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Hope Builders Ministries

Multiplying Disciples for Christ around the World

Multiplying Disciples for Christ around the World

Multiplying Disciples for Christ around the WorldMultiplying Disciples for Christ around the World


HBM's Beginnings

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 Pastor 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!


2018 Financial Report

Johan and Lida Gous, HBMin.org

Johan and Lida Gous, HBMin.org

What HBM Believes


The Bible is God's Word

The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God. It is God's written 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 God in THREE Persons

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 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.

The Dignity and Death of Man

God created man in His image giving all men value, dignity and free will,  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 by personal faith in the Man, the Lord Jesus Christ/Messiah. 

The Good News of the LORD Jesus Christ

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 in the LORD Jesus Christ. Mankind can do nothing to save himself from the wrath of God again sin.

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 God's 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 Kingdom of God

The Lord Jesus Christ is coming again to establish God's Kingdom on earth to reign with His people for all eternity. 

Today through the proclamation of the Gospel all are being invited 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.

THE HBM TEAM is responsible to raise ministry support

Johan Gous | HBM President

Johan Gous | HBM President

Johan Gous | HBM President


Johan  is the founder and president of HBM. He began ministry in 1976 working with Brother Andrew of Open Doors assisting in serving the persecuted church. 

Johan's primary vision is to mobilize making disciples for Jesus Christ.

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Mike and Dora Sutcliffe

Johan Gous | HBM President

Johan Gous | HBM President


Mike and Dora joined HBM in 2018. 

Mike is now responsible for partnering with churches in America. He will be conducting DMC's in the Midwest and raising support for the work in Africa.

He is charged with raising awareness of the mission of HBM and developing new contacts via the world wide web. 

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Jeff and Lou Ann Hawkins

Johan Gous | HBM President

Jeff and Lou Ann Hawkins

Jeff and Lou Ann Hawkins with Hope Builders Ministries Zambia and india

Jeff ahd Lou Ann have been involved with HBM since 2003 when they met Johan Gous in Eastern Kentucky while pastoring small rural churches.
Since 2007 Jeff has worked with HBM organizing  pastoral training and the administration of the mission in Zambia and India.

Jeff also serves on the HBM Board of Directors.

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Blaine and Anna Hooper

Allan and Delphine Ilunga

Jeff and Lou Ann Hawkins

Blaine and Anna Hooper serve HBM as coordinator of the DRCongo ministry and US Representative

Blaine joined HBM after he served as an officer in the military and graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary. 

Anna is a school teacher. Their passion is to bring glory to God by making mature disciples of Jesus Christ. 

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Allan and Delphine Ilunga

Allan and Delphine Ilunga

Allan and Delphine Ilunga


Allan and Delpine were both born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

After becoming a US citizen and receiving a masters in divinity Allan has move back to Africa to lead the HBM mission to the DRC. 

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Steve and Janet Slater

Allan and Delphine Ilunga

Allan and Delphine Ilunga


Steve and Janet retired from the pastorate after 25 years of service in the local church and joined HBM full-time in 2018. 

Steve conducts pastor training conferences in Zambia.

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Gerald and Miriam Steele

Gerald and Miriam Steele

Gerald and Miriam Steele


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. 

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Andrew and Lilia Danilov

Gerald and Miriam Steele

Gerald and Miriam Steele

Andrey (Andrew) and Lilia are natives of Russia where they did pastoral ministry

Russian pastor and international missionary now joins Hope Builders Ministries to equip, encourage and empower native Christians to make disciples in their own countries and cultures


Dana Andrychen

Gerald and Miriam Steele

Board of Directors


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.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board of Directors


HBM is a 501c3 nonprofit mission organization overseen by a Board of Directors. 


Board of Directors



The HBM Team is always looking for Disciples of Christ who desire to multiply disciples for Christ around the world. You can be a part of the HBM TEAM.

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