Michael Omar is a long time N2NCU student who has been working on his education while juggling many other responsibilities. Michael began with us back in 2013 when the university was barely a year into development! While the university was being built, courses were still being filmed, notes were being made and Josh and I were working as fast as possible to update all things online.We just barely had an associate degree worth of material at that early stage. N2NCU looked completly different then and many features have been added.
But Michael Omar was there with us during those early days often working as an unofficial quality control team mate. He has seen the growth of our humble work and shown grace and patience toward the growing pains of N2NCU.
Everyone here at N2NCU owes him our thanks for pointing out things that we missed or that needed to be corrected.
He is a perfect example of how N2NCU is meant to be there for YOU, in your time, your pace and always available for any season of life. You may not see us, and we may not see you, but we know all of your names and pray for you reguraly.
Josh & I consider MIchael Omar an Honory Founder of Nation-2-Nation Christian University. As he continues to study and apply all that the Lord has taught him through N2N we look forward to calling him an alumini.-Patti
"God, thank you for Micael and all his hard work to fulfill your perfect plan in his life, community & world. Empower him with your wisdom as your strong and courageous man of God." -Josh
How did you come to know the Lord?
I grew up in Northern Nigeria with a Christian mother. Attending church at least twice a week was expected; families instilled Christian and moral values in their children, and Sunday school teachers read a Bible story. With this background, it was natural for us to grow up knowing that we were sinners and that Jesus Christ was our only hope for redemption from the consequences of our sin.
As for myself, I was blessed with a call to accept Christ around the age of 15; this is when I began to recognize my actions and convictions. Since then, primarily as a result of years of service in various ministries, my faith has taken a back seat to life's trials, but that faith has also 'kept me'.
What is your relegious background?
I come from a mixed-religion family that includes Christians and Muslims.
For instance, my grandmother on my mother's side was a Christian believer who married a Muslim husband who happened to be an Imam in a polygamous family. By virtue, my mother followed in her mother's footsteps and converted to Christianity, along with a slew of Muslim stepbrothers and sisters.
My grandparents on my father's side and my father are all Muslims, thus the name Michael Mohammed Omar; however, I omitted the Mohammed from my name to make things easier for me back home; however, the mix in the name remained a source of contention for me. Michael is the Christian name that my mother gave me as a baby.
As a result of the above background, I am able to comprehend the two religions.
What is the most valuable lesson that you have learned in life?
Nothing in my life is predetermined, not even the people I care about. This is a difficult life lesson I've learned, but it may be the most critical: Life is unpredictable. This lesson was taught to me when I lost a close friend and roommate in college, and was left alone without his family to cremate the body and send the ashes to his family.
I also learned that what comes out of my mouth defines me more than what goes in it. The way I speak and the things I say have a lot of clout. Speech empowers us to create and destroy.
My reputation is built on the foundation of my character, which includes the words I speak and the actions I take.
Finally, I discovered that forgiveness benefits both the giver and the receiver.
You were the very first student at the founding of N2NCU. How did you hear about about us back then?
I was looking for a Bible school after my degree program, but no Christian Bible schools offered English programs in Vietnam. However, I consulted with my lead pastor,
Pastor Jacob Bloomberg of HIF Hanoi recommended that I join a new program starting online. I was glad and opted in the program after making a few consultations.
What challanges have you overcome while working toward you degree and how i did you overcome them?
Despite the difficulties, I faced in my undergraduate years, I was able to raise the tuition fees for my studies and living expenses through hard work and diligence. God has been faithful, and miracles still happen. I'm pursuing a PhD in computer science while also working part-time and learning more about N2N's online course. It's a little difficult. My desire to complete what I started, even if it is taking longer than expected, has made me a little patient.
What keeps you coming back to N2NCU?
As a result of my hectic work schedule, I've found a place where I can grow spiritually and learn new things in my Christian walk, and I'm grateful for that.
Describe how N2NCU helped to focus your calling.
N2NCU aided me in focusing on my calling by providing the contents I am currently studying, some of which contain and contexts are new to me, which I learned from the tutors and to apply in practice. Others serve as reminders of what I know and possess. Generally, acquiring new knowledge through this course enhanced my vision and calling in Christ.
What is a principle that you have learned from one of our courses that you use in your daily life?
There are lots; however, I want to focus more on my ministry. The principle that I learned and applied in my daily church is The Art of Leading Worship – Rev. Dick
What is the greatest value that you have found in N2NCU?
I found a way to know more about Christ and Christianity as a religion as a whole
What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining N2NCU Online?
Don’t have a second thoughts just go get the words.
You’re living in Vietnam. What can you tell us about Christianity in Vietnam?
Christianity was introduced to Vietnam for the first time in the sixteenth century. Today, Catholics and Protestants account for 7% and 2% of the country's population, respectively; however, the actual percentages may be higher.
Without government approval, Christian foreign missionaries are not permitted to proselytize or engage in religious activities.
What does your country need from the church?
We need prayers.
What are the most active ministries in Vietnam?
The few English-speaking ministries that are active an I had attended in Vietnam are:
- Hanoi International Fellowship(HIF)
- Christian Fellowship Church of Vietnam.(CFCV)
- Hanoi International Church.(HIC)
What is your vision for Vietnam and how are you working toward it?
My vision for Vietnam is that the people will see the light of Christ.
I work towards this through my evangelism and the support from the HIF community to preach God to our local community, and as a member, I do my best to give my consent.