The Untold - ORU Missions and Outreach

The Untold - ORU Missions and Outreach

Stories of Impact from ORU Missions and Outreach


Table of Contents


Cover Story



Site Visits

Our Travels


Community Outreach



Thank You


Thank you for taking the time to read the

ORU Missions and Outreach 2011- Stories

of Impact” highlighting our student-led

missions trips and outreaches.

We hope that these testimonies from our

students and those they were able to serve

challenge and encourage you to pursue

God’s heart for His people in a new way.

We have the honor of working with some

of the most compassionate ministries and

organizations that are committed to seeing

sustainable impact in cities and nations

around the world.

Our teams were able to reach remote

villages of Africa with no electricity or clean

water, malnourished youth in Central and

South America, broken and impoverished

people of Europe, abandoned orphans in

Asia, and even many desperate and in need

people in cities across our own country,

including our home city of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

2011 was one of the strongest years of

ORU Missions yet. The Lord has been so

faithful to meet our teams, contacts, and

those we were able to serve. We saw

Muslims in northern Ghana come to know

the Lord; Hindu children and parents in

India responding to Christ; an “un-reached”

tribe steeped in witchcraft in Tanzania

being introduced to the Gospel for the first

tim; confirmed healings in the Philippines,

China, and Zambia; and hundreds more in

the Americas, Africa, and Asia who gave

their hearts to the Lord for the first time.

Love of Christ that has the power to remedy

what not even the strongest humanitarian

project can fix. We are compelled to travel

to great lengths, sacrifice money and time

and challenge our comforts, because

we have been changed and transformed

ourselves by the love of God that paid the

ultimate sacrifice for us all.

“This is how much God loved the world: He

gave his Son, his one and only Son. And

this is why: so that no one need be lost;

by believing in him, anyone can have a

whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all

the trouble of sending his Son merely to

point an accusing finger, telling the world

how bad it was. He came to help, to put the

world right again.” John 3:16-17

Thank you for partnering with us “to help put

the world right again” through our missions


May His love fill you as you read these

stories and lead you to go to great lengths

for the world around you.

With gratitude,

Bobby Parks

Director of ORU Missions and Outreach

Cover Story

What I saw through

The Glass by Sean Frank



During ORU’s Spring Break, Directors,

Coordinators and all of the summer missions

Team leaders head out to Atlanta for a week of

training and ministry. The leaders are split into

groups based on where they will be traveling in

the summer.

Each group is paired with an organization to work

with for the week in the Atlanta area. Atlanta is

the second largest U.N drop point for Refugees

in the United States. The team’s did a variety of

ministries working with all different people groups.

Some of these included:

Working with refugees by helping them adjust to


Tutoring and ministering in international schools

and lower income housing projects.

Sharing the gospel with people from other


Helping care for children of single mothers or

under-privileged families.

Sharing testimonies and leading training seminars

Various work projects for the different organizations

Each leader is given a day to lead their ‘team’

and receive feedback. The evenings consist of

worship, prayers and speakers to pour into the


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All summer missions teams participate in a week

of training called Ropes. The purpose of this week

is to help teams unify, connect with Christ, and

prepare them for what they will experience on the


The week is run by a team of facilitators led by

Jayde Duncan, ORU grad and pastor of Freedom

church in Colorado Springs.

Evenings at Ropes consist of worship, prayer

and teaching, pertinent to the missions trips. The

days consist of five parts that each team rotates


Towers: Teams climb rock walls, team wall, and

other high ropes elements.

High Ropes: The teams participate in high ropes

elements such as zip-lines and pamper poles.

This helps teams to encourage, support and trust

one another as well as learn to stay engaged.

Scenarios: the teams walk through various mock

‘scenarios’ relevant to their trip locations to help

prepare them for situations such as team safety,

cultural sensitivity, contact relations and ministry

Low Ropes: the teams go through various team

building elements that help to unify the teams to

deal with personal and team issues and solidify

their purpose of missions

Drama & Athletics: In the morning teams spend

time being taught practical tools such as children’s

skits, attention getters, and how to communicate

with a language barrier. In the afternoon teams

spend time doing athletics with coaches who lead

teams through physically and mentally difficult

exercises that help teams to practice self-less

behavior and team work.


Site Visits

Site Visits

The Team

Director: Tammy Schneider

Assistant Director: Bobby Parks

Media Specialist: Mithun Abraham

Regional Coordinators: Samuel Alex, Jacob

Lewandowski, Seth Mueller, Brooke Sherwood,

David Vermette

What They Did

Checked in on the progress of the trips.

Provided encouragement to the leaders and teams

by joining them on the field.

Connected with contacts, to get feedback that will

further improve future student mission trips.

Asked questions to find out what really happened

on the trip.

Helped to distill any conflicts or miscommunications.

Assistant Director Bobby Parks traveled with ORU

media student Mithun Abraham to collected footage

of several teams.

Countries Visted:

Belize, Guatemala, Haiti Ghana (South & North)

Morocco, Romania, Moldova, Germany, India,

China, Philippines

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Site Visits

Our Travels





United States:

Los Angeles: 42% of the population in LA is not

affiliated with any religious congregation 66% of the

labor force do not have formal jobs.

New York: NYC has around 100,000 homeless people

in a given year. 1 in 20 residents have experienced


St. Louis & Sacramento: 90% of people who deal with

eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and


Central America:

Belize: 43% of the people live below the poverty line.

Belize has a growing involvement in the Mexican and

South American drug trade.

Guatemala: 66% of the labor force do not have formal

jobs. 10% of drinking water remains contaminated.

Domincian: 42% live below the poverty line. Known

to be a source, transit, and destination country for men,

women and children trafficked for the purpose of sexual


Haiti: 80% of people live below the poverty line. Roughly

half of the population practices voodoo. 66% of the labor

force do not have formal jobs

South America:

Brazil: Brazil is the largest country in South America and

its leading economic power, but the country is known for

highly unequal income distribution.

Brazil Basketball: Youth murder in Brazil has doubled

in the past decade

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The Tamale area where the team

stayed is 95% Muslim. 60% practice

Islam or indigenousr eligions 37,000

deaths from HIV/AIDS.


71% practice Islam or indigenous

religions. 72.5% of children are

economically active, the second

highest percentage in the world.

32% of people live below the

poverty line.


Degree of risk from major

infectious diseases is very high.

44% of sanitation facility access if



Europe’s largest economy and

second most populous nation.


Second most populated country

in the world, 80% Hindu, 13.4%

Muslim, 2.3% Christian includes

44% of the world’s population

that live below the poverty line

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Our Travels


13.5% of adults suffer from HIV/

AIDS. Probability of not reaching

age 40: 53.6%, highest in the

world. Has 1,300,000 known



65% practice Islam or indigenous

beliefs.46% of the population

only has access to unimproved

drinking water. 0.02 physicians

per 1000 people. 86,000 deaths

from HIV/AIDS.


Host to over 270,000 refugees.

Also home to 1.27 million internally

displaced person mostly due to

the war in the north. Dictatorial

Leadership and human rights

abuses responsible for 400000

deaths in the 70’s and 80’s. Highest

number of child soldiers in the



Moldova is one of the poorest

nations in Europe.


Most populated country in the world,

Only 3 percent practice Christianity,

Government is a communist state


Consists of over 70 different languages

and 450 dialects.Includes about 300,000

internally displaced persons.




Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Benjamin Block

Assistant Team Leader: Amy Vormbrock

Team Members: William Acker, Justin Allen, Megan Easton,

Jerrica Rodgers, De-charlyn White

The Contacts: Church of God in Kerala, India. Pastor G.

Alex has been in ministry for 34 years and is the District

Overseer for Church of God in India.

The Impact

The team built relationships with children (about 700-800) by playing

games, songs, teaching and practical knowledge. Took part in street

evangelism, beach ministry and house to house.

They Planted Banana trees and pulled weeds, which will help to

support 200 single moms.

They Encouraged and blessed their contacts. Built relationships with

children in a girls’ home and a boys’ home.

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Hey Bobby and Tammy!

“This trip sufficiently ruined me in a good way for missions. God opened

my eyes to see the lost, and I couldn’t try to deny it anymore…the Hindu’s

had marks on their foreheads, the Muslims had caps and shawls, Sikh’s

had turbans…it was apparent every time I saw them. The children at the

projects we worked at were also a part of this as well… and to have

relationships with such destitute yet incredibly loving children is something

I can’t recover from. They were so hungry for the Lord, so needing the

love and hope that Jesus brings…How can I go back to my ‘life as normal’

when I have become aware of this?”

- Megan Easton

We have completed our third day of

children’s ministry so far at New Life in

Kattapana, Kerala. We are having such

a great time with these children. Each

one melts our hearts!

From about 10am to 3:30pm, we

perform skits, sing songs, and give

testimonies to them, and in return, they

teach us Malayalam, their language.

They just love hanging on us and

receiving our love.

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Trip Testimonies

Letters from the Field

They are truly teaching us what pure

love really is! Yesterday, we took over

about an hour of the Sunday service

and sang some songs, told a few

testimonies, and Ben gave a great


Afterwards, we played so many games

with about 20 girls who are from the

orphanage in the church. They are

so precious! Tomorrow is our last day

here and no one wants to think about it

yet! We are leaving on Wednesday to

travel to Munnar and then we are going

to spend a few more days to do more

children’s ministry at another location.

As always, pray that God

would completely take over our ministry

and do what He will with us. We are

complete vessels wanting to be used

by Him.


Team India




These are the stories that chronicle the personal,

practical and spirtitual experiences of our students.

Untold- India

The Simply Truth of

The Gospel by Megan Easton

My name is Megan Easton, and I am a

sophomore at ORU studying nursing.

This was my first missions trip with

ORU. During the first two weeks of our

stay in Kerala, India, we worked in two

different child development centers. At

the beginning of the trip, our contacts

informed us that nearly seventy percent

of the children in each project were

Hindu, and this became apparent after

we began to interact with the children.

Many of the children had Hindi markings

upon their foreheads and were named

after Hindu gods.

Nearly every morning, we led a Vacation

Bible School style service for the 300-

400 children at either project, and in

the afternoons we spent time building

relationships with them. Most of the

children seemed to have an open heart

to the gospel message, and it amazed

me how well they received what we

taught about Jesus. However, my biggest

surprise came on the day of the parent’s


It was nearly the end of our time and

our contact requested that one of our

team members would share for part of it.

My teammate didn’t have much time to

prepare to speak, and I wondered how he

would handle it. As the meeting quickly

started, our contact sat us in front of the

parents. I looked over the group sitting

before me and It was a mass of beautiful

brown faces, some of which bore the

marks of a false religion. I prayed

inwardly that the Lord would open up

their eyes to see the truth about Jesus.

My teammate began to share about his

life and how Jesus had rescued him

from a life of sin and depravity. While

he revealed some touching details,

again I looked out over the parents,

trying to understand what was going on

underneath their stoic expressions. I

honestly couldn’t tell.

He concluded by talking about the

depravity we have without Christ – how

we can never be good enough, and we

can’t fix ourselves – and then he gave

an altar call. As he asked the parents to

raise their hand if they wanted to accept

Jesus as savior, I thought to myself,

There’ll be at least one… Well, maybe

two or three that will…”, but in that

moment, around forty parents lifted their

hands into the air. I was stunned, to say

the least.

The biggest lesson God taught me that

day was in understanding how powerful

the truth of Jesus Christ is. My teammate

“ prayer for these parents who chose to follow Jesus

is that they would continue to walk out this new life with

all of the sincerity, sacrifice, and joy unspeakable that a

life of devotion to Jesus Christ brings...

didn’t give a theological overview of

the Old and New Testament with his

presentation of the gospel that day.

There were no detailed explanations of

Jesus’ life and ministry, no review of his

teachings, nothing except the gospel,

simple and raw. For some, like these

parents and many more hungry souls

around the world, the good news of Jesus

Christ is simply enough. It made me

realize again that the gospel cannot be

proven before it is believed.

Romans 10:14 says, “How then, can they

call on the one they have not believed in?

And how can they believe in the one of

whom they have not heard? And how can

they hear without someone preaching to

them?” From this, I realized I must go- on

a level that will utterly and completely

alter the course of my life. There are

dying people all around me who need the

life only Jesus can give… how can I sit

back? How can I stay silent?

Now, my prayer for these parents who

chose to follow Jesus is that they would

continue to walk out this new life with

sincerity, sacrifice, and joy unspeakable

that a life of with Jesus Christ brings,

and that they would continue to spread

this gospel to those who do not know the

good news. There are so many that don’t.



Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Tatiana Duenas

Assistant Team Leader Carl Roth

Team Members: Bosa Odiase, Taylor Diatte, Charles

Mckee, Jessica Lee, Andrew Olsen,Audrey Bixlur

The Contacts: New Day Creations is a learning

center, a volunteer service and a Foster home that

specializes in providing disabled children with care

The Impact

• Building relationships with Chinese students through teaching English.

• Led child development that engaged children with special needs in

educational activities.

• Business consulting: developed a marketing plan for expansion in

the Chinese Christian market.

• Provided economic information for future marketing strategies.

• Prayed with other volunteers and staff daily for the New Day Organization

Conducted multiple interviews for the business plan and needs

assessment report.

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“My most memorable ministry experience was being able to visit a

Christian Chinese family, bring them groceries and pray for healing,

peace and employment. To be able to pray with a family in a country

closed to the gospel was extraordinary beyond expression...

Missions is not a pre-determined time, geographical location, an

itinerary, or a message from a pulpit. Missions is a lifestyle, a choice

to share Christ through words and deeds. I am glad to have this new

learned sense of missions, for it teaches me to be aware, intentional

and faithful.”

- Tatianna Duenas

Greetings from the Far East!

Team China is doing quite well and

settling into our respective tasks.

There is only one known Christian

Chinese student. She has been

very open with the team about her

faith and eager to share of what

she has learned during Easter. She

discretely gave a couple of team

members copies of Chinese bibles

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Trip Testimonies

Letters from the Field

and adopted girls on the team

as close friends. We pray that as

relationships grow closer, Christ’s

love will be further revealed.

Please pray for the health of the

special needs foster children.

Nicole and Claire just returned

from the hospital and are in

delicate condition. Pray for speedy

recovery and timely foster/adoptive

family placements.

The Learning Center is undergoing

significant restructuring. Pray for

wisdom during this transition and

successful outcomes under new

marketing plans so that enrollment

is back up.


Team China


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ORU Base,

The team taught English at a summer camp for Chinese Students.

They spent time planning for their English classes.

They built relationships with the students and contacts, showing the love of

We taught at Ying Hai elementary

school from Monday- Saturday from

8:30am to 2:30 pm.

Overall, it went very good. After the

first day, we were all so exhausted

and tired. The girls, save Liz, got back

to New Day and fell straight to sleep.

But as the week went on we gained

confidence in the

China Ed

Length:1 Month

Team Leader: Johnathan Baker

Assistant Team Leader: Elizabeth Boisselle

Team Members: Laura Egstad, Carissa Johnson,

Alejandra Amaya, Susann karlsen, Michael Smith

The Contacts: New Day Creations is a learning center,

a volunteer service and a Foster home that specializes in

providing disabled children with care

The Impact

Christ to them through their actions and conversations.

Letters From the Field

classroom as teachers and we gained

strength to finish the day without being

totally spent.

Neal said that we are doing a good

job of teaching.We have cooking

classes, sports class, artwork

classes, and dance classes to name

a few of the things we are doing in

the classroomWe are teaching 100

students ranging from 2nd-6th grade.

Some classes know English well,

some know very little. Dr. Livingston

is helping us along the way. She said

she will be evaluating us this week. I

think our team is doing very well in the


We have been thrown into the

classroom with Chinese students and

have responded well. The students are

very smart and well behaved for the

most part.

Team China ED.

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Trip Testimonies

“This mission trip has been extremely helpful to me! As a future educator

this trip has given me lots of experience in the classroom along with other

details a teacher needs to work. I also learned what it is like to trust God

completely, through sickness and health and trust the people he has

placed in my life, that is extremely important thing I will take with me.”

- Susann Longva Karlsen

China Ed.



Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Addison Spears

Assistant Team Leader Ashely Winn

Team Members: Stephan Guzman, Etin Odiase, Chelsea

Brown, Tina Wood, Bettina Minaya, Rachel Perry, DJ

Gonzalez, Caroline Udall, Elizabeth Bovenzi

The Contacts: Pastor Toby and some cool people there

who I think Bobby knows.

The Impact

• Focused on cultivating relationships through their contact’s partnerships.

• Empowered others to reach their community. Most of the Philippine people

are Christians but are scared to share the gospel.

• Lead worship, taught worship, experienced worship, and planned last minute


• Organized and facilitated several events including youth services, worship services,

and kids services.

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I had not told anyone my testimony before, so when I heard I had to give

my testimony I was nervous. When it was time for me to give my testimony,

I cried so much! It was so hard for me to deliver my testimony. I thought I

did a bad job telling my testimony since I cried so much and some could

not understand me, but one girl at the church told me that my testimony

touched her life! I was so shocked.

- Etin Odiase

Hello to the Tulsa team!

We have done several outreaches

to youth from playing with kids in

the slums, planning and directing

a youth conference and doing

administrative work at a school of

worship training here.

This was Etin’s first time giving her

testimony sharing and she wept.

They experience really changed

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Trip Testimonies

Letters from the Field

her and brought out some things

that would have stayed dormant. It

was a freeing experience.

We prayed for a lady with Asthma

for 30 years and she was healed.

A man who broke his shoulder was

fully healed of all pain and could

move his arm again.

We did our dramas for a youth

leader and we taught them to him

and he will now use it at his youth

camp to teach.

Pray the spirit of the Lord speaks

through us, in us and opens

unexpected doors of ministry to us.

Love, Team Philippines



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Hello ORU base!

• Spoke to and prayed for the church in Germany via youth groups, bible studies

and prayer groups.

• Taught English in Elementary schools and spoke in public high schools .

• Conducted one on one ministry in YMCA, in a children’s play place, on YWAM

base, in a university, and on public transportation.

We will be ministering in the rural

village of Asamankese from Monday

through Friday afternoon. We will

depart to the village (which is approx.

35 miles away) Sunday afternoon

at 3:30pm.The church has booked


Length:2 Weeks

Team Leader: Roman Harvey

Assistant Team Leader Ruth Ademic

Team Members: Michael Coppack, Estefania Alcalde,

Karis Marks, Aubrey Robinson, Eric Smith, Elizabeth Tvedt,

Grace Varghese

The Contacts: YYAM base in Hamburg with Pastor Jim

Whitear .

The Impact

• Lead Outreach in the Red-Light districts

Letters from the Field

accommodations for our team at a local

hotel. The village ministry will include

local evangelism in the mornings at

schools, hospitals and the marketplace,

and crusades at night at two different

locations of the village. The team is

very excited to be immersed in the

African culture, with the exception of

the heat. Thank you, Tammy & Bobby

for your continued support, intentional

prayers and spiritual encouragement.

We are truly blessed by you and your


Love, Team Germany

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“Going to the red-light district was astounding and

heart-breaking. But I was able to pray with drunks

and prostitutes. The Lord showed me that’s what

we should always be doing, serving the least of


- Aubrey Robinson

“Trip Testimonies



Romania &


Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Karen Apura

Assistant Team Leader Will Retherford

Team Members: William Acker, Justin Allen, Megan

Easton, Jerrica Rodgers, De-charlyn White

The Contacts: Florine and the YYAM base in Romania

and some other great stuff here about the contacts

The Impact

• Practical service: The team spent time helping at the YYAM base by doing

chores, cleaning out their shed, and joining them in their daily work

• Intercession: The team prayed with the base members for the country, the

politics, and the students

• Relationship Building: They acted as big brothers and sisters to the gypsy

children, they connected with the base members and students of the discipleship

training school.

• Encouragement:They shared hope and love with the people there, the church

planters, the teachers of the school, the students and people at the base.

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Hello Tammy, Staff, and parents:

We have been continuing our ministry

here with the YWAM base, and it

has been great and stretching for

sure. The team has been growing

in their walks with God, and in their

knowledge of love for the kingdom.

We all can walk away from this trip

with tangible lessons to apply to

our everyday life in order to live a

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Trip Testimonies“

There were so many people at the base that didn’t know

that God is and was, but’ and God opened an opportunity

to share every night with the base about God’s goodness.

On the last night, a lady came up to me and said, ‘God sent

you to Romania for me. Now I know that God is good! Thank

you, I know that He loves me.

- Jared Burkett

Letters from the Field

balanced life of ministry and love for

people, and that is what it’s about.

We have developed strong

relationships with gypsy children, I

(Will) have made strong relationships

with some of the boys, and have been

able to be a big brother to them, and

while showing them the love of Christ.

This is just a testimony of closeness

and relationships, because that is

what the kingdom of God. To be able

to impact young kids that may alter

the course of their life is a divine


How blessed we are to be able to

contribute to the Kingdom.

We love you all,

Team Romania

Romania & Molvdova




Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Isaiah Rachel

Assistant Team Leader: Rachelle Ferness

Team Members: Garett Pierson, Lori Fielding, Lacy Davis, Natalie Jackson

The Contacts: Pastors Benjamin Kintu, Gerald Kasosi, and Fredrick Tushabe

run Believers School of Ministry in Uganda and each pastor their own church.

The Impact

The team spent time doing hut-to-hut ministry and evangelism where

they helped to lead many people to salvation in Christ.

The team had man opportunities to speak in church and training services.

and they led street crusades to reach the lost.

The team helped to build a church that will also act as a community

center, benefiting the surrounding villages.

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Hey Tammy and Bobby,

This last week we visited another

village. We did some more door to

door evangelism and saw many

people come to the Lord, it’s been


We got to visit a Ugandan funeralfor

one of the boys from a church we

visited. Which was interesting. The

whole village went to the funeral and

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learned how much God loves every single person;

even the witch doctors of Uganda. God became

more of a reality in my life on this trip and I feel like

I got to see a glimpse of His heart for Africa

- Natalie Jackson

Letters from the Field

we got to preach the gospel to all of

people so that was a blessing. Just

praise God for all the people that have

been coming to know him. We also

had our first crusade and had people

give their lives to God.

The past few days we started our

construction project of building a

church. It’s tiring and a learning

experience, but it’s awesome knowing

that we are building a place where

worship will happen in the future!

Pray that the Lord would give us

strength through the building project.

That we would stay humble and

continue to be used by God. Also

that we would rely on God for our

strength, faith and hope and not rely

on ourselves.

Team Uganda, Isaiah


Untold- Uganda

The Girl Named:

Fortuma by Garret Pierson

My name is Garett Pierson, a Junior

and RA of Kingsmen, majoring in

Youth Ministry with a minor in General

Business. The mission trip I took this

summer (2011) to Uganda was my first

with ORU, my second overall.

About two weeks into the trip, my team

and I were driving down the streets

of the capital city Kampala, seeking

out a place to eat. We were promised

American food; as such we sat in eager

expectation. Our eyes were constantly

swirling, searching for anything worthy of

attention. My eyes found something, or

someone rather, that was most worthy.

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted

a young girl begging on the sidewalk.

At first glance I thought she was just

a toddler, but upon further analysis, I

realized with horror that the person I

beheld was a girl, appearing small only

due to her lack of arms and legs. My

heart broke faster than my eyes could

blink in disbelief.

We continued driving and I sat in

silence, literally asking God how that

can happen to His children. We arrived

at the restaurant and I promptly ordered,

sat down, and continued looking and

feeling miserable. My team quickly

noticed, indicated by their concerned

glances and the occasional,

“Are you ok?”

Finally, after about fifteen minutes of

processing, I was ready to share, and

did so with a slow and cracking voice.

Five minutes later I was on the streets

with our head contact, Pastor Benjamin

Kintu, and a fellow Ugandan brother in

Christ, Alex. The three of us spotted her

in just under a minute, and made our

way to her in just over.

Once there I stared, even though I

told myself I wouldn’t. But how could I

not? There sat an 11-year old girl, with

so much life to live, unable to walk or

perform basic functions that someone

like me is capable of doing daily. Yet

she sat there with strength, not pity.

Admiration flooded my heart. By looking

at her, I knew she grabbed life and took

it for all it had.

Slowly and awkwardly, I deposited some

money beside her, and asked if I could

pray for her. After a quick translation,

I laid hands on the girl, whose name I

later learned was Fortuma, and began

to pray. Words did not come easy. “What

do I say to this situation,” I asked myself.

At that point I noticed a belt vendor

on her left and a watch vendor on her

right. I couldn’t make that up if I tried.

Fury engulfed me. I wanted to go yell at

each man there, aware that I would be

seen as a babbling foreign moron, but I

didn’t care. I realize now that there is so

much to learn from that very scenario,

But how could I not? There sat an 11-year old

girl, with so much life to live, unable to walk or

perform basic functions that someone like me

is capable of doing daily. Yet she sat there with

strength, not pity. Admiration flooded my heart.

but this is not the time to indulge in

such revelations. Upon finishing with

Fortuma and calming my temper, Pastor

Benjamin spoke some words with

Fortuma, received a contact number,

and ushered our small group on, back

to the luxurious restaurant; across the

street, A few days passed by as we

traveled to Masaka, thoughts of the girl

passing with them, keeping up along the

winding roads.

Finally, Pastor Benjamin approached

me and said, “Baby Peter (My quickly

acquired nickname), Fortuma is going to

come and live at my school. We can go

get her.”

Fortuma was two hours away and would

require all day to attend to. I discussed

the situation with my team, and

thanks to their generous approval, my

teammate Natalie and I, were able to go

back to Kampala and pick up Fortuma.

After each team member graciously

donated money from their own dwindling

supply, we boarded the van and began

our journey back to the girl who stole my

heart, something I have yet to get back.

Upon reaching her, we went inside her

house, a room the size of most closets,

and met her brother and sister, the lone


With the sister’s farewell, Fortuma and her brother loaded into

the van and we again departed for Masaka, the location of

Fortuma’s new home. Upon arrival, we bought school supplies

with the pooled money after first exchanging currencies. We

were going to be short 60,000 shillings.

We prayed that God would make a way, and upon counting

the money, 40,000 shillings were mysteriously added to our

total. Only 20,000 more to go, a number we quickly gathered

from donations. Fortuma now had all the supplies she needed,

and so at that we set of for the school.

The school was home to mainly orphans, placed in group

houses called families. Each family had a “mom” and a “dad”,

adults charged with the well-being of the children. Thus,

parent-child relationships were instantly formed. With smiles

and waves, Natalie and I left Fortuma in the care of a loving

school and reunited with our team. Two weeks later we were

able to visit her again in her new home. Pastor Benjamin

joyously relayed to me the news Fortuma had just given him,

“I’m so happy here. I’ve already made so many friends.

Everyone is eager to help.”

My heart smiled with joy and my mouth followed suit. Helping

Fortuma was so important to Natalie and I because, as we

discussedon the journey to her, we were quickly growing tired

of sharing Jesus with people who had nothing, unable to offer

them food, water or anything else to help them survive. We

wanted to do something that impacted lives physically.

As Christians, we are called to meet not just the spiritual

needs of others, but the physical as well, something we had

done little of. Fortuma revived our hearts and reignited our

passions to be in Uganda. Fortuma, surrounded by men

vending items she could not use, taught me that the world

is blind to the pain of its children. We have become, in one

way or another, accustomed to suffering. We have written

Uganda Contd.

it off as normal. Yet the following week I encouraged the

people of Uganda not to lose heart, saying that the suffering

of someone should always impact our hearts. “Do not allow

yourself to become accustomed to that which is of this world.”

The vending men also taught me that Satan is intent on

discouraging us.

He will place people in our lives to bring us down, show us

things that will fill us with despair, but what we do when these

people find us and these images assail us, depends upon our

own foundations in Christ. We must remember, we have the

power to resist and the strength to fight for those who do not.

We must stand in the hopeful promise of Christ.

Through Fortuma, I’ve learned that God can take what little

we have to offer and turn it into something grand. I had a few

dollars and a word of prayer, but God took them and gave a

little girl a new life, a life worth living.

Without the help of other Christians, she wouldn’t be where

she is today. Getting Fortuma to that school involved the

collaboration of many, all people who, without, nothing would

have happened. Fortuma provides a testimony to the power

of a unified Body of Christ. Together, we can accomplish all

things for the glory of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Not last and certainly not least, if we desire to change lives,

Fortuma has taught me that we must pick up the cross of

Christ and live the life we’re called to live, and in the end, what

truly prevails is not some complex theological doctrine, some

fancy church cathedral or some charismatic wealthy speaker,

but simple, unadulterated, love. It is my prayer that she goes

on to live a long and healthy life, full of abundant joy, glorifying

God daily for the blessings made hers, and never once seeing

herself as anything less than a glorious princess of the King.




Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Jentre Olsen

Assistant Team Leader: Rebecka Johansson

Team Members: Kaitlyn Dacosta, Chelsea Dillon, Joshua

Gammill, Lindsay Kent, Rachel Whitlock, Kara Woodward

The Contacts: Church of God in Kerala, India. Pastor G.

Alex has been in ministry for 34 years and is the District

Overseer for Church of God in India.

The Impact

• Children’s ministry: the team taught children with Bible stories, crafts,

songs and dramas.

• Hut-to hut ministry: the team prayed for people for healing and


• Teaching ministry: the team took part in a healing conference called ‘The

Elijah Challenge. Local church development preaching on Sundays in villages.

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Hello Tammy and Team Tulsa!

Today we went to church, where

God ministered in more healing!

We saw a man come to church

with a walker, and leave on his

own accord.

Michael and I had the privilege of

praying with him and the testimony

of his healing was very powerful,

especially for me. As we have

been moving in greater authority

this week, I have been asking God



I learned how much God loves every single person;

even the witch doctors of Uganda. God became

more of a reality in my life on this trip and I feel like

I got to see a glimpse of His heart for Africa

- Natalie Jackson

Letters from the Field

to increase my faith and remove

my doubt.After we had prayed for

this man (his name was Peter) he

came up and testified in front of the

church that as I laid hands on his

legs, he felt intense heat and it was

then that the pain left.

I had no clue and was taken by

surprise when he shared, but I

know it was God’s way of helping

me to understand and receive

confirmation of His power.

He really has used all of us this


week in healing, and we are

excited to share our testimonies

with you. There is so much to

share, but it is now time to sleep.

Continue to keep us in your

prayers,and believe it is it

important! We love you all and

can’t wait to share more of what

God is doing all in Zambia/

Zimbabwe! Good night!

Jentre & Team Zambia


Hello ORU base!


Length: 2 weeks

Team Leader: Salome Pinto

Assistant Team Leader: Robert Redman

Team Members: Amber Barron, Jonathan Grogan, Rebecca

Lamb, Leyanis Mejia, michelle Mondragon, Sarah Sapp,

Brooke Sparks, Seth Whitaker

The Contacts: Pastor Harry Insaidoo and Pastor Tony Doeh

who pastor an Assemblies of God church, does evangelistic

ministry and has been receiving ORU teams for 15 years.

The Impact

• Door to door evangelismin rural villages and subsequent crusades.

• Encouraged the local church by supporting the contacts.

• Visiting local Christian schools and prayed for the sick in hospitals/


Letters from the Field

We will be ministering in the rural village of Asamankese from Monday through Friday afternoon. We

will depart to the village (which is approx. 35 miles away) Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm.The church

has booked accommodations for our team at a local hotel.

The village ministry will include local evangelism in the mornings at schools, hospitals and the

marketplace, and crusades at night at two different locations of the village. The team is very excited

to be immersed in the African culture, with the exception of the heat. Thank you, Tammy & Bobby for

your continued support, intentional prayers and spiritual encouragement. We are truly blessed by you

and your leadership.

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I learned more from the entire mission trip experience

than I ever thought possible! I was pushed to my limits,

but I realized that once you give yourself up to God and

let him take control then nothing seems impossible.

- Michelle Mondragon

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Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Michael Boggs

Assistant Team Leader: Katharine Czinke

Team Members: Paulo Chikoti-Bandua Marilyn Chau,

Debra Nicklas, Jennifer Bistline, Casey Wion

The Contacts: Pastor Johnson Asare is the Ghana

National Partner for Change a Life Foundation and heads

up a variety of ministries in the Tamale area.

The Impact

The team, evangelized the city of Tamale and the surrounding villages.

The majority of the population was Muslim; The types of evangelism

included: The Jesus film, door-to door, radio, and hospital ministry.

• Worked on development projects through microenterprise.

• Served the contacts any way they could.

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Hello ORU base!

We have had an awesome week of

ministry and development here in

Tamale. Monday through Thursday

we worked on two micro-enterprise


We were able to supply two

families with everything they need

to start a business using chickens.

The first family was a widow and

her children. They already had a



God works in the small just as much as He does in the big.

He is looking simply for vessels who are obedient to His

voice and are willing to be used. God’s ability to work and

operate is greater than my ability to fail. He is able to glorify

himself even through my mistakes. It is God who ultimately

works on the hearts of men, and not me.

- Paulo Chikoti- Bandua

Letters from the Field

chicken pen, but they didn’t have

chickens or feed. We were able to

help her buy one day old chicks

and feed to start her business

selling broiler chickens (chickens

you eat!)

The Muslim community here is so

open to hear about the gospel.

During the weekend while the

RC’s were here, Sam had the

opportunity to preach to a room of

Muslim women in a local village.


The whole room received Christ at

the end of his message!

Pray that the people we minister to

would receive the Word with open

hearts and minds and that each

testimony would ignite questions to

lead people closer to Christ.


Team Ghana Dev.


Dear Dr. Orock,



Length: 2 Weeks

Team Leader: John Pagetilan

Assitant Team Leader: Sarah Cano

Team Members: Rachel Romack, Deidra Havener, Zach

Wells, Christabel Jaiyeola, Kalee Kunkel, Cory Morgan, Raquel

Cardenas, Michael Bellew, Jessica Jordan, Christine Bogdanoff,

Ashley Sweeney, Bekah Dunbar

The Contacts: Pastor Harry Insaidoo and Pastor Tony Doeh

who pastor an Assemblies of God church, does evangelistic

Trip Testimony

The trip not only provided me with the experience of a lifetime, but God

moved in numerous ways to grow me, stretch me, and make me more like

Him. The entire trip was a learning process; We learned to serve, we learned

to become humble, we learned to be patient people, but most of all, we

learned to love without limitations.

- Sara Cano

Letters from the Field

It is with great honor and thoughtfulness that I hereby present to you the report of the medical

outreach we conducted on the 12th and 13th of May, 2011 in Mambanda within your Health District.

250 patients received free medical consultations and medicines and 70 patients received free

optical consultations and reading eye glasses for a total of 320 people served

This is the second time our humanitarian endeavor has come to the Kumba Health district

to bless the people with FREE medical and optical consultations, treatments, medicines,

and reading eye glasses. This outreach was carried out by Medical Technicians from Oral Roberts

University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, in collaboration with clinical and supervisory personnel from

your Health Services and private Health Practitioners. This medical outreach contributed to the

alleviation of poverty and suffering to the people during the two days of consultation activities.

In light of the current cholera health challenge and other infectious diseases that threaten lives, we are

confident this action helped many people.

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Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Jordan Carter

Assitant Team Leader Aaron Quinn

Team Members: William Acker, Justin Allen, Megan

Easton, Jerrica Rodgers, De-charlyn White

The Contacts: Church of God in Kerala, India. Pastor G.

Alex has been in ministry for 34 years and is the District

Overseer for Church of God in India

The Impact

The team of all men went to the remote Rukwa Valley region to build a birthing

clinic amongst the Wasukuma people.

The team spent time between working construction, building a mile-long trench,

relocating rocks and bricks, and ministering in the village of the native people.

The Team went door-to door and spoke to the native people, and shared the love

of Christ with the people around.

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Greetings from the ever-changing

land of Tanzania! So now the new

project we will be doing...drum roll

please... a birthing clinic south of

Katavi National Park!

This will greatly improve the

maternal health in the area and

promote the Gospel in a whole new

way. The name of the tribes we are

going to reach are the Pimbwe,

Rungwa, and the Sukuma. All of



My most memorable ministry experience was sharing

the gospel with a man who had never heard it before.

After sharing the gospel I asked him what his thoughts

were and as asked me, “What is the cost to join your

team?” We then explained that there was no cost,

because Jesus had already paid it.

- Jordan Lewis

Letters from the Field

these tribes are unreached and

one of them still dresses in their

traditional garb!

The foundation is already set and

we will be able to actually finish

this project. We will also have

more of a opportunity to preach the

Gospel in this area as well.

The team and I are excited and

ready to take on the new project


and people groups ahead with God

in our hearts and wisdom in our


With sincerity and a TIA (this is

Africa) spirit,

Jordan Carter

(the man team)



Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Timothy Miller

Assistant Team Leader: Elosia Vides

Team Members: Rufus Dewanou, Joe Edens, Alexandria

Elliot, Elizabeth Redemann, Rosalyn Simon, Abigail Woodhead

The Contacts: Pastor Nadjombe has planted over 300

churches across Togo with Travaillons Mission

The Impact

The team participated in children’s ministry and conducted kids services

They preached in church services and revival services

They conducted Sunday school teacher training seminars

• Evangelized to the unreached villages in Togo

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Hey guys!! Tim and Eloisa here with

an update.

Ministering to the kids was really great

and joyful. They loved us! The team is

coping well together, loving each other

and becoming closer.

We had great prayer time during

our last service Sunday night with a

church. We have done quite a bit in

the last few weeks.

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We traveled to the Bush, to a village called Soto. This village

had never heard of Jesus. When we went there, we had two

crusade services and a total of thirty people accepted Christ!

The Holy Spirit really moved in that village. After the crusades

we split up into groups and went to pray for the new believers in

their huts. It was so powerful! My group prayed for an array of

things, from leprosy to a witch doctor

-Tim Miller.

Letters from the Field

Nadjombe started to feel better, and

that was seriously a miracle: he called

it just that. He started feeling so good

we actually ended up evangelizing a

village in the bush, and there were 44

people at the first Sunday service after

we left!!

We have done 3 Sunday school

teacher training seminars, preached

in a bunch of churches every Sunday,

and we led on several sundays.

Rozy preached at theunreached

village, and God totally moved on

some hearts in a real way.

Teacher seminars have been really

well received, and the team has done

a great job training the teachers!


Team Togo


Untold- Togo

“...I wish I had another year left at school

just so I could go around and convince

people to sign up for ORU Missions.

We went to Serve

but We were Served by Tim Miller

My name is Tim Miller and am a

recent graduate of ORU.

It’s always been hard to put a whole

month into words, but I’ll try.

We arrived on a Thursday¬ and

found out immediately that our trip

had changed. The trip was originally

centered on two church plants in rural

villages, but because our contact,

Nadjombe, was still in recovery from a

serious surgery it was a no go.

The first Sunday there our team got to

preach in 4 different services. Our first

week in Togo was…slow. Really

slow. We couldn’t even walk outside of

the housebecause the streets weren’t


Think: 8 months of preparation,

thousands of dollars raised for the

team, and we were forced to stay in

a house. This was definitely the low

point of the trip for me. But the Lord

used that down time to change me

in a unique way, and if I could rewrite

anything about that first week, I

wouldn’t. I was humbled.

The whole time I couldn’t make

anything happen, and it had a way of

breaking me down. I had begun to feel

small in my own eyes in the best way.

The next Thursday we left for a town

named Atakpame, in the mountains

north of Lome. We had no idea where

weweregoing, so when we started to

drive past some lush jungle mountain

sides there was a lot of excitement.

The trip started to feel as I imagined it

would. Atakpame was full of roadside

markets with fruit, bread, and more

fruit. Street after street, it seemed as

if the everyone sold the same thing.

In Atakpame we did a Sunday school

teacher conference where we trained

teachers from different churches.

The Togolese in the north had not

seen many caucasins before, the

village was filled with excitement.

Right before we left Atakpame for

home, our contact announced that we

would go to a rural village.

He had been praying the night before

and just felt like we were supposed

to go. When we first got to Togo,

Nadjombe was only eating about a

forkful of food per day, and by this

time he was eating 3 full meals a day

with the team. This was what he called

a ‘miracle’, and I believe him. So we

packed up the van and took off.

While we were out there I preached at

a small church in the village. Before

our feet hit the red African soil we

were greeted by a children’s choir, and

they threw hand-picked flower petals

at us all the way to our seats. The

people were expectionally friendly,

especially the church folks. We were

honored wherever we went. We went

to serve, but were served.

This trip was the best ending to my

ORU experience I could ask for. Also,

it was a great launching pad into my

next stage of life. I could fill pages and

pages with stories and different things

that happened, This by no means is all

that happened, and doesn’t account

for even ½ the tangible ministry we


There is a lot I didn’t talk about, but

I hope this gives you some insight

into what we spent our time doing. It

was absolutely worth it. I wish I had

another year left at school just so I

could go around and convince people

to sign up for ORU Missions.

UnTold- Site Visits

Coming Home by Lacey Davis

My name is Lacy Davis and I am going into my

junior year as a “Ministry and Leadership” major,

and I was excited, and honestly a little scared, to

go on my first mission trip with ORU. I have been

on a few trips with Victory, but had no idea of what

to expect with a new organization. The time there,

though, turned out to be highly rewarding. My

team and I spent one month in Uganda travelling

to different cities and villages, preaching and

ministering, and building a church.

Perhaps one of the most eye-opening experiences

for me turned out to be on the plane ride home.

Back in the United States, I ended up sitting

next to a woman who was travelling to Tulsa for

business. On plane rides, I generally try to use the

opportunity to subtly bring up the topic of God, but

this time I felt God just tell me that it would work

itself out.

Then she ended up asking me about God! She

was a “healer” in a Native American religion that

has been in existence for hundreds of years

and I soon found she knew close to nothing

about Christianity, even as an American. I was


“I had the privilege of seeing several teams in country

this year, and the Lord used them to show me the fruit

that every small investment in a student can bring.

Through visiting, I learned that no encouragement

is unimportant, no investment too small to be

meaningful in the Kingdom.

I had just spent a month in Africa, going through

the story of us and God and salvation for many

people… and here was an American who did

not know. She had never even heard of Adam

and Eve. God truly opened up this door for me. I

was able to share the differences and similarities

between her religion and my relationship, go

through the Gospel, and even play an IHOP

worship song for her.

Often times, we either want to attack somebody

with the Gospel, or not say anything at all. When

we listen to the voice of God, though, sometimes

we say exactly as much as we need to. I was not

led to ask her to accept Christ, for she was just

now being exposed to the true Gospel. I did invite

her to church though, and she had what I pray

was a positive experience with Christianity that will

someday lead to more. A seed was planted.

I still pray for this woman. I pray that God reveals

Himself to her and that He draws her to Himself. I

pray that God brings more people to plant seeds,

and to harvest those seeds.




Length: 2 Weeks

Team Leader: Jon Moser

Assistant Team Leader Genae Smith

Team Members: Katherine Carabajal, Michelle Dibden,

Sarah Dinwiddie, Autumn Harper, Alec Hill, Ryan Meyer,

Lauren Percival, Clayton Stockdall, Joshua Turvey

The Contacts: Ron and Linda Braaten are missionaries

to Belize and lead Oasis Ministries, which consists of a

school and a construction ministry.

The Impact

The team built a house from the ground up for a Belizean family of five

Children’s ministry, teaching kids at VBS and special events, as well as

They traveled to a village to be the first team to help with a girls home.

They led worship and shared testimonies.

They helped around the base with various work projects.

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Hello Tammy and Bobby!

Some highlight testimonies:

There have been several team

members that have opened

up during our debriefing time,

and we’ve had opportunities to

minister to them, pray for them,

and bring healing to them.

The Friday service for the kids

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Getting to know the family as we built their home

and experienced the impact of that completed work

was extremely powerful. All the sweat, blood, and

tears poured into the project along with the time

invested in the relationship with the family made it

feel like we were serving close friends instead of

complete strangers. Everyone gave their all and

pushed themselves to finish the task, and it showed

our willingness and God’s strength.

- Joshua Turvey

Letters from the Field

called “Salt and Light” went

extremely well, the children

enjoyed the skit, and memory

verse, and were receptive to the


Our contact was there and

asked us to do it at a Spanish

Service this coming week.

Zambia Belize


We are getting to know

Eduardo’s family (the family we

built the house for) really well.

It has been such a blessing to

see him around town; he is truly

an example to us of a humble

man of God.


Team Belize



Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Shiraya Martin

Assitant Team Leader Andrew Stodden

Team Members: Caitlin Blose, Andrew Byrd, Ariel Flores,

Jordan Perkins, Deanna Smeragliuolo, Aaron Whitehurst

The Contacts: Jeff and Fritha Turner are missionaries with

PAZ (project Amazon) a ministry that helps with church

development and construction

The Impact

The team came alongside PAZ by helping with their construction

projects in Amazon River villages.

They built relationships and were an encouragement to the pastors, and

contacts and believers in Brazil.

They visited homes of the local people in their homes, where they

ministered, evangelized, and prayed for their needs.

They took part in church services and cell groups, by preaching, sharing

testimonies, performing dramas and praying for the people.

They preformed in public schools and held assemblies to share the love of

Christ with the students.

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Hello everyone!

This week we’ve had a lot of time to

get well-acquainted with PAZ and the

vision of their ministry.

We’ve spent time meeting and talking

to a lot of their full-time missionaries

and have been able to bond really

well with our contacts, Jeff and Fritha

Turner-who are awesome!

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Missions will always be a constant reminder

of how God is a worldwide God. The slogan,

“Live the story,” will always stick with me. The

prayer that my team prayed over my life and

walk with Christ will also manifest and play out

in my journey with God. Also, God have me a

specific mandate for me and my life through this

mission’s experience.

Letters from the Field

Some highlight testimonies: we were

able to attend Cell Groups which

are like small bible study groups, on

Wednesday night and get to know

some of the kids in the adolescent and

young adult groups.

The other guys on the team went

downtown to play basketball with

some Brazilians and a few of the

missionaries. We went to a few

services during the week where

we performed a drama and shared

testimonies. God was with us and

anointed our service to encourage the


The people were so open to us and

open to learning and there was a

mutual spirit of unity throughout our

team and the entire village this past


Team Brazil




Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Kudzai Shereni

Assistant Team Leader Melissa Slinkard

Team Members: Gabriel Anderson, Andrew Fagin,

Jeremiah Herbert, Tammie King

The Contacts: Gerber and Margarito who work with

Mission Impact and partnered with the ministry Loving

Arms to install water filters.

The Impact

The Majority of the ministry was done through the practical work of

building 27 water filters and a cistern.

• Many relationships were built by working side by side with the people.

They Installed the filters in the homes of people, which allowed for the team to

learn about their lives and pray with them.

They encouraged the contacts with their presence and prayer.

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Today we had lunch at the church that

we’re building the cistern for. It was a

great time of fellowship. They said how

our being there was encouraging for

them and we were able to share how

they encourage us.

We have worked on 24 filters, and we

were able to go out and help install

12 in the homes of people in the

community. We’ve continued building

strong relationships with our contacts

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I have learned that God is faithful, and regardless

of the situation or circumstance, you can never

stop trusting God. I have learned to trust God in

a way that I haven’t before.

- Kudzai Shereni

Letters from the Field

and with Zach, an American who is

learning about the filters from Gerber

and who works with us every day.

We were able to see and meet Patti, a

Guatemalan woman whose husband

died 5 years ago and who is running

her home all by herself. It was an

awesome time of her sharing her life

with us and showing us all around.

We were really able to bond with

Ramon and Samuel, 2 guys helping

us with the filters from the Ixcan, and

before they left on Friday, we were

able to send them off by encouraging

them and by of doing our own little

commissioning service.

Peace out,

Kudzai and Melissa


Untold- Guatemala

My name is Melissa Slinkard and I just

graduated from ORU with a degree in

engineering physics. This was my second

mission trip with ORU Missions, and my

first trip as a leader. Last summer I went to

Brazil for a month.

For first week, we made filters with the

excitement that they were for people in the

community who didn’t have clean drinking

water. At the beginning of the next week,

we had seminars for the women of the

families receiving the filters to teach them

the benefits of them, and how to take care

and use them. One meeting was at a

woman’s home, named Patti.

For this meeting, there were a dozen of

us in this little dark room, lit only by the

sunlight through the doorway. As I looked

around the room, I was overwhelmed with

love and compassion for these women.

They were so beautiful and full of life.

It was hard not to smile as I sat and

observed them learn and ask questions

about the filters. There was one woman in

particular that really stuck out to me, Patti,

the owner of the home. She was a young

smaller lady, with a little girl always on her

hip. It wasn’t until later that week that I

would get to hear her story and come to

know her better. We returned the next day

to her house to help install a filter. While

the technicians began the installation

“...Patti showed me that just because we

face hardships, that doesn’t mean we

need to give up. We need to keep pushing

forward, and to put our trust in the Lord

because He is the author and perfecter of

our faith.

Hardship does

not mean Quit by Melissa Slinkard

process, Patti took us, along with our

translator, and showed us around her

home. She showed us the buildings they

slept in and just went to relax.

She shared with us how her husband had

died five years, leaving her with their three

young children to provide for alone. She

went on to explain how she makes clothes

and clothing with her loom to sell in the

market. She was so proud of the work she

had done and how far she had come since

learning just a few months back.

After her husband died, she had thought

and worried about her children and the

future so much it began to affect the

vision in her right eye. One of the local

missionaries had noticed and gave

her medicine for it and her vision was

beginning to improve. Since Patti was a

Christian woman, we were able to pray with

her for healing of her eye and for the future

of her family.

We prayed that she would have an

abundance of crops and income, and that

she would have a peace of mind and no

longer worry. We left Patti’s house that day

with a handful of radishes and an inspiring

new outlook on life.

The time we had with Patti was

monumental to my trip and the heart I

now have for Guatemalans. She was

an amazing woman with an incredible

testimony. It would have been so easy for

her to have given up or to just try to keep

everything the same, but she chose not to.

She decided to keep going, and not only

that, but to try to make things better.

I think the most memorable thing about

her was her joy. She was so full of joy

all the time, and she had this laugh that

could make anyone smile! Patti showed

me that just because we face hardships,

that doesn’t mean we need to give up. We

need to keep pushing forward, and to put

our trust in the Lord because He is the

author and perfecter of our faith.

I really hope that we were able impact

Patti, even a small proportion of how

she impacted us. I pray that her health

is continuing to improve and that the

water filter we made her is helping in that


I pray for her children and that as they

grow up without a father they find love and

comfort in their Heavenly Father. Another

prayer of mine is that she will continue to

bless others in her community with her

testimony and be a witness for Christ and

his mercies that are new every morning. It

is my dream to one day go back and be in

a Bible Study with this woman.


Brazil Basketball

Length: 2 Weeks

Team Leader: Michael Fletcher

Assitant Team Leader Katlynd Spangler

Team Members: Tad Altekruse, Robert Baehr, Aaron

Bennett, Caleb Edwards Shane Francois, Desiree Frierson,

Rachel Guttman, Bradley Hinton, Michael Manghum,

Tammera Mcclenton, Patrick Reside, Jocelyn Swier

The Contacts: Pastor Junior Reis and his wife Vera, pastor

a church in Brasilia, are involved in the government and

education systems.

The Impact

They used music, basketball, drama, and testimonies to

minister to kids at school assemblies

They encouraged the local church body at services through drama,

testimonies, and worship.

They Built lasting relationships with the people of Brazil

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Hello ORU base!

Everything is going so well. Its’ been

hard realizing that we will have to leave

here. The team is absolutely loving

it here and Jr. and Vera have been

absolutely AMAZING and have poured

SO much into us.

We have been doing school assemblies

and playing basketball with either a

middle school or high school most

night we attended church most nights.

Church is funny because we usually

go there expecting to share a short

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My most memorable ministry experience was

meeting this teenager named Juraus, who

told me that we had made a big impact on

his life and his friends’ lives too. His friends

actually gave their lives to the Lord, and his

parents did too which I praise God for.

Letters from the Field

testimony and usually we end up doing

a few skits, a few songs, and sharing a

full message.

The team is has completely embodied

what unity means in a family and we

have had an absolute blast no matter

what we are doing!

God has given us such a love for the

people here and we are continually

surprised at how much we are stil al

able to communicate even though we

hardly know any Portuguese and they

hardly know English.

Brazil Basketball

We have been able to openly share

the gospel in schools and there is no

question that many lives have been

touched... this includes our own. I

cannot put into words just how faithful

God has been on this trip.

Pray that God would continue to

exceed our expectations... and that

we would have the ability to fly home

because as of right now.... no one

wants to come back to the states!



Length: 1 month

Team Leader: Mike Diatte

Assistant Team Leader: Ashley Nwangwa

Team Members: Roger Chasteen, Ariel Dominguez, Hannah

Dunbar, Savannah Gonzales, Daniel Howell, Casey Jackson,

Stephanie Johnson,Jessica Sherwood

The Contacts: Pastor Rod Baker and victory Christian Centre.

The Impact

The team spent a lot of their time launching kid’s clubs- in schools,

orphanages and villages; they saw countless children accept Christ

as Savior.

They did construction in churches and refugee camps tent cities.

They provided necessities like water, shoes, food, and dental hygiene

to people in need. While serving the contacts around the base.

• Traveled to a remote village in the mountains to minister and

bring clothing and food.

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Dear Missions Department,

All I can say is that I wish you could be

here to experience what we have in just

these first couple of days! Our team spent

the first two days in training this week.

The local churches are launching a huge

kids ministry program, so they trained us

along with many pastors to run the kids

clubs. We have spent two days doing

construction projects.

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A kid named Nadu lived at an orphanage

specifically for kids who had been rescued

from slavery. We went there often during the

trip, and we built a strong relationship. I will

never, ever forget him. The Sunday before

we left, he gave his heart to the Lord.

It was so powerful.

- Daniel Howell

Letters from the Field

These projects have included painting,

concrete work, and planting trees. The

other days involved kids ministry at

several tent cities, orphanages, and

churches. On Sunday, we took a hike up

to a nearby mountain as part of our free


The team has learned this week not

to focus on the poverty. We will let the

darkness and poverty break our hearts,

yet we are choosing to focus on the good

things God is doing. These experiences

have made our team realize yet again that

this trip is something much bigger than

our selves. God wishes to do amazing

works through this team, works that will

bring light to a place of such darkness.

This week, we witnessed two physical

healings after prayer. Thank you for your

prayers and support!

Love, Team Haiti


Untold- Haiti

Healing...Isn’t that

what they need? by Hannah Dunbar

My name is Hannah Dunbar; I graduated

from Oral Roberts Universitywith a

Bachelor of Science degree in Biology

and minor in Biochemistry with a

concentration in pre-medicine. At the

beginning of my senior year at ORU, I

sat in our annual ORU missions’ chapel

with the same desire I had had for the

past three years: to go on missions to a

foreign country.

However, until that chapel I had not felt

in my heart that it was my time to go on

missions. The duties of work, school,

and family matters had always held

me back from applying, but this chapel

was different and I felt God say, “Go!”

So I applied to go on the spring break

medical missions trip to Haiti as my first

choice, Haiti month long as my second

choice, and Fiji as my third choice.

Due to the catastrophe from the

earthquake that had occurred nearly 12

months previous in Haiti, I wanted to go,

but only with the intent of doing medical

missions there. I found out a few weeks

later that I was placed on the month

long missions trip to Haiti and that my

team would be primarily focusing on

the reconstruction of several damaged

churches and orphanages, as well as

ministering to/playing with the children

and orphans of Haiti. Although the goal

of my team sounded humanitarian and

peace loving, I was disappointed. All

I wanted to do was medical missions,

because as I thought to myself, “That’s

what these people really need...”

But God checked my heart, and I felt

him saying, “I want you to put down your

desire to pursue a medical career for

me...” Because God had called me to

be a physician this statement confused

me, but God showed me that my intent

for this trip was wrong. So, being human

and thus an extremist, I did a mental

180; conforming my thoughts to reject

all that was not “spiritual” and cast that

which was “intellectual” to the wind.

As the school year progressed, God not

only revealed to me a great love for my

teammates, Haiti and Himself, but also

for the subject and study of the Biology.

However, I still was not convinced

that I wanted to become a physician. I

sincerely believed it was a waste of my

time, especially because I knew my God

could heal anyone, anywhere, whenever

He wanted to. Seven more years of

intense schooling, “wasting” my life

away behind books did not at all sound


Finally the school year was ended

and my team and I were off to Haiti.

We would reside in the city of Fond

Parisien for 28 days at the Victory

Compassion base, and I was ready for

some hardcore construction work and

kids ministry. Which did in fact come,

however, it came along with the awful

awareness of the Haitian peoples dyer

need for medical attention. One day our

team was loaded up as usual and taken

to a site known as Kendra’s place.

Kendra’s was a temporary housing

community full of wood structures

covered by tarps and sheet-metal

for roofs. We were assigned and

dispersed to our work stations. As I

was painting the outhouses at the back

of this community, I couldn’t help but

feel discouraged, I thought “What can

painting outhouses possibly do for this

community in the long run?” Just then

one of my teammates’ came running

back and asked me if I could come look

at a cut on a little boy’s foot. I didn’t think

anything of it and said “Ok.”

So I dropped my paintbrush and

followed her until we came upon a little

boy of around 12 years old sitting in

a chair with my team leader, regional

director’s and several teammates

around him who looked concerned. As

they made way for me and filled me in

on how they found him, I bent down to

look at his foot.

“... “I want you to put down your desire

to pursue a medical career for me...”

Because God had called me to be a

physician this statement confused me,

but God showed me that my intent for

this trip was wrong.

The cut was not what I had expected. It

was very large and quite gruesome. It

was approximately two inches long and

an inch wide and full of dirt and grime.

The translators explained to me that it

was Haitian tradition for the people to seal

their cuts with whatever they could find,

whether that be dirt, leaves, ashes, or even

cement in some cases. I was shocked.

It is commonly known health etiquette in

America that one should keep cuts cleaned

and bandaged.

“What is your name?” I asked the boy.

“Can you be brave for me?” He told me his

name was Alexander and simply nodded

when I asked him to be brave.

I told him that I was going to have to clean

his cut out and that it would hurt, and that

if it should hurt too much to let me know

and that I would stop. He nodded again so

I proceeded to wash his cut. The cut was

deeper than I had originally thought. As I

carefully pulled small chunks of rubble and

brushed away dirt, i discovered maggots

had begun to make their nest in this boys

flesh. I washed and cleaned carefully for

approximately an hour, working slowly and

gently because of the pain this boy was

feeling, but he was brave.

Though initially Alex was scared and

uncertain of how I would treat him, after

awhile he began to trust me in my care

of him. He even smiled when I smiled

at him, though often these smiles were

interrupted by spasms of pain. Though

I hated to see him in pain, he tolerated

the treatment well. I knew he needed a

miracle or more intense medical attention.

Knowing medical care was not an option at

the moment I prayed silently for a miracle,

then looking up at Alex I asked him, “Can I

pray for you?”

I also asked him if he knew Jesus and

told him that no matter what he’s done

God would always love him and is always

willing to heal his children. He nodded

again in response and I prayed along with

everyone else. With all the honest belief

and faith I felt I had in my heart, I believed

for a miracle! I half expected for this boys

tissues to be reformed in front of me as I

finished my prayer and opened my eyes,

but nothing had happened.

Disappointed but not completely

discouraged, I at least knew that not all

miracles were immediate. I kept believing,

praying and pouring Peroxide in the cut to

cleanse it. I would count down from three

to one before each time I poured in order

to prepare Alex for the pain. Eventually

I could distinguish between tissues and

could see some of the muscles of his foot,

but still no miracle, and I was angry. Why

wasn’t God doing anything?! I had heard

of entire limbs growing back why couldn’t

God just swoop down with all his power

and heal Alex’s cut? Was it something I

was doing wrong?

But then the Holy Spirit checked my heart

and reminded me of Romans 3:3-4 (NIV)

which says, “What if some did not have

faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s

faithfulness? Not at all!” Thus, it was

almost prideful for me to even think that it

was something “I” was doing wrong that

was inhibiting God from working, but this

didn’t stop me from being angry.

Kendra found a doctor who was flying in

from the U.S. later that day and said that

he would drop by Alex’s home to see him.

As I bandaged his foot I thought to myself,

“Well at least it’s clean and now it can heal

on its own.” I instructed both Alex and his

older brother before Kendra took them

home, that he was not to walk on his foot

for several days and that he was to keep it

dry, clean and covered so that it could heal


Haiti Contd.

This incident bothered me and finally later

that night I couldn’t stand it any longer and

cried out to God. I told him I was angry at

him and asked Him, “Why didn’t you heal


And He replied, “I did.”

Indignant I asked, “How?”

I almost felt God smiling as he told me, “I

used you!” It was like being woken up by a

loud noise in the middle of the night afraid

to only discover that it was just your fat cat

simply jumping off the sofa. This seemed

almost a letdown after all the anger and

emotional turmoil of the day, and even

though it made perfect sense, it just didn’t

in a way.

Though God in all his power could heal

whenever and however He desires, He

loves us so much that He uses us even in

our simple, lowly, and oh so human state.

Through this incident I learned more about

God than I believe I would have learned

from a blatant miracle. God healed Alex

through a means not expected by my all

too human-perspective.

Through this circumstance I now know that

God used me, a lowly thing of the world,

to shame the wise. The wise being my

human perspective, I was a girl born and

raised in a charismatic family and church,

who had graduated from a college with an

extensive healing legacy who thought she

knew all there was to know about healing.

But God still used this lowly thing in order

to heal a little boy named Alexander. I hope

and pray that Alexander not only received

a healing physically from God through me,

but in his heart also. I believe Alex now

knows that there are people that care for

him in the world, and that these people

are serving a God who does too. God is


Program Vision

To develop students through practical training, personal growth process,

and tangible experiences to live and bring the Kingdom locally.

Community Outreach

In the fall of 1969, a group of about 100 students began to reach out in

the Tulsa community and find practical ways to share the love of Christ.

They formed street witnessing teams and other outreaches that focused

specifically on children’s ministries, youth centers, nursing homes, and

prisons. Over the years, thousands of students have participated in these

weekly teams and large scale outreach events such as the Fall Outreach

canned food drive. Community Outreach remains focused on offering the

hope of the gospel and practical help to Tulsa residents.

About Tulsa

1 5 in

Nearly one in five

Tulsans, (19.5% of the

reported incomes in

2009) live below the

13.0 % vs 11.3%

The percentage of Oklahoma’s population classified as

food insecure is 13 %, the national average is 11.3%


29.5% of children in

Tulsa live below the

poverty level. One in

every five of Oklahoma’s

children lives in poverty

and is at risk of going to

bed hungry.

8th in the


Oklahoma’s ranks 8th in

the nation in the number of

people per capita who are


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Big Brothers Big Sisters

ORU was able to partner with Big Brothers Big

Sisters, one of the nation’s most respected

mentoring organizations, to offer students the

chance to build a meaningful friendship with a

local child. Volunteers were paired with a local

“little,” who they visited during lunch or recess

at their school once a week.

Leader(s): Liz Boisselle

Boys and Girls Club

Boys and Girls Club is an after school

program, where students are given the

opportunity to work with the kids of West

Tulsa. They got to meet with kids and help

them with anything they needed during that

particular time whether it was homework,

playing sports, or simply playing games and

getting to know them.

Leader(s): Genae Smith, Shayna Smith,

Isaiah Rachel, Mike Fletcher

Hospitality House

Hospitality House offers families of patients

being treated at local hospitals a place to stay.

Students were able to serve there by doing

light housekeeping, working registration, and

other jobs that help keep the House running

smoothly, as well as offering comfort and a

listening ear to the families that stay there.

Leader(s): Austin McCarter

Cypress Springs

One evening a week, students visited the residents at

Cypress Springs, a local Alzheimer’s care facility that

opened in 2009. They played instruments and sang

for the residents, or helped put together a craft project.

By simply listening to the amazing stories these

seniors had to tell, students gave residents a chance

to stir up their memories, and students helped bring

excitement to their week.

Leader(s): Jessica Eggemeyer

Untold- Boys &

Girls Club

Consistant Love by Brooke Sherwood

At the beginning of Fall 2010, Shayna and Genae Smith

signed up to lead ORU Outreach for the Boys and Girls Club

in Northwest Tulsa. The Smith sisters have always been

enthusiastic about getting involved on campus, but many do

not know that once a week they play with kids at an afterschool


In the beginning, Shayna Smith struggled with feeling as

though she hadn’t made a true connection with the children.

The children at Boys and Girls Club all have personal

stories that are unimaginable and even volatile home lives

which cause them to have a tough exterior. Many of them

appeared unapproachable, and for her, it was daunting to

create friendships. One particular girl, Dion, was especially

intimidating to Shayna.

Dion was a little girl with a heavy attitude. Anyone who came

to Boys and Girls Club could spot Dion among the rest of the

children. She stood out with her long hair, tomboy stance, and

a seemingly everlasting grim expression stuck on her beautiful

face. Shayna continued to show love to the kids, and was

consistent in coming each week.

Soon enough, Dion warmed up to Shayna and there was a

trust built be¬cause of her continual arrival. Of course, Dion

continued to be rough around the edges, but on some level

Shayna made an effect, and was able to begin a friendship.

To this day, Shayna and Genae Smith along with the other

regular ORU student volunteers continue to play games with

the kids every Wednesday at 3:30pm. They are always excited

for others to join them.

The vibes they bring are

incredible…you just know when

the ORU people are in here...

The Boys and Girls Club is spotted across America as an

after-school alternative. At each site throughout the country,

they offer mentorship, a place to study, and a place to play.

This particular Boys and Girls Club site is in Northwest Tulsa,

near Euguene Field Elementary. The children demographically

represent an urban culture, and many are from single-parent

homes exposed to un¬stable family situations.

Jabar, the unit coordinator was a graduate of Oral Roberts

University. He was personally af¬fected by the Boys and Girls

Club growing up because he attended every day. It made

absolute sense to be fully dedi¬cated working there after

graduating ORU. He has personally been

blessed by the ORU students consistently who come every

week to play with the kids.

The vibes they bring are incredible…you just know when

ORU people are in here,” he explains.

The ORU students arrive and are immediately welcomed by

hugs, high fives, and “nods” of approval. Regulars such as

Isaiah Rachel, Shayna Smith, Carl Roth, and Genae Smith

have become familiar faces for the children there. Soon after

their arrival, an epic game of dodge ball is announced to


The game is led by the athlet¬ic director, James.

Passionately, balls are thrown and dodged, and the great feats

of victory transpire. Six-year-old Darren, shares, “ORU friends

are fun and make dodge ball (his favorite game) even more


Prayer Opens

The Door to Ministry by Jessica Eggemeyer

My name is Jessica Eggemeyer and I was the leader for the

community outreach to Cypress Springs. Every Wednesday,

a group of ORU students would jump into an ORU van and

travel to Cypress Springs, an Alzheimer’s community home,

to develop relationships with residents who may feel lost or

forgotten. Due to the nature of Alzheimer’s disease, these

residents can experience forms of depression, anxiety or even


Developing friendships with the residents helps to relieve the

tension of these developing traits while bringing a positive

outlook to people in despair. Cypress Springs creates a unique

ministry experience because the residents may not be able

to remember the last conservation you had with them, yet the

relationship between the student and the resident still remains.

To me, this demonstrates the power of love. It is constant,

transcending through even sickness and disease.

One particular time during outreach, a student volunteer

named Jordan was praying for a resident who had recently

had a hip fracture. At the end of the prayer the resident

started crying saying that no one has ever prayed such a

Untold- Cypress


“At the end of the prayer the resident started

crying saying that no one has ever prayed such

a nice prayer for her before. This opened the

door for Jordan to share about Jesus Christ.

nice prayer for her before. This opened the door for Jordan to

share about Jesus Christ. What always strikes me when we’re

leaving Cypress Springs is the residents who grab our hands

and say, ‘You’re coming back soon, right?’ It’s confirming to us

and makes us feel like we’re making a real difference in their


This outreach taught me how to minister to people on a

practical level and helped me learn how to love others

unconditionally, yet it is I who was also loved unconditionally

by the residents. Whether playing the piano, making

jokes, eating dinner or discussing my plans for the future,

the residents provided a continual source of support and

encouragement. When I leave Cypress Springs I know that

I’m leaving some amazing friends as well. I’m graduating

with a major in Biology this year so unfortunately, I will not be

able to continue serving the Cypress Springs community with

my time but I pray that the ORU student body will continue

to share the gospel of Christ with these residents through

demonstrations of love, affection and building relationships.

Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa

Once a month students had the

opportunity to love and build relationships

with children affected by Down syndrome

and their siblings in various age groups.

Students also helped with childcare while

parents attended meetings.

Leader(s): Melissa Slinkard

South Tulsa Community House

South Tulsa Community House (STCH)

offers after-school programs to local

children and adult learning classes only

miles from our school. ORU students were

able to help with tutoring and playing with

the kids.

Leader(s): Kalee Kunkel, Allison Yandell,

Emily Miner

Hope for the Homeless

Students worked with the Salvation Army

Center for Hope in Downtown Tulsa and had

the opportunity to serve meals and minister the

Gospel to some of the homeless in Tulsa. They

also were able to lead worship/church services

and participate in kids ministry.

Leader(s): Layne Penney, Katie Barnett,

Happiness Kisoso

Children’s Medical Center

Three nights a week, students had the

opportunity to visit children undergoing longterm

treatment at the OSU Medical Center.

They played board games, read stories, and

spent time loving children that were staying


Leader(s): Val Ferrer, Halie Williams, Monica

Hosteler, Chad Crowe, Brooke Williams,Dana


Tulsa Dream Center

This outreach gave students the opportunity

to play basketball with the youth at the Dream

Center in North Tulsa. After the games, they

were able to share a short word with the guys.

The focus of this outreach was to have fun

getting to know the guys.

Leader(s): Robert Redmond, Mike Daniels

Tulsa Hope Academy

At Tulsa Hope Academy students had

the opportunity to tutor at-risk high school

students in Math and Reading, act as a

mentor and even aid them in the classroom.

Tulsa Hope was founded to address the

escalating dropout rates in Tulsa, and

through this outreach students were able to

be a part of that mission.

Leader(s): Christina Halsmer, Ellen Stines,

Nick Wagoner

International Connection

International Connection is a great opportunity

to build relationships and tutor students from

abroad. Once a week over lunch, we met with

international students studying English at the

Citiplex’s language school, and extended a

hand of friendship.

Leader(s): Marilyn Chau

Habitat for Humanity

Every Saturday morning, students helped to

build houses for people in need all over the

Tulsa community. This organization builds

houses for low income families and is able

to sell the houses at cost because they are

completely constructed by volunteers, often

including the future homeowners.

Leader(s): Yelisey Kuts, Sarah Cano, Josiah


Fall Outreach


On October 31st, the student body participated in

an outreach to help with hunger in Tulsa. Over 750

ORU students spread out to neighborhoods across

Tulsa, offering to pray for people and collecting

canned goods or donations that were given to John

3:16, Salvation Army, and South Tulsa Community

House. Some of the results included:

Approximate Number of Houses visited 2,500

Total Number of Cans Collected 10,300

ORU donated 13% of the 5,500

Thanksgiving meals given from John 3:16.

John 3:16 gives each family a

14 lb bag and 1 turkey in their

Thanksgiving meal.

In total Fall Outreach fed approximately

735 families or a conservative estimate of

2,133 individuals.

40% of the cans were donated to John 3:16.

The total number of pounds donated to John 3:16

was 4,780. John 3:16 feeds over 400 people

per month.

40% were donated to Salvation Army.

Salvation Army will be feeding between

1,000 and 2,000 people in the coming

holiday season.

Spring Outreach


On April 8th, the student wide Spring outreach

took place. An estimated total of 300 ORU

student volunteers split off to two project centers,

one in South Tulsa and the other in North Tulsa.

These volunteers included 18 missions teams, 3

professors, representatives from the Chaplain and

APA programs, Nursing students, approximately

20 Community Outreach leaders and several SIFE


At each site food was provided to residents of the

area as well as games and activities for children.

Various workshops and training seminars were

made available to adults, and at each site an

opportunity was given for listeners to receive Christ

as savior. Also, performances were given by Urban

Sent and the Step Team. Some of the highlights for

each location included:

South Tulsa Community House:

165 Lunch tickets collected

53 Families received a food bag

5 Members from the community attended

the SIFE seminars

Tulsa Dream Center:

Approximately 75 hot dogs fed

the 70-100 people who attended from the


12 members from the community attended

the SIFE seminars

Our Staff

The greatest strength of the ORU Missions

and Outreach program is our staff of ORU

students. They are some of the most

passionate and talented group to work with,

who challenge me and others to pursue God’s

heart for people and His call on our lives to

reach them.

Our staff calls themselves a “staff family”

and have been intentional to encourage and

minister to everyone who comes along their

path, including each other.

These students help not only with planning

our events, fund-raisers, finances, document

preparation, marketing and media, trainings,

outreaches, and missions trips; but they are the

ones who lead our teams, serve our contacts

on the field, and see the Lord use them to

reach thousands across the campus of Oral

Roberts University, the Tulsa community, and

nations around the world.

They truly have already changed the world

and will continue to lead others to do the

same long after they leave this university

and program. I am extremely grateful for

their commitment to seeing lives changed,

including theirs and mine.”

– Current Director, Bobby Parks.

International Development


Brazil Amazon

Two main projects occured in Vista Alegre and in Campos De Urucurutuba. In both places the team of 8 worked

on constructing a floor for a church. The floor in Vista Alegre was concrete and would serve a village of 65 took

about 4 days of construction. The floor in Campos De Urucurutuba was wood and there were about 250 people

in the village and 30 or so in the church. The building was also going to be used as a community center also

about 4 days of construction.


In this West African Nation, the team of 14 students was able to service 1158 people through a medical clinic

that provided medicine, consultation, counseling, and reading glasses. 836 people at four different sites

received medical care, and 322 people received reading glasses in an area where poverty causes easily

treated illnesses to become life threatening. Some of these included malaria, fever, stomach disorders, skin

diseases, open sores, and infections. Team Cameroon was able to provide treatment to many who would have

otherwise ignored their symptoms due to lack of finances.


Based in Beijing, China, New Day Creations is an organization committed to improving lives, and has

expanded from a social enterprise into three additional forms of outreach: the New Day Foster Homes, the

New Day Learning Center, and the New Day Volunteer Services.

Team China consisted of eight students purposed to serve the foster home, implementing programs for

child development; tutor college-aged Chinese students in English; and provide market consulting for the

manufacturing company. 30 students were taught English, and three children that the team worked with

significantly progressed developmentally (as measured by New Day nurses and educational staff) into the

90th percentile.

Dominican Republic

In Santo Domingo, during their Spring Break, the team of thirteen students were able to service three medical

clinics and provide medication to treat common ailments and illnesses. The team treated a total of 570 people

during these clinics.

Ghana Development

Based in Tamale, Northern Ghana, the team of seven students helped construct one chicken coop in a village

outside of Tamale from start to finish. This will provide the family with sustainable income.

The team was also able to provide a widow and her family the money they needed to repair their chicken coop

and purchase 300 one-day old chicks. They also micro-financed nine women, providing them with the money

to start or expand their own businesses.


In the heart of the Ixcan jungle, a team of six students worked with the ministry Loving Arms, and were

able to show them how to build and install water filters so they could start a full-time water filter ministry in

their community. In the end, the team was able to help in complete 24 water filters, 12 in-home water filter

installations, one latrine that will be used as a model for the organization and community, one cistern for a

church, and two cistern sealings, all benefitting the people in the local communities.


In a nation where 80% of its people live below the poverty line, a team of ten students helped take part in

constructing a multi-purpose building. The building will be used for church meetings, classrooms for teaching

children, and also as a food and clothing donation center. Approximately 125 families living in the surrounding

area will benefit from this project.


The team of seven was able to dig, weed, and plant about 150 banana roots and 425 banana trees that every

six months will harvest bananas. The profit of these bananas will help 200 single mothers to buy sewing

machines so that they can support themselves without having to leave their own home to work. It is often

unsafe for both parents to leave while their daughters remain at home because trafficking is a major issue. The

team also built a trench in front of the church and the pastor’s home which will prevent severe flooding from the

monsoon season.


This all-male team of nine was able to construct a birthing clinic in the remote village of Kasanga. This birthing

clinic will provide medical help not only for the people of Kasanga, but also many other surrounding villages.

The percentage of women who have access to birthing centers in this area is very limited. About 2,000 people

live in Kasanga and up to 15,000 in the surrounding areas.


The team of six was able to help in a nation where 52% of the people live below the poverty line. They finished

the construction of a building that will act as a church and community center in the village of Kiyumba. The

building was left incomplete after the pastor of the area passed away a few years prior. Now the building is

completed and will benefit not only church members or those in the Kiyumba area, but all of the surrounding

villages as well.

Special Thanks to:

The ORU Outreach and Missions Student Leaders and Team Members who

said “Here am I” to the Lord.

The generous donors who are friends, family, and supporters of our students

who have invested their prayers and money into our teams and all those and

our teams they were able to reach.

• Our “Anonymous” International Development Grant Donor whose impact is


• Our gracious contacts in the Tulsa community that allow us to partner with

their vision to reach a city.

The over 20 missionaries around the globe that are our true heroes.

• Our guest speakers and facilitators who help train our missionaries

throughout the course of the year, especially our Ropes Training Director,

Jayde Duncan.

ORU Board of Trustees Chair, Mart Green whose generosity and humility is

an example to all of us aspiring to be the leader that he is.

ORU President, Dr. Mark Rutland whose consistent leading and teaching

has strengthened ORU and all of its students.

ORU Provost, Dr. Ralph Fagin who “empowers whole persons to go.”

ORU Dean of Spiritual Formation, Dr. Clarence Boyd whose guidance and

support to our office is that of a father.

• Our Former Director, Tammy Schneider, who taught us what it means to pray

for the nations and what a servant leader looks like.

• So many other ORU Staff and Faculty that have served and poured into the

students to prepare them to “leave the harbor.”

• Our Missions and Outreach “Staff Family,” especially Brooke Sherwood and

Addison Spears, for their diligence and talents put in tirelessly compiling

these pictures, graphics, and testimonies, in order to “Tell THE Story.”

• Our late Chancellor, Oral Roberts, who began this vision to “raise up students

to hear God’s voice, To go where His light is seen dim, His voice is heard

small, and His healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of

the earth.”

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the

name of the Lord Jesus....” Colossians 3:17

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