More than 150 Oklahoma Christian University students spent their Spring Break serving others.
Ben Langford, director of OC’s Center for Global Missions, said each of the mission opportunities gave students incredible experiences in the mission field and helped deepen their faith.
“These mission projects help form students into the image of God,” Langford said. “Even though students are serving and influencing those they serve for the Kingdom of God, these projects form students’ lives and imaginations into God’s purposes for the world.”
Ten mission trips sponsored by the Center for Global Missions, OC’s Outreach organization and area churches traveled to various places in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Mexico, Honduras and Haiti.
The Center for Global Missions sponsored a mission trip to Honduras, addressing medical needs and several building projects. Langford said this trip has made a significant impact on Honduras and the community over the years, but on OC’s students as well.
He said some students who have been involved in this effort have returned each year and gone on to become permanent missionaries there.
The Center for Global Missions also sponsored a new mission trip to Haiti this year, where they led a Vacation Bible School for area children and conducted several community service projects.
Edmond Church of Christ led its annual trip to Aquiles Serdán, a small municipality in Mexico with more than 100 people participating, many of which were OC students. The groups led a VBS, assisted with building and construction projects, and formed relationships with the people of the village. Mayfair Church of Christ in Oklahoma City also sponsored a mission trip to Mexico, working with an orphanage.
Memorial Road Church of Christ and OC Outreach sponsored mission efforts in San Antonio. Memorial Road’s group worked with Habitat for Humanity and MacArthur Park Church of Christ for the fifth consecutive year, building homes for families in need. Outreach’s group held Bible studies and worked to evangelize to members of the community.
Outreach also sponsored mission efforts in Little Rock and Newport, Ark., working with various homeless ministries through area churches. Outreach also worked with Boles Children’s Home in Quinlan, Texas, and with Capitol Hill Church of Christ in Oklahoma City.