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"By the time I was your age..."

  • 7 June 2013
  • Randy Wollf

Henry HildebrandAs a student at Trinity Western University back in the 80s, I became heavily involved in student leadership. During one of my trips home to visit family in Caronport, Saskatchewan, I had a conversation with Dr. Henry Hildebrand, the founder of Briercrest. I told him how I felt overwhelmed because I was such a young leader. I wasn’t sure how I could manage all of my responsibilities. With the utmost humility and a twinkle in his eye, Dr. Hildebrand said, “Ah, don’t worry, Randy. By the time I was your age, I had started a Bible College.” It was just what I needed to hear. If God wanted me to do something, He would provide the resources to do it. Sometimes, one sentence can shape us in remarkable ways.

"We are, however, anxious to obey God rather than men. If He continues to lead us in this direction, we will follow, regardless of man's opinion. We fully realize that under the economic conditions prevailing here it will require a great deal of faith to proceed. We have had six crop failures. Ninety percent of the people are on relief. We are, however, blessed with some dozens of praying Christians who are endowed with enough faith to move mountains" (a quote from Dr. Hildebrand as he contemplated starting Briercrest - http://www.briercrest.ca/college/about-briercrest/history).

Dealing with Trouble

  • 6 June 2013
  • Randy Wollf

Troubled girl prayingKing Saul had just disobeyed the Lord (see “Partial Obedience” post) and God told Samuel that He was grieved over making Saul king. This news from the Lord upset Samuel. What did he do in his troubled state? He cried out to the Lord all night (1 Sam. 15:11). As we face challenges in life and ministry, may we be quick to pray and to commit our troubles to the One who can help us navigate through turbulent times.


People Need Us to Believe in Them

  • 5 June 2013
  • Randy Wollf

Christian Service Brigade LogoAs a 15 year-old, I was not a model Brigader. I went to the weekly Christian Service Brigade* (CSB) meetings because they had some fun activities. Yet, the captain of our unit evidently saw something in me. One night, he asked me if I would be willing serve as a leader in the unit. I took up the challenge and served in that role for three years, learning much about leadership. Even after graduating from the program, I continued to serve as a Lieutenant in the same unit while attending Briercrest Bible College.

How much did CSB impact me? It certainly put me on a trajectory of Christ-centered servant leadership. Yet, perhaps even more importantly, one person, Captain Laurie Winters, believed in me and was willing to take a chance because he saw potential in me. However, the story doesn’t end there. My eldest son has been in the CSB program for the past seven years. This year, his captain (Don Reddick), asked him to be a leader.

People need us to believe in them.

*Christian Service Brigade is a church-based program where Christian men “guide groups of boys through action-packed , action-filled experiences that help them grow closer to God...and equip them to become our leaders of tomorrow” (http://www.csbministries.ca/).