Meryl worked as a legal secretary and at age 21, she married David Dawson, who worked in the building industry in his own small business. Brought up in Christian families, in their teenage years, they made a personal commitment of faith in Jesus Christ, individually making Jesus Lord of their lives. Both decided they wanted to use their lives to serve God, wherever He might take them.
After one year of marriage, they found themselves living and working at the Umeewarra Aboriginal Mission at Port Augusta in South Australia. It was there they helped take care of many Aboriginal children, some of whom they still maintain contact today some 46 years on. While at Port Augusta, they helped build the local Aboriginal Church in the town, and in June 2012 they travelled back for the 41st anniversary service, at which David was the speaker. He preached under the watchful eye of two of Rita Galieh’s wonderful chalk drawings that hang proudly on the Church wall! (PTL, I didn't know that!)
Following 2 years working with the Aboriginal folk, David and Meryl went on to commence the ministry of Mobile Mission Maintenance. David provided leadership with MMM for almost 30 years and saw that Ministry develop across the world.
Meryl and David have 2 sons and 1 daughter and have just welcomed grandchild number 12 into their family.
When their youngest son Timothy was 3 years old, Meryl commenced a Playgroup at her Church in Warrandyte, Victoria. She still helps to run Playgroup and Tim’s 4 children now attend, along with 100 other children each week. Playgroup now operates 5 days a week under the leadership of her daughter.
David has served for the past 10 years as a Director of Samaritan’s Purse Australia and also the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Being involved with these ministries has taken Meryl and David to a number of countries. They have overseen the funding of a number of schools in Cambodia for example, and currently have a particular interest in helping abandoned, disabled orphans in China.
Both Meryl and David have experienced serious health issues. Meryl was paralyzed and near death after a brain haemorrhage a few years ago. She is now able to walk and is physically in good health after God’s healing. Meryl and David have a vital interest in their local Church, and are keen about mentoring and encouraging other people. With a dozen grandchildren and many interests both in Australia and oversees, it is unlikely they will RUST OUT!!
* Thanks Meryl. Distance has prevented us from seeing each other, so it's been nice to catch up via email.