Proverbs 25:25 "Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land."
110 Disciples have over triple their membership at church service.
God was at work in the small town of Daloa in western Ivory Coast, West Africa. Their congregation of 110 disciples had a huge "Bring Your Neighbor Day," with 350 in attendance! Be praying that the members can continue to have an impact in their community, and praise God for a victorious Sunday!
Successful Conference in West Africa themed "Build"
Centered on the theme “Build”, more than 400 delegates from all over the sub-region gathered in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria for the 2015 West Africa Missions Leadership Conference. The participants and leaders focused their minds and hearts on building God's church with life changing classes and inspiring worship. At the end of the conference, the flag was passed to the Ghana churches, as Accra was chosen to host the 2016 Conference.
San Antonio appoints new Evagelist and WML
The San Antonio church was thrilled to see Cameron and Amy Blakely appointed as evangelist and women's ministry leader on Sunday. Dave and Beth Pocta appointed them, and the elders and evangelists laid hands on them asking for God's blessing as they move forward in their new role. A great Sunday!
A New Era Begins at HotNews...
The South African churches have launched an annual "Encounter" program for disciple students who would like to come and be a part of an African Campus ministry experience. Students must fund themselves to get to South Africa but once there, they will be housed, fed and trained. They will then split up into "mission team" sized groups and spread out onto the South African campuses.
We are sad to announce today that our contributing editor and filmmaker, Zach Fazio, is stepping down because of health reasons. You've probably noticed that the videos slowed down this year a bit, as Zach has battled with migraine headaches for several months. Please be praying for Zach to recover soon. I have known Zach for a dozen years, and his time at HotNews has been both a joy and an adventure. He has been a huge part of everything we have accomplished, and he will be sorely missed.
By Ryan Cheong, Singapore
Brothers, are you up for the adventure that will change your life?
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Imagine the impact you could make in a community or the blessing you could be to a family by giving a weekend of your time to join a HOPE worldwide Community Service Brigade. If you are a doctor, dentist, nurse, educator, or just want to make a difference, please consider joining us in Central America. Anyone interested in working hard to bring faith, hope and love to others is welcome to apply. We especially need bilingual Spanish speakers of any occupation! Truly, the difference you will make to someone in need is indescribable and will bring you back again and again.
Shining Like Stars
On Saturday, July 4, in conjunction with the International Campus Ministry Conference (ICMC) West 2015 conference, 1,000 HOPE worldwide student volunteers traveled by bus to a community south of Phoenix, Arizona. HOPE worldwide’s mission for this event was to beautify five school campuses in the Gila River Indian Community.
Exactly one week after this summer’s HOPE Youth Corps (HYC) in Jakarta, Indonesia, two HYC members made the decision to become disciples and get baptized! Zann and Samuel are both 15 and from the Singapore teen ministry. We are so proud of them and how much they have grown to reach this point. Their experiences on HOPE Youth Corps allowed them to not only change the lives of others but also changed their lives. Here are their stories.
Learning to Serve and Please God
Why would anyone swap the comforts of Atlanta, Georgia, for Uganda, a land-locked country in East Africa? Denice Wade became a disciple in the Greater Atlanta Church of Christ (The Path) and shares why she took up the challenge:
LaPaz, Bolivia - For the third year in a row, a group of volunteers from the Northview Church, in Roswell, GA, served with the HOPE worldwide Bolivia team for nine days. The group, comprised of eight teens and four adults, poured themselves out and gave selflessly to work with the poor. Here is what a couple of the volunteers shared.
June 15, 2015 – HOPE worldwide Nepal is continuing to help ease the suffering of communities impacted by the devastating earthquake that rocked their nation almost two months ago.
We are happy to report that HOPE worldwide has leveraged the initial donations to obtain and distribute critical relief supplies valued at US$300,000. As a result, 8,600 blankets, 3,300 tarp shelters and approximately 44,000 pounds of food supplies have been distributed to those in need.