ORU Summer Missions Sends Students to Five Continents

By Chandler Elmore '14

MissionsThis summer, more than 200 Oral Roberts University students are participating in missions work both in the U.S. and abroad.

The students will be volunteering their time to complete humanitarian work and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Bolivia, Belize, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Chile, China, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malawi, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine and the United States.

The short-term mission teams have been involved in team building and leadership development training since mid-October. This week, they will be completing an intensive team building course at Camp Loughridge. The teams are scheduled to depart May 12-13, 2013.

“This is an important time for each team to train and prepare for their trip,” said Bobby Parks, ORU director of missions and outreach. “Each team member is challenged physically and mentally based on scenarios that could be encountered on the mission field.”

The ORU Mission and Outreach department began allowing students to participate in short-term international missions trips in 1976. Their goal is to provide strategic short term volunteers to non-profit partner organizations.