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Global studies, MAGDJ students study abroad in Costa Rica

Comments Off on Global studies, MAGDJ students study abroad in Costa Rica Written on April 12th, 2017 by
Categories: Faculty, Press Releases

The following post is written by Giovanni Gravino, a student in MU’s MA in Global Development and Justice (MAGDJ) program.

Pura Vida! Over spring break from March 22 to April 3, students from the undergraduate Global Studies program and the graduate MAGDJ program set out on a short-term study abroad opportunity to Costa Rica. Our team was led by Dr. Greg Burch, director of Global Studies Department, who had previously lived and worked in Costa Rica for numerous years. His experience and relationships provided us with extensive insight into the Latin American society.

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On the grounds of La Montaña Christian Camps with the active Arenal volcano in the distance.

This trip, which is part of a course for both undergraduates and graduates, focused on youth and children in the Latin American context, as well as engaging in some of the cultural and recreational activities Costa Rica has to offer. We were exposed to effective ministry models, and it was a joy to learn from professionals who have a deep understanding of the context in which they are working. It was valuable to see these positive examples of what is working well with these organizations.

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Morning lecture with Alexander Cabezas and Mark Padgett.

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Basilica de los Angeles, a well-known Roman Catholic Church located in the city of Cartago.

Costa Rica is a respected and beautiful country, as well as being considered one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. It is known as an environmentally sustainable country as well as a tourist destination that offers numerous activities and sights to see. The collectivist and polychronic culture was refreshing to be a part of. It was a good reminder of the importance of relationships. Being submersed into the language and culture was fun for us all.

Our cross-cultural experience began in Costa Rica’s capital city, San José, and each day consisted of lectures, site visits, and/or cultural and recreational activities. All of the lectures better equipped us in understanding the Latin American context within regard to youth and children, culture, religion, human rights and economic systems, and government policies. Along with lectures, we partook in site visits of a few Christian non-profits and learned from their models. Finally, being exposed to cultural and recreational activities provided us with great insight into the culture as well as memories that will be with us for a long time. These activities included visiting the Basilica de los Angeles, Volcán Irazu, Doka coffee plantation, Orosí valley, and even some Latin dance lessons, just to state a few.

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A trip to the beautiful Orosí Valley.

Two non-profit organizations we visited that stood out to us were Roblealto Child Care Association and Casa Viva. Casa Viva is one of the only Latin American organizations that centers on a healthy foster care program. MAGDJ student Amy Brownell highlighted that she was significantly impacted by these two organizations.

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Pamela Scianna, Development Director of Roblealto, giving a tour of the grounds.

Roblealto and Casa Viva are two organizations which have transitioned into a more just model of ministry with children at risk,” she said. “Instead of building orphanages and perpetuating the cycle of abandonment, these organizations assist families in working through their challenges and provide foster families for children who need to temporarily live apart from their families while they do the necessary work to become healthy and whole families once again. The holistic model these organizations provide help families and children in their physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health.”

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Learning about campaigns and the need to promote Jesus-like tenderness in our families, communities and society from World Vision Latin America’s Marcela Ballestero.

The local church also plays a pivotal role in this process. It was great to hear about so many cases leading to family reunification. “It was exciting to visit these organizations and learn about their work keeping families intact,” Brownell concluded. There is great importance in children living in a family unit. These models provided such great insight and enhanced our education regarding at-risk children as we learned from those working in this context.

Other organizations and speakers included ICADS (Institute for Central American Development Studies), La Montaña Christian Camp, World Vision Latin America, evangelical theologian Don Juan Stam, ESEPA Bible College and Seminary, and PANI (Costa Rica’s Child Protective Services). We gained knowledge from each of these various organizations and speakers, leaving us with much to reflect on.

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Dr. Greg Burch (left) and our Costa Rican contact, Alexander Cabezas (right) with Don Juan Stam (center) during our visit to his home as he passionately spoke on theology and mission.

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Getting ready for the Superman zip line over the cloud forest.

This educational trip also included eco-tourism, which plays a huge role in sustaining Costa Rica. We had the opportunity to explore the cloud forest in Monteverde and were able to tour butterfly gardens, hike, and zip-line through the vibrant and lush forest. One of our MAGDJ students, Jessica Resendiz, reflected, “In the cloud forest, I experienced the creativity and perfection of the Lord. His fingerprints were everywhere. It drew my heart to worship Him and refreshed my soul.” I believe all of us felt a divine connection with God at some point during this trip.

Our trip concluded with a debriefing time at the warm and sunny beach on the Pacific coast, before coming back to a rainy Portland, Oregon. Global Studies student, Tessa Shackelford explained that the end of the trip was incredibly relaxing. “It enabled me to simply pray and also reflect on what I learned over the past two weeks…I had a profound experience at the sheer magnitude and greatness of God”, as she spoke on the vastness of the ocean she stood in.

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In awe of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean during one of our last nights in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is truly a beautiful country. We had the opportunity to soak in all the flora and fauna, mountains, volcanoes, the beach, the people and the culture. God is the greatest artist and we were graciously astounded by the masterpiece of His creation. This experience was truly captivating as well as a joy to learn about and be engaged in the wonderful culture of Costa Rica.

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The lush and magnificent cloud forest in Monteverde.

The Global Studies Department offers a Global Immersion course (IS310) for undergrads and Topics in Global Development and Justice (IS660) for graduates. These courses include a guided trip to Costa Rica or Israel, with future study abroad trips being planned. Next spring, the course will be heading to Israel. For more information, please contact Dr. Karen Fancher directly at kfancher@multnomah.edu.

MU hosts first community soccer camp

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Categories: Athletics, Events, Students

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On April 15, many Multnomah students, faculty and staff are coming together to host the first-ever Multnomah University Community Soccer Camp. This camp is primarily being driven by the MU men’s soccer team and the Multnomah University Athletic Department.

Junior global studies major Meghan Ward is assisting with the development of this camp. “The aim of this camp is to give an opportunity for community development and engagement right here on campus, in a way that’s enjoyable for people from all over,” says Ward. “After all, soccer is one of the most popular sports worldwide, and it’s a good platform for developing relationships with a wide range of people.”

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The camp leaders are seeking to gather youth in the age range of 11-18 year old who have diverse backgrounds, diverse experiences, and diverse soccer levels to fulfill this goal. The MU students hosting the camp are reaching out to target groups, fundraising, and receiving some mentoring in an attempt to make the first camp successful.

One of the goals set for this camp is that it will be a lasting and reoccurring event so that genuine relationships can be built and maintained. Junior church leadership major Kevin Cassal is one of the leaders who hopes this camp will be able to continue in future years. “My hope for the camp is that it provides a quality experience for the kids so that we can continue hosting it in the future and watch it grow,” says Cassal.

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The camp is rapidly approaching — it will be hosted on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With that in mind, the group behind the scenes would love to connect with any possible participants or volunteers for this fun-filled day. All ranges of soccer experience and knowledge are welcome, as the primary goal of this camp is to build relationships while enjoying this beautiful game.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email Meghan Ward at mward1@my.multnomah.edu for details.

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Amidst personal pain: How God used Multnomah in one student’s life

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Categories: Faculty, Students

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Dear Multnomah Family,

I am continually amazed at the powerful, transforming work God does through the lives of our students. I recently heard the incredible story of Zach Muñoz, a recent graduate who illustrates how Multnomah continues to shape disciples who love the Savior.

Zach’s earliest memory is of pressing his hand against the glass divider that stood between him and his mother. She was in prison. Zach was three years old. Up until that point, his mother had grappled with drug addiction. New boyfriends trickled in and out of her home. Many of them abused Zach.

Zach was able to escape when his grandmother, his only semblance of a mother, stepped in to raise him. But at age six, he had to move in with his father. He was routinely exposed to emotional and verbal abuse. He joined a gang at age 14.

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When Zach was 17, his life took a sharp turn when he met Jesus for the first time. Three years later, he enrolled at Multnomah University. During his first semester, his father died unexpectedly. Zach’s family wrongly blamed him for his father’s death and ultimately disowned him. He inherited his father’s astronomical debt, including many hospital bills, all while he was still 20. The following semester, the grandmother who raised him died too.

With no family and no money, Zach became homeless and lived out of his car to stay in classes. Multnomah was the only home he had. Overcome with hopelessness, Zach turned to alcohol to forget his pain. His faith was gone.  Everything he held onto slipped through his fingers like sand. God didn’t seem to be who he claimed he was in the Bible. If God was love, then why was this happening?

One of Zach’s professors, Dr. Ray Lubeck, and his wife Tamara, heard about Zach’s situation and invited him into their home with open arms. Tamara cooked dinner for Zach, a seemingly insignificant gesture, but it made an enormous impact on him. It began to draw him back into the loving arms of the Savior.

Hear some of Dr. Lubeck's reflections on that time:

Another professor, Dr. Jay Held, would close each class by saying to his students, “If you forget everything that I teach you, remember that I love you. I really do.” These words resonated deep inside Zach’s heart.

God was slowly building up to a transformational moment in Zach’s life. Finally, he connected with Zach’s heart during a Hebrew class. Dr. Becky Josberger and her students were reading the first of the Ten Commandments:

“You shall not have any other gods before me.”

Zach discovered the nuance behind the words “before me.” They come from the Hebrew words “al-panay,” which can also mean “before my face.” Zach realized God wanted a personal, face to face relationship with him. With tears streaming down his face in the middle of class, he re-encountered God in all his glory and love.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Josberger and hear about her memory of that special day:

Zach graduated last May with dreams of becoming a Hebrew professor. He wants to serve students the way his Multnomah professors served him. What an amazing story!

I’ve been studying the book of Daniel lately, and something stood out to me during a recent reading. In Daniel 4:2, Daniel tells the king,

“It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.”

As President of Multnomah, I can also say that it’s my pleasure to tell you of the miraculous signs and wonders God continues to perform in and through students like Zach. These 25 acres are a catalyst for producing vibrant men and women of character who love the Word and are deeply in love with the Savior.

That’s why we need your help now more than ever!

Your sacrificial and generous gifts help students like Zach afford to stay at Multnomah. Will you consider giving to help our students, many of whom are going through financial hardships and personal crises? Gifts of all sizes are celebrated and appreciated.

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We are grateful for participation at every level. Gifts like $10, $20, $50, or $100 each make a significant impact! Click on the button below to give for students like Zach, whose lives were dramatically changed by being here!

Thank you for supporting this amazing community, and for furthering the mission of Multnomah.

Faithfully,

Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.
President

Six kinds of givers Jesus knew (Part 2 of 3): Faith Raising, Spring 2017

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Steve Cummings is Vice President of Advancement at Multnomah.

In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus introduces us to six givers he wants us to know.
We looked at two of them already in our last edition:

1.The Unsuspecting Giver (Luke 8:1-3)
2.The Called Giver (Luke 9:3 and 10:4)

(Read the full article here.)

Let’s look at two more.

The Compassionate Giver

Luke 10:30 introduces us to a fictional character, but the story is no less powerful. Today we call him The Good Samaritan, a man who allowed his day to be interrupted. He didn’t permit the inconvenience or expense to stop him. Whatever others might have said about his investment in a troubled person did not matter. He gave compassionately and comprehensively. No trite pat on the back here. Rather, he gave time, energy and resources over an extended period for a man he might never see again.

Giving people are both humble and alert. This story could look a little heroic, but it’s really about common courtesy. If you can’t be stopped in your tracks, you will never be able to give compassionately.

The Investing Giver

Luke 12:16 shows us another fictional character in a very real situation. It’s a successful businessman tempted by greed. His thriving business has put him in a quandary. His barns are too small, so he builds bigger barns to store his wealth and coast into the future. But then life changes, and money can’t solve his spiritual problem. Focusing on an earthly investment did not pay off as he anticipated.

Jesus’ instructions are to live by faith and not put trust in worldly wealth. Instead, we should be rich toward God and give to the poor. This will reap an unstoppable reward and grow a giving heart toward God. Seeing the future clearly helps us hold loosely the things of today.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series, which will be published in the Fall 2017 issue of the MU Connection.

Looking forward to creating new memories

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Categories: Newsletter

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Hello, MU Family and Friends!

My name is Natalie. I have the distinct privilege of serving you as our university’s new director of alumni & parent relations. I’m looking forward to meeting you, learning how your journey has been shaped by MU, and encouraging you to live out your Kingdom identity!

I’m writing to let you know a little more about me, so we can have a head start in getting to know each other. Over the last eight years, Multnomah has played a leading role in my life story. The faculty, staff and student community created space for me to identify passions that led to a deeper understanding of my life calling. I started to anticipate and love learning within the tensions of life, when I felt as if I was without answers to my biblical and theological questions.

Faculty, such as Ray Lubeck and Dan Christiansen, created safe places for me to learn from their own spiritual journeys. One of the biggest truths I realized was how to listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice and respond with faithfulness and worship.

As an alum, I can confidently say that God will continue to guide Multnomah into a new territory where we can develop an increased aptitude for learning and engaging the world around us. I’m beyond excited to discover creative ways of resourcing and partnering with our alumni and parents in the coming years.

Quite a few of you have already stopped by the Alumni Office to introduce yourself to me — thank you for that. If you’re able to come by, please consider yourself warmly invited! I’m looking forward to creating new memories and new beginnings with you soon.

Natalie Correll
Director of alumni & parent relations

Who was Saint Patrick?

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Categories: General

In honor of today’s holiday, History Department Chair Dr. Daniel Scalberg shares some little known history behind Saint Patrick. 

Americans are famous for secularizing and refitting for commercial purposes religious holidays. Christmas and Easter immediately come to mind as days that carry little resemblance to their former Christian penitential and sacred associations and are now more suited as materialistic seasons during which we are encouraged to purchase items for personal pleasure.  Read the rest of this entry »

Six kinds of givers Jesus knew (Part 1 of 3): Faith Raising, Winter 2017

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Steve Cummings is Vice President of Advancement at Multnomah.

When it comes to giving generously, we can often feel inadequate. But the Bible has great lessons about people who lived attainable, generous lives on a daily basis. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus introduces us to men and women, both mature and immature in their faith. He describes both real and fictional characters engaged in very normal activities, and still they manage to live abundantly generous lives.

The Unsuspecting Giver

Luke 8:1-3 tells us about some of the early actions of the 12 disciples and several ladies. These early recruits were newbies in the faith, straight out of the marketplace. On top of that, the women are described as formerly having evil spirits, diseases and demons. Still, these early adopters, who are taking their first steps of faith, are said to be supporting Jesus “out of their own means,” and Jesus wants to make sure we know them. There are no high and lofty requirements to generosity — you just need to give.

The Called Giver

Luke 9:3 and 10:4 introduce us to an extreme giving request of Jesus. He called His early disciples, over 80 of them, to give up everything for the sake of a short-term mission trip. He sent them all out into the harvest, to share the good news and help people with their needs. Jesus called them to go while taking nothing with them, not a dime or a change of clothes, not even a snack. We are called to support Jesus at times by giving up all that we have. Don’t worry, you won’t be the first or last person Jesus asks or sends out — just one of many who have learned to enjoy the adventure.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, which will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of the MU Connection.

Reflecting on a year of growth and progress

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Greetings from Multnomah University.

We continue to experience God’s presence and empowerment as we work together to build a sustainable path for growth and increased mission fulfillment. Watching the Holy Spirit complete His work in the lives of our students through their MU experience encourages and reminds me that God persists in His effort to raise up godly leaders for His kingdom work.

Like Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah and Ezra, we believe God will place our students in unusual places where they can influence society for the sake of the gospel. How does the saying go? “Good acts produce goodwill that produces conversations to share about the Gospel of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

We finished the 2015/16 fiscal year strong, exceeding our revenue goals while keeping expenses below budgeted amounts. We welcomed new and returning financial partners and exceeded our annual student scholarship goal.

This fall our undergraduate student body increased by around 11 percent. Multnomah Biblical Seminary’s student body also grew slightly. Graduate school enrollment did see a decrease, which we are addressing. We rejoice that our enrollment is growing now and is projected to keep increasing.

We continue to work on crafting more intentional and comprehensive strategies to mature our students’ faith and character. Saturating the entire MU educational experience with our biblical and theological understandings remains at the heart of what we do. We also recently gained accreditation approval to begin offering new majors in environmental science and exercise science in the fall of 2017.

Thank you for your prayers, financial support, encouraging emails, and for recommending MU to prospective students.

Craig

Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.
President

Looking to the Prince of Peace

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Amid a country deeply divided over the upcoming inauguration of America’s 45th president, we as believers in the King of Kings can find some much-needed encouragement from Isaiah 9:6.

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;

And the government will rest on His shoulders;

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”

As we embrace the Advent season and celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, this truth remains constant: After more than 80 years, the men and women at Multnomah University continue to be transformed in their faith as they trust God rather than allow the ways of the world to sway them.

Our commitment to Multnomah’s core values and goals remains undaunted. Our mission of equipping Christian students to be biblically competent, academically proficient, spiritually formed, and culturally engaged servant leaders, shaped to be a transforming force in their community and world remains stronger than ever.

I want to share just a few ways God continues to bless Multnomah. Our undergraduate enrollment is up by 11 percent. Our new biology program is drawing more students. Giving continues to increase. Our donor base is expanding. More alumni around the country are engaging us through our new smart phone app. Our annual audit was clear and positive, reflecting wise management and stewardship of the resources God entrusted us with.

It’s because of faithful givers like you who give so sacrificially and generously with what God has entrusted to you that we can fulfill the mission of Multnomah. I am deeply grateful for your gifts to assist our students so they can afford to attend Multnomah.

Thank you for remembering Multnomah in your year-end giving. On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, may you be richly blessed this Christmas season!

Growing in generosity,

Craig

Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.
President

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News You Can Use

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Categories: Financial Aid, Newsletter, Students

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Financial Aid News

  • Parent PLUS Loans Originated between July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 will accrue a reduced interest rate of 6.31% (down from 6.84% for 2015-16).
  • October 1, 2016:  The 2017-18 FAFSA becomes available (fafsa.ed.gov) using 2015 tax data.  Families are encouraged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for accuracy.

If you have further questions about Financial Aid for your student, contact us at 503-251-5335.

Student Accounts

The Student Accounts Office is here to serve you and answer any questions you may have about paying for school.  Please contact Student Accounts at 503-251-5345 or email us at studentaccounts@multnomah.edu

Spring 2017 tuition is due December 15, 2016.

Financial aid and payment arrangements, including a payment plan, need to be in place by December 15.  A 1.5% monthly finance charge may be applied to all balances not covered by a payment plan or financial aid. Make a Payment.

24-hour account access: https://selfservice.multnomah.edu/selfservice/home.aspx
After logging in, go to the Finance Tab to see your account balance by semester, make an online payment or view statements.

Payment Plan Information

We offer a variety of payment plan options to assist you with the payment of your student account. For a small fee, a payment plan can be set up with automatic payments to manage your student account balance.

Veteran’s Education/Army Tuition Assistance Benefits

If you are utilizing one or both of these benefits, please contact the VA Representative at Multnomah by calling 503-251-5372.

Family Education Privacy Act (FERPA)

If you would like to allow others to have access to your student account information, please fill out the FERPA form: http://www.multnomah.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid/forms/

Connecting through the new MU App

The new MU app is available from the App Store.  Type “Multnomah University” for it to show up.  Cruise around the App to connect to Social Media, Athletics, the MU Calendar, New Wine New Wineskins, Parent Resources, Prayer, Daily Verses, a Bible and more!  Questions?  Contact the Advancement Department at advancement@multnomah.edu.

Connecting with Multnomah through AmazonSmile

Did you know that while you are purchasing items from Amazon you can also be supporting the University every time you shop… at no extra cost to you?  At smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, a vast selection and a convenient shopping experience with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price back to the charity of your choice.  Multnomah University is a registered charity, so it’s easy to begin.  Visit smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”  Thanks for supporting your MU student!

Important Dates to Remember – No classes for students

  • October 14 and 17 – Fall Mid-semester Break
  • November 24 and 25 – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 16 – Close of Fall Term
  • January 9-13 – January Term
  • January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No Classes
  • January 17 – Spring Term begins for traditional students

Move in date January 13th for new students and January 14th for returning students. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Important Links

Student Store: www.multnomah.edu/store

Gift Baskets for Your Student: http://multnomah.pcconline.net/index.php/service/treat-orders

MU Lions Athletic Schedules: www.gomulions.org