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A Never Ending Story of HOPE                                                                                                                                  MINIS TR Y THR OUGH MEDIA


        About 10 years ago, we received a call from Pete. He said that as a
        former missionary in Vietnam, he loved using The HOPE, and that he
        was a fan of teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) as a bridge to
        share Christ, and that he knew something about software programming.                                                       December 2018
        He asked if he could create an ESL software program built around The
        HOPE. We thought it was a great idea and encouraged Pete to go for it!                                                                                        Compelled by the Story of His Glory

        Soon, Pete came back to us with The ESL HOPE. Loaded with interactive                                                    Update on the
        curriculum and games, we were amazed! We offered the software on                                                                                              What Happened on the Road to Making that Blockbuster Film
        DVD and online as a free download, and before long, thousands were in                                                    Worldwide Ministry
        circulation. Missionaries around the world were using Pete’s software                                                    of The HOPE . . .
        to teach English and share the Gospel.                           In the middle, a sister who came to Christ in the first                                      “For we are his workmanship, created in  for Christ as possible, and then at the
                                                                                                                                                                      Christ Jesus for good works, which God  appointed time Jesus would return, and
        Five years ago, an associate of Pete’s, named Brendon, went to Vietnam   ESL HOPE group and Brendon. On the outside, two of                                   prepared beforehand, that we should  we’d all go to heaven. At the risk of over-
                                                                          the Church planters who love to use The ESL HOPE
        to do HOPE ESL training for some Filipino Church planters. They                                                          Compelled by the Story               walk in them.” - Ephesians 2:10      simplifying, what I came to see was this.
        immediately began using this tool to run gospel focused English clubs in the capital city of Vietnam,.                   of His Glory...           1                                               a) The scope of the Great Commission
        In July of this year, Brendon received a hero’s welcome when he returned to Vietnam for a visit. He discovered 3 churches   The First Believers in            Every person is moved through life by the   is defined not only in terms of individual
                                                                                                                                                                      power of a story. Some people attempt
        that did not exist 5 years ago. And he learned of many salvations, and much growth resulting in several committed Vietnamese   Their Village...    2          to live out a story of their own making.   people, but also people from every
        disciples of Jesus who are serious about serving God with all their lives, some of whom want to church plant or pastor                                        Others attempt to live               tongue, tribe and nation. b) Biblically
        themselves. Brendon’s Aussie friends and the Filipino Church planters credit The ESL HOPE as a significant part of this fruit.  The Reach of The HOPE-        out a story they feel  “I had always felt life first as   speaking, a nation is
                                                                                                                                 How & Where It Is Used... 3                                                               not simply a country.
        Think about it. Many of the Believers who were part of this exciting story knew Brendon, the man who brought The ESL                                          that others, such as a   a story and if there is a story   It is a distinct people
        HOPE to their land. Less, if any, knew of Pete, the man who created this tool. And it is unlikely that any of them knew about   A Never Ending                parent or a peer group,   there is a storyteller.”   group. c) There are
        Mars Hill; the staff, board, funders and intercessors, who originally created The HOPE movie around which the tool is built.   Story of HOPE...    4          have written for them.     - G.K. Chesterton         thousands of people
        This wonderful story is a living example of 1 Co. 3:6-7, “6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither   15 Years of HOPE...  4        Blessed is the person                                groups (nations) in the
        he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” The Gospel is the never ending story!                                        who discovers the                    world. Thousands have yet  to be reached
                                                                                                                                 Our Newest                           story that God Himself has written for   with the Gospel. And finally, d) reaching
        15 Years of HOPE                Mike works in maintenance inspection for a                                               Team Member...            4          their life, the story that is uniquely theirs   every nation is a pre-condition for the
                                        major airline in California. He is passionate
                                                                                                                                                                      within His greater story.
                                        about sharing the Gospel! Mike began using                                                                                                                         completion of the Great Commission,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           the return of Christ and ultimately, our
        The HOPE when it was first released in 2003. He gave copies to his co-workers,                                                                                My Story: The One I Was Writing for   worship of God as He forever intends it.
        to students at a local high school, and people he would meet in restaurants. He                                                                               Myself  -  In 1977 God opened the door
        gave copies to visitors at church and followed up when possible; as he did with                                                                               for me to launch Mars Hill as a division   Seeing the connection between world
        one family whose son watched The HOPE over and over and trusted Christ as                                                                                     of Youth for Christ/Houston. For more   missions and worship was especially
        Savior. Or the visitor who watched the movie 3 times in 2 days receiving Christ                                           For more stories & updates          than a decade He allowed me to write   transformative for me. In the words of
        and declaring that The HOPE made God’s story so clear to him.                 Card with QR code to The HOPE               regarding The HOPE, visit           and direct numerous award-winning    John Piper, “Missions is not the ultimate
                                                                                                                                  www.HOPEPartnering.com,             short dramatic films that were used by
        Since 2015, we’ve heard from Mike often. In a local mall, he helped his Church do an outreach. They rented a kiosk, invited                                   youth workers across America to lead   goal of the church. The glory of God is
        passers-by to visit their church, and gave them a copy of The HOPE. For the church’s latest outreach, they set up a table at   & follow us on social media...  thousands upon thousands of young   the ultimate goal of the church—because
        a local Farmer’s Market. In addition to handing out tracts and HOPE DVDs, they gave out cards inviting people to visit their                                  people to Christ. In 1987 Mars Hill was   it’s the ultimate goal of God. The final
        church, and to watch The HOPE online by scanning a QR code. Through 15 years of ministry, we have watched Mike help his         Our weekly staff devotionals    spun off as a separate ministry. For   goal of all things is that God might be
        church flex with ever-changing technology (from VHS to DVD to QR codes), while continuing to prioritize sharing the Gospel!     www.devosfromthehill.org      several years, Mars Hill continued to   worshiped with white-hot affection
                                                                                                                                        The HOPE community            produce media for youth ministry. We   by a redeemed company of countless
        Our Newest Team Member                      The Staff and Board of Mars Hill are                                                www.facebook.com/             were making a difference. But deep   and people and nation (Revelation 5:9;
                                                                                                                                                                                                           persons from every tribe and tongue
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                                                    pleased  to  welcome  our new  Ministry
                                                    Partnering Director and his family to the                                           All our videos                down, I was not content. I had a strong   7:9). Missions exists because worship
                                                                                                                                                                      desire to make a movie that would
        team! In this role, Rob Watt will focus on building and nurturing ministry partnerships                                         https://vimeo.com/marshill-   effectively convey the Gospel in theaters   doesn’t. When the kingdom finally
        with those who help create new translations of The HOPE, as well as those who use                                               productions                   nationwide. The storyline I was writing   comes in glory, missions will cease.
        existing translations worldwide. The Watt family has come to us from the mission field in                                       Insightful posts              for  myself  had  Mars  Hill  going  down  a   Missions is penultimate; worship is
        Micronesia. The agency they were with traces its roots to Hudson Taylor’s Inland China                                          www.linkedin.com/company/     road that would ultimately lead us to the   ultimate. If we forget this and reverse
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        Mission. As do all full-time salaried staff, Rob is now building a team of people who will                                                                    creation of a blockbuster “Christian”   their roles, the passion and the power
        partner with their ministry at Mars Hill through prayer and funding. Please pray for Rob!                                       Timely updates                film. What could be more worthwhile   for both diminish.” The understanding of
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        Contact us if you would like to learn more, or if the Lord is prompting you to join his team.  The beautiful Watt family        forAll                        than that, right?                    this truth framed God’s story for me in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                           compelling new way. God’s story is the

                 We won! See our 3.5 min. video at www.HelpReachThem.com. It has now won 10 awards!                                     Images worth 1000 Words       His Story: The Story of His Glory  -  In  story of His glory!
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                                                                                                                                        thehopeforall/                the mid-90’s, God did something I wasn’t
                                 The HOPE is a project of  Mars  Hill, a non-profit ministry dedicated to ministry through media.                                     expecting. He gave me an understanding  His Story for Me: My Story within His
                                      For more than 40 years, award-winning Mars  Hill films and videos have been used                                                of the Great Commission that I’d  Story  -  When I finally got hold of this
                                            around the world to introduce thousands of  people to Jesus Christ.                   Member of the                       somehow missed, even after twenty  picture, or should I say when it got hold
                               The Mars Hill website - www.mars-hill.org                              The HOPE Partnering Portal - http://www.hopepartnering.com  Evangelical   years  of  ministry.  Prior  to  that  time,  I  of me, there was no turning back. I knew
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                               Email us at hopeinfo@mars-hill.org  The HOPE Ministry website - www.TheHOPEProject.com                                                 thought that our mission as Christians  I had to let God realign my story (the one
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