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 imagined 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. Read about these visits on our Latest Updates Blog.
Peter believes that although it will eventually affect the whole of the UK, the initial emphasis for the Call is with England itself. The Call is a for the entire population, 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.
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 he would be involved with prayer, regionally and nationally.
Peter met many people on his first visit to the UK in April 2016 and one of these, unexpectedly and for the first time, during a prayer gathering at the World Prayer Centre, Birmingham, was David.
Peter immediately believed that David had a part to play in what he had heard God say, and during a second visit to England in September 2016, they met again.
David’s heart has been 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 with other Prayer organisations in the UK and can see that significant progress in the context of unity is already taking place.
He believes that God has introduced him to Peter Hill, to explore this call to unity further, in the context of the vision of Call the Nation to Prayer.
(2013 – 2015 David was also co-leader of Chelmsford’s Healing on the Streets (HOTS) Team and 2014 – August 2016 was on the Steering Group of Speakers of Life Essex (SOLE), which teaches and explores Biblical Prophesy. He is also currently on the committee of Chelmsford’s Church @ Car Boot Sale.)
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