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…is now behind us. It went very well. There is some funding to go – including affecting the Christmas effort. 10% of areas in Auckland remain for delivery. Links: Hope Project Easter,Christmas, Auckland,Funding.
NEXT: ‘Unity Tour’ and regional ‘Engage Conference’
Through winter Dave and family are traveling to (1) connecting with pastors’ groups to network and discuss ides on bringing increased FUNCTIONALITY to our unity, while (2) encouraging youth ministries in their unity and outreach and (3) running regional ‘Engage Conferences‘ throughout the nation.
What people are saying…
A pastor emailed to say he’d read our book, ‘Because We Care’, which talks about the need for intentionality in equipping members for conversational outreach. He said it had changed the way he saw and approached evangelism. One day per week is set aside for an 'evangelism-focus' at their drop in centre. They were now successfully engaging those visiting in meaningful conversation.
OUTREACH EQUIPPING MATERIALS CHANGING THE WAY I THINK
In 2019 ‘Hope For All - At Peace Together’ went to over 1.36m homes immediately, with about 145,000 going to partnering churches for their members' use. The booklets continue to generate testimonies - because they can go where many Christians can’t or won't. They don’t back down on sharing their message. They tell powerful stories - and are very patient too, sometimes waiting somewhere for weeks or months before being read. We’re continually encouraged!
OVER 1.5 MILLION BOOKLETS SENT OUT
One lady wrote to tell us of her struggles with various sects or lifeless forms of Christianity. She felt ‘doctrinal confusion’, alone in her 'search for the truth’, and ‘tempted to give up’. Yet she tried again, and visited a ‘mainstream church’ where the 'Hope For All’ booklets were available. She took one and felt touched by the articles - including the Christian battle against slavery (booklet 4). This led to a desire to read the Bible - so, ‘Could I have a Bible please?’ was her request. She told us she wanted to be carrying it when she went to visit that church again the next Sunday.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME FIND THE TRUTH
A believer gave a booklet to a young lady on the street who had been following New Age teachings. She read it right there and then. Seeing something of more worth than what she already knew she decided she wanted to entrust Christ with her life right there and then.
FROM NEW AGE TO NEW LIFE
A pastor who checked out the "Everyday Spiritual Conversations" sermon series we provided (with matching small group discussion guides) contacted us to say “ The resources you've provided are just superb!” He was one of many churches to use this resource in the February to April period. Our basic survey confirmed at least 22,000 equipped like this by local church prior to Easter this year, in connection with this project.
AMAZING FREE PULPIT AND SMALL GROUP RESOURCE - THANK YOU
A prison chaplain called a pastor to explain that a Hope Project booklets was the reason that a new Christianb would be coming to his church on his release shortly.
EX-PRISONER GOING TO CHURCH
Many people contacted us again to express their delight in seeing the TV ads about Jesus in the Easter period found on TVNZ 1; TVNZ 2; DUKE; THREE; Bravo; 3Life; Prime; Maori TV; Choice TV; Shine TV and a variety of Sky Network channels. About 1.8m NZers (or all ages) will have seen the ads an average of 4.6 times each in the Easter period.
TV ADS A HIT AGAIN
A gentleman who regularly goes out to be available for spiritual conversations shared of a lady who, upon being offered a booklet, took it and held it against her heart saying, “I love these - thank you so much!” The booklets are not only well-received, but increasingly well-received with time - because their ‘brand’ is becoming known.
A lady emailed to thank us for the ‘awesome booklet in my letterbox’. Receiving something home-grown and positive made her day - and especially with affirmations of a Christian basis for believing in the equality of men and women.
SO ENCOURAGED TO RECEIVE SOMETHING SO POSITIVE
A lady wrote to express her appreciation for the Hope Project booklet in her mailbox. Not only was the content good quality, she said the ‘gentle kindness throughout’ showed her something of the 'authenticity of the Christian message.'
THANK YOU FOR COMMUNICATING THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE WITH CLARITY AND GENTLENESS
A church family emailed to tell us of a united Church effort in their town. Members were visiting no circulars homes with both booklets and Easter eggs, to bless the homes.
CHURCHES UNITE TO VISIT NO-CIRCULARS HOMES WITH BOOKLETS AND EASTER EGGS
Pat is a very sprightly 82 year old from our church who has been in the habit of giving away the `Hope for All’ booklets to her neighbours, and one day she stopped to talk to a Chinese couple and their elderly father. The father said that he wasn’t a Christian so that led to Pat sharing what was in the booklet and about the need to ask the Lord for forgiveness, and asking Him in to his heart and life. He said he wanted to do that, and so he followed through with a prayer of repentance and commitment to the Lord.
The next morning Pat and her sister were driving past this Chinese family home, and had to drive around police cars, and an ambulance, and a ute on the side of the road.
We said; “I wonder what’s happened here?” A few days later, we found out what had happened. The ute had been parked up a steep driveway across the road. The driver hadn’t put the handbrake on properly and it rolled backwards down the drive where the Chinese father was standing and he was pinned to the house. He didn’t survive.
A BOOKLET - A PRAYER - AND AN ACCIDENT
One church told of its effort to give booklets as a part of a gift given to 300 families. ‘Such a good talking point’ was the response of another man. Booklets were given away at another churches community event. Another told of how they are given with food parcels and in ‘Care Bags’. A couple who run a B&B find said their visiting tourists were consistently be interested in them. In another community four churches worked together to deliver the booklets to people at the doors of no-circulars homes. On so many fronts initiative is being taken!
BOOKLETS INSPIRE INNOVATION AGAIN AND AGAIN
"A lady told us she was asking God for a sign as she walked to her mailbox. In the 9 years she’d lived in that house she’d never had Christian literature in the mailbox - and that this was an unusual request. Yet on that one day there the Hope Project booklet was! She said it was more than a coincidence, and chose to engage with the 10 Day Challenge afterwards, and the asked for a copy of the New Testament so she could learn more about the Christian faith"
I ASKED GOD TO SPEAK - AND THE BOOKLET ARRIVED!
A lady who has struggled with faith and church contacted us for help. Her early church experiences had put her off church - yet she felt again drawn to find that ‘all elusive freedom’ the Christian faith was supposed to offer. Christian TV fed her faith. A Hope Project booklet prompted her to contact us. We were able to connect her with a Bible and a church - were she then went. God is at work in many peoples lives - well-beyond what we can see or know!
I’M A CHRISTIAN NOW - HELP ME FIND A CHURCH!
We were told of a person from a Christian ‘sect’ who read one of the Hope Project booklets. This caused her to seek out more information about mainstream Christianity at the 10DayChallenge.co.nz website. This inspired to start reading her Bible for herself - and she contact us to tell us she’d recently became a Christian as a result, and was baptised in a local church.
PERSON FROM SECT READS BOOKLET THEN BIBLE, AND EMBRACES FAITH IN CHRIST
Amongst a number who went through the 10DayChallenge.co.nz resource, one emailed asking for encouragement, as they felt they had 'no faith’. They said, 'I want to believe and let the Lord into my heart.’ God is at work in people’s lives all over the place!
I WANT TO BELIEVE!
We continue to be encouraged every time someone contacts us for help finding a church, or for a Bible, after going through the 10 Day Challenge (which is a concise 10-day introduction to the Christian faith). We experimented with a ‘Jesus bot’ (robot) this year within a social media channel. 11 confirmed they made decisions to follow Jesus during the initial trial - though finding ongoing interested non-Church audiences has been notably difficult in this kind of ‘social’ online environment.