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help-meet in a wife, whose love, compan-  two sons-in-law into the family; Gilbert
        ionship, support and encouragement in   enjoyed sharing with them in preaching
        the work of the Lord could not have been   on many occasions.
        greater.                               He labored consistently, usually in areas
          In June 1960, at age 27, he left secular   that had seen little gospel activity, and
        employment and was commended by the   only eternity will reveal all that was ac-
        Bryn Mawr assembly to the grace of God   complished in his life of faithful service.
        for gospel work in the south of Ireland. He   His warm preaching of the gospel and his
        arrived in Cobh, County Cork. Over the   radiant smile commended the gospel and
        years, millions of Irish people had trav-  its blessings to all. He laboured with a
        elled from that port to make a new life in   number of brethren, several of whom have
        America. Gilbert was one of very few who   gone to glory. He was glad, in later years,
        made the journey in the opposite direction,   to share in the gospel with younger men,
        to bring the message of new life in Christ   including Gary Woods, Stephen Gilfillan,
        to the people of Ireland. He was met at the   and John Fleck who participated in his
        boat by several local believers, and their   funeral services in Lisburn and in Donegal.
        first activity was to have an open-air meet-  But the fellow worker with whom his
        ing, even before they went to get lunch. He   name is most associated is Sam Patterson,
        lived initially with Bert and Wendy Gray   and the county where, as far as we can tell,
        in Cork City.                        his work had the most impact is County
          Gilbert and Esther were married on July   Donegal. He and Sam labored faithfully for
        7, 1961, and set up their home in Cork   decades, and God blessed their efforts in
        city; they were in happy fellowship with   the salvation of souls and the upbuilding
        the believers in Cork. The Lord blessed   of the assemblies in this county.
        them with two daughters, Priscilla and
        Caroline, and their home was always    The home-call of Esther in January 2009
        open for the Lord’s people, the needy and   changed his life greatly; it was a huge loss,
        the lost. They were involved in Sunday   about which he said little, but which took a
        school work, Postal Sunday school, many   great toll on him. Over the past 5 years, his
        children’s meetings, and distribution of   health declined. He was devotedly cared
        calendars every new year, along with   for at home by his two daughters, who
        open-air street preaching, distribution of   were helped and supported by the family
        Bibles and gospel literature, gospel meet-  circle, caretakers, medical professionals
        ings in tents, portable halls, mobile halls,   and fellow Christians.
        community halls, individual homes and   On September 9, 1938, Gilbert entered
        many gospel halls. Their work continued   the educational system of Philadelphia. Ex-
        for over 50 years.                   actly 80 years later, on September 9, 2018,
          Gilbert preached in many remote areas   he entered abundantly into the presence of
        of Ireland. He was often away from home   his Savior Whom he loved and served. He
        for long periods, and wrote Esther hun-  fought a good fight; he finished his course;
        dreds of letters before the days of phones,   he kept the faith.
        mobiles, and modern communication.     Written by David and Priscilla McAllister,
        They both rejoiced to see their own daugh-  and Noel and Caroline Brown; edited by Harold
        ters saved, and warmly welcomed their   Stewart.


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