Dear Multnomah Family,
Once every fall and spring, Multnomah cancels classes for the day so our students can devote their whole morning to service. Volunteering at locations around the Portland area, we have what we call our traditional Day of Outreach. Our fall focus was centered on serving people within the community and sharing Jesus' love with them.
I was able to work together with a couple of our freshmen students, roommates Abigail and Hannah, and I was so encouraged by our time together. As we walked through the streets — picking up trash and conversing with pedestrians and business owners — it was such a joy to hear their stories and watch them interact with one another. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia and pleasure in thinking about former MU students, as well as the amazing men and women God continues to lead to Multnomah today.
Abigail’s grandfather, James Bruce Sinclair (Dip '39), was from the first graduating class of Multnomah. He spent a lifetime of commitment to the Lord, training and teaching in the back roads and barrios of the Philippine Islands. As I understand it, he also built a Christian High School in the Hawaiian Islands. Now, nearly 80 years later, Abigail follows in his footsteps as a music major and elementary education minor, with aspirations of teaching young people and furthering God’s kingdom for His glory.
Though Abigail never had the privilege of meeting her grandfather in person, she feels his prayers and support today. “As soon as I came to Multnomah, it felt like home,” she said. “I had looked at other schools and felt that they could be a good fit in support of my goals, but by choosing MU it was as if I was putting my life in God’s hands. I knew it was His choice for me.”
In just the few short weeks that Abigail has been on campus, she has already jumped into ministry and is helping lead worship in our weekly chapels. She would say that, though it has been a challenging few weeks, her faith has grown and she is learning to trust Him more in this season. “I could chart my own course in choosing a direction that seemed more predictable, or I could move in the direction I felt the Lord leading and allow Him to chart my course,” she said. Such great wisdom for us all.
No matter where you may find yourself on the continuum of MU’s legacy, whether you graduated 50+ years ago, or just last year; my prayer for us all today is that we too would walk in such humble dependence. As we yield our lives, our wills, our plans to Him, may He chart our course and use our stories for His glory.
Thank you for the part you play in the ongoing legacy of Multnomah.
Michelle M. Peel-Underwood
Director of Alumni Relations