Building Bridges – to Bayview, to Alumni, to the World
It was 119 years ago. God’s people came together with a dream. It was a dream to build a school with a focus of training men and women for mission in Canada and around the world. Students would be trained to build bridges to other nations and cultures, bringing education and sharing Christ’s love.
Christ is the greatest bridge builder. He taught us how to build bridges from hate to love, from isolation to community, and from this temporal life to an eternal one.
There is a beautiful poem entitled “The Bridge Builder” that articulates the importance of building bridges during our lives.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near, “You are wasting strength with building here; Your journey will end with the ending day; You never again must pass this way; You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide— Why build you the bridge at the eventide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head: “Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said, “There follows after me today A youth whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been naught to me To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be. He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.” [Will Allen Dromgoole, in James Dalton Morrison, ed., Masterpieces of Religious Verse (New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1948), 342.
Little did those visionaries from the late 1800s know that the bridge they were building would serve men and women for many generations. Men and women who would impact cities, nations and the world.
Each year hundreds of students gather to celebrate their graduation from Tyndale. They are able to achieve this milestone and cross this bridge because others have taken the time to bless them. They grew because people built organizations and communities that would encourage and challenge them.
These graduates walk into the future confidently because of their Tyndale education. An education made possible by men and women who valued education and learning interwoven with spiritual formation; men and women who prepared the way through planning, foresight and hard work.
As the sound of jack hammers buzz relentlessly outside my office window, I am very aware that we are once again building. We are building a campus that will serve the kingdom of God for years to come. We are building a temporal place to impact young people with eternal significance.
We are continuing our bridge-building heritage by building a bridge into the future with Christ as our architect and master builder.
We covet your prayers for the ongoing building of Tyndale. Covenant with us to build well, to bathe this work in prayer and build into the future that Christ is preparing for us.
Rev. Dr. Rob Patterson
Director, Alumni & Church Relations
Tyndale is pleased to announce the formation of a new Alumni Council, following a long tradition of councils dating back from 1910. Once again, dedicated alumni have stepped up to lead, support, equip, and invest in the alumni community.
The Alumni Council will work to develop lifelong mutually beneficial relationships between alumni and Tyndale University College & Seminary. Please pray for this group of leaders as they encourage the larger alumni community: Addison Aspilla, Bonnie Borchardt, Vivian Chu Chen, Robin Elliott, Paul Estabrooks, Mark Groleau, Sunjay Henry, Kevin Kirk, Vincent Lee, Charles Mantey, Bob Morris, Rob Patterson, John Steadman and Walter Winger.
On the Road to Bayview
Tyndale is transitioning from a quiet cul de sac to a busy main street. Since 1894, there have been many transitions, but one call—to shape and transform students and the world. In 1969, two schools merged to form OBC, stating: We joined together...We worshiped together…We served together/Now we go on together
Please pray for students, faculty and staff during this transition and consider touring the new campus. Stay updated on the Bayview Campus.
120th Trivia: First 5 to respond get two tickets each to Christmas in the Chapel
Name the two schools that merged in 1968 to become Ontario Bible College.
Submit your answers to: alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: 120th%20Trivia) with the subject title: 120th Trivia
Special Discounts from the Tyndale Bookstore
Take advantage of the Fall special discounts from the Tyndale Bookstore (September 24 – October 06, 2013)