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Class of 2016 Graduation Speech
Merci Martina presenting graduation speech

Merci Martina presenting graduation speech

Immanuel Business School graduated the second class of MBA students in January 2016. We are thrilled to see what a global business education can do for these students. Mercy Martina, class of 2016, gave the following graduation speech in January 2016. She is now working for AGS Health Care, an American company operating in India.

Good evening. Warm welcome to one and all who have gathered here, I welcome all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Respected Chairman, board of directors, facility members, staff, professors and friends from United States of America, my dear friends and their parents.My name is Mercy Martina, a graduate of Immanuel Business School, and I am privileged to say that I am a graduate from IBS. Many of the dreams that I had as a student have been fulfilled here in IBS. I feel blessed to have a family like IBS where they took me under their wings to be the person I am today. The most amazing experience I had in these two years was visiting the United States, which was a dream come true. Among all the companies I saw there, Microsoft was the best. Walking among the halls of Microsoft changed my vision for future. All along I thought of getting a job in a reputable organization. But now I want to set up my own company which provides jobs to hundreds. And staying with the Goodnight family was a great pleasure; I will always cherish those memories in my heart.

To my fellow grads, let me tell you something you already know: “life never comes easy”. No matter how tough you may be, it will beat you down to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. But it’s all about how you see your life, your perspective, your drive, your passion, that’s the only difference between success and failure. So as we newbies of entrepreneurship leave our college I hope you, my fellow grads, achieve your goals and may find success in every aspect of your life. Whatever I am right now and what I will be in my future is because of my faculty members’ guidance and their encouragement.

I have not only been encouraged in academic programs but in spiritual aspects as well. I have learned many things at IU; firstly, I learned to be spiritual, looking to the future, self-confident and much more. Surely I will miss Mr. Jabez’s timing comedy, Ms. Sheela’s and Mr. Sandeep’s warm wishes, encouragement and greetings, Mr. Vinnu Charles’ discussions and experiences, Mr. Hareesh’s and Ms. Sosan’s encouragement in my life. I will definitely miss SAU students who visit every year and Dr. McKenna’s classes at IU. Dr. McKenna, I will never forget your classes both here and at SPU. Thank you for teaching me about the word conviction, it really helped me a lot.

I wholeheartedly thank Bishop Lohara and Mrs. Lohara for their support in my life and also for the great opportunity to visit and have a good cross cultural experience in my life.

Last but not the least; I would like to thank God almighty for giving me such a good school, and also very, very encouraging, supporting, guiding parents and siblings in my life. I really thank my grandmother for her support, and you are my inspiration and you mean a lot to me.

Thank you.

Pray – Give – Go

McKennaThe Big Picture: 2015 will mark Immanuel University’s third full year of operation. On January 29th, our first class of 25 MBA graduates will receive diplomas. Of those 10 have employment, 9 are shortlisted for jobs and 6 are in the interview process. January 29th will also mark the launch of the McKenna School of Education. Here is a year-end update and three ways that you can assist in this transforming work:

Pray: Today, we have over 300 members of our prayer team. Diane Kurtz of Spring Arbor University sends out a monthly prayer calendar. If you are not already receiving that calendar, you may contact Diane at to be included.

Give: School of Education Scholarships: Dr. Rob McKenna will be present to give the dedicatory address for the McKenna School of Education, named in honor of David & Janet McKenna. The inaugural class will begin in 2015. A tuition scholarship is $1,000/year/student you would like to sponsor. Our students are highly qualified and motivated but many are from extremely poor families. Your scholarship assistance makes all the difference!

Give: The Chapel: On January 29th we will dedicate the Chapel (current photo attached). This beautiful building will be the center-piece of the University Campus. The funding for this work is nearly complete, with another $11,000 needed to complete construction. If you would like to help complete this project, please print fill out the card below or let us know by email at or by calling (206) 999-1054.

Go:  Immanuel University’s standing as one of  India’s top programs for the international exposure is due in part to the exchange of talent from Seattle Pacific University, Greenville College, Roberts Wesleyan and Spring Arbor University.  Four teams of faculty and students will return to campus to lecture, assist with pedagogy and participate in the dedication of the McKenna School of Education.  In addition, three pastors’ conferences and two church dedications will be held.  If you would like to visit Immanuel University in 2015 please contact David Goodnight at

For the sake of Christ and His Kingdom,

David Goodnight Joab Lohara

Chair, Friends of Immanuel Bishop, Free Methodist
University Church of India



Dear David:

________Yes, I (We) have Finishing Faith for the McKenna School of Education and want to make a pledge or gift of $____________ for scholarships for the inaugural Class of 2015

________Yes, I (We) want to direct our pledge or gift of $____________ for the Chapel.

Please make all gifts payable to:

Free Methodist Foundation
Re: Immanuel University
c/o David Goodnight
4911 228th St. S.E.
Bothell, WA 98021

The Courage to Dream!

Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar

My name is Nitish Kumar. I am from the state of Odisha, East India. I come from a very poor family. My father who was the only bread winner worked as a mason laborer. It was difficult to meet the needs of the family with his meager income.

Unfortunately the firm where my father worked had to shut down. He lost his job. A diabetic patient, he was very worried and with it many other complications showed up. His health conditions deteriorated with each passing day and he could not work. The family had no money to provide him with medical care.

As a teenager, I knew how challenging life was to live in rags. The pangs of poverty were real and unbearable. Being the eldest son I did some menial labor along with my mother every day to feed the family.

However I did not give up schooling. Through poverty and hardship, I was able to complete my undergrad program with an accounting major.

As soon as I graduated, I took up a small job so I could continue to help my family. I couldn’t think of pursuing higher education.

Miraculously, I met a coordinator of Immanuel Conference in June 2012. He visited our home and talked about a Christian University initiated in Hyderabad to help poor minority students.

My heart leapt like a deer. But my responsibilities were too many; I couldn’t just leave my family in desperate need.

However one day I talked to my mother, expressing my desire to take up management studies at IU. Her piercing eyes almost darted through my inner most being as if to identify my motives.

“Only for two years, Mom,” I pleaded. Her hands of blessing came on me as a sign of approval.

I am so very grateful to Bishop Joab Lohara whose vision has changed the course of my life and has given me the courage to dream. IU has made me a confident person equipped to take on the challenges of life. It is a privilege indeed to be a part of the educational system at Immanuel University that offers world class education and plenty of global exposures.