From the National Commissioner
When we think about safety in GB, we think about protection from harm and prevention of accidents….. but really, God wants us to trust him for everything which could be very different. God wants us all to more than survive, He wants us to thrive.
There are girls and women who come into our realm that might already be suffering or hurt or lost or life hasn’t turned out as they expected. They might encounter bad times whilst they are in GB. We need to offer them the care and protection of God’s love.
In GB, we want more than to just be safe, we want girls and leaders to flourish – to encounter God as an everyday experience. To come to know God is personable, He knows where they are at and has plans for them to experience love and peace and hope. They will find it too, when they come to trust Him with their future.
And that’s the mission we are on in Girls’ Brigade! Praise God for this wonderful mission and opportunity for you and me to reach out to girls and women with His love.
Jeremiah 29:11 (The Voice )11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that.
From the Board
Safety – Protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost:
Our girls and leaders deserve to be safe while participating in all our activities, not just physically safe but emotionally and spiritually safe as well. We take safety seriously and that is why it is one of our core values.
How do we make sure our Companies/Groups are safe and our girls and leaders protected from danger?
How do we ensure our programs and activities are safe? What about our meetings?
I would love to hear your thoughts. Why not discuss these questions at your next Company, Regional or State get together?
GBA has adopted the ChildSafe – safe people, safe programs, safe places – system.
This system has two key areas of emphasis; Child Protection and Safety Management. This will all start to come together as leaders complete the online training. As leaders work through these ChildSafe training modules please remember that safety is action; we can all know all the latest slogans and theories about safety but if we are not putting them into action they are worthless.
Our God is safe. He is a safe place to run to. He will protect and shield us. Let’s make sure our girls know and understand that, too. May our companies be places of safety and may we all experience the safety of our Saviour.
“.. but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” Prov 1:33
GB WA’s first State Commissioner Mrs Ray Semple passed away recently, aged 97.
Mrs Semple was involved with Girls’ Life Brigade in WA in the 1950’s and 1960’s and then into the 1970’s as she continued as an Officer in The Girls’ Brigade, after the amalgamation of our three founding organisations.
Mrs Semple was Captain of a Company at Manjimup in the South West of WA when her late husband, Rev Lloyd Semple, was the Minister there. As the work in WA was established in the Perth area, she was involved with Osbourne Park and Bayswater Companies.
During the 1960’s Mrs Semple played a vital role in the growth and the development of the administration of GB in this State. As State Commissioner her commitment to see girls seek, serve and follow Christ is an example to us all still today.
“How is God our refuge?”
What does the word refuge make you think of? Maybe an imposing building with locks on the doors, maybe a thick-walled fortress, or perhaps something as simple as a canopy to keep you dry in a rainstorm. Whatever picture comes to mind, it can be agreed that a refuge is a safe place. When the Bible describes God as our refuge, it is saying that God is our safe place when we need protection from something.
Knowing God as our refuge enables us to trust Him more freely. We need not fear situations or people who threaten our well-being, whether in a physical or spiritual sense. There is no situation we will ever face that is out of God’s control, so the best place to be, always, is right with Him. “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
When we attend GB and welcome in the girls we are wanting them to enter and experience that ‘safe’ place that is God. We want GB to safe – from physical harm, verbal and spirtiual abuse – so that the girls can see what it means to have God as a safe refuge and this is why we have safety as one of our core values.
But like all the core values – we need to know God as our regufe and live this in our lives so that we, as leaders, model safety for the girls.