Nathan and Brianna Martin, Northwestern College alumni who are missionaries with OMF International in Cambodia, will speak in Northwestern’s chapel services on Monday, Sept. 9, at 10:05 a.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 11:05 a.m. The services are free and open to the public.
Nathan Martin, a 2001 Northwestern alumnus, majored in sociology with a minor in religion and a career concentration in missions. Brianna (Kleven), a 2002 alumna, majored in Christian education with a minor in religion and a career concentration in missions. After graduation, they went on to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass., where Nathan received his Master of Divinity degree and Brianna earned a Master of Arts degree in missions.
After going on several short-term mission trips and seeing God’s heart for all peoples revealed in Scripture, the Martins decided to pursue long-term missions. They have just finished their first four-year term with OMF and are on a one-year home assignment.
The Martins spent their first year in Cambodia in an OMF language program before helping at an urban church plant. In their second year they joined a rural church planting team. In addition to helping start schools and churches, they do village visitation ministry, serve as a mobile library for Christian literature, and encourage a small village house church where Nathan mentors the church leader and Brianna disciples a single woman.
The Northwestern alumni are speaking on campus as part of the Ronald R. Nelson Scholars and Artists in Residence Program, which seeks to inspire students with scholarship that encourages peace and justice. The program is named in honor of a history professor who taught at Northwestern from 1974 until his death in 1985.