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Where the Class of 2018 is going

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Kandice Jameson : 

We’re thrilled that Kandice Jameson just couldn’t stay away from PBC for very long! After only two weeks of graduating, she said yes to our team and became the newest member of the PBC faculty assisting our registrar in student relations. Kandice is a gifted leader, strong administrator and amazing team player. We’re so excited to have this amazing addition to our team! Read More

International Development Class tours REAL LIFE Exhibit

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IMG_7967Some things are unimaginable until you experience them in Real Life.

Students from the International Development course visited the REAL LIFE Exhibit hosted by Medical Teams International (http://www.medicalteams.org). The exhibit, which is hosted in a large warehouse, gave the class an opportunity to see and learn about the lives of people affected by disaster, conflict, and poverty around the world—and then they learn how to take action and make a difference.

The eight places they visited around the world were:

  1. A portrayal of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (“Yolanda”) in the Philippines
  2. A room with a 25 foot tsunami wave
  3. A Ugandan camp for refugees from neighboring countries
  4. A Haitian earthquake site and a tent camp where homeless Haitians are living;
  5. A Cambodian village where mothers and children struggle to survive and thrive
  6. A Mexican garbage dump
  7. A Guatemalan community where children die from preventable illnesses
  8. A Mobile Dental unit where children and adults in our local communities receive care

Each student journaled their thoughts and feelings as they walked through the large exhibit. Walls displayed drawings made by children in the disaster zones as well as their stories. The PBC students wrote messages, prayers and thoughts to these children. One student shared:

The part of the exhibit that affected me the most was the video of the woman whose husband had died forcing her and her children to seek refuge in another place.  She said that none of her children, or she herself had been sick until they moved, but then they all became sick and the situation became so hopeless.  She said that if it wasn’t for the help of MTI’s care they would have all died.  This story just really hit me because it put a face to the suffering.  I felt for them and I was happy to see that they were able to get better with the help of a non-profit. (Nikki)

I talked to Sures Kumar, a 14 year old boy who saw his family be swept away in the tsunami. “I tried to reach my sister”. Those words tore me up inside. Family is everything and that really just hits your heart that this young boy tried to save his little sister. I would first give him a hug. Having experienced the tragic death of a family member, I know that there isn’t much you can actually say that helps at the beginning. But, ultimately, I would share that God has a future and hope for him. (Brady)

PBC Students also noted the information that startled or jumped out to the students as they walked through the exhibit. The main stats they noted were:

  1. Every 5 seconds a child under the age of 5 dies of a preventable disease.
  2. Eighty percent of disease in the world is carried through unclean water.
  3. Half of the world lives on less than $2 a day.
  4. Before the Syrian crisis there was over 300 physicians in major city in Syria and after there was only 30 registered physicians in the city.
  5. More than 40% of people in the world don’t have access to latrines

PBC Students also journaled on themes of justice, hope, compassion and courage.  One student wrote about compassion:

“A deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering” (Dictionary.com). Compassion means to care, to feel, to break for His people. There is no other way to genuinely help without first understanding and obtaining compassion. This is only half of the definition – true compassion is to do something. Compassion is to be in their shoes and step into their world and really share in their sorrow. We must first ask for the heart of the Lord, that we may have His heart and allow ours to break for what breaks His. To obtain a complete compassion for His people, we are to be moved deeply to actually live out His commands to care for His people with action. (Lauren)

At the end of the Exhibit, students went shopping in the Marketplace to pick up action cards to:

  1. commit to pray for refugees and people impacted by natural disasters,
  2. to sign-up to volunteer to pack medical supplies to places Medical Teams serves, or
  3. to commit financially to the places impacted by armed conflict or unhealthy living conditions.

Visit their website (http://www.medicalteams.org/home/real-life-exhibit) to get more details on how you can go experience these places around the world for yourself.

Medical Teams International is an international, non-profit organization based in Tigard, Oregon. They respond to disasters around the world—and here at home—by sending teams of volunteer medical professionals and medical supplies to care for the sick and injured. They also mobilize long-term health promotion initiatives, collaborating with established partners within each community to ensure that our programs have a sustainable impact.

The Heritage and Legacy of Portland Bible College

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By Lanny Hubbard

Portland Bible College was founded 50 years ago to train the young people of City Bible Church (then Bible Temple). It was the vision of the founders to create a school that would train the young people of this church in God’s Word for generations to come. They believed in the vision that God had given them, so much so that they not only financed it but they entrusted their own children to it. Dick Iverson, Bob Stricker, Kevin Conner, Frank Damazio and Ken Malmin all had children that were trained in this school.

PBC has now trained three generations of students: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. The current student body has 13 second generation students, 6 of which are a part of the freshman class.

Heritage: Our Gift From The Past

We talk about having a rich heritage here at Portland Bible College, but what is heritage? It is defined as a tradition, culture, background or roots. It is an inherited or established way of thinking, feeling and doing things. At PBC, we embrace and cherish our heritage that has developed over 50 years of raising up godly leaders.

We believe that things that come from the past are still important. We have qualities, values and objects that we value so highly that we have preserved them in order to pass them on to future generations. This is our heritage, the foundation on which we build. As the psalmist said, “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.” (16:6)

Legacy: Our Gift To The Future

A legacy is a result of the past handed down by our predecessors. It is the footprint of one generation left behind for the next one. In the natural, we want to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible for the benefit of the future. In the Spirit, we want to leave the largest spiritual footprint that we can for the future.

A legacy is what one generation does not consume themselves, but passes on to those coming after them to enjoy. Heaven knows that at Portland Bible College our legacy is not our buildings. It is not some great endowment of money left for others. Our legacy is in our students.

We have PBC alumni all over the world; pastors planting churches, doctors birthing the next generations, Christians planting schools in Muslim countries, lawyers fighting for justice and human rights, business leaders, mothers, Episcopalian priests, engineers, counselors, and missionaries.

As Billy Graham said, the greatest legacy one can pass on to their children is not material things, but rather character and faith. The most important thing in this life is not the honor we take with us, but the legacy we leave behind.

Success without a successor is a failure. Jesus raised up disciples. He commanded his followers to raise up disciples. It is our great job to make sure that his plan does not stop with our generation.

Connecting Our Heritage & Legacy

Our goal is to connect the past (our heritage) with the future (our legacy). The connector is the present. The past is connected to the future through the present. Our past is our heritage. Our future is our legacy, and how we live each day determines if one will connect with the other.

The Future Of Portland Bible College

Does Portland Bible College have a future? Yes! We are raising up a new generation of teachers; men and women of character. They have done things right and have not sacrificed hard work and humility on the altar of instant gratification and entitlement. And they know what it takes to make a college fun.

What will our school look like in the future? Only God knows. Look at where we have come in the last 50 years. Now, our young ladies wear jeans, already torn up even though they are new. Our young men have facial hair, wear skinny jeans, and wear their mother’s jewelry.

All this was considered Satanic in the 1970’s. Yet, they are on the streets talking to people about Jesus. They are staying up all night praying for direction in the school and in their lives. They are leading worship in chapel that melts the hearts of visitors.

What will they look like in the future? They will look like what they are now:

  • They will work hard to spread God’s truth to more people. We started with only live classes and then started offering correspondence courses. Now we have an online program that has expanded from English to Portuguese and Spanish.
  • They will be drilling wells for clean water in Africa.
  • They will be setting up water purification systems in Asia.
  • They will be military chaplains.
  • They will be hospital chaplains.
  • They will be starting Christian schools in Muslim countries.

That is what they will look like. They will do some things the same, and at the same time, they will find new ways to reach a lost world. They will be new seeds planted in old soil.

Keys To A Successful Future

In order for what we have had for 50 years at Portland Bible College to continue successfully into the future, it will require several things:

  • We must build well. As Luke 6:48 says, “it withstood the storms because of how well it was built,” and 1 Corinthians 3:13 says, “every person’s work must pass the test of fire.”
  • We must appreciate what has been given us. It is up to us to live up to the legacy that was left for us. We cannot squander the inheritance that was given us.
  • We must reach back to our ancestors for our fundamental values so that as guardians of that legacy we can reach ahead to our children.

The hope of our legacy is in the strength of our heritage. We need our present and future students to share our heart and catch our vision.

In the end, the words “well done” will not be spoken to the witty, the trendy, the stylish, or the popular. They will be spoken to the “good” and the “faithful.” This is the legacy that we hope to pass on.

 

 

Annual Fall Retreat Recap

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By Annalise Hutley

The annual Fall semester kick-off did not disappoint this year as a semester highlight for both students and staff. Hundreds of students packed their bags and boarded busses heading for Washington Family Ranch in  Antelope, Oregon. Young Life resort, a modern day oasis in the heart of central Oregon, is home to gorgeous man-made lakes, top-of-the-line-facilities and the largest zip-line west of the Mississippi.

Each morning started with dynamic services followed by epic outdoor activities taking place throughout the afternoon. The evenings included presence-driven worship and guest speakers from around the world all sharing the life-changing truth of the Gospel. Evening services were followed by even more activities, fun and fellowship.

It’s no surprise so many of our students consider this weekend to be one of the most impacting milestones of their Christian walk. Thank you Young Life for providing such immaculate grounds for our college to enjoy!

Jesus Culture on Campus

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Highlight: What an honor it was to have Chris Quilala, and the Jesus Culture Band for a worship night on our campus this summer. The band hosted a meaningful Q&A session which was followed by a powerful worship night with hundreds who came out to life up One Name with one voice.

In the midst of all the trials facing our country we have continued to find strength and hope when we come together to worship.

We are blessed to have this wonderful partnership with Jesus Culture and are excited to see that God is doing through their ministry.

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

International Chapel 2013

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Every year, PBC celebrates the impact of the Church around the world by praising God for what He’s doing in the countries represented by international students. This year 16 countries were represented, including: Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia and South Korea.

Student and missionary to Uganda, Seth Sokoloff challenged us to continue trusting that God is not done yet with what He’s doing in our lives and in the world, “nothing is finished until God says it’s finished and there is hope for every nation!”

Prayer was focused on the churches, pastors and cities each of these students came from. Special focus was given to the Philippines, asking God for miraculous intervention for the victims of the typhoon Hayian. We invite our alumni and friends to continue praying for our international students that are being trained from all over the world.