David Sobrepeña, Word of Hope, Manila, Philippines
In 1980, David Sobrepeña returned to his homeland from Dallas, Texas, to plant a church in Manila, Philippines. On the first day, Word of Hope only had three people attend in a movie theater—they were Pastor Sobrepeña, his wife and son. Today, Word of Hope has grown to nearly 45,000, plus satellite churches have been planted throughout greater Manila and hundreds more throughout the nation. More than 300,000 pastors and lay people have been equipped for leadership throughout the Philippines. The church trains church planters during the rainy season and plants new churches nationwide during “church planting season.” In recent years, Pastor Sobrepeña has helped to teach thousands of new church planters throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa.