My Best & Favorite Photos From 2014

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Children in Burkina Faso
Children in Burkina Faso
Guro & Leanah
Guro & Leanah
Nathan
Nathan
Leanah
Leanah
Nathan & Leanah
Nathan & Leanah
Photoshoot for our 30th birthday
Photoshoot for our 30th birthday
Leanah
Leanah
The dream team - Leadership team of Jesus Revolution
The dream team – Leadership team of Jesus Revolution
Leanah
Leanah
Nathan
Nathan
Leanah
Leanah

 

So… What Happened in 2013?

  • Travels: I traveled to Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Italy, France and Germany.
  • Studies: Both Guro and I started on a bachelor in leadership and theology.
  • Holidays: We had a great family reunion in France in August.
  • Family: Nathan enjoyed the 1st year of his life, Leanah turned 3.
  • Jesus Revolution: I am starting on my 12th year in Jesus Revolution, and serving as International Director for the 3rd.
  • New Job: Guro started to work part time for “Jesus Women,” a women’s ministry started by Anne Christiansen.
  • Other highlights: We took a gang of 70 young people during the Summer to Czech Republic and saw God in action by His presence on the streets.

That’s just a few of the highlights, and there’s much more to come for 2014! But more about that later!
Have a blessed New Year Celebration!

So…What happened in 2011

  • Trips. For the first time I travelled more than 40 000 km in one year. This includes my first trip outside Europe with an unforgettable time in Nepal. Other trips included the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, twice to France, twice to Czech Republic and a road trip in Norway.
  • Jesus Revolution groups. This year we saw more than 10 groups starting all around Europe, in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Norway, Spain and Germany.
  • The position of boss of the house shifted to a little girl and we discovered that the next in command will come on Mai 31st, a little boy that will carry the Hockley name down another generation.
  • My first year of leading the work of Jesus Revolution has been fruitful, and working with a team of 10 wonderful department leaders has been an immense blessing.
  • I am starting on my 10th year working with Jesus Revolution. Time flies!
  • I dealt with more than 3700 emails…
  • Guro and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary!

What happened in the world in 2011?

Arab Spring

Arab Spring

Japan Tsunami

Japan Tsunami - Courtesy of j808armada

The royal wedding

Royal Wedding - Courtesy of Defence Images

Death of Bin Laden

Death of Bin Laden

New country: South Sudan Independence

South Sudan Independence - Photo Courtesy of Babasteve

9/11 10 Years Commemoration

9/11 10 Years Later - Photo Courtesy of JasonePowell

Death of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Norway: Terrorist attacks on Utøya

Rose by Utøya - Photo courtesy of NRK P3

Bed of roses in Oslo - Photo courtesy of Heroes and Me

Relaunch and change of name

Hello Friends, just a short post to say that we are relaunching this website, which hopefully will give you the possibility to follow better what is happening here in Norway and in our lives in general. We have also changed the name from “Jesus To Europe” to “Only One Life,” (from my favorite quote: “Only one life twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last”) this is because our mission is now not to Europe anymore, but to the whole world, and we wanted the name to be a bit more including for non-believers too. But the content will stay pretty much the same.

I do not promise anything, but we will try to post a photo per week, and update regularly with quotes (the new quote section is one of my favorites on this site). Guro will also be writing a bit more.

Hope you like the new site…

Be blessed!
Paul and Guro

Stabbed With God’s Knife…

Some time ago I was listening to another young leader share his heart, what had happened in his life and his vision for the future. What he shared was truly inspiring, but strangely enough, I found myself groaning on the inside. I could not simply rejoice at his success…This led me the following morning, to probe down into myself. What it revealed was like getting stabbed with God’s knife. It led me to jot down the following thoughts:

Lord, continue to break all insecurity in me that is based in pride. Let me truly rejoice at other people’s successes.

Insecurity as a leader leads to competition and comparison. Why do I groan when other leaders are successful? Especially successes that embody something I want to be. It becomes “my kingdom” instead of “His kingdom.”

What is this kind of insecurity based on? What is the root? Pride and fear? Is it just as simple as me wanting to be in the center? Wanting myself to be made much of? It seems obvious that I am not satisfied when I slip into the background. Something in me says: “I need to step in, I need to be seen, I want to impress.” In other words I try to seek glory from men. So it is also fear of men. Insecurity then seeks approval in the wrong place. This in turn goes to show that I do not live in the fullness of God’s approval.

The challenge is that approval by men is not necessarily a bad thing. Rom 14:18 “He who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” But as a source of security, it is very shaky. Approval is good, seeking approval from man is treacherous.

I do not live in the fullness of God’s approval/love. I need a deeper revelation and experience of Your love. That is the true path to freedom. It brings the ability to truly rejoice at another’s success. So the cure is to receive your love, and to bless, love and pray for those who embody our desired success.

Since that day, whenever I feel the “groaning” coming. I just repeat this sentence to myself: “God, my approval is in you” and I feel like a puff of fresh air coming into my spirit. I can truly rejoice at other’s successes.

So…what happened in 2010?

God definitely has a sense of humor. Just when you think that it’s impossible to top a year in terms of the significance of the events taking place, He gives you another year packed with life defining moments. When I stop to look back, I see how faithful He is in leading us into His plans for our lives, and how good He has been towards us. So without further waiting, ladies and gentlemen, here’s what has happened in 2010:

  • Our beautiful daughter, Leanah Mirjam Hockley was born on 2nd of September.
  • After 3 years of work and preparation, we launched the Jesus Revolution groups concept in August at the Jesus Festival.
  • At the same festival, I was officially appointed leader of Jesus Revolution as Stephan Christiansen, founder of the work, takes a step back.
  • God provided us with an apartment that we bought in Oslo.
  • Travels: I have been teaching in France and travelling to Italy to meet leaders that want to start a Jesus Revolution work in Italy, and to teach in a youth leader seminar. At the beginning of the year, Guro and I travelled together to Finland for the wedding of Jonna and Andreas Nebdal.
  • The firstfruits of the Jesus Revolution groups have started to come, so far 8 groups have started in 6 different nations, and more than 700 people have heard the gospel through them! God is good!

The year of births

How blessed we are! This year we will see the birth of two wonderful things. The first is our child, whom we can’t wait to meet! The second is the Jesus Revolution groups project, that we look forward to launch. While preparing to share with our teams, I discovered some great similarities between the birth of a child and the birth of a vision:

1/Conceived in intimacy

Our child was conceived in the intimacy of our couple, the Jesus Revolution groups project was conceived in intimacy with God. He placed his thoughts in our minds. It says of Mary that she was “found to be with child of the Holy Spirit”, and that is how we have felt for this project!

2/ Gestation

What started as one cell in Guro’s stomach is now developing before birth. It is exciting to follow the different stages that the baby is going through! In a similar way, the project was developed these last years. As a cell contains everything needed for multiplication, we have come forth to a form in which Jesus Revolution can be multiplied to the local churches.

3/ Birth: a miracle

In the beginning of September I will be holding a miracle in my hands, amazed at what God is able to create out two human beings! In August, I will be seeing the beginning of a miracle when we launch the JR groups project after these years of preparation.

Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a incredible prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.

4/ Growth

Our healthy child will naturally grow,  the project will increase in the hands of God!

Week in France

Wow! I came back just a few days ago from an intense week in France. First I traveled to Lyon for PEFY (pentecostal european forum for youth) where we had some good conversations with youth leaders from all over Europe about the Jesus Revolution Groups project. It was great to meet other people that have a vision for youth!

After that I went down to Marseille for some cosy time with the family! It was the opportunity to see Esther, Reinald and new-born Joanna, and as a bonus Chris and Mum were there!

After my time in Marseille, I went back up to Lyon, where I was invited by Elam, a cross-church evangelistic group in Lyon to preach at their retreat week-end (photo above). Interestingly enough, the leaders of the group, the Pomier family, were part of the Ywam base that Mum and Dad were a part of 25 years ago! Philippe, the father, had some good anecdotes about Dad. He said that Dad was the first one to get him to preach (in a gipsy church in Troyes). He also said that he was impressed at how Dad never got angry (specially with a difficult girl that he personally would have “killed”).

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and felt like I received so much after I had given the little that I have. God is good! Here are some photos from the trip:

Joanna, my niece born a few weeks ago
Keziah, another of my nieces
Yet another beautiful niece!
Chris, my brother