All posts by Carlos Marin

Alumni at the Forefront of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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Training leaders for the local church and society has been at the core of our mission. Many of our alumni are in the front-lines of major social justice issues ranging from poverty to human trafficking. One of these issues, which has had irreparable damage to an entire country and region, is the Syrian refugee crisis. Several of our alumni are working in different countries addressing the needs of this war-torn people group.

Alumna Annika Greco is currently on assignment with Youth for Christ in Lebanon, working with Syrian refugee youth. They offer non-formal education, a sports ministry and weekly tent visits in the refugee camps that build trust and relationships with Muslim families with the goal of sharing the Gospel. A major portion of their job is to work on youth reconciliation programs between Syrian and Lebanese youth.. Read More

Portland Bible College Spanish Program

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Over the past 50 years, PBC has had an indelible impact all over the globe. Recently, we have had the opportunity to connect leaders from Iglesia La Roca in Guayaquil Ecuador to begin our Certificate of Theology program 100% in Spanish. Our school administrator and professor, Carlos Marin, had the privilege of ministering to the leadership and congregation. He was able to witness the great work the students are accomplishing there. Read More

Is The Bible Worth Studying?

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When it comes to studying the Bible, the first questions to ask are, “Is the Bible worth studying?” and “Is this the right Bible?” These questions form the heart of Bibliology — the study of the Bible. The information on which one bases life is an important decision that should be approached with scrutiny. If a person were to base his or her diet off of what was seen on TV during the Super Bowl, that person’s physical health would rapidly decline. In this same way, if someone were to form his or her life’s principles off a few catchy phrases, that person’s mental, physical and spiritual health could all crumble.

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28 Day Bible Reading Plan

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Check out these wonderful verses that teach us how to fall in love with the Word of God!

DAY 1: THE WORD CLEANSES
PSALM 119:9

DAY 2: THE WORD DELIVERS
Psalm 119:11, 170

DAY 3: THE WORD SHOULD BE OBEYED
Psalm 119:17, 158

DAY 4: THE WORD SHOULD NOT BE NEGLECTED
Psalm 119:16

DAY 5: THE WORD REVIVES
Psalm 119:25, 107

DAY 6: THE WORD STRENGTHENS
Psalm 119:28

DAY 7: THE WORD STABILIZES
Psalm 119:38

DAY 8: THE WORD IS LIFE-CHANGING
Psalm 119:41

DAY 9: THE WORD IS TRUSTWORTHY
Psalm 119:42

DAY 10: THE WORD IS TRUTH
Psalm 119:43

DAY 11: THE WORD GIVES LIFE
Psalm 119:50

DAY 12: THE WORD PROMISES MERCY
Psalm 119:58

DAY 13: THE WORD SHAPES OUR LIFE
Psalm 119:65

DAY 14: THE WORD KEEPS US
Psalm 119:67

DAY 15: THE WORD IS OUR HOPE
Psalm 119:74, 81

DAY 16: THE WORD PROMISES KINDNESS
Psalm 119:76, 82

DAY 17: THE WORD IS SETTLED IN HEAVEN
Psalm 119:89

DAY 18: THE WORD RESTRAINS OUR FEET FROM EVIL
Psalm 119:101

DAY 19: THE WORD IS A LAMP TO OUR FEET
Psalm 119:105

DAY 20: THE WORD UPHOLDS ME
Psalm 119:116

DAY 21: THE WORD IS RIGHTEOUS
Psalm 119:123

DAY 22: THE WORD DIRECTS OUR STEPS
Psalm 119:133

DAY 23: THE WORD IS PURE
Psalm 119:140

DAY 24: THE WORD IS OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
Psalm 119:148

DAY 25: THE WORD IS ABSOLUTE TRUTH
Psalm 119:160

DAY 26: THE WORD IS AWESOME
Psalm 119:161

DAY 27: THE WORD IS A SPIRITUAL TREASURE
Psalm 119:162

DAY 28: THE WORD GIVES ANSWERS
Psalm 119:167

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Spring 2015 Events

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GU ConferenceGU Conference

What an amazing year at Generation Unleashed Conference! We had the chance to worship alongside thousands of other young adults and young people, hear inspiring messages from some of the most influences voices in the Christian community, and even connect with future students through the PBC experience. We’re already excited about next year!

FancyFeastFancy Family Feast

PBC students took progressive dinners to the next level by making it a formal event!We even had h’ordeuvres! After dressing up to look our best, we ventured through each dorm having a different course of the meal at each stop. Needless to say it was tons of fun. When it comes to food, PBC knows how to do it right!

InternationaPotluckInternational Potluck

One of the greatest things about PBC is how many different countries and cultures we have represented on our campus. This semester at the international potluck, we gathered to share multicultural food and fellowship, and had an awesome time doing it. Thank you to the Marin’s for opening up your home!

Dodgeball1 copyDodge Ball

They told us that college student students wouldn’t want to play dodge ball… but they were they wrong! We unleashed our inner warrior, fighting for victory amongst our peers. Few survived.. All enjoyed.

PrayerWeek copyPrayer Week

Throughout the entire week, everyone on campus met in their dorms at curfew to gather and pray for breakthrough and revival in both our generation, and our own lives. We welcomed heaven on earth and saw God move in powerful ways!

All Night PrayerAll Night Prayer

After an amazing week of prayer, we couldn’t wait to see what God wanted in accomplish at this semester’s All Night Prayer. From eleven at night to 5 in the morning, we sought the presence of God, allowing His Spirit to move through worship and word. He responded mightily! It was truly amazing to see God speak to so many of us, and to have him bless us with His presence.

Dorm Warm Dorm Warm

This semester we threw it back and decided to celebrate the decade of mullets and pop music. Coming together as one school in one of our dorms for an awesome night of games and hanging out, ‘Forever Young: An 80s Night’ was a huge success. And, everyone looked amazing in their retro outfits!

 DepthsLive Album Recording

‘DEPTHS’ was a live worship recording night put on by the worship department and senior student Jake Haymond. This was the first time in over a decade that we as a school had the privilege to capture what goes on in our weekly chapel service to share it with the world. We can’t wait for it to come out this fall! #Depths

International Chapel International Chapel

Celebrating the diversity of our school, we take one chapel service every semester to focus on the Global Church. This semester we prayed for the nations, worshipped in other languages, and even took an offering for an outreach project in Uganda. From different corners of the earth we gathered to worship God as one big family.

Wildcats Season 2014-2015

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What a turnaround season for the Wildcats. With the 2014-2015 season now in the rear-view, the ‘Cats can hang their hat on a job well done. They had a heartbreaking finish in Circleville, Ohio, but achieved so much in such a short time together. Let’s take a look at how they got here.

Last year, first under head coach Mike Arnold, the team struggled to find it’s chemistry and identity on the floor. The Wildcats ended with a record of 5 wins, 25 losses. Then, the coaches hit the recruiting trail. Hard. With a full year to recruit, the Wildcats were able to land several impact recruits, including senior Bryce Layne, and juniors Marsellus Gray, Mozeek Waggener, and Miles Waggener. Both coaches agree, this was not completely their doing. God is definitely to thank for a lot of these recruits. God made it possible for these student-athletes to be here.

Then the work began. With chemistry at the forefront of his mind, coach Arnold designed a rigorous and balanced training calendar that included cross-fit, weightlifting, running, playing, drill-work, team dinners, and even a cabin retreat. All this, designed to build the sense of family among the team.

When the season came around, the season hit the Wildcats hard. A schedule of four NCAA Division 2 games and several top ranked NAIA Division 1 teams gave the Wildcats their fair share of adversity. With eight losses in a row from Halloween to Thanksgiving, it was not the start they had anticipated. Regardless, they continued to push. They continued to work. They continued to grind it out, with the vision of league play ahead of them. Once conference games started, all these challenges would pay off.

Pay off it did.

The ‘Cats ended the regular season winners of 9 of their last 11 games, including a perfect 5-0 against conference opponents, claiming the #1 seed for the regional tournament. They found their groove and figured out how to win multiple ways. Last year, they came close but could not find a way to win a single conference game. This year they beat their conference opponents by an average margin of 16 points. They reached as high as #5 in the national rankings, and ended the season at #6.

By going undefeated in conference, the Wildcats earned a first round bye in the regional tournament. This year the tournament was held in Lancaster, CA, home of West Coast Baptist College. In the first game, Multnomah University beat West Coast Baptist College, earning a chance to play the Wildcats. In the fourth meeting of the season, the Wildcats once again held them off, earning a berth into the NCCAA National tournament in Circleville, Ohio.
For their play through the regular season, Bryce Layne and Mozeek Waggener earned themselves All-American status, with Bryce taking first team and Mozeek taking second team.

In Ohio, the Wildcats fought well. Senior Bryce Layne led the team in scoring and assists, with 22.5 points with 6.5 assists, and Marsellus Gray came in at 20 ppg. They lost their first game to #5 Dallas Christian by 3 points 77-74, and the next night to #1 Ohio Christian 75-76, with a chance to win it at the buzzer. Ohio Christian was the two-time defending national champions and #1 ranked team all season.

Although the season didn’t end how the Wildcats hoped, it was a great year for both players and coaches, and a drastic improvement from 5-25 the year before. They accomplished several goals they had set at the beginning of the season, including win the western region, and earned a berth to nationals. Next year they look to improve even more, and win a game or two at nationals.
For more tournament information, including rosters, results, and award winners, visit http://trailblazers.ohiochristian.edu/f/2015_NCCAA_National_Tournament.php

Podcast: God as Friend wtih Pastor Jude Fouquier

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PJude10Pastor Jude Fouquier leads The City Church Ventura, in Southern California. He is a skillful communicator and has been committed to training young people for the Kingdom for many years. Pastor Jude is also part of the Portland Bible College Strategic Team and his church hosts a thriving internship program which is an extension campus of PBC.

This message was recorded on August 24, 2014 at our annual kick-off retreat

We hope this podcast is a blessing to you!

Alumni Heading to War-torn Region

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Two of our alumni are heading to one of the most dangerous parts of the world to share Jesus. For their security, we can’t disclose their names or location, but we ask you to pray for them as they move forward in their calling. Here’s a letter from them to you.

What a wonderful opportunity to share our story with you all!
We are going to the crossroads between Middle East and North Africa to share the light of Jesus Christ. We believe that the upheaval in this region of the world is a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus. Times and times again we have seen how God redeems sin. The war, turmoil, sickness and many other atrocities opened people’s hearts and made them recognize their need for God. Jesus is the hope that they need. Now is a great time to go into those difficult lands with a message of hope.
My husband worked in Darfur for four years as genocide and civil war raged on in Sudan.

J: I started PBC in 1998 because as a pre-teen I read the story of David Livingston and knew in my heart that I wanted to go to Africa. I graduated in 2002 and after doing ministry in Colombia South America for about a year I returned to US and finished my MBA. In 2007 God opened the door for me to work with an NGO in Darfur for four years.

M: I came to PBC with a similar desire to prepare for overseas work in 2006. I met J in 2010 while he was back in PDX for a few months of break. It is a beautiful story of miracles how God brought us together. We have been married for a couple of years and we are ready to launch back into the field very soon. God is building our faith to trust Him by stepping out in obedience, taking risks with wisdom.

One of the passages of Scripture that has inspired us is Job 14:7-9
“At least there is hope for a tree:
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.

God called us to a people groups not to a specific location. The people of Darfur have had to flee their lands and find refuge in the neighboring countries. Many of Darfuriens have encountered much pain, devastation and brokenness. God gave us a vision to go to those people with a message of Healing for yesterday, Courage for today, and Hope for tomorrow.
The need for laborers is great. Sudan has the most unreached people groups – over 100K. Almost all the communities there don’t have any witness for Christ and thus no example of how to follow Jesus.
We would love to share more and connect with you. Contact PBC if you would like to partner with us in what we are doing.

PBC Brasil Onward and Upward!

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Deans Ken and Glenda Malmin travel to Brazil to conduct a live class with online students from 15 different cities. Students unable to travel were able to stream the live lessons.

Deans Ken and Glenda Malmin travel to Brazil to conduct a live class with online students from 15 different cities. Students unable to travel were able to stream the live lessons.

This summer, Portland Bible College wrapped up its first online semester in Portuguese. With over 80 students from 15 different churches in Brazil participating, PBC Online was a huge success.

PBC offered Life of Christ by Glenda Malmin and Old Testament Survey by Lanny Hubbard. The PBC Online Team could not do it without the vision and dedication of it’s Portuguese speaking partners in Brazil. The entire online classroom and course materials were translated into Portuguese by Leandro Martins, Lucas DeSousa, and Leticia DeSousa Henriques, with the help of many others in Brazil who spent hundreds of hours processing applications, answering questions, and registering students.

Deans Ken and Glenda Malmin traveled all the way to Brazil this summer in order to meet with all of the PBC Students. And, they were so impressed by all the pastors and leaders that dedicated so much time and energy to their PBC coursework. The PBC Team in Portland feels a real connection to all of our students in Brazil. The second term is well under way and has already grown to 110 students taking Basic Doctrine and New Testament Survey. PBC is so excited about the future of the PBC Brasil Program and love all of our Brazilian Students!

Testimonials (translated to English):
“The fact that I could take these courses at home, in Portuguese, and to have such excellent material, and all the support necessary for the activities, was amazing!! This course helped me to see the Scriptures in a way that I had never seen before, understand the culture, habits, history, and the “whys” in some situations, that I didn’t understand before. Besides that, it helped me in my ministry. My sermons started to make more sense, to have more content and I’m able to simplify the Word of God to be expressed to others.”

“I’d like to thank PBC Brazil’s team, because a dream that I’ve had for more than 20 years came true!!! When I got saved in 1994, I wanted to take a Theology course and enter the ministry, but I was already attending another College. My wife (at that time my girlfriend) went to PBC. Now I’m in Ministry, I’m married, have children, I work full time and I have the opportunity to take this course, a dream that was written in my “book of dreams” 20 years ago!”

“I think this course is wonderful, a very rich content, excellent lectures (the explanation and slides). The discussions were also a great way to interact with other students and to reinforce the content and personal application. There were remarkable moments, I got emotional many times. The presence of God was intense. I just want to thank you for the opportunity to know more about God and His will. The course is captivating.”

“Congratulations to the entire PBC team for the effort, dedication and the quality of your work. Above all that, I thank you guys for the opportunity to have access to such a rich material. God bless the work of you all.”

Special note to our Portuguese readers: Se você está interessado no nosso programa em Português, visite nosso site: www.portlandbiblecollege.com/Brasil

Ana in Cuba

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ana in cubaAlumna, Ana Areli Moreno (ACM ’12) shares about her recent ministry trip to Cuba.

This past summer, God gave me the opportunity to travel to Cuba along with a team from my home church in Monterrey, Mexico. We had heard of the difficulties the churches in Cuba are going through, so we wanted to support our family in Christ in that island.

My local church has been supporting a small group of churches financially, but God took us there so we could be His hands as well. It was evident that God wanted us there because despite the difficulties of entering the country and bringing in donated goods, we made it safe and sound. We were warned that immigration could’ve caused trouble or would confiscate our luggage, but God was always with us and none of that happened.

We took clothes, shoes, books, candy, soccer balls, training equipment (for a soccer ministry with almost 60 non-christian teenagers), and Bibles. We were so happy we could help them with material things as well as the word of God.

Since the moment we arrived, we could see God’s joy in their lives and we noticed they didn’t really need all the stuff we brought them to be content. Sure, they were very grateful to receive all that we gave them, but that happiness didn’t compare to they joy the would express when they led someone to God, or when they worshiped or even when they served us.

Every single day in Cuba, was a blessing. I feel like our team received more than we could ever give them. We worked with the soccer team and performed a few skits that God used to speak into people’s lives. At the end of every skit,  everyone in the audience would make a decision to give their lives to Jesus.

The local churches have been able to launch seven new house-missions with the monthly financial assistance our church as been able to provide; and we were able to visit  all seven of them. We realize that our monthly support is not very much, but they do all they can with it and have raised these seven missions in just one year. With their plan is to launch a total of ten, you can see how their vision keeps growing and they keep working, non-stop, for the Glory of God.

I was amazed to see how much they can do, with the small amount of resources they have. There, I learned that all it takes to fulfill God’s will is a humble heart and a passion for Christ.

Getting together with our family in Christ from around the world is a blessing. That’s what God wants, unity among His children. Just like John 17:22 says: “that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

It is encouraging to see how the local church in Cuba is accomplishing God’s purpose against all odds. It’s a powerful reminder that, if God is for us, who can be against us?! -Romans 8:31

Please pray for the Church in Cuba. Pray for the provision, power and presence of God to be with our Cuban brothers and sisters. Pray that God will allow the world-wide Church to see the need in this beautiful Island who needs Jesus more than ever before.

¡Cuba Para Cristo!

 

VideoCred: John Moreno (Ana’s brother shot and edited this video of the trip).