Mrs. Caroline Leinbach Woo, 45, went to be with the Lord in her new home in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. She was born on September 5, 1971 to William Leinbach and Rita Castleberry Leinbach in Winston-Salem, NC. She graduated from Wiley Middle, RJ Reynolds HS, and NC State. She participated in numerous intramural sports, Alpha Delta Pi and Campus Crusade including Summer Project. During college her heart was profoundly warmed for the Lord.
She taught English in Beijing, China for 3 years. While working at Ardmore Moravian Church as pastoral assistant she met and married Michael Stephen Woo. In 2003 they left for Southeast Asia with OMF (a mission sending organization) to plant churches among an unreached people. Some of the most memorable moments were seeing God’s spirit move and provide in miraculous ways, sharing the gospel, learning 2 foreign languages, living on the border of Burma, serving people, eating exotic foods, homeschooling, and having children. Her most famous delivery was baby Salem born on a sideway in front of a Thailand hospital. Everyone who met Caroline quickly saw her love for Jesus, her passion for kingdom work, and her intensity to help individuals. She also loved to teach the Bible, lead worship, prayer counsel, and write biblical materials. Her love of life could be seen through her laughter, her funny stories, her willingness to try new things and dance parties with her kids.
Above all else, Caroline was and is a worshipper of our lord, Jesus Christ.
Caroline’s life was taken early as she battled with breast cancer metastasized to the brain over the last two years. Caroline was preceded in death by her father Bill Leinbach. Surviving are her loving husband, Michael Woo; four boys, Samuel (14), Ian (12), Zachary (8), Isaac (5), and daughter Salem (3); mother, Rita Leinbach; sister Salem Vest and family, brother Robert Fredrick Leinbach and family; half-brothers Jim Leinbach and family and David Leinbach, half-sister Linda Frambes and family.
A memorial celebration was held for Caroline on Wednesday, May 24th at Home Moravian Church with Pastor Ginny Tobiassen and Pastor Kevin Frack officiating. Her funeral had 425 people in attendance. In addition to this, 900 people who could not attend in person streamed the service online from their homes.
We give thanks for Caroline and the lives that she touched, and invite you to pray for her family and friends during this time of grief and thanksgiving for a wonderful, well-lived life.
I am going to take a moment to introduce my fellow intern, Emily Burrell. She is from Dover, Ohio, and her home church is Dover First Moravian. Emily is a current senior at Ohio University where she studies communications and history.
Emily is passionate about mission, and has had several experiences in mission engagement over the past couple of years! She served in Staten Island, NY for two summers, serving both by herself and with other members of her congregation. In 2014, she participated in a Moravian mission camp called FIT First at Laurel Ridge in North Carolina.
Now it is my turn to introduce Holland Griffin! She just finished her freshman year at the University of Minnesota, and she double majors in Spanish/Portuguese and Global Studies. Holland attends church at the Waconia Moravian Church in Waconia, Minnesota. Fun Fact: She is studying abroad next spring semester in Toledo !
Additionally, Holland also shares a love for mission work. Her experiences include trips to Staten Island, Costa Rica, and Chicago. Holland also participated in the same FIT First retreat as me at Laurel Ridge in North Carolina.
We are both very excited to work together and with the Board of World Mission this summer. PLEASE, if you have a fond memory of mission that you would like to share, send us a story about your experience! Whether that be through the BWM’s new instagram (@moravianboardofworldmission) or on our website, we would love to share your story with the world. Send any memories with a photo you do not mind us sharing and any questions to us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org