An organization that has delivered half a billion portions of Scripture to children around the world has changed its name to better reflect its evolution in Bible delivery methods. For most of its history, the Ft. Lauderdale-based Book of Hope relied on the printed word to bring culturally-appropriate stories of Jesus to children across the globe. But in recent years, the Life has expanded its delivery mechanisms to include video, web-based tools, text messaging and oral presentation strategies.
To reflect the Life ‘s expanded approach to Scripture delivery, Book of Hope has changed its name to OneHope.
“This Life is about much more than the printed word,” said OneHope President Rob Hoskins, who has led the organization since 2004 when his father, founder Bob Hoskins, stepped down from leading the Life ‘s day-to-day operations. “The way the world communicates has transformed since the Life ‘s beginnings in 1987.”
One driving force behind the diversification of Scripture delivery methods is the percentage of the world’s population for whom the written word is irrelevant.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), one in five people in the world cannot read, which adds up to nearly 1 billion people. An additional group of young people are literate but choose not to read.
In 2005, the Life developed an animated movie for children and youth, “The GodMan.” To date, “The GodMan” has been viewed by more than 10 million children and youth in hosted showings and by hundreds of millions more via broadcast television.
“We recognize that the power of the Word is not limited to a printed text and are committed to reaching the next generation by every means possible,” said Hoskins. “The change of our name to OneHope reflects our continued commitment to exploring all available channels for Scripture delivery.”
OneHope was founded in 1987 by missionary Bob Hoskins and is reaching the world’s children and youth with Scripture that speaks directly to their lives and culture. In collaboration with churches and ministries, and working with local governments, schools and non-governmental organizations, OneHope has personally delivered Scripture to half a billion young people in 125 countries through its Book of Hope publications and “The GodMan” animated film.
Using outcome-based research, OneHope continues to update its Life model and offers its expertise and resources to other child-focused organizations.
“While our mission to reach children in a relevant way with the Gospel is unchanged, the avenues available for communicating that Gospel have expanded exponentially,” Hoskins adds.
For more information, visit www.OneHope.net.