makara

Welcome to a new year of ministry —
2020 faith goal: God’s Word for 123 MILLION children and youth!

Happy New Year! We are looking ahead to 2020 and our goal of sharing God’s Word with 123,000,000 children and youth all over the world.

These are young people in hundreds of nations across the globe, even in some sensitive regions where there’s opposition to the Gospel and where missionaries aren’t allowed to go. But we have local church and ministry partners willing to take risks to share the Gospel with the next generation.

Please be praying for them — and for all the children who will receive God’s Word through OneHope this year. They’re kids like Makara who lives in a sensitive Buddhist nation.

Although it’s difficult to share Jesus in this region, our World Without Sickness program attracts lots of children because it shares about health and hygiene — knowledge that’s desperately needed.

The book also shares the story of Jesus and the message of salvation — and Makara has chosen to follow Christ as her Savior!

Thank you for reaching out to her with the love of Christ, even behind seemingly closed borders to the Good News. Your partnership and prayers are reaching children everywhere with the life-transforming Word of God!

A new year — safe in God’s plan
by President Rob Hoskins

The Apostle Paul was an unlikely choice to become a church founder and author of so much of the New Testament. As Saul of Tarsus, he was on a rampage to destroy followers of Jesus.

In the same way, our modern times seem like an unlikely era for an amazing revival with the ascendancy of radical Islam, the rise of secularism in the Free World, the persecution of Christians in some nations of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere …

… But, I still hold out hope that the influences of our time will become forces for the Kingdom as well, coming not from recognized or traditional Church leaders but from new voices — those who encounter the Spirit of God in a fresh new way.

It’s true that fundamentalism is on the rise whether Islamic, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Secularist — these loud, vitriolic voices seem to triumphantly parade their suppression of the Gospel — but in all these cases my experience is that, in reality, people are hungry for the Good News and are finding Jesus in more dramatic and powerful ways than at any other time in the history of the Church’s mission …

God is always at work. He will prevail — there’s nothing that can stand against Him or change the ending to the story. We need to remember that not only is the Kingdom not in jeopardy, but it is also triumphant, and victory is inevitable.

Let’s spend this year rejoicing in the goodness of our God and celebrate the New Year with fresh resolve and passionate commitment to follow our King toward His victory

melissa

You gave her hope — she shared it with her friends!

Melissa didn’t expect visitors — her small village of El Progresso in Guatemala is not a place that attracts tourists.

But these local visitors had a gift for her: a beautiful picture book about Jesus! Melissa can’t yet read, but she loved the book and was even more excited when the team offered to read the book to her.

Soon Melissa’s parents had warmed to the visitors, who said they wanted to have a Bible Club for children in the village. Melissa’s mother and father invited them to meet at their house.

Today, Melissa not only attends Bible Club, but she has memorized all the lessons! At 6 years old, she helps her mother coordinate club meetings and serve the other children.

Best of all, Melissa and her parents have chosen to follow Jesus! And now, Melissa uses her Book of Hope to help show all her friends the way to new life in Christ, too.

Thank you for helping Melissa, and her friends and family, come to Christ. Your gift of God’s Word is transforming lives!

Welcome to a new year of ministry —
2020 faith goal: God’s Word for 123 MILLION children and youth!

Happy New Year! We are looking ahead to 2020 and our goal of sharing God’s Word with 123,000,000 children and youth all over the world.

These are young people in hundreds of nations across the globe, even in some sensitive regions where there’s opposition to the Gospel and where missionaries aren’t allowed to go. But we have local church and ministry partners willing to take risks to share the Gospel with the next generation.

Please be praying for them — and for all the children who will receive God’s Word through OneHope this year. They’re kids like Makara who lives in a sensitive Buddhist nation.

Although it’s difficult to share Jesus in this region, our World Without Sickness program attracts lots of children because it shares about health and hygiene — knowledge that’s desperately needed.

The book also shares the story of Jesus and the message of salvation — and Makara has chosen to follow Christ as her Savior!

Thank you for reaching out to her with the love of Christ, even behind seemingly closed borders to the Good News. Your partnership and prayers are reaching children everywhere with the life-transforming Word of God!

A new year — safe in God’s plan

by President Rob Hoskins

The Apostle Paul was an unlikely choice to become a church founder and author of so much of the New Testament. As Saul of Tarsus, he was on a rampage to destroy followers of Jesus.

In the same way, our modern times seem like an unlikely era for an amazing revival with the ascendancy of radical Islam, the rise of secularism in the Free World, the persecution of Christians in some nations of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere …

… But, I still hold out hope that the influences of our time will become forces for the Kingdom as well, coming not from recognized or traditional Church leaders but from new voices — those who encounter the Spirit of God in a fresh new way.

It’s true that fundamentalism is on the rise whether Islamic, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Secularist — these loud, vitriolic voices seem to triumphantly parade their suppression of the Gospel — but in all these cases my experience is that, in reality, people are hungry for the Good News and are finding Jesus in more dramatic and powerful ways than at any other time in the history of the Church’s mission …

God is always at work. He will prevail — there’s nothing that can stand against Him or change the ending to the story. We need to remember that not only is the Kingdom not in jeopardy, but it is also triumphant, and victory is inevitable.

Let’s spend this year rejoicing in the goodness of our God and celebrate the New Year with fresh resolve and passionate commitment to follow our King toward His victory

You gave her hope — she shared it with her friends!

Melissa didn’t expect visitors — her small village of El Progresso in Guatemala is not a place that attracts tourists.

But these local visitors had a gift for her: a beautiful picture book about Jesus! Melissa can’t yet read, but she loved the book and was even more excited when the team offered to read the book to her.

Soon Melissa’s parents had warmed to the visitors, who said they wanted to have a Bible Club for children in the village. Melissa’s mother and father invited them to meet at their house.

Today, Melissa not only attends Bible Club, but she has memorized all the lessons! At 6 years old, she helps her mother coordinate club meetings and serve the other children.

Best of all, Melissa and her parents have chosen to follow Jesus! And now, Melissa uses her Book of Hope to help show all her friends the way to new life in Christ, too.

Thank you for helping Melissa, and her friends and family, come to Christ. Your gift of God’s Word is transforming lives!

New programs for 2020

You’re sharing God’s Word in innovative new ways

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New editions of the Book of Hope in the new year

Book of Hope Upper Elementary — Sensitive Nation

One sensitive nation — dominated by Islam — includes 200 unreached people groups. Our new Upper Elementary Edition is specially designed to reach them with content that engages children with God’s Word and addresses misconceptions about Christianity that they may have grown up hearing.

African Book of Hope for Muslims — 3 Editions

Millions of African children and youth grow up entrenched in Islam and may fear being cut off from their family if they leave it. These new editions of the Book of Hope speak to young people in their own cultural context and show them the way to Jesus.

  1. Book of Hope for Muslim Children —Children, ages 5-11, will discover a world of peace, love, and freedom.
  2. Book of Hope for Muslim Teens — Teens, ages 12-17, will discover that God has a plan for them, sees them and cares for their needs.
  3. Book of Hope for Muslim Teens, Low Literacy Edition — designed for teenagers in more rural areas who may have less access to school and lower levels of literacy

Christmas Book of Hope — Sensitive Nation

This new book has been designed for a predominantly Hindu nation which is a challenging area for sharing the Gospel with children. Christmas represents a unique opportunity for outreach because children are familiar with Santa Claus and Christmas gifts but want to know the true story of Christmas. The new Christmas edition of the Book of Hope is being designed for both children and youth with a highly visual approach to communicate the truth.

nyunt

You helped a Buddhist boy find Jesus

Christians are almost as bad as traitors to the nation — That’s what they say in the predominantly Buddhist country where Nyunt lives …

But when Nyunt received the Book of Hope and began attending a Bible club at a local church, he learned the truth about Jesus. And he chose to follow Christ as Savior!

“I have decided to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, and slowly my life is changing,” Nyunt says.

“Now my life is happy. I have passion in my heart and love for my brothers, sisters, and friends.”

Thank you for helping Nyunt find new life in Christ by sending God’s Word to him!

You showed him the way to new life in Christ!

His family was drowning in poverty — his father’s meager employment was barely enough to feed them … then Vinoo’s father became sick with excruciating kidney stones.

In their majority-Hindu nation, the only thing they knew to do was to try to appease the gods and ask idols for deliverance.

But it didn’t work! Vinoo felt hopeless and lost. He was trying to practice his religion and was receiving only heartache.

Then he saw The GodMan film and learned about a God who had loved him so much, he sacrificed himself just to save Vinoo. The little boy was overwhelmed with joy to think this could be true!

Vinoo began attending the local church and soon dedicated his life to Christ. He continued praying for his father’s healing and for a better job for his dad —

And both of his prayers were answered!

Today, Vinoo joyfully shares his faith with his family and is believing they will soon come to know Christ, too.

Thank you for reaching Vinoo in one of the hardto-reach places. We know God’s Word is meant for every child!

New editions of the Book of Hope in the new year

Book of Hope Upper Elementary — Sensitive Nation

One sensitive nation — dominated by Islam — includes 200 unreached people groups. Our new Upper Elementary Edition is specially designed to reach them with content that engages children with God’s Word and addresses misconceptions about Christianity that they may have grown up hearing.

African Book of Hope for Muslims — 3 Editions

Millions of African children and youth grow up entrenched in Islam and may fear being cut off from their family if they leave it. These new editions of the Book of Hope speak to young people in their own cultural context and show them the way to Jesus.

  1. Book of Hope for Muslim Children —Children, ages 5-11, will discover a world of peace, love, and freedom.
  2. Book of Hope for Muslim Teens — Teens, ages 12-17, will discover that God has a plan for them, sees them and cares for their needs.
  3. Book of Hope for Muslim Teens, Low Literacy Edition — designed for teenagers in more rural areas who may have less access to school and lower levels of literacy

Christmas Book of Hope — Sensitive Nation

This new book has been designed for a predominantly Hindu nation which is a challenging area for sharing the Gospel with children. Christmas represents a unique opportunity for outreach because children are familiar with Santa Claus and Christmas gifts but want to know the true story of Christmas. The new Christmas edition of the Book of Hope is being designed for both children and youth with a highly visual approach to communicate the truth.

You helped a Buddhist boy find Jesus

Christians are almost as bad as traitors to the nation — That’s what they say in the predominantly Buddhist country where Nyunt lives …

But when Nyunt received the Book of Hope and began attending a Bible club at a local church, he learned the truth about Jesus. And he chose to follow Christ as Savior!

“I have decided to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, and slowly my life is changing,” Nyunt says.

“Now my life is happy. I have passion in my heart and love for my brothers, sisters, and friends.”

Thank you for helping Nyunt find new life in Christ by sending God’s Word to him!

You showed him the way to new life in Christ!

His family was drowning in poverty — his father’s meager employment was barely enough to feed them … then Vinoo’s father became sick with excruciating kidney stones.

In their majority-Hindu nation, the only thing they knew to do was to try to appease the gods and ask idols for deliverance.

But it didn’t work! Vinoo felt hopeless and lost. He was trying to practice his religion and was receiving only heartache.

Then he saw The GodMan film and learned about a God who had loved him so much, he sacrificed himself just to save Vinoo. The little boy was overwhelmed with joy to think this could be true!

Vinoo began attending the local church and soon dedicated his life to Christ. He continued praying for his father’s healing and for a better job for his dad —

And both of his prayers were answered!

Today, Vinoo joyfully shares his faith with his family and is believing they will soon come to know Christ, too.

Thank you for reaching Vinoo in one of the hardto-reach places. We know God’s Word is meant for every child!

NATION BY NATION

A Family transformed!

ARGENTINA — Years ago Rosa had heard about Jesus. Those were happier days when she was young and free. She had prayed a prayer of salvation … but time and circumstances had not treated Rosa kindly. She forgot about her faith in Christ amidst the daily struggle for survival.

Now here she was, a single mom trying to provide for several children. A local charity had given her some used clothes, but she needed money more than the clothes and was selling them at a yard sale. Her children were there — she hadn’t paid much attention to what they were doing, but some people from the local church noticed the children were sitting together, reading the Book of Hope.

The believers began talking with the children about what they were reading, then talking to Rosa. When they heard she had once wanted to follow Jesus, they were thrilled to lead her back to faith in Christ!

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

MOLDOVA

Catea was excited to receive the Book of Hope at the church after school program she attends. After she read it, she knew it was exactly what she needed to share Jesus with her friends … so she asked for more copies, and today she is evangelizing to her classmates, using the Book of Hope.

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SOUTH AFRICA

A.J. says the Lead Today program “has helped me to not just think about doing something but doing it in real life. I have influenced a couple of people at my school who have been going through a hard time. I have also gotten two people at my youth group to open up about their problems. It has changed the way I think about leadership.”

VENEZUELA

Leonel the Lion, our OneHope mascot, is helping get more children excited about being part of Hope Celebrations and engaging with God’s Word. Most recently he brought joy and laughter to the beach as he distributed the Book of Hope and joined with “Surfers for Christ” to help share the Good News!

She discovered she is loved and valuable!

Asri grew up hearing, “Girls aren’t as valuable as boys. We wish we’d had a son instead of you.” The traditional faith in her sensitive region says that girls are basically a burden to the family, while boys grow up to work, carry on the family name, and provide for their aging parents.

Naturally, Asri felt little self-esteem and wondered why she should even try to please the many gods in her religion if they thought so little of her.

But then she began attending a God’s Big Story club at the local church. What she learned there amazed her! First of all, she discovered that God created boys and girls in His image and loves them both equally … and she found the believers at church saw boys and girls as equals, too. What a difference from the way she was treated at home!

Then she learned the Old Testament story of Queen Esther, who saved her people by her own bravery! Asri decided she would become strong and faithful, like Queen Esther.

She chose to dedicate her life to Christ, who she now knows is the one true God, who loves boys and girls equally.

Just as Queen Esther saved her tribe through her courage, Asri bravely shares the truth of God’s Big Story with her family, hoping they will come to know Christ as Savior, too.

Thank you for sending the Scriptures to Asri in a way that she could understand — a way that changed her life!

She discovered she is loved and valuable!

Asri grew up hearing, “Girls aren’t as valuable as boys. We wish we’d had a son instead of you.” The traditional faith in her sensitive region says that girls are basically a burden to the family, while boys grow up to work, carry on the family name, and provide for their aging parents.

Naturally, Asri felt little self-esteem and wondered why she should even try to please the many gods in her religion if they thought so little of her.

But then she began attending a God’s Big Story club at the local church. What she learned there amazed her! First of all, she discovered that God created boys and girls in His image and loves them both equally … and she found the believers at church saw boys and girls as equals, too. What a difference from the way she was treated at home!

Then she learned the Old Testament story of Queen Esther, who saved her people by her own bravery! Asri decided she would become strong and faithful, like Queen Esther.

She chose to dedicate her life to Christ, who she now knows is the one true God, who loves boys and girls equally.

Just as Queen Esther saved her tribe through her courage, Asri bravely shares the truth of God’s Big Story with her family, hoping they will come to know Christ as Savior, too.

Thank you for sending the Scriptures to Asri in a way that she could understand — a way that changed her life!

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