Still Donating To Haiti Earthquake Relief

1 Comment » Written on March 3rd, 2010 by
Categories: Books, General, Missions, Students

Multnomah students raised over $2000 for Haiti earthquake relief during the week of the Global Ministries Conference. (And we're sure the dollar amount is much higher now - but we weren't able to confirm exactly how much at time of posting).

Haitian Seminary Collapses

Bruce and Cindy McMartin, grads of Multnomah, teach at a seminary in Haiti which recently collapsed because of the earthquake. All funds collected will be sent to help them.

There have been reports that there are around 5000 people camped out on a campus that holds roughly 200 students! There is no place to use the restroom (save for holes they've dug), medical supplies run out fast, and food/water supplies run short.

Burying Dead Students

And more disturbing than all of this is that we've heard reports that they even had to bury some dead students on the campus grounds because there was no other place to put them.

Now, try to imagine all of this on the Multnomah campus - but with far fewer resources!

Please Help

  • Financial gifts can be given at the Student Accounts Office for the "Haiti Fund"
  • Gifts can be given through March 5th
  • 503.251.5343
  • Attn: Business Office
    8435 NE Glisan Street
    Portland, OR 97220

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Kigali Library Update

Comments Off Written on February 17th, 2010 by
Categories: Alumni, Books, Faculty, General, Missions, Pray For MU, Students

For those of you who have been involved with or following the Kigali Kollection story here - we have an update for you.

Get caught up on the full story of our partnership with Rwanda's Kigali Bible College and Africa New Life Ministries.

Let's Get 15,000

Africa New Life is planning to send all the books in a container from Portland on March 31.  We are now praying for a BIGGER and FASTER miracle. The goal of 15,000 books has still not been met!

Current book total:      13,592    (74 new books since last week!)

If any of you have books or know of anyone who does, then please get them to us by March 15th so they can make it on the container ship!



Consumer Christmas, Dr. Metzger, and USA Today

USA Today referenced Dr. Paul Louis Metzger and M.Div alum Tony Kriz in today's opinion blog. The article, written by Tom Krattenmaker, is titled:

"You Can't Buy The Real Gifts Of Christmas"

Consumer Christmas TreeA Metzger Quote

Here's our favorite quote from the story:

"Many thriving prosperity-gospel churches appear to have thoroughly embraced the American ideal of upward mobility and material well-being," Metzger says. "It makes one wonder if these churches' leaders think Jesus was a savvy entrepreneur on the rise, who would have become rich had his career not been cut short."

The Book

Learn more about Consuming Jesus - the book that was the context for Metzger being quoted

New Goals Set for Kigali Kollection

Comments Off Written on October 3rd, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Books, Faculty, General, Missions, Students

The Kigali Kommittee has reconvened and decided to set the new goal of collecting 15,000 books by December 15 for Kigali Bible College.

Check out the full background story here.

The current book total: 10,643

In total, Africa New Life Ministries is aiming to collect 30,000 solid, evangelical and theological books by December of this year.

How you can helpbookpile

  • Volunteer to catalog all the books with the Library of Congress (None have been cataloged yet).
  • Travel to Kigali for ministry and dedication of the college (10 people have expressed interest in going).
  • Donate any books you can at Multnomah.

For more information, check out the Rwanda Library Book Drive and contact Dr. Garry Friesen at

Harper – Metzger Book Article Follow-up

Comments Off Written on August 24th, 2009 by
Categories: Books, Faculty, General, Media

Recently, we posted about some good press that Exploring Ecclesiology has gotten.

Christianity Today site

Since then, some new write-ups and engagements with the book by Dr. Paul Louis Metzger and Dr. Brad Harper have come to our attention.

On The Blogosphere

(Not to be confused with the MU Blogosphere)

If you do a web search for this book, you'll find many other references from other parties as well.

Happy Reading!

Harper and Metzger Featured in Christianity Today

2 comments Written on August 17th, 2009 by
Categories: Books, Faculty, General, Media, Seminary

Once again, another Multnomah faculty-authored book is proving to be worth the effort it took to write it and important enough for more organizations not  named "Multnomah" to promote its merits!

Read the official press release about Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction

Huge National Spread

Christianity Today magazine gave it a fantastic treatment when they condensed it down into a 4-page article with custom artwork in their August 2009 issue. This isn't just a book review - it is actually part of the book with Dr. Paul Louis Metzger of the Seminary and Dr. Brad Harper of the Bible College credited as the authors.

PDF of the issue here

Not Just a Textbook

Even though the book is accessible to anyone who wants to read it - and you should if you can - it is also going to be used in the classroom at other institutions. So, it's kind of making an impact.

To wit:

Kigali Kollection Achieves Goal of 10,000 Books!

Comments Off Written on July 20th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Books, Faculty, General, Missions, Students

Goal Accomplished!

Once again, the Kigali Kollection has reached its goal—this time, five months before the due date. On July 15th, Multnomah staff, Debbie Chin and Mary Newman, both shared the pleasure of entering the 10,000th book to the Kigali book database. Between the two of them, they have entered a total of 6,000 books this summer.

The current count stands at 10,202 and the committee hopes to reach 12,000 books before MU students return in the Fall.

Generous Donors

In addition to all the student, alumni, faculty, staff, and community donations at Multnomah, new donors are coming in all the time. Contributing to the collection were two very generous retired pastors. They donated their libraries, which totalled 1,350 books, to the Kigali Kollection.


Having a library with 10,000 books will allow Kigali Bible College to be an accredited institution (African accreditation bodies require an institution’s library to have 9,000-12,000 books in order for it to be accredited).

Keep Giving!

Although the goal has been met, the Kigali Committee will still continue to collect books until December 18. So don’t stop; keep the books flowing in!

See Past Posts for More History and Context

Books from Dr. Joe Aldrich go to Kigali Kollection

Comments Off Written on June 19th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Books, General, Joe Aldrich, Missions, Students

joealdrichDonations from the shelves of Dr. Joe Aldrich (donated by Ruthe Aldrich) and alumnus, Dick Sleeper, helped boost the Kigali Kollection to 8,732 books and 1,030 journals.

This leaves 1,268 more books that need to be collected before reaching the goal of 10,000 books by December 18. So spread the word, and be a book donor. Keep those books coming; just give, give, give!

Clearly, God is good!

Past Posts

Read the rest of the posts that are tagged with Kigali.

How Will the Books Get There?

Comments Off Written on June 3rd, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Books, Faculty, General, Missions, Students

Many books have been collected... yet, how will they get to Kigali, Rwanda?

After working for three years to become registered as a Rwanda ministry, Africa New Life Ministries is now able to receive shipments. So the organization will store the books until a safe, dry place is ready to receive the Kollection in Kigali. In the meantime, ANLM is raising the finances in hopes of sending all the books at once in a 40-foot container, which will take 1-2 months to arrive in Kigali.

Kollection Update

With over 6 months to go, the Kigali Kollection has received, 7,074 books, 707 periodicals, with 2,926 more books needed before reaching the goal of 10,000. So continue spreading the word, and give, give, give!

See earlier posts for more information and context

Kigali Kollection Update

Comments Off Written on May 21st, 2009 by
Categories: Books

Once again, the Kigali Kollection surpassed its set goal, with 6,534 books collected by May 15. The goal of 5,000 books was reached 13 days before the deadline.

New Goal

The new goal is to have 10,000 books collected by December 18. Apart from books, the Kigali Kollection is also collecting journals (not included in the book count).  Presently, 707 journals have been collected.

Keep Donating

Now that we have come to the end of the semester, you may have books in your possession that you may never use again. So donate, donate, donate! Send your books over to Debbie Chin or Dr. Garry Friesen who are both located in Sutcliffe Hall.

Contact Information

For more information, check out Africa New Life Ministries or contact Dr. Friesen at or Debbie Chin at or 503.251.6400.