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Categories: Faculty, General, Missions, Pray For MU, Students
Categories: Faculty, General, Missions, Students
Categories: Faculty, General, Missions, Students
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, General, Missions, Programs, Seminary, Students
A professor, an alumnus, and a student share about the interconnectedness of the Multnomah family.
Dr. Roger Trautmann, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministries
On April 21, 2010, Linda Wood, a graduate of Multnomah Biblical Seminary, shared with students in my Orientation to Institutional Ministries class, a chaplaincy track course. She described her call and preparation for police chaplaincy. God has given her sensitivity to this ministry through her experiences as a wife and mother of police officers. In this line of work officers face many challenges, not only in their personal lives but also in their public role. A chaplain gives assistance in the care of officers and their family as well as service to the public through emergency response, death notifications, domestic issues and the like. Linda explained the practical training that she receives to support her work as well as the prayer support and personal resources that bless her in this ministry role. She provided “street” wisdom for the students in my class as well as stories of opportunities she has been given to demonstrate and declare the good news of God’s love and grace because of her front-line ministry. The class was greatly enriched by Linda’s presentation.
Rev. Linda Wood, M.A. Pastoral Studies, ‘00
Greetings fellow Alumni! Recently I received the annual call from a college student requesting a donation to the school. What a special blessing! I always enjoy taking a few minutes to talk to the student, ask how he/she is doing, and answer their questions. Of course, the students always ask how they can pray for me, my family and ministry. This time the student (Katie Wendel) and I made a special connection and we agree that it was definitely a God thing. We found out that we share an interest in horses and since I was going to be at the school to talk to Dr. Trautmann’s class, Katie and I decided to meet. What a joy to spend time with this young woman! When my husband and I found out that she was from out of state we decided to 'adopt' her while she is in school. It hit me that this young woman could not afford to fly home for the holidays except Christmas. We can always add one more to our table to join our family and I would hope if it was my child, someone would do that for them. God blessed Katie and I. We connected almost immediately, and I know she will fit into our family. I would like to encourage others to think about adding this type of blessing to your lives. God bless each of you.
Katie Wendel, Student Phone-A-Thon Caller
Educational Ministries major with Women’s Ministry emphasis
Hometown: Farmington, Utah
Favorite Class: Gender and Ministry with Bonnie Kopp
Plans after Multnomah: Masters in Counseling program
As a student caller at Multnomah, we call Multnomah alumni once a semester to keep them updated on campus life and talk with them about their lives. I called Linda Wood and started talking with her when her husband came home. She asked me to hold on for one moment and proceeded to have a quick conversation with her husband about his physical therapy. I heard Linda ask her husband what the physical therapist said about riding. Being a horse person myself, I asked her what kind of riding she was speaking about. We proceeded to discuss her time at Multnomah and her husband’s love for horses. She offered to have me out to their house to ride after they purchased another horse. She mentioned that she was coming to the seminary to speak in a class and that it would be a great opportunity to meet so I could get to know her and see pictures of her babies (both horses and grandchildren). I feel so privileged to have an opportunity to establish a relationship with such an awesome woman of God. In our short meeting, I got to talk with Linda and discuss where I am going as a student at Multnomah. Linda was so encouraging and I am looking forward to getting to know her better.
Categories: Alumni, Books, Faculty, General, Media, Missions, Students
Last Friday (March 19th) at 10:20 a.m. the 15,000th book was entered in to the library database. And, probably in honor of Dr. Garry Friesen who's been running the program, the final book was "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis!
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We'd also like to thank writer Nancy Haught, photographer Brent Wojahn, and their editors for doing such a great write-up to bring attention to this very important story!
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!
- Financial gifts can be given at the Student Accounts Office for the "Haiti Fund"
- Gifts can be given through March 5th
- Attn: Business Office
8435 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97220
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.
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!
- Dr. Garry Friesen at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Debbie Chin at email@example.com or 503.251.6400
- More info at Africa New Life Ministries
Categories: Dr. Lockwood, General, Media, Missions, Students
Dr. Lockwood joined 95 students from Multnomah University, who gave up their holiday "day off", to take part in the first ever college and university MLK Jr Day of Service here in Portland. Estimates of 1,200-1,300 students were at the rally from 11 colleges and universities and 1,100 at the service projects.
The day of service began at 9 a.m. with a rally at Concordia, including music by King Elementary School's choir and remarks from Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Concordia President Charles Schlimpert and Pastor Mark Strong of Life Change Christian Center.
Immediately following the rally, student’s boarded busses for project sites across Portland. There was a wide variety of projects included refurbishing schools, churches and community centers.
The day inspired some intense conversation about the meaning of service and what students can do with their skills and talents! MU students really valued working with other college students and learning why they serve compared to why MU students were serving.
In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed, "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve." Each year, colleges and universities hold events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the country. This year, these efforts became collaborative; to enable college students from around the Portland Metro area both learn and serve together for greater community-wide impact.