Your gift of God’s Word changes everything!

His family couldn’t pay his school fees. Antonio had to drop out of school.

In their home nation of the Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 63% of the people live below the poverty level1 — and some more recent estimates show as much as 80% of the population are extremely impoverished!2

Out of school, Antonio ran the streets with other boys — he was rude, disrespectful, aggressive. He saw no hope for his future.

But then he received the Book of Hope — and Antonio knew he must follow Jesus!

Today, his new church family has come together to help him, and soon he will be returning to school to complete his education.

“Through the teachings, the Lord has changed my life, my whole way of being,” Antonio says today.

Thank you for reaching out to him with God’s life-transforming Word! Today as you give, your gift will be doubled by the matching challenge fund to reach more young people like Antonio with the Good News.


1 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/cg.html
2 https://borgenproject.org/facts-about-poverty-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo/

every. child.

How research helps Africa’s next generation receive the Good News
by President Rob Hoskins

Research is vital to our work at OneHope — it isn’t something we keep on the back burner or treat as an afterthought. It is a foundational and strategic component (and good stewardship) we embrace as a ministry. As new initiatives and programs are implemented, we evaluate them on an ongoing basis.

The Lumière Project is taking the light of Christ to French-speaking Africa with the goal of planting 3,300 churches in the area by 2020. These churches are being planted through outreaches conducted using the animated story of Jesus, The GodMan film, and the God’s Big Story children’s program.

French-speaking Africa is one of the last places on earth where open evangelism efforts can legally take place in the Muslim world, and the research we received about the project is encouraging! Since the launch of The Lumière Project, more than 1,851 churches have been planted — a testament of God’s faithfulness as we walk this journey with Him. More than 2.2 million children and youth have been reached through this initiative so far.

Evaluating programs like this one provides accountability to our partners and those in the field and helps OneHope steward our resources and energy well. Without this practice, there would be little direction on what we needed to improve to make a program more effective.

As we press on toward the goal of planting 3,300 churches, and the inevitable challenges and opposition in the days ahead, I’m reminded of Colossians 3:23, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” This is why we make the effort — to glorify the Name Above All Names.

Game day and God’s Word
changed everything for him!

Nevidimka is one of those tiny towns in Russia that went into decline at the fall of the USSR — adults were forced to travel to bigger towns to find jobs, leaving children and the elderly behind.

There’s not a lot for a 14-year-old to do … so when a Hosanna Plan team announced a three-day sports camp program, Sevan was thrilled! He attended each day, played every game, and enjoyed himself immensely.

The camp wasn’t all games, either. He received his own Book of Hope — and each day of the camp, there was a presentation designed to help young people come to know Christ.

This was all new to Sevan! And when he heard that he could have a personal relationship with Jesus, of course he said, YES!

Sevan was excited to attend the Bible study the Hosanna Plan team conducted weekly in Nevidimka — even though some of his friends thought he had joined a cult.

A year went by, and it was time for Sevan to begin vocational school. He would be moving to another town. What a joy for him to discover the church there and to be able to keep growing in God!

Today he has been invited to be among the leaders of the youth ministry in his new church.

“I’m happy, but a little bit scared,” he said. “This is a big responsibility.”

Thank you for sharing the love of Christ with Sevan, so that now he can share it with others. Your gift of God’s Word gave him hope for eternity!

Your gift of God’s Word
changes everything!

His family couldn’t pay his school fees. Antonio had to drop out of school.

In their home nation of the Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 63% of the people live below the poverty level1 — and some more recent estimates show as much as 80% of the population are extremely impoverished!2

Out of school, Antonio ran the streets with other boys — he was rude, disrespectful, aggressive. He saw no hope for his future.

But then he received the Book of Hope — and Antonio knew he must follow Jesus!

Today, his new church family has come together to help him, and soon he will be returning to school to complete his education.

“Through the teachings, the Lord has changed my life, my whole way of being,” Antonio says today.

Thank you for reaching out to him with God’s life-transforming Word! Today as you give, your gift will be doubled by the matching challenge fund to reach more young people like Antonio with the Good News.


1 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/cg.html
2 https://borgenproject.org/facts-about-poverty-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo/

How research helps Africa’s next generation receive the Good News

by President Rob Hoskins

Research is vital to our work at OneHope — it isn’t something we keep on the back burner or treat as an afterthought. It is a foundational and strategic component (and good stewardship) we embrace as a ministry. As new initiatives and programs are implemented, we evaluate them on an ongoing basis.

The Lumière Project is taking the light of Christ to French-speaking Africa with the goal of planting 3,300 churches in the area by 2020. These churches are being planted through outreaches conducted using the animated story of Jesus, The GodMan film, and the God’s Big Story children’s program.

French-speaking Africa is one of the last places on earth where open evangelism efforts can legally take place in the Muslim world, and the research we received about the project is encouraging! Since the launch of The Lumière Project, more than 1,851 churches have been planted — a testament of God’s faithfulness as we walk this journey with Him. More than 2.2 million children and youth have been reached through this initiative so far.

Evaluating programs like this one provides accountability to our partners and those in the field and helps OneHope steward our resources and energy well. Without this practice, there would be little direction on what we needed to improve to make a program more effective.

As we press on toward the goal of planting 3,300 churches, and the inevitable challenges and opposition in the days ahead, I’m reminded of Colossians 3:23, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” This is why we make the effort — to glorify the Name Above All Names.

Game day and God’s Word
changed everything for him!

Nevidimka is one of those tiny towns in Russia that went into decline at the fall of the USSR — adults were forced to travel to bigger towns to find jobs, leaving children and the elderly behind.

There’s not a lot for a 14-year-old to do … so when a Hosanna Plan team announced a three-day sports camp program, Sevan was thrilled! He attended each day, played every game, and enjoyed himself immensely.

The camp wasn’t all games, either. He received his own Book of Hope — and each day of the camp, there was a presentation designed to help young people come to know Christ.

This was all new to Sevan! And when he heard that he could have a personal relationship with Jesus, of course he said, YES!

Sevan was excited to attend the Bible study the Hosanna Plan team conducted weekly in Nevidimka — even though some of his friends thought he had joined a cult.

A year went by, and it was time for Sevan to begin vocational school. He would be moving to another town. What a joy for him to discover the church there and to be able to keep growing in God!

Today he has been invited to be among the leaders of the youth ministry in his new church.

“I’m happy, but a little bit scared,” he said. “This is a big responsibility.”

Thank you for sharing the love of Christ with Sevan, so that now he can share it with others. Your gift of God’s Word gave him hope for eternity!

Make it a Merry Christmas for Africa’s children
— give them God’s Word!

yao

A thief and a drug dealer walk into a children’s outreach event … and are transformed forever!

A 12-year-old drug dealer isn’t all that uncommon in Côte d’Ivoire.

Nearly half the nation’s population is impoverished — the nation ranks number 170 out of 189 on the UN’s Human Development Index.1 It’s clear that nearly everyone in this nation is struggling for survival — even the children.

And Yao wasn’t alone in his life of crime. His older brother, 15-year-old Yaya, was a thief.

But when Yao attended an outreach event and saw The GodMan film, he realized he must make a change. He chose to follow Jesus — and then brought his brother to church with him, too, so he could see the film. Yaya dedicated his life to Christ as well!

Today, the boys have given up their illegal activities and are dedicated to living new lives in Christ.


1 http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/CIV

sahel girl

Africa’s Sahel: a region in need

Most of The Lumière Project nations are in the Sahel region of Africa. The Sahel runs east to west from the Red Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Many are majority Muslim nations, and they’re also some of the most impoverished and difficult in the world.

  1. Burkina Faso … is one of the world’s poorest nations. Half the population is below age 16. 80% can’t read. 51% are Muslim — only 5% are evangelical Christians.
  2. Sensitive Nation #1 … Islam dominates both government and business.
  3. Sensitive Nation #2 … We cannot give details because radical Islam may endanger our partners. Poverty is endemic — More than 93% of the people are Muslims with a tiny minority of Christians.
  4. Sensitive Nation #3 … Life expectancy is under 56 years. 99% of the people are Muslims.
  5. Nigeria … Islamist terrorism, including the unconscionable attacks of Boko Haram, is not unknown here.

Our partner churches and pastors are at high risk in many nations of the Sahel — especially as they engage the next generation with God’s Word in Muslim-majority areas. Yet they are willing to take this risk for the sake of reaching children, young people, and families with the Gospel!

sahel children

Final days for strategic year-end giving — reach twice as many children with God’s Word!

We know tax incentives aren’t the reason you give. You give so that children can come to know Jesus. But it’s good stewardship to take advantage of the tax breaks afforded by current laws …

  • If you’re 70-1/2 years or older, you can make a rollover gift from your IRA of up to $100,000 and not add one penny to your taxable income. And you receive the tax benefits of the gift whether you itemize or not.
  • You can donate appreciated stocks and other assets and receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of the donation and avoid paying capital gains tax — you are actually able to give more to ministry than if you sold the assets and donated the proceeds.
  • Give a generous cash gift, and it will apply toward this year’s taxes as allowed by law.

Just be sure to give by December 31 so your gift can be doubled by the Africa’s Light Matching Challenge. Thank you for your love and compassion for the children of the world!

Practicing the Presence of God
with Bob Hoskins

Visit onehope.net/practice to find exceptional video teachings, entitled Practicing the Presence of God from OneHope Founder Bob Hoskins.

Bob has been on a 40-year journey through the contemplative prayers of the early desert fathers and mothers and Russian mystics of the 19th Century — learning to live each moment in the constant practice of God’s presence.

Now he shares these experiences with you and guides you into God’s presence, too!

A thief and a drug dealer walk into a children’s outreach event … and are transformed forever!

A 12-year-old drug dealer isn’t all that uncommon in Côte d’Ivoire.

Nearly half the nation’s population is impoverished — the nation ranks number 170 out of 189 on the UN’s Human Development Index.1 It’s clear that nearly everyone in this nation is struggling for survival — even the children.

And Yao wasn’t alone in his life of crime. His older brother, 15-year-old Yaya, was a thief.

But when Yao attended an outreach event and saw The GodMan film, he realized he must make a change. He chose to follow Jesus — and then brought his brother to church with him, too, so he could see the film. Yaya dedicated his life to Christ as well!

Today, the boys have given up their illegal activities and are dedicated to living new lives in Christ.


1 http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/CIV

Africa’s Sahel: A region in need

Most of The Lumière Project nations are in the Sahel region of Africa. The Sahel runs east to west from the Red Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Many are majority Muslim nations, and they’re also some of the most impoverished and difficult in the world.

  1. Burkina Faso … is one of the world’s poorest nations. Half the population is below age 16. 80% can’t read. 51% are Muslim — only 5% are evangelical Christians.
  2. Sensitive Nation #1 … Islam dominates both government and business.
  3. Sensitive Nation #2 … We cannot give details because radical Islam may endanger our partners. Poverty is endemic — More than 93% of the people are Muslims with a tiny minority of Christians.
  4. Sensitive Nation #3 … Life expectancy is under 56 years. 99% of the people are Muslims.
  5. Nigeria … Islamist terrorism, including the unconscionable attacks of Boko Haram, is not unknown here.

Our partner churches and pastors are at high risk in many nations of the Sahel — especially as they engage the next generation with God’s Word in Muslim-majority areas. Yet they are willing to take this risk for the sake of reaching children, young people, and families with the Gospel!

Final days for strategic year-end giving — reach twice as many children with God’s Word!

We know tax incentives aren’t the reason you give. You give so that children can come to know Jesus. But it’s good stewardship to take advantage of the tax breaks afforded by current laws …

  • If you’re 70-1/2 years or older, you can make a rollover gift from your IRA of up to $100,000 and not add one penny to your taxable income. And you receive the tax benefits of the gift whether you itemize or not.
  • You can donate appreciated stocks and other assets and receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of the donation and avoid paying capital gains tax — you are actually able to give more to ministry than if you sold the assets and donated the proceeds.
  • Give a generous cash gift, and it will apply toward this year’s taxes as allowed by law.

Just be sure to give by December 31 so your gift can be doubled by the Africa’s Light Matching Challenge. Thank you for your love and compassion for the children of the world!

Practicing the Presence of God
with Bob Hoskins

Visit onehope.net/practice to find exceptional video teachings, entitled Practicing the Presence of God from OneHope Founder Bob Hoskins.

Bob has been on a 40-year journey through the contemplative prayers of the early desert fathers and mothers and Russian mystics of the 19th Century — learning to live each moment in the constant practice of God’s presence.

Now he shares these experiences with you and guides you into God’s presence, too!

NATION BY NATION

angelica

MEXICO

 Six-year-old Angelica had been hospitalized for days. Her mother was distraught! They were both encouraged when the team from a local ministry came to pray with them and showed them how to use the Bible App for Kids on their phone. A few days later, Angelica’s condition had improved so much that she was discharged from the hospital. Today, both she and her mother are following Jesus!

michel

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Teenager rescued from deal with the Devil

He lives in a nation that is in the top 5 of the poorest countries in the world — where the per capita annual income is just $796.1

Although the DRC has rich natural resources, fighting for control of them has ravaged the nation with civil war, and poverty makes even the youngest people hopeless. This was the case for Michel, a teenager who felt the only way to survive was to make a pact with the Devil!

In a secret demonic ceremony, with vows, candles, and rituals, he pledged his allegiance to the evil one … but after he received the Book of Hope and read about the love of God, he wanted out of the deal he had made!

He sought out the local pastor and confessed what had happened, then prayed to receive Christ as his Savior. Today, Michel is growing in God at his local church.


1 https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/07/07/afghanistan-madagascar-malawi-poorest-countries-in-the-world/39636131/

kairav

SENSITIVE NATION

Kairav lives in a majority Hindu region, and he was a devout Hindu already at age 13. But one day he received the Book of Hope and read about Jesus Christ. He prayed the prayer at the end of the book to receive Christ into his life! Today, he is growing in his new faith, attending the local church

A broken home, a broken heart — and a gift of hope!

A single mom has a tough time providing for a family today in Venezuela. The country has been in economic disarray for several years now with constant shortages of food and other staples and rampant poverty.

Camila and her little brother Caleb were suffering as their mother struggled to put food on the table — but for Camila things became much worse when her new stepfather moved in! Camila knew this was not her father — she disliked the place he now had in her home and her mother’s heart.

She felt shoved aside and forgotten as her mother concentrated on this new relationship … and Camila willed herself to disappear. She became quiet, withdrawn, bitter, sad …

But then she received an invitation to a children’s program at the local church. She received the Book of Hope and learned about the love and forgiveness of Jesus. She also discovered new friends who welcomed her to join in their games and activities.

Today, by God’s grace, Camila is like a new girl! She is vivacious and outgoing. She joined the dance group at the church, and she brings her little brother to church with her, and he’s joining in with the activities as well. Their grandmother attends, and sometimes her mom and stepfather come, too.

We’re praying with Camila for her whole family to come to know Christ as Savior. Thank you for sending God’s Word to help heal her broken heart and give hope to her and her brother.

A broken home, a broken heart — and a gift of hope!

A single mom has a tough time providing for a family today in Venezuela. The country has been in economic disarray for several years now with constant shortages of food and other staples and rampant poverty.

Camila and her little brother Caleb were suffering as their mother struggled to put food on the table — but for Camila things became much worse when her new stepfather moved in! Camila knew this was not her father — she disliked the place he now had in her home and her mother’s heart.

She felt shoved aside and forgotten as her mother concentrated on this new relationship … and Camila willed herself to disappear. She became quiet, withdrawn, bitter, sad …

But then she received an invitation to a children’s program at the local church. She received the Book of Hope and learned about the love and forgiveness of Jesus. She also discovered new friends who welcomed her to join in their games and activities.

Today, by God’s grace, Camila is like a new girl! She is vivacious and outgoing. She joined the dance group at the church, and she brings her little brother to church with her, and he’s joining in with the activities as well. Their grandmother attends, and sometimes her mom and stepfather come, too.

We’re praying with Camila for her whole family to come to know Christ as Savior. Thank you for sending God’s Word to help heal her broken heart and give hope to her and her brother.

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