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With shared belief in Jesus Christ and a desire to serve, the UNW community reaches into the world to live out their faith at home and abroad.
Serving (In) The City
A group of Northwestern students spent their 2010 spring break confronting the realities of hunger, poverty and spiritual need—right in their own backyard of Minneapolis.
“We partnered with a local ministry for a short- term service-learning opportunity in order to participate in God’s mission right here in our own community,” said David Fenrick, Ph.D., director of UNW’s Center for Global Reconciliation and Cultural Education.
The team of 10 students and two staff members worked with a local ministry that runs an urban art center, outreach to homeless youth, transitional housing, and a church plant.
From 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day for 10 days, the students ministered to people in need. The experience tore down barriers and provided an opening for service and friendship.
“We’re seeing homeless people as part of the family rather than ‘different,’” said Koobmong Kong ’11, an intercultural studies major.
“The world is coming to our neighborhood, and it is a great gift to us,” said Fenrick.
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Growing up in the village of Adiedo, Kenya, David Opap ’01 faced death and disease daily. With no source of clean water, Opap and his family suffered water-borne illness. His mother and siblings eventually died from drinking the water.
“My young brother and I both got sick at the same time, but [he] died and it was as if I’d been snatched from the lion’s mouth.”
After surviving several near-death experiences, Opap believed God wanted to use him to bring tangible hope to his people. His passion for the Gospel eventually led him to University of Northwestern, where God prepared Opap for the work He had called him to do.
Opap established the nonprofit organization Spring of Hope International, to bring clean water to Adiedo and other parts of Africa. In 2009, his long-held dream was realized when they drilled the first well in his hometown village. Spring of Hope continues to expand with child sponsorship, endowment funds to promote education, and micro-financing for Kenyan business endeavors.
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Groundbreaking: Billy Graham Community Life Commons
The first weekend of October 2009 held a monumental celebration for University of Northwestern. On October 2, Northwestern’s 107th anniversary, the college celebrated the groundbreaking of its newest building, the Billy Graham Community Life Commons, named for Northwestern’s second president. Two of Billy Graham’s daughters, Ruth Graham and Gigi Graham, participated as keynote speakers in recognition of their father’s legacy at Northwestern.
KTIS Celebrates 60 Years of Radio Ministry
On October 3, 2009, the Twin Cities community joined Northwestern Media’s flagship radio station, 98.5 KTIS (founded in part by Billy Graham), in celebrating 60 years of broadcast ministry. A celebration concert at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul featured recording artists Michael W. Smith, Matthew West and Phil Stacey, and special guests Ruth Graham and Gigi Graham. More than 6,000 people attended the event, which also featured a 1,000-voice choir drawn from local churches. Leading up to the concert, KTIS launched 60 Days of Service, a citywide initiative that encouraged listeners to volunteer in their communities.