Marion Sims

Marion SimsHi, I’m Marion and am married to Peter. We married at 40 and have been married for over 25 years. Sadly we have no children but love and appreciate the children in our families and church family. Until recently we had a beautiful cat, Barney who died aged 18, and needless to say we miss his company.

I was made redundant from teaching in 2010, which was a tough experience, as I was looking forward to handing in my resignation the following year when I reached 60.  I miss certain aspects of the job, but not the administrative tasks so much.
 

It was about that time that I felt God highlight to me the fact that I had always been interested in people, hence part of my reason for going into teaching.  So I trained as a Therapeutic Councillor gaining a Diploma that is linked to both the ACC and the BACP.  Since training, I  work as a volunteer a counsellor in a local agency, helping clients with a range of issues. This is most challenging and also rewarding work and its good to see God at work in the various issues brought to counselling. I have worked there for nearly 5 years. This was part of preparing for retirement along with my husband who also has trained to be a counsellor. 

I was born on the island of Tobago in the West Indies to missionary parents. While there, I was actively involved with children’s programmes and helped to start the island’s first Christian Union at my local High School.  Now there are a number of CU groups, and I have been told that students from the islands meet annually.

Our family returned to the UK when I was 18 where I trained as a Geography teacher at St Luke’s College, University of Exeter. My first teaching post was at a girl’s Catholic school in Exeter.  I thoroughly enjoyed teaching, but also had a real passion for my students to encounter Jesus. As a teacher the involvement in the spiritual lives of these students led to me working with Scripture Union and in 1984 I was appointed South West Regional School’s Worker, a four and a half challenging years but enjoyable and exciting. After my  Scripture Union role, I did a “year out” at a Bible College, then worked for a Japanese  company, developing cultural exchange programmes. 

Not long after this I met and married Peter.  In 1995 we moved to Wiltshire an this was when we joined Dayspring Church. I served for a number of years as Church Manager and
now I serve on the Core Team. 
I would say I am passionate about God’s Kingdom and serving him wherever that may be and with who ever he leads me to.

 

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