Barbara Gordon’s Ambassadorial Journey to the UK and
Ffald-y- Brenin House of Prayer and Retreat Centre in Wales
The Story of Two Dogs
“Oh Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps His covenant of unfailing love with those who love Him and obey His commands.” Nehemiah 1:5
The command was ‘sit’ to Nelly, the beautiful Border Collie who came walking with us through the fields.
As we left the house we came to a lane, Cornford Lane, which winds its narrow way between Tunbridge Wells and Pembury.
It is a beautiful lane edged with high hedges and stonework, the heritage of centuries and now a very controversial issue for the local people who live here in these lovely green undulating hills of Kent to fight to preserve its beauty and heritage.
The fight is against the council, politicians and a sector of the public who want to use the lane as a thoroughfare for traffic, (heavy traffic at times) which is causing the deterioration of Cornford Lane. The locals want it closed to traffic.
When I arrived here, my first visit from Australia, I was captivated by the lovely English countryside and these things that truly mark the English heritage, country lanes edged with hedges and stonework, the feeling of peacefulness and quiet serenity as you drive along, taking in the scenery of fields and the clay peg tiled Kentish homes, all in keeping with the English heritage which is what you come here to see. Not the rat race of city life and heavy moving traffic and highways which is the same in any country.
So Nelly sits obediently at the lane, waiting for the command to cross over. Such a narrow lane with vision of coming traffic impaired because of the bend and the hedges. Nelly would surely have been run over by now if she had not learned to stop at the lane and wait for her master’s command.
Alfred, another Border Collie who was actually her brother and was, as a puppy, given to the neighbour across the other side of the lane. We went for a walk in his fields, climbing over styles and crossing over the little streams. Nelly came with us bounding along excitedly.
Sally, my sister, told me the story of what happened to Alfie. A beautiful dog, they loved him, and he often came back to visit and loved being with them and with Nelly. But he was not trained by his owner. He was hit many times by cars on the lane. He sustained many injuries, including head injuries and he later developed fits caused by brain injury, and he finally had to be put down, much to the grief and sadness of Sally and her family.
We came back up the hill towards the lane, Nelly bounding ahead of us. I was feeling a burden of sadness after hearing the story of Alfie. Sally opened the gate on the lane-way, and what did that excited, full of bounce Nellie do? She stopped and sat by the lane, waiting for Sally to give the command to cross. This really touched my heart, not just the obedience of the dog, but the love of the master.
Genesis 2: 15-17 “The Lord God placed the man in the garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, ‘you may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.’
Genesis 17:1 “When Abraham was ninety years old the Lord appeared to him and said ‘I am El-Shaddai, God Almighty. Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.’
God has the same message for us to-day. We are to obey the Lord in every respect because He is God. He is our Master. That is reason enough. If you don’t think the benefits of obedience are worth it, consider who God is, the only One with the power and ability to meet your every need. Isn’t this the most beautiful message of the Father’s love and why we need to obey His commands? The simple underlying theme behind obedience is Love.
TESTING – THE ‘INSTRUMENT-RATED PILOT
You step out on a journey, covered in prayer and blessings, confident in knowing God will protect me and His angels will be by my side every step of the way.
The testing is when things go wrong.
I flew out from Sydney on Sat 29th on my way to London (Gatwick) via Dubai. I was a little nervous about having to change planes at Dubai, having not flown overseas for 30 years, and being in the Middle East, a bit daunting, but I was comforted by many who said it would be pretty straight forward.
Anyway, I would trust in God even though a little nervous, especially when the plane was delayed leaving from Sydney, and the possibility was that we might miss the connecting flight.
What actually did happen in Dubai, at the time I was going through it, really made me question God’s protection of blessings over me. It tested my trust in Him because anxiety, uncertainty and stress really overwhelmed me.
We did miss the connection. I and many other passengers who were flying either to England or other countries were stranded in Dubai. We were assured before we got off the plane that we would be looked after and arrangements would be made for alternative flights etc. But when we got off the plane there was pandemonium. The ground staff were so stressed out with having to organize so many misplaced people. There was no clear direction, we just had to wait in queues. There were no boarding passes for another flight for those of us going to Gatwick airport. We were actually the group with the most confusion. I ended up getting a printed sheet with some details concerning another flight out at 2 am the next morning, and a voucher to go to a hotel.
Getting out of the airport was a headache because it is so big and the directions they give you are really not clear, and you have to go through a number of checks, showing passports, scanning etc., in order to get to the place where the buses were to shuttle us backwards and forwards to hotels. Anyway, I was coping all right until I realized the urgency of letting my sister Sally know that I would not be on the flight she was planning to meet at Gatwick. I had not put my mobile phone on Int. roaming so I could not ring. We were told we could make a free call from the hotel but we had to wait a long time for the bus connection and I had lost track of what time it would be in England. At this point the anxiety hit me. I was overwhelmed with it all. In retrospect I should have realized that if the flight I was supposed to be on was 8 hours long to London that was plenty of time regardless of international time change.. I should have just sat down and waited patiently and read a book. But I was confused and anxious and I lost some rationality.
We eventually got to the hotel, 2 hours now since the plane had landed in Dubai. At the hotel, after some steps of protocol and more queuing, I eventually got to ring Sally to let her know I would be at Heathrow the following morning. Before that I had borrowed someone’s mobile to text Roma to ring Sally to let her know, so she was told twice in the end, a sign of my over- reaction and anxiety. However, I finally relaxed after all that, realizing I was in a very comfortable 5 star Emirates Hotel called something Arabic. Unfortunately though I only had about five hours before I had to be back at the airport. I had a meal, a shower and four solid hours of sleep. This was good. At midnight I was on the bus back to the airport. I was feeling refreshed and happy to be on my way now to catch the plane to England.
However, when I arrived at Qantas check in there were queues of people everywhere and then a lady from my group, whom I had had dinner with the night before, came to inform me that nothing had been organized and we were not on the flight and they were trying to work something out but nobody could help them, there being confusion between Emirates and Qantas (although they are both the same airlines now.) I showed her my paper which had my flight details on it but she said that didn’t mean anything because there were no seat bookings. Anxiety struck again. Oh no, I am not going to get on this flight now and I have to again let Sally know not to meet another flight. However, I waited in a queue with a young man called Nathan who was ‘in the same boat as me’ (although he didn’t have the paper that I had been given and I don’t know why as both of us had been through the same process).
I began to think and worry about my luggage because someone else had told me that it could get lost in all this confusion, or maybe sent to Gatwick instead of Heathrow. Thoughts dashed in to my mind. Here I am stranded in Dubai, my worst fear, and my travel insurance papers were in my main luggage which is goodness knows where. I had only the clothes I was wearing. I found myself in a state of confusion, anxiety and insecurity like you could not imagine.
Then we got to the top of the queue. We were served by a Filipino lady in Emirates uniform. She was calm and had a smile. What a relief. She looked at my paper, did something on the computer and quietly said to me: “Barbara, you are booked on this flight but you do not have a seat. The plane is full. I will place you on stand-by.” To Nathan she said that he wasn’t booked on the flight and that he had to go back to the Emirates counter and get a ticket. I never saw Nathan again.
She told me to go and sit down and when they had worked through all the back log of people from another flight she would organize my seat. She could obviously sense my anxiety especially when I kept asking about the whereabouts of my luggage. She assured me with calmness and confidence which I much appreciated that she would make sure my luggage got on to the plane and that I would eventually get a seat, even if it is in 1st class. So I began to feel ok. I went to sit down, only to be bombarded with other passengers trying desperately to get on the plane who told me that just because they say something that sounds sure, in reality it is not. Negative vibes all around. The anxiety, which had only just been reduced, now came back again. But I said to a young English man of Middle Eastern descent sitting next to me. “We are on stand by for a seat anywhere on the plane, and we could get in to 1st class. I will meet you there with a glass of champagne. He laughed and I thought how good it is to just see the lighter side of life.
It was then, and only then, that I opened up my Word for Today devotions. Lord, I prayed, give me a scripture that will remind me right now of your Hope and Promises, and Protection, for at the moment I can’t really see you in all of this that has happened to me. My overseas first trip in thirty years, soaked in your blessings and covered in prayer. Where is the evidence of You being with me? I can’t see You through all the anxiety and fear and uncertainty of the circumstances around me.
Then I opened up to the devotional series in April 7th, 8th, 9th (ahead of time) called ‘Instrument Rated.’ They are actually about flying an aeroplane. I smiled as I thought how quaint it was that at this point God is going to speak to me through the analogy of aeroplane flying. Did you know, it says, that small plane crashes are caused mostly by pilot error, where the pilot is relying more on sight and senses instead of being instrument rated. Suddenly this hit me, Oh yes, I’m allowing my feelings and senses and crazy anxious thoughts take over to work my way out of the circumstances, (the storm), but not focusing on the real source of help, the ‘Word of God.’ I am not standing on solid ground which is built up through the study and digesting inwardly of scripture and then living it in daily life and relying on it so that when the storms of life come the plane can fly straight through it confidently.
Matthew 22:29 “You are in error because you do not know the scriptures….”
Psalm 19:8 “The precepts of the Lord are right…….giving light to the eyes.”
The pilot can be totally fogged in yet watch his instruments and fly without fear. But in order to do this he must have many hours of training in simulated storm conditions. Trouble to him is normal. He has gone through it many times and knows what to do in an emergency. The mountain that suddenly looms before him first shows up on the controller’s radar scope, so the controller can guide the straying plane around it.
How do we prepare for the storms of life? By spending time in God’s Word.
If you wait until trouble comes to find a scripture to help you, you have waited too long. In order for a pilot to be instrument rated an instructor will accompany him in his training. He will place a long-billed cap on his head so that all he can see is the instrument panel in front. Why? Because this is all you’ll be able to see when you are flying in storm conditions.
What happens when unprepared Christians are plunged into darkness by the trials of life? They begin to question what is happening. Everything was going well; all they could see ahead was fair weather. But now they’ve lost their sense of direction because they have not spent time in God’s Word. They have not been taught to trust God regardless of what they see or feel, so they get discouraged.
“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analysing and accurately dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Tim 2:15
And so my name was called up, the very last one to receive my boarding pass, a seat on the plane. It happened to be in economy right next to the young man whom I had joked with about the champagne in 1st class. We agreed that just to get on the plane was plenty satisfaction and that to go from no seat to anticipate champagne was a bit far- fetched.
My eight hour flight to Heathrow was wonderful. Time to relax. I was so excited about arriving there and meeting Sally and Howard at the airport where my UK holiday would begin.
My prayer: “ I thank you Heavenly Father, and I vow, with Your help now to let this be a time ahead to seek You more in Your Word, to learn to know and trust You more.” This is my desire. Song: ‘As the Deer…’ END
Lead me to the Cross
Mount Victoria House of Prayer
My sister went to the funeral of one of her very best friends only a few days ago. I was reading the Order of Service and decided to look up the scriptures:
John 14: 1-6: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
“There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going?
“’No, we don’t know Lord’, Thomas said, ‘We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?
“Jesus told them: ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No-one can come to the Father except through Me’.”
Revelation 21:1: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone, And I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down from Heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband……
v.5 “The One sitting on the throne said: It is finished. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings and I will be their God, and they will be my children.”
“But how to get there? ‘I do not know the way,’ says Thomas.”
The answer to this question, the only one answer that we must ponder upon and come to believe is this:
Jesus told them: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No-one can come to the Father except through Me.”
We visited the Isle of Wight and we went to a place called Freshwater.
There is the famous Tennyson Monument, a large Celtic Cross on the top of a hill. We happened to be walking separately, quite a distance from each other, Sally first, then Liz a fair way behind, then me the furthest back. It was quite a long up-hill walk to the Cross with a daunting precipice on one side falling down to the sea. There was a sense of solitude as we walked alone. I could not help but see the image here of individual people, our family members, our friends making their journey to the Cross. Ultimately this is what awaits us at the end. There is the Cross, looming on the horizon at the top of the hill. It is this amazing icon, the symbol of the death and resurrection of Christ, which is the answer to all life’s questioning, it is the end of the journey, it is the gateway to that wonderful place after life where we all hope to go, heaven.
But there is a challenge here. There is a cross-road. There is a decision to be made. For Jesus says there is only one way, and that way is through Him.
So we each individually need to come to that place of decision. Do we really believe that Jesus died on the Cross for our sins? Do we really believe that His resurrection power is what we need to take us from death in this life to a new resurrected life in Heaven.
As I watched them walk I prayed, ‘Lord, lead them to the Cross, draw them closer.
I took photos of the cross as it first appeared so far in the distance and then became larger and clearer as I drew closer, till finally I was right at the foot of the Cross, looming larger than life above me.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever should believe in Him shall not perish, but have Eternal Life.”
‘For My house will be a House of Prayer for all people’
As we each share what we want prayer for and want healing prayer for, we will be bonded in love.
As we, as wounded shepherds and sheep, wait on the Lord for each person, what to pray for will come;
- Prayer for healing
- Words of wisdom
- Words of knowledge
- Words and actions of comfort
As we minister and are ministered to, the Holy Spirit will lead us spontaneously into worship and words of edification and direction.
New gifts will be released in us to minister to one another.
Any deep ministry needed will be done privately if the need arises. - Joy Jacob, Historian and Bible Researcher
Recover Your Dream Gathering, January 2004
As God moves us on to Revival through the wounded shepherds and sheep, His Spirit will fill us with so much love that, like Jesus on the Cross, we too will say, “Father forgive them (who wounded us) they know not what they do.”
All who come together will give our personal hurts to God and pray for those who hurt us.
- Ron and Pat Ware, Prayer Warriors.
Recover Your Dream Gathering, April 2004
Contacts: Email: email@example.com
Barbara Gordon, 02-4787 5085
Tom Lovett, 0408 167 963
Postal Address: PO Box 100, Mt. Victoria NSW 2786, Australia
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Gordon 02-4787 5085 (leave message)
Tom Lovett 0408 167 963 (mobile)
International: +61-2 4787 5085
Devotionals: Wednesday evenings – Worship, Prayer, Scripture readings, Inspiriational talks, Fellowship
Regular Prayer Times
Recover Your Dream Australia Newsletters and Radio Program
Scripture Readings with Lyre Playing
Prayers and Prayer Walks
Prayers for spiritual, emotional and physical healing
Music recording and production of CD Albums for Mount Victoria House of Prayer Ministries,
Writing and publishing Christian books and literature
Healing Prayers for individiuals by appointment
SOME PRAYER RECIPIENTS’ RESPONSES
“Thank you for your prayers and kindness. It was indeed wonderful to spend time with your prayer team (at my first prayer meeting). I hope we can meet again soon… now more than ever I think it is important for me to understand Christianily and the Christian way of life… “ – a gentleman seeking spiritual and emotional healing and family reconciliation, March 2013
“Thanks. I’m keeping the words you told me in my heart…” a gentleman seeking boldness, courage and freedom, March 1023
OUR REASON FOR BEING
The purpose of the House of Prayer in Mount Victoria s to help and encourage people to experience God through quietness and stillness, with prayer to find spiritual guidance for the restoration of their lives and recovery of their dreams.
We encourage people to participate in the life of a local church of their choice. Mount Victoria House of Prayer supports local churches. It is not a substitute.
We remain connected to our individual churches, while the House of Prayer is inter-denominational and not affiliated with any particular church in order to encourage non-church goers to participate.
We are spiritually covered by local and interstate ministers and pastors.
We are also part of a wider Body of Christians called to pray for revival in the Blue Mountains and beyond.
Barbara Gordon, Tom Lovett, Mount Victoria House of Prayer, Inc.
The Mount Victoria House of Prayer
Annual General Meeting
30 September 2013
President’s Report on Activities
This report covers activities since the conception of Mount Victoria House of Prayer (MVHP) to the present time. We acknowledge that many Christians have prayed for former Trinity Church at 18-22 Matlock Street, Mount Victoria since its closure and sale some ten or so years ago to be returned to be God’s house.
We acknowledge that for many decades Christians have been praying for Revival in the Blue Mountains and Australia, and we also acknowledge that we may be but a link in the chain.
It started in October 2010 when Barbara felt the Lord give her a very strong vision for this former church, which she and her family had once attended, to become a House of Prayer. She experienced this after a prayer and worship time at Orange Prayer House. By November of that year she had met with other ‘prayer warriors,’ Rebekkah, Deborah and Tom, later joined by Gerard. This prayer group met regularly first at Rebekkah’s home and then at Tom’s house in Mount Victoria, which is situated right next door to the former church, for nearly a year to pray for the establishment of Mount Victoria House of Prayer.
We began conducting prayer walks around the former church.
We began praying for contact with the owner and praying for her.
In November 2011 we were able to contact the owner, Judy Stephens. She met with us and allowed us to use the premises 1 day a week for 3 months until she would require a legal lease and rent.
Creating a Legal Entity
We registered the name, Mount Victoria House of Prayer and then applied to register a non-profit Association under that name. On 24th February 2012 we became registered as a non-profit association, Mount Victoria House of Prayer, Inc. (No. INC9896826 )
Leasing the Former Church
We signed a seven (7) month lease for the occupancy of the former Trinity Church building in Mattlock Street (Barbara Gordon as lessor and Tom Lovett guarantor). This beginning had been a focus point of the original vision that Barbara had received for the House of Prayer. Having joined together now in prayer with others we established the Mount Victoria House of Prayer and we opened a bank account. The signatories being Barbara, President and Tom, Secretary.
We officially moved in to the premises in February of 2012 and the bond, initial rent in advance, and further installments were paid for by a personal loan from Barbara which we have been paying back from our weekly income to the House of Prayer account of pamphlet distributions for Salmat Media. We also received a donation from the Blaxland House of Prayer ‘Altars of Fire’ (Helen Grainger) of which we were most grateful as it helped us a lot in the beginning stages. Since then others have given donations which seem to come at just the right time. We appreciate this generosity of these people and wish to thank them. We would also like to make a special mention of Jo-Anna Mackay who has done a part of pamphlet walking and folding voluntarily for the House of Prayer, and continues to do so every week and has a giving heart and a supportive attitude.
We purchased a piano for the House of Prayer which we paid off in 6 months. It was a central part of all worship times, and was an answer to prayer, especially the make, colour and tone that we specifically asked for in prayer.
We agreed with the owner of the former church, Judy Stephens, to do some maintenance work on the building which we did with the kind help of Frank Brown, Jim Thomson and Gerard Van Drempt. As well as garden maintenance we fixed some major issues with the building such as, leaks in the roof, plumbing concerns, warped doors, fire extinguishers and fire hose servicing, painting, etc. Most of the work was done voluntarily and the owner, Judy, offered no concession to either rent or bond.
With the advice of builder Frank Brown a list of maintenance and safety requirements was prepared and submitted to the owner. She became very hard to deal with from the business point of view, (although we got along well on a personal level). Ultimately the financial burden of carrying the cost of rent for those seven months became too difficult for us and we had to end the lease and the occupancy of the building, even though we offered the owner a “caretaker” arrangement without rent which was declined.
During the seven months occupancy we worked very hard to put on events and hire the premises out in order to earn money to offset rental costs, and this perhaps was the wrong way to approach the establishment of a House of Prayer. Of course we had many prayer times and worship, including an opening celebration which was a great success and anointed by God’s presence.
Other people held prayer groups there as well, including Rebekkah Powderley, at regular times, and then the High Country Muster Group that Rebekkah is connected to also held a major prayer and worship vigil there for three days and had a great time of breakthrough. They collected a very generous donation for us which helped us to pay the rent for that month for which we were very grateful.
Other types of events such as concerts and workshops were more for the purpose of raising money. We invited guest artists such as Richard Gilliwitz, a very accomplished finger-style guitarist from America who gave a concert and also led workshops for beginners to advanced guitarists. We invited a local group from Mount Victoria, The Hilltop Rockers, to give two wonderful concerts starring Jack Pledge, Simon Crosbie and Dave Crestani. Barbara was interviewed on local radio about the concerts and the House of Prayer. Tom wrote press releases which were published in local newspapers.
Tom, being specialized in Time and Information Management with an MBA, gave some workshops on Getting Things Done.
We also hosted a series of teaching seminars for American youth put on by an adventure group from New Zealand called ‘Full On’. The leaders were accommodated in Lutanda and needed to hire our premises for the week of leadership training. In July 2013 the Full On site operations manager, Mike Kempt attended our Devotions gathering in Tom’s house, and later was interviewed by Tom and broadcast on Tom’s program.
Other events that were hosted by us included the rehearsal for Vikki Brown’s Theatrical Group; Barbara Gordon’s music student Concerts; Graduation for Roma Ranford and Birthday and Farewell Celebrations in which many people came and felt the good vibes and warm atmosphere of the premises.
During this time we had many supporters and close friends who helped us. Rebekkah, who worked so hard with her creative input in the early stages and Helen Grainger (who also donated much of her craft work, anointing oils, and items for us to sell), Gerard (who stuck with us and was a great maintenance man and help right to the end of our occupancy of the former church; Heather Pye who helped with catering for the concerts, Barbara’s son Matthew who helped clean the windows, Tom’s friend Jason Lucas who volunteered to clean the carpets, Christa McDonald (Blackheath Firewood) who donated all the wood for the fire which kept us warm and cosy during those winter months, and others who helped equally with prayer and moral support including Peg Bowler of Orange Prayer House, who prayed and mentored us, and with her husband John gave us respite and hospitality on their farm in Orange, Fijian Isaac Bulivou and his wife Paula also from Orange, and Isaac’s sister Ruth (for whose residency in Australia we prayed with success), all inspiring prayer warriors. Isaac just used to “drop in” and be there to help out or to pray with us. We thought of him like a visiting angel.
We also had mentoring support from our local pastors: Pastor Jo Karako, Rev. John Gaunt, Pastor Ian Bartley.
The seven month season in the House of Prayer building ended with a very difficult time of stress in having to finalize things with the owner, including extensive cleaning mainly from the previous years of little use, including windows, venetian blinds, carpet cleaning, more painting and replacing things to their original places. There were many issues that almost overwhelmed us. We continue to pray for her.
As the time was drawing to an end in August 2012, we received an unexpected visit from a young prophet, David Reid and his wife and baby. They were referred to us by Pastor Jo, and encouraged us with many words of prophesy. We recorded David’s prophesy over us, and it is available on CD for members who would like to hear it. David’s word, among other things, was that a new door would open for MVHP. He did not say that this door would not re-open again in the future. It may re-open again at another time and we believe for this. He said there were angels waiting. I think that in the Heavenlies it is already Mount Victoria House of Prayer that I, Barbara, envisioned. I know all the prayer and the purpose and vision that went towards the original building and establishment of the former church are deeply rooted in God through Christ. May God’s purpose come in His time. We wait upon Him.
The next season however was a door that opened at the Lutanda Centre for which Mount Victoria House of Prayer was asked by the new management to conduct Devotionals for staff. So we felt we were still alive and going even though not in the former church building of our dream. For six months we held weekly morning devotions for the staff of Lutanda. It was a time of growing and learning how to present a half hour presentation of prayer/ the Word/ worship with visual presentations on which Tom worked hard. Barbara led worship and sometimes devotions. It was very good experience. Nicki Shialvo, our friend from Blackheath joined us to help Barbara with worship by leading the singing. Nicki is now a regular and integral part of devotions at Mount Victoria House of Prayer, which are currently held at Tom’s house. The piano has been moved there. It will one day return, we believe, to its rightful place in the House of Prayer building, but for now it is happy and well looked after in Tom’s House and regularly used in devotions for worship. Friend, cabinet maker, Simon Crosby generously made a small wooden cross which adorns the wall above the piano.
Many people have participated in our Devotions; there has been Rebakkah, Deborah, Gerard, Kelly, Art, Jeanne, Roma, Riahta, Jim, Matt, Mike, Steven, Fran, Paul and the MMM team working with Lutanda. Some have taken part by giving talks, and others contribute with prayer, testimony, worship, scripture reading, fellowship …
In the last few months we have become aware of the need to establish a more solid prayer time, so we now meet an hour prior to the meeting to pray. We realize that without prayer then everything else is just ‘our’ doing and not God’s. Put God first and all else falls in to place.
Members of MVHP attend their own individual churches. We have connection with and pray for local churches in Mount Victoria, Blackheath and Lithgow and we encourage persons who participate in MVHP to attend a church of their choice, but we do not enforce church attendance upon anyone. Persons who are not members of a church are very welcome to join in prayer and worship, and to receive prayer and to participate in discussion and fellowship. Our aim is to make people feel welcome and loved. We have made mistakes sometimes in our ability to organize and have things run smoothly but it has been a learning curve for us as well.
Other Events and Ministries included in House of Prayer:
Recover Your Dream Ministry: This is Tom’s vision for the wounded shepherds. It is an outreach to those who have lost their way in their Christian walk. He has a great passion for this ministry and it is also part of the Mount Victoria House of Prayer.
Healing Rooms of Australia: We visited Healing Rooms in Sydney in 2012 and since then have done training seminars and plan to become accredited. We take people there for healing prayer.
Prayers to individuals: We have had very special prayer times, in Lutanda chapel, in Tom’s house and other places, and over the Internet, for individuals in need of specific and personal prayer. We have been asked to pray for spiritual needs of institutions.
Worship Ministry: This includes Barbara’s lyre playing and the recording of a CD for ministry. Barbara also has a special ministry of music going with long- time friend Jim Thomson. They meet for practice weekly and do busking and worship ministry with small group meetings.
Tom and Barbara have a ministry of Word and Lyre which they do at Hartley church at Christmas time; narration accompanied by Lyre. This lyre accompanying scripture is a beautiful ministry and we hope to develop it and introduce it more in Houses of Prayer.
Tom’s Radio Programs. He is connected to LIFE FM Christian Radio in Bathurst, for which he produces and presents a weekly program broadcast on Saturday evenings. This is a Christian outreach for Recover Your Dream Australia. This program is also available on CD and the Internet via Dropbox.
Donations and support: We support the national Christian Radio Network, Vision/UCB and distribute The Word for Today on behalf of UCB. Tom was interviewed on national Vision Radio in February 2013 about the Recover Your Dream Ministry.
We also are planning to support Leading the Way, with Michael Yussoff because we have a desire to support those who are reaching out to Muslims in the Middle East and in Australia.
Recover Your Dream Newsletter is part of Tom’s outreach since 2003. Tom is a writer.
Novel Writing: Tom is also an author and has written text books and a futuristic Christian fiction book which has been published. It is in the process of being re-written under a new name. Barbara is involved in editing it. Barbara also is editor of Tom’s writings and radio programs.
Visits to Canberra’s National Folk Festival: As media representative for his previous community radio station, 1997 to 2010, Tom made annual visits to the Easter national folk festival in Canberra to interview performers and interesting characters for broadcasting in his program. He has made many folk enthusiastic friends from around Australia and overseas. Since coming to Mount Victoria in 2010 Tom continued the visits and interviewing alone until 2013 when Barbara accompanied him to the Folk Festival as a Media person also. They interviewed performers and speakers for Tom’s new radio program on LIFE-FM, Bathurst.
Trans-Australia Ride: Bill Towns from Cargo west of Orange, met us by accident in Orange Prayer House in 2012. He invited Tom to attend a Men’s Breakfast in Cowra the next day. In the hall of a small Pentecostal church, pastored by a former Salvation Army officer. Bill gave an inspiring address to a group of men and Tom believes it is a God given message to Australian men everywhere to take on guardianship of their families. Since then Bill has been a regular visitor to Mount Victoria House of Prayer, now in Tom’s house, for prayer, fellowship and discussion. Tom was able to visit Bill and his wife Fiona on their horse farm in Cargo in 2013. Bill is planning to record his Trans-Australia Ride experiences in a book. Bill has become a Member of Mount Victoria House of Prayer and has become a major supporter.
Visits to Orange and the Houses of Prayer in the Central West: This connected us to the regional Houses of Prayer and the people who run them. There we have had amazing times of prayer. In 2013 Peg Bowler drove us to Wellington and we visited Wellington House of Prayer, met and prayed with the leaders. We also visited the Orange Prayer House for All Nations connected to Orange Baptist Church, where we met with leader Daesop Yoon, and connected with Cathy Wall. Matt, Barbara’s son came along and he met Cathy’s son also named Matt who we are going to take to the Healing Rooms for prayer. Lastly we visited the ‘Upper Room’ Prayer House in Orange and met with networker Isaac Bulivou and prayed there with him and resident Bernice. We later called on Isaac at his home and met one of his daughters.
Matt Gordon was greatly inspired by the dedication to prayer and the wonderful prayer houses in N.S.W. Central West as well as the amazing countryside which is a great sight after living in Singapore which he has for 6 months (and has since returned). We stayed with Peg and John Bowler who are wonderful people of hospitality. Peg is an integral part of Orange Prayer House for All Nations. We always look forward to trips to Orange and that was the third time we have been since MVHP started. We have a definite connection there and, after all, that was where Barbara first got the vision for MVHP. It was from the ‘Upper Room’ Prayer House meeting in Orange that it all began in 2010 when Barbara was invited to play her lyre. It’s like our roots.