Two or Three in Iran

Iran, Presidential Update

How many people will you worship with at your church this week? I’m guessing most of us will gather with more than two or three. Some of our congregations number well into the hundreds or even thousands. Let me tell you about a man whose “church” consists of just two people. He does not have a church building to attend. He lives in southern Iran and listens to Words of Hope messages over the radio. Recently, this man sent us a brief message accompanied …

Proof that your prayers make a difference

Presidential Update

Ann and I just attended the wedding of our son in Orange City, Iowa. July 1 was a quintessential summer celebration: the bride and groom danced against the backdrop of the sunset and made their getaway through twin rows of sparklers waved by friends. It was a glorious day. One that had been preceded by two decades of prayer. Which got me thinking, prayer really does work like that. Sometimes our prayers can feel like single drops of water falling …

Help Us Finish the Last Mile Strong

Presidential Update

I am a distance runner who loves the challenge of a long morning run. Give me a podcast to listen to, a playlist of worship songs to sing along with, and some Scriptures to meditate on, and the first few miles fly by. But my favorite part of the run is the last mile, that final kick to the end. I want it to be my fastest, though it often becomes the hardest. Over the years I’ve found that I …

South Sudan Needs Your Prayers

Presidential Update, South Sudan

This week, I invite you to direct your thoughts and prayers to South Sudan. Pray that the hope of Jesus will descend upon this country. South Sudan remains in desperate turmoil, as thousands of civilians have been forced to flee the country for safety, and many more have been internally displaced in refugee camps. Victims of this horrible conflict report a sense of hopelessness and fear. Many in South Sudan today live in constant danger. They suffer from a lack …

Thank You for Your Prayers and Support

Arabic, Presidential Update

You are sharing the hope of Jesus around the world. Thank you! This month, I spent six days in Egypt exploring new opportunities for Words of Hope to aid the Christian movement in Arabic-speaking places. I would like to introduce you to some of the amazing people that I met on my trip, even though I can’t share their names or pictures due to the sensitive nature of their work. “What did I do after the bombings…?” When I asked …