Pastor honoured for 40 years of service to community
AUNTY Miriam Geesu was honoured over the weekend for 40 years of service as a pastor in Gladstone.
The Saturday morning event, held at the marina stage, was a family day with entertainment, jumping castles and great weather.
Mayor Gail Sellers and MP Liz Cunningham were among the 50 people who attended the event, a testament to the level of commitment shown by Ms Geesu in her role as a pastor in the community.
Ms Geesu said she was grateful to have seen Gladstone grow over the past four decades.
"The day was a great celebration; all of the children really enjoyed themselves," she said.
"As a missionary, the highlight of my time in Gladstone has been seeing people come to the church, and showing young people a good way of life."
After arriving in Gladstone in 1973 from Townsville, her young family settled into Central Queensland life, beginning a fellowship in the 1980s.
In the 1990s the Geesu family extended its role as missionaries to other churches in the region, including the Christian Outreach Centre.
"We've made a lot of friends and have received a lot of good feedback," Ms Geesu said.
Her daughter Caroline said she was proud of the achievements of both her parents to the religious landscape in Gladstone.
"People just respect her so much," she said.
"The community spirit they inspire makes you want to serve the same God they do."
Ms Geesu, 77, has no plans of slowing down.
"Bring on another 40 years," she said.