Peter Walker

“I’m Completely Overwhelmed”: Peter Walker Receives New Car from Canberra Declaration!

29 September 2023

3.8 MINS

Peter Walker has driven away with no more to pay in his new Toyota Prado 4WD, thanks to the very generous support from Canberra Declaration!

Over the past two weeks, Canberra Declaration has run a fundraising campaign aiming to place good cars in the hands of Indigenous Christian leaders.

One such leader is Pastor Peter Walker, a Bundjalung elder from the North Coast of NSW. We are delighted to announce the handover of a new Toyota Prado to Ps Peter Walker took place on Thursday 28 September 2023 in Albion Park, NSW.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, I (Warwick) said,

“Thankfully, over the last three years, with the help of our faithful donors at the Canberra Declaration, we have been able to give three second-hand cars away to Indigenous ministers. Recently we also saw five other Indigenous Christian leaders get their cars back on the road by paying for repairs, tyres or even fuel. Another Indigenous elder got a full set of new tyres on his 4WD.”

Ps Peter Walker’s Grateful Response

Ps Peter Walker’s voice choked with emotion as he said,

“I’m just overwhelmed. I can’t put into words how I feel right now. Honest, I am overwhelmed. I never would have thought this would happen to me.”

“I am just so thankful for this gift. I want to personally thank Canberra Declaration for this gift that’s been given, and I thank you all sincerely… This gift of this Prado 4WD will help us keep going in ministry. I even have my favourite Bible verse, 2 Chronicles 7:14, printed on the back of the vehicle. We are so thankful!”

 

I (Warwick) concluded,

Ps Peter Walker is 77 years old and widely regarded as a foremost Indigenous Christian leader in our nation today. Thank you to all those who have given sacrificially to help get Ps Peter and Marie Walker a brand new 4WD. Peter and his beautiful family are indeed worthy of double honour.”

2 Chronicles 7:14 written on the spare tyre shell.

Peter Walker’s Amazing Life Story

Ps Peter Walker and Maria have now been married for 55 years. They have five children, 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Peter has been involved in ministry for more than 40 years and was the pastor at Redfern Indigenous Church in Sydney for 10 years, from 1987–1997. From 1987 to 1997 he was a prison chaplain and welfare officer within the NSW gaol system and worked in over a dozen gaols including Long Bay, Bathurst, Grafton and Goulburn Gaols. He also served on the NSW Government Parole Board from 2002–2006.

In 2015 he led a delegation of Indigenous Elders to Parliament House to present the Uluru Bark Petition to Parliamentarians in support of the sacred value of marriage between a man and a woman within Indigenous culture. Indigenous Senator Joanna Lindgren gave this speech on the significance of the petition. Watch the Uluru Bark Petition video below.

 

In 1998 Ps Peter Walker led a cross-cultural delegation to meet with the then Governor-General William Deane and most recently during the National Day of Prayer & Fasting 2020. Ps Peter Walker prayed with and for Governor-General David Hurley in front of Parliament House. Ps Peter Walker has travelled to every corner of Australia, helping and ministering to his people. He is known by both tribal people and those on the east coast and is held in great affection by everyone. Read his full story here.

Warwick Marsh and Peter Walker have worked closely together for many years. Warwick recalls,

“Peter is an elder worthy of double honour. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Ps Peter Walker for over three decades. Ps Peter and I served together on the Praise Corroboree. The Praise Corroboree was a 72-hour cross-cultural gathering to glorify God at Parliament House in Canberra, from 1996–1998.”

Watch the video below.

 

I (Warwick) said,

“Many years ago in 2001 Ps Peter Walker was gifted a Toyota 4WD Prado for his busy ministry. He was very thankful for this providential gift. Just over three years ago, with almost half a million kilometres and 19 years of faithful service, his ministry vehicle gave up the ghost. Peter has been borrowing his daughter Estelle’s car for the last three years. This has been less than ideal, but Estelle is very gracious.”

Estelle Walker Very Grateful

At the handover ceremony, Estelle Walker, Ps Peter’s daughter responded,

“I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. I want to say thank you so much. Thank you all for the beautiful, generous gift to my dad, who’s committed his life to service. We are so grateful. I am so grateful because now I get my own car back!”

“This is something I know is going to keep him going in the ministry… His heart has always been about the kingdom of God. I just thank you. I can’t say it enough, but thank you.”

The Canberra Declaration Christian prayer community, which is a ministry function of Australian Heart Ministries, have been raising money for Ps Peter’s new 4WD for the last 3 years.

We are profoundly grateful to Illawarra Toyota who has graciously given a generous discount to help Ps Peter Walker become mobile again. He is now behind the wheel of a very good and reliable vehicle which enables him to continue serving the people of Australia.

Many thanks to Illawarra Toyota, who gave a generous discount on the Prado!

Yours for Indigenous gospel ministry,

Warwick Marsh

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have a second-hand car or a new car you want to give away to an Indigenous Christian leader, please register your gift here.

To give to the Indigenous Ministers Car Appeal place the initials IMCA in the donation description:

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5 Comments

  1. Dorothy McCredie 29 September 2023 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Canberra Declaration is a wonderful organisation and has been loyal to past,present and future generations, achieving many breakthroughs in many areas and is totally worthy of support. Love Dorothy.

  2. Lyn Grindley 29 September 2023 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you Warwick for putting this article together with videos of Praise Corroboree and Bark Petition. It does all our hearts good to remember these moments. We honour Pastor Peter Walker , his ministry and influence in Canberra and throughout the nation.

  3. Alyse Anderson 29 September 2023 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    so great. bless you pastor Peter Walker

  4. Leonie Robson 30 September 2023 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Just awesome!
    So very blessed and humbled to be part of Canberra Declaration.
    Happy blessed travels Pastor Peter!

  5. Warwick Marsh 30 September 2023 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks Dorothy, Lyn & Alyse
    Peter Walker is indeed a great man and very much worthy of our prayer & support!!!!

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