I acknowledge the grace of God that blesses me through the loving support of my husband, David, our children and grandchildren. I honour the generations of ministers, intercessors and missionaries who have built my spiritual inheritance.
My husband and I have the privilege to live on inherited Wurundjeri land and we gratefully honour the elders, past and present – particularly Simon Wonga (1824-1874) and his cousin, William Barak (c. 1824 – 15 August 1903) who were Wurundjeri elders, and William Cooper (c. 1861 – 1941 of Yorta Yorta descent) for their vital roles in the foundations of our city of Melbourne in 1835, and our formation. I deeply honour present and emergent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Christian leaders, my aunties and uncles, sis and bros and I love and stand with many Indigenous friends. This generation’s fulfilment of God’s destiny for our nation depends on our relationship with Jesus and each other.
I left a tenured lectureship at the University of Melbourne to come into full-time ministry in 1996 and with others planted New Life Christian Community and The Crossing Community Centre in Boronia. I served full-time there until 2003 and continued to serve through housing commission communities in Boronia until taking up a role in Transforming Melbourne in late 2006 where I served in apprenticeship and then leadership until 2010.
I transitioned Partners in Prayer Australia into PIPES: Partners in Prayer & Evangelism Ltd, which incorporated in 2016. I deeply appreciated prophetic input and technical assistance from Rod Schneider from c.2011-early 2016. From 2011-2019 I worked with Warwick Marsh and others in the founding and operation of the National Day of Prayer & Fasting. The 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting founded within Transforming Melbourne had been taken national and was linked to the forming NDOPF. It has become an ongoing prayer relay – an Online House of Prayer for All Nations at www.prayforthenations.com
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. I want to express much love and gratitude to those who contribute so vitally to this ministry in servanthood and prayer, including David Tinworth, Jordan & Elisa Mullen, Doug Norfolk, Karen Wilson, Nofoao Thomas, Julie Seouw, and Jackie Nair – and all those who stand before God with us.
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 accountable.
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 2008 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 in every street 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. Amazingly, David and Archie Edmonds knew each other as young people in Bangalore, India.
David Tidy, Prayer Warrior International
An unexpected grace grew from my support for David’s Australian tour in ?2014. David is the coordinator for Prayer Warriors International – operating from the UK. He has had a key and sustained role in prophetic intercession for Australia and New Zealand, particularly in reconciliation with our Indigenous elders. David constantly stands with us when he accurately discerns the need. I am in a debt of thanks to him and our Father. prayerwarriors.org.uk/
Jenny Hagger, Australian House of Prayer for All Nations
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. https://ahopfan.org.au/
Although we have known each other since about 2008, I am more and more grateful for Jamie’s apostolic leadership in the region of Australia & the South Pacific through Australia Watch, Transform World and Australian Family Journey. Jamie’s gracious discretion, warmth and wisdom is enabling a relational framework in which we can move as family and ecclesia.
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 Ros Curry & Melissa Haigh and the Prayer Call community across Australia; Noel & Barbara Bell from Sydney (Intercessors for Australia); 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