Seminar – Open Door

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.

Jean Gibson and Maud Kells, from Northern Ireland, will be leading a seminar together. Let’s hear from them what it will be about.

What are you speaking about at the Scottish Women’s Convention and why?

Jean – Having just published ‘An Open Door’, the biography of Maud Kells who worked with WEC in DRCongo over a period of fifty years, I will be speaking about my call as a writer and giving some background to the book before Maud shares some of her experiences in DRC.
It is our prayer that hearing what God can do through a life dedicated to him will encourage us all to a greater openness to God’s work in our lives and a greater determination to follow his call whatever the cost.

Maud – I shall be sharing my life-story and sharing the reasons for writing it down in book form, with the help of Jean.

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

Jean – I’m looking forward to meeting other Christian women, making new friends and being inspired as we share together. I’m looking forward to hearing from God as well as speaking for him.

Maud – I am looking forward to listening to others ministering God’s word; also to visiting Charlotte Chapel, where I received wonderful and powerful teaching from Pastor Alan Redpath as a young Christian, while doing my midwifery training in Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion in Edinburgh, away back in 1964!

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Meet Maud Kells

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 Maud, one of our seminar speakers from Cookstown, Northern Ireland.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was brought up to go to church and Sunday School as a child, but did not become a Christian until I was doing my nursing training in Belfast. While doing midwifery training in Edinburgh, God called me into full-time work. Then I went to the WEC Missionary Training College in Glasgow where God called me to me serve in the DRCongo. I arrived there in October 1968.

What area of ministry do you work in?
I have been a full-time missionary since then – working mostly in medical work, Bible School teaching and construction work (supervision). I worked mostly in Dem. Rep. Congo but also in S. Sudan for about 2 years.

How did you come to work in this particular area of ministry?
As mentioned above, I received God’s call into missionary work in D.R.Congo while seeking His will for my life on completion of my midwifery training. The church leaders asked me to train midwives which led to the building of a maternity unit and eventually a little hospital.

What are some challenge and some joys of working in gospel ministry?
Working in a ‘Third World Country’ where the economy has depreciated in value year by year, has been a real challenge to the church in Congo. People in D.R.Congo are very open and responsive to the gospel, so it has been a great joy to lead many of them to the Lord.

What one thing has the Lord been teaching you about yourself and himself in recent times?
The Lord has taught me much over the years – and to quote from John the Baptist, “He must increase and I must decrease”. My desire to glorify Him in all aspects of my life has increase with the years. It is so encouraging to know that He is sovereign in all situations of life and in our world today.

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