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Alumnus in Sports Outreach Ministry

Alumnus in Sports Outreach Ministry

Eric Nyborg - B.S. '99

Leading, feeding and protecting the flock. That has been the theme of my ministry involvement since I graduated from Multnomah in May of 99. In fulfilling my calling, I've served on church staffs, planted churches, and recently founded an outreach to coaches/athletes that has gained tremendous momentum in the Pacific Northwest.

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving From Kuwait

3 comments Written on November 26th, 2008 by
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, Missions

We received a letter from one of our Seminary adjunct faculty members, Dr. Bill Gasser who is a military chaplain stationed in Kuwait. It got us thinking about how it is just one in a thousand different stories we can tell you about how Thanksgiving is spent overseas by our alumni and extended "family"...

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Nov. 23, 2008

Hello from Kuwait!

I've been in-country now for two weeks and I'm getting settled with the new time zone, climate, and culture.  At times the landscape looks and feels like some remote stretch of California desert... except that there are no mountains, most of the writing is in Arabic, and the drivers are more aggressive!  I spend most of my time at one camp but also work at several others so I do some traveling on Kuwait's highway system each week.  The speed limit is 120 kph (75 miles per hour) but lots of people go faster, ride the bumper of the car they want to pass, and feel free to exit or enter the highway at high speed at any point without warning or regard to other vehicles.  The occasional goats, sheep, or camels that wander into traffic complete the picture.   

Camp life is pretty comfortable, even though we live in tents or other temporary structures.  Most of the work and living spaces are air conditioned during the day (and heated at night this time of year).  I'm part of a care team of chaplains and medical professionals assigned to the Warrior Transition Program.  Our task is to help prepare inbound troops to begin their tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then to get them ready to go home as their tours end.  It's a pretty cool job!  I lead workshops, do counseling, and offer pastoral assistance for troops in motion.  Obviously there are many needs and many opportunities for ministry and I'm very excited about this open door to serve!

Our days start early and end late.  We typically work seven days a week, including Sundays (I can usually catch a Sunday evening worship service or an evening Bible study during the week).  As I mentioned, we work at several bases and camps across Kuwait and as our program continues to develop we anticipate broadening our work further to include sending teams to visit forward deployed units.  The troops we work with have remarkable commitment and great willingness to sacrifice and we are trying hard to serve their needs.  Each person on the care team and support staff honestly counts it a privilege to be a part of this important work. 

Keeping busy does make the time go a little faster.  It's now been six weeks since I left Portland and I am missing Teri and the kids.  For most of my adult life I've left home for several weeks of military duty each year, but this time it's different because it's so much longer in duration and so much farther from home.  That's an adjustment for us.  Like most people, we probably tended to take each other for granted when we were together every day.  Being gone like this is a reminder of how blessed we are to be with our loved ones every day.  Seems like the desert is a good place to gain perspective, maybe that's why the Lord kept sending His people there? 

I'll try to keep you posted with occasional e-mails like this.  I'd love to hear back from you as well.  I greatly appreciate the prayers of believers.  Please join me in asking God to comfort and care for my family each day that I'm away.  Please pray for me to be strengthened in body and spirit so that I may serve effectively as a faithful minister of Jesus Christ, and ask the Lord to keep opening doors of opportunity.  If you care to write to me, my personal e-mail is chaplaingasser@gmail.com.  I have access to e-mail most days unless I'm on the road.  A note for all you facebook users; sorry but I can't log into facebook from my work computer so better to use e-mail if you want to get in touch.  Old fashioned postal mail works too, in fact you can send a letter to me with just a regular first class stamp if you use this address:  CDR Bill Gasser, CHC, USN; ECRC - WTP, Zone 6; Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, APOAE, 09366.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and may the Lord bless you,

Bill Gasser

p.s. - here's a quick pic of me by my neighborhood, all our homes look just alike!

To All Of Our Alumni and Family Ministering Abroad This Thanksgiving - We Are Thankful For You!