This is the conclusion of the story about the recent trip that the Orange Movement leadership took to Southeast Asia. Read Part 1 of the story about the first half of this trip spent with the rescued girls of Rahab House.

The second half of the Orange Movement’s trip to Southeast Asia brought OKWU’s Marci Piper, Heather Utzman, and alumnus Reneé Terrill to a meet-up with a team from Venture Expedition. Venture is a non-profit organization and Orange Movement (OM) partner “committed to spending [their] greatest energies to help those with the greatest needs”.

In recent years, Venture and OM have worked together in raising funds and awareness through Run Free races and the Hope For Dinner campaign. During Hope for Dinner on the OKWU campus, a huge part of the OKWU community chose to give up their regular meals in the cafeteria for rice and beans, donating the difference in cost to provide thousands of meals to refugees in Southeast Asia ($1.00 provides 10 meals).

The Venture trip provided a hands-on view of the tangible impact of these events as Marci, Heather, Reneé, and the Venture team traveled to refugee camps in Southeast Asia. At the camps, Venture has been providing millions of meals and other supplies, along with the Gospel story to some of the world’s most vulnerable and high-risk for human trafficking.

In the middle of war, danger, and heartache, the people of these refugee camps show that there is always opportunity for hope. Christ and his Church are still able to make a difference in the world and do so in some of the most unexpected ways.

This year’s Hope for Dinner campaign at OKWU will be during Orange Week, the second week of February. OKWU Orange Week honors the birthday of Orange Scott, abolitionist and founding father of the Wesleyan Church.

To join the mission as a financial partner, visit OKWU.edu/give and designate your gift to “Orange Movement”. As always, OM and Venture covet your prayers and support in raising awareness.

Read Part 1

All photography by Heather Utzman
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