Awaiting Spring, Giveaways, Events and Tours
Patiently awaiting the spring rains (and a renovated campus)
James 5:7: Be patient, then, friends, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
“Will spring ever come?” It was only a few weeks ago that we were wearying of old man winter. Let's be honest, it was a real Canadian winter. Here at Tyndale the snow came and lasted for over 92 days. It was the coldest and snowiest in 20 years. Many of us where simply loosing our patience.
Now that spring has come, and the snow is behind us, we can ask ourselves “did we really need to grumble so much?” It is as if we try to live our lives at the wrong speed; wanting to rush to the next season before we have understood the one we are in.
If we want to enjoy our life, work, or even the season, we have to sit back and watch it at the speed its creator intended. Only then will we begin to appreciate the amazing design of our creator. God's speed is 'patience'. This is the speed with which God sees us, and it's through His eyes that we should see ourselves and our circumstances.
Please join us as we pray for patience, for the ability to persevere through the renovation of our new campus, to see Tyndale from God's perspective. And we will join you in prayer that God might give you patience in your journey of life and faith.
Rev. Dr. Rob Patterson
Director, Alumni & Church Relations
A Teacher of Teachers
Annemarie Hattenhauer [Diploma 1962, BRE 1973] came to Canada from Germany in 1957, and completed two programs at Tyndale. After graduating with her BRE in 1973, she felt God’s call to be a missionary overseas.
For 35 years she served in West Africa; 20 of those years were spent in Nigeria with an organization called Serving in Mission (SIM).
One of her initial tasks in Nigeria was to learn Yoruba, a tonal language of West Africa. Over the years, she would serve as the director of an orphanage, a principal at Mopa Girls Bible School (now CMC Cruise Memorial College), and as a “teacher of teachers” at the Christian Training Institute in Oro Ago, Nigeria, now called Christian Commercial College. At the Institute, Annemarie developed a proposal for a Christian-based primary education curriculum in Nigeria. The 325-page proposal would double as her thesis for her Master of Arts (MA) degree in Christian Education, which she received from Sioux Falls Seminary in 1980.
Her work in curriculum development not only involved instructing Nigerian primary grade teachers on which subjects to teach, but also how to teach them. “The Nigerian government actually paid a salary to people teaching the Qur’an. So we Christians woke up and developed a curriculum of our own and started training teachers as well,” says Annemarie.
Recently, Annemarie was invited by Professor Yau Man Siew to be a guest lecturer at Tyndale Seminary, where she presented her thesis project to Christian Education students and brought them up to speed on Nigeria’s current education initiatives. “Despite the persecution, the Bible is still being taught in Nigeria’s public schools,” she says.
Now 77 years old, Annemarie currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta, where she serves as a pastoral care volunteer in the Seniors Centre she lives in. In this role, she helps conduct worship services and Bible studies. She is also active in outreach and evangelism in Edmonton, distributing Christian educational materials to the people she meets around the city. “When I meet Muslim women I try to get to know them,” says Annemarie. “Then I say: ‘You know that the Quran talks about Jesus? Well this talks about Jesus, would you like it.’ People have said yes many times. Some people refuse, but not too many.”
She still gets requests from past students and colleagues to go back to Africa to teach. “One day, maybe I’ll go back, but not right now,” says Annemarie. For now, she is content with travelling to Toronto to be a guest instructor at Tyndale, a school she says “guided and changed my whole life.”
Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations
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Tyndale Spring & Summer Courses
Come learn from outstanding faculty and visiting scholars from around the world. Engage in theological study that stretches you both intellectually and spiritually. Participate in a diverse and lively community of co-learners and enrich your life and faith at Tyndale this summer.
Spring Trivia Question
What year was Ontario Theological Seminary (OTS) established?
The first 10 to respond will receive a free copy of Tim Day's book - God enters stage left. Tim Day (MDiv 1997) is the Senior Pastor at the Meeting House and Distinguished Alumnus.
Please respond with your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyndale supporters at the Tuition Free Forward Day event - February 25, 2014
l to r: Muriel Hirons, Wendy Nelles, Patricia Irwin, Adam Dean and Winnie Hsu.
Dr. Bryan Karney and Mr. Desmond Choi - speakers at the Contempo Conference - March 01, 2014
Alumni and Student Volley Ball teams at the Varsity Sports day - March 08, 2014
Back row, l to r: Nelson Leung, Carla Nelson, Jim Wiebe, Scott Forbes and Timothy Grant
Front row, l to r: Charles Yu, Harding Ng, Elaine Becker, Katherine Donevan, Maureen Pigeon and Stephen Roy.
Back row, l to r: Ian Grant, Stanley Yokota, Winston Newman, Marshall Lawrence, Ron Vieselmeyer and Vito Booth
Front row, l to r: Marilyn Hiscox, Barbara Forster, Helen Lawrence, Sandra Grant, Guntra Zarins, Elizabeth Clelland and Robert Lyon.
l to r: Grant Gordon, Terrance Tiessen, Gail Tiessen, Janet Thornton, Janice Newson and Franklin Berry.