Words of Hope, Inc.

Summary

Words of Hope, Inc. ("WOH") strives to proclaim Jesus Christ, seeks to win the uncommitted to faith in Christ, and endeavors to build up His Church to the glory of God.

The ministry's core objectives are:

  • Produce high quality, effective Christian programs.
  • Enable national Christians to use radio to reach their own people with the gospel.
  • Prioritize those places, languages, and people with the least access to the gospel.
  • Help to build the church among every people group to whom we broadcast.
This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
700 Ball Ave., NE
P.O. Box 1706
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-9503

Website: www.woh.org

Phone: (616) 459-6181

Email: woh@woh.org


Organization details

EIN: 381335605

CEO/President: Rev. David Bast

Chairman:

Board size:

Founder: Reformed Church of America, General Synod

Year founded: 1945

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Purpose

Words of Hope, Inc. ("WOH") strives to proclaim Jesus Christ, seeks to win the uncommitted to faith in Christ, and endeavors to build up His Church to the glory of God.

The ministry's core objectives are:

  • Produce high quality, effective Christian programs.
  • Enable national Christians to use radio to reach their own people with the gospel.
  • Prioritize those places, languages, and people with the least access to the gospel.
  • Help to build the church among every people group to whom we broadcast.
This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

Words of Hope uses the following to communicate its mission:

To proclaim Jesus Christ by radio and literature in the languages of the world's peoples, seeking with our partners in ministry to win the uncommitted everywhere to faith in Christ and to encourage Christians in the life of discipleship.


Statement of faith

Words of Hope uses the following to express their faith:

We in the Reformed Church in America believe God created humans perfect and free to make choices. They chose to disobey their Creator. Turning away from God, humanity fell into sin. All of the suffering and evil in the world is because of this sin.

Even though we have turned away from God, God still loves all people and wants our lives to be full of joy and peace. Right from the beginning, God had a plan to make this happen.

God's plan was to send Jesus, who lived a life of perfect obedience to God and who died to pay the price for all people's sins. God raised Jesus back to life. He is in heaven now, but he has promised to return to earth someday. When he comes again, he will resurrect all believers and take them to be with him in heaven.

Believers are people who accept that Jesus Christ is God's Son, who believe that Jesus died for their sins and rose from the dead, and who do their best to follow his teachings and example. Together they form the church, which is called Christ's body on earth, and which has a responsibility to continue Christ's work.

Living the Christian life is not always easy, but believers receive guidance from the Bible and from the teachings and example of Christ; and they receive encouragement and power from God's Holy Spirit.

The Reformed Church in America accepts three confessional statements as expressions of its basic beliefs:

The Heidelberg Catechism. Formulated during the Reformation, and still important as a teaching tool in many churches, it has had by far the most formative influence on the life of the Reformed Church.

The Belgic Confession . Written in the sixteenth century by Guido de Bres, a pastor and itinerant preacher in southern Netherlands, it was intended to persuade Philip II of Spain that Reformed people did not hold heretical views. De Bres hoped to convince the king to stop persecuting the Protestants; he himself became a martyr for his faith in 1567. The Canons of Dort were formulated in 1618 to resolve a dispute among Dutch theological professors on the issue of divine sovereignty in the work of salvation.

The Reformed Church also affirms three creeds that arose in the early church, the Apostle's Creed, the Athanasian Creed, and the Nicene Creed.

In 1978 the Reformed Church approved Our Song of Hope as a contemporary statement of faith in its ministry of witness, teaching, and worship. In the Reformed tradition, creeds are subject to evaluation in the light of Scriptures. They are always subordinate to the final authority of Christ.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating406 of 42378 of 78
Fund acquisition rating368 of 42372 of 78
Resource allocation rating383 of 42374 of 78
Asset utilization rating354 of 42372 of 78

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20132012201120102009
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%14%18%17%16%15%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%13%18%15%14%14%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%95%99%93%91%93%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%16%19%17%14%12%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%5%1%7%9%7%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20132012201120102009
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%66%62%66%64%69%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%82%94%89%99%115%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%54%58%58%63%80%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%18%6%11%1%-15%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%22%8%16%2%-21%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%18%19%17%21%19%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20132012201120102009
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.300.931.051.161.401.47
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.544.063.684.364.864.57
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.543.783.885.046.786.71
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20132012201120102009
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.9614.2917.6110.7114.819.37
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.070.060.090.070.11
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.072.952.922.161.651.60
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20132012201120102009
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%6%8%8%7%9%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%101%87%79%66%62%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20132012201120102009
Cash$630,970$437,277$469,263$387,970$289,192
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$189,493$288,343$45,273$32,188$155,974
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$50,000$0$0
Total current assets$820,463$725,620$564,536$420,158$445,166
Long-term investments$2,007,017$1,304,481$1,474,799$1,242,658$1,194,094
Fixed assets$82,923$80,784$87,977$95,485$85,387
Other long-term assets$422,270$558,690$333,449$282,323$309,479
Total long-term assets$2,512,210$1,943,955$1,896,225$1,620,466$1,588,960
Total assets$3,332,673$2,669,575$2,460,761$2,040,624$2,034,126
 
Liabilities20132012201120102009
Payables and accrued expenses$57,424$41,194$52,721$28,378$47,494
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$57,424$41,194$52,721$28,378$47,494
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$149,520$176,490$150,949$117,532$126,394
Total long-term liabilities$149,520$176,490$150,949$117,532$126,394
Total liabilities$206,944$217,684$203,670$145,910$173,888
 
Net assets20132012201120102009
Unrestricted$1,498,969$783,140$1,020,536$672,002$680,791
Temporarily restricted$683,659$794,828$265,505$282,144$293,994
Permanently restricted$943,101$873,923$971,050$940,568$885,453
Net assets$3,125,729$2,451,891$2,257,091$1,894,714$1,860,238
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20132012201120102009
Total contributions$3,575,605$2,965,611$2,980,306$2,616,596$2,422,805
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$126,581
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$154,442($50,524)$134,865$163,382($61,883)
Other revenue$48,947$93,528$91,267$104,807$113,265
Total other revenue$203,389$43,004$226,132$268,189$177,963
Total revenue$3,778,994$3,008,615$3,206,438$2,884,785$2,600,768
 
Expenses20132012201120102009
Program services$2,037,496$1,745,632$1,864,750$1,830,322$2,075,581
Management and general$568,768$532,187$482,512$612,712$553,346
Fundraising$498,892$535,996$496,799$407,275$360,325
Total expenses$3,105,156$2,813,815$2,844,061$2,850,309$2,989,252
 
Change in net assets20132012201120102009
Surplus (deficit)$673,838$194,800$362,377$34,476($388,484)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$673,838$194,800$362,377$34,476($388,484)

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

In 1944, the Rev. Howard Teusink, then pastor of the Trinity Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan, remained at home one Sunday morning too ill to preach. From his bed he turned his radio dial, searching for gospel broadcasts. After listening carefully, he became convinced of the need for a radio broadcast with a sound, well-balanced biblical witness to the evangelical Christian faith.

The consistory of his congregation overtured the Classis of Kalamazoo with respect to such an outreach, and the ministry of Words of HOPE officially began under the name Temple Time. The original articles of incorporation provided a firm foundation for the organization with the following statement of purpose: "to preach through broadcasting Jesus Christ as the only Savior . . . ."

The first broadcast of the new ministry aired July 22, 1945, "live" from the Central Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. William Goulooze, then Professor of Church History at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, presented a message entitled "Consider Christ Jesus." Within months of this first broadcast, the gospel proclaiming work of Temple Time was soon adopted by three regional synods as their official broadcast.

A number of other Reformed Church ministers spoke on the program in its early years. The Rev. Harland Steele served as Temple Time radio minister from 1950-1952. Dr. Henry Bast, pastor of Bethany Reformed Church in Grand Rapids and later Professor of Preaching at Western Theological Seminary, served as radio minister from 1952-1972.

During Dr. Bast's time of service, Temple Time launched its first foreign language broadcasts: Japanese (1953), Chinese (1955), Russian (1958) and Spanish (1959). Temple Time also began production of a devotional booklet in 1952, entitled Prayer Time.

Glenn LePard, after a career in secular radio, became the Executive Vice President of the ministry and the announcer on its broadcasts in 1963.

In September 1972, when Dr. Bast's health was declining, Dr. William Brownson, then Professor of Preaching at Western Theological Seminary, became the Temple Time radio minister. His first broadcast was aired at Christmas-time, 1972.

The name of the broadcast ministry was changed in 1974 from Temple Time to Words of HOPE. As foreign language ministries became more prominent, it was realized that the word "temple" in many cultures is customarily associated with non-Christian faiths. The staff and board decided upon Words of HOPE as a title, which both avoided this difficulty and also pointed to the nature of the Christian message.

Also in 1974, production of Words of HOPE television programs began with Dr. Brownson as speaker. These programs were originally presented on several national cable systems at no charge. Eventually, however, television time became so costly that in 1982, it was decided to stop production of Words of HOPE telecasts. The staff and board had faced this decision: shall we, as a ministry with modest resources, become chiefly a North American television program, or shall we specialize in missionary radio? The unanimous choice of the Words of HOPE staff and board was to do the latter. This proved to be a momentous decision.

Throughout these years, the devotional booklet, Prayer Time, continued to grow in popularity. Along with the ministry, its title was also changed to Words of HOPE in 1975. Currently, more than 100,000 copies of each quarterly edition are distributed worldwide.

In 1981, Dr. and Mrs. Brownson traveled around the world, visiting key broadcast facilities of Trans World Radio, Far East Broadcasting Company and the World Radio Missionary Fellowship (HCJB). The aim was to discover what the greatest needs were in missionary broadcasting and what overall strategy was in place to meet those needs. This was a rich and fruitful trip, but it became clear that the various broadcast agencies were operating independently with no shared plan for world evangelization. Words of HOPE began to work with these broadcast partners toward closer cooperation. Since 1982, Words of HOPE has experienced an unparalleled advance in missionary broadcasting. Over 25 new foreign language programs have since been launched.

The major Christian broadcast agencies covenanted together in 1985 to form the World by 2000initiative, a cooperative effort to produce gospel broadcasts in all the world's remaining major languages (about 150 of them at the time) by the end of the century. Words of HOPE has been active in this movement from the beginning and now holds a place on the World by 2000(now called World by Radio) Steering Committee. Approximately 80 megalanguages (a language with a million or more speakers) remain unreached with the gospel.

In 1985, Lee DeYoung joined the Words of HOPE team after a career in secular radio to become the Executive Director. He has since become the Vice President for Broadcasting.

The year 1990 witnessed the beginning of Words of HOPE's fundraising campaign for increased missionary broadcasting entitled WORLD-REACH. This campaign, concluded in 1996, has enabled Words of HOPE to begin 18 programs in languages previously unreached by Christian broadcasters.

Bill Brownson retired in 1994 and was succeeded by Rev. David Bast, who became Words of HOPE's new President and Broadcast Minister.

Today, in more than 40 languages on five continents, Words of HOPE proclaims Jesus Christ by radio to a potential audience of staggering size. Together with our broadcast partners, we are closing in on our goal to make the gospel accessible by radio in the "heart language" of all the world's peoples.


Program accomplishments

Words of Hope, Inc. has made many great strides in delivering the Gospel message through radio media. In more than 40 languages on five continents, Words of HOPE proclaims Jesus Christ by radio to a potential audience of staggering size.

2003-Persian Signal Reaches Iran and Afganistan 2002-New radio studio in Kenya


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