It took a lot of years for Randy Hurt to surrender to his call from God. Although he met Jesus while attending Grandview, First, preached his first sermon there and was licensed in the ministry at age 15, he admits he ran from the Lord for many years, eventually surrendering to the call as youth minister at Atoka, Harmony.

Today, he serves as director of missions in Atoka-Coal Association which is involved in a myriad of ministries. The association has been involved in church planting and medical caravans in Mexico since November 2015.

“During this time, we have seen God plant four churches,” Hurt said. “More than 25,000 people have been treated medically, and we have experienced more than 5,000 souls begin a relationship with God.”

The association is also involved in a recovery ministry.

“That is where we have been focused since the pandemic hit,” Hurt explained. “We currently meet each Thursday night, and are working directly with law enforcement to help people recover from alcohol addiction. There is no recovery without Jesus, and we have seen multiple salvations and baptisms through this ministry.”

Hurt serves on the Atoka Coal Food Bank executive board, the Atoka County Hope medical board and serves as a working (firefighter) chaplain for the Atoka Fire Department.

He proudly says he is married to the most beautiful woman on Earth, Tahrea, with whom he has four children, Tucker, Fisher, Shyler and Ryder. Tucker serves with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, and Fisher, Shyler and Ryder are on the worship team at their home church.

Hurt asks for prayer for the ministry in Mexico that they can disciple and follow through with the people, and for the Recovery program as it can be an extremely difficult ministry.

“Pray that we always walk worthy of our call in all areas of our association,” he requested.