My name is Joy Turner and I am the Global Outreach Director for the Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach at Oklahoma Baptist University. I am excited about your son/daughter’s interest in participating in a Global Outreach Trip. I, along with the entire staff of the Global Outreach Center, am praying fervently for the direction, provision, and protection of the Most High as we plan, prepare, train, lead, and send out Global Outreach Trips. It is my belief that God works in and through us as we are faithful to serve Him.
There are, naturally, some concerns and questions that you may have about traveling, domestically or internationally. It is our aim to alleviate and eliminate as many potential risks as possible for our students as they travel. It is our desire to see students serving in Global Outreach trips grow in their spiritual journey, have a great experience while on the trip, and return safely with a changed heart directed toward service and the Nations.
We are constantly monitoring locations that trips are planned for and will continue to work with our partners to determine the best strategies for Global Outreach Trips. OBU has a strong network of partners working locally and around the world. Before coming to OBU, I lived in a high-security location in Asia for two years and our staff has all had extensive, international experience. This being said, at times things do happen that we cannot plan for or prevent. As a result, it is our desire to make sure that you are fully aware of your son/daughter’s participation and have talked through these potential risks with him/her.
Below is my contact information, including email and office phone. We would like to have open communication with you and want you to call us if you have any questions and concerns. Thank you for praying through your son’s/daughter’s participation in God’s work of making disciples of all nations.
Sincerely,Dr. Joy L. TurnerGlobal Outreach Director405.585.5705