Prayer

Presidential Update

Nothing quite compares to it. Each prayer is as unique as the person who offers it. Prayers come in solos and concerts—soft and gentle, yet wielding power far beyond their decibel. I love hearing God’s people pray. I love hearing you pray. This month, I gathered with three prayer groups in Michigan. Each one meets regularly to hear an update on some part of our work and pray over it. They pray: some by reading written prayers aloud to God like …

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. …

Iranian Believers Baptized

Iran, Presidential Update

After three months on the job, I simply cannot say “Thank You” enough. I am grateful to God for calling me to this work. And I am grateful for each and every one of our supporters and friends. We are partners together in speaking the hope of Jesus Christ into the hearts of people around the world. Thanks be to God! I just returned from leading a five-day Iranian ministry conference for believers and seekers that was held in a …

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, …