A servant-hearted woman
Barbara Gill first went to Nepal in 1969 and stayed until 1970. She was just 20 years old and spent her time working in the kitchen of the INF compound, preparing meals for the expats. But it was not an uneventful time for Barbara. While she was there, she joined Jean Morgan in a two day trek to Baglung. This was to be the first of many similar trips to visit the villages of Nepal. Barbara also took care of the young Sarah Scott-Brown while her mother, Margaret Scott-Brown was expecting another daughter, Anna. Barbara and Margaret remained life-long friends.
Four years later Barbara was back in Nepal and stayed until 1983. As a medical secretary, her skills were in great demand. She worked with Paul Kalthoff in the Leprosy Control Programme, and in 1982 she worked with Jeanette Hyland, typing up the curriculae and training programmes for the Leprosy Paramedical workers and Supervisors. In the days before computers, scanners and printers this was not as easy as it sounds. Multiple copies had to be made and so were produced using carbon paper.
Barbara Gill in the UK
In 1983 Barbara returned home to Bradford. She was not in good health, but she also wanted to take care of her aging parents. Barbara’s love for Nepal never waned. She was an INF Trustee for a number of years, and kept in touch with many Nepali students. Her home was always open to them. She was always interested in youth, and for many year was responsible for sending out the Himalayan Ministries News.
Barbara passed into her Lord’s presence on the early hours of Tuesday 10 July after a short illness.
Ellen Findlay, who helped to prepare this piece, said “We have lost a friend who loved the Lord, served Him faithfully, prayed for and kept in touch with many, gave generously to the Lord's work, given to hospitality and blessed those with whom she came in contact.”