Word of Hope Christian Church is strategically located at 1103 EDSA, Quezon City, a good stone's throw from the main terminal of the Metro Rail Transit, and between two of the largest shopping malls in the country: SM City North EDSA, and Trinoma-Ayala Malls.
HOW WE STARTED
The "People Power" or bloodless revolution on EDSA in February 1986 played a pivotal role in the birth of WORD OF HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
Ten thousand miles away in their suburban home in Dallas, Texas, USA, Dr. Dave A. Sobrepena and his wife, Nellie, watched with bated breath the telecast of that revolt in living color. Seeing the vast sea of humanity that passed along the entire stretch of the highway from Mandaluyong to Cubao to seek the ouster of a dictatorial regime, he felt deep compassion for his countrymen. From those nameless faces, he saw the potential for a spiritual breakthrough in the land of his birth. He knew it was time to go back to his roots. A ministry is waiting to be born.
In August 1988, in response to a vision and call from the Lord to start a ministry in his homeland, he planted a church with three people at Paramount Theater which would become WORD OF HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
In two years’ time, Word of Hope which has become an important landmark in the metropolis recorded an average attendance of 8,000 from its Sunday services which have been increased from three to five services. Thus, W O H held the distinction as the fastest growing born-again Christian church in the country.
OUR "FAITH WALK"
A few years later, we bought a property across SM Annex. Construction of a seven- story building was done in phases. This would eventually become our place of worship.
Kind-hearted people who have been faithfully, generously, and sacrificially supporting our Ministry "walked the extra mile" to help in the building project. To this day, most of these Good Samaritans have opted to remain anonymous. Even total strangers - businessmen and building contractors alike - who have heard of our building project, were moved by God to lend their assistance in whatever form. One contractor donated truckloads of cement, gravel, and sand with a promise that he would continue to do so until he saw the completion of the building. Likewise, a businessman sent truckloads of steel bars to complement our construction requirements. Still others donated marble floor tiles to complete whatever was lacking.
On January 31, 1993, we transferred to the half-finished Faith building and occupied the mezzanine leve l, while construction of the auditorium was on-going.
WORK IN PROGRESS
In 2005, we acquired a piece of land at the back of our Worship Center. Construction of a new and much larger building was started which would later become Grace Building It took three years to build the eight story-edifice. Today, it houses the Education Center which comprises the Hope Christian Academy, and Hope Leadership Institute, a large auditorium, ministry offices, and a gymnasium.
Today, Word of Hope holds the distinction as one of the largest born-again Christian churches in the country. It has over 8,800 Life Groups, and 45 satellite churches (multi-sites) in Metro Manila and suburbs, with 79 Services on any given Sunday. Likewise, the church has attained over 158,547 decisions for Christ’s salvation towards the goal of 125,000 in 2019 through crusades, medical missions, and Sunday services altar calls. The Main church campus has a seating capacity for 6,500 people. W O H envisions to plant 50 more new satellite churches in Metro Manila and nearby provinces this year. Our aim is to reach 100,000 members and adherents by 2020 --- members who are equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
A couple of years ago, we acquired Paradise Prayer Garden, a five-hectare land nestled on the hills of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. Today, Hope Dome -- a large multi-purpose building has been completed and is now being used for worship services on Sundays and other church-related activities. This is a fulfillment of our dream to have a place for retreat-- a get-away where people can come to pray, a place for encounter with the Lord, and a venue for recreation where people can gather for camps and team building.
We have a great ministry, indeed. And God is using Word of Hope in a greater way -- to be a beacon of hope to millions of our countrymen who are lost in spiritual darkness. Still, Word of Hope is a work in progress. We are greatly inspired and motivated by the Lord Jesus' Great Commission: To bring more souls unto the kingdom for the great harvest... For His glory!