Wednesday, November 13, 2019 was different even unique. Not even the official activities of a work day could detract from its significance as people from all walks of life trooped to the Vault and Gardens in Port Harcourt to pay their last respect to a woman of peace and lover of humanity, Alabota Mabel Aya David-Charles (Nee Paul-Worika), as she was laid to rest amid eulogies and testimonies.
Late Mabel David-Charles, a generous woman, who lived for just 51 years, touched several lives in every remarkable ways, Known for her philanthropy, she was good to all manner of people, that came in contact with her.
Mabel’s passion for God was palpable as she served with delight in the Lord’s Vineyard. She portrayed a practical example of the Christian faith by reaching out to the less privileged, widows and needy in line with Jesus’ ministry of love and compassion. This was the testimony of Joseph in his address at the funeral service.
Born in Ogu in 1968, to the Paul-Worika family, Mabel attended the foremost Young Women Christian association (YWCA) Nursery school at Bernard Carr Street in Port Harcourt for her early year’s education and the Universal Primary Education School Abuloma, Port Harcourt. She also attended Community Secondary school, Kalio-Ama, Okrika and the Government Girls Secondary School, Umuola-Etche were she sat for the WASCE in 1986.
Mabel enrolled at the National Teacher’s Institute (NTI) to pursue a career in teaching. Her further foray saw her attend the Rivers State College of Arts and Science (Now Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic) for a national Diploma in accounting and in 2018, she bagged a B.Sc honors in Management from the University of Port Harcourt.
Speaking at the service, Rev. Daddi Jerry noted that the deceased was committed and faithful in the service of God adding that, she would be remembered for the value she added in the lives of those who came her way.
He charged Christian faithful to live an exemplary life at all times noting that the true essence of Christianity is in the value added to the lives of those they come in contact with.
Jerry said, “The Church has indeed lost a great woman. She dedicated her life to the service of God by reaching out to different persons at different times. She will be fondly remembered for the value she added to the lives of those who came in contact with her. The true essence of Christianity is in the value added to the lives of those who cross our path and Mabel demonstrated that. We take solace in the fact that heaven has received her”.
Senior Pastor of The Great Grace Ministry, Tourist beach, Port Harcourt, Prophet Joseph Somiari charged Christians to live a life worthy of emulation as they go about their business on earth.
Taking his reading from Ecclesiastes 3:1, Somiari noted that every individual has limited time to live on earth and as such should live with eternity in view, adding that, Christians should be more concerned about being at peace with God and not focus on what people have to say about them.
He further urged Christians to remain committed to the things of God and shun sin at all times as that alone guarantees a place in God’s Kingdom and prayed for the bereaved family, asking God to comfort them and fill the vacuum created.
Indeed, the heaven stood still, beaming its bright sunlight as a testament that she answered the call of her maker to return to him. Heaven took back a good woman. She will live large in the hearts of those she left behind.