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Townsville welcomes new Korean congregation

A banner welcomes the new Korean congregation

At a special time of worship and celebration at Townsville Central Uniting Church last Sunday the North Queensland Presbytery recognized the Korean Christian Faith Community Townsville as a Faith Community within the Uniting Church.

The service also recognized Myeong-Hee Seo as the Pastor in that Faith Community.

Presbytery Minister Rev Bruce Cornish said a special part of the evening was the attendance of 27 members of the Cairns Korean congregation who travelled down to Townsville (4 hours) after their 11am service.

They travelled back that same evening after the service in Townsville.

“Their contribution was wonderful and helped make the celebration even more special,” Mr Cornish said.

Myeong-Hee Seo and her husband Ji-Won Yu came to Australia in late 2004 and initially met with Rev Craig Mischewski.

“At that time it was not clear to us that Myeong-Hee Seo was being trained in the Korean Church as a Missionary Pastor of the Korean Methodist Church,” Mr Cornish said.

“She was duly ordained in April 2005 and came to Australia soon after that.

“The process of sponsorship and the granting of a religious workers visa subsequently followed.”

Mr Cornish said, “Myeong-Hee and Ji-Won have been very active in ministry and have built up a small faith community in Townsville and a larger worshipping group of up to 60 Koreans in Bowen during the tomato harvesting season from April to November.”

Prayers were offered for the life, ministry and mission of the new Faith Community in both English and Korean.

Photo : A banner welcomes the new Korean congregation