Joy

Christy Prins

Read: Psalm 63 You have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. (v. 7) In India, Vivaan and his wife were driven out of the family’s village simply for choosing to become Christians. Now, the couple must always be on the move. They carry a radio with them in order to stay connected to God’s Word by listening to Words of Hope programs. “I came to know Jesus through your [radio] programs,” …

True Beauty

Christy Prins

Read: Revelation 21:1-8 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (v. 5) Sadar was born blind in the country of Nepal. In developing countries, blindness can be an especially devastating impairment, since fewer resources and opportunities are available for disabled people. Unable to read, Sadar started to listen to radio programs from Words of Hope’s Nepali partner. Eventually, Sadar decided to call the producer because he wanted to learn more about …

Each Step

Christy Prins

Read: Acts 1:1-11 Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. (v. 11) The end of this story always makes me laugh. It’s that picture of the disciples, standing, looking at the sky, lost in the moment. It feels familiar to me, an impatient mom who often has to startle my distracted children into getting …

Hope in a Lonely Place

Christy Prins

Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. (v. 13) Prison can be a lonely place. Words of Hope receives many letters from prisoners who read this devotional. These letters report struggle, fear, and regret. However, we know that there is also hope in prison. That hope comes from the body of Christ. In FCI Sandstone, a federal prison in Minnesota, a church gathers to pray together. One of the members of this …

Finding a Church

Christy Prins

Read: Hebrews 10:19-25 Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together. (vv. 24-25) A church can be many things. Sometimes it’s a congregation in a traditional church building. Sometimes a church is a family in Indonesia gathered in a home. Sometimes it’s a crowd of South Sudanese refugees, gathering in a camp in northern Uganda. And sometimes, it’s one person sitting with their radio. Fari Breshani lives in a …

A Higher Hope

Christy Prins

Read: Acts 16:25-34 Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. (v. 25) Iran has one of the highest levels of religious persecution in the world. Christians there are sometimes thrown in prison, often secretly, so that family members don’t even know where their loved ones have gone. Words of Hope’s ministry leader for Iran tells of one young Iranian man who is serving a four-year sentence for following Christ. One …