Re:Hope (pronounced ‘regarding hope’) was first launched in January 2005. Highly committed to being both uncompromisingly biblical as well as unswervingly missional we struggled at the beginning. After 8 months we were back down to 8 people and things looked like they were over.
On a particular Saturday in September, Brian was praying and asking God what he should do. He decided to read the book of Acts, after all, Acts was about the start of the church so maybe there would be some insights there. After a few hours of reading he was deeply struck that it wasn’t about Peter praying and this happening, or Paul praying and that happening, but it was about the believers praying and things happening. So he got down on his knees and prayed, compelled by a vision of forging not merely a church of the Word, but also a church of Prayer.
After having lived in Scotland for more than 2 years and having never seen anyone give their lives to Jesus he realized his faith in prayer was wavering. Do things really change when God’s people pray? So that night he prayed, laying his heart out before God. “Father, two years and I have never once seen anyone become a Christian. Do you still do that here? Father, I want to see someone dedicate their life to you soon…”
The next day at church, two people dedicated their lives to Jesus. One is now training for ministry and the other is still growing at Re:Hope. For the next 7 weeks people were dedicating their lives to Jesus Christ. I believe this was the real beginning of Re:Hope: the day we began to change how we prayed and saw God begin to move.
As a people committed to the Word, birthed in answered prayer, we continue to be a living testimony that God still hears prayers and that God is still moving. Since then we have had extremely difficult seasons and unusually effective seasons. We have no idea what this next year will hold but we have our hope rooted in Jesus Christ who continues to intervene, calling our church into existence in a spiritually dark city, amongst a Jesus-rejecting generation.
Come and see what is happening. Hope to see you soon!