Report on ‘River of Life’ Murray Darling Thanksgiving Tour

Media Release 30 March 2012


Warwick Marsh and Ps Peter Walker report that the Murray Darling ‘River of Life’ Thanksgiving Tour, conducted from 22-28 March 2012 was a great success and want to thank all who prayed and contributed to the success of the Thanksgiving Tour, particularly the local communities of faith and praying Christians along the rivers. 

The ‘River of Life’ Tour was organized to give thanks to God because the drought has broken and the rivers are running again and are full of new life. Most of this has happened since the Murray-Darling October 2008 Prayer Pilgrimage. The inland areas of Victoria and New South Wales had been in the grip of a severe drought for over seven years. Some places had suffered longer. In 2008 many scientists were warning of an ecological disaster in the Murray-Darling River Basin. In 2007, Chief Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery made the claim that ‘Even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river systems’.

The Thanksgiving Tour was held over 4 days starting in Sydney NSW and covering 2,408 km of road in NSW and Victoria. Support was also given by prayer pilgrims from South Australia, led by Rev Mark Clayton, Hugh Magarey, High Country Muster Ministries and the Indigenous Prayer Network, led by Kris Schlyder. Over the 4 day period Warwick Marsh, Australian Heart Ministries and Ps Peter Walker, Australian Indigenous Christian Ministries, along with a small team including prayer leader Philip Meeks and videographer Wesley Leung, held 17 thanksgiving ceremonies which included 8 communion services. The Thanksgiving Tour focussed on the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Tumut, Murray and Darling Rivers as well as regional Victoria, NSW, South Australia and southern Queensland. Australian Heart Ministries is working on a documentary to cover this historic story of answered prayer.


Warwick Marsh, coordinator of the ‘River of Life’ Tour, said, “The good news is God has heard our

prayers. We have a lot to be thankful for and that is why we organized the ‘River of Life’ Murray-Darling Thanksgiving Tour 25-28 March 2012. In October 2008, when we first came down the river, the Hume Weir was sitting on approx 30%. Currently it is 90% and filling. The Dartmouth Dam which was approx 25% in October 2008 is currently 81% and filling.  These are the two main storage facilities for the Murray and usually this is their low season. Melbourne and Victorian dams have more than doubled since 2008. In NSW the Blowering and the Burrinjuck Dams, which feed the Murrumbidgee, are both sitting on 96% and 92% respectively. The five other biggest dams in NSW are between 98% and 111%. Warragamba dam achieved 105% with water over the spillway on 2 March 2012. The most recent inflows have all happened since the National Day of Prayer and Fasting on 19 February 2012.”

Media coverage of the Thanksgiving Tour included Prime TV, Border Mail (Albury Wodonga) and the Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga). The climax of the ‘River of Life’ Thanksgiving Tour was the open air thanksgiving service held at the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers in Wentworth, NSW. Subsequently a Thanksgiving Prayer Rally was held at the Living Waters Church (appropriately named) in Mildura, VIC.

Many people gathered from different churches on the banks of the Murray Darling to give thanks to God for the breaking of the drought and the flow of life that has come to the rivers. Ps Peter Walker, Indigenous Elder, said, “I believe these floods are a sign to all Australians of the soon coming out pouring of the Holy Spirit across all of Australia. The Scripture says, ‘First the natural then the spiritual’. Both Warwick and I talked about it in a Vimeo report on our 2008 prayer pilgrimage in the dry river bed near Hay, NSW, which is now under water.  The ‘River of Life’ talked about in Ezekiel 47 is now flowing in this nation and soon everyone will see the signs of this revival and restoration for themselves.”


Prayer Team Contact Details

Warwick Marsh - Coordinator: 0418 225 212                        

Ps Peter Walker - Indigenous Elder:  0408 527 232

Philip Meeks - Logistics:   0414 903 977                                   

Wesley Leung - Cameraman: 0433 350 650



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