Woorabinda One Mob Fellowship – Handing on the Baton
The work of Woorabinda began because God was moving. Prayer had begun after the District Conference of 2010 with thoughts of beginning a work in Rockhampton, but a Macedonian cry from Woori led to the beginning of the work there on Saturday 19thMarch 2011 with a simple gospel message, snags off the barbeque under a public shelter. One woman gave her heart to the Lord that night. More followed in the weeks to come as people were hungry for the Word of God. Pastor Shea and Leonie and their young family continued to give themselves to the 2 hour drive each way week by week to see the work established.
Beginning with nothing but the gospel, God has added many lives and blessed many families. Pastor Shea’s ministry to the wider region during the past seven years has seen scores of people surrender their hearts to the Lord, and included 5 weddings and nearly 50 funerals.
With the growth of Shea’s family as well as the Woori One Mob Fellowship, the time has come for a change of leadership. The Lord had been preparing many people, but especially a new pastor, Mrs Caroline Major, a significant community figure.
Who is she? The very same woman who gave her heart to Christ on that first Woori meeting!
There are many who have contributed to her life, and she has further to go, but the Lord has prepared her for this day, when under the oversight of the NQ District Board of Administration and the blessing of her Woorabinda community, she was installed as the supply pastor of the One Mob Fellowship WMC of Woorabinda.
The installation service was conducted in the Woorabinda Stadium at 6pm on Sunday 20thMay, by DS Rev Stuart Hall, assisted by Rev Keith Rose and Pastor Shea Taylor with a digeridoo call to worship. It was attended by 120 people from as far as Yarrabah, SE of Cairns (1156km / 12½ drive). Philippians 4:8 was sent as a greeting from Rev Dr Hardgrave, and testimonies, items and greetings were given in person from various other Pastors/groups from Rockhampton and surrounding towns, and included an awe-inspiring blowing of a shofar (ram’s horn) as a declaration of blessing to the community through the ministry of Pastor Carol and the One Mob Fellowship. Pastor Stuart, in the installation message, challenged Carol to follow the principles of 2 Timothy 2:1-2, and to continue so that she would also be able to declare with Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT) 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
Recognition was given to Pastor Shea and Leonie Taylor for their establishing work and the joyous installation of Pastor Carol Major followed. While the outside temperature was heading towards single digits, a beautiful hot catered meal warmed and satisfied the body as the One Mob Fellowship band continued to bless us with their inspiring worship.
Praise God for this important transition of leadership. Please pray for a powerful anointing for Pastor Carol, for her LAC (Kylie, Judy, and Barry), for the District pastoral care and oversight arrangements, and for much fruit that remains.