Hi, I am Louise, and this is my story.
I was privileged to grow up as one of the oldest, in a large Christian family. For the earliest years of my life, our family lived on a farm in rural South Australia. We then moved to a South Australian seaside town where our family grew up. And just to add to the mix, our entire family was home schooled. I loved being schooled at home with the babies and toddlers around. I was raised with a pencil in one hand and a baby in the other.
When I was three years of age, our family packed up and went to Fiji for missions work. It was there on the mission field that I made a decision to Jesus as my Saviour. I am sure this explains why doing missions is such a strong calling on my life. I was born again in missions, so it is my spiritual DNA. Choosing to be baptised in water at the tender age of eight was a significant moment in my spiritual journey of surrendering my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Throughout my childhood I remember having supernatural encounters often enough that they became regular, even expected occurrences. Dreams, visions and physical manifestations of both angels and Jesus were standard. Yet, I did not always realise what they were because supernatural encounters were not talked about or topics that were preached. Some of the encounters got shut down because people around me, including myself, did not understand what I was experiencing. Yet, believing that anyone can access the gifts of the Spirit, especially healing and the prophetic, were cultivated in my life from a young age.
My music ministry opened up for me when I was ten and played keyboard in a band for my mum’s kids club. Ever since then, I have been involved worship bands and conferences in Australia and overseas. I was thrilled when I was asked to preach my first sermon at fourteen. And I have been preaching in different ministry groups and settings over the following years. I was privileged to have these opportunities from such a young age, but they have been pivotal for the training the Holy Spirit has given me as I have not had a true mentor apart from the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
With all these things happening in my life at such young ages, things were not all so simple. With the calling, the fire and the trials come to bring maturity of character. Around the age of six or seven I remember crying myself to sleep most nights. I would talk to God about what was going on in my life and ask why I did not have any friends. The Lord spoke to me as clearly as I hear him today and told me that I would not have close friends for my childhood and teenage years. Instead, I was to keep my heart set apart for Him and His purposes for my life. This was because friends would be a priority and they would distract me from God. Friends play such important roles in our lives, but when God said we would be separate from the world, I realised that He really did mean it for me. I must say that this has all paid off and now I have been more than blessed with many wonderful friendships.
When I was sixteen, I was sexually abused, which caused me to struggle with depression for the next seven years. Because of where they were at, my parents were unable to support me through this time. If it was not for my walk with God, I honestly do not know whether I would be here today. Depression is interesting. It was after God healed me that I learned this; when someone has depression for a long period of time, they learn to implement strategies to cope with it. I was no different. I learned to function as a seemingly happy individual in the world around me. But something was still very wrong and I carried a heaviness I could not understand or shake. I believed God for healing and complete restoration immediately after the situation. And due to my coping mechanisms, for the last few years of the depression, I did not know I still had depression. When I was twenty-three, I was in a meeting where Rolland Baker was speaking. The air was electric and I knew that something powerful was going to happen. While he never prayed for me, the presence of God in that room was powerful enough that it broke the stronghold of depression off my life forever. Freedom is a wonderful thing!
I remember at fourteen years of age, my heart was awakened to missions and I felt God’s call to go to Africa. It was four years later, at eighteen years of age, when I was in a conference with Heidi and Rolland Baker ministering. In the middle of a two hour encounter, the Lord specifically told me to go to Mozambique. I immediately set things into motion and seeing no one else was able or available, I travelled alone to Mozambique and South Africa within six months of receiving that call.
God opened a unique opportunity for me in a couple of local schools where I spent over four years in School Chaplaincy, as a Christian Pastoral Support Worker. I learned valuable skills in mentoring and discipleship during this time. It was my alternative to getting a university degree. I know this was my school of hard knocks with Holy Spirit as my personal teacher and advisor. It was also the first time I had ever been to school. I guess God knew that four years of school would be enough. I also used this time to become a qualified Youth Worker.
In the year 2010, I was running a young people’s Bible study and activation group, Deeper. We had the opportunity to join a glory gathering in Alice Springs, central Australia. This was another significant marker in my spiritual walk. I lead a team of nine people from South Australia to join around thirty others from around Australia in the red centre. We saw so many supernatural manifestations of healings, miracles, signs and wonders. God opened up my heart for the nation Australia and spring boarded me into the dimensions of the supernatural realm. My life was charged with heavenly encounters, visions, dreams and the prophetic from that time. It was as though an explosion went off in my spirit.
When I was twenty-four, I moved away from my family and into the “big smoke”. Living in the city proved to be quite a challenge for this “country girl” who was (and still is) in love with both the countryside and the seaside. There was a huge grieving in my heart when I moved as I knew that things were falling apart in the family. I had received several words that I was the glue holding our family together. It was only a matter of time and the dynamics began to unfold. My mum informed us that she was leaving my dad not long before I turned twenty-five. What followed was the deepest darkest valley I have ever experienced in my life. I knew this would be a test to see if God had truly healed my depression. I can confidently say that I did not have the depression return once. Due to other complex situations at that time, I was completely deserted by my friends and church family. When God is all you have, you realise that God is truly all you need. The stress was so high that my brain shut down for six months and I had to completely rely on the Holy Spirit prompting me to remember anything. I could not even remember my age off the top of my head. After the darkest valleys come the greatest mountains. I jumped out of a plane at that time to signify the end of an era and that my trust was no longer in man, but completely in the Holy Spirit.
I studied floristry for a couple of years. Initially it was a challenge, but it brought God’s life into my heart. And it was a consistent part of my healing throughout the process of my parents’ separation and divorce. God opened an opportunity in a children’s ministry to do ministry around Australia and overseas. It was through this that I had the door open for my first EP released "Lord of This Land". Which was soon followed by my first album, "I Am In You."
God also blessed me with a trip around the world which connected me with people of the heart. And He moved me interstate to Victoria for the next season of my life. I have been able to complete my
Up to date, I have travelled to Outback Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, South Africa, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and the USA doing ministry. I have written many songs from experiences of going into heaven and hearing the music there. I cannot be owned by man and will not be bought or sold for money. Living like the wind, I go and stay in particular places only as the Spirit leads me.
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it,
but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.
John 3:8 NKJV