Words of HOPE leaders to speak

The Rev. David Bast, president and broadcast minister of Words of HOPE, and the Rev. Victor Atallah, Arabic translator for Words of HOPE, will speak in Northwestern College’s chapel service on Friday, Nov. 16, at 10:05 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

Words of HOPE is an evangelical ministry in the Reformed tradition that works in partnerships to produce Christian radio programs around the world in more than 40 languages. Founded in 1945, the ministry also seeks to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through literature and the Internet.

Bast has been the agency’s president and broadcast minister since 1994. He preaches frequently in churches and conferences around the world. He previously pastored Hamilton (Michigan) Reformed Church, First Reformed Church of South Holland, Ill., and Fifth Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. A graduate of Hope College, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary.

Atallah serves as general director of Middle East Reformed Fellowship and directs the cooperative media ministry of that organization, The Back to God Hour and Words of HOPE. A native of the Middle East, he received his theological training in Beirut, Lebanon. Based in Cyprus, he travels extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa, providing direction for follow-up centers throughout the area and directing a television ministry in Sudan.