Stories of Hope

Stories from our ministry fields around the world.

Indonesia
Claudia Elzinga

Learn a Little Javanese!

In Indonesia, daily devotional programs are currently being translated into 16 different languages. The work of translating must be done carefully. Certain words and phrases do not always have direct equivalents, and references that might make sense on one

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India
Claudia Elzinga

The Witness of a Christian Wedding

Words of Hope is now producing programs in the Bhaderwahi language of northern India. Bhaderwahi is a dialect of Dogri, and is spoken by a group of 100 or so families living in the region of Jammu and Kashmir. 

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south sudan
Claudia Elzinga

No More Revenge

Ongoing radio programs in the often war-torn country of South Sudan are changing lives, one at a time. A South Sudanese man who contacted our radio station told our producers that he used to have three sons, but had

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person praying
Bhutan
Claudia Elzinga

Supporting Ministry Leaders in Bhutan

During the pandemic, the Words of Hope team in Bhutan has focused on increasing coordination efforts with local church leaders online. Two times a week they host Zoom Bible study and fellowship meetings.  The church leaders are full of

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Garhwali
Claudia Elzinga

Garhwali Christian Programs

Ishaan was a religious man. He carefully studied Hindu texts to learn more about God. As he searched in his books, he came across stories of Jesus. Many Hindus know about Jesus, but they do not believe that he

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Niger
Claudia Elzinga

The Challenge of Ministry in Niger

The country of Niger has an overwhelmingly Muslim majority. In fact, 99% of the population self-identifies as Islamic.  Niger does maintain separation between church and state, meaning that legally individuals are free to worship as they please. However, in

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