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Shining light on Lawton’s Asian ‘Hidden Harvest’
Apr18

Shining light on Lawton’s Asian ‘Hidden Harvest’

LAWTON—It’s 6:30 a.m., Monday. Chunhai Li is loading up his car with Bibles, Christian literature, song sheets and heading out with a few faithful members of Oklahoma City-area Chinese churches toward Lawton. Chunhai is a worker in Oklahoma’s Chinese Hidden Harvest, one among several of Oklahoma’s under-served, overlooked people groups or population segments. Li is pastor of the Oklahoma City, Northwest Mandarin, but every other week...

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Partnership missions: Hay bale donations bless NW Oklahoma
Mar21

Partnership missions: Hay bale donations bless NW Oklahoma

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief has received an overwhelming amount of hay bale donations to help those affected by the outbreak of wildfires in Northwestern Oklahoma. Sam Porter, state director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) said, “We put our need for hay on social media and within just a few days, thousands of hay bales had been donated. We’ve had over 6,000 bales offered to us, but it is overwhelming since we don’t have...

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DR TEaM Center dream becoming reality
Mar13

DR TEaM Center dream becoming reality

Almost 44 years after the birth of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) disaster relief (DR) ministry in 1973, DR Director Sam Porter’s dream of an all-encompassing training, equipping and mobilization (TEaM) center is nearing reality on a windy hill about eight miles southeast of Okarche. Porter, who became the BGCO’s DR director in 1998, expects the TEaM Center to be functional soon, thanks to a successful fund...

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Partnership missions: The Hidden Harvest: Guymon, international mission field in the Oklahoma Panhandle
Mar06

Partnership missions: The Hidden Harvest: Guymon, international mission field in the Oklahoma Panhandle

“Right now we are working directly with people from 29 countries who speak 37 distinct languages.” It’s a comment you might expect to hear in a planning meeting at the International Mission Board. But this is a sentence that can be commonly heard spoken by educators, business owners and ministry leaders around café tables in Guymon, Okla. Many may think of Guymon as the uttermost part of the state—go northwest on Highway 3 to Slapout...

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Drug abuse & addiction: How the church can respond to Oklahoma’s growing problem
Mar02

Drug abuse & addiction: How the church can respond to Oklahoma’s growing problem

Oklahoma tops the nation’s list of states for prescription opioid drug abuse. A higher percentage (five percent of the population) of Oklahomans, age 12 and older, abuse prescription painkillers more than in any other state. “Addiction remains a priority public health concern in Oklahoma,” states Carrie Slatton-Hodges from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “While the state has made efforts to...

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Rose-colored masses: Pro-Life faithful flock to 2017 Rose Day
Feb09

Rose-colored masses: Pro-Life faithful flock to 2017 Rose Day

Just days before millions of Americans send or receive bouquets of roses for Valentine’s Day, Oklahoma lawmakers received an abundant amount of long-stem red roses. These roses came courtesy of the pro-life faithful who flocked to the Oklahoma State Capitol for the annual Rose Day Rally. More than 1,000 Oklahomans took part in the 26th annual Rose Day event on Feb. 8 and focused on protecting unborn life. Beginning in the morning,...

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