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HBM's primary mission is to equip indigenous church leaders in Africa and India with the Word of God. This means providing Bibles and Bible study course materials for Christian Pastors and teachers to GROW in the Word of God and mentored to be disciple makers. HBM also conducts Bible conferences with key leaders who then equip others. 2 Timothy 2:2
HBM empowers local indigenous Christians to be the missionaries in their communities. They know the language or languages and the culture where they live, work and play. They can communicate the powerful Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that relates to those around them. This enables listen to hear clearly the message of a victorious, eternal life.
The local church is the best mission agency sending out their people into the local fields that are ready to harvest.
Mark 9:37-38, Acts 1:8
Hope Builders Ministries is a WORD focused mission. The goal is to train indigenous men and women in the Word of God so that they can share the eternal life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ with their communities.
Hope Builders Ministries' (HBM) global mission is to reach the world for Jesus Christ in fulfillment of our Lord's Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Since 2001, HBM has instructed over 25,000 Christian leaders to faithfullly create disciple-makers in their own communities, distributing over 600,000 Bibles to Christ's disciples in many countries.
Our primary strategy involves
partnering with indigenous believers who are uniquely gifted, speaking the local languages, understanding the culture
and being accepted as leaders within their communities, to reach their own people groups with the Good News, the free gift, Eternal Life in the Lord Jesus Christ
Our program is focused on equipping, empowering and encouraging faithful Christian leaders in Africa and India. It has achieved results that are well beyond our own expectations and can only be attributed to God's great grace.
In Africa, HBM is currently working in Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In India we are in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Hope Builders Ministries (HBM) developed from The Calling (2 Timothy 2:2) received by four men working with Open Doors in Southern Africa in 1984. Project Timothy was begun to address the acute shortage of pastors in Mozambique. That country's on-going civil war had impoverished it to "poorest country in the world" status. Pastors had been specifically targeted because they " had control over people". Able bodied men potentially are fighters for one of the armies.
Project Timothy later became Timothy Training Institute as it grew into an independent ministry in 1990 and spread to all the countries Hope Builders Ministries reaches today. The HBM program has since been adjusted to accommodate the needs of the constituency we have been called to serve -- the "bush" of rural Africa where virtually nobody provides the training or "tools" for indigenous leaders to EFFECTIVELY reach their own people for Christ.
In 2001 Hope Builders was established in the US to partner with these indigenous ministries as the projects grew. Over 11,000 village churches have been planted in eight African countries since 2001. HBM has enrolled pastoral leaders in a three-year Pastors' Training Program, a diploma course completed by 25,000 graduates (over and above the 13,000 students served between 1985 and 2001 by Timothy Training Institute).
Through the Bibles for Disciples program, nearly 600,000 Bibles have been distributed to faithful disciples through a network of indigenous partner churches (many in their native languages).
Through Dignity Projects thousands of orphans have received sustained material and spiritual care while hundreds of widows have been trained and equipped to care for these orphans.
This is done in their local churches, under the supervision of the local Pastor.
Bibles, bicycles, motorcycles, evangelism tracts, Jesus Film kits, thousands of study modules, vegetable seed and garden tools are some of the gifts referred to as "tools" provided by our donors who partner with us to serve thousands of people who are hungry for the Word of God.
If you delight in the idea of rapidly winning whole communities to Christ in rural areas of Africa and India, we invite you to join us in this exciting and fruitful ministry!
Read more at HISTORY AND FOCUS
Johan and Lida Gous, HBM President
Jeff ahd Lou Ann pastored three local churches in Kentucky for 18 years before joining HBM full-time in 2008.
Jeff is the US Coordinator for Zambia and India raising support for the HBM mission partners in these countries.
They work in the USA as well as Africa and India. Jeff also serves on the HBM Board of Directors.
Missionaries to the nations for over four decades,
the Steeles have served in Brazil, Portugal and Mozambique.
A disciple making movement was launched among the Makua People of Mozambique in 2006 resulting in thousands of salvations and 1000 churches planted.
Lida has been a vital part of HBM from its inception. In addition being Johan's wife and managing the HBM home office she is an active speaker and teacher with the Disciple Makers Program involved in the training of the wives of pastors and church leaders.
David has joined the HBM Team representing the mission on college campuses. He advocates for Indigenous Missions and presents the "1 on 3" disciple making strrategy to ministry groups. He is passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the coming Kingdom of God.
Dana is the HBM accountant. She has been with Hope Builders since 2004. She is part of the administrative staff behind the scenes keeping the books, overseeing the annual audit, database administration, maintaining compliance with HBM affiliates as well as financial reporting to the HBM Board of Directors.
HBM is a 501c3 nonprofit mission organization overseen by a Board of Directors.
The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God and God's revelation to mankind. God has revealed Himself to all through His Creation, the human conscience and His written Word, the Bible. The Bible is the declaration of God's ultimate Revelation, the Living Word, the LORD Jesus Christ.
There is One, Eternal Lord God Almighty, the Creator of all things and therefore the Sovereign Ruler over all things, visible and invisible, Who is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit .
The Lord Jesus Christ is God, the Word made flesh. He is the Son of God, born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life and performed miracles proving His diety. Therefore, being uniquely qualified, He died for the sins of all mankind and rose bodily from the grave ascending to the right hand of the Throne of God the Father where He now intercedes for all who call upon His Name. HE is presently waiting to return to this present earth to establish the Kingdom of God and reign as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
God created man in His image giving all men value and dignity, but because of sin mankind is alienated from God and dies. Everyone needs salvation from sin and eternal death. God has restored man's dignity and provided for man's full salvation in the Man, the Lord Jesus Christ/Messiah.
The good news is that Jesus Christ has paid the penalty of sin for all mankind by dying in man's place. This is the one and only message all people must hear and believe in order to be saved from the wrath of God, eternal death. It is the MISSION of the Church to declare this good news and make disciples of all people.
Salvation from the penalty, power and presence of sin is by faith alone (not works) in the LORD Jesus Christ.
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the gift of God at the moment of salvation giving believers the power to live as Christ's Ambassadors (ministers with a message) of reconciliation to the world.
It is by the Holy Spirit that believers are enabled to walk in a manner worthy (holy) of the high calling to be sons and daughters of the Kingdom.
The Lord Jesus Christ is coming again to establish God's Kingdom on earth to reign with His people for all eternity.
Today all are called to enter into this Kingdom by being born again through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Everyone will rise from the dead. All those who believe in the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be raised to eternal life. All those who do not believe in the Son of God are condemned to eternal death, the Lake of Fire.