As a young man, Peter Hill was a missionary with Operation Mobilization. November 1970, with 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, tens of thousands of young people marching on London to take a stand for Christian moral principles and was soon 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. Peter and Janet moved to Canada.
Awoken at 1 am
Quite unexpectedly, 1 am, 25 June 2015, Peter was awoken in his bed to hear God clearly tell him, “Call the Nation to Prayer!”.
He tested this ‘word’, and receiving clear confirmation from key leaders in the UK and Canada, in April, then again in September 2016 Peter made exploratory visits to the United Kingdom, to renew and make fresh contacts amongst the Nation’s Christian leaders. (Read about Peter Hill’s April 2016 visit to the UK – click here and his September 2016 visit – click here).
The Call is a for the entire population of the United Kingdom, not just committed Christians or churchgoers – for all who will pray for the Nation and for all who will call others to pray.
Since the eighties, David Gilbey has been involved in a number of local Christian groups and ministries in his home City of Chelmsford, Essex.
David was a police constable in Essex and in 2011 ‘retired’ after thirty years service, believing that God had something significant ahead for him to be involved in.
Summer 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 prayer would be a catalyst for unity and real relationship between different Christian denominations and traditions in his City. He also saw being part of this regionally and nationally.
April 2016, during a prayer gathering at the World Prayer Centre, Birmingham, David unexpectedly met Peter Hill, over from Canada. Peter believed that David should be involved in Call the Nation to Prayer.
David’s heart is to see God do something in this nation far greater than we have ever seen before. He has sought to establish nationwide connections and relationships with people involved in prayer and other activity for ‘The Kingdom’, who have the same heart.
David believes Call the Nation to Prayer is an important part of God’s plan to bring the Kingdom of Heaven come to earth here in the UK.
CTNTP now has a Steering Team – come and meet them – click here
Read about the developing Vision of CTNTP – click here