Unprecedented advances were seen in Australian parliament and media and the abortion industry – with an encouraging report based on the 40 Days for Life global campaign. In Melbourne we also saw deeply gratifying levels of local church collaborative regional prayer & evangelism and frequent citywide prayer. Thanks you God for hearing our prayer!
Life Break-thru Changes in Parliament and Media.
Warwick Marsh: “I have to say this is the most amazing nation changing ministry Endeavour I have ever been involved with. It is a privilege to work with you in the battle for our nation. I notice a lot more positive media stories about God and life than usual. God is working in our nation. Here is an abbreviated timeline of major miracles …a list of what I believe are direct answers to prayer.”
Day 7 – Greens and Labor break up their alliance. Hopefully this will help the Labor party adopt more pro-life, pro-marriage policies of its Christian founder, Kier Hardie, who helped found the Labor Party in 1893.
Day 15 – Senator John Madigan, the DLP Senator for Victoria, introduced his Pro Life Bill Against Gender Selective Abortion.This historic bill is the first prolife bill in Federal Parliament for 23 years.
Day 17 – Sonja Couroupis had her prolife article against Gender Selection Abortion published in Online Opinion – a website that will not be bullied into silence.
Day 20 – Dr Lachlan Dunjey has his article against Abortion of Babies with Disability in Online Opinion.
Day 22 – Prolife Premier Denis Napthine replaces pro-death Premier Ted Baillieu as leader of the Liberal government in Victoria. Pressure was also exerted by the new independent to do something urgently aboutVictoria’s abortion laws.
Day 25 – Pro-euthanasia Labor Opposition leader, Mark McGowan, was defeated by anti-euthanasia Liberal Premier Barnett in Western Australia. Also 3 of the 4 pro-death Green parliamentarians lost their seats. Interestingly 4 prolife Labor parliamentarians retained their seats in the new WA parliament despite a massive swing against Labor. This is great news as it is very important that each parliament retains prolife parliamentarians from all sides of politics.
Day 30 – Surprisingly, a pope resigned and a new pope was elected. Pope Francis is a very Godly, humble man and a fearless fighter against abortion.
Day 36 – Oppressive human rights laws dropped by labor government. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/discrimination-reforms-dumped/story-fn59niix-1226601065130
Day 37 – “Manifesto to End the War Against Women” developed by pro-Life leaders at a Strategic Consultation on 20 March 2013 at Parliament House in Canberra. On 20 March 2013, in Parliament House, Canberra, sixteen leaders representing fourteen key stakeholders and community groups representing millions of Australian men and women, met for a Strategic Consultation on “The Worldwide Problem of Gendercide” (Definition: deliberate extermination of persons of a particular sex (or gender). The “Manifesto to End the War Against Women” and the resulting “Call for Action” were confirmed by consensus as urgent action points to address this terrible tragedy. We wish to acknowledge that much of the Manifesto wording comes from the End Gendercide Manifesto which can be found at www.itsagirlmovie.com website. We believe women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights. Now is the time for action to end the war against women. For more Information contact: Brad Taylor: 08 6102 8102 email@example.com or Sonja Couroupis; 0428 313 931 firstname.lastname@example.org
Day 37 – Anti free speech laws designed to muzzle the media dropped by Labor Government. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/katter-confident-his-media-plan-has-legs/story-fn3dxiwe-1226602120577
Day 37 – God shakes government; God is still God in the midst of the shakings. He is exposing the heart of men. Gillard re-elected in failed coup. Pray for our leaders. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-21/gillard-survives-day-of-leadership-turmoil/4587322
Day 38 – Senator John Madigan, the DLP Senator for Victoria Pro Life Bill Against Gender Selective Abortion. The Bill now moves into Committee stage. The Senate is now calling for Submissions into the first prolife bill in Federal Parliament for 23 years. Submissions are due by 24th April. The date proposed for the report to be tabled is 25 June 2013.That means Public hearing can be held right through May and the first half of June. http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=fapa_ctte/health_insur_amend_bill_2013/index.htm
LIFE Challenges remain.
In these days prolife and strongly Christian Chief Minister Terry Mills of the Northern Territory was deposed by Adam Giles. We need to stand for abundant and eternal LIFE for all NT citizens.
- The ruling Labor / Greens alliance in Tasmania is pushing a euthanasia proposal as well as a proposal to decriminalise abortion. On top of that they want to fine protestors $65,000 and send to gaol doctors and protestors for one year who choose to obey their conscience rather than the government of the day. The proposed laws are modeled on the hideous Victorian abortion laws of 2008 that allow abortions on healthy babies at 9 months on the signature of two doctors.
Outcomes from the 40 Days for Life Campaign.
With the 2013 NDOP&F focus on LIFE, we linked our 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting on LIFE with the global 40 Days for Life campaign. This year their Lent campaign was held in 19 countries and 481 cities around the world – including Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne CBD & Croydon, Sydney, Tweed Heads and Brisbane. www.40daysforlife.com/australia www.40daysforlife.com.au
In this campaign the daily emails included reports of 554 babies spared when their mothers changed their minds at abortion clinics. Now over multiple campaigns 7,261 lives have been saved. 29 abortion clinics have closed and many have reduced their hours. 77 employees have left their role in the abortion industry – including a Sydney worker on Day 6, 2013!
Read more stories in 40 Days for Life by David Bereit & Shawn Carney. http://40daysforlife.com/book
Exciting Regional Reports from across Melbourne and beyond:
Unprecedented Spontaneous Kingdom Mobilisations
We celebrate that there has been a long history of Melbourne pastors meeting in fraternities, fellowships and the Melbourne Pastor’s Network. We are now seeing something new in many regions – unprecedented numbers of pastors, leaders and local churches are collaborating to pray for and serve their mutual communities – to see Jesus’ kingdom impact their regions.
If you would like support in hosting united worship, prayer & evangelism gatherings contact: email@example.com
Empowered Pastors from across Melbourne and regional Victoria gather each month at Stairway Church Whitehorse and are encouraged by shared values and testimonies of the miracles of healing and evangelism that God is doing amongst us.
Lilydale: Seek His Face.
On 19 October 2012, 6 Lilydale churches united to host 24 hours of prayer worship and evangelism. See: http://partnersinprayer.org.au/lilydale-churches-unite-to-seek-his-face-in-24-hour-prayer-and-worship/
Olinda: 24 Hours of Blessing for the Dandenong Ranges.
1-2 March 2013 4 Olinda churches and people from at least 4 other churches in the area united in 24 hours of prayer worship and evangelism. See: http://www.facebook.com/events/428942230516774/permalink/435428119868185/
Greater Dandenong: Momentum
Ps. David Owen, President Dandenong Ministers Fellowship, has produced a very positive compilation of people’s feedback.
“On Friday 15th March 2013, the launch of Momentum was more than just that, it seems it was the launch of a move of God which can only be described as ‘encouraging to the max’. The Dandenong Ministers’ Fellowship is very pleased and excited to be associated with a number of ministries that sense the Lord is directing them to reach out to the people of Greater Dandenong. The city of Greater Dandenong, indeed Melbourne and Australia, are desperately in need of a move of God. To see so many ministries and churches working together towards something bigger than themselves was indeed a blessing.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hobsons Bay: Search and Rescue
Fri 22 March – Sun 24 March Hobsons Bay Churches gathered in worship, prayer, preaching, teaching, street witnessing, testimonies and a public BBQ. Enquiries: Stephen Holt, Chairman Hobsons Bay Churches, email@example.com
Unprecedented United Citywide Melbourne Prayer Meetings
In preparation for the River of Life Conference 9-10 May 2013, citywide prayer meetings have been held fortnightly since last year but there are 5 during April! This is unprecedented in recent times. Meetings are being held in the North, South, East and Inner Melbourne – so join us!