Meet Jean Gibson

On Thursdays we want to give you an insight into the lives of some of the women involved in the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention.  Some of these women are involved in full time ministry in the local Church, while others balance serving in the church with a secular job.

Meet Jean, one of our seminar speakers from Donaghadee, Northern Ireland.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am married to Brian, a retired Presbyterian minister, and have two children and four grandchildren aged between 3 and 12. Three of our grandchildren live in Scotland so we come across from Ireland regularly. I love reading, writing, walking and travel.

What area of ministry do you work in?
I am an author and speaker. The two roles fit together well, as people like to meet the author, hear the background to the books and how they came to be written.

How did you come to work in this particular area of ministry?
God called me as a teenager through Romans 10:14 – 15, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Over the years this has meant teaching in a theological college in Kenya, working with the Presbyterian church in Ireland, heading up the organisation Care for the Family in Northern Ireland and now full time writing and speaking. I see my writing as a way of spreading the good news of the gospel in a wider sphere.

What are some challenge and some joys of working in gospel ministry?
Continuing to put God’s word out there, whether spoken or written, can be a challenge when we don’t always know how God is using or blessing what we are doing. We go forward trusting him to look after the outcome. The joys come when we hear from those who have been blessed, maybe months or years after the word spoken or the book written.

What one thing has the Lord been teaching you about yourself and himself in recent times?
He has been teaching me the value of carving out oases of stillness so that I can hear him speak. This is a lesson I constantly need to relearn in various seasons of my life, as commitments change and the pace of life varies. No matter what else changes in our life, our quiet times with God are paramount.

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Seminar – Speech

On Mondays we like to draw your attention to certain aspects of the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention. For the next few weeks, we’ll be telling you a bit more about the range of Seminars that are on offer.

Shona Hannant, from London, will be leading a seminar called “A Way With Words”.

What is the seminar about?
Speech and how our words can do great good or cause great harm and what difference the gospel makes to our words.

Who is the seminar for?
Anyone! We probably all need to think more about the effect our words have and how in our speech we can honour the Lord Jesus

Why is this area important?
Women have a reputation for speaking more than we listen…and most of us know the awful shame of having spoken badly, but the gospel brings hope and transformation.

Besides your seminar, what one thing about the Scottish Women’s Convention are you looking forward to and why?
A trip to Edinburgh (a real treat for a Londoner), catching up with old friends.

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Seminar – Teenage Girls

On Mondays we like to draw your attention to certain aspects of the Scottish Women’s Bible Convention. For the next few weeks, we’ll be telling you a bit more about the range of Seminars that are on offer.

Laura Porteous, from Glasgow, will be leading the seminar for teenage girls again this year and has taken time to tell us more. If you are signing up for this stream, please indicate that you are under 18 when purchasing your ticket.

What is the title of your seminar at the Scottish Women’s Convention?

20,000 words a day – what are you saying?

What is the seminar about?

It is about our speech and all those moment when we have that sinking feeling when you think to yourself, ‘I shouldn’t have said that!’ or that equally well known feeling when you think to yourself, ‘Why didn’t I say that?’ We’ll have an honest look at our bad speech habits and let the bible shine a light on how our words really do make a world of difference. 

Who is the seminar for?

Any teenage girls who come to the convention! The seminar will be aimed at S3-S6. For girls prepared to get their noses stuck into their bibles and brains in gear about glorifying God and loving others with our words.

Why is this area important?

As girls, we’ve got so much to say but is it all helpful? Are we known for our words of encouragement or for our grumbling and groaning? We need the Bible to teach us how to use our words for good and the encouragement of one other to do this well.

Besides your seminar, what one thing about the Scottish Women’s Convention are you looking forward to and why?

The mutual encouragement – joining together with so many friends from around Scotland and learning from their wisdom. I also love the music and the singing!

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