Family & Friends,
What do you do when God gives you your dream job on day one! You enjoy it for all its worth for 37 years. That is how I feel about my years at Multnomah Bible College which are coming to an end this semester. A year ago Multnomah wisely alerted our Bible/Theology faculty that we might have to make cuts in the future. I informed them that I would be willing to retire early from Multnomah to avoid a younger teacher being cut. Sadly, that day has come. This week Multnomah announced to our school family that four faculty positions are being cut to properly size our faculty to our current student body.
For years I have dreamed of teaching full time in Africa after my time at Multnomah had ended. I finalized my decision to resign and have applied to teach full time at Africa College of Theology in Kigali, Rwanda. This summer I will test the waters and be interviewed by the Africa New Life leadership including the academic dean of the new Bible college. This is the same school for whom our students created a 20,000 title library and trained the staff on running it. I would be excited, but for now I’m grieving the loss of teaching at Multnomah and of my three colleagues who are losing their positions.
When I came to Multnomah they knew I planned to go to Africa after two years to help Byang Kato start a seminary in Nairobi, Kenya. Other colleges and seminaries turned me down when I informed them of my goal to leave for Africa. Multnomah said, “We expect our students to be open to missions, why not our faculty?” They hired me to my dream job (U.S. edition). Then Byang tragically died in a swimming accident and two years at Multnomah turned into nearly four score years. I’m about to start my second dream job with a goal of lasting as long as our founder Dr. John G. Mitchell who taught until he was 97.
Thank you Lord again. Thank you Multnomah and its wonderful faculty, staff and students.