4. LEARNING ABOUT CHURCH RESTORATION


In November 1991, some seven years after their move to Bradenton, they made their first visit to Christian International Ministries in the Panhandle of Florida, and experienced a 'breath of fresh air.' The attraction was from a book titled Prophets And The Prophetic Movement, by Dr. Bill Hamon, founder of Christian International, which Tom had read on a trip to Honduras. This Christian leader was a pioneer in advocating and advancing the Lord's ongoing restoration of the Church which began in 1517 with Martin Luther. Dr. Hamon's focus was on the restoration of the offices of the prophet and apostle to co-labor with the evangelist, pastor and teacher for perfecting the Saints for the work of the ministry and for the edifying of the Body of Christ (Eph 4:11-12). This restoration included teaching, training and activating the entire Church to release the gifts of the Holy Spirit as He led. On that first visit, Tom & Phyllis were not fully aware of this doctrine, but upon hearing it, a chord of agreement was struck deep in their hearts with a desire to learn more. As an added blessing, the unexpected personal prophecy given them was encouraging, edifying and comforting in their determination to continue to seek God's will for their lives.