Hope Revolution Peterborough - an awesome 2 years!
Wow, well what an incredible two year season this has been! Back in the autumn of 2016, we gathered church leaders together to launch a two-year vision to see 2000 young people make decisions to follow Jesus.
We are thrilled to report that through our five main events alone (Carve a Heart event, Guvna B Gig, Soul Survivor Celebration, Neon Glo Party, and Illuminate Schools Tour), we estimate that 1733 young people have made life-changing decisions to give their lives to Jesus, and these events have significantly encouraged hundreds of young people in their faith.
We have experienced the truth that the harvest truly is plentiful amongst young people today - Praise God! As we have come together in unity, as the churches of our region, to be the workers - creatively and relevantly bringing the good news of Jesus to an emerging generation - we have seen nearly 2000 lives transformed and changed for all eternity.
Paris’ story (click here) is one of many, and shows how a fresh confidence and boldness for Jesus has been found amongst young people to share their faith amongst their peers and in their schools. For Paris this resulted in her setting up a lunch time Christian Union in her school. Grace’s story (click here) also reflects this increase in confidence, that we know has been experienced amongst many of our young people as they have recognised a greater openness to the gospel amongst their peers than they had previously thought.
Through our finale Illuminate tour, over 10,000 young people heard a message of life, hope and purpose, resulting in 1650 young people attending the two end-of-week gigs with an estimated 1320 making decisions to put Jesus in the driving seat of their lives. Of these, 1093 young people completed all three levels of the AAA discipleship course on-line, helping them grow as young disciples as they start their adventure of faith. This is such encouraging fruit from our unity together
Please see our ‘End of Season’ review document, (6,122KB) detailing all the information and statistics from the various aspects of our two-year journey together.
Season of Pause
And so, it is with thanksgiving and celebration in mind, that we enter a season of pause as Hope Revolution Peterborough, as together we seek the Lord as to what might lie ahead.
Rachael Heffer, chair of the HOPE Revolution - Peterborough Board reflects – ‘We are immensely grateful to God for His faithfulness and provision over the last two years. We have been so encouraged to see the life-changing impact of many of our Hope Rev events, put on through united partnerships with many other churches and youth ministers, as we’ve sought to reach young people with the never-changing truth of the gospel. Seeing so many teenagers respond to Jesus with such conviction and enthusiasm has been amazing and we continue to pray for every young life changed -that they will continue to flourish in their faith and be drawn closer to Jesus. As a Board we enter this season of pause with both gratitude to God but also a commitment to prayerfully discern what the next season may hold for Hope Revolution Peterborough and how God will continue to equip and use His people and church to relevantly reach young people across the city of Peterborough and the wider region!’
The Board will meet again in the Autumn of 2019 to reflect on vision, personnel, and the current landscape - both in the practical and spiritual, as we seek to be faithful to all that the Lord is saying in this coming season.
May we take this opportunity to thank the 30+ partner churches and organisations who have faithfully served on team at our events and the 80+ churches who have supported our events by bringing their young people. Also, a massive thanks to all who have supported us financially to see this vision realised.
Let’s together continue to pray for a spiritual awakening amongst our young people, that the name of Jesus may continue to be proclaimed and that the lives of countless more young people will discover the life-transforming love, truth and grace of Jesus.
THANK YOU for your partnership in this season!
With love and blessings,
Phil Timson - On behalf of the HOPE Revolution - Peterborough Team