PALMER WAPAU has been commissioned as a community minister with the people of Napranum, on the west coast of Cape York.
The commissioning was a community event with Mr Wapau taken to the church doorway by his family who processed singing a language song accompanied by Islander drums.
He was then delivered to the Congregation’s elders who led him down the aisle and presented him to local minister Rev Saimoni Davui and Calvary minister Rev Shayne Blackman for commissioning.
Mr Wapau said the experience left him enthusiastic for his new ministry.
“I just felt so much joy as I left the commissioning and spent time with people from my family and community. I am energised, I want to jump up high,” he said.
Situated 13 kilometres south of Weipa, Napranum is an Aboriginal Community Council area with a population of around 1000 people.
Photo : Palmer Wapau is escorted to church for his commissioning. Photo courtesy of the UAICC