Where We Began
Vision Christian Prayer started in 2004 when a Brisbane pastor, Russell Barton, was dropping his son off at kindergarten.
He saw a note taped to the front door. One of the young mums had had a massive heart attack in her kitchen while making sandwiches, and her kids had spent the day until Dad came home trying to wake her up.
Russ was devastated. What could he do to really help during such a time of emotional turmoil?
Along with his wife, Jenny, they began the PrayForMe ministry, with a website and postcards. It was designed as a non-threatening ‘connection point’ between people who didn’t attend church and people who were willing to pray for them.
Only a year later, Russ and Jenny felt called to Uganda to work with vulnerable and war-displaced children, and they passed the baton to Vision.
In July 2015, PrayForMe became Vision Christian Prayer. The ministry receives hundreds of phone calls, texts, emails and letters every week, asking for prayer.
We recognise that people going through a need or crisis in their life often want to initiate some form of contact with God. Vision Christian Prayer provides a non-threatening opportunity for this.
We also understand the importance and relevance of prayer, and we believe that, as we petition God, He is able and willing to perform miracles on our behalf.
‘The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.’ (James 5:16 NLT)