DECEMBER 2018

myitzu

Double impact to reach children like Myitzu

The outlook for kids like Myitzu is bleak.

She’s growing up in an Asian nation where Buddhism is the unofficial “national religion.” It’s one of the countries that we can’t mention in print because of security reasons and the safety of our partners there. Christians are at risk for persecution — and to reject Buddhism is seen as treasonous, a betrayal of the national identity.

Worse yet, Myitzu’s father is an alcoholic who drinks up the family’s meager resources and whose addiction causes daily turmoil in the home. Myitzu’s parents quarrel violently.

By all predictors, Myitzu’s own future would have been more of the same: bondage to eastern religion, domestic violence, perhaps alcoholism.

But thank God, her story has a different ending! She received the Book of Hope at a Children’s Bible Club sponsored by a church near her, and she chose to follow Christ as her Savior!

Today, she says she is joyful in Jesus — and she’s praying her parents may soon come to know Him too!

For a limited time, you can reach DOUBLE the number of children like Myitzu with the Good News — our $1.2 million Every Child Matching Challenge will double your gift so that each dollar shares the Gospel with SIX young people!

every. child.

Is God’s Word enough?
by President Rob Hoskins

It’s exciting to see how people today are embracing social justice causes and working to help everyone enjoy a good standard of living and human rights.

Our ministry’s vision, at its core, is God’s Word. Every ChildThat’s a tall order, but one we are passionate about fulfilling. We have always believed that if we could share God’s Word with every child, the world would be drastically different. But is God’s Word enough? Is God’s Word all it takes to radically transform lives?

My answer:

Presenting people with the Gospel message is the only thing we can give that will introduce them to the One who can truly transform their lives (Ephesians 2:8). We want to alter destinies, not just modify current circumstances.

Ultimately, justice only comes through Jesus.

Without a doubt, proclamation of the Gospel and providing compassionate relief are BOTH necessary and powerful forms of evangelism. But we must treat the root cause of problems first … for if we don’t, we will only be providing temporary aid and not really affecting the lasting life-change that only God’s Word can provide.

Some organizations lean heavily on social justice and compassion as the answer to changing lives, and they make an important impact! But until you address the heart of the problem, lives will not be transformed.

We don’t want to separate social justice causes from the Christian ministry efforts of the Church. We are not trying to pit one against the other asking people to choose which one to support. Instead we want to meet people’s needs fully and forever. We believe the only way a life can be transformed is through believing and accepting the Truth found in the Bible.

kids reading boh

Every Child Matching Challenge
$1.2 million to help reach the remaining 5.5 million children and youth with the Good News!

112 million children and youth with the Gospel — this is our God-given goal for 2018. And we are so close!

By God’s grace and thanks to the help of friends like you, 106.5 million have been reached so far! But we must provide for the final 5.5 million children by this year’s end.

Thank God, friends have donated a $1.2 million Every Child Matching Challenge Fund. This fund is DOUBLING every gift given by December 31, up to the $1.2 million total!

We’ve made good progress already toward the goal — but there’s still far to go, and time is running out. Gifts must be dated and postmarked by December 31 to be doubled by the fund, so there’s no time to lose!

Double impact to reach children like Myitzu

The outlook for kids like Myitzu is bleak.

She’s growing up in an Asian nation where Buddhism is the unofficial “national religion.” It’s one of the countries that we can’t mention in print because of security reasons and the safety of our partners there. Christians are at risk for persecution — and to reject Buddhism is seen as treasonous, a betrayal of the national identity.

Worse yet, Myitzu’s father is an alcoholic who drinks up the family’s meager resources and whose addiction causes daily turmoil in the home. Myitzu’s parents quarrel violently.

By all predictors, Myitzu’s own future would have been more of the same: bondage to eastern religion, domestic violence, perhaps alcoholism.

But thank God, her story has a different ending! She received the Book of Hope at a Children’s Bible Club sponsored by a church near her, and she chose to follow Christ as her Savior!

Today, she says she is joyful in Jesus — and she’s praying her parents may soon come to know Him too!

For a limited time, you can reach DOUBLE the number of children like Myitzu with the Good News — our $1.2 million Every Child Matching Challenge will double your gift so that each dollar shares the Gospel with SIX young people!

Is God’s Word enough?
by President Rob Hoskins

It’s exciting to see how people today are embracing social justice causes and working to help everyone enjoy a good standard of living and human rights.

Our ministry’s vision, at its core, is God’s Word. Every ChildThat’s a tall order, but one we are passionate about fulfilling. We have always believed that if we could share God’s Word with every child, the world would be drastically different. But is God’s Word enough? Is God’s Word all it takes to radically transform lives?

My answer:

Presenting people with the Gospel message is the only thing we can give that will introduce them to the One who can truly transform their lives (Ephesians 2:8). We want to alter destinies, not just modify current circumstances.

Ultimately, justice only comes through Jesus.

Without a doubt, proclamation of the Gospel and providing compassionate relief are BOTH necessary and powerful forms of evangelism. But we must treat the root cause of problems first … for if we don’t, we will only be providing temporary aid and not really affecting the lasting life-change that only God’s Word can provide.

Some organizations lean heavily on social justice and compassion as the answer to changing lives, and they make an important impact! But until you address the heart of the problem, lives will not be transformed.

We don’t want to separate social justice causes from the Christian ministry efforts of the Church. We are not trying to pit one against the other asking people to choose which one to support. Instead we want to meet people’s needs fully and forever. We believe the only way a life can be transformed is through believing and accepting the Truth found in the Bible.

Every Child Matching Challenge
$1.2 million to help reach the remaining 5.5 million children and youth with the Good News!

112 million children and youth with the Gospel — this is our God-given goal for 2018. And we are so close!

By God’s grace and thanks to the help of friends like you, 106.5 million have been reached so far! But we must provide for the final 5.5 million children by this year’s end.

Thank God, friends have donated a $1.2 million Every Child Matching Challenge Fund. This fund is DOUBLING every gift given by December 31, up to the $1.2 million total!

We’ve made good progress already toward the goal — but there’s still far to go, and time is running out. Gifts must be dated and postmarked by December 31 to be doubled by the fund, so there’s no time to lose!

Give the Greatest Gift This Christmas

Christmas in Asia

Give a gift to children in the Buddhist world

Christmas in Asia
2018 faith goal: 7,991,250

They “deck the halls” with lights and music at Christmastime, and people enjoy parties and gift-giving … without even understanding the true meaning of the holiday. This is why Christmas is a great season for outreach in Asia!

Our partner churches connect children and youth with God’s Word through special editions of the Book of Hope, dramas, music, HopeFest Celebrations, and more.

happy children

Your Christmas gift for Muslim children

The Lumière Project
2018 church plant goal: 580

Poverty, witchcraft, entrenched Islam — this is the environment many children in French-speaking Africa grow up in.

But through The Lumière Project, God’s light is shining in the darkness!

We’re partnering with churches delivering God’s Word to the children in unreached towns and villages, then launching new churches.

Russian Teen boys

The ultimate Christmas gift for unreached children

The Hosanna Plan
2018 faith goal: 4.9 million

By the year 2020, your Russian church partners aim to reach 100 million young people through OneHope Scripture engagement programs — and plant 10,000 new churches.

Teams of believers give “One Year for Jesus” and join Hosanna Plan teams, which are crisscrossing the nation to reach the next generation.

In a country where nearly 23 million children and youth are not believers, these efforts are making a tremendous impact!

lead today teens Africa

A Christmas gift for tomorrow’s leaders

Lead Today
2018 Faith goal: 1,341,300

Lead Today introduces teenagers to God’s Word and gives them the biblical foundations for becoming godly leaders.

It’s at work across Africa and several other regions, including Italy, where ministry partners have launched the program in a young adult detention center. The report was amazing:

“We arrived at the classroom where 25 young people, ages 17-25, received us with indifference. But by the end of the presentation, the students were asking over and over, when was the next meeting going to happen? We scheduled Lead Today meetings for every week, and all the teachers gave us their email addresses and asked for daily emails on leadership.”

johan

You don’t give for the tax break …
You give for kids like Johan

Johan was a disobedient, rebellious, careless five-year-old — until his dad started using the Book of Hope to help him learn to read. Now, Johan respects his parents and listens to them — his Book of Hope is his most treasured possession, taking it with him to his Sunday school and church each week in Venezuela.

Johan is the reason you give. And we’re grateful!

As you’re preparing your year-end charitable giving, remember children like Johan … And keep in mind that gifts must be dated and postmarked by December 31 in order to apply to this year’s taxes, and all gifts to OneHope are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Another great reason to give now: every $1 will be doubled by the Every Child Matching Challenge, up to the $1.2 million total.

Other smart year-end giving options:

1. IRA rollover. If you are age 70-1/2 or older, you can donate up to $100,000 from your IRA without adding to your taxable income for 2018, and it counts as part of your required minimum distribution.

2. Appreciated property or stocks. By donating assets you’ve held for more than a year which have increased in value, you may avoid costly capital gains taxes. This also allows you to make an even greater impact and reach MORE children with God’s Word than you would by selling the asset and then donating the proceeds.

For additional information or questions about tax-wise year-end giving options, please contact Will Thomas at willthomas@onehope.net or 1.800.GIV.BIBL (448.2425) today.

Give a gift to children in the Buddhist world

Christmas in Asia
2018 faith goal: 7,991,250

They “deck the halls” with lights and music at Christmastime, and people enjoy parties and gift-giving … without even understanding the true meaning of the holiday. This is why Christmas is a great season for outreach in Asia!

Our partner churches connect children and youth with God’s Word through special editions of the Book of Hope, dramas, music, HopeFest Celebrations, and more.

Your Christmas gift for Muslim children

The Lumière Project
2018 church plant goal: 580

Poverty, witchcraft, entrenched Islam — this is the environment many children in French-speaking Africa grow up in.

But through The Lumière Project, God’s light is shining in the darkness!

We’re partnering with churches delivering God’s Word to the children in unreached towns and villages, then launching new churches.

The ultimate Christmas gift for unreached children

The Hosanna Plan
2018 faith goal: 4.9 million

By the year 2020, your Russian church partners aim to reach 100 million young people through OneHope Scripture engagement programs — and plant 10,000 new churches.

Teams of believers give “One Year for Jesus” and join Hosanna Plan teams, which are crisscrossing the nation to reach the next generation.

In a country where nearly 23 million children and youth are not believers, these efforts are making a tremendous impact!

A Christmas gift for tomorrow’s leaders

Lead Today
2018 Faith goal: 1,341,300

Lead Today introduces teenagers to God’s Word and gives them the biblical foundations for becoming godly leaders.

It’s at work across Africa and several other regions, including Italy, where ministry partners have launched the program in a young adult detention center. The report was amazing:

“We arrived at the classroom where 25 young people, ages 17-25, received us with indifference. But by the end of the presentation, the students were asking over and over, when was the next meeting going to happen? We scheduled Lead Today meetings for every week, and all the teachers gave us their email addresses and asked for daily emails on leadership.”

You don’t give for the tax break …
You give for kids like Johan

Johan was a disobedient, rebellious, careless five-year-old — until his dad started using the Book of Hope to help him learn to read. Now, Johan respects his parents and listens to them — his Book of Hope is his most treasured possession, taking it with him to his Sunday school and church each week in Venezuela.

Johan is the reason you give. And we’re grateful!

As you’re preparing your year-end charitable giving, remember children like Johan … And keep in mind that gifts must be dated and postmarked by December 31 in order to apply to this year’s taxes, and all gifts to OneHope are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Another great reason to give now: every $1 will be doubled by the Every Child Matching Challenge, up to the $1.2 million total.

Other smart year-end giving options:

1. IRA rollover. If you are age 70-1/2 or older, you can donate up to $100,000 from your IRA without adding to your taxable income for 2018, and it counts as part of your required minimum distribution.

2. Appreciated property or stocks. By donating assets you’ve held for more than a year which have increased in value, you may avoid costly capital gains taxes. This also allows you to make an even greater impact and reach MORE children with God’s Word than you would by selling the asset and then donating the proceeds.

For additional information or questions about tax-wise year-end giving options, please contact Will Thomas at willthomas@onehope.net or 1.800.GIV.BIBL (448.2425) today.

NATION BY NATION

SENSITIVE NATION

Divine healing and a transformed family!

Her father became sick — and the family immediately suspected an enemy had cursed him with an evil spell! Where Anvi lives, Hinduism is the dominant religion, but her family also believed in an older tribal religion and witchcraft.

But witchdoctors and Hindu priests couldn’t cure Anvi’s father … and neither could doctors. So when Anvi learned from her Book of Hope that Jesus heals people, she began to pray for her father. Her Bible Club leader also came to the house to pray for him.

And soon he was completely healed and restored! Anvi is rejoicing and has committed her life to Christ! Her parents came with her to Bible Club one day … and now they, too, are following Jesus!

yao

IVORY COAST

Yao was a Christian, but she never shared her faith with anyone … she was too embarrassed. Then she began attending our Lead Today program and learning what it means to be a godly leader. Today she says, “Through this program I can talk to others about Jesus because I’m learning how to positively influence others.”

meet daniela

VENEZUELA

Daniela’s father abandoned the family and left her feeling angry and alone. She began acting out with disrespect toward her mother and others. But then she received the Book of Hope… It helped her forgive her father and release the bitterness. Today, she’s becoming a loving daughter and helpful friend.

meet james from burundi

BURUNDI

James’ parents split up, and his world was in turmoil. His friends invited him to a Bible Club meeting — he didn’t want to attend, but he didn’t want to be alone, either. At the meeting, he received the Book of Hope and learned about the love of Jesus. What good news it was to hear that even if his parents weren’t there for him, Jesus was! James has committed his life to Christ.

meet saranja

GOD’S WORD. EVERY CHILD.
A Muslim child born again!

Hopeless. Abandoned. Alone.

That’s how Saranja felt.

Her mother died when Saranja was only seven years old. She lives in a “sensitive” region and belongs to a Muslim family. Her father had four wives — Saranja had three “step-mothers.” But none of them stepped up to love and support her after her mother’s death …

Instead she was left to fend for herself, abused and neglected, for seven long, lonely years.

But then she came to a Bible Club in her village. She received the Book of Hope and eagerly listened to the stories about Jesus. She could hardly believe what she was hearing! Could there really be a God who cared for her, personally, who knew her name and wanted to save her?

“Nobody loves me,” she told the teacher. “I don’t care if our family doesn’t have enough to eat … I just wish they would love me.”

When she understood that Jesus loves her, no matter what, and always will, Saranja eagerly committed her life to Christ!

Her new faith made a dramatic change in her life, as she was filled with love and happiness. But her Muslim father and stepmothers do not approve. In fact, they’ve demanded that Saranja stop attending the club and going to church.

“I’m not strong enough to leave home now,” Saranja says. “But when I grow up, I will be able to leave my home and stand up for Jesus.”

Please be praying for Saranja and her family. Persecution of Christians is real in many Muslim regions, and she needs God’s strength and protection.

GOD’S WORD. EVERY CHILD.
A Muslim child born again!

Hopeless. Abandoned. Alone.

That’s how Saranja felt.

Her mother died when Saranja was only seven years old. She lives in a “sensitive” region and belongs to a Muslim family. Her father had four wives — Saranja had three “step-mothers.” But none of them stepped up to love and support her after her mother’s death …

Instead she was left to fend for herself, abused and neglected, for seven long, lonely years.

But then she came to a Bible Club in her village. She received the Book of Hope and eagerly listened to the stories about Jesus. She could hardly believe what she was hearing! Could there really be a God who cared for her, personally, who knew her name and wanted to save her?

“Nobody loves me,” she told the teacher. “I don’t care if our family doesn’t have enough to eat … I just wish they would love me.”

When she understood that Jesus loves her, no matter what, and always will, Saranja eagerly committed her life to Christ!

Her new faith made a dramatic change in her life, as she was filled with love and happiness. But her Muslim father and stepmothers do not approve. In fact, they’ve demanded that Saranja stop attending the club and going to church.

“I’m not strong enough to leave home now,” Saranja says. “But when I grow up, I will be able to leave my home and stand up for Jesus.”

Please be praying for Saranja and her family. Persecution of Christians is real in many Muslim regions, and she needs God’s strength and protection.

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