Congratulating her on her award last night, Dr Barry said, “Maud has worked tirelessly and selflessly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for nearly half a century, getting on with what God has called her to do in that part of the world. And all of that time she has done so virtually unnoticed by the wider world, until a bandit changed all of that in January.
“The way in which she has conducted herself since she was shot, talking matter-of-factly about her ordeal and with passion about her faith in God on television, radio and the print media, all of which has inspired many, many people up and down the land. This award is well deserved, not only a testament to her bravery and the inspiration that she is, but as Maud will surely acknowledge herself, it honours and glorifies God,” he said.
As well as taking the overall title, Maud was also the winner of the ‘Inspiring Woman of the Year.’ Gail Walker, Editor of the Belfast Telegraph said, “Maud is an outstanding winner. She showed great personal courage and she is such a lovely vibrant person. She is an inspiring lady and it was a unanimous decision to give her the overall title.”
Adding her tribute to the WEC International missionary, Rev Liz Hughes, Convener of the Church’s Council for Global Mission said, “This is such a well-deserved award for an outstanding servant of God. As a former missionary myself, I remember the hardships of missionary life and the difficulties of life overseas, especially being far from home, friends and loved ones. This special award is a credit to her and I hope that it will inspire people to serve others, both overseas and at home.”