This year the Orange Movement (OM) will continue its vital support of the Rahab House, a rescue home for trafficked girls in S.E. Asia, and also other rescued street children in Myanmar, particularly through establishing scholarship funding for post-secondary training and education. In addition, OM has renewed OKWU’s Campus Chapter of the International Justice Mission (IJM). The Chapter encourages our campus students to get involved this year in fighting modern-day slavery in lots of different ways. Starting in September, OM is taking a group of students ready to serve and lead to IJM’s International gathering in Dallas — (For more information, visit ijm.org/liberate.)

Marci and Heather at another Venture run
Marci and Heather at a previous Venture run

The OM Leadership team, comprised of OKWU’s First Lady, Marci Piper, and University Relations’ Assistant Director, Heather Utzman, have decided to start this academic year leading by example. They are joining with partner organization, Venture, on a running tour to raise awareness and funds for the International Justice Mission. On August 9-13, Marci and Heather, along with 10 other runners, will relay-run their way from New York City to Washington, D.C., ending at the IJM Headquarters.

“I have always been inspired by the way Venture and IJM as organizations seek Biblical justice, striving to impact the kingdom in difficult places around the world,” said Marci, who also volunteers as the Communications Coordinator for IJM Oklahoma. “Venture’s motto of ‘We do tough things for people in tough places’ has always been a challenge to me, and this August, Heather and I are going to face a tough thing. We will be running 15+ miles per day for five days. Yes, that’s going to be really tough – but we will be doing it with these words from Venture in mind….

“So, we do tough things, we sacrifice, we go the extra mile to help – in prayer, giving, serving, running, cycling, or hiking. Through this, we meet dire needs, restore dignity, and provide Christ’s hope.”

“The victims of injustice in our world need more than our spasm of charity: they need our long obedience in the same direction; they need our legs and lungs of endurance.” –Gary Haugen, IJM

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” –Isaiah 58:10

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Cover photo: OM Leaders with OKWU-Sponsored Girls in Southeast Asia

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