NOVEMBER 2018

Transformation!
Muslim brothers born again

Islam dominated his life from the time he could remember … In their region of Burundi, in Africa, it was the major religion, and Afsa’s family were all Muslims.

But the strict laws and prohibitions seemed harsh to Afsa. There was no peace in his home or in his heart.

The only time Afsa felt peaceful was when he visited a nearby church — and it was there he saw The GodMan film and chose to dedicate his life to Jesus Christ!

“I came home with joy and told my parents,” Afsa remembers. “They thought I was crazy. They even told the Sunday school teacher not to allow me to come back to church.”

But Afsa couldn’t stay away — and soon his older brother came to know Jesus, too!

This caused an uproar in the family … but the boys seemed so happy, and even though both of their parents were mystified, they allowed them to return to church.

“Glory be to God!” Afsa says today. He and his brother are praying their parents and siblings will soon come to Christ as well.

Five things we can learn
from the African Church

Many regions of Africa are ones we consider hard-to-reach because of the threats of Islam, Voodoo, and witchcraft.

But the African Church is vibrant — and getting the job of evangelism done. Here are five key things the American Church can learn from our African brothers and sisters:

1. Africa’s Church is Spirit-empowered. Most African nations have a long history rooted in mystic religions, so they are more naturally attuned to the spiritual realm and innately wired to rely on the Holy Spirit.

2. They have a workable church planting model. In rural Africa, each new church is expected to grow and become a “sending church,” replicating itself in the next village, and on down the line.

3. African Christians innovate. In order to communicate the Gospel, the African Church is willing to adapt and craft messages full of truth that contextually resonates with children and young people in a relevant and generative way.

4. Africa’s believers hold the tension. While Christianity is flourishing in Sub-Saharan Africa and rapidly growing northward, Islam is spreading down the continent. The constant, lurking threat of Islam has been a driving impetus for Christians to evangelize children and youth, plant churches, and disciple new believers to go deep in their faith, and fast.

5. They speak the language “from all, to all.” The 20th century was the “haves” of the North taking the Gospel to the “have nots” of the South and East, but today the African Church and its Diaspora are beginning to plant churches around the world.

I thank God for our African partners! They are modeling the future of Christianity here and now

Announcing FEED
New youth ministry curriculum engages American teenagers in a relevant way

Jesus told His disciple Peter, “If you love me, feed my lambs.”

Many of today’s Western teenagers have grown up with very little spiritual nourishment in our postmodern, post-Christian society. Consider:

• 75% of American teens never read a Scripture verse or do so less than once a month.1

• 50% of American teens graduating from high school have no idea what Sodom and Gomorrah represent — they think Sodom and Gomorrah are husband and wife!2

• The trends indicate 40 million young people who were raised in Christian households will walk away from the faith by the year 2050.3

It’s clear we must feed these sheep with the nourishing, soul-building Word of God NOW — and this is what our new youth ministry curriculum Feed is all about.

It is a “catechism” of meaningful questions and answers addressing the core truths of Christianity and engaging teenagers with the Word of God in thoughtprovoking and relevant ways, both by printed and digital means.

The program has been rolled out for broad use after initially being released in pilot form and evaluated for its effectiveness.

Please be in prayer for the Feed program, and watch for online updates soon at onehope.net


1“Top 10 Findings on Teens and the Bible.” Barna Group, 24 Aug. 2018, www.barna.com/
research/top-10-findings-teens-bible/#.V8Gwga0om_4.
2 ibid.
3 “The Largest Gospel Opportunity in the History of America.” The Great Opportunity, 24 Aug.
2018, www.greatopportunity.org/#.

Transformation!
Muslim brothers born again

Islam dominated his life from the time he could remember … In their region of Burundi, in Africa, it was the major religion, and Afsa’s family were all Muslims.

But the strict laws and prohibitions seemed harsh to Afsa. There was no peace in his home or in his heart.

The only time Afsa felt peaceful was when he visited a nearby church — and it was there he saw The GodMan film and chose to dedicate his life to Jesus Christ!

“I came home with joy and told my parents,” Afsa remembers. “They thought I was crazy. They even told the Sunday school teacher not to allow me to come back to church.”

But Afsa couldn’t stay away — and soon his older brother came to know Jesus, too!

This caused an uproar in the family … but the boys seemed so happy, and even though both of their parents were mystified, they allowed them to return to church.

“Glory be to God!” Afsa says today. He and his brother are praying their parents and siblings will soon come to Christ as well.

Five things we can learn from the African Church
by President Rob Hoskins

Many regions of Africa are ones we consider hard-to-reach because of the threats of Islam, Voodoo, and witchcraft.

But the African Church is vibrant — and getting the job of evangelism done. Here are five key things the American Church can learn from our African brothers and sisters:

1. Africa’s Church is Spirit-empowered. Most African nations have a long history rooted in mystic religions, so they are more naturally attuned to the spiritual realm and innately wired to rely on the Holy Spirit.

2. They have a workable church planting model. In rural Africa, each new church is expected to grow and become a “sending church,” replicating itself in the next village, and on down the line.

3. African Christians innovate. In order to communicate the Gospel, the African Church is willing to adapt and craft messages full of truth that contextually resonates with children and young people in a relevant and generative way.

4. Africa’s believers hold the tension. While Christianity is flourishing in Sub-Saharan Africa and rapidly growing northward, Islam is spreading down the continent. The constant, lurking threat of Islam has been a driving impetus for Christians to evangelize children and youth, plant churches, and disciple new believers to go deep in their faith, and fast.

5. They speak the language “from all, to all.” The 20th century was the “haves” of the North taking the Gospel to the “have nots” of the South and East, but today the African Church and its Diaspora are beginning to plant churches around the world.

I thank God for our African partners! They are modeling the future of Christianity here and now

Announcing FEED
New youth ministry curriculum engages American teenagers in a relevant way

Jesus told His disciple Peter, “If you love me, feed my lambs.”

Many of today’s Western teenagers have grown up with very little spiritual nourishment in our postmodern, post-Christian society. Consider:

• 75% of American teens never read a Scripture verse or do so less than once a month.1

• 50% of American teens graduating from high school have no idea what Sodom and Gomorrah represent — they think Sodom and Gomorrah are husband and wife!2

• The trends indicate 40 million young people who were raised in Christian households will walk away from the faith by the year 2050.3

It’s clear we must feed these sheep with the nourishing, soul-building Word of God NOW — and this is what our new youth ministry curriculum Feed is all about.

It is a “catechism” of meaningful questions and answers addressing the core truths of Christianity and engaging teenagers with the Word of God in thoughtprovoking and relevant ways, both by printed and digital means.

The program has been rolled out for broad use after initially being released in pilot form and evaluated for its effectiveness.

Please be in prayer for the Feed program, and watch for online updates soon at onehope.net

1“Top 10 Findings on Teens and the Bible.” Barna Group, 24 Aug. 2018, www.barna.com/
research/top-10-findings-teens-bible/#.V8Gwga0om_4.
2 ibid.
3 “The Largest Gospel Opportunity in the History of America.” The Great Opportunity, 24 Aug.
2018, www.greatopportunity.org/#.

Every Child Matching Challenge -
DOUBLE your impact to reach children in the hard-to-reach places

How you’re reaching the hard-to-reach places

When God gave us the vision for reaching every child on earth with the Gospel, we knew He meant even the children in the most hard-to-reach places — and we’ve discovered:

God’s Word can go where missionaries cannot go!

And you’re taking it there, by partnering with OneHope and local believers who are willing to risk their lives to reach the next generation in the “sensitive” areas of the world.

➢ Together with OneHope, you’re at work in 33 of the Top 50 countries on the World Watch List for the most intense persecution of Christians.

➢ In addition, you are reaching the next generation in 8 nations that we can’t even mention the country by name because of security issues.

➢ Our 2018 faith goal for these 41 nations alone is to reach 53 million children and youth — and we’re almost there!

But, worldwide — over 7 million other children and youth still need to receive the Good News. We want to have the funds to reach them all by this year’s end. Please pray, and as God leads you, give today. Every gift will be doubled in impact by the Every Child Matching Challenge

Over 7 million children and youth still to be reached in 2018 —
Matching Challenge will help make it possible!

We are praising God for the $1.2 million Every Child Matching Challenge — it will double every dollar donated to help reach the final 7 million children and youth with God’s Word by this year’s end!

Our God-given goal for 2018 was to connect 112 million young people with the Gospel. Today, we are within reach of that goal, but still have another 7 million … and we’re committed to reaching them, even in the most difficult-to-reach areas.

This is why the Every Child Matching Challenge is so critical. Normally, $1 will reach three children and youth with God’s Word through OneHope Scripture engagement programs — but for this limited time until December 31, every $1 will be doubled to reach SIX.

Please pray about how many children and young people you’ll share the Good News with before the end of the year — then give generously as God leads you. Thank you!

Year-end giving —
the time to plan for it is NOW!

To help reach the next generation with God’s Word — and see a tax benefit, too — now is the time to make those final year-end gifts to OneHope.

A few of the most popular — and tax-wise — ways to give by December 31 include:

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. The chart shows you how.

3. Cash. Any gift dated and postmarked or given online at OneHope.net by December 31 also applies to this year’s taxes. And this year, depending on your adjusted gross income, you may be able to deduct up to 60 percent of your income!

Best of all, whatever method you choose, every single dollar you give will be doubled to reach SIX young people around the world with the life-transforming Word of God. Please prayerfully consider how many young people you personally can reach at this year’s end — and give generously by December 31 to send God’s Word to them and enjoy your tax savings, too!

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.

How you’re reaching the hard-to-reach places

When God gave us the vision for reaching every child on earth with the Gospel, we knew He meant even the children in the most hard-to-reach places — and we’ve discovered:

God’s Word can go where missionaries cannot go!

And you’re taking it there, by partnering with OneHope and local believers who are willing to risk their lives to reach the next generation in the “sensitive” areas of the world.

➢ Together with OneHope, you’re at work in 33 of the Top 50 countries on the World Watch List for the most intense persecution of Christians.

➢ In addition, you are reaching the next generation in 8 nations that we can’t even mention the country by name because of security issues.

➢ Our 2018 faith goal for these 41 nations alone is to reach 53 million children and youth — and we’re almost there!

But, worldwide — over 7 million other children and youth still need to receive the Good News. We want to have the funds to reach them all by this year’s end. Please pray, and as God leads you, give today. Every gift will be doubled in impact by the Every Child Matching Challenge

Over 7 million children and youth still to be reached in 2018 —
Matching Challenge will help make it possible!

We are praising God for the $1.2 million Every Child Matching Challenge — it will double every dollar donated to help reach the final 7 million children and youth with God’s Word by this year’s end!

Our God-given goal for 2018 was to connect 112 million young people with the Gospel. Today, we are within reach of that goal, but still have another 7 million … and we’re committed to reaching them, even in the most difficult-to-reach areas.

This is why the Every Child Matching Challenge is so critical. Normally, $1 will reach three children and youth with God’s Word through OneHope Scripture engagement programs — but for this limited time until December 31, every $1 will be doubled to reach SIX.

Please pray about how many children and young people you’ll share the Good News with before the end of the year — then give generously as God leads you. Thank you!

Year-end giving —
the time to plan for it is NOW!

To help reach the next generation with God’s Word — and see a tax benefit, too — now is the time to make those final year-end gifts to OneHope.

A few of the most popular — and tax-wise — ways to give by December 31 include:

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. The chart shows you how.

3. Cash. Any gift dated and postmarked or given online at OneHope.net by December 31 also applies to this year’s taxes. And this year, depending on your adjusted gross income, you may be able to deduct up to 60 percent of your income!

Best of all, whatever method you choose, every single dollar you give will be doubled to reach SIX young people around the world with the life-transforming Word of God. Please prayerfully consider how many young people you personally can reach at this year’s end — and give generously by December 31 to send God’s Word to them and enjoy your tax savings, too!

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

VENEZUELA

<strong>An abandoned child finds hope and abiding love in Christ</strong>

Abandoned by her parents, Mafer was lost in a world of pain and bitterness from the rejection …

Yes, she was fortunate to have a grandmother who took her in. Nevertheless, Mafer acted out her frustration and made life difficult for her elderly grandma.

Thank God, you reached out to her with a showing of The GodMan film. Mafer was amazed to learn of a God who loved her so much that He would sacrifice Himself just to save her. She knew she wanted to follow Him!

Today, her life has been transformed by the power of God’s Word. She’s attending church, growing in her faith, and learning to be helpful and obedient with her grandmother, too. Thank you for showing her the way to new life in Jesus Christ!

SENSITIVE NATION

Ten-year old Xenon was a bully. The other children who had suffered from his aggressive outbursts were not happy to see him at Sunday School! But Xenon kept coming every week, learning many of the lessons from our Stories of Hope Bible story curriculum. And today, he’s like a different child! He accepted Christ as his Savior — and he’s become a wonderful friend to all the children who used to be afraid of him.

UKRAINE

Sisters Ivanka and Milana were excited to be invited to a children’s outreach. They come from a poor family
and have few options for entertainment. But then they also received gifts: their very own copies of the Book of Hope! They were delighted to receive the books and began reading them immediately. Today, both girls are following Jesus and attending the local church together.

EL SALVADOR

16-year old Jefferson never expected that an “anime” comic book could change his life. But then he received The Time Matrix, a special-edition Book of Hope designed to appeal to teenagers who like anime style graphics. He learned about the power of Jesus Christ to bring hope — and chose to commit his life to the Lord!

Through your love …
she learned to lead!

She might seem like an unlikely leader — a shy African girl from an impoverished Ugandan community where families like hers struggle for survival.

But Faith has something special going for her: she has the children’s club at her local church, where “Uncle Edwin” faithfully teaches the OneHope programs you send to tell the children about Jesus.

Faith has attended for four years — and last year, Edwin was trained in how to use the Lead Today program to help young people become godly leaders. Faith was old enough to be among the first class to receive the Lead Today materials — and it made a big impact!

She realized she would be able to share her faith in Christ with more boys and girls as a prefect at her school. It wasn’t very likely someone from her economic background and circumstances would become an elected
leader —

But Faith presented herself and her aims as a prefect so well, she won the election! Today, she is using the
biblical principles she learned from Lead Today to help guide her schoolmates and effect positive change for the group.

Thanks for sharing God’s Word to help Faith become a Christian leader and bring others to faith in Christ, too!

Through your love …
she learned to lead!

She might seem like an unlikely leader — a shy African girl from an impoverished Ugandan community where families like hers struggle for survival.

But Faith has something special going for her: she has the children’s club at her local church, where “Uncle Edwin” faithfully teaches the OneHope programs you send to tell the children about Jesus.

Faith has attended for four years — and last year, Edwin was trained in how to use the Lead Today program to help young people become godly leaders. Faith was old enough to be among the first class to receive the Lead Today materials — and it made a big impact!

She realized she would be able to share her faith in Christ with more boys and girls as a prefect at her school. It wasn’t very likely someone from her economic background and circumstances would become an elected
leader —

But Faith presented herself and her aims as a prefect so well, she won the election! Today, she is using the
biblical principles she learned from Lead Today to help guide her schoolmates and effect positive change for the group.

Thanks for sharing God’s Word to help Faith become a Christian leader and bring others to faith in Christ, too!

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