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Obey Your Heavenly Vision

Talminadu, IndiaOver the last few weeks I’ve been meditating on what the apostle Paul said to King Agrippa . . . “I had this vision from heaven and I obeyed it” Acts 26:19. 

God gave me a vision 20 years ago to be a “missionary to the nations” and I’m so thankful that I obeyed it. I just returned from preaching in India and many Hindu’s gave their lives to Jesus, people were healed and believers were encouraged to continue in the faith.

I believe staying focused on your heavenly vision pleases the Lord and it will also help you through the difficulties and challenges in life!

 

 

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We’re using an amazing evangelism and discipleship tool for believers who suffer effects of illiteracy and have limited or no electricity! Developing countries have high illiteracy rates due to limited access to education. If you were to give a paper Bible to an illiterate believer or church leader, they would have difficulty reading it! But indigenous people do have the ability to listen and understand their own language.

Thank God for the the Megavoice Solar Powered Audio Bible!

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Each year we will minister in 5 – 6 countries and train church leaders and host evangelistic outreaches. Our goal is to give away at least 10 Audio Bibles on each trip. The cost per audio Bible is only $50. Your can sponsor one country for $500, one audio Bible for $50 or however you feel led to participate!

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  • February: Thailand
  • June: India
  • August: Kenya

You can donate online www.nowhope.org and designate “Audio Bible”
or by check and write Audio Bible in the memo section and mail to:
NOW HOPE, PO Box 62776, Colorado Springs, CO 80962

Brazil Mission Trip

We wrapped up our 2015 ministry tour by visiting our dear friends Renato & Michelle Cassula in Fortaleza, Brazil. Brian trained church leaders for two days and he challenged the believers to put God first in their lives.

Renato and Michelle have planted a new church and also minister to people living in the water drought regions of Brazil. We look forward to going back soon!

The Dynamic Duo in Argentina

IMG_2169A dear friend of ours refers to Melissa and I as the “Dynamic Duo”. We are humbled by that name but actually we are more effective for the Kingdom when we minister together. In June 2015, we both ventured down to Argentina and trained church leaders in two cities for two days.

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This was a significant trip because evangelical church leaders in Argentina are being persecuted by the government. New rules are going in effect that requires all church pastors to have formal Bible training. We responded by training their church leaders and providing a certificate of training for their records.

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The church leaders were so thankful that we came to their country. It was a wonderful time of teaching, prayer, prophetic words and fellowship with the believers. We look forward to many more years of ministering together as the “Dynamic Duo” in the nations for Jesus!

Brian & Melissa Chu

Melissa and Brian in Bolivia

In 2013, Melissa and I ministered together in Cochabamba, Bolivia. With our children still at a young age, It had been a while since we traveled alone together without our kiddos. But God’s timing is always perfecto!!!

I was so excited to listen to Melissa teach the Word and watch the Holy Spirit minister through her with boldness, compassion and truth. Many of the ladies stayed after the service to talk to her and ask for prayer.

We also got in some well needed morning coffee dates and evening dinners in the quaint city of Cochabamba. Thank you Lord, for this amazing opportunity to minister in the nations with my beautiful wife.

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Motorcycle to Ministry

20 years ago the Lord called me to serve Him in the ministry. So in 1995 at age 31, I sold my motorcycle (Honda CBR600) to pay my tuition for Bible school.

It has been quite the life of faith, adventure, obedience, sacrifice and joy to serve the Lord as a missionary to the nations.

Brian Chu

Starbucks and Chipotle

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I really enjoy Starbucks and Chipotle and actually own shares of stock in both companies! This December, I’m fasting both places to save some money. Why? to help provide audio Bibles for believers in developing countries who suffer effects of illiteracy and limited access to electricity!

We’ve preached the gospel in over 45 countries and many of the people we reach have little or no education plus limited access or no electricity. So even if you give them a Bible in their language, most likely they would not be able to read it.

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The MegaVoice Solar Powered Audio Bible

  • Provides non-readers with the good news of God’s love.
  • Device includes Bible, 3 year Bible school & animated Bible stories.
  • Available in over 4,600 languages.
  • These cool devices are SOLAR POWERED!!!

Each device is only $50  = (3 meals at Chipotle + 5 Starbucks coffee). Please share this story with your friends and consider helping us purchase Megavoice Audio Bibles!

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Thank you!

Brian Chu Co-founder of Now Hope

Ethiopia Miracles

In January 2013, Brian led a mission trip to Ethiopia. Although over two years have passed, it remains one of our most impacting trips to date. Miracles still happen today and we have witnessed it with our own eyes.

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mud huts in Ethiopia

On this particular trip, Brian was pulled out of his comfort zone. He was asked, on the spot and without preparation, to speak to a group of women. God instantly gave Brian a message to tell them their value… that they were created in God’s image, even as wives and mothers. Many of the women received Jesus and were filled with the Holy Spirit.

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Brian with the women at the church in Ethiopia

But God wasn’t done yet.

During one of the evangelism outreaches, a man was introduced to Brian. He had been blind in one eye since birth. Brian asked the man, “If God heals you, will you bring back all your friends?”

O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed;
if you save me, I will be truly saved.
My praises are for you alone!
(Jeremiah 17:14)

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This man’s blind eye was opened!

Miraculously, God healed the man’s blind eye and he was able to see out of that eye for the first time in his life! He then accepted Jesus, and left. An hour later, he returned with many of his friends, all of whom wanted prayer and to receive Jesus. We have a video of that encounter:

Miracles still happen today, but you must be willing to step out in faith.

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Brian at the church in Ethiopia

Our next trip is in April to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We have been visiting this place every year since 2002, working with 22 adopted children, evangelism, and prison outreach. We need to raise another $500 by April 1st. If you would like to give towards this trip, secure donations can be made here. Thank you for your support and prayers.

How are Cupcakes Like the Parable of the Bags of Gold?

“Do not give all of your money to the poor.” I heard Brian say this to our daughters recently. They had just returned from selling Naomi’s leftover birthday cupcakes door-to-door to the neighbors. The girls squealed with delight. Brian was amazed and proud. Nine dollars was burning a hole in their pocket! Ideas on how to spend it were spinning out of control.

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Naomi’s 9th birthday (December 2014)

“Let’s give it all to the poor,” one daughter suggested. Now I was amazed and proud.

“Do not give all of your money to the poor,” Brian said. The statement caught me off guard. My bubble was burst. He had my attention, and the girls’, too. What could possibly be cuter, more compassionate, more thoughtful, or more noble than little girls giving all of their hard-earned money to the poor? This I had to hear.

Brian went on to explain that Jesus said the poor you will always have with you. Then he suggested the girls split the $9 as follows… They could spend a portion, because they worked hard for it. Next, they could give a portion to the poor, because they need it. Lastly, they could take a portion and invest it. He told them they could buy some cookie dough, make cookies, and sell them to earn even more money. Thus they would have more money to spend, more money to give, and more money to invest again. The idea clicked immediately – for the girls, and for me.

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!.” (Matthew 25:21)

I love how simple cupcakes were used to explain Matthew’s The Parable of the Bags of Gold so eloquently, yet elementary.

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a lesson from cupcakes

Thank you for believing in the work our family is able to accomplish in developing nations through Now Hope. It is our privilege and responsibility to serve their leaders. It demands risk and accountability. They are worth it! The investment in a leader can not only change his/her individual life, but it also reaches their families, villages, cities, and nations. This touches the generations to come. This is time well spent. This is our passion. This is our life. We are honored to share it with you.


Our next trip is in April to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We have been visiting this place every year since 2002, working with 22 adopted children, evangelism, and prison outreach. We need to raise another $500 by April 1st. If you would like to give towards this trip, secure donations can be made here. Thank you for your support and prayers.