If we had a Frequently Asked Questions page on our site, top of the list every time would have to be ‘So why is it that you’re called ‘The Red Balloon Family?’ We’ll be honest from the outset, if you aren’t a Christian, or you don’t believe that God communicates with His people directly, the answer to that is going to seem fairly odd, but bear with us because whether you share our beliefs or not, the effect that Red Balloons have had on us is profound and if not God then a story of some truly incredible coincidences... Luke Lowrie, one of the founders of the Red Balloon Family, was bought a magazine when he was around four years old, which came with a free poster. On that poster was an elephant holding a red balloon which his parents duly put up in his bedroom at his request. Years passed and while other posters and decorations came and went, this child’s poster of an elephant holding a red balloon endured. When he finally got married, the poster even came with him to his new house as it had been part of his home for as long as he could remember. Seemingly completely separate from this (and Luke never made the link at the time), at two significant moments while he was working as the Children’s Pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Loughton, people shared prophetic words (that is, pictures/symbols they believed had been placed into their mind by God to communicate a message) with him that both incorporated Red Balloons. Then, in a very intense spiritual experience, Luke believed that God spoke to him through a dream that woke him and his young daughter up in the middle of night, with the Holy Spirit Himself present in the room and ‘highlighting’ the still displayed poster of a red balloon. Part of the invocation of that dream led Luke to lay down his role at St. Mary’s Church and seek God for a new calling. On the very last activity that Luke organised for the young people of the church - a trip to the Soul Survivor festival in Somerset - where he was seriously questioning his decision to lay down his role, he had the privelege to pray for a young person who then collapsed to the floor, so powerful was his experience of God’s presence. After a good ten minutes, Luke spoke to this young person whom he had never met before and asked him what was so powerful that it had caused him to fall over, and the young person replied, “I just saw this image of a red balloon and was completely overwhelmed.” Luke and his wife Samantha took this as heavenly affirmation that it was right for them to leave St. Mary’s and then soon after for Samantha to also lay down her career as a primary school teacher. Since then, red balloons in visions and in physical form have cropped up in the strangest circumstances at apposite moments, steering and guiding them to launch the ministry of the Red Balloon Family - living out a calling and bringing to fulfilment a journey that started decades ago when a little boy put up a poster on his bedroom wall. Luke and Sam feel like they are now doing, or at least beginning to do, what God created them for, and they are passionate about seeing others, be they Christians or not, also being released to be the people He always meant them to be as well... What is the Red Balloon Family Ltd? The Red Balloon Family Ltd is a registered company (number 08332184) that is wholly owned by the Red Balloon Family Foundation. It is currently dormant and exists as it holds the rights to some of the Foundation’s intellectual property. Any documents which appear to be from the Ltd company can be treated as if they are from the Foundation.
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