No, I am not talking about our family of children and grandchildren. They are also a wonderful family, but what I am thinking about is our Village Missions family. We just arrived home yesterday from a three-day conference in the Okanagan Valley, where we met with about 15-20 other couples and families who are involved in the same kind of ministry as we are.
It was a wonderful time of sharing together, rejoicing and praying together, and worshiping and praising together. We heard challenging biblical messages from Lyndon Wall, who has a ministry of encouragement and refreshment for pastors and missionaries.
We are so blessed to be a part of an organization like Village Missions. We are supported and assisted in so many ways by our leadership, and we are able to support and encourage one another through prayer.
Another side benefit of this conference is the trip itself. This is the 32nd time in the past 34 years that we have made this trip Kelowna for this conference. I never tire of travelling through the mountains and rejoicing at the power of our almighty Creator. Every year I look forward to seeing and enjoying the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. I don't know if there is any thing or any place more beautiful in the entire world.
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.
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.