Friday, March 27, 2015

LAND, LAMBS, and the LOVE of his LIFE

I spent some time with Dr Arthur Gilmour last weekend after 
a barbecue lunch for young people at their property at 
Cargo Vale.  After their forty-three years of marriage,I asked him how he and his wife, Ellen, met.

A country boy, born and bred in the beautiful Riverina area in Boree Creek, he shared how he first became a believer.  As a child, he often listened in to the Sunday School of the Air radio program. This was supported by the Christians of Yackandandah Assembly whom he later met at a Gospel tent at the Lockhart Show. They encouraged him to attend a Way of Life Christian camp.  His mother soon arranged for him and his brother to go, where he came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour

A love of the land saw him pursue Agricultural Science studies at Sydney University and while living in the city he met with a group of Christians at Hebron Hall. Now at the same time, Ellen, a young nurse from the northern state of Queensland had also come to Sydney to study Midwifery. He admired her bright personality and independent spirit. However, they hadn’t dated until he asked her to attend his graduation from an evening Emmaus Bible Study course. She agreed and he knew she was the one God had for his future wife. Ellen evidently felt the same way, but when he asked her to marry him, she said she’d think it over and pray about it. She gave her answer a week later.

Ellen & Arthur were married on his twenty-third birthday.

* As a biometrician, Arthur continues his work in all experimental fields of agriculture. He has developed a software program and recently received special appreciation and high recognition for his work of genetic evaluation with LAMBPLAN. In short, a program to produce lean lambs with a better quality of meat than the fatty sheep of the past.

Thank you, Arthur, for sharing your special memories.