It has been a joy to serve on the Alumni Board for the last four years. I was a student at George Fox “College” way back in the 1970s when there were fewer than 10,000 people in Newberg and only one traffic light. It’s been fun watching the city grow and also see the growth in George Fox “University.” How exciting to have added engineering and nursing majors (to name just a couple), degree-completion programs and numerous graduate programs. That’s a lot of change in 30 years!
What hasn’t changed is the university’s commitment to the spiritual growth of the staff and students. I received a great education at George Fox, but my biggest lesson was learning to persevere in my spiritual growth and relationship with the Lord. There are many great biblical examples of perseverance. Job comes to mind, as do Caleb and Joshua, who believed God was going to bring the Israelites safely into the Promised Land despite a group of naysayers who only saw an impossible situation (Numbers 13).
I also have a great family legacy of perseverance. My grandfather walked from Wisconsin to the Grand Coulee Dam in Eastern Washington and back looking for work during the Great Depression – that’s 1,753 miles each way. My mother went back to school after having five children and became a nurse. She also went on to get two master’s degrees. I could share many more stories, but I was only allotted 300 words.
Wherever you are in your college journey – beginning, middle, end – or, like me, you’ve been finished for a long time ... persevere. Life throws some curveballs at all of us. The good news is that we have the God of the universe completely willing and able to help us through it all. “... And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. … Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Alumni Board Member