Stories of Hope

Stories from our ministry fields around the world.

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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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Claudia Elzinga

July Prayer Guide

BHUTAN — A Bhutanese church leader shared the following update with us: “It’s been many months that I am getting the privilege to share the Word of God during Sunday fellowship in our local church. I am preaching mostly

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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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Claudia Elzinga

June Prayer Guide

IRAN — Please pray for our Iranian team member who goes by the name Ali. He has been recording voice-overs for our videos and other audio content. Ali was arrested in Iran during the month of May. He has

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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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Niger
Claudia Elzinga

Pray for Niger

Niger is one of the most impoverished countries in the world. Many individuals there are barely surviving on scant incomes and meager farming resources. Your support of Words of Hope in Niger is providing much-needed income for evangelists in the country who would not otherwise be able to serve as ministers while also supporting their families.

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Niger
Claudia Elzinga

Leaving Home

Bahati did not have an easy start to life. She grew up in Niger, a country with high levels of poverty. Her first marriage ended in abuse and rejection at the hands of her husband. With two children to support, Bahati returned to her family’s home. She lived peacefully there for a time, but one day she heard a radio program that would change everything.

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Fundraising
Claudia Elzinga

Biking for Words of Hope

As registration for our Near + Far 5K takes off, Words of Hope had one of our Board of Directors take physical activity to the next level: Doug Van Beek had an idea to do his own Bike-A-Thon as

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Claudia Elzinga

May Prayer Guide

BHUTAN –– Give thanks with us that through virtual Bible studies and outreach on Facebook, 11 Bhutanese individuals have given their lives to Christ, and 8 more have requested the next step of baptism. Please continue to pray for

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