SHAWNEE—In the aftermath of the April 19 tornadoes that did widespread damage to Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), a previously scheduled Missions Forum event on May 4 has been moved to a new meeting spot on campus.

Nik and Ruth Ripken

The OBU and Tom Elliff Center Missions Forum event is set for Thursday, May 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the OBU Stavros Center, Room 214.

The event will feature special guests and authors, Nik and Ruth Ripken, who will share stories from the mission field about persecuted believers. The Ripkens are authors of the highly accredited book and movie, The Insanity of God.

Longtime Oklahoma Baptist pastor and former International Mission Board President Tom Elliff said, “Last week’s tornado striking every building on our OBU campus only heightened our sense of urgency and resolve to make you aware of what God is doing among searchers for Christ in our world’s most spiritually dark regions. With persecution at its highest levels in history, we must hurry with the Gospel into the very storm-center of godlessness. Only Christ is the answer!”

The event is free but pre-registration is requested at For questions or information about registration, email

“On Thursday, May 4, come early and tour the campus. You WILL witness the remarkable clean-up and restoration of the OBU campus,” added Elliff, who serves as OBU Mentor and Facilitator in Missions.

For ongoing OBU updates on the tornado recovery, or to support the newly established OBU Tornado Relief fund, visit