Share the Vision
Communicate the Stories
Connect the Leaders
Girls’ Lives Transformed – Monique Robertson
My Girls’ Brigade journey began in 2005 as a cadet. I began attending 1st Pine Rivers in Kallangur (QLD) with Faye Miller as my captain. I attended 1st Pine Rivers up until 2013, then I attended 1st Moreton Bay for 6 months before 1st Pine Rivers re-opened. Girls’ Brigade has been, and always will be, a big part of my life. There have been many times where I have had to choose between Girls’ Brigade and school but it was never a hard decision because to me, Girls’ Brigade came first.
As a cadet I used to follow my mum around everywhere and the older girls used to scare me, but I also admired their pretty sashes and badges. I was determined that my sash was going to look like theirs one day. Working my way through Cadets, Juniors and Seniors I began to become more involved with Girls’ Brigade and I felt a passion begin to grow. I tried not to miss Girls’ Brigade events and if I did, it would always end in tears.
When I became a Pioneer and I began high school, life got harder and there were problems within my church, but Girls’ Brigade is the one thing that held my faith. If I ever had a bad day I knew that on a Tuesday night I could go to GB and it was as if all my problems melted away. Girls’ Brigade is the sole reason my relationship with God is so strong and why I know He has a purpose for me. GB has taught me a lot and after almost 12 years in GB, looking back I am so proud of myself for sticking with Girls’ Brigade. I have been on over 15 Girls’ Brigade camps and I have made lifelong friends because of GB. I’m not trying to boast, but I am so proud of all my achievements, especially my Pioneer Pin which I received in March 2016. I have all my Cadet, Junior, Senior and Pioneer Badges, 9 Operation Reachout badges, my Pioneer Pin, all but 2 of my PLT braids, my Young Leader’s Lanyard, and I am currently working towards my Queen’s Award.
I don’t do Girls’ Brigade solely for me; the main reason I am so involved in Girl’s Brigade is for my girls and because God has given me such a passion for Girls’ Brigade and the girls within GB.
I would like to encourage all girls to continue with Girls’ Brigade and strive to achieve their Pioneer Pin as it is an honour and a privilege to know you have accomplished the highest national award within Girls’ Brigade. I would also like to remind you that God has a purpose for each and every one of us and through continuing with Girls’ Brigade you can be encouraged by those around you that God will open your eyes and develop your talents into something wonderful. So please don’t think trying to receive your Pioneer Pin is hard because God, your leaders and your captain will help you on this journey. Receiving your Pioneer Pin is such a big accomplishment and I can’t describe how incredible it is to walk this journey with such a wonderful support network around me.
From the National Commissioner
In 2015, the GBA Council and Board put together a 3 year strategic plan, with the plan of developing a 10 year plan in the near future. For the 3 years 2015 to 2018, culminating in the 125th birthday of GB around the world, GBA wants to see every leader in the country developing spiritually and personally. GBA wants every leader to have the opportunities to build themselves up to better serve.
For the years 2015 to 2018 the GBA focus areas will be Connection and Communication: with God, with each other and with the community at large.
What will help GBA achieve its goals?
Connection – between 2015 and 2018 the GBA board hopes to:
* implement the a new constitution with appropriate policies and procedures,
* provide upgraded training to improve skills,
* put formal team building in place, and
* encourage a culture of continual personal development for all leaders.
Communication – between 2015 and 2018 the GBA board hopes to:
* share stories — leader stories, girl’s stories: little moments or life changing moments with each other, with our partner churches, and with the community at large
* develop better communication channels using technology and old-fashioned paper!
It is so great that you are part of Girls’ Brigade Australia where we are on God’s mission to transform lives and enrich His world. If you have a story to share, why don’t you let us know?
From Coral Anderson
I have the privilege of living in the beautiful Swan Valley, one of Western Australia’s grape growing districts. Our home is surrounded by vineyards and daily I am reminded of the passage in the Bible where Jesus describes Himself as the Vine and we as the branches, and we are told to abide in Him.
As I look out the window while writing this I see the leaves on the grapevines starting to turn yellow, the harvest has finished and the vines are preparing for winter, our neighbour has started some pruning, the cycle of the seasons and harvest continues. I know that it won’t be long before all the vines will have been pruned back and the work of checking and repairing the trellis will begin so that there is a strong support ready for the new growth and eventually the next harvest.
Last October GBA agreed to put a new governance structure in place and the Interim board has been working hard to develop the Constitution, Policies and Procedures that are now required. How like the season we are in with the grapes! The Interim Board is checking the trellis, making sure the support is there for us as Leaders as we share each week with our girls and watch as fruit is produced and grows to maturity.
GBA is not about building big, impressive trellises … it is about supporting Leaders as they help girls seek, serve and follow Christ.
GBA is not about growing a big, impressive organisation …. It is about joining Jesus Christ in His mission to restore broken lives to Him.
GBA is not about programs, policies and procedures …. It is about partnering with Churches to build the body of Christ.
John 15:4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
From the National Chaplain
Jesus leaves this world with the command as the great commission to “Go into all the world, proclaiming the gospel, making disciples”
As Christians our role is to participate and partner within the great commission. As we courageously go out into all our world, we partner with others to bring the message to the nations.
In Philippians 1:3-6 Paul addresses the Philippi church with thanksgiving, for they are active partners with him for the sake of the gospel. “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
This church regularly supported and gave to the ministry of Paul as he went out in mission to the nations. Paul was thanking this core church who supported him, and took time to write and encourage them that God will finish the good work He started until its completion. As I reflected this got me thinking that we as GB are like this church of Philippi. We can support and give to the ministry of the gospel within our local church context, in which we go and mission to the ‘nation’ of girls around us. We share in the great commission using the message of the gospel presented in the programs we use of GB.
Our partnerships first comes from within our local churches to go and take in the gospel to those around us. I, like Paul, thank God that we have many GB groups around Australia that support and give to the ministry of sharing the gospel to girls on a weekly basis. With that I leave you with the same encouragement from Paul, “that because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Keep sharing the gospel as the great commission calling within your life and leadership, serving our God through the partnership with your local church.
Partnering: we PARTNER with Churches to reach local communities with the good news of Jesus Christ.
It is common to reflect on the story of Paul is prison, remembering the beatings and how he was praising God singing hymns when the earthquake hit (Acts 16). His letter to the Philippians shows a deeper level, though. His beatings were part of the partnership he had with the church. “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:3-6 NIV)
GB has, for as long as most of us can remember, always worked in ‘partnership’ with local churches, but it is easy to complain that the local church does not treat GB like it should – they don’t let us have church parades, they never help us get leaders etc., and forget what partnership means and how critical it is the mission of GB.
“Partnerships must always precede projects. Whenever projects become more important than partnerships, God is not glorified and people are not edified. Therefore, all projects must flow out of partnerships.”
(The Power of Partnership by DR. J.L. Williams 2008).
If we are honest with ourselves, we need to remind ourselves that GB is the PROJECT through which we, the ‘missionaries’ if you will, work with the local church to reach local communities with the good news of Jesus.
“Partnerships are an end in themselves – not a means to an end. Kingdom projects must always flow out of covenant partnerships.” (ibid)
The only thing that is eternal is our relationships, therefore, building covenant relationships and Kingdom partnerships are our highest calling and greatest priority in GB. When we die we will not take GB with us to heaven. Seriously! But we will take every relationship and partnership that is based in the Lord Jesus. If GB is truly Biblical, it will be centered on partnerships – not on programs or projects. Our lives and ministries will be clearly focused on people rather than on programs if we are authentic servant leaders. First and foremost, then, as we grow through partnerships then GB will grow through projects. It is God’s design to grow us through covenant partnerships with local churches so that we can magnify His glory through Kingdom projects.
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Did you know that earlier this year it was agreed that GBA girls and leaders can wear a navy sun hat appropriate to the occasion with their uniform? Why not get a Company set of navy sun hats for your next Company outing? top
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