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News update February 2019

May the Lord give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

Psalm 20:4-5

Throughout the country churches are preparing a rhythm of mission for 2019. There’s fresh enthusiasm for personal evangelism as thousands of people start the Talking Jesus course. We are bowled-over at the range of churches using this resource. Young people are stepping up too. We are giving you a sneak-preview, above, of just one of the video testimonies that will be shown at this year’s Youth Evangelism Conference. We are also recruiting young evangelists to be mentored and trained as part of Amplify in preparation for Advance 2020. And to keep the HOPE Revolution vision for young people moving forward we are thrilled to announce we have appointed a new youth director - Dan Randall – read more about him below. As we look forward to all that is new in 2019, we continue to pray for you - Psalm 20 is a great prayer! We are trusting that God will ‘make all your plans succeed’.

Roy Crowne
HOPE's executive director

Dan's the Man!

Meet Dan Randall, the new Youth Director for HOPE. Dan has been the Assistant National Director of Pais Movement for the past 5 years and has been serving with Pais for 10 years, beginning as a frontline schools and youth evangelist and then working to develop multiple teams of youth and schools workers across Lancashire. As Assistant National Director he has developed projects such as Mission Academy Live, the Youth Evangelism Conference and Amplify in partnership with HOPE and others. He is also the Youth Pastor at Life Church Lancashire, a youth ministry that works with 3,000 young people in Burnley each year, seeing hundreds come to know Jesus in schools and at events. Dan loves music, Burnley FC and coffee. He says, ‘I’m excited to be joining the HOPE team, to see young people, youth groups, youth organisations and churches equipped to share Jesus in word and action.’
We are so grateful to the Church of England for seconding Jimmy Dale as temporary Youth Director. Jimmy is looking forward to working with Dan as we go forward.
Dan joins HOPE at an exciting time as we prepare to work alongside other youth ministries leading the Youth Evangelism Conference (Cambridge, 23 February and Preston, 23 March) and working towards Amplify – the young evangelists’ strand of Advance 2020.
HOPE at Easter 2019Celebrating Easter
Forgiveness is the theme of the 2019 HOPE at Easter magazine. This 32-page magazine is devised by HOPE for churches to give away – ideally door-to-door with an invitation to Easter services. HOPE at Easter is available to order from the HOPE shop Once ordered, copies will be posted out from 22 February 2019. 7,000 copies have already been ordered - place your order soon to avoid disappointment! Discounts apply if you order three magazines for 2019 – HOPE at Easter, HOPE and Christmas HOPE. Find out more and preview the magazine here.

40 Stories of HOPEIn preparation for Easter 40 Stories of HOPE provides inspiration from prisoners’ lives and from scripture with readings and prayers to use in the weeks before Easter.

Who-doyou-say-I-amWho Do You Say I Am? is an ideal giveaway gift book for guests at your Easter service. Research shows that 43% of adults believe Jesus rose from the dead. This book takes a journey of discovery to show the difference the resurrection makes to people's lives today.

40actsThe UK Christian charity Stewardship is inviting us to seize the opportunity to ‘do Lent generously’ in the weeks leading to Easter. The Church Guide, produced in partnership with HOPE, is available here Find out more at
Talking Jesus LogoTalking Jesus
‘I now feel I have been given a toolkit to use in all sorts of contexts, and I have had some fantastic conversations as a result. I know now that my job is simply to talk Jesus - the rest will be up to God!’ Izzy from York

The Talking Jesus course aims to help Christians talk naturally and relevantly about their faith. This year thousands of churches are running the course – Methodists, URC and RCCG churches, Anglicans, Baptists, Catholics, independent churches and churches in the Newfrontiers networks. Read more reactions to the course here. Preview the course and order copies online at
Hope-2020Catch the HOPE 2020 vision
For a follower of Jesus Christ, hope is much more than a vague longing about how the future might be. Hope is the certainty that comes out of an encounter with Jesus Christ and the daily infilling by the Holy Spirit. I am thrilled that HOPE is supporting local churches in spreading this good news across our country giving people opportunities to discover that hope for themselves in 2020.’ This is the message from the Archbishop of York John Sentamu endorsing HOPE’s vision for 2020. Catch the HOPE 2020 vision with our new brochure, out now. Preview the brochure and request free copies for your church from the HOPE shop. Start to plan how you and your church will take part in 2020.
Mission Champions Day - it could be you!
More than half the places at the Mission Champions Day have been booked – but there are still places to fill. The dream is that every church will have a Mission Champion who will inspire and equip fellow church members to reach out, making Jesus known. You could be that person. The Mission Champions Day is on Saturday 2nd March at Westminster Central Hall in London. Find out more about Mission Champions here, and contact the HOPE office to book your place.
24/7 partnership
We are developing an exciting new partnership with 24/7 Prayer to open prayer spaces in shopping streets across the country. Could you give space for local people to pray? Watch this space in coming months for ideas and resources.
HOPE is working with ministries and denominations to promote and stir up the gift of the evangelist within the church, building towards a huge year of outreach throughout the UK in 2020. Find out more at
Coventry’s winter night shelter
Guests at Coventry’s Winter Night Shelter last night were given new tops, boxers, deodorant and jeans donated by local people. One said, ‘We look so good - I'm ready to go out dating now!’ It's amazing how much difference a piece of clothing and some hygiene products can make to someone's self-esteem.
The project run by churches around the city and provides rough sleepers with support, a hot meal, a safe and warm bed for the night and breakfast the next day. The project runs from 1st December – 31st March every year. Coventry is just one of many towns and cities where churches are running a Winter Night Shelter. If churches in your area working together in this way – tell us your story.
Jobs at HOPE
We are looking for a new PA to give secretarial and administrative assistance to Roy Crowne, HOPE’s Executive Director. Find out more about this role and the new role of Hope for Every Home Ministry Director here. The closing date for these posts is 22 February.
Do keep in touch with us – we would love to hear your news and Easter plans so we can 
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