Hope International Ministries

Together: Hope Fest UK 2023

After four long years, Hope United Kingdom (UK) was finally able to come together once again for Hope Fest 2023, themed “Together”. 165 of us from Hatfield, Leeds, Newcastle, and all over the country, as well as a few flying in from other parts of Europe, met at Whitemoor Lakes from the 7-10th of April. Hope Fest is Hope UK’s annual Easter celebration and coming together in the form of a church camp, but was put on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic until this year.

Our Regional Pastor, Ps. Prakich, welcomed everyone and preached on “Coming Together” (unity in the body of Christ despite our differences). We had the honour of having Ps Wilson and Ps Lai Ling to share, impart and encourage us. They spoke about the importance of ‘Growing Together’ (be watchful of anything that could deter us from what God wants to cultivate in our lives) and ‘Serving Together’ (for us to lead, empower and grow as God’s team). 

We had many first-time participants this year who were touched by God’s strong presence throughout the camp and decided to commit to the church and vision. We witnessed many brothers and sisters rising up and serving wholeheartedly during the camp, even though some had not done it before. Many more responded to Him over the four days to powerful worship, altar calls and prophetic words to come back to Him. 

On Easter Sunday, after the morning session to celebrate Easter with communion, 9 members decided to be water baptised. By the end of the 9th baptism, another sister felt compelled by the Spirit to get baptised and follow Jesus.

Throughout the camp, through various activities (ice-breaker, camp fire, outdoor activities, Hope Games and celebration night), we could definitely sense that we grew closer together as Hope UK. 

By the end of the camp, we were reminded once again by Ps Eldos why we came together in the first place. 

I have found my home, I have found my purpose. 

In this sanctuary set on Your great love.

Living for Your cause, dream alive, forever more.

In Your house, in Your house

We found our home. 

Hope UK is where we can call home and fulfill the Great Commission together as His church. Praise be to God for a transformative Hope Fest.