The Norm and Muriel Cook Endowment Scholarship will provide more than $6,000 for mission trips this summer by Multnomah faculty, staff and students. The money will be divided to help teams and individuals travel around the globe and spread the love of Christ.
Dave Jongeward, associate academic dean, announced the recipients of the endowment during family chapel. "This endowment models the Cooks' passion for missions," he said. "We couldn't think of a better couple to model this scholarship."
Multnomah faculty members Dr. Strickland, Dr. and Mrs. Kopp, and Dr. and Mrs. Wecks will teach in Rwanda for three weeks. They will train pastors and teach classes at a Bible school. Dr. Harper will teach in the Czech Republic.
Gail Lundquist, administrative assistant for alumni relations, will teach English in Brazil for three weeks. Alison Gentry, assistant registrar, will be working in Slovenia.
Teams of students will perform ministry from Italy, to Papua New Guinea, Africa, Eastern Europe, South America and Alaska. One team will spend a month in Italy working at a church and in street ministry. They will perform dramas and build relationships in Italian cities.
The women's volleyball team will take their game to the people of Papua New Guinea, to work in sports ministry. The team recently held a Krispy Kreme fundraiser to help support the trip.
Individuals involved in missions also received funds. Steve Jouppe will spend two months working with street kids in Africa. Amanda Murphy will be teaching English in China and Jennifer Weinbender will help Northwest Medical Teams in Romania.
Each year, interest from the endowment is used to support these mission trips. The endowment currently has a principal of $138,884.09. The endowment is named after Norm and Muriel Cook, who spent 30 year with OC International, and the past 20 years serving as Multnomah professors. The scholarship began in 1999.