Paula is a credentialed Pastor with Australian Christian Churches (formerly Assemblies of God in Australia) and her mission sending organisation is ACCI Missions & Relief, Melbourne Australia. In 1995 Paula’s late husband Ashley went on a short term mission trip to the Philippines. On this trip God arrested Ashley’s heart and this began God’s drawing and getting their attention for this gorgeous country and the beautiful people of the Philippines. By 1997 they both knew they were called to the Philippines in a full time capacity, however all the doors remained tightly closed. They continued to raise their family, be involved in their home church, get whatever missions training & conferences they could, and go on short term trips to the Philippines. In 2012 all the doors that had remained closed for those 15 years began to miraculously open, after making one inquiry phone call. In July 2014, they left for the full time mission field in Philippines. Sadly after a very tragic set of circumstances Ashley passed away on the mission field on the 6th January 2015. He had been unfortunately misdiagnosed with Pneumonia & Tuberculosis. On returning his body to Australia his family were able to have an autopsy performed on Ashley. This revealed that he in fact had Cancer throughout much of his body. Paula is now continuing the work that her and her late husband started and she has a passion to see people walking in their God given gifts, talents and calling. She has a love for the least and a deep desire to be a voice for the marginalized & outcast, lead them to a relationship with Jesus and disciple them so they then can disciple others.
Leanne was born again in January 1986 at the christening of her girlfriend’s daughter.
In 2008 she took her first short term trip to Kazakhstan and has been on several short term mission trips since, to a range of countries including, Vietnam, Ukraine & the Philippines.
Leanne supported Paula & Ashley in their preparation for the Philippines and led the Intercessory Prayer team that Paula set up as a prayer covering for their mission work in the Philippines. At that time, it was in Leanne’s thoughts, that she would be part of a short term team one day to visit Ashley & Paula; however never in her wildest dreams did she think she would one day be committing to 12 months’ service to assist Paula in the work that her and her late husband Ashley began. In 2015 God showed Leanne that she was to go on the mission field with Paula when she returned to Cauayan, Philippines.
Leanne has been a Registered Nurse for 44 years. She has worked in Hospital, Aged Care, Community and General Practice. She was at the Wesley Hospital, Brisbane, QLD Australia for 10 years and specialised in Respiratory Medicine and Infectious Diseases.
Her passion is to see people healed, whole and walking with Jesus and in particular women. Leanne feels that from the tragedies and difficult circumstances in her life she can relate to women who are going through challenging life experiences. Leanne has experienced the all empowering hand of God in healing and restoration and therefore she experiences a sense of fulfilment in walking the journey with women in need and loves to see people encounter God and achieve healing in mind, body and spirit.