Living Hope Ministries is the work of Richard and Elaine Brunton. The work began in response to the call of God following a trip to Africa in 1994. As a result, they began this ministry to build the church through equipping and supporting pastors and leaders, both in the UK and overseas.
On the 19th October, Living Hope Ministries celebrated 25 years with a special service at Lancing Tabernacle and five members from DBC attended.
We all joined in rousing worship and then the Chairman welcomed overseas guests. Richard then spoke about the beginnings of Living Hope. He took with him a piece of paper to Africa with only ‘one name and one number’ written on it. From this contact the ministry spread far and wide.
We then listened to the key speaker, a Nigerian, whose message was the word ‘Go’, including in his talk, Jesus’ great commission from Matthew 28 verses 18 and 19.
A series of interviews followed and Christian workers from Africa, Europe and South America spoke about their links with Living Hope and the support that Richard had given them. They voiced their prayer requests and urgent needs. These included: Bible teaching and training for the leaders and pastors (Kenya); the challenges of pastors in competition with one another, and of working with the evangelical sector of the traditional Roman Catholic church (Poland); and of doors opening for working with Christians in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia (Bosnia).
Before we were treated to a substantial lunch, a further interview was held with a part-time pastor, part-time musician (Bulgaria). He served God in the north-west, the poorest area of Bulgaria, and reached out to people through his music, as well as working amongst the Roma, immigrants from Romania. We were also ‘entertained’ by the ‘Right Now’ choir, a lively choir from Nigeria.
After lunch a final interview took place with Chio Fordham (Peru) who served as a translator for Richard on some of his South American trips. A door has also opened into Ecuador and we saw a video clip of Antonio, a pastor and leader there who is helping Living Hope achieve its vision of reaching more of South America. This recently resulted in a visit to Colombia by the South America team.
We all prayed for these countries and for the teams visiting them in order to build friendships, teach pastors and encourage and support the churches. Richard handed down batons to members of these teams serving three continents as well as to some pastors. The batons were symbolic of the continuation of Living Hope Ministries into the future when Richard would become less effective due to age, reduced energy levels and maybe health problems. He also gave gifts to his wife and five sons (all present) in gratitude for all the many sacrifices they had made for the work of Living Hope.
In conclusion we heard Richard speak about the future of Living Hope in which he saw the media ministry playing a significant part. As well as the radio programmes which are listened to worldwide, weekly tv programmes are being produced to be shown in Africa, India and the Philippines. Podcasts can now be downloaded from the Living Hope website and there is a YouTube channel and substantial literature. Prayer was made for the media team.
Another time of worship followed and a very generous offering was taken for the work in the media. The day closed when Richard and Elaine cut the celebratory 25th Anniversary cake.
If you would like to know more about Living Hope Ministries then head to https://www.living-hope.org.uk/