Why I serve at MU
I grew up on a farm in Vale, a small town in Eastern Oregon, and had never heard of Multnomah School of the Bible. I came because of the encouragement of my pastor’s wife, Sarah Fields, and also after hearing the Ambassador Choir sing at Malheur Butte Baptist Church.
Things certainly have changed at Multnomah since I entered as a student in 1959! There were only a few buildings back then, the grounds were rather sad, telephones were at the end of the halls in the dorms and the rules and regulations seemed unreasonable, but we all (for the most part) loved Multnomah and spent some of the happiest days of our lives here.
As a student I learned the importance of giving through various student fundraising projects. Many students gave testimonies of receiving money in their mailbox. I was never one of them, but I have often thought that for every gift received, there was someone who gave, and perhaps at great sacrifice on their part. Even though the amount may be small, I have continued to give through the years.
I worked at Multnomah full and part time 1969 – 2010, for 43 years. I have been privileged to work for 3 academic deans and faculty for 34 of those years. What a high honor to work with these godly men and women, to meet their spouses and to see their children grow up.
I count the staff as some of dearest friends. I often stop by and have lunch with Marian, Debbie, Dee, Pam, Tracy and John L. I also continue to meet with members of the Class of ’62 on a regular basis. Since I have received so much from Multnomah, I can do no less than give back in time, money and prayer. Michelle Peel-Underwood is a great encouragement to the alumni, and it’s fun to work with her, but I don’t do phone calls.
My husband, Richard, and I spent 44 wonderful years together until his home-going in May 2008. I now attend Chinese Faith Baptist Church in Lake Oswego where Pastor Daniel Lute’s teaching makes me think I am back in a Multnomah classroom. I serve there as a librarian, teach Children’s Church two months a year, serve on several committees, and bring refreshments almost every week.
Serving since 2011