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Oklahoma Baptists reach out to OBU students displaced by the tornado

May 11, 2023

Dr. Todd Fisher, Executive Director for Oklahoma Baptists, presented a check of $10,600 Thursday on behalf of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief for 106 Oklahoma Baptist University students displaced by the EF-2 tornado that struck the campus on April 19, 2023.

Fisher presented the check to OBU President Dr. Heath A. Thomas for those students who had notified the university that they had been displaced by the tornado.

Fisher explained that in the event of a natural disaster, Oklahoma Baptists often help a church and its members if they have experienced damage to their church or homes. This often helps off-set insurance deductibles.

“We thought it would be nice if we could just give each student who had notified OBU that they had been displaced, a small token of support,” he said. “So, we decided we could give $100 to each student. Again, that’s a small token I’m sure for what some of them lost. But more than that, it is just an expression by us that we support them, love them and are grateful that they are a part of OBU.”

Fisher added that this is also an expression of Oklahoma Baptists support of OBU in general.

“Of course, we sent Disaster Relief teams here to help with all the trees and the cleanup, and we fed people,” he said. “But we wanted to go a step beyond what we normally do and just try to support these students.”

Fisher, who is a 1992 graduate of OBU and formerly the longtime pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee, said it was an emotional experience to see Raley Chapel, Shawnee Hall and other buildings immediately after the tornado. However, he said it was also emotional to see the response.

“It is amazing just to see how Oklahoma Baptists can come together just to help people, all the time,” Fisher said. “We get to help and share the Gospel. It gives us a great opportunity to point people to Jesus while we help them with physical needs.”