Missions expert addresses OBU students in weekly chapel service
September 8, 2005
“More than 11,000 people groups – 1.5 billion people – live without any access to the gospel,” said noted mission strategist Avery T. Willis speaking at Oklahoma Baptist University’s weekly chapel service Wednesday morning. “We have to work to reach every one of them.”
Dr. Willis tied his remarks to the university’s Stained Glass series, referencing Raley Chapel’s Missions window on the east side of the auditorium.
Willis noted the window’s illustrations of apostles John and Paul, as well as William Carey who started the modern day mission movement. As he challenged the students to lives of service, he also discussed other missionary pioneers including Adoniram Judson, Roger Williams, Albert Schweitzer, David Livingstone and Lottie Moon.
Willis, who recently retired as senior vice president for overseas operations with Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board, urged all students to “attempt great things for God.” The missions leader said only 600 million people in the world are evangelical Christians, making up 10 percent of the global population and leaving approximately 5.6 billion people unsaved.
Willis is serving as OBU’s Hobbs Scholar in Residence this fall and is ambassador at large for the university’s new global outreach center. OBU named this center in his honor in April.
Dr. Michael Martin, dean of OBU’s Joe. L. Ingram School of Christian Service, will address the Raley Chapel’s Theology window in Chapel on Sept. 21. The Stained Glass Series features 12 messages related to the chapel’s renowned windows, which are a key element of the campus landmark.
Guests are invited to join the OBU community for Chapel at 10 a.m. each Wednesday during the academic year.