Val and I had the privilege of spending Friday and Saturday in Edmonton representing Village Missions at Missions Fest. If you have never been to Missions Fest, you are missing a great opportunity to see and hear what the Lord is doing in so many places around the world.
There were about 100 exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall--from Bible Colleges to Mission organizations, literature distributors, and all kinds of ministries to children and adults. Due to being the only ones manning our booth we were unable to attend any of the speaking sessions. However, it was fascinating to talk with people from the other booths and find out what they are doing to impact our world and reach people for Jesus Christ.
I was especially interested in several mission organizations who are ministering to Jewish people both here in North America and in Israel. Almost right across from our booth was an organization called "His Word for His People." They print and distribute Bibles in the Hebrew language, as well as parallel Bibles with Hebrew and other languages like Russian, Spanish, Hungarian, etc.
We also met a number of people that we have known in other places and other times. It always amazes how small the world is becoming, and especially when we know the Lord. As Christians we have a bond that draws us together, and it always seems like no matter where we are there are those with whom we have a bond. Not only in Christ, but through common acquaintances.
Over the past few weeks I have been involved in taking an online course on Messianic prophecy. The course is part of the Institute of Jewish Studies, an online education program provided by the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry.
It has been an interesting study, It has really stimulated my thinking as we have considered the Old Testament prophecies regarding the promised Messiah. One of the things that has really challenged me is learning how different the Jewish people's view of the Messiah is from our understanding. Most Jews have little interest in the idea of a Messiah at all. But those who do are still not looking for someone to deal with sin, but they are still looking for a Messiah who is not divine but rather a human being who is a powerful leader and mighty military man.
The Old Testament has so many prophecies which point so clearly to the person of Jesus Christ. I encourage everyone to read slowly and carefully Psalm 22 and Isaiah 52:13-53:12 and see how many references you find to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
At the same time as taking this course it has been interesting to watch what is going on the Middle East. the nations surrounding Israel seem more determined than ever to destroy the nation of Israel. I will comment more on this topic in a future post.
Hi, welcome to my page. I will try to update this as often as I can, but I know that time often gets away on me, so I make no promises. However, I encourage everyone to check back often to see if there is something new.
For those who don't know me well, let me introduce myself. I was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and grew up on a small farm almost as far north as you can go and still farm in Saksatchewan. After High School, I attended Nipawin Bible College, graduating with a 3-year diploma in 1977. It was there that I met my wife, Val. We were married in 1978 and a year later applied to Village Missions to serve as Missionary-Pastor. We arrived on our first field in Jarvie, Alberta in October of 1979.
Over the years we have served in five different communities. We have been here at the Clive Christian Fellowship since August of 2001. It has been a wonderful 11 years, with a great group of believers. We have also found Clive to be a very friendly community to live in.
Val and I have four children. Three of them are married and have given us eight grandchildren. We are privileged to have all of them living fairly close, so we get to see our grandkids on a fairly regular basis. As I am writing this, we have four of them staying with us for the weekend. They add a lot of excitement to life.
Well, that is enough about me for now. I will try to add something to this page again before too long. If, at any time, you have some thoughts about anything I write here, feel free to make comments.
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.