With the goal of broadcasting the Gospel throughout every country of the world, My Hope World Evangelism Through Television works with churches worldwide to bring countless people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Nearly double the original report of 3,000 known churches — more than 5,300 congregations — took part in My Hope Haiti and more than 120,000 people made decisions for Christ. Many churches have multiplied, some even starting from scratch, as the effects of the July 21-23 My Hope world evangelism project continue to permeate throughout Haiti. "It's amazing. It's amazing," My Hope Haiti director Arturo Hotton said. "So many souls changing their lives. That's the harvest."
More than 970 churches and over 5,400 Matthews were trained for My Hope Portugal, a project that was spread out over five days (December 6-10) on a variety of mediums — over-the-air TV, pay-per-view TV, online streaming and DVDs. As reports of decisions came flooding in, the Matthew principal and the power of a relationship was being realized by the evangelical church in Portugal. "If you just invite a neighbor that you are not in contact with, it doesn't work," one Matthew said. "You have to have a relationship with them for it to work well."
Believers in Spain are seeing God move beyond their expectations through Mi Esperanza, held December 15-17. Over the past few months, about 8,500 individuals from over 1,000 churches were trained to be Matthews. After the first night local Mi Esperanza staff began to hear reports from the previous night's broadcast. "We had 11 churches reporting 225 conversions," Mi Esperanza country director Maximo Carrero said. "They couldn't believe it. They were crying, because they had thought, 'That doesn't happen here.'"
From December 1-3, some 60,000 believers in nine Zambia districts invited family and friends to watch a 30-minute program that featured music, testimonies and a powerful Gospel message by either Billy Graham or Franklin Graham. The response was nothing less than an answer to prayer. "Concerted nationwide prayer was a key component behind this My Hope outreach, and we give God the glory for all that He has done," My Hope national coordinator Mpundu Mutala said.
From November 4-6, 2010, televisions in private residences and outdoor projectors showed the My Hope programming to thousands across Malawi, the country known as the “Warm Heart of Africa.”
After several meetings and much prayer, BGEA and thousands of churches in Malawi met on May 8 to launch the project. 220 people were in attendance at the launch meeting; this is 70 more than were initially invited. “This is a great moment for the church in Malawi,” said Patrick Semphere, National My Hope Coordinator for Malawi. “Many church leaders have told us this is what they have been praying for.”
Joe and Melissa Mott of BGEA International Ministries lived among the Malawians to prepare for these broadcasts. Read stories about lives changed in Malawi on their blog: http://friendsinvitingfriends.com
The My Hope World Television Project launched in the Dominican Republic in April 2009. Approximately 320 pastors, key denominational leaders and parachurch group members formally invited the BGEA to conduct the My Hope project in their country at the largest launch meeting in the history of this project.
In March 2010, My Hope broadcast programs into thousands of Dominican homes, where friendship evangelism took place after massive organizational, promotional and training activities. Some 40,000 Christians across the Dominican Republic shared their faith during the largest evangelistic outreach in the Caribbean nation’s history.
The Dominican Republic is one of the last Latin American regions to conduct the My Hope project. To date, My Hope has been greatly blessed by God in 17 Latin American nations, with over 3 million decisions for Christ in the continent.Puerto Rico
April 2010 broadcast My Hope programs into thousands of homes, where relationship evangelism took place after massive promotional and training activities.
From April 22-24 more than 19,000 Christians representing over 1,800 churches hosted small gatherings in their homes. Puerto Rico is one of the last Latin American regions to carry out the My Hope project. To date, My Hope has been greatly blessed by God in 17 Latin American nations, with over 3 million decisions for Christ.
Although the broadcasts are over, it is not too late to join in and pray for My Hope in Puerto Rico. "Dr. Graham says the root of everything we do is prayer. God's faithfulness is shown by how He takes the minimal amount resources and multiplies them... like Jesus did the fishes and loaves," said Greg Matthews, Director for My Hope Latin America.
Several million of Thailand's 60-plus million population has heard the Good News of Jesus Christ, with over twelve thousand people praying to receive Jesus Christ as Savior during the December 17-19 Thailand project.
More than 40,000 Thai Christians were trained to host events. This ministry will continue, as Thai Christians continue to use the programs to reach out to friends and family and tell them about how Jesus Christ is the one and true God and how He can change their life.
My Hope Uruguay programs aired in over 14,000 homes on September 27–29, 2007. We rejoice that more than 33,000 people devoted their lives to Jesus Christ as a result. Read more»
In January and February 2007, 10,459 churches were involved in the second phase of My Hope Mexico, which used DVDs of the December broadcasts in video projections all around the country, through which over 67,000 people made decisions for Christ.
Throughout India, the Philippines, and Mexico, millions of people united to view My Hope broadcasts in 2006.
When Christians are baptized in India, they are fined approximately ten months of pay. Despite these challenges, My Hope aired in India twice in 2006. With more than one billion people, India has one of the largest TV audiences in the world. The combined My Hope India broadcasts were shown in 14 languages and transmitted to all 28 states of India, resulting in more than 2.7 million decisions for Christ.
My Hope Mexico’s television broadcast in November 2006 was problem-free, but the My Hope call center found difficulties as 7,500 people called during the first half hour of the broadcast. The computers subsequently broke down because of the unexpectedly large volume of calls. After repair, the call center received four calls per second. In Mexico, more than 20,000 churches were involved in training pastors and laypeople for this broadcast. With an average of 12 homes per church and 10 viewers per home, more than 2.4 million people viewed the My Hope Mexico broadcast, and more than 479,000 came to faith in Christ.
My Hope was aired in the Philippines twice in December 2006. Earlier in February of 2006, many in the Philippines became followers of Christ at the Metro Manila Franklin Graham Festival, and countless new believers from the Festival were able to bear fruit for the kingdom as they prayed for and invited friends to view the My Hope broadcasts.
More than 21,000 churches and 115,000 homes were involved in preparation for these broadcasts, and more than 563,000 people made a life-changing decision to follow Jesus Christ as a result.
Working through the local churches, BGEA brought the Gospel to unbelievers in Argentina, Belarus, Chile, Guatemala, India, Moldova, and Peru. In 2005, 1,383,174 trained Christians, representing 88,587 churches, opened their homes to their friends, relatives and neighbors to share the simple message of God’s love and redemption.
The largest and most complex country reached in 2005 was India, where BGEA used 14 languages to reach out to more than 1 billion people. The Christian church there, while only a small percentage (2.3%) of the total population, is still sizeable (2.5 million). It required bold vision—both on the part of BGEA and local pastors—to train and mobilize such a considerable group. Indian believers rose to the challenge! Christmas week, more than 768,000 homes all across India opened their doors to invite people in for TV broadcasts with the message of Christ.
Through My Hope in 2005, 3.3 million people reported making a decision for Christ.
Christians in Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador took on the challenge of reaching their nations for Christ through My Hope in 2004, while a second phase of the “There Is Hope” Project took place in Russia. In Bolivia, the programs were dubbed into the indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara, as well as Spanish. Our Aymara Language Coordinator said he invited seven people to his home to watch the telecast. Only one of those he invited came—a 75-year-old lady—but she brought 15 members of her family along. All of them accepted salvation immediately! The oldest ones said that they were just waiting for someone to share the Gospel with them, and now that they have met Jesus, they want discipleship.
Through My Hope in each of these four countries and the 15,840 churches that participated, more than 1 million people reported making a commitment to Christ in 2004!
In 2003, My Hope expanded to Panama, Paraguay, and Venezuela, as well as Russia. In these countries, 10,888 churches—in capital cities and rural towns—trained and mobilized over 226,000 members to share the Gospel through television house parties. This resulted in 402,000 decisions for Christ—more than double the decisions from 2002.
In Russia, the project (locally called Nadezhda est, or “There Is Hope”) was set up differently because of the country’s large size and population (145 million people spread across 11 time zones).
The project was a broad media outreach designed to use television broadcasts as well as radio, newspapers and magazines, the Internet, theater showings, and video parties to proclaim the Good News and provide local Christians the opportunity to share their testimonies.
My Hope (Mi Esperanza in Spanish) was launched in 2002 in four Latin American countries—Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador—with the aim to extend it to every country around the world. As a result of the projects in 2002, more than 196,900 people made decisions for Christ.
One pastor said, “Over 500 people made professions of faith in my church, others recommitted their lives to Christ, and attendance has now increased with 1,800 new people coming since the Mi Esperanza project in Honduras.”