Planting Churches in Niger

Niger

The Evangelical Church of Niger (EERN) has a goal to plant 52 new churches inside the country. In a place like Niger where the population is 97% Muslim and less than 1% Christian, this is no small feat, and Words of Hope is coming alongside the EERN to assist them in their efforts. Before a church is planted in a certain region, radio broadcasts are begun in the heart language of the local people in order to introduce the gospel …

Terrible Floods in Nepal

Nepal

One of our Nepali producers has written to inform us that terrible flooding and landslides in Nepal, northern India, and Bangladesh have already led to the death of almost 250 people. Millions more have been displaced from their homes at this time. In Nepal alone, over 100 people have died, and hundreds of villages have been affected. Many feel that the Nepali government has not responded with the necessary urgency to this disaster. Please join us in prayer for everyone …

You Are Building the Church in Niger

Niger

Local Outreach In the African country of Niger, less than one percent of the population identifies as Christian. But this staggering statistic has not stopped local churches from setting faith-based outreach goals. In fact, the Evangelical Church of Niger (EERN) has a strategy to plant 52 new churches within the span of five years! In order to lay the groundwork for their church planters, the EERN produces Christian radio programs with Words of Hope in the local tribal languages of …

In the Wake of the Egyptian Bombings

Arabic, Presidential Update

In the shock wave of last Sunday’s bombings in Egyptian Coptic Churches, I find myself wondering where this world is headed. What is God up to? How could these things happen? When will the suffering end? I am reflecting again on the scene of Palm Sunday as described in the Gospels. That day, the crowds celebrated a man they hoped would change their world—bring an end to Roman rule, establish himself as the new king, begin the years of Jubilee. …

Introducing New President Rev. Jon Opgenorth

Presidential Update, Worldwide

Words of Hope is excited to introduce Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth as the ministry’s next President. Rev. Opgenorth succeeds Rev. David Bast as President. “I am confident that God has called Jon to this role,” says Rev. Bast. “I am excited to see how God will use him to lead Words of Hope in new and wonderful ways to advance God’s kingdom and build Christ’s church in the world’s hard places.” Rev. Opgenorth comes to Words of Hope from Orange City, …

Finding Joy in Christ

Nepal

A Nepali man born blind finds new hope and purpose through listening to Christian radio about God’s plan for his life. Tired of Life Sadar was born blind. In developing countries, blindness can be an especially devastating impairment, since less resources and opportunities may be available for those who are differently-abled. Born into a Hindu family, Sadar was not familiar with Christianity growing up. He moved to India for a time, in search of new opportunities, but about a year …