AUGUST 2018

Edmond

You’re reaching children in the PHILIPPINES!

Edmond told himself he was too busy for friends and school activities. He was practically raising his little sister because his parents’ jobs kept them away from home so much —

But the other reason Edmond isolated himself was simple: he had low self-esteem and felt no one would want to be his friend.

Then his school, Tanay West National High School in the Philippines, began to offer a special Values Education Club on Mondays. A local church was presenting the program, using the Book of Hope as its foundation.

Edmond was soon engrossed in the Scriptures and the fellowship. The club meeting that focused on self-esteem was eye-opening to him! Could it really be that he had dignity and deserved respect because he was made in the image of God?

Today, Edmond has committed his life to Jesus Christ! He’s discovered the confidence he can have as a child of God — and volunteers at Sunday school as well as in the after-school club.

Now he has friends, activities, and best of all, he has hope for eternity because of the love of Christ that friends like you shared with him. Thank you for bringing joy and hope into Edmond’s life!

But Edmond is only one example of your love and compassion at work in the lives of the children of the Philippines.

grace

Your gift of God’s Word brought Grace and her whole family to faith in Christ!

Grace was a young teenager, already contributing to her family’s income, because they were desperately poor. Her mother was a seamstress, her father a fisherman … when he could work. His severe health troubles kept him housebound a lot.

In their poor community of the Philippines, they struggled just to keep food on the table.
But when a local church began offering a youth club at her school, Grace began attending. They were studying the Book of Hope together, and she was learning so much. When she realized that the story of Jesus was true, and that He loved her …

Grace chose to follow Christ as Savior!

Grace and her family began attending the local church, which came alongside them as a concerned community and began assisting them financially. This has literally helped Grace stay in school — and helped pay for her dad’s medical treatments, too.

The entire family has also come to know Christ as Savior. Thank you for sending the Word of God to bring hope to Grace, and her whole family.

john

John chose to follow Jesus because of the Book of Hope he studied at school.

Your support for OneHope reached John, too …

He felt invisible — caught in the middle. His older brother was the hero, the boy who forged ahead and made things happen. His younger brother was the baby, the one his parents doted on.

And as the middle child, John felt useless and lost in the shuffle.

… Until he began attending the OneHope Values Education club at his high school in the Philippines. There he learned that he wasn’t “just” an invisible middle child — he was God’s beloved son!

John chose to dedicate his life to Christ. His new faith gave him hope and purpose as he began attending church, growing in God and volunteering in ministry.

Your gift of love for the Philippines brought hope to John — and Grace — and Edmond — for eternity! Thank you!

Beslan

The war on (or in?) school by President Rob Hoskins

“Back to school” time has taken on a bittersweet meaning for me since that September day in 2004 when I arrived in Russia, only to find the entire nation practically crippled by grief, because of the grisly outcome of the horrifying Beslan massacre.

I had come for meetings that were immediately postponed because the country was reeling with their “9/11,” the brutal attack by Islamist separatists that ended with the deaths of 333 people, more than half of them children.

The terrorists had targeted a school, on the very first day of school, when parents and children came together to celebrate.

The memory of it is a stark reminder: Satan hates children and will attack them whenever and wherever he can. In the USA, we’ve also seen terror descend on the schools through the years: Columbine, Sandy Hook, and even Parkland, Florida, just this year.

And it’s not just violence in the schools our enemy uses to destroy children. There’s bullying. There’s the movement for “values-neutral” curriculum. There’s often a socio-political agenda that doesn’t match the values of the parents.

These things all point to the need for God’s Word in the schools, in whatever form will most directly impact students and steer them toward belief in and service to their heavenly Father.

This is what OneHope school programs are all about: infusing hope and God’s love into students by connecting them with the power of His Word.

The need is desperate. The lives and eternal futures of children hang in the balance. How blessed we are to be able to answer their cries, and give them the Good News that there is hope!

You’re reaching children in the PHILIPPINES!

Edmond told himself he was too busy for friends and school activities. He was practically raising his little sister because his parents’ jobs kept them away from home so much —

But the other reason Edmond isolated himself was simple: he had low self-esteem and felt no one would want to be his friend.

Then his school, Tanay West National High School in the Philippines, began to offer a special Values Education Club on Mondays. A local church was presenting the program, using the Book of Hope as its foundation.

Edmond was soon engrossed in the Scriptures and the fellowship. The club meeting that focused on self-esteem was eye-opening to him! Could it really be that he had dignity and deserved respect because he was made in the image of God?

Today, Edmond has committed his life to Jesus Christ! He’s discovered the confidence he can have as a child of God — and volunteers at Sunday school as well as in the after-school club.

Now he has friends, activities, and best of all, he has hope for eternity because of the love of Christ that friends like you shared with him. Thank you for bringing joy and hope into Edmond’s life!

But Edmond is only one example of your love and compassion at work in the lives of the children of the Philippines.
Grace was a young teenager, already contributing to her family’s income, because they were desperately poor. Her mother was a seamstress, her father a fisherman … when he could work. His severe health troubles kept him housebound a lot.

Your gift of God’s Word brought Grace and her whole family to faith in Christ!

In their poor community of the Philippines, they struggled just to keep food on the table.
But when a local church began offering a youth club at her school, Grace began attending. They were studying the Book of Hope together, and she was learning so much. When she realized that the story of Jesus was true, and that He loved her …

Grace chose to follow Christ as Savior!

Grace and her family began attending the local church, which came alongside them as a concerned community and began assisting them financially. This has literally helped Grace stay in school — and helped pay for her dad’s medical treatments, too.

The entire family has also come to know Christ as Savior. Thank you for sending the Word of God to bring hope to Grace, and her whole family.

John chose to follow Jesus because of the Book of Hope he studied at school.

Your support for OneHope reached John, too …

He felt invisible — caught in the middle. His older brother was the hero, the boy who forged ahead and made things happen. His younger brother was the baby, the one his parents doted on.

And as the middle child, John felt useless and lost in the shuffle.

… Until he began attending the OneHope Values Education club at his high school in the Philippines. There he learned that he wasn’t “just” an invisible middle child — he was God’s beloved son!

John chose to dedicate his life to Christ. His new faith gave him hope and purpose as he began attending church, growing in God and volunteering in ministry.

Your gift of love for the Philippines brought hope to John — and Grace — and Edmond — for eternity! Thank you!

The war on (or in?) school
by President Rob Hoskins

“Back to school” time has taken on a bittersweet meaning for me since that September day in 2004 when I arrived in Russia, only to find the entire nation practically crippled by grief, because of the grisly outcome of the horrifying Beslan massacre.

I had come for meetings that were immediately postponed because the country was reeling with their “9/11,” the brutal attack by Islamist separatists that ended with the deaths of 333 people, more than half of them children.

The terrorists had targeted a school, on the very first day of school, when parents and children came together to celebrate.

The memory of it is a stark reminder: Satan hates children and will attack them whenever and wherever he can. In the USA, we’ve also seen terror descend on the schools through the years: Columbine, Sandy Hook, and even Parkland, Florida, just this year.

And it’s not just violence in the schools our enemy uses to destroy children. There’s bullying. There’s the movement for “values-neutral” curriculum. There’s often a socio-political agenda that doesn’t match the values of the parents.

These things all point to the need for God’s Word in the schools, in whatever form will most directly impact students and steer them toward belief in and service to their heavenly Father.

This is what OneHope school programs are all about: infusing hope and God’s love into students by connecting them with the power of His Word.

The need is desperate. The lives and eternal futures of children hang in the balance. How blessed we are to be able to answer their cries, and give them the Good News that there is hope!

School programs share
God’s Word and change lives!

mary

Stories of Hope bring hope and transformation

She came from the wrong side of the tracks and was used to being treated poorly … already, at age 4.

But when Mary joined the Stories of Hope program at her preschool in Kenya and learned about Jesus, everything changed!

As her class worked through the Stories of Hope, Mary discovered God loved her just as she was.

And she chose to hold her head high and follow Christ as her Savior! Thanks for sending God’s Word to show her the way.

visna

In the school but not of it …
Book of Hope still makes an impact!

We had reached a compromise: The English-language Book of Hope would only be allowed to be read by students in the library.

That was the “deal” in one school in a sensitive Asian nation where there’s fierce opposition to the Gospel.

But Visna, a Christian boy, had the Bible App for Kids on his phone, and his schoolmates were asking about it all the time!

He desperately wanted to bring them their own copies of the Book of Hope, but didn’t think it was allowed. What a blessing when he was told: if he brought enough books for everyone in his class, he could distribute them.

Of course we were happy to help — Visna distributed the Book of Hope to all the students in his class, and was allowed to give a Gospel presentation!

Stories of Hope bring hope and transformation

She came from the wrong side of the tracks and was used to being treated poorly … already, at age 4.

But when Mary joined the Stories of Hope program at her preschool in Kenya and learned about Jesus, everything changed!

As her class worked through the Stories of Hope, Mary discovered God loved her just as she was.

And she chose to hold her head high and follow Christ as her Savior! Thanks for sending God’s Word to show her the way.

In the school but not of it …
Book of Hope still makes an impact!

We had reached a compromise: The English-language Book of Hope would only be allowed to be read by students in the library.

That was the “deal” in one school in a sensitive Asian nation where there’s fierce opposition to the Gospel.

But Visna, a Christian boy, had the Bible App for Kids on his phone, and his schoolmates were asking about it all the time!

He desperately wanted to bring them their own copies of the Book of Hope, but didn’t think it was allowed. What a blessing when he was told: if he brought enough books for everyone in his class, he could distribute them.

Of course we were happy to help — Visna distributed the Book of Hope to all the students in his class, and was allowed to give a Gospel presentation!

Rewriting the Future
by Turning Young People Into LEADERS

lead today

We’re teaching youth to Lead Today!

Now, more than ever, the world needs a new generation of compassionate, strong, biblically based leaders! Youth play a key role in building the Kingdom of God on earth.

Yet after a four-year study spanning more than 150,000 teens in 44 nations, OneHope found that most teens don’t understand the importance of developing strong leadership skills.

We set out to change that. OneHope partnered with The John Maxwell Company’s EQUIP group
to create Lead Today, 15 lessons taught over three terms, helping teens discover biblical servant leadership, character strength, and practical application of leadership skills … all based on principles found in God’s Word and the Book of Hope.

Look at what happened in Ghana. Many teens in this African country perceive leadership as position, abuse of power, bribery, and corruption. But Ghanaian students who completed Lead Today showed significant growth in their understanding of true, biblical leadership. An overwhelming 92% reported their own personal growth as leaders — and teachers not only recognized growth in their students, but also said they would recommend the program to other leaders and teachers.

Since that pilot program in Ghana, we’ve seen an incredible impact in the lives of hundreds of thousands of teens, now in 13 African nations. But we need to reach millions more … to extend, the power of biblical leadership worldwide. We hope you can help!

By the end of 2018, we’ll reach 1,341,300 young people through the Lead Today program — launching the program in Uganda to reach 52,500 young people, and piloting the program in six new countries — Australia, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Taiwan, and a sensitive nation — reaching 124,300 young people.

Meanwhile, we’ll continue Lead Today in Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

We’re also translating the program into Arabic, Chinese (both Standard and Simplified), Russian, Tagalog, and Urdu.

Lead Today is even now being used in juvenile detention facilities in Italy!

Thank you for standing with OneHope in generous giving. Your faithfulness makes Lead Today possible!

Significant Growth in Character

The VIA Institute on Character is considered a global leader in the science of measuring character strengths. They created and scientifically validated a 96-question survey to measure 24 character strengths of youth.

This survey has been completed by thousands of youths all over the world.

OneHope administered this same survey to students both before and after the Lead Today program. Amazingly, the VIA survey revealed significant growth in 16 of the 24 character strengths! This independent measure speaks to the veracity of the Lead Today program on a global level.

Statistical results for the 16 character strength scales are illustrated in the following figures. By increasing these character strengths, the Lead Today Program shows great promise in its ability to positively impact the lives of young people and the communities where they live.

We’re teaching youth to Lead Today!

Now, more than ever, the world needs a new generation of compassionate, strong, biblically based leaders! Youth play a key role in building the Kingdom of God on earth.

Yet after a four-year study spanning more than 150,000 teens in 44 nations, OneHope found that most teens don’t understand the importance of developing strong leadership skills.

We set out to change that. OneHope partnered with The John Maxwell Company’s EQUIP group
to create Lead Today, 15 lessons taught over three terms, helping teens discover biblical servant leadership, character strength, and practical application of leadership skills … all based on principles found in God’s Word and the Book of Hope.

Look at what happened in Ghana. Many teens in this African country perceive leadership as position, abuse of power, bribery, and corruption. But Ghanaian students who completed Lead Today showed significant growth in their understanding of true, biblical leadership. An overwhelming 92% reported their own personal growth as leaders — and teachers not only recognized growth in their students, but also said they would recommend the program to other leaders and teachers.

Since that pilot program in Ghana, we’ve seen an incredible impact in the lives of hundreds of thousands of teens, now in 13 African nations. But we need to reach millions more … to extend, the power of biblical leadership worldwide. We hope you can help!

By the end of 2018, we’ll reach 1,341,300 young people through the Lead Today program — launching the program in Uganda to reach 52,500 young people, and piloting the program in six new countries — Australia, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Taiwan, and a sensitive nation — reaching 124,300 young people.

Meanwhile, we’ll continue Lead Today in Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

We’re also translating the program into Arabic, Chinese (both Standard and Simplified), Russian, Tagalog, and Urdu.

Lead Today is even now being used in juvenile detention facilities in Italy!

Thank you for standing with OneHope in generous giving. Your faithfulness makes Lead Today possible!

Significant Growth in Character

The VIA Institute on Character is considered a global leader in the science of measuring character strengths. They created and scientifically validated a 96-question survey to measure 24 character strengths of youth.

This survey has been completed by thousands of youths all over the world.

OneHope administered this same survey to students both before and after the Lead Today program. Amazingly, the VIA survey revealed significant growth in 16 of the 24 character strengths! This independent measure speaks to the veracity of the Lead Today program on a global level.

Statistical results for the 16 character strength scales are illustrated in the following figures. By increasing these character strengths, the Lead Today Program shows great promise in its ability to positively impact the lives of young people and the communities where they live.

Note: The most rigorous level of significance testing was applied to measuring the growth of these character strengths. Sample sizes varied from 166 to 172 as some items were missing responses, and in those instances, character strength scores were not calculated. Signif-icance levels were based on a linear mixed model including site as a random effect and gender, age, and the number of sessions attended as fixed effects. Models for some character strengths also included interaction effects.

emmanuel

GOD’S WORD. EVERY CHILD.
Hopeless region. Hopeless family. But he found hope!

The brutal civil war ended less than two decades ago. The ravages of it are still evident in deep ethnic divisions. And the internal conflict that originally fueled it is still alive.

The African nation of Sierra Leone has a tragic history and carries the weight of poverty endemic to a place where subsistence agriculture is the mainstay of most folks … while there’s a rich diamond and mining industry that seems to benefit the local people not at all.

This is where Emmanuel was growing up, feeling hopeless and alone. His parents broke up when he was only three years old. He remained with his father who married four more times. Emmanuel was constantly reeling from all the change.

Although he was painfully shy, he felt he had something to offer … he just wasn’t as bold as he’d like to be.

Until he began attending the Lead Today program at his school. The program was created in partnership with leadership expert John Maxwell. It helps African teenagers learn the biblical principles of how to become good leaders.

It was eye-opening for Emmanuel! It introduced him to the love of Jesus Christ, and showed him that with the power of the Holy Spirit, he could become a force for good in his world.
“I realized that leadership is not all about having influence and position, but allowing God to use you,” Emmanuel says today.
“Leadership is about having qualities like vision, integrity, influence, and so forth as listed in the book. The book has been a great blessing to me and I am presently using it to help others.”

GOD’S WORD. EVERY CHILD.
Hopeless region. Hopeless family. But he found hope!

The brutal civil war ended less than two decades ago. The ravages of it are still evident in deep ethnic divisions. And the internal conflict that originally fueled it is still alive.

The African nation of Sierra Leone has a tragic history and carries the weight of poverty endemic to a place where subsistence agriculture is the mainstay of most folks … while there’s a rich diamond and mining industry that seems to benefit the local people not at all.

This is where Emmanuel was growing up, feeling hopeless and alone. His parents broke up when he was only three years old. He remained with his father who married four more times. Emmanuel was constantly reeling from all the change.

Although he was painfully shy, he felt he had something to offer … he just wasn’t as bold as he’d like to be.

Until he began attending the Lead Today program at his school. The program was created in partnership with leadership expert John Maxwell. It helps African teenagers learn the biblical principles of how to become good leaders.

It was eye-opening for Emmanuel! It introduced him to the love of Jesus Christ, and showed him that with the power of the Holy Spirit, he could become a force for good in his world.
“I realized that leadership is not all about having influence and position, but allowing God to use you,” Emmanuel says today.
“Leadership is about having qualities like vision, integrity, influence, and so forth as listed in the book. The book has been a great blessing to me and I am presently using it to help others.”

NATION BY NATION

VIDWANS

SENSITIVE REGION

He doesn’t go to school, but he can read. Vidwans was happy to receive the Book of Hope a local Christian pastor gave him. He read it and was intrigued by the life of Jesus.

But in his “sensitive” nation, there’s a lot of opposition to the Gospel. Vidwans was growing up in a family committed to the traditional religion, which worships many gods. He wasn’t sure where Jesus fit in.

So the next time he saw the pastor, he asked: “How can I find out more about Jesus?”

The pastor was happy to explain the Gospel story and invite Vidwans to accept Christ as Savior.

Today Vidwans is a joyful follower of Jesus Christ! He’s attending the local church and growing in his faith.

DOUGLAS

VENEZUELA

Douglas was only eight years old, but already he was a little terror. He told lies, disrespected his mother, behaved with rebellion every chance he got. But then he received the Book of Hope and saw The GodMan film. He was impressed with the story of Jesus and chose to give his life to Christ. Today his behavior has dramatically improved! “My mom almost doesn’t scold me at all,” Douglas reports.

ROJO

SOUTH AFRICA

She had a “normal” life: Rojo lived with her parents and two siblings; they had a nice house with a TV, and they went to church together on Sundays. But Rojo had never really understood what church was about, until she began attending a God’s Big Story club. The illustrated cards and Bible stories taught her about the message of the Gospel … and she chose to dedicate her life Christ!

ELIZABETH

GAMBIA

Elizabeth had been going to church for years, but she never really understood how valuable she was in the eyes of God. Then she began attending the Lead Today program. “When I understood who I am as
a child of God, I became a committed Christian,” she says today. “I’ve become the weekly Fellowship Coordinator at my school, and I am going to become a teacher

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