are sad to announce that Mrs Olive Miller, a GB International Vice-Patron, has
passed away at the age of 98 on 19 May 2020. We thank God for Olive’s life, her
vision and leadership and how God has used her to transform many lives.
Miss Olive (as
she was affectionately known by many) was a pioneer and throughout her life she
continued to promote Girls’ Brigade and Christian values, making a significant
contribution to both the life of Girls’ Brigade and the Cayman Islands.
was loved by many in the Cayman Islands and beyond. As the Lord welcomed his
good and faithful servant home, many GB leaders gathered to pray outside Olive’s
Founder of GB Cayman
Essex, Olive travelled to the Caribbean as a
missionary youth worker for the Church of Scotland in 1946 and quickly
established the Girls’ Guildry in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Olive was
integral to the foundation of GB in the Cayman Islands and the growth of its mission.
Mrs Iva Good was one of the first girls to
join the George Town Company at the age of 11. Later through Olive’s support,
Iva would follow in Olive’s footsteps and become an International Vice-President
and eventually International President.
Olive was an incredible mentor who ensured
that she used her leadership skills to invest in the next generation of
leaders. Through her efforts, Olive has raised several generations of godly
women who are still in the ministry and serving the Lord; an incredible legacy.
Olive’s influence extended to the
international sphere. Originally a part of the Council for Jamaica, the Cayman
Islands sent delegates to the first Brigade International Council in London in
1968 as part of the Jamaican delegation.
In 1973 in New Zealand, the Cayman Islands
were accepted as full members of the Brigade International Council (BIC) and
were able to have their own delegation participate in the proceedings.
Passionate about empowering younger leaders, Olive insisted that the delegation
included younger leaders so they could be equipped to take national roles and
gain knowledge about GB around the world.
Five years later, under the leadership of
Olive, the Cayman Islands Girls’ Brigade hosted the International Council in
Grand Cayman which 30 countries attended.
Olive served two terms as International Vice
President of Girls’ Brigade, from 1968 – 1973 and then from 1978 – 1983. She
was also appointed an International Vice Patron in 1983.
A life lived
well for God
her life she remained committed to the work of GB continuing to participate in
the life of GB in the Cayman Islands. Her strong faith and leadership
positively impacted the lives of thousands of girls and young women and wider
with the Cayman community.
Former International President Mrs Iva Good who was mentored by Olive shares: ‘Miss Olive was always there for me as my mentor and support. As I travelled across the world for Girls’ Brigade, the one question that I was always asked was: How is Miss Miller? She was much loved and respected.’
continued to contribute and participate in GB Cayman Islands activities until
her passing. As Patron, Olive never missed a GB function. The Cayman Islands GB
National Council shared:
‘Olive attended and contributed to all of our Council meetings; she gave us direction and guidance and her voice of wisdom and knowledge will be sorely missed. Her strength of character, her commitment to and faithfulness to God, her charm and wit were among the many wonderful characteristics that so made Miss Olive a gem.’
Current GB International President, Priscilla Penny from Zimbabwe, states:
‘Olive was one of the spiritual mothers of The Girls’ Brigade. As a pioneer, mentor and global influencer, God used her wisdom, leadership and faith to transform the lives of girls in the Cayman Islands and beyond. Today, GB leaders around the world walk in Olive footsteps and tread the paths that she pioneered as a Christian leader who lived her life well for God’s glory.’
Miller’s funeral and celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, 6
June at 3pm EST and will be broadcast online due to the current coronavirus
restrictions in place in the Cayman Islands – https://www.youtube.com/user/CIGovtInfoServices
many great organisations and faith movements around the world who have produced
free resources for leaders and parents. The aim of this resource to signpost
you to some of them. We’ve grouped them under the following headings:
Growing faith – fantastic
ideas for growing faith in the home
Understanding COVID-19 –
providing some factual info
Practical support for parents
and leaders – some fresh programme ideas and opportunities for support
Pastoral support for parents
and leaders – looking after your soul
Pastoral support for children
and young people – links to specialist organisations
Managing grief and loss – practical
resources to help children and young people
Prayer resources – get
involved in a global prayer movement
Fun, silly activities –
keeping members smiling!
The International President’s Committee hopes that this resource will help leaders maintain positive relationships with GB members. Our challenge is to be physically distant (to stop the spread of the virus) but to remain socially connected to our members who need our help and support during this difficult time.
Launching GB International’s new soul care series, Dr Claire Rush (IVP Europe) shares how she has been looking after her soul amidst COVID-19…
Anxious, scared, overwhelmed, exhausted and uncertain.
This is how I felt the week leading up to the British Prime
Minister Boris Johnson announcing that the United Kingdom would go into
‘lockdown’ and its citizens would only be able to leave their homes for four
Does it feel familiar?
For many of us across the world, life as we know it has ended
abruptly. Loved ones have died; families are separated; freedom is curbed;
plans have been shattered; church community has been scattered and our GB
family is unable to meet.
We are experiencing grief… even those of us who have been blessed
not to have been impacted by the death of a loved one.
Grief is the natural reaction to any kind of loss. And right in
this moment, it seems that most of us have lost something.
Jobs. Security. Routine. Dreams. Life as we knew it.
In case you
need to hear this:It’s OK to not be OK right
Let this sink in.
Feel like your dazed and confused? Me too. It’s normal to be
operating at only 30% capacity. As trauma specialists have shared, we need to
understand that parts of our brains have actually shut down in order for us to survive. We need to lower our
self-imposed expectations and be kind to ourselves.
We’re in the middle of a global grief and trauma cycle;
experiencing chaos and uncertain about how and when it will stop.
And I’m going to let you in on a well-known secret: the members of
the International President’s Committee are not super-humans. We are just like
you. We experience the same fears as you do. We’re struggling too.
So with the aim of being authentic and vulnerable (which is
difficult for a recovering perfectionist) let me confess this: I know that
there are emails that are unanswered in my inbox and projects left unfinished.
And that’s ok. I won’t apologise for it because I am choosing to practice self-compassion by prioritising looking after my mind, body and soul and looking after my family.
Your mental, physical and spiritual health are important.
How are you caring for yourself right now? For certain personality types and as a result of some cultural traditions, self care during a global pandemic may feel very selfish. But in fact as Alli Workington writes in Breaking Busy, ‘Self-care is one of the most other-centred choices you can make in your life. That’s because you can’t live the life that God created you for, with space to be aware of his leading, if you don’t take care of yourself.’
But because our lives have changed irrevocably as a result of this
virus, many of our self-care strategies have also been obliterated.
Before Covid-19 hit us, when I was feeling anxious or stressed, I
went to the gym, I met friends and family and I escaped to the cinema. None of
these options are available to me at this moment in time.
The week before the UK lockdown began, the fear of losing these
coping mechanisms was debilitating and
overwhelming. But what has been amazing and encouraging is that God has wired
us to adapt to a new normal.
This week, Priscilla, Betty, Quindell, Poh Imm, Renelle, Aruk,
Jessie and myself (all members of the GB International team) will share some of
the ways that we’ve been taking care of ourselves and connecting with God
during this unprecedented time.
Each day, one of us will be sharing one of our soul care strategies during lockdown on the GB Worldwide facebook page. We hope and pray that it will encourage you to look after your own mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
This will help us build good foundations so that when we’re
shaken, we can still stand firm.
The Lord is my
strength and my shield
And let me share a taster. For me, the pandemic
has provided an opportunity to strengthen my relationship with God and find new
and creative ways to connect with him.
Yes, I was upset that my fitness classes where
I had a chance to meet people and move my body (great for burning the stress
hormone cortisol) was cancelled. But I found new and better ones online.
For example the amazing Psalms and Stretches, a creative new way of connecting body, soul
and spirit which uses a meditative form of gentle exercise using breathing,
stretching and strengthening. This really is a space where wellbeing meets
worship. And even more incredible, it is facilitated by Ruth who was a former
member of Girls’ Brigade. Isn’t it incredible to see GB members using their
God-given gifts in life-giving ways?
Every Thursday evening, I move my body and
reflect on this amazing Biblical truth from Psalm 28.7:
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he
helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
This has been real soul care. A living and moving reminder that
God is my unshakeable foundation in the middle of this crisis and an
encouragement to live joyfully amidst the difficulties.
God IS my strength.
And nothing, not even COVID-19, can remove my HOPE in Him.
Check out the GB Worldwide facebook page daily this week to hear how other members of the GB International team are taking care of their mental, physical and spiritual health.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many faith actors are on the front-line. The Girls’ Brigade International are standing together with religious leaders and faith-based actors around the world to advocate to governments and civil society, for urgent responses that protect women’s rights and achieve gender equality.
The crisis does not
operate in a vacuum and, as a result, the pandemic is increasing pre-existing
gender inequalities. Around the world, gender roles have a marked
impact on exposure, transmission, and outcome patterns of COVID-19. Women and girls are experiencing intersecting injustices in
political, social and economic spheres.
Sexual and Gender Based Violence
In the statement
published on 22 April, Faith in Beijing, who are a collective of religious
actors and faith-based networks, call for COVID-19 responses to include
strategies to address and prevent Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Under
lockdown policies, many women are forced to stay at homes where they are not
safe or secure. They are forced to live with abusive partners or parents, while
services to survivors of gender-based violence are harder to access. In some
communities around the world, violence against women during the pandemic has
been perpetrated by the security agencies enforcing the lockdown, using undue
Faith on the Frontline
Faith communities have a
strong base from which to promote social distancing (to reduce transmission of
the virus causing COVID-19), while also practicing solidarity. Many religious
actors hold significant power and trust, sometimes more than the government.
Thus, religious institutions can play a vital role in distributing accurate key
public health information to their communities. Religious leaders can play a
positive role in promoting messages of gender justice, challenging stigma and
harmful gender norms.
Equality and Justice for All
As business as usual is paused, we have an opportunity to reflect
upon the brokenness in our world and our economic system. In these spaces, we
can begin to imagine a world rooted in equality and justice for all. The
COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how globally interconnected we are and how
gender injustice reveals itself at an individual and a collective level.
The Girls’ Brigade International, along with Faith in Beijing members, were due to participate in the UN Commission on the Status of Women 64. While the international gathering of UN Member States and civil society was postponed last month, our work for gender justice remains important, to ensure a just and sustainable future for all.
Due to the current global pandemic, the majority of GB groups across the world can no longer meet face to face. The GB Connected resource has been created to help you stay connected with your GB members during this difficult time.
Our challenge is to be physically distant (to stop the spread of the virus) but to remain socially connected to our members who need our help and support during this difficult time. The International President’s Committee hopes that this resource will help leaders maintain positive relationships with GB members.
It has been amazing to see the creativity and innovation amongst our leaders and members as we move GB online and into the home. We’ve gathered some fantastic ideas here; some may not be applicable to your GB context but we hope that you will discover some helpful ideas.
Please remember to ensure that you comply with any government regulations on social distance.
Due to the current global pandemic, the majority of GB groups across the world can no longer meet face to face. The GB Connected resource has been created to help you stay connected with your GB members during this difficult time.
Look out for more future resources to help support you.
The story and reassurance of Our Salvation – at a time of global turmoil
“For Unto to us a King is born” – Yes, He was born, but first Jesus had to Die.
The Girls’ Brigade around the globe, is
joining the rest of the world in celebrating Holy Week and Easter in 2020 with
the backdrop of COVID 19, which has disrupted the normal flow of almost
everything in our lives, wherever we are. The whole world is in a state of
turmoil, seeking for ways to and trying to contain this pandemic. Many of you reading
this are facing new ways of living each day. Against the awful reality of the
pain and suffering this is causing, stands one constant that never changes…THAT
OUR GOD IS STILL
OUR LOVING GOD.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:3, “Christ died for
our sins according to the scriptures”, but this is only true because Christ
rose from the dead. The salvation story would not have been complete without
the resurrection and His resurrection made His death effective. It is the great
miracle of Easter that gives Christmas its true meaning. Good Friday would not
have been ‘good’ without the resurrection.
Jesus himself said these words after the
am with you always” Mathew 28:20. In Hebrews 13:5 He promises, “I will never
leave you”. Because He rose from the dead, He lives today and will be with us
forever, we are never alone, and we are never forsaken. HALLELUJAH HE IS RISEN!
I know that most of us are facing
restrictions on our movements/gatherings. Most of us cannot meet as we normally
do in our GB groups. This can be frustrating, and I am sure you miss each
other. But as your President and sister in Christ, I encourage all of us to be
responsible members of our Communities and follow the guidelines, and comply
with the guidelines your Governments and local authorities have put in place,
to keep us safe. This is for our own good and the benefit of our loved ones.
Thank God for technology – now is the time we must make use of it to keep
engaged with our family and friends. Let us share what is keeping us “sane” while
remaining at home.
Our International President’s
Committee (IPC) has had to cancel its IPC meeting in May 2020. For safety, we also cancelled
our trip for the UN Delegation of Hope to New York, which should have taken
place in March. Despite this we can
assure you that we are busy working through scheduled Zoom meetings, emails etc
so that we don’t lose focus. The
IPC is looking to help all of us cope during this difficult time, with most of
our members, many meeting virtually
and keeping engaged. Maybe this is also
a time to take time to listen to God without the day to day “Busyness”.
#SHOWKINDNESS is our Theme for 2020 so I
encourage us to be helpful in our communities, following local guidelines that
also keep us safe. What are you doing as an act of kindness? There are those on
the frontlines, working day and night at hospitals and health centres. Do you
have elderly neighbours? Maybe you could
provide a meal or pick up essentials for them if you can. You could phone members of your church and
just check on each other.
Above all let us continue to PRAY, PRAY,
PRAY without ceasing.
As we celebrate Easter, and find comfort
from the knowledge of our Salvation, let me leave these words from Psalm 91
with you…”God is our refuge & protector”.
Today it was announced that ICGB 2022 will be held in Jamaica. Please read on to find all the initial information.
ICGB 2022 Initial Information
DATES: 2nd to 9th AUGUST, 2022. GB Jamaica has recommended arrivals on a Tuesday and departures on Tuesday, as all weekend flights in and out of Jamaica are very expensive.
HOST: KINGSTON, JAMAICA
The proposed host city of Kingston is Jamaica’s capital and administrative and financial centre. Greater Kingston with the nearby regions of Portmore and Spanish Town is home to over 1.2 million Jamaicans and is currently undergoing major infrastructural improvements (road widening and overpass construction) which will make moving the about 500,000 vehicles much easier. The City is a major cultural hub, with theatres, restaurants, clubs, churches, and tertiary institutions of world class renown. Its National Stadium has been the host venue for the Commonwealth Games and the IAAF World Junior Championships in athletics, as well as the Netball World Championship.
Kingston sits at the base of the majestic Blue Mountains, Jamaica’s highest mountain range and has the 7th largest natural harbour in the world. Across the harbour is the world-famous Port Royal, home to pirates and buccaneers for over two centuries. Nothing to fear, Port Royal was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692 and is now a quiet fishing village which serves the best fish fare in the country.
The City is home to several historic churches and the Ward Theatre, where many of London’s West End plays of the early 20th century had their debut performances. There is the touch of fine global cuisine and a stylish nightlife scene with many live performances in different genres from religious to classical, popular to folk and a range of theatre plays and revues.
VENUE: To be confirmed
Norman Manley, Kingston: www.nmia.aero
Donald Sangster, Montego Bay: www.mbjairport.com
Ian Fleming, Boscobel St Mary: www.ifia.aero
ACCOMMODATION: Shared Rooms
COST: US$800.00 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.
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.
REGISTRATION FORMS – will be available from your National Office or from www.gbworldwide.org at a date to be advised.
This year, Girls’ Brigade International has put together some ideas on how we, as GB, can support World Environment Day. These activities can be run within your GB Companies to help look after our environment and to help raise money for Girls’ Brigade International. We have also created a prayer resource that links with the challenges.
Using the resources below, choose one of the challenges (or something else that would suit your Country) and make a start.
We will be running a competition for the Best Conservation Story or Presentation that the girls have participated in. Further details will be available soon. When the fundraiser is completed please send the funds you raised to your National Office, who will forward the funds onto the Fellowship and on to GB International. Money raised from this activity will be for the GiveAGirlAHope Fund.
25 November saw the start of 16 days of activism against Gender based violence. It is used to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. 11th Company, Girls’ Brigade Zimbabwe looked at this issue with their girls & young women. On the 23rd of November the Company observed the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.
Commemorated on the 25th of November every year, the girls observed it early since they have their fellowship every Saturday. The day, marks the beginning of the 10 Days of Activism Against Violence, and the girls, including the Explorers could identify forms of violence that they face. They had an opportunity to empower each other on how to handle these issues. Some had testimonies which saw Officers identifying girls who need help. The day ended with girls telling stories through drawings, the colourful drawings were later put up on the church’s notice board and the following day the congregants appreciated the lesson so much.
It was hoped that this would help the girls and as they continued to observe the 10 days. The girls gained more knowledge on how to handle violence perpetrated against girls.
Please join us in praying for girls & young women who are affected by this issue.
March 2020, a team of younger GB leaders from across the Five Fellowships will
travel to New York to represent Girls’ Brigade International at the UN’s
Commission on the Status of Women, the world’s largest global policy making
forum on gender justice.
team has been appointed after an intensive application process which involved
online applications, videos and interviews. GB International’s President Mrs
Priscilla Penny shared: ‘This initiative has been wonderful opportunity to
learn more about the many passionate and talented young women who are part of
The Girls’ Brigade global family. The creativity of our younger leaders and
their passion for turning up the volume of Gospel hope for girls is infectious.
Thank you to everyone who applied; we’re grateful for your courage to step up
for this opportunity and excited to see how God will continue to use you in
your own spheres of influence.’
information about GBI’s Delegation of Hope team will be released soon but we’d
love to introduce you to our fantastic team.
Meet Ruth Utulu, 31, from
Abakaliki. She has been a member of GB for over 28 years and belongs to 1st
ECWA Company, Abakaliki in Nigeria.
Ruth has over 9 years of proven track record in girl’s child activism, mentoring, empowering and leading women in creating safe spaces for young girls. Ruth holds a bachelor degree in Physics and Education and master’s degree in Educational Administration and Planning alongside other certification. She currently serves as the State Coordinator for Girls’ Brigade Ebonyi State, where she overseas creation of Girls’ Brigade Companies which are a safe haven for young girls to network, build self-esteem, learn skills and to find true enrichment in life.
Ruth is committed to
educating, empowering and enlightening the girl child because she believes that
it is a viable tool for a Nation’s development and advancement. She is working
for gender equality, equal pay and opportunities for women and girls.
Because of Girls’ Brigade, Ruth became a committed Christian, learning about Christ and his ways. Girls’ Brigade instils oneness in the body of Christ which helps to embrace other Christians and denominations. She learned selflessness and service in
Girls’ Brigade which has led to the advocacy work she does today in championing the cause of the Girl Child. Ruth has built leadership skills, communication skills, teamwork, project planning and management and lots of other skills. Because of Girls’ Brigade Ruth has gained lots of exposure meeting people in spheres she ordinarily wouldn’t have.
Ruth is excited
about the rare opportunity to attend UNCSW because she believes it will avail
the opportunity to watch, listen and learn how policies are made and shaped for
a just society. She is also excited for the opportunity to network with other
young people driving social change in their different spheres. Ruth is also
excited that she will have the opportunity to work alongside other Girls’
Brigade members across the globe to share with the world the work we do at GB.
Meet Hannah Morpeth, 25 from North East England. She has been a member of GB for 20 years and
belongs to 1st Windy Nook Girls’ Brigade.
Hannah is a 25 year
old mental health nurse living and working in the North East of England. She
has attended her local Girls’ Brigade group since she was five years old and is
currently a leader of the n:spire (14-18) section there. Hannah loves creative
writing, facilitating creative writing workshops and going to the theatre. She
goes to worship in the church her GB group is at and has recently started a
worship leader course to enable her to contribute more within the church.
Hannah feels really
passionate about giving Christians access to a more helpful, hopeful narrative
around mental ill-health. There is a big gap in this area presently, often
Christian people are given access to a purely medical or a purely spiritual
response whereas a helpful response often lies somewhere in the middle of both.
There is a risk that without this there is a barrier to people being able to
access mental health care and treatment. Hannah is also a member of the GB
Europe Executive team and in this role, led a mental health workshop on a
mission extension trip to Macedonia.
Because of GB,
Hannah is inspired. Girls’ Brigade has given her so many incredible
opportunities in her life which have improved her world view, confidence and
faith. She would never have dreamt that these opportunities would exist to her
let alone that she would take them, and they have such an impact on her life.
Hannah is really
excited to be part of a multi-cultural team that is brought together with the
commonality of Girls’ Brigade and a passion for gender equality. She is looking
forward to the impact this could have not only on a global platform but also
the inspiration this will give to girls in local GB groups. The Delegation of
Hope is an exciting opportunity that brings together lots of Hannah’s passions
and she is looking forward to seeing the positive impact this can have on
Girls’ Brigade International.
Meet Ronnell Roberts-Reid, 27, from Trinidad & Tobago.
She has been a member of GB for 20 years and belongs to 19th
Ronnell is a
consultant by profession and an officer in GB. She joined GB at the age of 8
and left after being a young leader for a year to pursue her bachelors. Upon
her return home from university she did not hesitate to pick up where she left
off and is now an officer teaching the Explorers (5-9 year olds). Ronnell is
passionate about education and social stereotyping. She believes that
stereotypes exist because there is some truth behind it, however it is 2019 and
things are changing. People are re-writing the narrative.
A key injustice that
Ronnell is passionate about transforming is stereotyping based on your address.
Growing up in the “ghetto” she has encountered numerous occasions where people
created a narrative for her based on her address alone and it happens to this
day. There is even a tag line that is quoted whenever someone from Laventille
achieves something outside of the narrative ‘Good things do come from
Laventille’. Ronnell’s community may not be perfect but the fact remains “Where
is?” Good people can come from anywhere and Ronnell is a proud
‘Laventille-ian’. She is fighting this injustice by using GB as her platform.
It gives Ronnell the opportunity to engage with young ladies and let them know
that they are more than the label society places on them.
Because of GB Ronnell is who she is today. GB played a vital role in her development and provided her the opportunity to grow and develop with fellow Christian young ladies. From the time Ronnell joined GB she started to find her voice. She was always shy but through GB she was able to become more social. Ronnell also believes that being a part of GB helped her to remain grounded in her faith and birthed her love for teaching and helping other girls find their purpose through God by interacting with the younger girls whilst she was in Seniors and Brigaders.
Ronnell is excited about being a part of the Delegation of Hope team since it will allow her the chance to be in the forefront when it comes to fighting social injustice. She usually voices her opinion via discussions amongst family, friends etc. It will also allow Ronnell to network with likeminded people – that is, people who are passionate about fighting social injustice. It will give the team the opportunity to share their ideas with each other and hopefully successfully implement a few.
Meet Cindy Chow Li Teen, 30 from
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. She has been a member of GB for 16 years and
belongs to 3rd Kuching Company.
Cindy is the youngest in the family of three. She is married to a teacher and they’ve been together for the past year. Cindy is a graduate of Multimedia University, Malaysia and practised law since 2013. Currently, she is running her firm along with two other partners. She joined GB as a girl since High School and now serves as a GB officer, since 2015. Cindy believes in doing things justly, being merciful and to walk humbly with God as it was taught in Micah 6:8.
Cindy is passionate about providing all children especially girls a safe place where they can grow, learn and live up to their potential. She also wishes to provide these girls with equal opportunity in terms of education, livelihood and freedom of religion. Young children especially girls should be granted these basic rights so they can grow to be leaders of tomorrow.
Because of GB, Cindy
is a strong, independent and resourceful woman who is not afraid to voice
opinion and to speak out for the voiceless. Through her years in GB, she is
better able to navigate in this ever changing and challenging world. Cindy
found her calling in GB and it is her privilege to serve in GB as a way of
giving back and to nurture young girls how she was been nurtured. It is her
vision that more girls can be part of GB and it is her hope and prayer to see
girls achieving their potential through GB and to know God more.
Cindy is excited
about being part of the GBI’s Delegation of Hope team as she hopes to network
with other GB leaders as well as leaders from different organisations of
different aspects. She hopes to also share with more people on how and what GB
can do in helping girls’ life to be enriched. By networking, we can create a
more impactful force through GB. Apart from that, Cindy would like to inspire
her girls and other young ladies, as long as they are persistent and they hold
on to a strong and correct principle in what they do and God as our strength,
we are able to achieve our dream.
Meet Caitlyn Robinson, 18, from
Brisbane, Australia. She has been a member of GB for 7 years and belongs to 45th
Brisbane Girls’ Brigade.
Caitlyn is a
university student currently studying a double degree in Nursing and
Psychology. When she is not studying, she works as a waitress and runs a little
business, Cait’s Charity Cards. Caitlyn also enjoys sewing, playing with her
cat and catching up with friends. She is currently completing her Queen’s Award
with Girls’ Brigade and looks forward to attending GB at her local church every
Caitlyn is a
passionate advocate for women’s education. She believes that education is a
foundation for improving the quality of life for many women around the world.
Educating girls has been identified as a way to reduce child marriages, reduce
poverty and even combat climate change. Caitlyn is excited to see how we can
shape the future of education to improve the lives of girls and women globally.
Because of GB,
Caitlyn is empowered to fight for causes she believes in. At Girls’ Brigade,
she is surrounded by women who are passionate about social justice. Her leaders
and friends have always been supportive of her charity work; their
encouragement is invaluable. She loves that Girls’ Brigade equips girls to make
a difference and speak up about issues they are passionate about.
Girls’ Brigade has
long been a place where girls are empowered to make a difference. Caitlyn is
excited to be part of the Delegation of Hope, because she knows that GB can
provide a unique perspective on gender equality and religion. Being provided
with the opportunity to network with women from around the globe is a fantastic
way to strengthen Girls’ Brigade bonds across the fellowships.
The team will also
be joined by Jessie Emms, winner of the Girls Living Life to the Full challenge
(find out more about Jessie below). Please click here
for more information about the competition and please keep praying for all the
Meet Jessie Emms, 22, from England.She has been a member of GB for 17 years.
Jessie is described as a coffee fuelled 22 year old who is sensitive to social injustice and passionate about raising hope for women. When she’s not volunteering for Girls’ Brigade it’s because she’s at work. She is employed full time as a mental health nurse and at present is working in the area of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Although rewarding, the job can be rather challenging at times, so in her free time Jessie loves to travel and explore new places. She has been to over 20 different Countries and still has a list longer that she wants to visit.
The key injustice that Jessie is passionate about transforming is in the area of girls’ education. This isn’t just access to education but all the barriers that prevent girls from accessing the quality education that they deserve. For example: period poverty, child marriage, stereotypes that girls can only do certain subjects/careers, access to mental health support and the lack of resources and role models that help propel girls towards success. She really believes that if we can educate one girl, we can educate a whole generation. We can break down barriers and bridge those gaps.
Because of GB, Jessie is the young women that she is today. Jessie truly feels empowered and can proudly say that she is more than half the girl she was 17 years ago. Jessie has come from a shy, unconfident girl with some difficulties that constantly held her back but Girls’ Brigade changed that. GB really has given her endless opportunities and experiences that have enabled her to literally now live ‘life to the full’. Because of GB Jessie is a hope-bringer, generation-shaper and transformer. It is wonderful to see how God is using Jessie to make the world a more fair and hope-filled place.
Jessie is excited to be part of the Delegation of Hope team because in simple terms, it means she will get to be part of an incredible opportunity that will further raise GB’s platform in the international sphere. As the world’s oldest Christian movement for girls GB deserves to get the recognition and to be part of the world’s largest gathering of gender equality activists. Not only that but Jessie is excited about how being part of the team which will enable her to have better connections through effective networking will in turn result in an increased number of fruitful and divine connections for GB which will continue to help transform the lives of girls across the world.
Jessie hopes attending UNCSW will develop herself and help Girls’ Brigade by inspiring, connecting, influencing and transforming. By being a part of the Delegation of Hope team they have a real opportunity to inspire others about the incredible 127 years of ministry amongst girls across 50 countries as well as the positive impact of Christian faith on girls’ lives. Not only that but they will have the opportunity to connect with a variety of other influencers and organisations which will help GBI to build foundations for relationships and increase the potential for collaboration particularly in the area of faith and girls’ rights….something that is important to GB as a faith based organisation. From this GBI will have the platform to really influence the decisions that will be made at the UNCSW as well as transform, the members of the Delegation of Hope will gain more knowledge, expertise and experience of international advocacy and campaigning which can be taken back to their local communities as well as help to lead GBI’s advocacy forward.
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