HOPE CHANNEL - Changing Lives
By Gideon Mutero
Hope Channel’s world-wide television network is an instrument that God is using to reach millions of people globally with the good news. The use of television media has the potential to reach people who would otherwise not be reached through the other conventional methods of evangelism. The production and broadcast of quality television programming, however, is a costly undertaking that requires enormous resources. While commercial television derives most of its revenue from advertising, Hope Channel relies on the gifts provided by church members and other donors.
"By providing funding to Hope Channel, the donors enjoy the blessings of sharing the gospel which transforms many people’s lives through television media. The viewers, in return, go through a life-changing experience by watching the programs that offer them hope for a better life here and in eternity."
Hope Channel receives its allotted revenue from the General Conference tithe and offerings, as well as from donors who contribute to accomplish the mission of spreading God’s good news in this way. The resources provided to Hope Channel are utilized in developing, producing and broadcasting programming in faith, health, relationships, and community which offers God’s good news for a better life today and for eternity.
By providing funding to Hope Channel, the donors enjoy the blessings of sharing the gospel which transforms many people’s lives through television media. The viewers, in return, go through a life-changing experience by watching the programs that offer them hope for a better life here and in eternity. Through careful stewardship of resources, a lot of programming is accomplished at a much lower cost compared to other television networks.
The broadcast is done through satellite distribution and other media platforms like over-the-air terrestrial distribution, internet streaming, video on demand, Roku and mobile apps. The development, subscription and maintenance of these distribution mechanisms requires substantial resources comprising of about a third of all the funds received. The funds received by Hope Channel are also used for marketing of programs and providing support services such as the general administrative functions and fundraising.
Through Hope Channel, the seeds of hope are sown globally, reaching many people and connecting them to a loving Savior. The inspiring programs help to change lives. When Jesus comes into our lives, He makes us new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17; Heb. 8:10; Jn.14:15). The programming also proclaims the end-time prophesies. Bible prophecy reveals that the end of this world is imminent and Jesus will return soon (Rev. 22:12).
"It is the changed life stories of people like Linda, which affirm the great work that God is accomplishing through this television ministry."
Health problems and a severe case of depression kept Linda homebound. While family and friends took turns visiting her, she still felt alone and empty. Television was her only constant company. Having tried so many things to combat her depression, Linda thought she’d give Christian television a chance. After trying several channels, she settled on Hope Channel. There she learned about the Sabbath and began keeping it alone. Her depression was soon gone and she felt well enough to leave home. Together with her sister, she visited a nearby Seventh-day Adventist Church. In all the decades she had lived in that town, she had never known about the church until her Hope Channel experience.
It is the changed life stories of people like Linda, which affirm the great work that God is accomplishing through this television ministry. By connecting viewers to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Hope Channel provides a pathway by which to lead these people into the saving grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our mission is to help people prepare to live for Jesus in this world and be prepared for His soon return (Rev. 22:17).