Spring came, and the ORU missionaries went. All across the nation, ORU Missions sent out 10 teams with a total of 134 missionaries during Spring Break. Although this was a chance for most students to relax, these teams took this opportunity to reach out to people all across America, and even some islands. These are the teams that just arrived back.
Dominican Republic Medical
• 11 members
• Team Leader: Lacey Condron
• Assistant Team Leader: Ethan Hacker
• Worked with YWAM to bring medical care to people in Santo Domingo.
• 7 members
• Leader: Amy Vormbrock
• Assistant Team Leader: Daniel Howell
• Worked with children of various ages and backgrounds through His House Children’s Home.
• 7 members
• Team Leader: Richard Clear
• Assistant Team Leader: Kristina Buonviri
• Worked with New York School of Urban Ministry to participate in various outreaches throughout the city, including soup kitchens, hospitals, and a cerebral palsy home.
St. Louis Mercy
• 8 members (women only)
• Team Leader: Melody Ruano
• Assistant Team Leader: Shannon Headley
• Worked with Mercy Ministries to reach out to and encourage women in St. Louis going through difficult life-controlling issues such as alcoholism, abusive backgrounds, and image issues.
• 8 members
• Team Leader: Lauren Escobedo
• Assistant Team Leader: Ben Norell
• Worked with Apple Tree Education Center and Boy’s and Girl’s Club to pour into lives of children and teenagers.
• 13 members
• Team Leader: Kerry Kammerlohr
• Assistant Team Leader: Bobby Behr
• Worked in the city of Cagaus, taking part in various outreaches to minister to the people of Puerto Rico.
• 6 members
• Team Leader: Caitlin Blose
• Assistant Team Leader: Ellen Stines
• Worked with Mercy Ministries to reach out to and encourage women in Sacremento going through difficult life-controlling issues such as alcoholism, abusive backgrounds, and image issues.
• 9 members
• Team Leader: Cole Proffitt
• Assistant Team Leader: Kelly Doom
• Worked with Urban Promise, reaching out to inner-city youth of Wilmington through after-school programs, Bible studies and work projects.
• 13 members
• Nursing and Education Departments
• 47 Members
• Summer Leadership Training for all Summer Team Leaders
For the Atlanta trip, every team leader for summer missions went to work with various groups to prepare as leaders for their summer trips. According to Souls Afire Team Leader Stephanie McKain, the team leaders were divided into groups and did different outreaches based on what their team would be doing this coming summer. Each day a different leader led the group and there was discussion each day on good things about their leadership and things they could improve.
Overall, each team took something different out of their trip over Spring Break. McKain said all 47 members stood in a circle, saying what they had learned and it lasted until 2:30 a.m.
The teams have since returned and are now back in the routine of classes like everyone else.
No matter what the students took away from their trips, these 134 missionaries, on 10 teams, took 1 week to make a big difference across the nation.
“I feel like I took away the fact that God meets us where we’re at, so I can’t really judge people anymore because we’re all different,” said New York team member Helenia Quince.