On Saturday, September 17, forty-seven School of Ministry students and four faculty members participated in a Service Day at the Bartlesville Salvation Army Post and the Lighthouse Rescue Mission. At the Salvation Army, the students packed lunches for kids, cleaned out six rooms and prepared for a yard sale, washed and sanitized tables and chairs, and transferred items to a nearby storage facility. Volunteer Coordinator, Veronica Gomez, was grateful for the OKWU team, sharing that it would have taken a month for their staff to complete what the students completed in just one day.
At the Lighthouse Rescue Mission, OKWU students—a group Lighthouse Director Errol Hada said was the largest team ever to volunteer—also performed a variety of ministries, from stuffing envelopes, to painting a building, to preparing the noon meal for the residents. A large group also worked outside, preparing the way for the new chapel planned for the Lighthouse. They cut down trees, took out fencing and fence posts, cleared away brush, and moved several cords of wood.
The students worked tirelessly and their response to the day was just to ask: “when can we do this again?” Plans for the next service day are in the works!