ORU Community Gives $127,000 to Missions

At Oral Roberts University, missions giving is a regular part of its biweekly chapel services. During the 2011 to 2012 academic year, the ORU community gave a total of $127,456, with every penny spent to fund 29 missions projects.

Dean of Theology and Ministry Thomson Mathew said the missions offering helps students reach beyond their own community.

“We live in a world with tremendous needs,” said Mathew. “The offering teaches students about the power of giving.”

This past year, Rutland set a goal for the campus to raise $130,000 and said the overwhelming response impressed him.

“I have said it many times, I am constantly amazed at the ORU students and this is a prime example,” said Rutland.

Through the ORU community’s generous contributions, 29 missions projects were completed.

Some of these projects included constructing an attic for a Christian women’s shelter in Romania, donating a small ambulance for critically-ill children with special needs at a home in India, and building a church to hold 200 people in Zimbabwe.

Most of the projects come from ORU alumni to help them in their ministries around the globe. Mathew said that the university desired to continue investing in its students after their graduation.

“We want them to know that we support them and believe in what they are doing,” said Mathew.

Each missions project is prayerfully selected by a committee led by Mathew. They review proposals based on pressing need and short-term financial provision so that students can immediately see the impact their missions giving made.

“The missions offering gives our students an opportunity to feel the needs and pain of the world and to be part of the solution,” said Mathew. “It is a gift to be able to give a gift.”

ORU alumni can submit their project requests for missions committee review to Judy Cope at jcope@oru.edu no later than the end of June 2012. For more information about project guidelines.