Hope City Church is blessed to have so many amazing people from around the globe, but they all made a decision to pioneer in a different country, to move everything they had and build God’s Kingdom in a different part of the world. These are some of the incredible people that made that decision, they are our heroes! 

DAVID MANNERS
Hope City Frankfurt

1. Where are you now?

I am currently living in Hanau, which is just outside of Frankfurt Germany, with my wife, my six year old and my two year old.

2. Biggest Adventure 

Learning a new language as an adult was a lot tougher than expected.

 

 

3. Biggest Sacrifice 

Not living close to family means that what used to be spontaneous trips in the car now are strategically planned holidays.

4. Biggest Revelation 

There are a lot of required tasks when building a Church but it is important to focus on the people.

5. Biggest Inspiration

Steve and Shuv (Hope City Frankfurt Lead Pastors) for their consistency, integrity, vision and faithfulness.

 

LIZA TIMOFEJEV
Hope City Bruxelles 

1. Where are you now?

I am now living in Brussels, 20 minutes from the city centre.

2. Biggest adventure

My biggest adventure was probably the actual move. From using public transport with two suitcases when I have landed, to navigating my way around to get to Ikea, as I didn’t pack the bed sheets.

3. Biggest sacrifice

The home comforts, leaving behind all familiarity and stepping into the unknown in so many areas of my life.

4. Biggest revelation

Finding out just how much I am loved and treasured by Jesus, so much that He would never let go of me, not for a moment.

5. Biggest inspiration

There are lots of people around me that inspire me, but my biggest inspiration is Emma Iesals. Her faith, kind heart and humility inspire me to dive deeper into God.

RUPTH DACRE
Hope City Kuala Lumpur

1. Where are you now?

Hope City Church, Kuala Lumpur.

2. Biggest Adventure 

Being a part of a team that was birthed out of a group of ordinary Brits’ who’d never done this before and going into the unknown with them with so much anticipation and faith for what we knew God was going to do. Seeing a Church rise up, seeing people walk through the doors for the first time & seeing them become leaders and pillars in what the Church is today. Being a part of a much bigger, richer and fulfilling plan God has for my life! Plus being able to travel all over the place is a major bonus!!

3. Biggest Sacrifice 

Being away from family, especially during the holiday seasons and not having the familiarities of your own nationality & culture you’ve grown up with around you.

4. Biggest Revelation 

What God can do through us when we just let go and are willing and available. When we say ‘yes’ regardless of what it costs, not weighing it up but just trusting He’s in it. We are just ordinary people, seeing God doing something way beyond what we’d dreamt.

5. Biggest Inspiration

My pastors, Joel & Em! For being so relentless, every day! For never looking back, for driving this thing forward, for pushing into the unknown with such expectation and without the hesitation of thinking God won’t do it. They’ve given this journey such an ease as they’ve done everything with so much fun and refused to let it be too serious. They’ve inspired me to keep going, keep believing and keep expecting God to turn up and do the extraordinary. They’ve never stopped believing in me. And I’ll be forever grateful to them for that!

 

HANNAH ALLWARD
Hope City Accra

1. Where are you now?

I’m just coming up to my fifth month of living in Accra, where I am a home-school teacher and Kids Pastor at Hope City Accra.

2. Biggest Adventure

I’d say moving here was a pretty big adventure! That, or accidentally winning North England’s Segway Championship in 2012…!

3. Biggest Sacrifice 

Living as a vegetarian in a country where 80% of all meals consist of some sort of chicken and rice combination.

4. Biggest Revelation 

Moving here has really revealed to me God’s heart for His Church to be a family. This is the fourth city I’ve lived in and yet everywhere I’ve been I have instantly found a ready-made family through the people in Church. I really feel that reflects exactly what God intended for His Church; many parts, but one body.

5. Biggest Inspiration

My biggest inspiration has always been my Mum! She lives life with such an urgency to see people saved and is the biggest evangelist I know. Plus, she makes a mean lemon drizzle.

 

ADAM & AMY BOND
Hope City Bruxelles

1. Where are you now?

Somewhere between Leeds and Sheffield (M1) with a move to Brussels coming up in February!

2. Biggest Adventure 

I think our biggest adventure will be negotiating life in a country that is totally unknown to us with so many factors such as jobs and places to live still dependant on breakthrough, as well as seeing our baby start to grow up in a French-speaking country!

3. Biggest Sacrifice 

Amy: Our biggest sacrifice will be giving up jobs that WE LOVE and for me, leaving the most incredible colleagues at City Hearts!

Adam: Yes, being part of the media team for the past four years has been an incredible adventure too.

4. Biggest Revelation 

Adam: God cares about your everything. Be anxious for nothing, he brings everything together for Good.

Amy: My biggest revelation is that although there is so much that’s unknown in moving into a new place and so many ways in which we fall short, God has gone ahead of us, and is already moving and working to prepare the land even before we arrive. My main word from God on it all is: “don’t panic, I’ve got this!”

5. Biggest Inspiration

Pastors Josh and Georgie Kelsey because of how they’ve pioneered the ‘Dinner Party’ Church planting model and done it so excellently. They set an example to lead by just loving people rather than focusing on building a crowd.

 

CHARLIE STONE
Hope City Kuala Lumpur

1. Where are you now?

The best city in the world, Kuala Lumpur.

2. Biggest Adventure 

I love that we started a Church with just a small team and to see what it is today is just breath-taking. It’s incredible that I can be a part of building something that will long outlive me and have an impact on the whole of South East Asia.

3. Biggest Sacrifice 

Missing family and having to accept that my food will never come out at the same time as other people on the table.

4. Biggest Revelation 

To expect the unexpected, you never know where God will call you to, but do expect him to surprise you.

5. Biggest Inspiration

Seeing the Church become established, by Malaysian’s. I love their passion for the House and the way they open their doors to have the best dinner parties (because Malaysians love food).

 

 

KAYLAH & ELIJAH BIANCHI
Hope City Accra

1. Where are you now?

We are living Accra and loving it! Especially the heat and the spicy food!

2. Biggest Adventure 

Seeing a swordfish being dragged onto the beach by a fisherman and tasting Kenke.

3. Biggest Sacrifice 

My friends and family… and McDonalds!

4. Biggest Revelation 

Even though at first Accra seemed completely different to England, now we’ve realised that the important things are actually pretty similar, which makes it feel like home.

5. Biggest Inspiration

Our mummy and daddy, because they’ve made us want to Pastor our own Churches when we’re older.

HAYLEE CHAPPELL
Hope City Frankfurt

1. Where are you now?

Berlin, Germany

2. Biggest Adventure 

My biggest adventure since helping to start Hope City Frankfurt was discovering, by accident, a career that I love. It’s given me opportunities I’d never dreamed of, including moving to Berlin.

3. Biggest Sacrifice 

Proper English tea! Waking up to your last teabag is possibly the WORST feeling ever. #firstworldproblems

4. Biggest Revelation 

Making decisions isn’t always about if ‘this is right and that is wrong,’ but rather about knowing God’s promises for you.

5. Biggest Inspiration

Richard Branson once said: “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”