Where We Work
We work in some of the hardest places in the world because we want people everywhere to be able to hear the gospel in their own language. It’s a difficult challenge to meet, but we believe the light of Christ shines brightly, even in the darkest corners.
Everywhere we minister, we partner with an indigenous denomination, church, or other Christian ministry. In this way, our efforts are linked to the vision of local Christian leaders, empowering them to carry on ministry in their own countries with the extra support and resources that we can provide. This also ensures that there is always a local contact person present to answer questions and connect interested people to a church community.
What Is a “Hard Place”?
Words of Hope seeks to reach what we call “hard places.” A hard place is one that:
- Lacks resources like money, education, and good medical care.
- Has geographic challenges such as deserts, small island communities, or treacherous mountains.
- Lacks Christian media like Christian book stores, radio stations, music, television, and movies.
- Has restricted religious freedom, making practicing Christianity unpopular or even dangerous.
Given the nature of the hard places we serve, Words of Hope emphasizes holistic ministry and is committed to embracing any new technology or media that will help us reach growing numbers of people with the Gospel of Christ.
Radio is universally available; it reaches large numbers of people, including those who are illiterate or living in “closed” areas of the world; and as a word-centered medium it is uniquely suitable for conveying the message of the Bible and its implications for all of life. Radio is still the primary source of information and entertainment for people in developing countries.