Dreams are about imagining an alternate and enhanced future. In many ways this was the role of the Old Testament prophets; consider for example the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah: “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more” (Is. 65:17-19).
Evangel — Summer 2014
We are always looking for wise investments. We have many choices about where our time, skill and money can be devoted. When we decide to invest, we want to capitalize on only those things that pay off and pay out. How then do we determine whether Alberta Bible College is a worthwhile investment?
Many of you have been asking where we are at in finding a president for the College. The Search Committee has evaluated a number of candidates and has presented their recommendations to the Board.
“If you want to preserve the past, don’t wear your father’s hat – have children to reinterpret why and how he wore his, for your own generation.” So offered Alan Hirsch in this year’s Western Canadian Leadership Summit at Alberta Bible College. Alan and his wife Debbie were the primary resource leaders of the annual three-day Summit.
Photos and Scholarship & Award Recipients
In May 2013 the College received from Alberta Culture a $25,000 grant to organize the historical material of the Western Canadian Restoration Movement that has been collecting in the basement of the library since we moved into this building in 1997. The mandate of the Archives is “to acquire, arrange, describe, preserve and facilitate access to these records and to support College projects and academic research.”
“Daydreaming—what about?” Although it’s interesting to hear what people are dreaming about, the values behind the dream intrigue me more. What are the values behind my dream of spending many warm sunny, mosquito- free days outside creating a beautiful and bountiful garden like those featured in Canadian Gardening?
As a child I dreamed of being a missionary. I saw myself telling little brown children in other lands stories of Jesus as I rode Betsy, singing choruses, and bringing the cows home. Influenced by my parents and camp missionaries to follow Jesus and to explore God’s wider world I continued to pursue my dream through University and Seminary and seven years of teaching at ABC.
I graduated from the ABC PACE program a little over a month ago. I just returned home from a service project with my youth group where we did a spring cleaning project for a younger lady from our church who is in a wheelchair.
At 8 a.m. on January 19, 2014 a group of eighteen adults and seventeen kids gathered at Empire Theatres Country Hills in Calgary, nervously anticipating what was to come. Our first service as a brand new church was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. As we set up three different theatres and a party room for kid’s classes, and a fourth theatre for our worship auditorium, along with many signs in and out of the building, we hoped that a few new faces would come and join us in the adventure of becoming a new church family.
Chaplain in the workplace?! What? My newest adventure in pursuit of Jesus and His kingdom involves serving as a Marketplace chaplain. I make weekly visits to one trucking company in the Canadian Siberia of Grande Prairie and will add a second trucking company to my schedule soon. Marketplace Chaplains is a company based in Dallas, Texas that provides chaplains to businesses of all kinds in a growing number of countries in the world, and I get to be one of them.
The annual Alumni dinner and meeting was attended by over 20 past students and recent grads. We enjoyed food and fellowship together as well as conducted the business of the Alumni Association. The new Alumni executive includes Bob Dunn and Ellen Lyzenga, PACE graduates from the outstanding 2014 graduating class. We wish to thank Lisa Cutforth-Anderson for her many years of hard work and dedication as President of the Alumni Association.