Hope4U Magazine
Launches Across Africa

Adventist World-sponsored project to help Pathfinders raise funds (Posted December 13, 2012)

BY TOR TJERANSEN, Norwegian Union media director, reporting from Nairobi, Kenya

Hope4U, a brand new outreach magazine aimed at young people in Africa was launched on Sabbath, December 1, 2012, in events held in Nairobi, Kenya, and in Lusaka, Zambia.

At the 2,000-member strong Kenyatta University Seventh-day Adventist Church on the campus of Kenyatta University, a public university in Nairobi, Claude Richli, Associate Publisher of Adventist World, was the key speaker as the Hope4U magazine was launched.

Richli told the students of the inception of the magazine and urged them to use the new witnessing tool to reach out to fellow students on the campus. Kenyatta University has 43,000 students of whom 2,500 are Seventh-day Adventists.

Richli worked for a number of years as the Associate Secretary of the East-Central Africa Division and has been one of the driving forces behind the creation of the 32 page magazine geared toward an African readership.

Thirty five thousand copies have been printed of the first issue of the magazine, which is printed in four colors throughout. In Kenya, young people in Literature clubs will sell the magazine. Mrs. Mary Kigundu is organizing distribution coordinators at the various university campuses around Nairobi. She is delighted to see a magazine of this quality being made available to the young people in Africa.

 HOPE FOR AFRICA: Chelangat Lilian Kirui (23), a student taking a BSc in Public Health, with the new Hope4U magazine after its launch at the Kenyatta University Adventist Church, Nairobi, Kenya on Dec.. 1, 2012. [PHOTO: T. Tjeransen]
“The main vision behind Hope4U is to put a tool in the hands of young people for systematic witnessing and at the same time give them an opportunity to earn some money to help meet their educational needs,” Richli said.

In Zambia, special Hope4U magazine events took place in four different churches across Lusaka: Central, University, Chelston, and Chilanga Seventh-day Adventist churches were the privileged places where the special guests preached in the morning and led a dedication/launch program in the afternoon.

The following day, December 2, was the first Hope4U day for thousands of Pathfinders, Ambassadors, and students in the Central Zambia Conference to go out and sell the 18,000 copies they received. Enthusiasm matched expectations for this project, which will enable young Adventists to share their faith while earning some pocket money.

One of the participants in the launch, Geoffrey Mbwana, a general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church and a former East-Central Africa Division president, expressed enthusiasm about the project.

“I believe Hope4U can and will play a significant role in strengthening our youth spiritually, nurture our members and reach out to our non-Adventist neighbors with the message of hope,” Mbwana wrote in an e-mail. “I was impressed with the kind of reception given by the church members and the youth. With appropriate leadership and coordination on the ground, I believe this initiative will succeed.”

At the end of 2010, there were 718,000 Seventh-day Adventists worshipping in Zambia. During the same time period, 680,000 people were recorded as members in Kenya.

                                                                                  -- with additional reporting by Jean-Luc Lézeau, Adventist Review

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