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92 Days of
to complete the goal of reaching nearly 90 million children and youth!
Ninety-two days of destiny —
from October 1 to December 31 — are underway ... and so is our crucial campaign to complete our faith goal of reaching 89,598,691 children and youth this year with God’s Word! Thank you to everyone who has already participated. As of August 31, we still had 29,866,230 to go ... But the 92 Days of Destiny campaign in this final quarter of the year can help us catch up quickly. What this final quarter of the year isn’t, is a crisis. The need is great, but we know God will provide! We’re praying He may continued on page 2
inside this issue Asia Pacific: back in school . . ............................ PAGE 2 Asia Pacific Region: A boy with a double life . . .. PAGE 3 A sia Pacific Faith Goals 2011 ........................... PAGE 3
Why you support OneHope .............................. PAGE 4 India Update . . ............................................... PAGE 5 Deadline for important tax benefit ..................... PAGE 6
Your Estate Plan ...................................................... PAGE 6 A Personal Word . . .......................................... PAGE 7 ‘God touched my heart’ .................................. PAGE 8
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provide through you. This is the year we reached the 750 millionth child with OneHope Scripture engagement tools, and responded to the disasters in Japan with nearly FIVE times the resources we’d originally envisioned for 2011 ... now we have to finish it strong, for the rest of the children and youth around the world.
A crisis of opportunity? If anything, it might be called a “crisis of opportunity,” because the doors are open, and children are waiting, in so many nations of the world. The only thing holding us back is finances. And we believe by God’s grace, and through your prayers and giving, this need will be met — in our 92 Days of Destiny.
back in school
God’s Word is in the schools of the Asia Pacific region!
A massive school distribution — it touched the life of every schoolchild in the entire nation of El Salvador. That’s how OneHope began, back in 1987. Today, our partners around the world have developed creative, effective ways to reach millions of children and youth with a biblical message of purpose and hope outside the school walls ... but there are still some great school programs, including some in the Asia Pacific region. • Philippines — Child Evangelism Fellowship partnership. CEF has a vision to present values education in the Elementary schools of the Philippines. Through partnership with OneHope, their vision has expanded greatly… from reaching 200,000 to now reaching more than 1 million children each year with the Book of Hope and The GodMan film. Local CEF volunteers are given 30 minutes each week to teach values in various schools. We’re excited to be working with such great partners!
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• Taiwan — Children’s Lane partnership. This organization has been able to access many schools in Taiwan to present a values education program to the students. Their program, called “Make Right Choices” is geared to younger students and presented with puppet shows, a clown, music and skits. It’s designed to help children make good life choices by giving them the foundation of Christ’s life and teachings in the Book of Hope. • Thailand — Thailand Bible Society partnership. The Bible Society has a great relationship with the strong network of Catholic schools in Thailand, where often 50% of the students are from Buddhist homes. Together, we’ve launched a Bible Quiz competition for high school students. The competition is promoted through school-wide distributions of the Book of Hope. Bible Quiz participants study the Book of Hope — some reading through it 20 times! Our partners believe it will develop Scripture literacy and help lead young people to new life in Christ. We’re thrilled to be helping these partners reach students in the schools of the Asia Pacific region with God’s Word. Please keep them in your prayers, and thank you for being part of this! God is doing great things and opening wonderful new doors.
Julius found new life in Christ through the Book of Hope.
Asia Pacific Region:
Some weekends he went to church, and everyone there knew him as a nice, clean-cut young student. Other weekends, he cruised the night clubs and parties — smoking, drinking — and he was also a terrible bully of younger boys. He heard what was preached in church ... but it never made much of a difference to him.
A boy with a double life Then his friend came looking for him at a roadside drinking bash, and gave him a gift: the Book of Hope in the Tagalog language of their native Philippines. When Julius read it, he finally realized what the people at church had been trying to tell him. There is a God who loves him, and has given him guidelines for living an authentic and joyful life. The extra section on what success truly means seemed to speak directly to Julius’ heart. Today, he has given up his double life. He’s involved in a Bible study, plays in the worship band at church, and has even shared his faith with his mother and other friends.
Julius’ story is just one among many in the Asia Pacific region, where more than nine million young people will receive OneHope Scripture tools this year. The chart (below) shows you various nations and the number of children and youth to be reached in each one — Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Cambodia and elsewhere. Thank you for reaching out with God’s love to the next generation in the Asia Pacific region! You’re making a lifetransforming difference for young people like Julius.
Now he’s sharing his faith with his family!
No. of young people to be reached with God’s Word
Cambodia............................................................................... 100,000 Japan............................................................................................. 41,000* Philippines..............................................................................4,166,097 Taiwan............................................................................................85,750 Thailand..................................................................................1,000,000 Sensitive areas..................................................................... 4,161,500 Total:..................................................9,554,347 *Note: 41,000 was the original number for Japan, but after the earthquake-tsunaminuclear disaster, new doors opened, and already this year 500,000 have been reached.
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Why you support OneHope A few partners like you wanted to affirm why they’re so involved with the global ministry of OneHope. See if their reasons ring true with you, too. •
We’ve been on missions trips and seen the effect OneHope has on kids and countries, and we feel for the money, it’s the best investment you can make ... We were on the 20th Anniversary El Salvador trip, and saw people that still had their book from the distribution 20 years ago. — Mary and Charles Stillwell
Mary and Charles Stillwell with three young women in Mexico
Jim and Lori Bakke
OneHope is such a great organization because they are so effective and a great value — for 33 cents you get to introduce people to the greatest thing in your life. — Jim and Lori Bakke
I think that we have been involved with OneHope since it started as Book of Hope. We believe that OneHope gives the best value in souls saved per dollar of investment. — Leonard and Gloria Baker
Leonard and Gloria Baker with Bob
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• How often do you get to change the world? That’s what we get with OneHope: a chance, an opportunity to change the world. Even to lift one child from darkness to know the joy of the Lord which we so freely experience would be worth all I can afford to give. To see one child receive the joy of knowing their Savior for 33¢ is amazing! ... OneHope brings the joy of hope to one child at a time, to millions of children each year. Reaching almost 90 million children a year: that’s 246,575 children per day, every day of the year! The opportunity to be part of this global partnership that brings the joy of knowing Christ to millions of children every year, is an opportunity that no one should neglect. How can we not partner with OneHope in this?!? — Mike and Jan Zender
Update We can’t give you all the details — for security reasons — but we can tell you that OneHope has active programs and local church and ministry partners in five states of India ... and by God’s grace, lives are being transformed! For instance ... Poornima was a 15-year-old girl who had a nice life with a loving family — but as the eldest of six, she felt very grown-up and began to run with a crowd of friends who were already into smoking, drinking and other destructive behaviors. She thought it was cool — and fun. But then she saw a public showing of The GodMan, our computer-generated animation film about the life of Christ. Seeing Jesus on the big screen showed Poornima that there was so much more to life than carousing with friends! “After having seen Jesus Christ, I decided to follow Him all my life,” Poornima says today. And she’s just one of many children and youth who are choosing to walk with Christ because of OneHope Scripture engagement resources and
the witness of our local church partners and ministries. They’re racing to reach as many young people as they can by year’s end, and ask you to pray with them for: • Health and safety for team members who sometimes face persecution. Many also faced record-high temperatures this past summer, and such extremes have been known to kill people in India. • Unity among churches in recognizing the importance of reaching out to the next generation, and determination to use relevant Scripture tools and presentations to engage them with God’s Word. • Open doors to places where God’s Word will be received, and children will be excited to take part in the programs and presentations. • Many children and youth to choose to follow Jesus and become established in local churches for discipleship, and for their families also to come to know the Lord.
Pray for children and families to come to know Christ as Savior.
India’s children are receiving the Good News!
T h a n k y o u f o r y o u r p r a y e r s f o r I n d i a ,
and for your partnership!
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for important tax benefit
Rollover gift from IRA
If you’re 70-1/2 years or older, you may qualify to give a significant charitable gift as a rollover from your IRA — up to $100,000 — without adding anything to your taxable income. This is a benefit of the jobs creation act of 2010, which has been extended through December 31, 2011. This is a great way to help present a biblical message of purpose and hope to the next generation ... and get a great tax advantage, too. As the end of the year draws near, there are other ways to give which may also yield tax benefits to you: • Donation of appreciated property
or stocks. You may avoid Capital Gains tax by donating the property itself rather than selling and donating the proceeds. • Donation of a collection, artwork or other valuable items. These will yield you a tax-deduction at the fair market value of the donation. • Donation of an unneeded life insurance policy. • An outright gift of cash. Every contribution dated and postmarked by December 31 may apply to your 2011 taxes. Thanks for helping shape the next generation by the power of God’s Word! And thank you for being a good steward of what God has entrusted to you.
It’s not about the amount. If you think estate planning is just for the wealthy, think again. Estate Planning isn’t about how much or how little, it is whether or not you are going to leave a legacy. A gift to OneHope from your estate provides the ongoing revelation of God’s lifetransforming Word, that will affect the destiny of children and youth until the Lord returns. It’s great stewardship, a
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wonderful testimony, but most importantly it is a living legacy. One great vehicle for estate planning is a charitable gift annuity, which not only helps present the Gospel to children and youth, but can also generate a lifetime income for you and your spouse, based on interest rates like the ones in the chart. For more information, contact your financial planner or call 1.800. GIV.BIBL (448.2425) or email at info@ onehope.net today.
A nn u ity R ates G ift Table*
Your E st ate Plan . . . Age 60 61 62 63 64 65 70 75 80 85 90+
Rate of Return 4.8% 4.9% 5.0% 5.1% 5.2% 5.3% 5.8% 6.5% 7.5% 8.4% 9.8%
* Individual Rates. Source: http://www.acga-web.org
A personal word from
Founder Bob Hoskins and
President Rob Hoskins
Dear Friend, Thank you for your partnership in presenting God’s Truth to the children of the world! This edition of the Global Report highlights the Asia Pacific region, where Christians are a small minority ... and yet God is using OneHope Scripture engagement tools to make a great impact on the next generation. We trust you’ll enjoy all the articles, and we particularly recommend you don’t miss the one on estate planning and year-end giving. It’s about leaving a legacy, but mostly, it’s about affecting the destiny of children and young people all over the world, through your careful stewardship of what God has entrusted to you. As you read each wonderful story of a child or young person who has been transformed, remember: it happens because friends like you faithfully give and wisely plan for the disposition of your estate and resources. Thanks for considering an estate plan which will include OneHope, help you be the best possible steward you can be, and also bring a biblical message of purpose and hope to the children and youth of the world!
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Martin Ramirez was 14, and he was determined not to listen. His mother had invited a pastor over to talk with Martin because she thought he was rebellious and headed down a bad road. Surprisingly, Martin stayed to visit with the minister, but he had already decided that church, and God, had nothing to offer him. Like other young teenagers in Mexico, he was more interested in futbol (soccer), music and having fun with his friends. But in addition to talking with him, and praying for him, the pastor also gave Martin a present, the Champions Edition Book of Hope, which is the soccer-themed book we developed for Latin America during the World Cup. Martin had to admit ... he was impressed. The book introduced him to some star soccer players who are also followers of Christ, but it also contained the life story of Jesus, and extra sections
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that are designed to speak to the heartfelt needs of young men and boys in Latin America. “It drew my attention because it spoke about God in a new way, as far as I was concerned,” Martin remembers. “I found many answers to several questions that I had asked myself previously.” He had been determined not to listen to anything the pastor had to say ... but the Book of Hope slipped past his defenses, and soon Martin found himself reflecting on what the pastor had said — and he even decided to go to a youth meeting at church. Today Martin has chosen to follow Christ as Savior. “God touched my heart,” Martin says. “Today, I know I have purpose in my life.” Thanks for helping present the biblical message of purpose and hope to young people like Martin, in Mexico, and all over the globe. You’re making a powerful impact.
He found answers he had been looking for!
Martin received the special soccerthemed Book of Hope!
* Some photos used in this publication are representative of the people whose stories are told. In some cases, names and location details have been changed to protect those involved. OneHope, founded in 1987 by missionary Bob Hoskins, and directed by Assemblies of God missionary Rob Hoskins, is reaching the world’s children and youth with Scripture that speaks directly to their lives and culture. Through OneHope, in collaboration with churches and ministries — and working with local governments, schools and non-governmental organizations — a message of hope has been given personally to over 760 million children and young people in 125 countries through its Book of Hope publications, The GodMan animated film, and other Scripture engagement tools. Using outcome-based research, OneHope continues to innovate its ministry model and offers its expertise and resources to other child-focused organizations.
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