Years Employed at Multnomah
1999-2006; 2012- Present
Where I come from
Born in California, I came back to my family’s Oregon roots at age 10, graduating from high school in Grants Pass. From there I moved to Forest Grove to attend Pacific University, graduating in 1964 with a degree in Spanish and a confirmed desire to be a foreign missionary and Bible translator. It was at a Baptist church in Forest Grove that I met my husband, Donald Bryant, and married in 1963. The Lord has blessed us with three children, now with families of their own living in Virginia, Oklahoma, and Oregon. They in turn have given us ten grandchildren.
After three years at Western Seminary, we were appointed by the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society (now World Venture) to serve on a church-planting team in Kalimantan Barat (West Borneo), Indonesia. We lived there for 19 years. Living in the jungle meant doing many things, from medical work to piano tuning. My favorite job, however, was Bible translation, involving reducing two tribal languages to writing and rendering God’s Word into the people’s heart language.
In 1992, we moved to the Philippines to minister among seven small, struggling churches. My role was to write curriculum and teach in a branch seminary, bringing theological education to the Baptist churches in the provinces. Health issues forced us to change direction and stay in the U.S.
We joined a sister mission, Missions Door (formerly Mission to the Americas), and began working with international students at Portland State University under FOCUS (Friends of Overseas Citizens and University Students). I directed their ESL program and mentored young women in cross-cultural ministry and spiritual development.
My husband is now retired. I am still working with Missions Door in several capacities. Right now (2012) I work in theological education at the WorldView Graduate School in Portland. In addition, as the CEO of ACMI, a Canadian/American network of international student ministry workers, I have the opportunity to connect globally with those who have the same passion as I for reaching international students for Christ. My husband and I attend First Baptist Church of Hillsboro, where we both are teachers. I also occasionally speak at women’s retreats.
Why I teach at Multnomah
I’m thankful to be back at Multnomah after several years’ absence, this time training future church leaders and missionaries how to reach the heart of diverse groups of people, studying ethnic, gender, economic, and age diversity in the church.
The same God that chose me for his Kingdom has led me in his chosen path through the years. When I was only seven years old, I took James 1:5 as my life verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (NIV). Decades later, I still ask for wisdom for each day. The promise is just as good now as it was back then.