ORU Students Treat Homeless Women for Valentine’s Day

By Jessica Sherwood '14

Women's Alive ConferenceOral Roberts University students partnered with the ORU Missions and Outreach Department as well as the Salvation Army to treat homeless women to some pampering during the Valentine’s season. Students hosted the first ever Women’s Arise Conference in downtown Tulsa on Friday, February 15, 2013.

The conference was created to help homeless women, who are often physically, sexually, emotionally and verbally abused, to see their value as children of God. Each woman attending the conference received a free rose, manicure, gift basket as well as dinner.

Attendees heard from Pastor Sharon Daugherty of Victory Christian Center and former ORU student Beatriz Lozano. Musical guests included: Souls A’ Fire and ORU students Olexys Tracy and Libby Whitman.

“It is so important for these women to understand that they are valued by their creator as well as by other people,” said ORU Sophomore and Women's Alive Coordinator Monica Carpenter. “Our goal was to make them feel like queens for a day.”

The ORU Missions and Outreach Department encourages students to reach out to hurting people in the Tulsa area, and to bring them the gospel. Outreaches range from feeding the homeless, to mentoring children, or constructing homes. For more information on ORU outreach programs, please visit www.oruoutreach.com.