NU professors open up their home for the holiday
Professors John and Sheron Mohan will continue their Thanksgiving tradition again this school year, inviting all students who cannot travel home for the holiday to come over for turkey and pumpkinpie.
For the past fifteen years, the Mohans have opened up their home to in-state, out-of-state, and international students unable to be with their families for Thanksgiving.
“The Lord put us here at Northwest to be servants and we want to serve students. There is a lot of fun in helping people,” Professor John Mohan said describing their heart for hospitality.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner is served with all the classic favorites: turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie.
After dinner, students stay to talk with the Mohans, watch football and movies, and play games, one of the most popular being Ping-Pong.
One of the greatest rewards from this tradition are the relationships formed. Professor John Mohan remembers one student’s story:
“He was an international student from South Vietnam. He came alone the first year and then again every year for the next three years while he attended school here. Before he graduated, he was in one of my classes and I helped him develop a business plan for a coffee shop. After he finished school, he returned home to Vietnam and opened his own coffee shop, which has become very successful. It’s amazing what can come from a Thanksgiving dinner!”
The Mohans’ beautiful home is just steps off campus, behind the greenhouse. Their address is 5907 111th Place NE. A cement path east of the last duplex up the hill and north of the maintenance building leads to their back gate. Signs lead the way to the back of their house. Enter through the sliding glass doors into their downstairs dining room and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal!
by Colleen Weimer