ORU Missions and Outreach Department Gears Up for Fall Initiatives
The Oral Roberts University Missions and Outreach Department has been exceedingly busy this fall. They recently launched their 2012 weekly outreach program, which helps ORU students connect with charitable organizations in the Tulsa community. The department is also preparing for fall outreach and recruiting students for the world-wide missions program.
“ORU not only wants to allow students to go into every man’s world, we want to minister to the whole person,” said ORU Missions and Outreach Director Bobby Parks. “That is why we offer such a wide range of volunteer opportunities. They not only appeal to a variety of interests, but they also allow us to minister to the totality of man’s needs spiritually, physically and mentally.”
This year, ORU has partnered with over 20 local organizations that meet a variety of needs within the Tulsa area. From cleaning up impoverished areas surrounding the Tulsa Dream Center with Adopt-A-Block to mentoring children with Big Brothers Big Sisters, building houses with Habitat for Humanity, serving as a medical volunteer at the Good Samaritan Mobile Medical Clinic or serving meals to the homeless with the Salvation Army there are volunteer opportunities for everyone. For a complete list of ORU weekly outreaches, please visit www.oruoutreach.com.
The Missions and Outreach staff is also busy preparing for Fall Outreach. Coordinators are working hard to organize the city into grids for student volunteers to collect canned goods. As in previous years, the outreach will be held on Oct. 31, when instead of “trick or treating” ORU students collect canned goods for the poor and homeless in the Tulsa area. The department has set a lofty goal for 2012, hoping to collect 10,000 cans with 75% benefiting John 3:16 Mission and 25% supporting other local outreaches for the poor and homeless.
The department further reports that they are selecting leaders and recruiting members for ORU mission trips. Over spring break and summer, 35 mission teams will be sent out to 30 countries around the world. These teams are strategically crafted to meet a variety of needs such as medical, educational, construction or even sports, but the overall goal is always to communicate the Gospel. This year, eight new trips have been added to the program including; Malawi, El Salvador, Chile, Bolivia, Ireland, South Africa business, Guatemala and South Dakota.
“Community outreach and missions allows students to step outside of themselves and see someone else’s needs above their own,” said ORU Junior Jessica Sherwood. “Whether serving locally or internationally, ORU students develop important leadership skills and create relationships that they value for the rest of their lives.”