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A CHURCH SOON TO BE BORN: HOPE AUCKLAND

The beginning of a church soon to be born…

“Will you avail yourself to go?” I heard the quiet yet unmistakable voice of the Holy Spirit.

The call of God came, somehow to my surprise, during Heart for the Nations night in Oceania Convention 2018. I saw a vision of my pastor calling for people to go into the nations, and in the vision I put up my hand and said, “Yes Lord, I will go.”

Over the next 6 months, God sent people in unexpected ways to confirm the call again and again. And when I asked Him to show me exactly where He’d like me to go, He sent a very close friend to remind me that, many years ago He had already extended the invitation. “Would you like to come to Auckland?” And to my amazement, I saw God aligning my personal calling with the church’s strategic plan. When I told my pastor about my calling, he asked me, “We are looking to plant a church in Auckland, are you willing to lead the team?” In all honesty, I was reluctant at first. But I remembered the Scripture in John 12:24, which God convicted my heart of, and I said yes.

From the end of 2019 to now, we’ve been recruiting, bonding and training the team. We’ve grown from one to five, and there are more who are currently praying about joining this mission. What took us by surprise was COVID-19, which threw many people’s plans off the table, including ours. Yet even in the midst of border closure and much uncertainty, with one member having to fly back to Singapore in the middle of lockdown, God continued to expand the vision and we just had a lifegroup a few nights ago with people zooming in (to Brisbane) from NZ and Singapore!

What I’ve learnt so far is that: Birthing a church may seem like an immense spiritual mission, but it all starts with a simple, “Yes Lord, here I am.” No one is too small, no one is too insignificant for God to use. All that God is looking for is our simple obedience and faith to follow through His call. And in His perfect timing, a single seed that died in the ground will produce many, many seeds in days to come.

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)

By Grace Ho, Hope Church Brisbane