Last week we announced that Northland is entering into a Strategic Partnership with Southern Seminary. You can read that news release here.
The following is a letter I wrote to our alumni and friends of Northland this week. I praise God for what He has already done, and continue to look to Him for leading and provision as we seek to prepare the next generation of servant-leaders for Great Commission living.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Can you believe that Northland has over 3,000 alumni spread across the globe serving Jesus? In addition, more than 75,000 campers and staff have had their lives touched at Northland Camp over the past 55 years. While this is thrilling, I am now more excited than ever that we will add dramatically to that number in the coming years.
Northland will maintain its history and mission but join with this like-minded institution for a united purpose. This is cause for much joy and hope, since Southern is a school that takes the Word of God seriously and passionately desires to reach the lost both here and around the world. Southern Seminary and Boyce College is wholeheartedly committed to the Gospel and a faithful vision of church life and ministry. They embrace a philosophy of intentional discipleship, servant leadership, and treasuring the glory of God in all things. This is what Northland has always stood for.
Being adopted into Southern Seminary’s family means an exciting future for Northland’s camp and college, a clear identity, proven credibility, and a reenergized advancement of our mission. However, because these things take time and require due process, Northland continues to have immediate financial needs. As you have been faithful in the past, I am asking you to pray like crazy and help us reach our summer goal of $600,000. We are pumped about camp this summer and are readying ourselves for a strong academic year.
It was over a year ago when I uprooted from Minnesota and moved with Molly and the kids back to the Northwoods of Dunbar. I was not alone; many alumni and friends of Northland stepped in and gave of their time, money, encouragement, and prayers. This generosity has continued over the past thirteen months. The past year has been the most frenetic and exciting year of my life as I have seen God provide, guide, and unite for His glory and the furtherance of our mission at Northland.
I am so excited by what God is doing in advancing the legacy of Northland! It’s been amazing to watch how He has directed our paths and continues to lead us, but we need your help as we move into this new season together with Southern.
Northland is a really special place! For many of you, Northland was used by God to dramatically impact your spiritual life. Built into our DNA has always been an emphasis to disciple our students towards humble servant leadership founded upon the Word of God and motivated by the glory of Christ. It has been a place of mission—mission to students and campers, and mission to local churches here and around the world. This mission must continue, and I believe God has been at work forging relationships that will do just that.
This is an important task!
I am profoundly grateful for your support through prayers and financial giving. I would love to hear from you via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone. (My cell number is 651-303-7823.) I will make every effort to get back to you and answer any questions you may have.
With gratitude and hope,
President and Alumnus
Northland International University