The Sound of Hope: The Ernesto Pinto Story, written by Paul Boge and published by Square One World Media, won the Best Christian Non-Fiction Culture Book at the 32nd annual Word Awards on June 13. Usually a Gala event held in Toronto, this year’s awards were streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
Says Paul, “Praise God for this honour.” And to the friends and co-workers who supported the work and assisted in producing it, Paul says, “A huge thank you to all of you for your incredible support and work on the project. I am so grateful. It is exciting to see God's ongoing faithfulness to Ernesto and Marina.”
Paul was inspired to write about Ernesto’s lifetime of ministry – much of it with Encuentro at Square One – while he was the Board Chair here. He travelled to Honduras with Ernesto and Marina to see where their story began, and spent countless hours listening to their experiences. The book was launched in June of 2019. It was featured at the “25 Years of Encuentro” celebration honoring Ernesto’s longtime ministry with Square One that was held in the fall. A Spanish translation of the book is in progress.
The Word Awards were established to encourage the pursuit of excellence in the art, craft, practice and ministry of writing and help to raise the profile of Canadian writers who are Christian. They are sponsored by The Word Guild, a community of Canadians dedicated to developing excellence for Christians who communicate through the written word.