Transformed by your gift of love

When you sent the Book of Hope to his village, you didn’t know what it would mean to Aarov.

He’s in one of the sensitive regions of the world — with intense opposition to the Gospel — and his family follows the majority religion.

Every day they went to the temple to worship the “gods” and give offerings they really couldn’t afford — Aarov’s parents are day laborers who work long hours just to keep food on the table.

Aarov was on his own a lot. He skipped school, chewed tobacco, and spent his days on the streets.

He wasn’t interested in the Bible Club that formed in his neighborhood — but he saw the other kids playing games and singing songs and decided to go along, too.

There he received the Book of Hope you sent — and Aarov chose Christ as Savior!

This decision changed everything — he stopped using tobacco, went back to school … his friends were so astounded; they asked him what was going on …

And he was happy to tell them about Jesus! He’s also witnessing to his family, and we’re praying with him that they will soon come to Christ.

busy does not equal full

Busy Schedule = Full Life? Not Always
by President Rob Hoskins

As we ring in the New Year amidst plans for expansion and ministry, my January calendar is already filled with appointments, meetings, travel, speaking engagements …

When I began to feel overwhelmed with scheduling, I revisited OneHope board member Joann Butrin’s blog, entitled “Busy or Empty?” where she reminds us that sometimes when our calendar (and thus our life) seems FULL, we may think we are full of good, important things — full of God’s Spirit and laboring for His cause. But if we aren’t careful and intentional about how we spend our time, we may just be full of other “stuff.”

Joann’s prescription for this malady:
Psalm 139 says, “Search me, O, God. Know my heart.”

  1. Every day, do some “emptying” — Self-evaluate what may have accumulated in your vessel — attitudes, irritations, self-absorptions, secret sins — and empty them at the Master’s feet.
  2. Cleanse and purify — Ask the Lord to take care of anything you didn’t have enough insight or courage to reveal. Ask Him to cleanse and purify as only He can.
  3. Be still — Sit quietly before the Lord and still your mind. This is not an easy task but a necessary one. When we take a break from the texts, emails, and busy work to seek God’s face in this way, we can rely on the Savior to come and truly fill us with His Spirit, which is what we genuinely need.

When we take a break from the texts, emails, and busy work to seek God’s face in this way, we can rely on the Savior to come and truly fill us with His Spirit, which is what we genuinely need.

Transformed by your gift of love

When you sent the Book of Hope to his village, you didn’t know what it would mean to Aarov.

He’s in one of the sensitive regions of the world — with intense opposition to the Gospel — and his family follows the majority religion.

Every day they went to the temple to worship the “gods” and give offerings they really couldn’t afford — Aarov’s parents are day laborers who work long hours just to keep food on the table.

Aarov was on his own a lot. He skipped school, chewed tobacco, and spent his days on the streets.

He wasn’t interested in the Bible Club that formed in his neighborhood — but he saw the other kids playing games and singing songs and decided to go along, too.

There he received the Book of Hope you sent — and Aarov chose Christ as Savior!

This decision changed everything — he stopped using tobacco, went back to school … his friends were so astounded; they asked him what was going on …

And he was happy to tell them about Jesus! He’s also witnessing to his family, and we’re praying with him that they will soon come to Christ.

Busy Schedule = Full Life? Not Always
by President Rob Hoskins

As we ring in the New Year amidst plans for expansion and ministry, my January calendar is already filled with appointments, meetings, travel, speaking engagements …

When I began to feel overwhelmed with scheduling, I revisited OneHope board member Joann Butrin’s blog, entitled “Busy or Empty?” where she reminds us that sometimes when our calendar (and thus our life) seems FULL, we may think we are full of good, important things — full of God’s Spirit and laboring for His cause. But if we aren’t careful and intentional about how we spend our time, we may just be full of other “stuff.”

Joann’s prescription for this malady:
Psalm 139 says, “Search me, O, God. Know my heart.”

  1. Every day, do some “emptying” — Self-evaluate what may have accumulated in your vessel — attitudes, irritations, self-absorptions, secret sins — and empty them at the Master’s feet.
  2. Cleanse and purify — Ask the Lord to take care of anything you didn’t have enough insight or courage to reveal. Ask Him to cleanse and purify as only He can.
  3. Be still — Sit quietly before the Lord and still your mind. This is not an easy task but a necessary one. When we take a break from the texts, emails, and busy work to seek God’s face in this way, we can rely on the Savior to come and truly fill us with His Spirit, which is what we genuinely need.

When we take a break from the texts, emails, and busy work to seek God’s face in this way, we can rely on the Savior to come and truly fill us with His Spirit, which is what we genuinely need.

New special editions of the Book of Hope bring healing, build character, and repair families

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AFRICA

Africa’s little girls often experience trauma, including sexual violence, as they grow up.

➞ Author, teacher, and pastor Joyce Meyer, a survivor of childhood abuse, has generously donated parts of her amazing work for a new Book of Hope — it’s designed to help girls work through trauma, learn how to protect themselves, and discover how to forgive. Africa’s boys also need help learning how to grow up to be men of God who respect and protect women and girls.

➞ For this new edition of the Book of Hope, we’ve partnered with Larry Stockstill, whose ministry helps men focus on integrity, purity,
example, purpose, marriage, children, and legacy. Special content from Larry’s writings will also be included.

LATIN AMERICA

Latin America’s machismo culture creates a difficult atmosphere for girls struggling with the threat of sexual violence and body-image issues.

➞ This special edition of the Book of Hope addresses these and other issues — and includes the inspiring story of a young girl abused by her own father, who found hope in Christ. A genuine need for stronger, more stable, and peaceful families is also a concern among Latin American children.

➞ A new Book of Hope has been created to focus on family with eight Bible stories and shares characteristics and good practices of a healthy, loving family.

Children are encouraged to learn God’s design for family and are invited to take part of God’s Faith family.

113 million children and youth to receive God’s Word all around the world in 2019!

NORTH AMERICA
2019 Regional Goal: 320,000

As a way to engage and create an appetite for God’s Word among youth, we created the program Feed. It is culturally engaged and meets the needs of youth in a way that is relatable and relevant. It also helps youth navigate their callings and vocation.

LATIN AMERICA
2019 Regional Goal: 11,686,881

Latin America is a broad region with many different cultures — and even with a growing evangelical Church, there’s still a desperate need for sustainable children and youth ministries. Our Avivemos (Together We Rise) Project helps the Church value and prioritize children and youth in their congregations.

LUSOPHONE
2019 Regional Goal: 7,215,800

The Lusophone region is diverse, and OneHope programs aim to provide God’s Word in a way that speaks to the heartfelt needs of children in each nation — for instance, in Brazil where children are exposed to a high level of domestic violence, we have the Friends of Jesus program that helps restore shattered families.

EURASIA
2019 Regional Goal: 9,689,750

While some countries in Eurasia are secular, others are Muslim nations with very strict laws regulating behavior and limiting evangelism. This is a challenge, but even in countries where evangelism is illegal, digital programs such as What if It’s True have been instrumental in reaching children and youth.

ASIA PACIFIC
2019 Regional Goal: 20,250,700

Buddhism, Taoism, and Islam pose significant challenges to sharing the Gospel. Another challenge: many students have low self-esteem. OneHope Scripture engagement programs like Be the One remind children and youth that they are valuable to God no matter what happens in their lives.

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SOUTHERN ASIA
2019 Regional Goal: 19,760,600

Southern Asia is a vast region where access to remote areas is difficult. Hinduism and Islam are the dominant religions. OneHope staff and partners are nevertheless reaching children and youth with the Book of Hope through outreaches in schools, hostels, and orphanages.

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AFRICA
2019 Regional Goal: 36,771,150

Although the region is diverse, one challenge that many African children face across country lines: a lack of godly leadership at regional and national levels. Our Lead Today program meets this need in a way that inspires young people to aspire to be leaders.

EVERY REGION
2019 Regional Goal: 7,530,303

Created in partnership with YouVersion, the Bible App for Kids has been downloaded more than 26 million times in every country of the world, and has been translated into 40+ languages with many more translations in development.

Here’s how to ...

1. Provide for your family.
2. Share God’s Word with children and young people.
3. Receive joy and peace.

As a Christian, you know everything you own really belongs to the Lord, who entrusted it to you. When you create a will or estate plan, you’re simply transferring stewardship of those blessings. This is why it’s critical to have a plan in place — and to create it with intentionality and prayer. This way you create a legacy that:

  • Honors God.
  • Provides for your loved ones.
  • Continues to support the ministries you love.
  • Gives you peace of mind.

You can also include the ministry of OneHope in your will or estate plan … and you’ll be sharing God’s Word with the next generation, even after you go home to be with the Lord.

And each time you introduce a child to Jesus through a OneHope program, there’s a ripple effect: that young person may share the Good News with their family and friends … may grow up to be a leader in their church or community … The seed you planted, through your legacy gift, will create a dramatic harvest you never could have envisioned!

You can include a bequest for OneHope in your will simply by having your attorney designate it — or contact Will Thomas at willthomas@onehope.net or 1.800.GIV.BIBL (448.2425) today for other creative giving options. Thank you!

Sharing God’s Word
through your sphere of influence

What if you could share your passion to reach the next generation with the Gospel with your friends and loved ones? Now you can! By becoming a OneHope Champion, you can team up with those you love — and those in your church, Bible Study, or community — to share God’s Word with even more children and youth in need! It takes just four easy steps:

  1. Prayerfully consider each need, and choose one to support.
  2. Set a goal for how many children your group wants to reach together.
  3. Collect donations.
  4. Donate to OneHope.

As a Christian, you know everything you own really belongs to the Lord, who entrusted it to you. When you create a will or estate plan, you’re simply transferring stewardship of those blessings. This is why it’s critical to have a plan in place — and to create it with intentionality and prayer. This way you create a legacy that:

  • Honors God.
  • Provides for your loved ones.
  • Continues to support the ministries you love.
  • Gives you peace of mind.

You can also include the ministry of OneHope in your will or estate plan … and you’ll be sharing God’s Word with the next generation, even after you go home to be with the Lord.

And each time you introduce a child to Jesus through a OneHope program, there’s a ripple effect: that young person may share the Good News with their family and friends … may grow up to be a leader in their church or community … The seed you planted, through your legacy gift, will create a dramatic harvest you never could have envisioned!

You can include a bequest for OneHope in your will simply by having your attorney designate it — or contact Will Thomas at willthomas@onehope.net or 1.800.GIV.BIBL (448.2425) today for other creative giving options. Thank you!

Sharing God’s Word
through your sphere of influence

What if you could share your passion to reach the next generation with the Gospel with your friends and loved ones? Now you can! By becoming a OneHope Champion, you can team up with those you love — and those in your church, Bible Study, or community — to share God’s Word with even more children and youth in need! It takes just four easy steps:

  1. Prayerfully consider each need, and choose one to support.
  2. Set a goal for how many children your group wants to reach together.
  3. Collect donations.
  4. Donate to OneHope.

NATION BY NATION

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ITALY

Vormenzo is grateful to you — You sent the Lead Today program to his neighborhood, and it made a big impact on him: “It has literally changed my life and my character, showing me strengths and weaknesses and giving me a purpose for the future,” Vormenzo says today at age 20.

Now Vormenzo himself works as an assistant in youth ministry, helping other young people come to know Christ and learn to be leaders, too. Thank you for sending the life-changing Word of God for him!

BRAZIL

 Alana was thrilled to be able to take her Stories of Hope book home and keep it for herself! In her isolated area of Brazil, she’d never had such a privilege before. Now she has come to know Christ through the Stories of Hope program and sent a message for you: “Thank you for my book! Hugs and kisses.”

Aurelia photo

SOUTH AFRICA

Aurelia came from a Christian family, but it wasn’t until she went through the God’s Big Story program of illustrated cards and Bible stories that she began to understand who Jesus is. Today, she has chosen to follow Christ as Savior, and she says: “Now I have hope about the future.” Thanks for reaching out to Aurelia with the Good News!

MICHELLE

VENEZUELA

Michelle’s home was in chaos because of her parents’ fighting. She felt alone and afraid … but then she saw The GodMan film and learned that Jesus loves her and is with her always. She began attending church, learned to pray, and is also becoming more secure and developing self-esteem, too. Thanks for introducing her to Jesus, so she can have hope for the future!

alma

Rescued from the occult!
You showed Alma and her family a better way

Alma and her siblings were terrified.

Their grandparents were witch doctors — who often took the children with them to shrines and performed rituals to pass their dark powers on to the younger generation.

Alma’s father participated, too, expecting that one day Alma or one of her brothers or sisters would become a witch doctor.

Witchcraft isn’t uncommon in the rural area of Uganda where Alma and her family live. But one person in the family didn’t want the children steeped in the occult; Alma’s mother was a Christian and encouraged her to go to church.

Alma committed her life to Christ and was enrolled in OneHope’s Stories of Hope program at the local church. It’s a curriculum that teaches 75 of the most important Bible stories, to help young people understand God’s plan for redemption and salvation …

Armed with her new-found knowledge of God’s Word, Alma began sharing the stories with her father, encouraging him to give up witchcraft — and he did!

Today, both Alma’s parents are following Jesus! Alma and her siblings no longer have to fear occult rituals. The whole family is
walking in the light of Christ.

Thank you for sending God’s Word to set them free!

Rescued from the occult!
You showed Alma and her family a better way

Alma and her siblings were terrified.

Their grandparents were witch doctors — who often took the children with them to shrines and performed rituals to pass their dark powers on to the younger generation.

Alma’s father participated, too, expecting that one day Alma or one of her brothers or sisters would become a witch doctor.

Witchcraft isn’t uncommon in the rural area of Uganda where Alma and her family live. But one person in the family didn’t want the children steeped in the occult; Alma’s mother was a Christian and encouraged her to go to church.

Alma committed her life to Christ and was enrolled in OneHope’s Stories of Hope program at the local church. It’s a curriculum that teaches 75 of the most important Bible stories, to help young people understand God’s plan for redemption and salvation …

Armed with her new-found knowledge of God’s Word, Alma began sharing the stories with her father, encouraging him to give up witchcraft — and he did!

Today, both Alma’s parents are following Jesus! Alma and her siblings no longer have to fear occult rituals. The whole family is
walking in the light of Christ.

Thank you for sending God’s Word to set them free!

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