A Blessing in Disguise?
In 1956, the Evangelical Free Church in Canada was offered the downtown Vancouver property of the Vancouver Bible Institute. The promised gift was never realized … the property went instead to the Baptist General Conference.
At the time, this was a devastating blow to Free Church aspirations for an educational institution in Canada.
In the long run, however, the loss may have been a blessing in disguise … it was stipulated that if in fact the EFC had received the gift of the Bible Institute property … it would have had to remain a Bible Institute – another one of many in Canada. Because the gift did not materialize the Free Church was squeezed, under God’s leading, to become more visionary and to take a real step of faith in order to found the kind of Christian liberal arts college which Canada so desperately needed.
David E. Enarson. Thine Hand Upon Me, chapter 29 (unpaged)
From the records of Enoch E. Mattson, an excerpt from the June 22, 1956 minutes of the General Board of the EFCA containing the earliest reference to the idea of a school in Canada.
[TWU Archives: F 37 B 1 File 1]
Title page of the 1956 EFCA Yearbook containing minutes and reports presented at the June conference held at Winona Lake, Indiana.
[TWU Archives: Hedberg Collection of EFCA Yearbooks 1920-2000 (incomplete)]
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