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Called to equip a new Generation

August 31, 2013

The Lord called Aina & Jan-Aage Torp to raise, equip and gather a new generation of apostolic builders in Europe and the nations of the world.

Called to equip a new GenerationJan-Aage & Aina Torp

- Several years ago, I saw that God was about to raise up a new apostolic generation in the European nations and beyond: Young, multiethnic, non-traditional, innovative, creative, relational apostolic leaders that would empower the Church in Europe and beyond and serve the different spheres of society. I saw that we would gather to truly strengthen each other, share our hearts and resources, and become the spiritual generals that God has called us to be, says Jan-Aage. - The picture that was painted by the Holy Spirit was of a new generation gathering in real-life, informal settings to build friendship and trust, to learn from each other, to strengthen and encourage each other. I saw that we would interact candidly and transparently with the apostolic generals of our day, bringing our lunch bags, not focusing on the plush and luxurious.

Jan-Aage continues: - This is really what the apostle Paul states in Ephesians 4:11-16 about the 5-fold leadership-servants of the Church: "He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love".

Lance Wallnau prophesies over Jan Aage Torp at Convergence 2010

- But somehow things didn´t happen the way I thought. I was part of an initiative in 2002, but because of division and inexplainable circumstances, things did not materialize. God permitted things to happen that were beyond my own control. I still remember a prophecy that Bishop Bill Hamon spoke to me publicly at the annual apostolic meeting in Orlando in December 2007 about everything having to crumble, and that the ministry would be rebuilt on new foundations with divine, apostolic order. It was shattering for me because I was desperately attempting to patch everything together, but it dawned on me that God was at work! Then in March 2010, I attended the Convergence conference in Dallas when suddenly Cindy Jacobs called me to the platform to receive prophetic ministry from Lance Wallnau who I had met twice before at apostolic meetings, but who knew nothing about my life and ministry. He spoke a powerful prophetic word over me that was even broadcasted live on God TV. Many friends in Norway and around the world contacted me and stated that they concurred with this prophetic word. Clearly, God was up to something.

- However, beginning this year, things have started to happen, says Jan-Aage. -After much heartbreak, tears, pain and persecution in our lives and surroundings, Aina & I took steps to launch a church work in n Oslo. In August 2013, we started to rent a facility at the American Lutheran Church in Oslo. It´s definitely a work of the Holy Spirit. It´s developing like a mustard seed. Slowly, but intentionally. We are simultaneously beginning to see a new unity of apostolic leaders in Oslo, Norway and Europe, that I have not seen before. It seems that the Lord is orchestrating events that we would not have been able to plan.

- We see that true apostolic ministry is a door opener for the gospel, both in church planting and church growth, and in effective ministry in the marketplace, says Aina Torp.

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