Our God Story
To love God by obeying and serving him in whatever area of Kingdom work he needs me and using my spiritual gifts of encouragement and teaching to nurture, inspire, and develop others with a spirit of joy and enthusiasm.
Gaileen was born on the Island when her parents, Bert and Lena, were serving in an orphanage during the 1950s and early 1960s. She is the second of seven children. Her family left the Island after the orphanage closed in 1961, returning to Canada for two years before moving to Miami, Florida, where her parents started the first Spanish Alliance church. Gaileen placed her faith in Jesus at the age of five.
Gaileen felt the call to become an international worker when she was only eleven years of age during a missions conference in an Alliance church in Burnaby, BC. She renewed her call to become an international worker every year at the conference. Her call was also re-affirmed at Bible college.
After graduating Bible college in 1976, Gaileen served as an IW in Venezuela with Word of Life Fellowship, and then served in the same country with The C&MA from 1981 to 2009.
Gaileen now serves on the Island of her birth, where a common saying is, “It’s better to laugh about this than to cry,” regarding their troubles. Underneath the apparent carefree attitude is a deep-seated need in their souls, which is reflected in the high level of spiritism and the occult. The deep wounds and brokenness are evidence of a society that has tried to live without God.
Gaileen is responsible to develop the national Alliance women’s ministries on the island. She works mostly with the wives of pastors, church-planters, and national workers. She is currently training a leadership team of nine women to lead the national ministry on their own. An annual retreat is planned for these women to encourage and strengthen them, as they serve with their husbands.
What Gaileen loves most about being an IW is seeing broken, wounded women come to freedom in Christ, who go on to encourage their husbands and their children.
What Gaileen finds most challenging is living on an island that is behind in modern technology, which makes it difficult to communicate with family back home. It is also difficult to not have access to all the material/books that would be helpful to her ministry.
There are three ways to participate in Gaileen’s ministry:
- Join a short-term team for on-site intercession during the annual retreat for the wives of men in ministry. Your presence will be a blessing to the women; you will also be able to provide materials to encourage the women.
- Join Gaileen’s prayer team. She would like to have people praying for her and for the Island around the clock. This team will receive prayer and praise updates.
- Give to Gaileen’s approved special – “Caribbean Island Ministry, Women’s Ministry” and “Work of Gaileen Warden.”
Least-reached People Group (LRPG)
We work with a unique group of LRPG’s called the Caribbean Island Ministries. You can learn more about the Caribbean Island Ministries by visiting our LRPG page.
The Global Advance Fund covers our support and living expenses. All donations are tax deductible. Make cheque payable to “C&MA Canada”.