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 massed 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.