Our Apostolic/Prophetic Vision
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Christian International Ministries Network is a group of ministries dedicated to helping the Body of Christ fulfill our God-given destiny. Founders Dr. Bill and Evelyn Hamon have led CI from its beginning as a Bible School in 1967 to an internationally recognized ministry today. Dr. Hamon is a forerunner in restoring an understanding of prophetic ministry to the Church. His heart is to impart his 50-plus years of ministerial experience and insight to raise up others.
CI’s vision to play a vital role in the bringing of the restoration of prophets and apostles to the Church, is based upon Acts 3:20-21: “And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” (emphasis added). This restoration of “all things” includes the restoration of apostles and prophets to the Church to take their place alongside evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Together these “five-fold” ministers will equip the believers for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11-12).
Along with the restoration of the offices of apostle and prophet, we believe God is restoring all the gifts of the Spirit which were active in the early Church. As the 1st century believers turned their world upside down through the power of the Holy Spirit, God wants to move in and through His people today. Equipping believers for the work of the ministry includes teaching them in the prophetic (revelation) gifts and apostolic (miracle) gifts (I Cor. 12:8-10). To prophesy is to speak forth the word and heart of God, as Jesus did (Jn. 8:28), and to do apostolic works is to do what Jesus did: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” (Mt. 10:8, see also Jn. 5:19). As the Church does this, the world will be impacted, a great harvest of souls will come in, and the Bride of Christ will be fully perfected for the Lord’s return (Eph. 4:13-16, Rev. 19:7-8).