AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION open to all GBI members
In 2018 we will be celebrating 125 years of fruitful mission. Our theme for the year, based on Jesus’ words in John 15v.16-17, will be ‘FRUITFUL & OVERFLOWING’. We will, of course, be celebrating all that God has done through GB over the last 125 years, but we will also reflect on the ongoing work that He still has in store for us amongst girls and young women around the world.
Are you creative? Do you like to make music? Can you use words effectively to express your thoughts? This is your opportunity. As part of our celebration we invite you to write a song to help celebrate God’s goodness and the impact of His empowering Spirit through GB. You can do this on your own, in collaboration with a friend or as a team effort with others in your company.
Instructions and entry forms are available to download below:
Being a member of the Girls’ Brigade has given me the opportunity to harbor exciting moments into my daily life as I learn more about God. I am excited to know more about God through Bible lessons taught at meetings. I was amazed to discover how powerful God is and can be, and how I can depend on Him for everything I need within my life.
Hundreds of faithful leaders help to give girls HOPE as they work with them in GB groups around the world each week. Additionally, from time to time, GBI is asked to give hope in response to specific needs made known to them. This is resourced by our GiveaGirlaHope Fund. In the last year we have:
seed funded a project to create a school tuck shop and vegetable garden in Zimbabwe
supported a number of individuals, enabling them to attend youth gatherings and events which will help them grow in faith and leadership.
enabled GBI to raise its profile by having representation at a United Nations Education Conference and the Lausanne Conference
funded elements of The Gathering 2017
In previous years we have part-funded Mission Trips from Europe, established a family support project in the Caribbean, supported the setting up of a project for young single mums in Asia and been involved with the resourcing a sewing and handcraft centre in Africa. (Application are open to all and forms are available via Fellowship IVPs)
Grants are only limited by the amount of money we have available, but the money originally donated for this purpose, is fast running out. At IPC 2016, the Presidents’ Committee reflected on our need and the story of Nehemiah. When Nehemiah saw a need, he didn’t hesitate, he asked those around him – specifically the King whom he served – if he would provide resources for the task that needed doing. Read the story and you’ll see how generously he responded! So that’s what we are doing – ASKING you if YOU can help.
Over the last six months we have produced a number of great free resources – The #IAMGB video, the ‘Be Empowered’ International Resource, The 2017 ‘Be Empowered’Prayer Calendar. Have you used or do you plan to use these? Would you consider a thank offering or donation as a response? We would be grateful and you would be giving a girl HOPE.
Giving is simple: Go to this website, click on MAKE A DONATION and you can give easily. If you are not in a position to give finances we would ask for your prayers that God will allow us to bring HOPE to all those who need it.
‘But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.’
“I love these words and the image they create. They teach me that PRAYER has such an important place to play in our daily lives.” Says Vivienne our International President.
Read the verse again. Isn’t it all about being EMPOWERED?
To get you fuelled up for the task ahead, GBI are pleased to launch their 2017 Prayer Focus. Each month we will provide you with a prayer calendar so that we can pray together for the needs of our GB family and the mission to which God has called us. Wait on God, Spread your wings and soar!!
As we approach the beginning of another year, GBI are pleased to confirm that the theme selected for 2017 is:
Scripture is full of stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things through the power of God’s Holy Spirit. To help you get the best out of this theme we want to encourage you to “BE EMPOWERED” in many different ways and for many different reasons. We are launching a new resource which includes questions for you to discuss, Bible passages to reflect on, prayer points for you to share and creative ideas to engage your young people. May God bless you as you are EMPOWERED by Him and for Him!
DATES: 21 – 28th July 2018 with flexibility regarding extra days for those wishing to arrive early/stay late
LOCATION: Chrismar Hotel Conference Centre, Livingstone, Zambia
TRAVEL: to Livingstone International Airport
ACCOMMODATION: shared rooms with a supplementary charge for single rooms
COST: US$750 per person (Plus any bank charges to ensure full amount is transferred )
AGE: all delegates must be over 18 years
ATTENDEES: there will be two categories of attendees:
Delegates: these are to be selected by the National Boards following whatever local protocols they may choose. Each country may have up to 10 official delegates 50% of whom should be under 35 years. These delegates will have voting rights.
GB Friends and Supporters: these are independent GB members, friends or supporters who wish to immerse themselves in all that ICGB has to offer. They will be responsible for their own funding, will be able to attend all sessions but will not have voting rights. Places for GB friends will be available on a first come first served basis. Those wishing to attend should liaise with their National Office.
REACH OF CONFERENCE – as this is our 125 year celebration we would like to sponsor delegates from some countries who would not otherwise be able to afford to send a delegate. Any national board or individual who would like to volunteer funds for this should please advise GBI
What Girls’ Brigade group doesn’t want to bring HOPE into the lives of young women?
What Girls’Brigade group doesn’t seek to see GIRLS’ LIVES TRANSFORMED: GOD’S WORLD ENRICHED?
Please support our International Fund Raising Project in 2017 by holding a Cake Bake (ideas available). The monies raised will go to our GiveaGirlaHope fund which does do just as the name says: it gives girls all around the world HOPE in difficult situations. We have already spread HOPE in a number of ways. Help us to do even more. Further details and suggestions are available NOW by clicking here.
The sun was shining gloriously as I remembered walking into the Sunday school room at our church with my mum. It was on a Saturday morning when she told me I was going to join a group called the Girls’ Brigade. I was around the age of 9 at that time so I was quite scared to have my mum leaving me alone for a few hours with the GB group. My mum had to stay with me to attend the meeting that day because I couldn’t let go of her. After the first few minutes I was already interacting with the girls my age as we were asked to do little fun activities.
When the next week came round, I couldn’t wait to go for GB and this time in didn’t care if my mum was with me because I was intrigued by all the activities and the enjoyment of being with my new girlfriends. This was a turning point in my life because I began to learn a lot of important knowledge which I never learnt in school. Like how to have a personal relationship with God, growing up in the right direction with dignity and respect, and being confident in making right decisions for myself and my future family. From small group discussions to leading the girls in activities, presenting reports on behalf of GB and travelling abroad to share God’s word in partnership with PNG World Mission, has really given me the confidence I never knew I had.
During the Christmas holiday I went back to my home village, gathered all the young girls and taught them what I learnt in GB. We performed plays and creative dances at our normal Sunday services and during the Christmas period. We also performed at other neighbouring churches as an awareness of GB. I also took the initiative to gather the girls to go help out in our church project site (which was to build houses for our church district executives) by cleaning out the area, planting new flowers and providing food for the carpenters who were building the houses.
I am now 18 years old and am doing my first year of studies at the University of Papua New Guinea. Being in Girls’ Brigade has enabled me to speak confidently and be courageous to face challenges in my life knowing that God is with me through it all. Thank you Girls’ Brigade!
We have recently celebrated the International Day of the Girl by launching our #IAMGB video which helps us to reflect on how girls all round the world are given HOPE through their contact with GB. But GB does not only reach young women who are members of our organisation. GB groups all around the world find ways to bring HOPE to young people who are not part of the GB family. Our sisters in GB Northern Ireland have been doing this in a very special way. They have partnered with FIELDS OF LIFE engaging with their I AM GIRL project. The money they have raised has enabled 228 hygiene kits to be distributed to girls in schools in East Africa. The I AM GIRL project is committed to ensuring girls are empowered to complete their education and to grow into strong, healthy young women who have the potential to be change agents in their families, communities and nations. The project aims to educate girls within their school network in East Africa, to address the challenges faced by young girls today. GBNI are excited about the possibilities of extending their support and plan next to raise funds to help build a school in Uganda!
………… But we know GBNI are not the only people who are demonstrating their heart to reach out. Please send us your stories – big or small – to encourage others and so we can pray for you and those you serve. GB makes a difference!
With the countdown on for The Gathering 2017, the International Planning team are starting to get busy – organising the programme and creating resources to help this become an amazing week.
We have members from each of the five fellowships – Esther from Africa; Tracy from Asia; Safiya from C&A; Sam from Europe; Naomi from Pacific – as well as Naa from GB Ghana who is in charge of the logistical side of things!
The theme for The Gathering is going to be SHINE: From the Inside Out and will focus on how we, as sisters in Christ, can Shine for Jesus. We are hoping to continue some of the threads that began in South Africa in 2017, as well as building new ones.
The planning team is looking forward to welcoming everyone to The Gathering in Accra. Those of us that have been before can’t wait to catch up with some familiar faces, and we are all excited to meet all those who are attending The Gathering for the first time! We hope you are as blown away by it as we were!
For those attending (and those that just want to see what we are up to), there are monthly newsletters that will be published (starting in Dec ‘17) on The Gathering blog, and a Facebook page that can be used to correspond with other delegates before the event.
The team and I would be grateful to the whole GB family, if you would all be able to pray for us. We pray for God’s guiding hand in all the activities that we prepare for the week, as well as for all of the delegates that will be representing their country at this International event.
Chris Macfarlane, Co-ordinator of the International Planning Team, from GB Scotland, has been a member of GB for 22 years, and an officer for 8½ years. She has travelled all over the world with GB, including South Africa, Malaysia and Australia, and is looking forward to visiting Ghana in August.
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