Ghana (MNN) – In 2008, Book of Hope reached over one million children in Ghana with the Gospel. 200,000 of those kids made professions of faith after being presented with a Book of Hope booklet that explains their need for a Savior and the gift of grace Christ offers.
Since 2002, Book of Hope has had permission from the government in Ghana to distribute the booklets to children in school. As children received the books this year and came to follow Christ, they were encouraged to join Hope Clubs to learn more about the faith. In 2009, Book of Hope plans to make discipleship a larger focus.
"It's one thing giving out the books to the children and them making a decision for Christ," says Sylvanus Elorm of Book of Hope in Ghana. "It's another thing [to make] sure they are really grounded in the faith and they are living for Christ. So this year our target is to make sure we design discipleship programs or we partner with organizations in discipleship in order to strengthen the faith of the children."
Book of Hope is working with organizations such as Campus Crusade for Christ, Awana and Youth for Christ to create these programs. They are also working to redesign distribution and hope to have a lasting impact on even more children this year.
To accomplish their goals, funding, of course, is necessary. "The whole world is in recession economically, so we are praying that donors do not give up on us," says Elorm. He wants donors to know that "the Lord will reward them abundantly, and the lives of children and youth are at stake. So they should not relent in their support of our efforts."
Elorm asks that you also pray for this ministry and for the faith of the children who are being touched with the Gospel. He is thankful for all of the faithful prayer and financial support the Lord has provided in the past and will undoubtedly continue to.
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