Category Archives: StandingBeside

Why HIV?

This month I am going to do a series of blogs on HIV/AIDS.  Before this journey I knew nothing about this virus.  I didn’t need to because it didn’t affect me.  Now I know and there will be no excuses! WHAT IS HIV? “HIV” stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. To understand what that means, let’s… Continue Reading

Land of the Free

This week I have been so thankful that I was born American.   Being raised in a low to middle-class American family, I have had so many opportunities that 95% of the rest of this world have not. As a child, my mom would tell me about starving children in other countries and I really… Continue Reading


This week I  have been struck with the realization, once again, that I love and live with an amazing man!  I don’t want to be all braggy, but I do want to let you know what I see every day here in Nigeria. I see a man who has stepped out of the world that… Continue Reading


This picture is of our pharmacy staff in our pharmacy.  I took it this morning as I was down at the Clinic for devotions and to visit with staff. A man and his family came up to me and one of the counselors that was working with him interpreted for him.  He wanted to talk… Continue Reading


This week I want to talk a little bit about our ability to strive.  Do we strive in our own power or what are we putting our trust in?   Here is a picture of one of the goofy goats that belongs to one of the guards here.  These things are hysterical!  I don’t care… Continue Reading

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