Chandy and Sarah Thomas are the Cyprus base directors of Gateways Beyond, a community that is a hub for missions to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as providing a place of refuge for the persecuted. Gateways also houses Gateways Training School for young adults, which focuses on worship and intercession, character development, and instilling a love for Israel and the nations.
“We believe that God has a ‘Kairos’ plan for Cyprus and that it will be used to heighten intercessory prayer and prophetic worship into the Middle East. Men of Cyprus were among the first to go out and share the Gospel after the stoning of Steven (Acts 11:19-21); and as the first stop along Paul’s first missionary journey, we believe Cyprus will once again launch apostolic missions throughout the earth as it continues to be a place of hospitality and encouragement [Barnabas, “son of encouragement” was from Cyprus (Acts 4:36)].
Since the first century there’s been a strong bond between Jerusalem and Cyprus. The Lord is restoring this unique connection for His purposes in these last days. As a primary commercial shipping route and as the home of Barnabas it was a natural first stop on the first missionary voyage of Paul. It was here in Cyprus that Saul’s name was changed to Paul and he began to step into his destiny “as a chosen vessel to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel”. (Acts 9:15) We believe that as history is coming full circle and now that the gospel has gone out to the ends of the earth and is coming back to Jerusalem that the Lord is raising up Cyprus to be a place of receiving and launching apostolic teams into the region.
Cyprus was the home of Barnabas, the son of encouragement, who was an influential man of God, full of faith and the Holy Spirit in the first century Body of Messiah. We are stirred to walk in the same anointing as Barnabas, which is to inspire courage in the hearts of God’s people to fulfill their destinies in the Kingdom.
Cyprus operates as the listening capital of the Near East. On the peaks of the Troodos mountains, surveillance equipment is constantly monitoring the airwaves, making it an early warning watchtower of the region. It could be said that our mission is to be the spiritual parallel of these electronic listening ears. Positioned in the mountains we are invited to be like Isaiah’s watchmen as we pray for Cyprus and the nations that surround the Mediterranean and beyond. First we pray… then God opens the gateways… then we go…”