Thank you so much for your involvement—big or small—in GO2020 so far. There’s no doubt that believers around Australia and the world are taking evangelism much more seriously during May, and praying up a revival storm.
One faith-sharing opportunity that we have really been highlighting is the Hope Story. Thousands of Hope Stories are being watched and shared now on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and other social media platforms.
In fact, we believe we are close to our first million views, with people in over 30 countries participating. This is amazing, and is an obvious answer to your many prayers! So thank you for your prayerful support.
We are beginning to see the trend spread way beyond the West and into many nations. ‘Miss Egypt’ just shared her story in Arabic and had thousands of views on Instagram and Facebook. The team at the Canberra Declaration were the first to promote this historic initiative to a large audience.
So how do you share your hope story? It’s simple—just film yourself sharing a 60-second testimony about how Jesus has changed your life, and share it to social media.
To really get the word out, nominate 5 of your friends on social media to do the same. If you do the maths, eventually millions of people will hear the Gospel.
Social media can be intimidating if you’re new to it. If you don’t have a social media account, an easy alternative is to get a friend or family member to film your testimony and upload it to their account. That way, your story will reach their friends and contacts.
But if you want your own friends to hear your story of salvation, then follow the steps below to set up a Facebook account, connect with friends, and post your Hope Story. Make sure your post is set on public! (By the way, don’t be afraid to reach out for help to someone you know who is already confident using social media).
First, set up your Facebook account by following the steps in this tutorial:
Next, use the search bar on Facebook to find people you know, making sure you click the ‘Add Friend’ button for each of them. It is worth spending time finding as many friends as you can—because these are the people who are going to see your Hope Story.
Once you have added any friends you can think of, use this link to find even more people that you know.
Now it’s time to film your Hope Story. You can do this on your phone or your computer, so long as your device has a camera. If you need help with this step, make sure you ask someone for help.
Finally, upload your video to Facebook. This tutorial shows you how:
To really help your Hope Story go ‘viral’, type #HopeStory, #GO2020 and #BestDayOfMyLife in the caption, along with anything else you’d like to say. And remember to nominate and ‘tag’ five friends, challenging them to share their hope story. (See how to tag friends here).
As we said, if all of this is new to you, don’t hesitate to ask help from someone who is more familiar with Facebook. YouTube is also a helpful resource—if you get stuck on any step, visit YouTube and simply type your question in the search bar, and you will find tutorial videos that explain almost anything you can imagine.
If you don’t want to use Facebook, you can still send your video by text or message app (such as Messenger or WhatsApp) to individual people. This is also a great way to share the love of God with your friends.
Hundreds of Hope Stories are being watched and shared now, with many thousands of views. In fact, we are beginning to see the trend spread way beyond the West and into many nations. ‘Miss Egypt’ just shared her story in Arabic and had thousands of views. We get to be part of this historic initiative!
Keep in mind that Hope Stories are just one of many ways we can get the message of Jesus out there. Everything we do and every prayer we pray is making a difference. That’s why we want to encourage you to continue all that you are doing for God’s kingdom.
That the Lamb may receive the reward of His sufferings,
Kurt Mahlburg & Warwick Marsh