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By Sara Westhead“Good morning, good morning, good morning to you!”

She is the voice between the popular radio show, ‘Community Voices’, but Gina Spence has long been known as an outspoken voice in Bermuda, promoting the arts and seeking ways to not only tackle youth and gang violence, but also seek ways to assist those most in need, from seniors to the children and families of those left behind in Bermuda’s gang wars.

This month, Gina will celebrate her 50th birthday, as well as 35 years of community service, and the charity that bears her name, Gina Spence Productions in Christ (GSPIC), will be hosting an all-star gala concert at the Southampton Princess to celebrate those two milestones, as well as raise funds for GSPIC projects.

“I knew that I liked to help people and I had a gift in the arts,” Gina explained of her early desire to reach out to serve the community, “but I didn’t understand the who and the why I was doing this.”

In the early years, Gina became well known for the road shows that would run every year. These huge productions would feature young, unknown talents and consist of crews of up to 150 young people, travelling up and down the island performing for any and all.

However, after a variety of personal struggles, including find herself the single mother of three young girls Greashena, Edwina and Mychel she realized there was more to life. Gina found herself seeking the advice and encouragement of mentors, and in the process, discovered a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.

“In my 20s, I was battered and broken, divorced, and had no relationship with God. I’m glad I found Jesus for myself and I have this relationship that I never want to give up.”

“God is real it is not a cliché, it’s the truth. The journey has been difficult. I’ve had so many questions over the 50 years, but God has answered every one of them.”

Gina’s life and ministry has not been easy. Her family has been struck by tragedy on several occasions, including the murder of both her son-in-law and her nephew. However, she and her children have found renewed strength in their faith, and now Gina dances regularly with two of her daughters in ministry at their church, New Creation Worship Centre.

In preparing for the concert, which will feature a number of now top Bermudian performers, who first got their start in the road shows, there has also been a lot of reminiscing.

“For me, it has been very interesting. There have been so many people who have seeded into my life in so many ways… teachers and people who have been a part of my life… they continue to watch over me and that is such a wonderful feeling.”

Is she afraid of aging?

“I’m embracing it with new energy,” she shared.

She’s especially looking forward to new opportunities, along side her husband, Jeffrey Harper.

“Jeff is amazing. He’s always had the Spirit of God. But to be with someone who really loves Jesus… it’s an absolutely beautiful thing. Love I never knew that could be real. Jeff does that for real. We worship together, pray together, share in ministry together. We can only grow more, as God allows.”

Gina Spence: Faith drives her community activism
Gina Spence
Gina Spence: Faith drives her community activism

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Published April 13, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm)

Spence’s faith drives her community efforts

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