By Mark Short – National Director
Earlier this month, I attended the commissioning service at Beenleigh Parish for Peter and Joy Palmer. It marked the end (for the time being!) of fifteen years on the field with the Society.
Their first stop was Wyndham-Oombulgurri in the Kimberleys, where they represented Christ at a challenging time, as the former Forrest River Mission moved towards shutting down and the residents moved into nearby towns. Next, they went underground and served at the Catacomb Church in Coober Pedy. Rumour has it that travellers on a BCA Bus Trip were once greeted by Peter in a Fred Flintstone suit. Joy’s attire may have been slightly more sedate! Building on contacts made at Coober Pedy, they then pioneered an innovative Fly-in-Fly-out Mine Chaplaincy ministry. They continued to care for workers and ex-workers even as the downturn saw mine closures and cutbacks.
The constant across their varied locations has been the Palmers’ commitment to connecting with people outside the church in the name of Christ. It is a passion they look forward to pursuing in their new home in Beenleigh. They will continue their involvement with BCA through our Queensland/Northern New South Wales Regional committee.
Thank you Joy and Peter!