Acknowledgements

I acknowledge the grace of God that blesses me through the support of my husband, David, our children and generations of ministers, intercessors and missionaries in my family.

My husband and I have the privilege to live on inherited Wurundjeri land and so we gratefully honour the elders, past and present – particularly  Simon Wonga (1824-1874) and William Barak (c. 1824 – 15 August 1903) and William Cooper (c. 1861 – 1941 of Yorta Yorta descent) for their vital roles in the foundations of our city of Melbourne and our forming nation. I deeply honour present and emergent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Christian leaders, my aunties and uncles, sis and bros and am grateful to love and stand behind Senior Elder Peter & Maria Walker and Australia’s National Solemn Assembly.  The fulfilment of God’s destiny for our nation depends on our relationship with Jesus and each other.

Partners in Prayer & Evangelism Ltd incorporated in 2016. There are many who have been part of this journey and I am deeply grateful for the hours and years we have spent together in prayer – finding joy in the House of Prayer – and growing in meaning, wholeness and connection.   Much love and gratitude to those who contribute so vitally to this ministry in servanthood and prayer, including David Tinworth, Warwick Marsh, Jordan & Elisa Mullen, Rudi Bam, Doug Norfolk,  Karen Wilson, Nofoao Thomas, Julie Seouw, Jackie Nair and  Heide Jottkandt and those who stand before God with us.

We are privileged to carry the 40 Days of Prayer alongside the National Day  of Prayer and Fasting team – led by Warwick Marsh. www.nationaldayofprayer.org.au

I honour with deep gratitude a few of the many “fathers” who have been formational in my life and in this ministry and those to whom I am currently in direct accountability.

Archie Edmonds, Founder of Partners in Prayer Australia

In 2008 the Helen Woodall, the inaugural president of Partners in Prayer Australia, asked if I would carry her role in addition to my role as the prayer coordinator for Transforming Melbourne. On the 25th July I had the privilege to visit the bedside of the founder, Archie Edmonds, a few days before he passed away. We exchanged – with wonder – a shared vision of houses of prayer and then Archie blessed me. Archie had built prayer networks across India and other nations before he came to Australia in 1988 at the age of 61. He worked in the tax office until 1990 when he had a stroke.

In May 2004, Archie heard God ask, “I have many preachers and teachers but where are the pray-ers?”  The Northern Suburbs Prayer Fellowship began on 6th November 2004. Partners in Prayer Australia, based on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Joel 2:15-17, was launched on 4th June 2006.  At this time Archie said, “We pray for God’s blessings upon PIPA … to embrace the whole of this nation and to mobilise God’s people to concerted, fervent prayer.  God bless Australia.  May God receive all honour and glory for His work.”  Archie will be remembered for his humility, transparency, encouragement, forthrightness, integrity, grace, peace and security in his Father’s love.  Archie loved God with his whole heart and was a principled man of prayer, passion, fire and joy, a beloved father, an unselfish listener, a sweet fragrance before our Lord.

Rob & Lois Isaachsen, Transforming Melbourne

Rob and I worked together as leaders of Transforming Melbourne from 2006-2010. We laid down the TM team and service to the body of Christ to be seeds in ploughed fields, and for new organic forms to arise under multiple new leaders.  I thank God for his humble, gracious and faithful servant Rob – and Lois,  in whom our Lord delights. I am grateful for the privilege of becoming the coordinator of TM in 2009 and now carry this legacy and the vision of ‘God transforming Melbourne’ into new forms and territories.

Pat Shepherd, Restoration Ministries

Pat was my personal mentor – in the years 2010 until her passing in March 2016. She provided tender friendship, wise counsel, godly personal ministry and prophetic guidance. No words will ever be sufficient to express my gratitude to Pat. www.restoration.org.au

Peter & Lyn McHugh, Stairway Church Whitehorse

Peter & Lyn McHugh are the Senior Ministers of Stairway Church Whitehorse which I attend. I uphold Peter’s role serving the Church across Melbourne and Australia and raising prayer  for our city and nation.We are very grateful for the crucial role that Stairway fulfills in equipping and connecting disciples in our journey toward fulfilling God’s purpose for this nation – and raising prayer for Melbourne and houses of prayer everywhere. www.stairway.org.au

David & Tina Michael, Spirit Alive Church Melbourne

David is a spiritual father to me –with the same DNA, the same hunger and love for our Lord. David’s house of prayer is a home away from home for many of us from across Australia and this loving community covers this ministry with prayer. www.spiritalive.org.au

Jenny Hagger

Our Lord called Jenny to help build Houses of Prayer for All Nations across Australia and beyond so she is a direct pioneer of our call to see HOPE: Houses of Prayer Everywhere. It is not easy being a women in ministry and we honour the husbands who stand with us. Jenny blessed me as a women at the time God called me to lead prayer for Australia by mapping the territory in a conversation and hosting for three years an Apostolic Table for women across Australia who became points of hope and trust for our subsequent calls to the nation.

There are many spiritual fathers  and mothers who have been channels of God’s grace in my life and to others through PIPES. I thank God for Noel & Barbara Bell from Sydney (Intercessors for Australia), David Tidy from the UK (Prayer Warriors International), Roy & Daphne Godwin from Ffald-y-Brenin in Wales and Jason Hubbard from Lighthouse of the World Prayer Centre, Whatcom County, Washington Stat, USA. www.lowpc.org

Father of All

We are saved by the blood of Christ and the loving mercy of our Father. By grace Jesus calls us, and though we fall short constantly, He partners with us to serve.

Our ministry is Partners in Prayer & Evangelism. We are calling Australia to pray for the nations – to turn outward with Jesus’ call to partner in prayer for evangelists.

In Luke 10:1-3 it says, Jesus appointed other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. So earnestly ask the Lord of the harvest, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you…” “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

May the Lamb receive the reward for His suffering! To bring Him glory, the Spirit of God sings through us and his compelling words of love are heard. My prayer is that many lost souls will join us to sing as one with heaven,

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:12-13)

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