Ours is not an easy time in which to pursue a personal narrative. The pressure to carefully chart one’s course of life is high, well before an individual steps onto a college campus. Individuals are told to choose the right high school courses to be admitted into the right programs in the right universities so they can earn the right degrees to get the right jobs with the right salaries that will afford them the sort of lifestyles they desire.
Evangel — Fall 2014
As many of us know, the old English proverb “Many hands make light work” is a mantra that has echoed the halls of ABC throughout its existence! Once again this summer, we saw the truth of this displayed in cleaning, repairing, painting, tiling, and gardening. Those “many hands” also helped by tearing out carpet, repairing the parking lot, upgrading lighting in the classrooms, doing yard work, and an array of other jobs.
We all love a good story. This summer I reread one of my childhood favourites, the Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables. What a great story of a girl who earnestly desired to live a different and better story. We can laugh at the escapades that Anne gets herself into, but it is easy to identify with her desire to not do things that cause others grief…to be more like the adults she admires and loves…to do her best and find her place in the world. With every mishap or setback she encounters, she longs to be and do “better” the next day. Yes, I see myself in Anne’s story.
I just finished my Master of Divinity at Azusa Pacific University this summer, and am currently doing a couple of different things while I seek the next major step. I’m teaching a class at ABC via video-conferencing, coaching a 7th grade volleyball team, and helping to finish a curriculum on poverty. In between those things I’m also the father of two middle-schoolers and husband to a youth pastor, so life is entertaining and engaging!
Normal means expect the unexpected. Normal means that you can’t predict tomorrow’s winners based on today’s successes. Normal means that leaders and their teams have to be able to adapt quickly to changing circumstances.
This year we returned to Kananaskis and camped in the shadow of the Rockies. New and returning students got acquainted or re-acquainted with one another as they assembled tents, cooked in teams over camp stoves, gathered together for morning and evening prayer around the fire, broke off into small groups, and engaged in team building exercises.
Summer Service is an optional program for ABC students that provides opportunities for them to put their classroom learning into practice while developing ministry skills and developing relationships with those they serve and minister with. Summer Service also provides participants with tuition scholarship for the upcoming school year.
From the Trustees
Greetings from the Board as the 83rd year of Alberta Bible College begins. We are becoming more and more aware of the uniqueness of ABC.
By visiting our children’s home in Montana, I’ve learned a thing or two about farming. Living my whole life in the city, I always thought that crops were planted in the spring and then harvested in the fall. However, I now know that there are strains of wheat that are planted during the fall and resume growth in the spring for early harvest.
It has been about eight years since we both graduated from ABC and entered the ‘real world’. After a short stint in Tanzania doing translation work we moved to Nelson, BC where Dave did some further education in Fine Woodworking.
On August 23, George and I were delighted to host a gathering of his former ABC classmates from the early 1980s. Fifteen adults and ten children joined us at Lake Chaparral for a barbeque. We really enjoyed reconnecting with friends, some of whom we have not seen in many years.