Bright Hope World Podcast - "It Ain't That Simple Mate!"

The Bright Hope World podcast discusses poverty, missions and just about everything that has to do with efforts to alleviate poverty and bring the gospel to the poor.

Hosts Fraser Scott (Bright Hope World's Executive Director) and Kevin Honore (Bright Hope World's New Partnerships Facilitator) look into the nature of poverty, how it can be alleviated and the mistakes westerners often make as they try to help the poor. Oversimplistic solutions are challenged because when it comes to ain't that simple mate!

Episodes are released every two weeks.

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18 - A Conversation with Mike Mann in Thailand

July 27, 2021 • 50:31

In this episode we talk to Mike Mann from the Integrated Tribal Development Foundation (ITDF) in Thailand.

ITDF works with hilltribe people in the north of Thailand by undertaking water and sanitation projects, providing microloans, running schools and medical clinics and assisting with sustainable agriculture. ITDF is also the source for La Mai coffee (

To find out more about ITDF visit the Bright Hope World partnership page here.

17 - A Conversation with Our Friends in Egypt

July 13, 2021 • 47:12

In this episode Fraser Scott and Kevin Honore interview a couple working among the poor in Cairo, Egypt.

For security reasons, we are not able to give their names or details.

The story starts with an amazing account of a young boy that sees his father gunned down in front of him, and swears revenge on those responsible. Where the story goes from there, and where he and his wife end up, is deeply encouraging and challenging.

If you are interested in reading "Love Casts Out Fear: A Jihad Survivor's Journey from Revenge to Redemption", the book about his life (written under a nom de plume) you can find it here.

16 - A Conversation with Zeeneta in India

June 29, 2021 • 49:09

Season 2 kicks off a new series of conversations with Bright Hope World partners around the world.

In this episode we talk to Zeeneta who works in northern India. She tells an amazing story of her family being hunted by relatives and facing incredible persecution, but showing incredible forgiveness and love towards those that sought to do them harm.


15 - Short-term Mission Trips Special

February 16, 2021 • 56:59

They're popular, they're challenging and enlightening...but are they a good idea? Short-term mission trips have become a key strategy for churches to engage in missions, and to engage thier people in missions. Yet sometimes we do not stop to ask ourselves why we're doing them and if we are doing them the right way.

Fraser Scott and Bright Hope World's Southeast Asia Partnership Facilitator Emma Stokes take a long hard look at short-term mission trips and ask why we're doing them, whether they are giving us the results we're wanting and - most importantly - who we're actually doing them for. They discuss some of the key considerations in doing such trips well, and some of the key pitfalls to avoid.

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