Merry Christmas from Gordon College! Your Partners gifts make Gordon possible for students like Evangelina. Hear from her about how the gifts you give make all the difference:
For Evangelina Opoku-Nyarko ’21 attending Gordon is a miracle. The daughter of an in-country missionary in Ghana and a schoolteacher, she didn’t know how she could afford Gordon, but donor support has made it possible.
Evangelina is studying English and social work and looks forward to going into ministry when she graduates. Through her courses she has learned about systemic societal issues that affect communities, so she is thankful for her social work degree. “I want to learn how best to respond to poverty and other prevalent issues in the communities I serve.”
And she’s already working hard in her own community. Last year, she and her father started a year-long fellows program for 25 girls, where they are mentored by different women, connected with various opportunities and pointed to Jesus. Evangelina was able to connect other Gordon students to the program as well through a mission trip last December. “I dreamed of things like this, but being at Gordon brought out potential I didn’t know I had and empowered me to start this,” she says. “I heard from the Lord and I obeyed him.”
We can have tremendous hope for the future of the Church because God is working in students like Evangelina through Gordon College to be prepared to do His work in their communities and around the world. Thank you for all you do to provide hope—to students and the people they serve around the world.
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When he’s not studying physics until 2 a.m., you can find Javare Peart ’20 in his dorm room listening to music while doing a puzzle. The door is wide open, inviting anyone and everyone inside to join. For Javare, it’s all about relationships. “There’s never a point of time at which I feel like I’m alone,” he says. And that’s exactly why he came to Gordon—though he very nearly didn’t.
With track and field scholarships to universities in his home state of Maryland, staying local was compelling. But Javare craved the independence and smaller classrooms that a state school couldn’t offer. Gordon, on the other hand, would give him just that—and a scholarship made it possible. “I feel that Gordon was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” he says.
The close-knit community allows Javare to invest in relationships with his classmates and professors. “I love the campus; I love the community; I feel like I know everybody in the hallways,” he says. “School is important, but relationships with people are going to be even more important.” From day one, the 3–2 Engineering student made an effort to form connections, whether it was hiking with the physics department, a cup of tea from Tout Wang on a cold day or a salute and academic advice from his advisor, David Lee.
For Javare, Gordon is already a place of growth in his faith and in his vocation. Breaking free from an environment of peer pressure in high school made him determined to live life well. Taking leadership, managing time wisely and studying intently, he says, prepare him for a future to benefit others. He plans to earn his Gordon physics degree and a master’s from the University of Maryland to develop prosthesis for war veterans and amputees.
In addition to lessons in physics, Core courses like Old and New Testament and Historical Perspectives deepen Javare’s understanding of God’s work in the world—faith and physics complement each other in his eyes, revealing how the physical world and God’s kingdom intertwine. It’s a revelation that gives him faith in the larger plan. “God wrote the blueprint for the bridge for me,” he says “and I’m kind of mapping that out, creating it myself and figuring out where I want that bridge to lead.”
Many students these days are having to make the tough decision between a Christian education and an affordable one. Thanks to your support, for hundreds of students, studying at Gordon can be both.
Your gifts to Gordon College ensure students like Javare are able to attend Gordon and receive a personal and rigorous faith-based education. Even more, scholarships supported by you and hundreds of other friends ensure students have the financial freedom to focus on their studies and co-curricular activities that set them up well for life after Gordon.