August 22 – Rick Osbourne

Last month, an individual with a remarkable story to tell was in Charlottetown, speaking at the Canadian National Gideon Convention. Describing his new life. His name is Rick Osborne, who once was a hardened criminal, involved with drugs, crime and biker gangs. He has spent 23 years in prison. While there, he was often violent and nasty, and spent much time in solitary confinement. But his life changed dramatically when a Gideon Bible was left in his prison cell. He became a new man after reading the Bible and inviting Christ into his life. He is now leader of a youth organization called Truth4 Teens, a ministry to troubled youth, based in Ontario. His story is mind-boggling and an illustration of a promise made in the New Testament, which says, “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” While most of us are not hardened criminals like Rick, but we are all in need of a Saviour. What God did in his life, He can do in ours.

Pastor Alex Rockwell