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News Update February 2020
When Moses was blessing the people of Israel at the end of his life he said, ‘There is none like God…riding to your rescue through the skies, his dignity haloed by clouds. The ancient God is home on a foundation of everlasting arms’ (Deuteronomy 33:26-27 The Message). 

Moses' blessing gives us an amazing image of God’s strength. As our country faces so many challenges, let’s be people who share the good news – that God can be our rescuer and refuge. The HOPE Together team prays regularly for you and your church, that you will be strengthened by God and equipped to make Jesus known in your community. As we look ahead to Easter, let’s use every opportunity to explain why Jesus died and what resurrection means for us today. Pray with us as part of Prayer 2020 and encourage your church to pray. 

Roy Crowne
HOPE Together's Executive Director
HOPE Spaces
HOPE-Spaces-Logo-Black-large‘We’ve been overwhelmed by people’s response’ said Revd Canon Sophie Jelley, Bishop-designate of Doncaster who hosted a Hope Space at Durham Cathedral last year. More than 10,000 visited the Wall of Hope in the cathedral over three days to leave prayers they had written. Watch the new Hope Spaces video above and share it with others in your community. Churches in Portsmouth Diocese are planning to host Hope Spaces in schools, village greens and shopping centres across the diocese during and after Thy Kingdom Come (21-31 May 2020), giving thousands of people who don’t know Jesus a chance to experience his love and hope for themselves. Find out how to set up your Hope Space here.
HOPE-FOR-ALL-2020-COVER-SMALLEaster giveaways
The recent spate of celebrity baptisms gives a focus to HOPE Together’s latest give-away magazine. Former football star David Beckham’s two youngest children; showbiz celebrity Kim Kardashian West and her youngest children; Liverpool Football Club star Roberto Firmino and the Chelsea and Brazil winger Willian, have all been baptised recently. The magazine Hope for All, takes up this theme in the latest issue, out in March, featuring the celebrities as well as unpacking the significant of baptism and its links to Easter and Jesus’ resurrection. Hope for All is a great conversation starter, and churches delivering the magazines home to home with invitations to special church events are finding that people respond. The back cover has space for you to add local details under an advert for Hope Spaces - Hope for All can be ordered in bulk from the HOPE shop while stocks last.
Prayer 2020 
Pray in 2020 on the 20th of each month at 20:20 for 20 minutes. Pray … that God will give many opportunities to speak about Christ (Colossians 4:3 NLT).

The prayer for Thursday 20th February 2020 is ‘Lord Jesus, thank you for your amazing love. We pray for every evangelist sharing your good news of eternal life. May they be given humility, grace and boldness to clearly invite all they meet to believe in and follow you’ (John 5:24). You can download prayers for the year here. If you would like a bookmark or business card to remind you to pray, they can be ordered here.
Pray, speak, give, invite, make friends

‘We hope that these five simple practices of personal mission are something that you can happily embrace as part of your lifestyle,’ says Laurence Singlehurst, one of the HOPE Together board of trustees in our new Mission Champions booklet. The Prayer 2020 initiative is encouraging prayer. Churches using the Talking Jesus course are finding that members are gaining confidence to speak naturally about Jesus. The Hope for All magazine is a gift to give with an invitation to Easter events – and the book Who Do You Say I Am? is a great gift for those who attend special services, godparents or adults at baptisms or those who have completed an Alpha or Christianity Explored course - currently on special offer at £10 for 10 including p&p. We have created the resources to support you as you make Jesus known.
Order copies from the HOPE shop.
Mark-CoverReaching millennials and Gen Z
Recently 800 non-Christians in city centres were asked what sort of Bible they would consider reading. The 18-30-year olds picked out a gospel that was a quality magazine/book with images on every page. There was also an interest in the Bible amongst those who were under 30 who had never encountered the Bible before. This research was done by one of our partners YWAM and is yet to be published BUT….
We want to serve you to reach this generation with the life of Jesus. So, in partnership with Biblica, we’ve produced this Mark’s Gospel for you to give out to those you know in this age group, your friends and family, those in your local communities and those who come to your Easter services. Copies are available from the Hope Shop.
Young evangelists wanted

Amplify is the youth arm of Advance 2020. It exists to mentor young people in evangelism through a year-long programme. Watch the video below or visit the Advance 2020 website to find out more. Please share the news with the young people and youth leaders in your church.
We are praying that God will give us all many opportunities to talk about Jesus in the coming months. We hope the resources and ideas from HOPE equip and inspire you. Do let us know how we can serve you and keep us posted on your plans to make Jesus known with words and action together.

With love and prayers from the HOPE Together team.

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