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Inspiring elder honoured

Viv Robson during the celebration. Photo by Bill Talbot
TOWNSVILLE Central City Mission was the setting for a service and luncheon on 5 February to honour Mrs Vivienne Robson (aka Viv, Mrs Rob, Mrs Robbie, Grandma).

After over 30 years and at the wonderful age of 91, she has decided to relinquish the position of coordinator of the
Missions Committee at the Mission.

Mrs Robson will still be a member of the Missions team at their regular monthly prayer meetings.

Over the years, she has been involved with Leprosy Mission, YWAM, MAF, and Wycliffe to name a few.

She has also been involved in personal missionary outreach through weekly visits to Stuart Prison until 87 years of age.

During the service, Kim Waller (a returned MAF missionary from Papua New Guinea), spoke about when stones are dropped into water, ripples are caused.

She went on to point out how Mrs Robbie’s life, witness and service has caused ripple effects in the lives of so many as she encouraged, loved and supported probably thousands of people who have in turn rippled this message to countless others.

Numerous friends, current and former missionaries, and committee members took the opportunity to bless her with words of thanks for her service, dedication and encouragement.

She was hugely surprised when Fred Wilkins, a YWAM staff member, whom Townsville Central City Mission has supported, flew in from Perth to honour her.

North Queensland Presbytery Chair, Rev Bruce Cornish, said Mrs Robbie has worn her faith on her sleeve for more than 70 years.

“She has been the face and the action support for mission at Townsville Central Methodist and, after 1977, Uniting Church,” he said.

“She is a missionary in the true sense of the word as she shares the gospel (good news) with everyone she meets.

She talks to anyone and everyone, everywhere and anywhere about Jesus.

“She has a welcoming smile and an encouraging word for all and over the years has been responsible for many people
finding a spiritual home in her church.

“Mrs Robbie is a saint of God who allows the light of Jesus Christ to shine through her.”

Photo : Viv Robson during the celebration. Photo by Bill Talbot