach this often."
2. After attending a STS
workshop, a church member shared a story with herpastor
and gave him the STS document. The pastor initiated a new
neighborhood "smoker friendly" Bible study. Her
pastor uses the STS way of presenting the Bible. The
story started with 4 people and has already grown to 14.
"Most are new believers, some coming out of cults
and a few are just neighbors seeking. Best of all,"
the pastor reported, "I am overhearing conversation
during breaks where the class members are discussing the
applications in the story."
3. Another pastor who attended a STS workshop told us,
"We are taking a look at all of our children's
curriculum. We want to clearly communicate the Bible at
an early age. One adult class will be using this too to
see how it impacts the people."
PRAYER NEEDED Leaders in the
USA continue to discover that many people even in the USA
cannot or do not read. To evangelize and disciple these
people, Scripture needs to be understood! Use of God's
Story and STS helps pastors and teachers communicate to
all. We need wisdom to effectively and efficiently share
PRAYER NEEDED Leaders in the
USA continue to discover that many people even in the USA
cannot or do not read. To evangelize and disciple these
people, Scripture needs to be understood! Use of God's
Story and STS helps pastors and teachers communicate to
all. We need wisdom to effectively and efficiently share
STS. Our overseas trainers as well need strong prayer
support as national Christian leaders are coming back to
the Bible through these trainings.
HINDUISM: We are preparing for our forth coming
baptism service. We have chosen the date of it is: June
20 and 21. There are 200+ genuine converts from non-Xian
background. Praise God for these precious souls.
Difficult to go to remote villages so we are preparing a
baptism tank in our compound itself.
FROM ASIA: First two
Buddhists monks living inside a monastery saw God's
Story and accepted Jesus. Then they used GS to lead
three more inside to salvation!
ISLAM REPORT: "I
shared about G.S. film and I took 10 minutes explain from
creation to eternity and we showed the film in Kannada.
"It was heart-moving time because many were crying
and weeping because they did not hear about the savior.
One Muslim brother Mohammed about 60 years old (He is
secretary of a masque near that village, where we have
conducted this engagement) said Pastor 'Now I know the
truth, Our people says Christianity is false religion
that is wrong, I thank God for Jesus Christ (yesu messi),
who died and rose again for us and now we are free from
bandage through accepting Him as our personal savior.'"
MIDDLE EAST: "In
early November I went out with some local believers to
visit some nomadic families and show "God's Story"
and the Jesus Film. One Muslim family with whom we've
been especially close was excited to see the films. On
our first visit that week, we showed the family "God's
Story" in their own language, and made plans to
return a couple of days later to show the "Jesus
Film." On that first visit the father, Hasim, was
there and saw "God's Story." He expected to be
there when we returned to see the Jesus Film, but had to
go into town that day. His family saw the "Jesus
Film," but Hasim didn't. At the time, we didn't know
we'd never see him again.
"Two weeks later, while back in the city, I
received a message from the man's niece. Hasim had died
unexpectedly. We attend his wake and helped his family
out that week. We were blessed to be able to be close to
the family and provide some very real support.
"This past weekend, my wife and I went to visit
the family at their winter camp. We were discussing our
faith and theirs, the similarities and differences. Then
the mother told me, "After Hasim saw that move about
the Bible in "God's Story," I think he accepted
Jesus. He believed what it said."
"I'd had an inkling down inside that when Hasim
passed, he was ready. Nothing to pin it to, but just a
feeling in my heart. His wife, though she's yet to make a
confession, felt sure that as a result of the clear
message he heard through the "God's Story"
video, he'd made a decision to believe that Jesus is more
than a good man and a good teacher, but is truly the Way,
the Truth and the Life.
"I look forward to seeing Hasim in Heaven! Thanks
for your blessed help in getting the Word out to these
SURPRISING VERSION: When first proposed to us, we at first
refused to produce a Hip Hop version of God's Story.
After listening to the Creation section read over the
phone in this urban culture's style of rhyme, God
impressed us to move on this version. (For those of you
who were as cautions as were we in the beginning, we have
small portion audio streamed on the Internet for you to
check. Hip Hop was our 100th version. (See home page.)
Many users of GS from around the world gave reports
during two celebrations. At the end of the second
celebration you can hear Modavador g and an excerpt out
of God's Story: It's All Good in the Hood.)
TV RESULTS: Wonderful
reports came in from local TV broadcast in India a set up
by a 24 year old youth pastor..."In Bangalore and
surrounding new places we had a very good Easter Program
Broadcast with the God's Story. It was amazing to get
many calls from the people who watched it and was
thrilled to know that God had a story for mankind. In one
place when we had put the LCD projector and shown the
movie there were more than 850 people who watched it and
nearly 90% was convicted in their heart and made the
Prayer with tears.
"We will be projecting it in many places on TV in
the days to come this month April and May and our guys
are real busy with this work, and we have been requested
to show it in NEW VILLAGES with lot of NEW OPENINGS for
Evangelism.PRAISE THE LORD!!! All Glory to JESUS CHRIST
"In one place after the movie got over, a boy
came to me and asked me to get the CD. I just gave it and
he took it away from me and made a copy of it and the
next day he came and gave back to me, then he told me
that he had rented a VCD player and a TV and showed this
GS VCD in his neighbourhood and saw that many people were
amazed and touched to hear a story spoken by GOD. He was
so much full of joy in his face."
FLIP CHARTS: Next are 3
incredibly encouraging reports from our latest addition
to the line of TGSP tools. We first sent 3 hand-made flip
charts for trial use in India. The new type charts have
150 panels to flip with over 200 pictures from God's
Story. Then we prepared and shipped 100 professionly
printed charts all over the world for added field testing.
We are not arranging to produce these in the 100s of
thousands in Asia for world distribution to front-line
foot soldiers (evangelists).
REPORT #1 "We are
having Teens Camp, yesterday there were 175+ Teens and
today it was amazing to see that there were much more 67
new kids. We make them in groups and assign a Leader to
help them and teach them. The things is that, these are
100% non-Christian kids from Hindu families.
"We have been doing this since many years and had
put advertisements about the Camps to get the kids saying,
" 7 Days Teens Summer Camp for Personality
Development" for 4 hours a day. When they come to
camp we teach them English and then art of Drawing and
Painting and Paper Cutting and Craft works, and how to
attend Group Discussion and then other things along with
GOD's WORD indirectly.
"This year for the first time, today we used the
GS FLIP Chart to teach them about the "Science of
Creation and History of Mankind," and then asked the
Children to make Painting Charts about what they saw in
the Flip Chart. We had a very good response.The Hindu
Teens were amazed to hear the evolution of man coming out
from Eden Garden and God's inspirational book Bible
containing so many facts and truths about mankind and
then the Noah's ark one of the World's first and largest
ship to float on earth.
"Today they saw the Old Testament Flip Chart and
the GS Movie.Tommorrow they will be seeing the remaining
part about God's plan of Salvation to save the Mankind
through Jesus Christ. This FLIP Chart is extremely so
wonderful and amazing, it gives time for the viewers and
listeners to think what they are seeing and listening
from the leader and also makes it better and helpful for
the leader to explain slowly and clearly and clarify
every doubts that is arising for the viewers and
listeners and then proceed further.
"GSFC is almost serving to be like a Bible study
(from the Christian prospetive) and it is a New Wonder
for the Non-Christians which is serving as a window to a
new World of facts and reality. The explainations given
along with pictures is fantastic and wonderful. I'm very
much excited to use it because of its simple and easy to
use and explain.
REPORT #2 "We gave
one evangelist flip chart and he tried with audio player
in one place and own voice in other. I was with them in
both places. Evangelist was confused, after 5 minutes he
was o.k. In another place He was comfortable to use Audio
voice and flip Chart well because he practiced well
before using the flip Chart. We are very happy the way He
used the flip chart and concduct the class.
"In one place we shared the Creation Story and
another place we shared the birth of Jesus Christ. First
place 2 men came to the Lord, these 2 are science
teachers in Primary school. In another place one elderly
person came to the Lord, He was searching for the Savior
since 60 years. He is an educated man but he did not get
the opportunity to hear about Jesus who came to this
earth to save people who are created by God almighty. He
knows some thing greater truth behind the origin of Man,
after explaining the birth of Jesus and the purpose of
His coming. He accepted Christ has his personal savior,
he was so happy after received Christ as His savior. I
thank God for His WORD and all the tools He is making
through (G.S) His servants."
REPORT #3 "This year
we have divided into 9 group with the 3 member's team. We
sent them to different villages. Last 45 days they shared
the Gospel to 9638 people and they visited 600 families
and distributed the Gospel booklets and G.S. Audio /
videocassettes. 919 people came to the Lord. Totally 3226
Children and 1100 youths attended in different Vocational
Bible Schools Each teacher used the sample TGSP Flip
Chart (We trained one day, how to use this flip Chart and
we shared how to divide stories chronological way) God
did miracles after miracle in each village. In One
village 28 people came to the Lord through using this
MIRACLE AFTER ATTACK:A village evangelist was brutally
attacked in India. Six attackers attempted to cut off his
hands and feet, "so he could not walk into our
village again and so he could not hold that Bible."
Even during the attack the man shared Jesus' love.
Multiple miracles followed:
The doctors were amazed that the evangelist not only
lived, he walked out of the hospital
The injured man's family, local Christians and the police
visited the village days later. They came on a peace
mission to offer forgiveness.
At least four doctors asked Jesus for salvation
Patients observing all of this and who were shown "God's
Story" in the hospital came to faith
In all, at least 240 became believers!
A week later the village's chairman, a Hindu of the
Brahmin caste, invited some of the peace team to come
into his home saying, "They have goodness we do not
have." His whole family watched "God's Story."
They prayed for salvation and now have opened their home
for regular church meetings.
For those of you who know the bondage of Hinduism, note
this: The same day this Brahmin received Jesus, he
walked through the village with our one of our partners
to visit each of the 6 attacker's homes. Even though two
of the attackers were of the lowest caste, "untouchables,"
newly saved Brahmin ENTERED ALL OF THE HOUSES! Jesus
USA. The boys in the detention home where I work all
wanted a copy of the audio CDof God's Story. It
is the rage. So far two have asked Jesus to be their
Saviour as a result of listening to it.
"Next week on the 25th, I am going to talk about how
to do the house groups among new believers those who
received the christ last month as a result of God's stroy
presented in the villages."
North West Africa:
"Greetings in the Lord. The guy named Ba listened to
God's Story about 3 times in Wolof, and said he
understood it ...."
checked God's Story out of our church library. It
has changed my life. Before, I only understood
Salvation from what God did for me. For the first
time I saw Salvation from God's perspective!"
Papua New Guinea:
"Just to advise that the portable DVD & God
Story DVD has been out on a village practical trip for 2
weeks. At a village called Foroi on the Purari river -it
is about 10 hours travel by motorized canoe from the
"The Hospital staff and 3 nursing students who took
the DVD said how challenged they were [both the ones at
the village and the students
themselves] by the two video's they took - "The God
Story" and "the Ten Commandments"
They showed both of them a good number of times in the
two weeks. The people of Foroi village expressed
their appreciation of the videos - this may seem small
but they are a people who seldom express gratitude so
from them it is meaningful."
on Reaching International Students: One lady stopped by
our TGSP table while I was telling someone about the
Discussion Guide that goes with God's Story
She interrupted me saying, "I got the guide last
year and after using it I rewrote all our material. I
love it! Students keep coming back week after week
because they love God's Story and how it's
taught.It's clear and easy to understand."
speakers are in the "unreached people group"
category.] "The premier show of Jumli was more than
we expect. There were about 200 [Nepali]church leaders
and believers in our church right after the church
We dedicated this GS CDs in Jumli language, had anointing
prayer to 7[Jumli] leaders (including D and his parents [ex
Hindu priest who found Jesus through watching GS] who are
from Karnali Zone and Jumli is their mother tongue.
Karnali Zone is the most backward, undeveloped,
illiterate and poor people's Zone of all Nepal. No any
ground road has touched to this Zone yet, every year 1000s
of people die because there is no food and medicine.
"Most of the people have not seen any bicycle, motor,
car like this yet.
People carry the goods on their back and use horse as
well. There is only one permanent small airport in Jumla
but this also would be closed during winter due to snow
covered. Jumla is the headquarter of Karnali Zone. Many
who live in interior part of Karnali never take bath in
their life. Their cloth are torn completely, and once
they wear they will remove only when it can not work at
all. Never seen hospital in their life. I
believe they will really impact Karnali zone, we are
praying for them and they are also praying powerful.
"Maoist problem is the main problem in Nepal, and
Karnali is affecting badly by this problem. Karnali needs
complete deliverance from darkness. Superstition, idol
worship, and evil spirit worship is strong in Karnali. [The
attacks on the Nepali people by the Maoist's are so
severe that even this courageous leader says they cannot
go to that region now. He told us that the
Evangelist Backpack and God's Story would be confiscated
and that they would probably be killed. However,
Praise God, because Jumli speakers are fleeing their
region and coming to the cities, they are being reached
with the Gospel for the first time.]
Zambia in Africa6-page
: [We have
selected a few lines out of our Zambia director's
wonderful response reportalmost .]: "57 KMS from
Luanshya...it was amazing that at the end of the show
everyone gathered in that church hall was on his60 came /her
feet to express joy. ..not less than forwardto .
Almost all received Jesus Christ as personal Savior."...[then
he took the team outlying villages and homes and showed
GS using his solar Evangelist Backpack] ..."everyone
in the homes we visited saw the need to come
Almost forward to commit his or her life to the Lord"...."I
remember one lady who commented this: 'oh so this was
real, this is how they killed Jesus.'...."I cannot
speak of scores of men, women and the youth who expressed
testimonies of receiving physical healing and peace of
God."..."All credit goes to the creator himself
for it is him and him alone who is making this possible."
[This very capable director oversees three African
counties for TGSP. He is a Zambian pastor/
evangelist living in extremely humble circumstances, yet
he supports 5 orphans in his tiny home in addition to his
South East India:
I was preparing the Telugu script on computer for
translation of "Koya","Banjara" and
Erukula. Suddenly one of our office Scientist came and
sat in front me and asked me to show the GS.I started the
GS (Telugu ).
When he started to watch the film he came into attention
position and after creation part he started asking
questions about creation and why kept the forbidden fruit
and so on. i was amazed for his intrest in creation.For
the pase 2 years i have been trying to evangelise him but
he used to escape from me. But this time he watchted a
part of film and started asking questions.
Them i asked him a question. after watching the film can
you tell how old christianity is?
He instantaneously told for the begining of the universe
and christian God only created the Universe.
Then i asked him earlier what was his assunption
regarding christianity? He told it was a religion of
2000 years old. He just watched the creation and Adams
fall only. He stood up told he will go on some work.Then
i invited him to come to the church tomorrow. He told he
will come to church.
Praise Lord for 2 years he didnot allow me to talk about
Jesus. earlier he told me that why these Christians
always try to tell about their God.And why christianity
is spreading like anything?
Its live testimony for me of a Scientist(Hindu)watching
GS and stisfied with the Creation mode.
I can remember the glow in his eyes while he was watching
the creation and fall of Adam.
I can sense the power of this GS tool in coming days"
India Biblical Seminar) "College
dean called me and said,'God is using this tool in
different places, God is bringing more souls than before
in the history of their college. one night 20 people came
to the Lord.'"
Pastor. N K N from Orissa
State in India who received a solar-powered Evangelist
Backpack [EVBP] wrote "God is so good to us becouse
he has sent good tool for the village ministry."
P from jammu and Kashmir wrote our India director saying
"This [EVBP] is unique and blessed tool in the
remote places where where there is no power. 'He
requisted 4 EVBP to his ministry in hill places of Jammu
........Extreme North East
India: [We met this young evangelist at
our seminar inIndia in October. We gave him one of
the evangelist backpacks, and this ishis report. "Beloved
in chirst I am so happy to inform you that our
villager are very happy to watch the God'story. In many
remote villages I have showed the same by traveling on
foot for two/ three days. this equipment is really very
helpfull me to tell the God's story. And also I do
praying for more effective ministry in our state. Even our
church members also gloryfying God for this equipment
beacuse this is ever first time in our state, no body has
have like this DVD.
"Arunachal Pradesh is restricted area so far for non-Arunachalee,
no any one can enter in this state without entry permit
from state government. So our state is very vergin and
.......CHINA: [Note the code
words] "Recent polls among the customer base
emphasized the need for a new flavor, many expressed
their inability toswallow the hard bread of other bakers."
[This means nationals love God's Story and work is being
done on new language versions for non-Mandarin speakers
"Praise God !!! We complete the all the recording of
Jumli yesterday." [The Jumli people are unreached,
but the newly saved handful of believers reaching out to
their people are waiting to put God's Story into use."
""GS" continues to be distributed in
Romania. It is a part from our basic package of "video
libraries for Schools / Churches" project. I believe
over 200 Schools have already GS program in their video
"Also, all local secular TV stations we are working
with have the program and use it too. Two years ago
GS was aired on the national state channel (Romanian
In April GS will be aired on a different national
("B1-TV" - 55% national coverage) during Easter
week. Also during Easter week, on Tuesday &
Wednesday, GS /Romanian voice over will be aired on the
satellite channel "TBN-Europe" in the "Romanian
"Just wanted to give you an update on the usage of
the GS backpack out here where we work. We are
currently using the one you sent us along with 4 other
portable DVD players. These are circulated by
believers and used to share the good news for the first
time and for discipleship of those who already
"We live in a remote area so the ability to use the
solar panel is great.
In our environment, the mobility that the backpack
provides is great!"
"Last time during our film showing in our neighbor
village, one old woman who is blind told us a story, that
she is very thankful to Godthat even she is blind, she is
able to listen and able to know the Bible through
listening to the film God's Story."
"Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ.
"Thank you so very much for the shipment of 2
Gods Story VCD kits safely arrived here at our
mission headquarters this morning - amidst much praise
"I've just returned from the field and saw the
previous 12 VCD kits in
action, proclaiming the gospel, transforming lives
evangelists with this tremendous tool for reaching and
teaching the lost.
"We have many tremendous photographs of the Gods
story kits at work in theNuba Mountains, Southern Sudan,
in Zimbabwe and Zambia. They have been used in prisons,
musilm evangelism, hospitals, military bases, across the
length and breadth of our mission fields in Africa."
........NEPAL: [Salvations in
Nepal among the unreached]
"Another news is in N's village in Kailali
district. I already wrote you that N watched GS in Nepali
and his elder brother A also watched GS in Nepali and now
they both are in Faith in our Lord Jesus. GS has opened
their eyes and heart for the Gospel to both of them.
"'Badi' community is known for prostitution in
Nepal. And they are found only in Mid-Western and Far-Western
region of Nepal. And Kailali is the main district of this
community. And Kailali's "Satti" market is the
main place of prostitution in Kailali.
"Both of these brothers and their families are from
the same community and same place "Satti". They
are the first converts form this community and the place.
Both of these brothers and their families all came to
Nepalgunj last Christmas and we spend quality and
quantity time with them and counsel them and prayed for
them and showed GS in Nepali again. Then they went
back with much encouragement and boldness with the power
"As the result of it the first fellowship in Satti
started on January 3rd, '04 for eternity. Now there
are 9 people including A and N and their wives
attending the fellowship. Many other want to follow
"Many NGOs and INGOs has been working for long to
eradicate the prostitution from this place, but no any
improvement. Now Jesus, His word and His fellowship
is the only single hope for this place. Yes, we
know and believe this. Jesus is going to change Badis of
Nepal. So we request you to pray for this new church of
Satti of Kailali and full time workers for this area and
more powerful evangelism."
"We have started to translate the script into
Bhojipuri. As you know my office Secretary left
three months baack and due to the bad name yo Bihaar
State nobody is willing to come to Bihaar. So I am
over loaded with lot of works. Please forgive me
for the delay but I will do as eaarly as possible.
Please conntinue to uphold us in your prayers.
With much thanks and love
Your loving Missionary,
PS - I got word from a woman I gave GS to (who did not
say she made a committment to Christ but may have done so
- she is a mid-level Communist official). She said after
watching it at home several times she finally got up the
courage to show it to her daughter. She was relieved and
pleased that her daughter enjoyed and liked it. Praise
1. We sent a "God's Story" video in Hebrew to a
Jewish man we met at an international business convention.
He wrote back....
"Thank you kindly for your gift. The movie is
amazing. Beautiful animation, beautiful sound and very
easy to understand.
Especially for immigrant like me :>)
I, definitely, can tell you that it took me back to my
roots and for the
bible classes 20, 25 years ago.I believe every
educational institute should have this movie in their
[Seed planted and an encouraging response to be
2. This email is as
it came to us from a 19 year old with an evangelist's
heart. ..."We have no words to say thank you since
the things we have witnessed mostly after showing the God's
storry in Amharic are so wonderfull. Am teaching Enlish
language. This has given me a chance to evagelise more
than any other time in my life.After class at three pm am
engaging an evagelism class.This, i was not able to do
until i got the God's story.This reason should let you
know how thirsty anddry these people are.Some of them
after seeing the video are believing in God for their
Then after believing in God i making a three day ina week
follow-up to let them now get to believe in Jesus and
give their lives to him.This is the most interesting part
in that some are getting in salvation without much to now
about it and after they get into the deal theLord is
dealing with them indivindually.It's so so amazing to see
what the Lord can do in such a short span of time.
[That letter demonstrates the beauty of presenting the
Gospel by including some foundational Old Testament
information first. People quickly understand, and lives
Do you know about the incredible impact chronological
storytelling is having on the delivery of the Gospel
world wide? For $5, which includes S & H in the
States, we will mail you an audio CD and list of
resources guarenteed to excite you about this present day
move, which is finally reaching oral communicators. Email
us your address and pay later if you find the information
useful.] Send me the
CD on reaching Oral Comunicators
Exciting Request: Our
India director just forwarded this email to us. "I
met you in Secunderabad. I, happen to buy a CD of
The Gods Story from you during the
congress. I have watched the CD, indeed it was very good.
Now sir, I would like to urge you if possible kindly
produce this film into the Tripuri (Kokborok) language.
Total population of the state is 33,91,168. Only 1.69% of
the Tripuri people accepted Christ. We have no Bible in
our mother tongue (except N.T.) Tripuri or Kokborok
language is recognized as a second official langue of the
state. Among the existing Christian denomination in
Tripura, the Baptist is the single largest group. I
firmly believe that The Gods Story film
will be very effective means to reach the un-reached and
enriched the reached in Tripura."
India: We celebrate the awesome success
God gave us as we partnered with national believers in a
training seminar in India. What a blessing to train 500
nationals to administrate, orchestrate, translate,
narrate and record languages of India. We saw 29 keen
nationals earn their technition's certificates. With the
fine equipment donated by caring friends of God's
Story, we hope to see this newly trained "Gideon's
Army" complete 400 or more new language versions.
This was, and still is, a launch into the deep
At the seminar, we gave not only gave the vision of The
God's Story Project, we also explained why media
presentations of the Bible and chronological storytelling
are the best tools to reach the largely non-literate lost
of India. We told why, and then showed how, presenting
five different models.
Attendees shared three
amazing insights with us. "This is the first seminar
where the leaders have eaten with us, eaten the same food
we eat, and where we have been taught HOW to reach the
lost. Usually they just preach at us like we are not even
believers! You have given us tools and taught us how to
use the Bible to teach not just to preach." Mission
Nigeria: Since Amsterdam 2000 we have
developed an exciting partnership with the leader of NEMA,
a Nigerian mission umbrella group over 96 mission
orginazations. Together we have completed five new
language versions of God's Story. He wrote
recently about the impact of two. "The crowning
event of Gbagyi dedication was electrifying. More then 16
evangelists willing to take the material to the nooks and
crannies of the land were prayed over." and "
We have dedicated the Igala as well. God was gracious and
the product is so well received. Evangelists are now in
various communities with startling discovery that people's
hearts could open faster than we imagine if God would
tell his story in their mother tongue."
Rwanda: A pastor who received God's
Story at Amsterdam 2000 emailed us in several months
ago saying he had applied for more copies and has been
waiting now three years. Right away we sent 3 videos and
two audio cassettes to him and this is his response.
"The FIRST AUDIO cassette I got at Amsterdam in
french was very interesting to me. It was the time I was
alone at my house. and in that time my wife was traveling
to other place for working to God. And I was blessed that
night, concerning the summary of the gospel from creation
to Eternity. So that was the reason to push me to ask you
more. After receiving those by DHL, I gave one Video
cassette to the Manager of one bank here in our city with
50,000 people. His wife was saved two months ago and
after to ask this family the apointment, we went, I and
my beautiful wife to their home. Arrived there, we took 3
hours for looking this video cassette with more
excplaination of the word of God, concerning they saw.
After that, this man took decision to receive Jesus as
his Lord and Savior. Now his is faithful to come in
Church and hs is now a good Christian.
"An other video
cassette I gave to other lady, [you know here in Rwanda;
the women are so many than the man relative of genocide,
e.g.; in my young church, with 30 people, I have 24 women
and 6 men]. That lady I gave that cassette is widow, and
she told to me; 'Pastor, because in my home they like to
se a video, very much, It will help me to tell them the
gospel using this video cassette. AND SHE SAID TO ME, ' I
got many things what I don't know in the Bible too'
"And now there is
many other people they ask me to give them others video
cassettes in French." [We at TGSP still have over 3,000
evangelist/pastors from Amsterdam who wait for us to
respond to their request for videos and cassettes. In
time, as we are able, we hope to respond.]
Haiti: Year end report
from a national using his solar backpack..."1600
people viewed Gods Story, 325 people got saved.
" Our Lord is a provider. Thanks XXX and the
ISOB Board for this movie. This is the cry of our
people. They continue to praise Lord for you.
There were tears in their face when they saw this kind of
movie. It is real God talk to his people, He was
there like every where. It is so sad to see how
thirsty are my people to know God.