darit and family

Russia: a family transformed!

Darit remembered going to church when she was a small child — those were good memories! But then when her parents moved to another town, Darit no longer went to church — and she missed it.

When she grew up and became a mother herself, she wished her children could learn about Jesus the way she had when she was little, but there was no church in their village of Suvorov.

What joy Darit felt when she met our Hosanna Plan team and learned that they specialize in children’s ministry! She invited them to her home, where her four youngest children — along with some neighborhood kids — gathered to watch The GodMan film and receive the Book of Hope.

Today Darit’s children and many of their friends are following Jesus as their Savior! The Hosanna Plan team visits regularly, and they meet at Darit’s house for Bible study and prayer together. Our hope is that soon a new church will be launched for the whole village!

Thank you for sending God’s Word for every town and village in Russia, together with our partners and The Hosanna Plan.

russian youth

30 years of ministry to Russia’s next generation
by President Rob Hoskins

People often ask how we got into Russia during the time of the Soviet Empire — when many were being imprisoned for simply owning a copy of God’s Word.

The Soviet Minister of Education actually reached out to us. I remember meeting with the Russian official who said at the time of glasnost and perestroika:

“If what you are telling me is true and this Book of Hope can bring hope and answers to our children, we welcome you into our nation.

I walked out of his office with a letter of permission to give the Book of Hope to every single schoolchild in the former Soviet Union, totaling 58 million kids.

“The communists invited us to one of their elite schools filled with their leading students and best teachers,” I shared with my dad.

“I was given five minutes to tell the story of Jesus.” How do you tell the story of Jesus in five minutes to kids who were taught their entire life that Jesus does not exist?

But the sovereign work of His Holy Spirit can do more in five minutes than you and I can do in a lifetime.

I told the story as simply and quickly as I could, and that day 32 children stood to receive Christ as Savior — along with the school principal!

From that day to this, all across Russia, Christians have been sharing God’s Word with the next generation because of your OneHope ministry — and by God’s grace, the impact has been tremendous!

As you look over this report, rejoice in what the Lord has done, and is doing, for Russia’s next generation.

beatrice

You gave her peace, joy, and hope!

Beatrice was only eight years old — and had already been hospitalized several times.

She was born into a poor family, but our partner church often aided them with clothing and gifts — and invited Beatrice to church, too.

Sometimes she was not well enough to attend, but when she could come, she joined the God’s Big Story Club and soon came to know Christ as Savior! Next she began bringing her cousins with her and sharing the Gospel with them.

Finally came the day her doctors called for surgery to address her ill health. Her club leader spoke with her while she was in the hospital, reminding Beatrice that Jesus would be with her …

“I know He is with me!” Beatrice said with confidence. “I feel Him in my heart.”

Her surgery was a success, and today, Beatrice is healthy and joyful in Jesus. She has become a prayer warrior and often leads the group in prayer. And she continues to share her faith with family and friends.

She recently persuaded her mother and grandmother to come to church with her. Please join us in praying that soon Beatrice’s whole family will be following Jesus.

Russia: a family transformed!

Darit remembered going to church when she was a small child — those were good memories! But then when her parents moved to another town, Darit no longer went to church — and she missed it.

When she grew up and became a mother herself, she wished her children could learn about Jesus the way she had when she was little, but there was no church in their village of Suvorov.

What joy Darit felt when she met our Hosanna Plan team and learned that they specialize in children’s ministry! She invited them to her home, where her four youngest children — along with some neighborhood kids — gathered to watch The GodMan film and receive the Book of Hope.

Today Darit’s children and many of their friends are following Jesus as their Savior! The Hosanna Plan team visits regularly, and they meet at Darit’s house for Bible study and prayer together. Our hope is that soon a new church will be launched for the whole village!

Thank you for sending God’s Word for every town and village in Russia, together with our partners and The Hosanna Plan.

30 years of ministry to Russia’s next generation

by President Rob Hoskins

People often ask how we got into Russia during the time of the Soviet Empire — when many were being imprisoned for simply owning a copy of God’s Word.

The Soviet Minister of Education actually reached out to us. I remember meeting with the Russian official who said at the time of glasnost and perestroika:

“If what you are telling me is true and this Book of Hope can bring hope and answers to our children, we welcome you into our nation.

I walked out of his office with a letter of permission to give the Book of Hope to every single schoolchild in the former Soviet Union, totaling 58 million kids.

“The communists invited us to one of their elite schools filled with their leading students and best teachers,” I shared with my dad.

“I was given five minutes to tell the story of Jesus.” How do you tell the story of Jesus in five minutes to kids who were taught their entire life that Jesus does not exist?

But the sovereign work of His Holy Spirit can do more in five minutes than you and I can do in a lifetime.

I told the story as simply and quickly as I could, and that day 32 children stood to receive Christ as Savior — along with the school principal!

From that day to this, all across Russia, Christians have been sharing God’s Word with the next generation because of your OneHope ministry — and by God’s grace, the impact has been tremendous!

As you look over this report, rejoice in what the Lord has done, and is doing, for Russia’s next generation.

You gave her peace, joy, and hope!

Beatrice was only eight years old — and had already been hospitalized several times.

She was born into a poor family, but our partner church often aided them with clothing and gifts — and invited Beatrice to church, too.

Sometimes she was not well enough to attend, but when she could come, she joined the God’s Big Story Club and soon came to know Christ as Savior! Next she began bringing her cousins with her and sharing the Gospel with them.

Finally came the day her doctors called for surgery to address her ill health. Her club leader spoke with her while she was in the hospital, reminding Beatrice that Jesus would be with her …

“I know He is with me!” Beatrice said with confidence. “I feel Him in my heart.”

Her surgery was a success, and today, Beatrice is healthy and joyful in Jesus. She has become a prayer warrior and often leads the group in prayer. And she continues to share her faith with family and friends.

She recently persuaded her mother and grandmother to come to church with her. Please join us in praying that soon Beatrice’s whole family will be following Jesus.

Celebrate 30 years of sharing

Jesus with Russia’s next generation!

misha

The 100 millionth child to receive the Book of Hope was a Russian boy: Misha

You have shared God’s Word with more than 1.6 BILLION children worldwide, but back in 2000, we were just reaching the 100 millionth. That child was Misha.

Misha’s great-grandmother used to pray — but her husband became an enthusiastic official with the Communist Party and ordered her to STOP.

For three generations in Misha’s family, no one knew or said anything about God … until a OneHope team came to Misha’s school in Chita, Russia, back in 2000.

And Misha became the 100 millionth child to receive the Book of Hope!

Misha was excited — and his great-grandmother was overjoyed — that he now had his own Scripture book and could begin to learn about Jesus and spiritual things. Together, they began attending a new church in their town, which OneHope helped to launch after the 100 millionth distribution.

Today, Misha is attending law school and has bright hopes for the future.

valya

She was saved and transformed by the power of God’s Word!

Valya was a typical Russian throwaway kid with two alcoholic parents — a violent alcoholic step-dad.

Valya ended up in an orphanage … where she ran wild. She didn’t know anything but smoking, drinking, and violence … She’d run away from the orphanage to her mother’s house to steal money to buy vodka then live on the streets.

She was 12 years old.

Then a team arrived at her orphanage with the Book of Hope for all the children. Valya was intrigued and delighted to read about the love of Jesus. She and several friends dedicated their lives to Christ!

They loved their Books of Hope so much; they studied it together and learned to pray. One night they were reading and discussing the Scriptures until 3:00 in the morning!

Soon their habits and behaviors began to change. Valya went from stealing, smoking, and drinking to playing sports and learning to sew — she told her dad about Jesus and convinced him to quit drinking!

Today, at 17, Valya is transitioning to adult life in a halfway house — faithfully attending her local church and planning to go on a missions trip. PRAISE GOD! This is the power of His Word to transform children and youth forever.

gustavo

A flood carried away his book … but not the lessons it had taught him

Gustavo and his family were blessed — in an impoverished favela of São Paulo, Brazil, where drugs and crime were rampant, they had found peace and hope at their local church.

When Gustavo received the Book of Hope, he loved it! By reading through the life of Christ, he came to understand more and more of what he was being taught at church and felt close to Jesus.

“I read the book several times,” Gustavo recalls. “I had so much love for Jesus; after reading His story, I kept the book in a safe place because I didn’t want my brothers to spoil it.”

But then tragedy struck. A flood washed away the family’s home and all their belongings, including the Book of Hope!

And worse was to come … Gustavo’s mother dropped out of church; soon he and his siblings gave up on their faith, too.

Years later, Gustavo enrolled in a program at a OneHope partner church in Brazil. He reconnected with Christ and soon became a Children’s Church leader!

One day in the pastor’s office at his new church, he saw a copy of the Book of Hope.

“I couldn’t contain my happiness at seeing that book that the flood had taken,” Gustavo says.

“Today through the same ministry that reached me with the Book of Hope, I am trained and encouraged to take this same Gospel to other children and adolescents.”

Thank you for sending God’s Word to Gustavo, to help him follow Jesus and become an evangelist, too!

The 100 millionth child to receive the Book of Hope was a Russian boy: Misha

You have shared God’s Word with more than 1.6 BILLION children worldwide, but back in 2000, we were just reaching the 100 millionth. That child was Misha.

Misha’s great-grandmother used to pray — but her husband became an enthusiastic official with the Communist Party and ordered her to STOP.

For three generations in Misha’s family, no one knew or said anything about God … until a OneHope team came to Misha’s school in Chita, Russia, back in 2000.

And Misha became the 100 millionth child to receive the Book of Hope!

Misha was excited — and his great-grandmother was overjoyed — that he now had his own Scripture book and could begin to learn about Jesus and spiritual things. Together, they began attending a new church in their town, which OneHope helped to launch after the 100 millionth distribution.

Today, Misha is attending law school and has bright hopes for the future.

She was saved and transformed by the power of God’s Word!

Valya was a typical Russian throwaway kid with two alcoholic parents — a violent alcoholic step-dad.

Valya ended up in an orphanage … where she ran wild. She didn’t know anything but smoking, drinking, and violence … She’d run away from the orphanage to her mother’s house to steal money to buy vodka then live on the streets.

She was 12 years old.

Then a team arrived at her orphanage with the Book of Hope for all the children. Valya was intrigued and delighted to read about the love of Jesus. She and several friends dedicated their lives to Christ!

They loved their Books of Hope so much; they studied it together and learned to pray. One night they were reading and discussing the Scriptures until 3:00 in the morning!

Soon their habits and behaviors began to change. Valya went from stealing, smoking, and drinking to playing sports and learning to sew — she told her dad about Jesus and convinced him to quit drinking!

Today, at 17, Valya is transitioning to adult life in a halfway house — faithfully attending her local church and planning to go on a missions trip. PRAISE GOD! This is the power of His Word to transform children and youth forever.

A flood carried away his book … but not the lessons it had taught him

Gustavo and his family were blessed — in an impoverished favela of São Paulo, Brazil, where drugs and crime were rampant, they had found peace and hope at their local church.

When Gustavo received the Book of Hope, he loved it! By reading through the life of Christ, he came to understand more and more of what he was being taught at church and felt close to Jesus.

“I read the book several times,” Gustavo recalls. “I had so much love for Jesus; after reading His story, I kept the book in a safe place because I didn’t want my brothers to spoil it.”

But then tragedy struck. A flood washed away the family’s home and all their belongings, including the Book of Hope!

And worse was to come … Gustavo’s mother dropped out of church; soon he and his siblings gave up on their faith, too.

Years later, Gustavo enrolled in a program at a OneHope partner church in Brazil. He reconnected with Christ and soon became a Children’s Church leader!

One day in the pastor’s office at his new church, he saw a copy of the Book of Hope.

“I couldn’t contain my happiness at seeing that book that the flood had taken,” Gustavo says.

“Today through the same ministry that reached me with the Book of Hope, I am trained and encouraged to take this same Gospel to other children and adolescents.”

Thank you for sending God’s Word to Gustavo, to help him follow Jesus and become an evangelist, too!

NATION BY NATION

Vacation Bible School became a point of transformation!

danielaVENEZUELA — Daniela went to Vacation Bible School, but at first, she didn’t participate much in the Bible studies or activities.

She was shy and withdrawn … but she did enjoy the Book of Hope, and by the end of the five days of VBS, Daniela had committed her life to Christ!

She and the other students didn’t want VBS to end, so they asked for continuing classes on the weekends. They’ve been meeting faithfully — and now Daniela is attending church and Sunday school, too.

Her family has even begun attending with her sometimes. Please pray they will soon come to know Christ as Savior, too.

“Thank you for helping me find peace with God again,” she declared through tears of joy

pranay

SENSITIVE NATION

In a majority Hindu nation, Pranay had already been put to work as a child laborer. When he was 17, he arranged to take a day off from his job and attend a youth Bible Club meeting at the local church. He received the Book of Hope, and although he couldn’t attend the club all the time, he came to the pastor and asked to know more about Jesus. Today he is following Christ as his Savior!

nicaraguan children

NICARAGUA

OneHope partner churches visited 4 schools in an impoverished region to share the Book of Hope with the students. The children were delighted to read about a heavenly Father who loves them — and 85 young people have dedicated their lives to Christ!

elias

ARGENTINA

Elias’s mom writes, “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your beautiful work in the work of God. I have a child with autism, and through the Bible App for Kids, he is learning from the Bible. This is very beautiful and fills me with infinite gratitude toward you. The people who shared the app with us are part of OneHope, and they were and are a hope for this world.”

jana

In a bleak landscape, you shined a ray of hope.

This settlement on the Russian border is remote and impoverished.

Many of the men are lost in an alcoholic haze, while the women eke out a living for their families by working on nearby farms.

Jana grew up in this atmosphere of despair, and her life was even harder than most; she suffers with a lifelong disability and has never been able to walk. Her mother struggles to provide for her and rear her younger siblings, too.

They live in a crowded home that they share with two other families — it was here the Hosanna Plan team visited, gave the Book of Hope to Jana and the children, and shared the Gospel. That day Jana, her younger sister Sabah, and their grandmother all chose to follow Christ as Savior!

The team continued to stay in touch with Jana and Sabah, and the two girls faithfully shared the Gospel with their other siblings. When our partners returned, they were welcomed into the home and given the opportunity to tell the family more about Jesus.

Three of Jana’s younger brothers then dedicated their lives to Christ! Her mother also listened to the presentation … and her father, who had remained sober for the visit, listened as well.

Now the family is praying their parents will soon come to faith in Christ, too!

Your gift of love brought hope into a hopeless situation. Thank you for reaching out to Russia’s next generation with the Word of God.

In a bleak landscape, you shined a ray of hope.

This settlement on the Russian border is remote and impoverished.

Many of the men are lost in an alcoholic haze, while the women eke out a living for their families by working on nearby farms.

Jana grew up in this atmosphere of despair, and her life was even harder than most; she suffers with a lifelong disability and has never been able to walk. Her mother struggles to provide for her and rear her younger siblings, too.

They live in a crowded home that they share with two other families — it was here the Hosanna Plan team visited, gave the Book of Hope to Jana and the children, and shared the Gospel. That day Jana, her younger sister Sabah, and their grandmother all chose to follow Christ as Savior!

The team continued to stay in touch with Jana and Sabah, and the two girls faithfully shared the Gospel with their other siblings. When our partners returned, they were welcomed into the home and given the opportunity to tell the family more about Jesus.

Three of Jana’s younger brothers then dedicated their lives to Christ! Her mother also listened to the presentation … and her father, who had remained sober for the visit, listened as well.

Now the family is praying their parents will soon come to faith in Christ, too!

Your gift of love brought hope into a hopeless situation. Thank you for reaching out to Russia’s next generation with the Word of God.

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