In Memory

Alex Gordon

18 Feb 1924 - 05 Dec 2020


Tribute to Alex Gordon

by his daughters: Alison, Aileen Helen and Ruth

As his four daughters, we thank the Lord for Dad and blessing him with such a full and long life. The clan Gordon motto is “Bydand” meaning steadfast. A true description of Alex Gordon. However, Alex and his wife, Barbara did not live their lives according to a motto. As believers in the Lord, it was their desire to live and bring up their family in accordance with biblical principles. Living in the light of God’s Word was central to their marriage, family life and business ethics. They were given to hospitality, always had an open door and a warm welcome. 

Alex was a farmer and in the 1960s changed his mode of farming from dairy to arable growing mostly wheat and barley (none of which went to distilling). It may have seemed a risky strategy to changeover to arable farming, but the Lord knew the plans that He had would prosper and not harm, plans to give hope and a future. In due course, those plans would lead to many opportunities for the gospel to prosper. The quieter periods of farming were to become wonderful opportunities for gospel work, including Operation Mobilisation (OM).  

Alex became burdened for people to know the Lord and soon doors opened for that burden to be realised. With full support from Barbara, the Lord’s enabling and in His strength, and drawing on help from like-minded Christian believers, for a period of some 40 years Alex and Barbara faithfully served the Lord in the spread of the gospel.

Due to the changeover in farming, some farm buildings became redundant. Alex, ever the visionary, utilised these buildings in the service of the Lord, including OM. There were many evangelistic and mission meetings with BBQs when hundreds of people of all ages gathered to hear the gospel preached by George Verwer and Peter Maiden amongst others, with challenges to be involved in the spread the gospel.

Alex was active in gospel mission work in many parts of Scotland with Scottish Counties Evangelistic Movement, Chairman of the Aberdeen branch of the Gideons, Member and Chairman of the Scottish Council for OM, arranging gospel rallies in the North East of Scotland including mass evangelism crusades for Louis Palau and Billy Graham.  

To quote Billy Graham in a personal letter to Alex following the Scotland 1991 Mission: “Alex, you were the man with the vision who did not give up on having us return to Scotland, and the Lord has so clearly honoured your burden, your prayers and all your leadership and hard work as chairman in Aberdeen.”

Alex had a heart for God, a heart for people to know God, and a heart to mobilise and encourage believers to serve God and to grow in their faith.  

At the end of November, sadly Alex’s health deteriorated, but he was ready to go when the Lord called him home to glory, with an abundant entrance he is now with his Lord and Saviour whom he loved and served.

A tribute from George Verwer, Founder of OM

"I have recently received the news of the home going of our dear Alex Gordon. His wonderful wife Barbara went to Glory some years ago. They both have left a great legacy.

Only in God’s providence, we met at a conference around 50 years ago. It’s been a significant active friendship ever since. In my view, he was one of the most outstanding and proactive (in more way than one) supporters of OM in all the UK. 

He opened many doors of ministry for me and other OMers and helped in bringing Logos to Aberdeen. This city was destined though him and others to become an Antioch in connection with global missions.    

We celebrate his long life and pray with all our hearts for younger ones to step into his shoes."

Alex's memorial fund will be collected for the global ministry of OM Ships

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