We have been looking at recent prophetic words that have led us as a church to expect and respond to growth in both influence and in numbers. It is also good to look at other, older prophetic words and themes that continue to influence us as a church. These words describe something of the flavour that God has drawn out of Hope Church.
- To be a European / International gateway.
I saw loads and loads of planes, all over the place. Some of them were wonderful, and I longed to be on them. There were others, which I didn’t want anything to do with. I felt God was saying He wants you to be very, very focused. To be absolutely clear on where you are going and what you are doing. This is because there are going to be planes that are like ministries, almost. They are going to come across your path and if you are not careful they are going to distract you, and make you wish you were on one. But God says, “Well, actually no. I want you to know you are going this way and you are secure in it and you are clear about it and you know, yes, that is a wonderful ministry, but no, it is not for us, we’re not going that way. We’re not on that one, but let them do their job in God, we’re going this way”. I felt that one of the planes was a bit negative; it could have a negative influence if you get caught by it. Just know what God has said, we are doing this, we are going this way and we are secure and know that is what we are going to do.
Wisdom gift. I saw a wisdom gift coming to this church. It wasn’t primarily evangelistic, although that was its fruit. You are going to pioneer new nations, but they are nations in Luton. There are nations in Luton and you are going to pioneer into them. God is going to plant a wisdom gift which will pioneer into these nations within Luton and will unlock them. Believe that God is going to plant that straight into your church, right early on and it may even come as a person, a significant person who will come in and say ‘You want that nation? This is how you do it’, and they will open it for you. There is an enormous price to pay in some of these nations when they come to Christ and the power of the gospel needs to be supported, underpinned with a wisdom gift that shows you how to draw them, not only to the wonder of the cross, but to a whole new dimension of freedom in Christ.
And I feel you are going to bless many other churches and send people to other cities to unlock the same thing in other places. You are going to pioneer this whole area. Brought by Kim McCaffery in May 2002.
I see planes going out from this church, taking people to plant churches in other nations. I also see people coming to see the Luton church from other nations – planes coming in. Brought by Julian Adams in February 2006.
The hand of God is on this church – and this church is not a mistake. This church is called forth by God. God says that it will be a place of influence. It will not only be an influence in this area, but there is an international relevance to this church. There’s an international gateway here. This church is in an international gateway in this church. You are going to even see people coming in, even with an influx of Europeans. God says that there are Europeans that are going to come into this country and find a place in your community to live, and because of this you are going to gain contacts in Europe that will allow you to go back and do things there to help people there. You are at the beginning of a new time in the visitation of God and bringing the people that are going to be key to you having a foothold in Europe. Brought by Keith Hazel in October 2006
There will be an increasing international feel. He is already bringing the nations to us. Increasingly we will not be one ethnic group but will be multicultural. We will also be going to the nations. Phil Wilthew in November 2014
We have historically been involved in numerous overseas mission contexts, some are ongoing. E.g. Spain, Niger, Ireland, Albania, Ukraine, Sierra Leone.
We have also given a priority to gathering people from other nations within the church. We are more multicultural than ever; it would seem as if this will continue. We have previous taught into this area – seeking to accommodate people from other nations rather than assimilate.
- Building and resources generally
I would love to see you guys with your own building. I really feel like you need it. Seriously feel like you need it. If God does what I think I see, that building is going to have a lot of events, things happening in it all the time, and you can’t just set things up and pull them down all the time like you have to do in a school hall, you really do need your own building. And it needs to be something with a lot of little rooms off to do things. Somewhere that does not necessarily look like a church, but somewhere you can advertise, ‘This is going on here’ –you know- ‘Come and be involved in it’. I think you are going to have quite a lot of little programs going on. Brought by Kerry Southey in September 2003
I think that there is finance to access in God. I think that if you get programs up and running that do something with young people, and I think if you have portfolios that you present, ‘This is what we are doing’, I think that there is actually finance of the wicked that you can access. I really do. I think as churches we get very scared to go to places and say, ‘Listen, we have this program going, it is going to get some of the kids off the street. Is there something you can help us with?’ or ‘Do you know someone who can help us?’ And be quite bold about it. Don’t be English. Be quite bold about it, because I think at some stage maybe there will be finance that you’ll be able to access and not just £s, but equipment and stuff like that. Brought by Kerry Southey in September 2003.
You are standing on a pile of resources to achieve the task. Brought by Julian Adams in February 2006.
God is adding to your team – bring men out of the woodwork – you’ve been stretched and stretched. Help is coming. Keith Hazel November 2006
In the area of building, that’s almost as if you felt that one had been in your grasp but it had slipped away from you. God comes to you today and He wants to heal any disappointment that you have and any sense you have that somehow God is not helping us out. I believe that there is a unique opportunity coming to you. There is a building that’s going to come your way, and that building is not the building that you would first of all run to, when you look at it you won’t necessarily think oh gee this is a building that I really like. In fact when you look at it, it may be like the scripture that says ‘it may have no beauty that you should desire it’. I believe God says that He’s going to give you a unique opportunity to have the use of a building. I put it that way because it’s like for a season you’re going to have the use of a building and that building will eventually fall into your hands. But for a season you will have the use of it. God says it’s almost like you’re going to be like caretakers of a building for a season and then it will fall into your hands. Brought by Keith Hazel in October 2006
Tony – do not be afraid to make the big ask. Phone people up, don’t think they will never come here, they will. Make the big ask. There is an anointing to make the big ask in money, finance, resources. An authority for the big ask. Phil Wilthew in November 2013
We therefore do not need to be afraid of giving away our best. There will be moments of giving away but God will add to us 10 fold, 20 fold, 100 fold. Phil Wilthew in November 2013
The building was given miraculously, we have promises of financial and other resources to help us fulfil the calling God has given to us.