Tim Cave ’97: Standing In the (Travel) Gap
Home: Lino Lakes, Minnesota
Family: Wife, Lisa (Mollet ’95); Children, Janelle (10), Anna (8), Becca (5) and Mariah (3)
Tim Cave ’97 graduated from Northwestern with the intention of using his education to land a role in the technology field. Instead he found himself in the travel industry, affirming his sense that God does have a sense of humor. “Having God place me in the travel industry is quite funny,” Tim said. “I hadn’t even been on an airplane until my honeymoon!”
His bride and business partner is Lisa (Mollet ’95), and together they run two travel businesses serving unique markets: one focused on arranging travel for mission trips and one providing educational tours for homeschool families.
“I am wired a connector,” Tim said. “I love the thrill of seeing a need and then knowing someone that might be able to fill it. In fact that is why we call ourselves ITG Travel. ITG stands for ‘In the Gap.’ We want to be a bridge between where you are now and where God is calling you.”
As a business owner, Tim enjoys the opportunity to bring his faith to the marketplace and to work with those in ministry on a daily basis. “I get to see God’s provision daily,” Cave noted. “You realize that at the end of the day, you can’t control every aspect of it. This has taught me to give God my hopes, dreams and fears and lay them at his feet.”
Tim, whose UNW involvement (“besides dating my wife”) included being an R.A., WVOE and intramural basketball, likes to look back on his time at Northwestern. “I was able to get a better sense of who I am and how I am wired,” he reflected. He also discovered who he was not, noting, “I realized after two weeks in a youth ministries class that I shouldn’t pursue that path!”
Lois (Link F’00)Solberg: Better Late(r) Than Never
Major: Ministries (FOCUS)
Career: Administrative support
Home: Soldotna, Alaska
Family: Husband, Dale Solberg
Lois (Link F’00) Solberg says she has often done things about 25 to 30 years later than the average person. She was 49 when she graduated through the FOCUS program with a degree in ministries—and a goal to teach in an academic setting.
“I loved UNW!” Lois said. As a Northwestern employee she loved working with staff and faculty who cared about young people and really wanted the best for them. As a student she loved learning from Bible professors because they were passionate for Jesus and the truths God conveys in the Bible.
Another thing that Lois did “late” was marry. She and former UNW Director of Library Services Dale Solberg married when Lois was in her fifties.
God called Dale to ministry at Alaska Christian College, a two-year Bible college that ministers to the needs of Native Alaskan youth. There, Dale is the director of learning resources and Lois serves part time as the assistant to the academic dean.
Lois also serves part time with Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC), a national outreach organization. She enjoys this opportunity and said, “What can be more rewarding than to help those who are without hope?”
Of life in Alaska, Lois said it can be diffi cult to be so far away from all that is familiar, especially as family and friends age. But her life is rich in many unconventional ways—from filleting her own salmon on the beach under the midnight sun to gathering wildfl ower blossoms and berries for jelly, there’s always adventure!
Lois still aspires to a teaching career and is currently enrolled in online seminary through The King’s Seminary (Calif.). She expects to receive her master’s degree in 2012. Her greatest lesson learned is that it’s still never too late!