OC students serve globally this summer

Group photo of OC students, faculty and staff going on mission campaigns this summer.
Group photo of OC students, faculty and staff going on mission campaigns this summer.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – More than 50 Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students will serve around the world this summer, exemplifying the university’s motto of “OC is Mission.”

In addition to mission trips within the U.S., Oklahoma Christian students will serve in 15 countries in Europe, Africa, South America and Oceania.

“Short-term mission projects change lives – not just the lives of those whom students serve, but the lives of our students as well,” said Ben Langford, director for OC’s Center for Global Missions. “When students go and serve around the world, their faith is both affirmed and challenged in ways that do not happen on campus or at home. When OC students follow Jesus into the world, they are being formed into the image of God.”

OC’s Center for Global Missions helps students consider mission work as a vocation and equips mission teams for service. From Bulgaria to Malawi, OC students will lead Bible studies, make international connections, and work on service projects.

“I’m extremely excited to return to Ireland this summer in a missions capacity,” said Shannon Lee, who will work at a summer camp in Coleraine, Ireland. “I get to combine three of my passions: youth, Europe and peacemaking. I’m looking forward to drawing closer to God as I experience His presence in another culture.”

Oklahoma Christian has a strong relationship with Rwanda and started the Presidential Scholars Program to offer the top students from the Republic of Rwanda a chance to study in the U.S.

Grace Umutesi, an OC student from Rwanda, will lead a team back to her home country, working with Health4Rwanda in Kigali.

“Serving is good. Being the hands and feet of Jesus is even better, but it’s all taken to another level of greatness when you do it for your people,” Umutesi said. “It teaches you to share your blessings and reminds you how much we have to be thankful for.”

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students during the 2013-14 academic year.