One Hope Challenge

The One Hope Project is a ministry of churches in the Coachella Valley—churches working together with Open Doors USA to raise money to provide Bibles for persecuted Christians around the world. Recently, these churches issued the One Hope Challenge, which is simply this: “By God’s grace and for God’s glory, I will donate $5, for one Bible, every Sunday for as long as God enables me.”

“This is a bold, exciting challenge,” remarked Dave Gordon, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Indio, which participates in the One Hope Project. “Not only does it provide persecuted Christians with an opportunity to have their own copy of God’s Word, but it allows the giver to live a lifestyle of loving the persecuted church. Each week is a reminder to “do without” – to make a financial sacrifice – so that our Christian brothers and sisters around the world can have the advantage of being encouraged by their own copy of a Bible. For some, this sacrifice might mean skipping a trip to the coffee house. For others, it might mean fasting from a meal. Pray about what God is leading you to do in this area, and follow His leading.”

Jon Skramstad, pastor of New Life Community Church in La Quinta, offered this reminder, quoting Abraham Lincoln on receiving a Bible, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from The Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book.”

There are several ways to give to the One Hope Challenge, which amounts to $5 per week or $21.67 per month.

– If you attend a church which participates in the One Hope Project, such as Trinity Baptist Church in Indio, or New Life Community Church in La Quinta, you can donate the money directly to your church, being sure to mark your donation “One Hope Project.” Please check with your church if this is allowed if they are not listed above. The church will forward the money to Open Doors USA.

– You can use this link each week. Alternatively, you can use the same link to set up a monthly giving option with Open Doors USA. Gifts using this link will go towards the One Hope Project. If you choose $21.67 and check the box that says, “Repeat this gift every month,” your gift will automatically be repeated until you cancel it, using the payment method you choose.

– You can mail your gift weekly or monthly to Open Doors USA, being sure to mark your donation “One Hope Project.” Use this address: Open Doors, PO Box 27001, Santa Ana, CA 92799-7001.

An inspiring story was recently shared with the One Hope Project by Leah Hudson. She writes at her blog, SimpleHomeBlessing.com, “Some time ago, I started holding on to all my $5 bills. If I was given a $5 bill in my change, no matter the sacrifice, I held onto it.” She then used them to save up for two large purchases, paying for them mostly with these $5 bills, then still kept saving. “But the pastor who spoke this morning issued a challenge that immediately signaled the call of the Lord on my heart. He asked us to consider committing to give $5 each week, as long as the Lord should enable us to provide a Bible each week for the persecuted believers elsewhere in the world. I immediately knew that God was preparing my heart to give my $5 bills, one week at a time to encourage and build up His church and my fellow brothers and sisters.” Read more of her story here: http://simplehomeblessing.com/what-to-do-with-abraham-lincoln/.

If you have further questions about the One Hope Challenge, please e-mail us at onehope@onehopeproject.com, or call Trinity Baptist at 760.347.0604.