Author Archives: Tina

A shelter in the time of Storm

We sang the song, “A Shelter in the Time of Storm” this week during one of our staff devotions.  This started me thinking on something that I have really noticed is different here in Nigeria compared to Minnesota.  Here is a picture taken from under a beautiful tree in our front yard. In Nigeria trees… Continue Reading

May 1

On May 1, 1982 a significant event occurred in my life.  I married Dan Gibbs and went from being Tina Bowden to Tina Gibbs.  I remember the day so well!  I was so excited to be FINALLY getting married, I did my hair and put the candles in the Unity Candle holders and in every… Continue Reading

Are you Blooming Where You’re Planted?

“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). This week has been a peaceful one in Gembu.  A re-vote is tomorrow and people are already wondering how that may go.  Yesterday I got to have a lovely conversation with Grace.  Grace is my Nigerian… Continue Reading

Are you thriving or just surviving?

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV). This week has been interesting.  Saturday was governor elections in Nigeria.  In Taraba State (the State we live in) has a woman candidate who is Fulani and another candidate running.  Saturday was peaceful here in Gembu.… Continue Reading

Go and Tell!

This past Sunday was Easter.  It was a beautiful celebration for so many, with Easter egg hunts, bunnies, and possibly the cross as well.  After Easter, what are we left with?  Today I was contemplating this and re-reading an email from a friend and was struck with this truth. Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered… Continue Reading

Third World Problems

Today I thought I would give you a glimpse of the past week.  When people ask what a typical day involves, I have a hard time even coming up with generals.  Every day is flexible!   Last week I got to go the the church across the street, where they were holding their “womens camp”.… Continue Reading


Today was a reflective day for me.  We arrived in Abuja Thursday evening.  Friday we did ALL of the errands we had to do (this is a record, as it usually takes a week to accomplish anything here) and got to visit some friends who have become very dear to us.  Saturday found us leaving… Continue Reading

Last Looks ……for now

This week has been full of last glimpses for us.  The picture is my last look off the deck (my favorite place to be) before we left Pine River.  We have said good by to family and friends.  We have the hope that we will visit over the internet or Skype.  We have prayed, hugged,… Continue Reading


Hello World!  We have been very busy meeting with people and organizations lining up this container of medical supplies.  We load up supplies tomorrow morning bright and early from the organization donating a huge share of supplies.  Some volunteers will help us pull from their inventory and load up a truck and take it to our… Continue Reading

So Many Meetings!

All right, Friends, this week we have had a lot MORE meetings.  We are working on gathering medical supplies, meeting with individuals and churches for funding for said medical supplies,the container and shipping that it will take to get them to us in in Gembu, Nigeria.  We have been meeting with supporters working on the… Continue Reading