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October 2, 2011

I originally contacted this charity several years ago. I knew some missionaries that were helping to coordinate translation of Scripture into a people-group's "heart tongue on cassette tapes. Faith Comes by Hearing had a hand-cranked cassette player that was designed for use in low-technology areas. I was able to purchase and provide a few of the players for the project. After learning more about Hosanna/Faith Comes by Hearing my family decided to make routine contributions.

Though my contributions were relatively small (maybe $500 in a really good year) the organization provided excellent communication and ensured we were up-to-date on the activities and outreach. When my health failed and my family was unable to continue our small contributions, we were still provided full communication. Further, I have received several personal notes from staff members over the past years. In every case, I was encouraged and reminded that members of the Hosanna staff were continuing to pray for me.

My family's financial circumstances have changed as a result of a new job for my wife and this is the first organization that came to our minds as a deserving charity. We will be restarting our contributions immediately.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We were able to provide non-affiliated missionaries with ruggedized, hand-powered cassette players for an unreached group. We were also able to directly provide Spanish-language Scripture cassette sets to missionaries in the Caribbean. Of course, that technology has long been replace by MP3 files and memory chips.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more involvement with traditional religious denominations for publicity and funding. It would need to be done in such a way, though, as to not allow undue influence from any particular group.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

My original donations were based on the availability of the hand-cranked cassette players.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

My financial circumstances have changed to allow me to contribute.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Provide a specific service for a very specific and important need. As it says in Matthew 4:3-4 (NIV) 'The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Hosanna is helping to provide access to that Word.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 20, 2011

I'm uncomfortable that the 1st reviewer, Troy Carl, only lists himself as a "donor" when he is on the payroll.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

rec'g published reports and donor receipts

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to be more transparent, and leave no reason for concern of nepotism.

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