Peter Eklund

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

God has called Peter to work with college students in the upstate New York town called Oneonta. Oneonta is home to two college campuses (State University of New York and Hartwick College). Peter knows how pivotal these few years in college can be for a person. This is when students really find themselves. No longer living with parents brings a degree of freedom as well as a desire for authenticity when it comes to life experience. This gives Christians a great opportunity to meet students right where they are. As they seek answers to the meaning of life the church can introduce the absolute fulfillment of truth that is in Christ.

Faith Story

Peter grew up in the church and encountered the grace of Christ when he was teenager in his church youth group. It was also in youth group when he realized he was destined to work as a leader and called to ministry. After high school, Peter went to a discipleship training program called Masters Commission, where he received the call to ministry. There were many experiences and encounters that made him who he is today. If it weren't for the years he spent in the program he would not have discovered his passion to teach and work with college students. One of his greatest joys is being able to share the life-changing experience of the Gospel and the Author of Life with everyone he encounters. He does this by sharing his heart, but also his life as he gives people opportunity to become comfortable around someone who loves God. As Saint Francis said, "Preach always and seldom use words." Peter tries to live this out while he ministers.

Family

Peter grew up in the area in which he serves. This allows him to be around his family including his parents and siblings. Both his parents love God, and so do his two sisters and brother. His brother was hugely influential in his spiritual life since he was the youth leader in his church growing up. Peter is very close to his family and is blessed to be around them.

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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast

Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.

The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.

The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.

Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.

Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.

Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.

Cultural Snapshot

Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.

Faith Fact

In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.

Country Profile

Population: 320 million

Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other

Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others

Literacy: 99%

Poverty: 16%

 

 

Ministry service area:
Campus Ambassadors

Ministry location:
New York, United States