Bartlesville, OK — “It was a special day,” was the response of Oklahoma Wesleyan Athletic Director and Lady Eagles’ Basketball Head Coach Mark Molder when asked about the university’s attendance of the local “Day of Hope” outreach service.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University was again heavily involved in the community on Saturday after partnering with a host of other volunteers in spreading the love of Christ and Molder was delighted by the turnout.
Several student athletes, students, staff and faculty members of OKWU gathered in downtown Bartlesville at Spirit Church (formerly Bartlesville First Assembly of God) – joining other helpers in offering goods and services to members of the community in need.
“In the past the turnout has been great but our teams really had an amazing turnout for Day of Hope,” Molder said on Saturday. “We had enough OKWU student athletes participate we could run to completely full shifts. It was a special day.”
Among the goods and services provided free of charge were haircuts, medical attentions, shoes, books, clothes, as well as groceries and prayer. Molder said Day of Hope is a huge part of the university, one for which students and student athletes look forward to each year.
“This outreach has become a huge part OKWU Athletics. Our kids look forward to it each year. It’s an amazing time for our students and student athletes to engage and give back to the community. Day of Hope really is servant leadership at its best.”
Meanwhile, Ike Amaro, pastor of outreach and worship at Spirit Church, echoed the same sentiments as Molder.
A delighted Amaro admits that the Oklahoma Wesleyan group brought a different atmosphere to the annual event.
“Due to the OKWU students The Day of Hope was able to serve 1790 people [Saturday],” Amaro said. “From the very moment the Eagles show up the entire event changes. “Seeing the athletes step up and serve others is amazing. The Day Of Hope is what is today because of each student who gives of their time and effort to serve the least the last and the lost. Thanks to the Eagles for all they do.”