Who We Are
Hope for the Nations is a non-profit tax exempt organization that was founded in 2002 for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world by means of practical ministry to the needy, teaching and preaching of the Word of God, and training international leadership to do the same.
The founder, Brian Gustafson is a 1979 Christ for the Nations graduate, attended North Central Bible School in Minneapolis, has his Batchlors degree through CLIMB institute, and is ordained through the Omega Team in Minnesota. He met his wife Sharon in 1980 while attending NCBC, and in May of 1981 they were married while Brian was also in full-time ministry. They worked together for six years in home missions to the Native Americans and those with disabilities and then began a ministry overseas. In 1992 they and their four young children moved to South Africa to work with a ministry there reaching thousands of the indigenous people. During the two years they spent there, Brian taught pastors in a Bible school, traveled around the country with an evangelistic team, ministered and preached, and strarted a village church not far from their hometown of Newcastle.
In 1994 they returned to the US taking up secular work for a season, during they traveled on many short term mission trips, ministering in eight African nations and South America. Their ministry began to be marked by healings and miracles as the spoke in conferences, crusades, and the local church. During this time several thousand souls came into the kingdom of God, hundreds were healed, filled with the Holy Spirit, and delivered. Then things began to change.
Pain, wounding, and trials from within the local church caused them to question many things within the modern church. They asked, "How does the church today compare to the church of the New Testament?" "How has our preaching and primary focus in the message changed" What did they preach back then? and how does it compare to today?" and "What does proper church governmebnt look like, and what should be our primary purpose?" This led them on a journey to find again basic foundational truths, and the message Jesus and our forefathers preached.Type your paragraph here.
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Sharon has over 25 years missions experience.
Her service includes, field time working with children and women, the disabled, and prayer.
The daughter of a pastor, Sharon has served Jesus most of her life. When not on the mission field,she has often been found serving in the local church in a number of capacities.
Sharon has also served in her community and through her profession, exemplifying Christ in nursing homes, to neighbors, fellow workers, and clients.
Sharon has felt a call to missions since her college time spent at North Central Bible College, where she met Brian.
Together they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
HOPE FOR THE NATIONS
Philippians 2:16 "holding forth the word of life..."
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Brian's mission experience includes over 25 years experience in both short and long term service. He has worked with children and adults. His leadership includes teaching, preaching, and practical hands on ministry. He and his wife Sharon have helped start two missions organizations.
Brian's interest in missions began while attending Christ For the Nations in Texas where he hosted lunches for international students. He made life long friendships and has since served with some of his fellow students who have their own churches and ministries in their native countries.
In 2008 Brian was given the opportunity to attend training meetings with Ev. Reinhard Bonnke. He and Sharon have conducted evangelistic outreaches in several African nations and Peru. They have also worked with Native Americans, orphans, and those with disabilities.
Brian is an ordained minister through 'The Omega Team' based in the Minneapolis area.