Gladys is dying with multiple brain tumors. I have no inside information as BCF close ranks.
I thought to post this out of respect for Gladys.
Gladys Barlow has been a brutalized victim within the BCF community for decades. I first knew of her punishment and isolation in about 1995 or 96?
Gladys did nothing to deserve the way she was treated by those heartless, cruel men and it was all orchestrated by Vic and Lorraine Hall.
This may be an opportunity for the readers of this forum to pay tribute to Gladys. (Obviously it will never be passed on to her, but we can still honour her here.)
Gladys traveled with her husband Ian, to many country areas within Queensland and Victoria. Ian preached, and Gladys was a tower of strength and wisdom to many people, especially women. She listened to people, understood people's lives and struggles, and offered practical and compassionate thoughts and suggestions.
Gladys had a lovely sense of humour which disappeared later, as the men tore her to pieces. They shamed her, belittled her, isolated her, denigrated her and Ian did nothing to protect her from those bullies. Gladys bore all that humiliation and victimization, with as much strength and dignity as she could.
The elders at BCF spread lies about her, attacked her and criticized her unfairly and the entire BCF congregation did nothing to support her, stick up for her or protect her. I include myself in that list, (to my shame) and I remained silent in the face of such cruelty.
Today, I wish to honour Gladys publicly and pay tribute to a lady of grace and courage.
Bless you Gladys. May you find comfort and peace in these last days on earth.
Thank you for all your did for me over many years. You helped me to stand in my own faith and dignity.