‘Joy’ returns to indigenous community


Woorabinda, Queensland

The Indigenous community of Woorabinda, two hours south-west of Rockhampton (Qld), has benefited from a multi-faceted outreach program run by 46 members of the Joy Prayer Warrior (JPW) group.

It has been a privilege to have this partnership.

The program included nightly outdoor evangelism meetings featuring a choir, skits, testimonies, special items and a message on the theme: “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

Woorabinda Mayor Shane Wilkie reported that a youth considered to be a bad influence on local teenagers wanted to change his ways after listening to the young people share their testimonies.

The program also featured community service activities, including cleaning a large compound where the group was accommodated on traditional Aboriginal land. The free accommodation was an answer to prayer as permission to stay there had to be granted by the council.

Free fuel was supplied by the council to all six of the team’s vehicles for the duration of their stay. The council also supplied food items, cleaning chemicals and a water blaster to assist with the cleanup. 

Cleanup under way in Woorabinda.

Donations from other sources included a 12-seater bus hired by a family, vegetables supplied by a couple, team T-shirts paid for by a member of the group and graduation gowns for the 60 children who attended the Vacation Bible School (VBS).

The VBS graduation celebration was enjoyed by the children and their families. As part of the graduation, the JPW group, which had representatives from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and the Northern Territory, provided a big feast for the whole community. An elderly lady was moved to tears, explaining that this was the first time she had witnessed a graduation ceremony in the town despite living in Woorabinda her entire life. 

Mr Wilkie and his deputy handed out the certificates and invited the JPW group to return to Woorabinda. “It has been a privilege to have this partnership,” he said.

The Vacation Bible School graduates.