Gawler Baptist Church’s very own prayer warrior, Mary (May) Gibbon, celebrated her 100th birthday with her church family on Sunday 19th of September.
Words by Gawler Baptist Church*
May has been a regular attender of Gawler Baptist Church for more than 15 years and is a devoted member of the congregation.
“When people ask me ‘why are you the way that you are?’, I tell them, ‘because I have the love of Jesus in my heart’. They look at me funny, but I think you can get away with speaking the truth when you are an older person.”
May has always had a heart to follow God’s call and care for those around her, her gentle friendly nature and good spirit create a comfortable space into which she welcomes people.
As a church, we are so grateful to have May as part of our congregation, her powerful prayers and words of wisdom are inspiring and encourage the whole church.
Sunday’s celebration included the congregation singing to May her favourite hymn, What a Friend we have in Jesus.
“Before [my husband] passed away, here in Gawler, he was in the hospital; and the Lutherans came in, and the last song they sang was What a Friend we have in Jesus, and I knew then that he was going to be with the Lord. And I can’t wait to go and see him again.”
May often shares visions and dreams she has which have been a great source of encouragement to the church, particularly in times of struggle.
It always puts a smile on our faces when we hear May begin to speak because we know she has something important to share.
May cites her “love of Jesus from a young age,” and continuing dedication to God as the secret to long life.
We are so blessed as a church for May and we wish her the best as she continues into her 101st year.