Missions

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!

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MLK Service Day Wrap-up

Comments Off Written on January 20th, 2010 by
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.

History

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.

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A Christmas Message

Comments Off Written on December 24th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Dr. Lockwood, General, Missions, Pray For MU, Seminary, Students

Christmas is a time for giving. It is also a season for reflecting on the gracious generosity God displayed in sending the gift of Jesus to a darkened world.

Generosity

One Christmas became memorable for me precisely because of a stranger’s simple, generous invitation.

In December of 1977, my wife Jani and I were living in Dallas, Texas, where I was in the middle of doctoral studies. Since Jani’s brother Albert was studying at the University of Guadalajara, we decided as a family to rendezvous in Mexico to celebrate Christmas south of the border. So, as soon as my last blue book exam was submitted, Mom and Dad Iguchi joined us in Dallas. Together we flew to Mexico City for a few days of sightseeing before winging to Guadalajara to spend Christmas with Albert.

The sights of Mexico City were intriguing. We climbed the Aztec Teotihuacan Pyramids and watched a bullfight. Ole! Then we headed to Guadalajara, one of Portland’s sister cities. Because Albert was involved deeply with a Mennonite church in the city, we were invited by “Heddy,” a Canadian missionary, to stay at her apartment over Christmas. She was planning on being out of town and graciously made her home available to us.

An Unusual Invitation

We had an incredible time celebrating Christmas together, but what I remember most is the serenity and graciousness of many people, from our host herself to a man joyfully shining shoes on Christmas day in the city’s piazza. But most memorable was an unusual invitation. We drove Heddy around the city as she completed errands before her departure. Stopping at her bank, she introduced us to the bank manager. This man, who had never laid eyes on us before, greeted us and immediately invited us to his home. “No one should be alone at Christmas,” he said simply.

Though we declined because we had other plans, the sincerity of his generous offer struck me in a way I’ll never forget. I could not help but think of the gift of God who graciously sent His Son to earth on that first Christmas centuries ago, making it possible that our joy might be full. I was reminded that Christ came to all people, regardless of class, socio-economic status, education, vocation, nationality, ethnicity, or gender. I was convicted that I needed to show greater generosity to others, not just at Christmas but all year round, as an expression of my gratitude for God’s gracious gift.

God's Grace and Multnomah Students

God continues to be gracious to our students at Multnomah, too. One of my Grad students, Annet Kyomugisha, tells a remarkable story of how the generosity of God’s people made it possible for her to study at Multnomah. She, her husband Fred, and their daughter Deborah travelled to Portland from Rwanda in the fall of 2008. Fred, one of my theology students last year, is now in his second year at Multnomah pursuing his MAPS.

Annet desperately wanted to enroll in seminary, too. She realized how important her education would be for their work in Rwanda. From a human standpoint, the financial need seemed impossibly great. Yet she had enough faith to apply to the seminary, though without hope that funds would be available. When her application was accepted last summer, she put it on the shelf and continued to pray. Then, one day just before school began, something amazing happened.

“That morning, I received a $1,000 check in the mail from a friend in Portland,” she said. That same afternoon, a friend from Washington, D.C., and then a friend from Texas called, inquiring about their financial needs. Fred explained their desire for Annet to enroll in seminary. One person pledged $5,000 for her education, and the other promised $4,000.

“I did not send out letters requesting financial aid,” Annet explained, “so it is still not clear to me why these generous people decided to respond the way they did.”

But respond they did. Eventually, $16,000 was given from these three people, and she was able to begin classes this fall.

Two things struck me about Annet’s story. One was her remarkable faith. She applied to Multnomah when she had no earthly reason to believe it was possible. Yet she believes in a God of the impossible. Had she not applied, her matriculation might have been delayed a full semester. Annet’s experience seems to say, “Step out in faith and trust God to provide the way.”

Joy of Generosity

The other important lesson is that God’s provision and timing is always perfect. He provided what she needed just at the right time. More than that, he involved other believers in the process, allowing them the joy of generosity. Because of their gifts, a beautiful couple poised to make a strategic impact on the spiritual and theological landscape of Rwanda, may return to their native country equipped for the task God has for them.

Transformed by the generous Gift of God,

Daniel R. Lockwood
President

Ambassador Choir Christmas Concert – SUNDAY!

Comments Off Written on December 5th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Missions, Programs, Students

Back by popular demand, the Multnomah University Ambassador Choir will be performing a special Christmas concert for the community. And best of all, it's FREE!

Sunday, Dec. 6th, 2009
7:00 PM
First Baptist Church
909 SW 11th Ave
Portland, Oregon

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Bring Somone

Sometimes, a free concert is just the thing to introduce a friend, family member, or stranger to Christ! Grab anyone you can and show up!

Just in case you've never been there, First Baptist of Portland is a beautiful venue to listen to sacred music.

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Learn more about MU's Music Degree or Prof. Stan Campbell.

Happy Thanksgiving from Uganda!

Comments Off Written on November 29th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Missions

(In keeping with our weekend theme of Thanksgiving, here is another note from some alum in the field.)

Dear Multnomah Family,

IMG_8926_resizedI am very thankful for Ugandan colleagues in the Bible translation and Bible engagement/ impact/ promotion work - they are so skilled, hard working, reliable, and just such a blessing to work with! They have no cultural or language barriers with the people to whom they are ministering, they live and stay there and know how to get around in very difficult territory - and God is using them in deeply effective ways!

- Robin Rempel (BS '84)
Robin has been working with SIL (Summer Institute of Lingquistics) as the Uganda literacy and Scripture Engagement Coordinator and Consultant for 5 years. She has also served in Uganda with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

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Here's a bonus post from Moody Radio (with Audio interview!) of Ms. Rempel discussing literacy and the community impact in Uganda.

Happy Thanksgiving from Israel!

Comments Off Written on November 28th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Missions

(Another letter to our Alumni Department from the mission field on Thanksgiving.)

Shalom,

We are thankful for many things. In Tiberias, Israel we can't find a full turkey in the grocery store (they have to be ordered in advance) but we are thankful that at least we can buy a turkey breast! We are thankful for all of the groups that have come to help us this last year, and especially the five students from Multnomah who came in May. [We're hoping that the University will send another team this year.] It is our prayer that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Much Shalom, in Messiah Yeshua,

Bill (BS '90) and Vered Rogers

03-10-09 053_resizedAbout The Rogers'

Bill is a native of the Pacific Northwest, while Vered was born and raised in the Eastern Galilee. They have served with OM Israel for six years now and Bill is on the national leadership team for the field. They have three children--Roi Yoel,6; Matan Ben, 4; and Dvir Asaf, 8mos. They are active in the Peniel Congregation in Tiberias, one of the largest indigenous fellowships in Israel, plus they serve as the host family in a hospitality house owned by Galtronics, a company established by Multnomah graduates (PDF - pg 5). Their main ministry focus is utilizing short-term outreach groups from abroad to systematically reach every home in their region with a basic Gospel presentation. Other activities include follow up, discipleship and teaching in the context of a home/cell group that meets in their home (Hebrew/Spanish). The Rogers' family is active in just about any type of evangelism, and everything having to do with literature.

Are You Going To The Innovative Evangelism Conference?

Comments Off Written on November 3rd, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, General, Missions, Programs, Seminary, Students

Have you heard of the Innovative Evangelism Conference being held right here in Portland (technically, at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion)? Did you also know that because of Multnomah Seminary student involvement and Multnomah University event sponsorship that all MU students get a discounted rate to attend?

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Details

 Speakers & Artists

Seminary Class Participation

Here's a brief synopsis of the practical involvement of one of Dr. Roger Trautmann's classes:

MBS students enrolled in "PM 645: Evangelism for the 21st Century" have an assignment to interview practitioners mobilizing God’s people in the area of “word & deed” evangelism.  The assignment is designed to take the theory constructed and discussed in the classroom and then see it contextualizing and implementing in the world of “every-day” life.  The Innovative Evangelism Conference provides the rare opportunity to hear and interact with  up-to-date practitioners and theoreticians through plenary and workshop sessions.  This has been provided by the Next Generation Alliance , a leader in the area of evangelism in both the local community and around the world, to MBS students.  PM (Pastoral Ministry) 645 students are given the opportunity to attend and report on what they learned in this conference as a part of the course.

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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 gfriesen@multnomah.edu.

Preston and Tara Newby; Orphanages and Newsweek

Comments Off Written on August 15th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Media, Missions, Students

Because so many of you readers have asked for the updates, I'm going to keep them coming when something new happens in the Preston and Tara Newby story.

Tara, Jesus' Witness

Cover of Newsweek
We recently found out that Newsweek might be putting her story in their magazine in the last week of August - furthermore, there is rumor that it might actually be the cover story! So keep an eye out for it!

Orphanage in Uganda
Last summer Preston went on a missions trip to Uganda and stayed for a month. This summer the team from his church went back and when they arrived, there was a new orphanage that had just been built called the Preston C. Newby Dormitory. They waited for the team to arrive to unveil and open it. Over 1000 people showed up and celebrated for three hours!

God Is Good!

If you want to keep up on Tara's activities, you can check out her blog and subscribe at the link below. We are praying for you and the little ones, Tara.

http://taranewby.blogspot.com/

Multnomah People, Local Community Needs You

Comments Off Written on August 13th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Missions, Students

Join the Alumni PDX Chapter Event by serving this Saturday, August 15th.

Sign Up

Several companies and donors have stepped up with supplies (praise God!) and many of you have stepped up with a commitment to serve, but we still need more! It's a big job.

Why?

Rigler Elementary in NE Portland is going to open for classes in a few weeks. Look at the pictures below and know that there is a lot to do before our community's kids show up.

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Sign Up

Official Press Release

(Oh yeah, there will be food and drink - especially at the BBQ afterward!)