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Kigali Team Update 1

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In Their Own Words

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.

Kigali Kollection Makes Front Page News

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This morning (Monday, March 29, 2010) The Oregonian newspaper published the story on the front page! It is also today's "Editor's Pick" on the home page of www.oregonlive.com.

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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!

Now Go Comment and Share

The Oregonian Photos taken by one of their staff photographers turned out really well too. Be sure to go to the story on OregonLive to comment and share it via the buttons at the bottom of the article.

Or, share it via the share buttons at the bottom of this post!

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!

Still Donating To Haiti Earthquake Relief

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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!

Contact/Donate

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MLK Service Day Wrap-up

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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

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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!

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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!

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(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.