2 Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald[a] may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come
and will not delay.
Who is Operation Hope?
In 2008 God gave Stephen Pilkington an experience and vision for future ministry that has become the format of everything that followed. Prayer first – Prayer throughout – Prayer till the end. A house of prayer was founded in which God called the partakers to seek Him on a level they have never known. “If you will seek me for Holiness beyond all you’ve seen I will set you on fire”. As the house of prayer continued a strong call to missions was given and a call to the nations. Operation Hope was the name given to the things God commanded them to do when in the place of prayer. Over the years Operation Hope have been involved in many tent missions, church plants, a stadium event in the UK, an orphanage in Kenya, fresh water well production in Africa and many crusades in various parts of the world.
What is the “Big Tent Africa” vision?
God has told Operation Hope to buy a big tent, the one pictured in fact. A tent that could hold 3000 people and more with the walls removed. It is to be taken to Africa and kept in a base in Eldoret Kenya. Then the team will take the tent throughout Africa preaching the Gospel, establishing the church and discipling the body of Christ. The Weather although hot in Kenya is often rainy and has been a hindrance to the open-air work in the past. A tent will be like a magnet to the lost drawing people from miles around.
This is a huge step for a mission that has only been involved in smaller works in Africa. But The Lord has clearly led Stephen to step out in a much bigger way than before. This is to be a huge step of faith way beyond anything that can be done with existing recourses. The initial scripture was Luke 5:4 “4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” The putting out into deep waters symbolises purposefully putting yourself into a place where you have no power to do what you have declared God will do. You are utterly dependant upon Him in every way, but utterly convinced He has called you to this walk of faith. The catch that comes from this is Gods catch.
So strong is the call that it has given a re focusing of all that Operation Hope does. The house of prayer will always remain an engine room to the ministry however all other activity has ceased in pursuit of this call. In the future as God leads, Operation Hope will do missions in many parts of the world as well as the UK again. But at this time this vision for Africa is the “one thing”.
God has promised Operation Hope a million souls if they will be faithful and trust God to do the uttermost in all He calls them to do.
Stephen has the call of Missionary evangelist and will be traveling to different locations with the team doing missions as God opens doors.
These Missions are going to be on a much bigger scale than they are used to and will require a team of skilled people as well and expensive new equipment. God is already bringing people alongside in the UK and Kenya. We have a sympathetic landowner who is willing to donate space for all the equipment to be stored securely. We have trustworthy bishops such as Raphael Baluma in Kakamega and Simon Kiplogat in Eldoret who have proven themselves as partners for the gospel over the years. God has given a relationship in the government offices ready to help us import this new equipment. The managing director of BHB television in Kenya is a friend to the ministry and ready and willing to both televise meetings and publicise missions on their behalf throughout Kenya to begin with. Stephen and the team will be presented to the public through radio and TV, as well as other forms of traditional publicity.
God has been powerfully confirming His plans almost daily from day one. Many times Scripture and words of knowledge coming from the mouths of witnesses who couldn’t know. Here are a few ways God has blessed and confirmed His words bringing faith to believe.
One man had been given a prophetic dream 6 months before Operation Hope even received the vision. He was prepared to be ready to give four thousand pounds when the time was right.
God spoke clearly to Stephen months before the vision from Exodus 35 & 36 esp 36:1-7 and the gifted provision for the tent of tabernacles. He was told a time was coming soon when he would need to trust for finances more than before but the money is in the camp of Gods people and they will overwhelm with support. Months later when the vision of building this tent of meetings was given and the size of the task was overwhelming Stephen. A man contacted him via email giving him the same words and scriptures as God had pre planted months earlier. The man had written from God “IT SHALL BE!” which has become a strapline of encouragement.
Psalm 36:5-11 Gods faithfulness is boundless
John 14:1,12 - “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. - Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 15:16 - You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 16:23 - In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
A man telephoned Stephen with a word of knowledge. God had told him to write out a cheque for the amount of money God was telling him he would need. Believe and He will honour this cheque. Stephen was sceptical about this as it was out of his comfort zone. However out of respect for his brother he obeyed. God said in year one you will need 100,000 pounds. As Stephen reached for a piece of paper to write this down. The paper he found in a book full of pages had this scripture written on it. - Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge. The assurance of this impossible provision was given.
Joshua 1:5-17 – The call to boldness and courage, to take all that God was giving and possess it.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 – To write the vision out, but to trust that it will surely come in Gods time and will not delay.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 - The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
Exodus 33:11,14 - The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent. – The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
1 Corinthians 2:16 - for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ
Joshua 3:2-6 - 2 After three days the officers went throughout the camp, 3 giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.” 5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” 6 Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them
What Operation Hope needs?
The opportunity to share this vision with as many believers and church groups as possible, Does your group have a zoom meeting we can appear on? or could you distribute this email around your Christian friends?
To gather together an army of people who will pray and intercede fervently for this vision and missions to follow. It would be ideal to get a list of email addresses of people willing to receive updates for prayer.
For those who are willing, it would be wonderful if they would pray and ask the Lord if He has enabled them to contribute to this work financially. If they are able would they consider partnering with this ministry and sowing into this work.
Has God given you specific gifts and a calling to missions? Is He asking you to help this team practically?