As a young man, Peter Hill was called to be a missionary with Operation Mobilization, both in Europe and India. In November 1970, with his wife Janet, Peter returned to England after four years in India. They were surprised to find a much more ‘permissive’ society than the one they left.
It was the period when Britain was experiencing the ‘Charismatic Renewal’, where the Holy Spirit moved powerfully amongst the churches of our Nation.
Peter had a vision of tens of thousands of young people marching on London to take a stand for Christian moral principles and soon he was in contact with a wide network of Christians and church denominations sharing his concern and offering their encouragement.
He formed a committee which resulted in the ‘Nationwide Festival of Light‘. As well as around 300 beacons of FIRE being lit around the country and numerous regional rallies, on Saturday 25th September 1971, many tens of thousands of people marched through central London, with mass meetings in both Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park.
The NFOL turned into the Christian organisation CARE – Christian Action, Research and Education.
In the late 1970’s and 1980’s Peter was involved both in the UK and Canada, with Salt and Light International Fellowship of Churches. During this time, together with Janet, he moved to Canada and currently lives in Vernon, British Columbia. Between 1990 and 2015 was involved in various Evangelism, Business and Charity initiatives.
Awoken at 1 am
Quite unexpectedly, on 25 June 2015, Peter was awoken in his bed at 1 am to hear God clearly tell him, “Call the Nation to Prayer!”.
He tested this ‘word’, and believes he received clear confirmation from key leaders in the UK and Canada, and in April, then again in September 2016 made exploratory visits to the United Kingdom, where he started to renew and make fresh contacts amongst the Nation’s Christian leaders.
The Call is a for the entire population of the United Kingdom, not just those who are committed Christians or churchgoers – for all who will pray for the Nation and for all who will call others to pray.
Since 1980, David Gilbey has been a member of Life Church, (Elim Pentecostal), in the centre of his home City, Chelmsford, Essex. Over the years, he has been involved in a number of local Christian groups and ministries there.
David became a police constable in 1981 and during his service, for a period of five years, was Branch Leader of the Christian Police Association in Essex. He ‘retired’ after thirty years in 2011, believing that God had something significant ahead for him to be involved in.
Summer of 2014, David was at a Christian Camp and clearly heard God tell him to start a prayer movement in his City. He resigned his job and early in 2015 Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer was birthed.
David’s own vision in starting Chelmsford 24-7 was that the ‘vehicle’ of prayer would be a catalyst for unity and real relationship between different Christian denominations and traditions in his City. He also saw this developing more broadly and both before and since 2014 has received several prophetic words suggesting that his involvement with prayer, regionally and nationally.
In April 2016, during a prayer gathering at the World Prayer Centre, Birmingham, David unexpectedly found himself introduced to Peter Hill, who was over from Canada.
Peter immediately believed that David had a part to play in Call the Nation to Prayer and during a second visit to England in September 2016, they met again.
David’s heart is to see God do something in this nation far greater than we have ever seen before. As the work of Chelmsford 24-7 has progressed, David has sought to establish connections and relationship people involved in prayer and other activity for ‘The Kingdom’ and is continuing to meet many who are in agreement.
David believes Call the Nation to Prayer is a further part of God’s plan to bring the Kingdom of Heaven come to earth here in the UK.
Next read About the future vision of CTNTP.