The arrival of the holiday season always gives us a moment to reflect on the past semester for the OKWU Community. This year, we’re especially reflecting (and maybe confessing a bit of pride) about the ways OKWU students have given back this year.
Before the semester even began, OKWU Men’s Basketball took off to serve in the Dominican Republic, with more than a dozen athletes and four coaches spending seven days abroad. Through support from generous Eagles fans and by partnering with the organization, Go Ministries, the Eagles spent their week hosting sports camps in three different communities, delivering Bibles and basketballs, and painting houses. And of course, they found a few professional basketball teams to play in their down time.
The Women’s Basketball team began their semester by volunteering in their own backyard, volunteering at Mary Martha Outreach and Spirit Church, and even serving with OKWU’s own Buildings and Grounds team to pull weeds, pick up garbage, and assist with moving new students into their dorms on campus.
OKWU Volleyball started their season with service as well, taking to the community to serve at the Agape Mission. The team and their coaches prepared and served lunch for almost 200 members of the Bartlesville community.
OKWU students have participated in Saturday “Restore” projects – a student-led monthly volunteer project – for years. A highlight of this semester’s Restore projects, says student leader Allyssa Powell, was giving time to Agape Mission behind the scenes through cleaning their new building to prepare it for opening. “It was a very humbling…to help Agape get back up in their feet so that they can get back to feeding people and doing the awesome things that they do,” shared Powell.
Faces with Names
For the second time in 2018, OKWU student leaders partnered with Faces With Names to give local foster parents a night out while students offered free babysitting. Faces With Names, led by OKWU Alumnus Eric Mills, is a non-profit whose mission is “to serve as a catalyst ministry to engage and equip churches to create the culture of orphan care through foster care, adoption, and global orphan care.” We’re not sure who had more fun: the kids or our students!
Your generosity makes what we do possible! To learn more about how you can help, visit www.okwu.edu/give